Thank for reminding me about Arlo's bipolar depression, folks. I had forgotten. So, Off His Meds Arlo wanders into Limehouse's Holler looking for his dead wife Frances, gets sent home with a head wound. Tanner also limps his way into the Holler and, rather than kill him, Limehouse attempts to enlist him as a spy in Quarles' operation.
Raylan has moved out of his refined dive motel digs and into a room above a bar. Listen, the martinis may only be three bucks, but the female patrons appear to be blind. What the sh*t was with that disco crack, ladies? Also, Jaeger? Really? Quarles makes a tactical blunder thinking he can buy Raylan. The man dresses very well but has no idea how to read people, does he?
He does, however, prefer his steaming plates of sh*t unsalted and vows to eat some in order to wring some money out of The Boss's Son, Sammy "Waste Of Sperm" Tonin. When Quarles described him as a "masturbating monkey," I was so hoping this would be the role for guest star Stephen Tobolowsky. But Max Perlich (of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" fame) was a welcome surprise. Though I would have gone with "masturbating weasel," myself.
If we had any doubt about what Deputy Tim meant when he said "pull a Raylan," we need look no further than the scene wherein Givens socks Boyd in the gut and smacks Cousin Johnny's head against the desk before unceremoniously dumping him out of his chair. The shocked cries of "RAYLAN!" made my night.
After the bribe fails to entice Raylan, Quarles offers it to Harlan County Sheriff Napier who jumps at the chance to shut Boyd down.
And, at last, we get Stephen Tobolowsky as FBI Agent Barkley. Like every single character the great Tobolowsky has ever played, this man is a total penis. He is also impervious to Raylan's smarm and charm routine.
Crowder invests in the First National Bank of Limehouse and demands a steady flow of information in return. I'm not really sure why Boyd feels like he's entitled to make Limehouse his spy, but he threatens the man and his entire Pig BBQ enterprise if Limehouse doesn't fall in line.
The poor Masturbating Weasel, Sammy Tonin, learns that it ain't dress the part, hide behind your daddy. He also gets smacked upside the head. Raylan's new signature move?
I love when either Raylan or Boyd thinks their way out of a tough spot. That's why the piano lesson crackdown on Quarles' operation pleased me. Also, we learned you can't paint over bloodstains.
Also, Boyd is looking to throw Security Guard Shelby's hat into the Sheriff race. Oh, I'd love to see Boyd and Ava Crowder as Campaign Managers.
And, finally, we learn that the Walter Parks, The Power Of You seminar in Tulsa, Oklahoma is being run by none other than good ol' Gary Hawkins. Gary, you were a terrible husband, a miserable businessman and an all-around waste of space. I believe you were supposed to leave the country. Oklahoma don't count. Good luck weaseling out of this one.
Nothing? Nothing! Unless you count the ghosts of Rent Boys past. (Cause of Death: Quarles' weird, sexy, violent fetish.)
Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks and Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson Line Count
Tim=Twenty-six glorious lines of dialogue. Each more bitter than the last.
It's not her fault, I'm pretty sure Gary was born that way. No b*tch points for our Winona this week.
"I got mad ninja skills!"
"You know Karate?"
"And two other Japanese words."
The Gist: I am getting a little irritated with the slower pace of this season. Each week we've been talking about the pieces moving into place. And they are, at a snail's pace. Let's hope the pay-off is worth it. This week we have an uneasy Crowder/Limehouse alliance squaring off against Quarles and the Sheriff's department. Where will Raylan land? My guess is that it will come down to "the devil you know is better than the devil you don't." Quarles will cross a line (Arlo? Winona?), forcing Raylan to reluctantly join forces with Boyd. And nothing is better than a Crowder/Givens collaboration. The best part of this episode, however, was a peevish Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson. If he wanted to punch Raylan some time soon, I don't think any of us would object. I hope we see more of him, Rachel, Stephen Tobolowsky and, god willing, the return of Carla Gugino. If those barflies don't want Raylan, maybe Karen Sisco Goodall will.