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Sh*tkicker Ranking 'Raw Deal,' This Week's Snarly Episode of 'Justified'

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


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10. Tim Gutterson — Got left hanging, a fate worse than death.

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9. Johnny Crowder — Never try to lead when you’re a follower, Johnny Crowder. Look at where your name is in the credits and act accordingly, lest you end up dead in a Mexican desert. RIP.

8. Danny Crowe — Danny Crowe got Boyd into one hell of a mess on account of his having sh*t for brains, and you can bet your Wranglers that Boyd won’t let that slide. If Yoon gets involved, Danny isn’t likely to make it back across the border. Good riddance to that son of a bitch. I hope they feed him to his own dog.

7. The Rest of the Crowes — I think, after realizing that Daryl killed Dilly, Wendy is a wink-and-a-grin from Raylan away from turning on Danny, which may end up costing Wendy her own damn life. Meanwhile, Kendal is looking elsewhere for a better living situation, and if he rats out Danny, you can add Daryl to the list of people most likely to kill Danny. Either way, Danny’s days are numbered (Danny, Dewey, Daryl? What gives here, writers? Are you trying to confuse us?) Things are not looking up for the Crowes, but you damn well know that Dewey somehow dumb-f*cks his way to survival. That guy always manages to use his own stupidity to elude death.

6. Ava Crowder — She’s still in prison, and she’s on the verge of losing her thin grasp on protection from the Christian drug peddlers, unless she can swing a distribution channel into the prison for heroin. On the other hand, she didn’t have to f*ck any guards in this week’s episode. I’m calling that a win in what has increasingly become a tedious subplot, Danielle Panabaker notwithstanding.

5. Art Mullen — I know it shouldn’t affect my enjoyment of Justified, but I tell you what, I can’t see Nick Searcy anymore without thinking of this, and now I kind of want Raylan to get the better of this conflict, which has Givens angling for a transfer out of Kentucky. I used to have more sympathy for Art, but now that Nick Searcy has made an ass of himself, I can’t help but to see Art as a dick.

4. Raylan Givens — Raylan eventually got the best of T.C., but not before being shown up on two occasions. It was another one of those episodes where Raylan just kind of drifted toward the right places and the right time without any actual use of his charm, intelligence or gunfighting abilities. He succeeded despite being outsmarted.

On the downside, well, there’s Art.

3. Boyd Crowder — On the one hand, Boyd got the best of Johnny Crowder, although that was some bullsh*t Steven Moffat saved-by-the-presto! writing. On the other hand, Boyd’s on the other side of the border with a lot of dead bodies and product he’s going to have some difficulty getting back into the states. That’s yet another downside to working with the Crowes: They are all meanness, and no competence.

2. Alison — Two weeks off owed to a suspension, and Raylan didn’t shack up with Wendy Crowe. In this episode? I call that a win, especially given the draw of Wendy’s tramp stamp. I gotta confess, too, that as much as I like Amy Smart, I’m partial to Alicia Witt’s character. I think she’s found her milieu: Sassy, smoking-hot white trash.

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1. T.C. — T.J. has one leg, is going to jail for grifting, and in the meantime, lives in his grandmother’s basement, and yet, I feel like T.J. is the kind of guy that’s going to be OK. I mean, life’s pretty good when you’re always the 7th caller. Plus, if you squint real hard and see the guy playing T.C., you can tell that — minus the moustache and the bad hair — he’s got presence. The guy’s name is T.J. Linnard. He’s also in Looking.

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  • RiotPunchette

    Was anyone else annoyed that even though Ava cut her hair with a shiv in a dark bathroom, it was still totally cute?

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Picking nits, I'm pretty sure it's "Yuen".

  • IMDB says it's Yoon, but that could be wrong, too.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Yoon is Korean, Yuen Is Chinese. The actor is Korean so technically that would be the correct spelling but I thought the character was supposed to be Chinese. See? Nit picking.

  • I think the character is working for the Chinese, at least. I dunno. We need to know someone in that writers room.

  • Bhammer100

    So Nick Searcy is a conservative who is opinionated. Who the hell cares? He wasn't the first to give his opinions on the internet/Twitter and he won't be the last. Just get over it.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Did you read the twitter feed posted here? He didn't mention his politics that I noticed, he was too busy calling people stupid, fat and lesser human beings than his glorious self. He's pretty horrible.

  • Salad_Is_Murder

    Nope, someone famous said something mean on the internet. Stop your bellyachin' and grab your pitchfork, we gotta' burn this mother to the ground.

  • Outside the last two minutes, I thought this was the weakest episode of the season by a country mile. Felt like a season 1 epsiode, one with a strong filler smell to it

  • Sean

    This season is by far the weakest , at least so far. It just seems to lack anything to hold everything together. No real big bad guy. It just sort of wanders from place to place. With nothing really to care about. Still fun. But not memorable.

  • Nathan Convey

    Tim's face was my favourite part of this episode!

  • L.O.V.E.

    Gotta admit, when T.C. slid down to escape and looked up at Raylan, I was really hoping he would have gone with the "I'm Rockin' one leg bro" line.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Repo

    I'd like to know why the whole arc of Boyd enlisting the Crowes help in throwing the Nazi's that savage beating so Ava would be protected seemingly had zero carry over to this episode.

  • abell

    Look, I'm in agreement than Nick Searcy's an asshole, but, this is minor grade bullshit. He's an actor, in a great role, can we please not put our personal feelings ahead of the story?

  • Bo Darville

    It's not like he's Roman Polanski or Woody Allen.

  • Sean

    I don't know if that is really possible. At least right now. He is an asshole. And when you see him on your TV, that is the first thing that you think. Not the characer. Perhaps that will fade by next season.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I agree, I can't get his loathsome twitter rage out of my mind when I see him on screen. Instead of the kind and knowledgeable elder statesman, he's now a repulsive little troll doll.

  • No mention of Rachel ordering everyone around and them going? Sure, some of it was couched in the Art/Raylan rift, but she sent Tim on his way and basically ran the show while Art was sulking and Raylan was brooding. And she took zero guff for it. I think she's being set up as the new boss when Art retires. In which case, I welcome the hell out of our new overlord.

  • NoPantsMcLane

    Johnny's been shot worse before. He could still be alive.

  • Stephanie

    I was nervous for Ava the entire episode. Which is a nice change of pace because, until last night, I just didn't care about her storyline at all.

  • dizzylucy

    "T.J. has one leg, is going to jail for grifting, and in the meantime, lives in his grandmother’s basement." That sounded like the Amber character Amy Poehler used to do on the SNL dating show sketches.

    Loved the Raylan/Tim/Chris stuff. And Johnny finally got what was coming to him.
    I hate that the Nick Searcy stuff is bleeding into the show. I found myself happy that Art and Raylan are at odds and that Raylan was kind of snotty towards him, when just a few weeks ago it made me sad. Will do my best to ignore the real life stuff and focus on the characters.

  • L.O.V.E.

    I thought the same thing!

  • lowercase_ryan

    The only real problem I have with the plot of this show is that in real life there is no way Danny has managed to stay alive this long.

    Well and the whole Mexico thing was kind of weak. But it sets up a nice challenge for Boyd.

    RIP Cousin Johnny, I thought you were safe until the season finale.

  • sian8470

    Against all better judgment, I read that piece about Nick Searcy. How I regret it. Can't unsee.

  • wsapnin

    I did too. It was a bad decision. Now I have to hope that Raylan shoots him. Or Tim takes him out via the apricot.

  • as much as I like Amy Smart, I’m partial to Alicia Witt’s character.

    Redheads > Blondes

    It's that simple.

  • Sean

    I thought Raylan would have got both into bed by now.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Together.

  • Sean

    Yes, that is what I meant.

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