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10 Things We Learned From Last Night's Faith-Testing Episode Of "Justified"

By Joanna Robinson | TV Reviews | March 27, 2013 | Comments ()


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Things We Learned:

  • Oh hello, Winona! I don't know what paperwork she's referring to in this exchange, but a) of course Raylan hasn't signed them yet and b) they're havin' a girl.
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  • Tell me you wouldn't pay a million dollars for Graham Yost to remake Con Air in the off-season with Drew Thompson. No? What if Dickie Bennett and Dewey Crowe came along for the flight? Also, at one point Raylan assures Drew that if he goes to prison, Tonin's men will "fillet him like a perch." Olyphant's pronunciation of "fillet" was super dicey and in the prison context I heard something else entirely.
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  • This episode is all about Ellen May. (And fate and faith, etc.) Her scene with Limehouse in Noble's Holler was breath-catching. Abby Miller's acting throughout has been fantastic but there was also some gorgeous, slow-rolling camera work in this scene that really drove home the feeling of Ellen May's (seemingly) inexorable fate.

  • Speaking of Limehouse, remember when Boyd was a white supremacist? Well, lest you forget, he dropped this pretty little reminder in our laps: "Come Thanksgiving, he can serve all the dark meat he wants." We much prefer it when Boyd speaks pearls of wisdom we can stitch on a pillow. Like this gem.
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  • Then again, I wasn't exactly a fan of the way Limehouse was talking to Rachel. Go ahead, keep smirking, find out what happens when you piss off Deputy US Marshal Brooks. P.S. Olyphant was wearing maybe his tightest shirt yet last night. Them buttons were jest about to pop.
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  • We spoke last week about the writers' penchant for dropping film references in the script. Let's go ahead and assume that Deputy Tim Gutterson has a well-loved VHS copy of The Fugitive hanging out in his bachelor pad and that he practices Tommy Lee Jones's "we're gonna search every doghouse, outhouse, henhouse" speech in the mirror.
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  • And then Limehouse gets to play shoulder angel to our beloved Ava. This role doesn't exactly jibe with his more ruthless character from last season, but maybe losing his piggy banks has put the whole thing in perspective for Limehouse. Anyway, he plants some seeds of doubt in Ava's pretty blonde head asking her "Are you going to have piece of mind when this is all over?"
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  • For those of y'all who complain about Raylan being a d*ck, rest assured, he's self-aware.
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  • And then we get the showdown(s) we've been waiting for. A lot of roads led us here to this church and this tent. Cassie's grudge, Ava's secret, Colt's mistakes, Ellen May's desperation and Tim's vendetta. Did you notice how nicely Ron Eldard was backlit as Colt enjoyed his final cigarette? They gave him a sunshine halo before he met his maker. Of course this was the way it had to go, but I adored Eldard and I'll miss him. I didn't really feel like the Tim and Cassie post-mortem discussion added anything to the moment. I think the bit with Colt's aviators summed it all up quite nicely. I'll be looking for Tim to wear them in the future, "Doctor Who"-style.
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  • You know Ellen May gets degraded a lot in the episode. She's constantly referred to as "the whore" or, in the more polite circles in Lexington, the "trailer park bunk bunny." And Raylan tells her that if she behaves, she can ride with the windows rolled down. Awww, who's a good puppy?!
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    Sure Raylan may often be a d*ck, but he let them have this moment. Which was as sweet as it gets.
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    Carnage

  • Nicky The Pimp's Foot (Cause Of Death: For Want Of A Steel Toe)
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  • Colton Rhodes (Cause Of Death: His Clear Eyes, Tim's Full Heart.)
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    Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks and Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson Line Count

  • Rachel=Too many to count...and so much sass.
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  • Tim=Too many to count but the wordless moments are his best.
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    Winona Hawkins Deathwatch: Usually this is where we do the "Winona B*tchwatch," but even I am not heartless enough to b*tchwatch a pregnant woman whose home was just invaded by a member of the Detroit Mafia. HOLY HELL, WINONA.
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    Favorite Lines:

  • "I'm gonna need Google Translate on my phone if I'm gonna keep talkin' to you."- Nicky Augustine. (O'Malley was in fine form last night but Augustine loses points for calling Limehouse "Lemonhead." Everyone knows that's Constable Bob's schtick.)
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  • "Does this mean you're finally getting a haircut?"-Rachel
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    The Gist: We took a break this week from the macho angst of fathers and brothers and sons. This one was about the girls. From Rachel amping up the sass to eleven (seriously, this divorce may be the best thing that ever happened to her) to the sex of the Givens/Hawkins baby to the confrontation at Cassie's church, this was one of the show's most lady-centric episodes to date. Sure the boys got plenty of play and the actual gun battle was between Tim and Colt, but the showdown that mattered, the one that will resonate, is what happened when Ava didn't...couldn't pull the trigger. The triangulation of Ava, Ellen May and Cassie in that tent before the boys arrived was a trinity of faith and fate and fear. And, for once, it wasn't Ellen May who was shaking like a rabbit. Ava faced down her demons in that tent and took the higher, rockier road. Was it divine providence or human nature? Either way, Joelle Carter (who has lovely features that can harden into stone) acted the hell out of Ava's crisis.

    Boyd (who's had a knotty past with religion) believes we all are the masters of our fate, the captains of our soul. But when Raylan tells Ellen May "he's still looking out for ya" he means Drew, but Ellen May seems to believe it's the capital He. Is she right? It's hard to say. But against all odds she's made it out of this skirmish alive. Will the women in Raylan's family be as lucky? TUNE IN NEXT WEEK.
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    Joanna Robinson loves nothing more than spending an hour on a Harlan County safari. Big ups, as usual, to Chet Manley and his fantastic gif work.




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    • Semilitterate

      "Trailer park bunk bunny" just tore me up

    • dizzylucy

      Another great, very tense episode. I can't wait for the finale, but will then be heartbroken that the season is done.

      Loved Raylan starting off on such a high note, finding out the baby's a girl, getting applauded at work, and then how we know the day ended, in the rocking chair of doom.
      I was very glad that Ava couldn't bring herself to shoot Ellen May, but I still think she's in trouble next week.

      Google translate was definitely my favorite line, though everything with Rachel was a close second.

    • Steph

      Is it possible that both Ava and Winnona die at the hands of the Detroit mafia thus throwing Raylan and Boyd together? It does seem almost a "jumping the shark" moment to have the mob go after a law enforcement officers family.

      I thought it was possible Tim would not be able to shoot Colt, identifying with him too much. Clearly that was not a problem. I suspect we see ramifications from that kill next week.

    • PaddyDog

      What about Boyd's "the need to legislate gun control line"? That was hilarious coming from him.

      Winona said the papers were to determine what would happen to the baby if the parents weren't around, but she kept insisting they had to be signed before the child is born. I smell a rat. I think she's trying to get him to sign away his parental rights.

      I'm not so sure Limehouse's behavior was out of character last night. He runs the holler as the go-to place for women who need protection. He protected Ellen May and he was trying to protect Ava by talking her out of killing Ellen May. I think he's ruthless when it comes to dealings with men, but with the women of Harlan, his approach is different.

    • annie

      Very interesting seeing how differently he dealt with Ava, Ellen Mae and Rachel, too.

    • Nadine

      Okay, I'll break this one down into parts;
      I am, as some of you know, not happy that Winona is apparently being threatened. Yost made a point that that would not happen at the end of s3. It is admittedly totally organic to the plot but based on what he said, grrrrrrrr.

      Colt and Tim's last scene was excellent. I really wanted/expected some more violence there, they showcased Colt's physicality all season and I sort of expected a throwdown, but once again, Eldard fucking KILLED it. The breeze stirring his hair as he said his last words was just...probably just happened and was beautiful. I mean fuck me sideways.

      I don't agree the scene with Cassie added nothing. When she told Tim she had prayed he would shoot Boyd he looked a little crushed. Rather than see him as a protector she prayed for him to become her weapon in revenge. I think(HOPE AND PRAY) we may see the ramifications of that down the line. Next week seems like it might maybe might be a longer episode (its billed as an event) so maybe there will be time for Tim to have SOME fallout from the week he's just gone through, just to round it out, with all the PTSD references we've had.

      While Limehouse really was RUDE to Rachel I could watch those two swap jabs all day, Tazel and Williamson were just fucking awesome.

      Ellen May/Ava/Cassie. God damn it all. Cassie turned out to be more interesting than I expected. Ellen May seems like she may have a happy ending. That hasn't sunk in yet but oh my god Ellen May might be okay.

      All over, i'm sort of waiting to see what happens next week. I am realllllyyy pissed off that Winona and the Baby have been used in a way we were told they wouldn't be, but since it will be FUCKING AWESOME I just have to roll with it.
      I love that he's having a girl. LOVE.

    • yemayah

      IMO, Cassie was always an interesting character because there were always questions about her faith, her fiduciary motives and- from my perception- an underlying anger and rage, not only because of her brother's death, but also because she martyred herself to care for her brother after the loss of their grandfather and father, and I guess of their mother (?reason) somewhere in time. While trying to protect him, she is also unconsciously challenging his faith and purpose by milking the snakes surreptitiously (and risking her life in the process). She chose not to tell Billy the truth, which adds to her guilt and makes her partially responsible.

      Character-wise, Cassie illuminates the struggle between faith v. fate and the argument between fate and free will. But mainly, the notion of justice: heavenly justice vs human-meted justice. Cassie admits her very limited faith, just enough to protect her brother and stick with their travelling salvation sideshow to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. It is ironic that Ellen Mae, who came to Cassie seeking salvation, has more sincere faith. Cassie wants revenge: heavenly and human retribution.

      Ellen Mae stands as a symbol of redemption; no matter her circumstance, this is hers to seek and receive and not something to be granted to her by Ava, Boyd, Billy, the church, or anyone else. She is an exemplar of faith and free will (she chose to go to the church). She is the essence of transcendence: she cannot undo the past, but she can forgive herself, balance and integrate the dark and light of her soul. (Note that Raylan cannot yet do this). She has love in her heart for her transgressors, for those who dismiss her worth as a human being ("the Whore"), and the sinners. She is a beacon of hope. She is both christos (light) and Magdalen. She may yet get away. But if she dies, symbolically it will be an Ascension from Harlan.

    • annie

      Cassie is definitely an interesting character, despite what little screentime she actually gets (and how little she actually spoke in this episode). Her whole identity was in the service of the men of her family and of the Lord, even if she had her doubts about the latter. Now who is she with all of that taken away? Meanwhile, Ellen Mae is the exact opposite. Not as clever and also defined by serving men, but instead of the girl church girl, she's the whore who had complete faith.

    • yemayah

      That is a very valid question: who is she with all that taken away? I believe she made a decision back when she was taken to then-Sheriff Shelby's office that she believed that heavenly retribution would rain down on (and reign over) those who took away what little she had in this world, even at the cost of her life. I guess that means that all she has is that which she is willing to sacrifice. My hope is that Cassie has learned something from Ellen Mae, seeing the inner light and power Ellen Mae has in her heart from the power of forgiveness of herself and others.

    • Nadine

      I can see Cassie coming back next week or even next season, I can see her knowing she has a hook of some kind in Tim and trying to use that.

      I can picture her getting to a point when she would engineer a situation where he has to kill Boyd.

      Yost has said in the past, six seasons(AND A MOVIE but that part is me) but if Art is going maybe it will be five. And maybe five could end with Cassie of all people being Boyd's downfall.

      There would be something poetic, from s1 to the end in Boyd being taken down because he fucked with someone elses faith.

    • sean

      I do have one big problem with the whole Detroit Mafia thing. I live, and grew up in the east side suburbs. Around here, you just sort of know guys like that. And never ever would they go to such extremes. Never would they go after a Federal LE officers family. They are quite content on things like running chop shops, corrupt unions, and money laundering through things like juice distributors, and bars. Attacking a woman pregnant with a Marshall's baby would be suicide. Every law enforcement agency in the world would fall on them.

    • yemayah

      My issues since season 3 is the narrative's portrayal of the Detroit mafia as a monolithic entity or singularity (with TT at the apex of the pyramid) composed of a handful of stereotypes portrayed in comic opera (i.e., Leonard-esque) style, with their pseudo-mafia-speak and clothing out of the 50s-60s era (Ice-Pick anyone). In the real world, there are multiple crime organizations, mobs, syndicates, rings, gangs and their 'families' operating in Detroit, as in NYC/Miami/LA/etc. Their supplies are run from Mexico, Colombia, Dominican Rep, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, etc, where the real kingpins reside.

      As long as the money flows back to the offshore suppliers, guys like Theo Tonin operate only at the pleasure of the Kingpins-with-a-capital-K, and they expect associates like Tonin to be responsible for conduct of their people in their particular organization. TT is but gum on the bottom of their shoes. And they would NOT be happy if TT disrupted their enterprise by doing harm to any 'fed'ral', his family and unborn child, which rains down an army of LEO on them and disrupts the flow of drugs/human trafficking/$$$. There are street-level gangs that would kill cops, feds, women, children in endless revenge cycles; but that is not what we are presented with in TT/Detroit Mafia.

      I always rolled my eyes at mention of the Theo Tonin (TT), the great and powerful; in fact, not until the appearance of Nicky did I feel any tangible and credible menace. Since Drewby is in fed custody- soon to be in witness lockdown- TT's supplier(s) would say leave it alone.

      It is also feels unrealistic that the narrative characterizes The Detroit Mafia (in fact any mafia or criminal syndicate) as an entity that can be captured, reduced to the size of a goldfish and flushed down the toilet; not by Raylan nor 1000s of Marshals/DEA/FBI. Take down Tonin, another boss in his syndicate is in his shoes before his corpse is cold, and another boss in another syndicate is vying for domination.

      That doesn't mean that taskforce operations against criminal forces is a waste of manpower and resources. If in this Justified universe the goal is taking down TT and enough of his associates to get someone to 'turn' and shut down one stream, block the incursions into KY/Harlan, then that is the tactic. Taking down TT to take down the Detroit mafia just sounds silly. There is still Gio/Miami, TN & FL oxy buses, etc.

      If TT just wants revenge, that will surely get TT assassinated for disrupting the pipeline (and they would not be inept). TT has to know that Drewby has very little to offer after 30 years and, because of Drewby's own past, he would be a prosecutor's nightmare witness. Murder has no statute of limitations, but it is now a he-said v. he-said situation, as it appears that independent and corroborating evidence has long since dried up, otherwise a case would have been brought already.

    • lowercase_ryan

      Don't forget, Drew is set to testify against Tonin. Not saying that justifies (swidt?) the response from Detroit, but it makes some sense to me.

    • sean

      It doesn't matter. There are some lines that you wouldn't cross. Most likely, they would whack Tonin. Or get him out of the country. Fast.

    • lowercase_ryan

      makes sense. Tonin running makes a lot of sense actually.

    • PaddyDog

      I was wondering about that too (the hubby grew up in a Chicago mob neighborhood and is well versed in their perverted sense of "honor"), but I think Theo Tonin isn't acting as a mob member here. With Drew Peterson it's completely personal and I think he has lost any sense of reason or strategy; he just wants to get him.

    • nixiepoo

      After the final scene, I can't wait to see the final downfall of the Detroit Mafia. Even though I hate Winona, I hope their child survives, mainly because I want to see Raylan deal with a female he can't shut up. Also, I'm rooting for Ellen May and Drew. I hope they find a way out so they can be together.

    • kilmo

      JIMMY!!!!! He had more lines in this episode than his series run combined and it was awesome.

      I feel sorry for Cousin Johnny. He's just trying to survive/get his due and how many crosses is that now. What's the 5th version of a double crosser called?

    • upstate

      "screwed"

    • lowercase_ryan

      Eldard was fantastic and I hope this leads to more/better roles for him. But Mike O'Malley has been a fucking delight. Fucker steals scenes like the locals steal oxy. I really want him to stick around but I fear it's not to be. Especially since he's now threatened Winona.

      It'd be weird if you liked me had me in stitches. That being said, I guess we've always known Boyd and Raylan's relationship was weird. Of course they dug coal together so...

      I didn't get the glasses thing with Tim. Was it a trophy? Is he that psycho? Did Colt take them from Mike?

    • dizzylucy

      I kind of took it more of a memento, and think maybe Tim sees Colton the way Raylan sees Boyd - that could have been me if I hadn't taken this other path.

      He certainly deserved to be put down, but I will kind of miss Colton, and agree that Eldard did a fantastic job (who doesn't in this cast though?). From the episode where he was to kill Ellen May onward, you could just see how lost and sad Colton was.

    • acs

      The glasses have been a signature of Colt's since he was introduced. I don't think Tim took them as a trophy. I think he took them because deep down Tim related to Colt and the issues he faced after coming back from the Middle East. I think he took them more out of remembrance and a sign of respect, because who knows what would have happened to them if they had stayed with the body.

    • lowercase_ryan
    • lowercase_ryan

      Actually Yost said in an interview that it was a thing with soldiers dating back to WWII, taking a memento from a kill.

    • acs

      Even so, most people would say that a memento (or souvenir) is more about remembrance (hence the name) than a trophy, which is about victory and defeat, less about the person defeated, and more about the triumph. Mementos (or souvenirs) take on a more personal meaning.

    • Nadine

      I think it depends on how you read the brief shot of him staring at them when Raylan arrived. Tim was clearly dealing with Some Shit when he silently responded to Raylan's questions and he was holding the sunglasses. He didn't seem happy to me, but he had just killed somebody. Maybe next season we'll see he has a personal shrine to his dead and he places them there. Or maybe he'll be wearing them because he's scarier than we think.

    • R-Dawg

      Another fantastic episode and the Rachel/Limehouse confrontation was wonderfully scripted and very well acted by both.

      I was wondering (like most viewers were) what Gutterson taking Colt's sunglasses signified. Graham Yost said that it was something that goes back to WWII, and how soldiers used to take memento's off a particular kill. That and Colt was always wearing his sunglasses and now that he was dead he would not be needing them.

      Great job on the recap Joanna and another A+ for Chet's GIFs!

    • lowercase_ryan

      ok that makes some sense. Although that is one hell of a vague reference.

    • JoannaRobinson

      It made me think of Walter White, who also takes death mementos.

    • lowercase_ryan

      I haven't watched enough BB to know.

    • Fredo

      While I might be slightly disappointed in the denouement of Tim and Colt's feud (much better scene the week before and they weren't even in the same shot), overall, another great episode.

      As we approach the season finale, I can't help but think back to when the season was announced and everyone was kind of surprised that no major villain would be present. All we knew was that it'd involve a mystery and hill people. Well, we got both of them in spades. And somehow it all still revolves around Raylan. It's brought in his past, muddled his present and now seems set to upend his future -- both professionally (as he's suspended) and personally (The Theo Thonin Chair Delivery Service).

      One more hour to go...there will be blood.

    • Steph

      Thanks for including the link to the Rachel gif. She's been a favorite of mine ever since she kicked that guy right in the Doobie Brothers. (Or "right in his Peter Dinklage", as my husband would say.)

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