Last Night's 'Justified' Ruined a Perfectly Nice Couch
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Last Night's 'Justified' Ruined a Perfectly Nice Couch

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | March 26, 2014 | Comments ()

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Anyone who saw the previews for last night’s episode last week, or who has been reading the tea leaves for a while pretty much knew what was coming with concern to Justified’s current A-plot. Art’s been on his way out for a couple of seasons now, and he and Raylan have an unworkable relationship, so somebody had to go. A little too conveniently, perhaps, Art became the victim of a gunshot wound meant for Alison, delivered by Daryl, but ultimately blamed on Kendall, who has done an insane character reversal over the course of the last two episodes.

Not only was that plot-turn a little too narratively convenient, but even within the episode, the investigation into the possibility that Theo Tonin was behind the shooting was little more than a stall. Even if Tonin wanted to take out Art, how would he know that Art was at Alison’s preparing to take her to a safe house? Of all the places that one of Theo Tonin’s men might track down Art, the apartment of a woman he was protecting seems one of the silliest.

Two good things came out of that plotline, however. Rachel was named interim chief, although even there, it doesn’t exactly work. Rachel is smart, and she’s tough, but she doesn’t suit the position. She doesn’t have the commanding presence, or the ability to even check Raylan’s wildness. But the other good thing to come out of it was the exchange between Daryl and Raylan at the elevator, which was one of those classic Justified dick-swinging exchanges that draw us so hard to the series. But if Raylan really isn’t going to kill Daryl, it leaves open the possibility of a conclusion that won’t be exactly satisfying, unless of course Kendall kills Daryl, in which everybody wins.

Meanwhile, in prison-land, Ava has gone from the bottom of the prison hierarchy to the top, and apparently, that comes with free ice cream. Who the f*ck needs heroin when there’s ice cream? But without Boyd, Ava feels even more disconnected from the show now, and it’s very hard to give a damn.

At least Boyd gave us something for which to cheer by extricating himself from a very difficult position with a pack of cigarettes loaded with explosives. “I don’t know much about anything, but I do know how to blow shit up.”


That was fun. It also puts Boyd in a position of power over Duffy and, it would seem, gained him the respect of Katherine. You have to figure that those two will be working partners in the not-too-distant future. They’ll make a right nice duo, and it’s the most exciting prospect in this season (and hopefully well into next) so far.

There’s still two episodes left, which unfortunately means there’s likely two more episodes left of Daryl, and Alison, and Art on his death bed, and Wendy Crowe sticking up for her lousy no-good son of a bitch of a brother.

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  • Bhammer100

    I love this series. I love this season. Love the characters. Love all the actors. Can't wait to see how this season ends and how it sets up the last season.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I would have been crying for Art a month ago but that twitter tirade the actor went on killed all the good will I ever had.

  • The Kitastrophe

    Yep. I should be able to separate the character from the actor but I can't. If this had happened 2 seasons ago I would have been moved, but now it's just a 'meh.'

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    I agree with Reba that Rachel could be great at running the office. There will be conflicts, but ultimately she will be successful because, as we've seen, she is pretty steely when it matters.

    On Kendall, I don't think is character flip-flops are that weird. He's an adolescent boy looking for family/security. It may seem to those of us who grew up in more functional families that his brother does not represent security, but if that's all you ever knew, then it's not hard to imagine doubling down on the people you know when searching for a sense of belonging.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    Where's my Internet prize?! Last week here in the comments I said:

    Pajiba_Pragmatist jptaylorsg • 7 days ago
    what if it's Kendall who shoots Art?

    Now I realize he didn't ACTUALLY shoot art, but damn, look at how close I actually got!

  • John W

    Nice to see Mary Steenburgen again.

  • Judge_Snyder

    Especially bouncing off Rick Gomez. That scene was gold.

  • I think what's been off about this season is that, by this point in every other season, we knew we were headed to a showdown between Raylan and the season's big bad -- whether Mags, Quarles or Augustine. We do know after that scene at the elevator that it'll come down to Raylan vs Darryl. But there's been no drive towards it. There's no energy behind their eventual showdown.

    And that's because Darryl Crowe Jr IS a sniveling, idiotic shitkicker.

    He has illusions of grandeur. He thinks he's the scion of a crime family. But his family is a bunch of morons, who's smartest member (Wendy) can't help extract herself and her son from it all. (Aside: as Kendall was confessing to it all last night, Wendy began to tear up. Was that a mother's real concern for her son? Or was that another acting job for the authorities? Alicia Witt has done such a great job with Wendy that I couldn't tell).

    But everything he's done has been a colossal failure. And as a result, his brother and his best friend are dead, his nephew is going to jail and his sister hates him. Oh and he's lost a large supply of heroin for which Boyd, Duffy, the Mexican cartels and the Detroit Mafia will want recompense. He's even managed to ruin Dewey's tiny whorehouse business.

    Darryl Crowe Jr is no Robert Quarles. He's no Nicky Augustine. And because he's not, it feels as if Raylan's eventual victory isn't as exciting as it should be.

  • Paddington

    I think the mistake is focusing on how Darryl stacks up to other villains, instead of where Raylan is. He's been on a descent of late, and while his actions are understandable he's been riding that corruption line a little close lately. So, now with his real dad dead and his preferred dad shot what will Raylan do? He could pull and Arlo and black Darryl out with a bullet to the head, or do what Art would do and be a good Marshall and a better lawman. Whereas those other big bads didn't represent a turning point, because they were widely recognized legitimate threats, this is really about Raylan and how he handles things. It's fitting, then, that Darryl not stack up because he has no excuse for more dramatic means to resolve the conflict. If he should decide to take them then that says something about Raylan. Not the situation, not the opponent. Just Raylan.

  • Allijo

    I was thinking last night how interesting it's been since the halfway point to see the shift between Boyd (descent to ascent) and Raylan (ascent to descent). The preview for next week alluded to Boyd having the upper hand somehow. I'm curious to see how this power shift plays out between them two, because they haven't gone head to head yet this season.

  • I disagree that Rachel is not suited for the position. Those boys all need a mother/big sister to give them what for when they fuck up, and she's proven her willingness to give blunt assessments of their damage without worrying about hurting their poor widdle feelings. Also, she actually does her job instead of pursuing personal vendettas.

  • Classic

    What Reba said. I think she will be good in the role since she will call Raylan out on his BS and unlike with Art she will not let him go walkabout and do things his way. I felt for Art and Raylan this season since you see Art dealing with the fact that he let Raylan off the leash too much and look at what happens.

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