10 Things We Learned From Last Night's Tim-Packed Episode Of "Justified"
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10 Things We Learned From Last Night's Tim-Packed Episode Of "Justified"

By Joanna Robinson | TV Reviews | January 16, 2013 | Comments ()


Things We Learned:

  • That the writers and Executive Producer Timothy Olyphant haven't forgotten why some folks watch the show. Shirtless Raylan right from the get-go. Still absolutely loving bartender Lindsay who brings the exact right level of sass to the table. I don't think any of us would kick her out of bed for eating crackers.

  • Speak of tough blondes, Ava hands out some hard truths. Playing a variation on her "This is the life we've chosen" theme, she tells Ellen May, "There ain't no salvation for people like us." It's interesting to see the various ways in which these (very sympathetic) criminals interact with faith and their compromised morals. Ava has made her peace with the immoral path she's chosen and she rarely shows moments of self-doubt. In that way she's even more hardened than Boyd.

  • Anyone else get their own Marshal Stiffy watching Art hand that other Marshal his own *ss? Apparently all the fugitives in Bowling Green, Kentucky are p*ssies. Good to know. Nick Searcy also handled a sh*t ton of exposition with aplomb including a) Rachel's marital status b) Tim's mental health and c) the fact that Art, himself, is retiring soon. I hope you washed all that info down with a $200 bottle of Pappy Van Winkle. Rumor has it Nick Searcy is leaving the show and that's bad news for Raylan who really needs Art to play the father figure in his life.

  • We've got a great new character in Lindsay's (ex?) husband Randall Kusik. Actor Robert Baker (last seen bleeding out on "Grey's Anatomy") is bringing all kinds of Adam Baldwin-esque brute charm to the role. Loved the frat boy fight club. Loved the "raccoon" maneuver.

  • After Preacher Billy crosses the line by sending warbling urchins to shame the customers at Audrey's whorehouse, Boyd calls in the big guns. It was lovely, of course, to see Jim Beaver's Sheriff Shelby and their interchange ("I expressed my opinion that we were square?" "Well now Shelby, I thought we were a circle") almost made the "best lines" section this week. We learn that in the past three years, The Siblings St. Cyr have started churches in 5 different cities. Boyd believes their grift involves squeezing the local criminal element for money before they move on. Takes one to know one.

  • I'd like to cozy up in a blanket made from entire interaction between Art, Raylan, Tim and the family Truth. So many priceless looks and throw away lines. Elmore Leonard's material really sings in the beats between light comedy patter and atrocious violence. I can't think of any show that pulls off that balance quite so well. It was also lovely to see character actress Beth Grant. She's been on my short list of people I'd like to see on "Justified."

  • Ron Eldard didn't have much to do this week but he was given another chewy little wartime speech and hats off to the commenter who referred to him as "Fat Kilmer."

  • I love baptism scenes and though we didn't get to go down to the river to pray, good ol' Ellen May's been saved. Better yet, we got this phenomenal verbal chess match between Boyd and Preacher Billy. Oh yeah, it's a preach-off. Boyd was smooth as silk and right in his element, but Billy held his own. Many props to Joe Mazello for doing the same.

  • But as much as I love Mazello's Billy (and I do)...
    ...I'm pleasantly intrigued by Cassie St. Cyr. We haven't her do much more than simper a lot and glower a little, but Lindsey Pulsipher is a fine actress and this whole puppet master dynamic could play out quite nicely. Also, is it just me, or does she bear a resemblance to Joelle Carter's Ava? I know thin blondes are rather thick on the ground in Hollywood, but they both have such oddly beautiful, angular faces. I wonder if it's intentional.

  • Finally, the moment I was waiting for since they mentioned the word "Frankfurt," Wynn Duffy takes the stage. Gone, alas, is the Duffstache.
    But like an anti-Samson, Duffy seems to have grown stronger since he lost some of his hair. I really loved the panicked Wynn Duffy of last season, but Stone Cold Wynn Duffy is even tastier.


  • UPDATED Cocaine Dealin' Parachuter Waldo Truth (Cause of Death: Newton's Law Of Universal Gravitation.)
  • Dixie Mafia Heroin Dealer Danny (Cause of Death: The Ice Cold Water In Wynn Duffy's Veins.)

    Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks and Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson Line Count

  • Rachel=0
  • Tim=30 (THIRTY!!!)

    Potential Yostian Guns
    Yost and his merry band of writers are fond of bringing items and actions from the beginning of the season back around in the finale. (See: Rail Gun, Quarles or Apple Pie, Mags.)

  • Frat Boy Fight Club
  • The Powder Keg That Is Deputy US Marshal Tim Gutterson's PTSD and Alcoholism

    Favorite Lines:
    "You can trust me"
    "I don't even trust the way you just said 'You can trust me.'"

    The Gist: The twin themes of faith and fatherhood continue to weave their way through the season. In order to really appreciate the brilliant way Graham Yost has been laying down tracks all along, rewatch Season One's "Bulletville" in which Boyd loses his flock. I think Deputy Tim got more lines in this episode than all of last season. More of that please. And though Yost et. al. have stated that there is no "Big Bad" this year, I think we're doing quite well with Lindsay's Ex, Preacher Billy, Preacher Billy's Sister, Arlo Givens and all the other Medium-Sized Bads that may come our way. In the meantime, if that means more room for Jacob Pitts or Walton Goggins to chew it up, I'm for it.

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  • Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

    • Syaf Hamid

      I really hope we get to see the other side of Tim Gutterson. Like the
      dark side of him as an alcoholic and having PTSD, you only see him as
      this calm broody type of guy who looks like he didn't get much sleep.
      How is it that he might have PTSD and was still able to do his job much
      better than Raylan? I mean come on Raylan get your shit together dammit.

      Wouldn't it be fantastic to see Gutterson's side of story. I want them to make it as heartbreaking as possible, I hope the writers write something about him being a war veteran and a broken soul. We always see this image of Tim as funny and dry humored, but I just see him as depressed and lonely. I know there's no backstory about that ever mentioned in Justified but I love how Jacob can act like that.

      Also, he's the incarnation of Hoosier from The Pacific

    • Neil

      In the carnage section, you missed Fat Kilmer blowing away the Oxy-dealer at Boyd's request to "take care of him".

    • Morgan_LaFai

      I really like the idea of this season not having a big bad cause I am hoping it means less Raylan's one man vendetta against the big bad and more Raylan doing his job with the other marshals.

    • Kip Hackman

      Oh my gosh, that first scene with Art is what I'm going to miss the most when he retires. This episode was just about perfect.

    • Semilitterate

      Simply the best show on television, bar none

    • Slash

      And I've always enjoyed the Duffy character. As a person, he's repellent. But he's so damn scary. And funny. Often both at the same time.

    • gforcetwo

      My apologies in advance for the interruption of the usual awesomesauce that is "The Justified 10 Things," but I have a small, yet persistent nit to pick.

      Robert Quarles did not, in point of fact, ever utilize a "rail gun."

      "A railgun is an electrically powered electromagnetic projectile launcher based on similar principles to the homopolar motor. A railgun comprises a pair of parallel conducting rails, along which a sliding armature is accelerated by the electromagnetic effects of a current that flows down one rail, into the armature and then back along the other rail." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

      What our dear icy eye-balled friend Quarles used was a "sleeve gun."

      "A sleeve gun is a device wrapped around a user's forearm and used to conceal a small firearm under a long-sleeved coat or jacket. A triggering mechanism causes the firearm to extend out of the gadget quickly enough for the user to grab it and fire." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

      That's all I have to tell you. That's all I've got to say.

    • JoannaRobinson

      I'll change the copy next week. Cheers!

    • Mythra Sun

      I get a lady stiffy just listening to TIM! Oh Timmy!

      On another note, does anyone else know that Nick Searcy (Art) is a conservative who was in a lame commercial for Mr Herman Cain himself?


    • Nadine


      TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, mostly, but also, The bad, quickly-I still have doubts about the drinking with Tim, but I do believe the PTSD thing could happen.

      Everything was excellent. I'm so fucking curious about the bag in the wall that it hurts, Randall was a barrel of fun. Joe Mazello I just have always found boring so I'm surprised to say he's doing a decent job, and I would like to see him get in to some crazy stuff, I think he'll do really great like, bug eyed creepy.
      Damn if he and his sister aren't intriguing, though.
      I love the shit out of their backwoods little chapel, the vibe it has, with Joe in his old fashioned preachers clothes, then you get Boyd walking in in that suit? Dying. Just in heaven.
      I think I actually want the Truth clan to make at least a few more appearances. Not just for Beth but because it was like BennetLite, like if Mags had been sort of stupid.
      And of course...my wishes have been granted; Tim. TIM!

      Tim left right and centre being a sassy bitch and throwing those arch looks everywhere, also lookin' fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine....I'm so happy, you guise, SO...HAPPY.

      I can't decide how I feel about Ron Eldard. My knee jerk reaction to his casting was negative. But, like, when he has Walton Goggins to play off I don't hate him? ESPECIALLY last week, in which their every shared scene was like ice cream made of unicorns.

      PS: I want Ellen May to find happiness so SO much. To the point that I found Ava hateful this week. Last week she had moments when I loved her, but this week she was almost all Bad Ava, Ava that punches poor Ellen May in the face and....I don't like Bad Ava. Bad Ava makes me sad and angry.

    • JoannaRobinson

      I love you, you weirdo.

    • Nadine

      I love you right back. And I don't think weird covers it. Imightreadfanfictionforfun.

    • dizzylucy

      Wow, Lindsey really does look like Joelle. I've never seen her except onscreen in this and True Blood, and the hair and makeup people were not kind to her on either. She's very pretty. I'm intrigued that she's the one with the control.

      "Rumor has it Nick Searcy is leaving the show" Really?!? Noooo! Yost didn't seem to indicate that though, just that the idea is something for them to play with, and the first 3 seasons have only been about 6 months of show time, so Art's staying put for now. I really hope so anyway, I love the one lines, Nick's performance, and the difficult but still strong relationship with Raylan.

      I loved the Boyd and preacher stuff in this one. Boyd seems more menacing this year, but even so, Wynn Duffy managed to...startle? him. And me. Their exchange was so great as well.

      Nicely done exposition on the marshals, glad to have lots of Tim. Lindsay is going to be nothing but trouble for Raylan.

    • lowercase_ryan

      Yesssssssssssssssss, MOAR TIM!!! Great episode, although I was really hoping Tim would get to shoot someone like in the hostage stand-off with the baby. Bad-ass Wynn is a big win. I can't imagine the show without Art, but I really hope the 4 marshalls play a more central role this season, not just Raylan.

    • Slash

      Am I the first to (finally) notice that new preacher guy is the kid from "Jurassic Park"? Surely not.

      I do like when they throw Marshal Tim in the mix. And I'm sad to see Art leaving. That sucks.

    • Morgan_LaFai

      Holy hells, how in the world did you notice that. He looks so different.

    • My heart breaks every time I see Ellen May. She could elicit sympathy from Ayn Rand with that face. I could listen to Boyd preach and quote all day. He delivered that "speak of the devil" line about as well as you could aside from Tom Hardy.

    • Fredo

      Another fine episode.

      I also liked how, in the middle of their banter, Art and Tim were prodding at Raylan's absence (the events in 'Hole in the Wall'). While it may not have been the biggest of moments, I'm thinking it could be this little note that ends up bringing fire and damnation on our US Marshall hero.

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