Snakes. Why'd It Have To Be Snakes? 10 Things We Learned From Last Night's "Justified"

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Snakes. Why'd It Have To Be Snakes? 10 Things We Learned From Last Night's "Justified"

By Joanna Robinson | TV Reviews | January 23, 2013 | Comments ()


Things We Learned:

  • The episode opens with Boyd trying to bribe Cassie St. Cyr into taking her true-believer brother and high-tailing it out of Harlan. It would appear Cassie is for sale, Boyd just hasn't found a big enough carrot. Also, pro-tip Boyd, if you're going to try to manipulate a woman, maybe don't open by accusing her of sleeping with her brother. Just a thought.

  • Alright, Graham Yost, I get it. This Lindsay plot line is my punishment for hating Winona. "Oh, you thought Winona stealing money was bad? Well this new sassy girl you like is going to steal to. From Raylan. How's THAT!?" I am very disappointed, Lindsay. I hope, however, that this isn't the last we've seen of Randall and Lindsay. I do like the way Randall is undaunted by Raylan's swagger.

  • As of this morning, no one on the internet has given me the gift of a Jimmy with a snake attached to his face gif. Hop to it, internet! This'll have to suffice.

  • I love the way Art talks to his staff. I also love the way Rachel flings the Wyatt Earp nickname around. It works well in conjunction with Randall's Gary Cooper crack.

  • T'would appear that Eve Munro (played by Julia Campbell who I will always remember for Mean Girl-ing Romy and Michele) is a gen-ooo-wine psychic. Or something similar. Apparently this character was included at the behest of executive producer Timothy Olyphant who, according to creator Graham Yost, is obsessed with this show.

  • Cousin Johnny apparently has a very short memory. Has he forgotten that Boyd put Devil way down in the hole? Anyway, once again, the hobbled Crowder is hoping a more powerful ally will embolden him to take down Boyd. It didn't work with Limehouse and, much as I love and fear the man, I doubt it will work with Wynn Duffy.

  • But speaking of the Dixie Mafia, we discover that the scary psycho Mason Goines (last seen as a smoldering ghost on "American Horror Story") works for Theo Tonin and that it's in Tonin's best interest to find the elusive Drew Thompson before the Marshals do. As you no doubt notice, Deputy Tim Gutterson had a lot of lines this episode, but I particularly fancied all the ones he barked at Goines.

  • I also enjoyed Rachel's increased presence this episode even though Raylan's reaction to her marital woes ("uh, we don't have to talk about your problems, do we?") was typically d*ckish.

  • The Drew Thompson mystery has given me a bit of a Recapper Stiffie, mostly because I'm so Drew turns out to be someone we already know. Who would make the most sense...mathematically?


  • Agent Barnes (Cause of Death: That Dreadful Knowledge Of What They Do To Lawmen In Prison.)
  • Preacher Billy St. Cyr (Cause of Death: The Serpent's Kiss.)

    Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks and Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson Line Count

  • Rachel=12
  • Tim=32

    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.)

  • Preacher Billy's Snakes (oh yes, again, some more)
  • Eve Munro's Gift

    Favorite Lines:
    Every single time they said "Marshal Stiffie."

    The Gist: Not as strong as the last two episodes, "Truth and Consequences" still delivered plenty of Southern Gothic tropes. Sadly, Preacher Billy's death has been confirmed by Yost, but I'm hoping Sister Cassie will stick around a bit longer to cause more trouble for Boyd. She's tough, she'll be looking for revenge and now she has a martyr figure to exploit. I'm very disappointed in Lindsay and though I doubt we've seen the last of her, her absence likely means the return of Winona. I hope the Detroit connection means we'll see more of Alan Arkin as Theo Tonin this year but, most of all, I'm dying to know just who Drew Thompson is. I hope that pay-off is worth it because some of the other arcs I thought would last longer (the St. Cyrs, boxer Randall), seem to be wrapping up rather quickly. RIP, Billy.

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    • ed newman

      I'm confused. I thought Lindsey owned the bar. Why would she steal the money and give up the bar? Smells funny. My bet is Randall stole the money and Lindsey took off after him to get it back for Raylan.

    • Salieri2

      Like Tim-Curry-as-Pennywise, snake-on-face pics REQUIRE A SCROLLDOWN WARNING DAMMIT.

      Personally I thought "Marshal Stiffy" was overused. It was funny the first time. Not the 4th. Otherwise, loved the hell out of the episode.

    • kilmo

      Just watched the first 3 seasons in a week, this show is quite addictive. Though, I don't understand why people hate Winona so much. Yes, she stole money whatever, any other reason?

      1. Aside from a casual mention last week, did we know Rachel was married? Seemed really random.
      2. Billy has 10 episodes listed on IMDB, so he's probably not totally dead. Joseph Mazzello grew up interesting. Yum!
      3. So glad Jimmy isn't dead. He's one of my favourite Crowder henchmen, he's also quite nice to look at!
      4. I saw that drawer robbery a mile away. Seriously, he couldn't find a better place to put his money. The floorboards or even in the ceiling would be a better place.

      Love the recaps!!

    • F'mal DeHyde

      My take on the Winona hate: get away from my man!!!1!

    • F'mal DeHyde

      What did Raylan have worth stealing?

    • He's been working various jobs (like in the first episode) for some funds for the baby. You might recall Raylan stuffing that dollars away in that episode. As it is a violation of policy/law for a deputy U.S. Marshal to moonlight, he can't report the theft.

    • F'mal DeHyde

      Ah. Thanks for that.

    • Slash

      We don't know preacher dude is dead. Rattlesnake bites are not usually fatal, as long as someone gets medical attention (ie, anti-venom) fairly quickly and doesn't have a preexisting condition (like heart problems). It can really fuck you up, though.

    • Nadine

      Apparently it was confirmed by Yost that Billy is dead...

    • BierceAmbrose

      Anybody else loving how Boyd's having to deal with *not* being the craziest one in the room, and on two fronts?

    • Fabius_Maximus

      "The Drew Thompson mystery has given me a bit of a Recapper Stiffie,
      mostly because I’m so Drew turns out to be someone we already know."

      I don't think that sentence makes sense.

      It's a pity that the preacher is dead. Is rattlesnake poison really that deadly?

      I would not be surprised if Arlo would be Drew Thompson. Sure, it would be lazy, but it's a possibility.

    • Morgan_LaFai

      Rattlesnake bights are rarely lethal, 1 in 100, and that 1 is usually the old, young, or those with preexisting medical conditions. Because of this, I spent a goodly chunk of my viewing time trying to figure out what type of snakes are that poisons and live in the region.

    • Fabius_Maximus

      Did you find anything?

    • Morgan_LaFai

      The copperhead is the most venomous but though I couldn't find exact statistics, it doesn't look too lethal. But mountain regions generally don't have the crazy poisonous snakes that desert areas produce.

    • BierceAmbrose

      The guy who runs the hardware store.

      - Wants to know how Arlo is doing.

      - Story of Arlo staring in the paint section for half an hour (looking for the ... I'm assuming it's missing drugs.)

      Arlo's been trying to piece this together for 30 years, and waiting for the moment he can cash it in.

    • Nadine


    • Bert_McGurt

      These are the recaps that make me wish stupid Super Channel didn't have a three-week (and one day) delay in showing the new season.

    • Mrs. Julien

      I am not always comfortable watching this show, and not in the good "get outside your comfort zone way", but I absolutely love how strong the women are and that they always fight back.

    • BierceAmbrose

      I was just thinking the same thing. Even more, they're allowed to be complex and ambiguous. Eva's belle in distress, Lady McBeth, queen of the county, gun-moll constellation is delicious. Let's not forget how many people she just shot dead in cold blood.

      The acting matches the material. I'm particularly impressed with what's behind the eyes of the damaged, struggling Ellen May. She's broken, but knows it. Sticks up for herself when she dares, which sometimes works and often doesn't. (We do remember why she's alive vs. dissolved in a mine tailings pond, yes?) She's self-destructive, but mainly through taking the easy way out in crappy situations. She knows that about herself, too. Thing is, behind all the damage, history and drugs she's both insightful and knowing, yet doesn't act on it well, or at all, all the time.

      It's particularly telling that the message of "salvation" which hooks Ellen May isn't the theology, or the chance to lord her superiority over others. It's simply that she's valued, at all. I was loving the performance during her "conversion." She's pragmatically scared, but also aware that she's some kind of pawn, and even while accepting salvation, wondering what's behind it.

      Just this morning I was wondering when I'd get to use this line - There are people. Some people have ovaries. The women on Justified get to be people - complicated, inconsistent, strong, weak, noble, wise, wily, and all the rest. I love that.

      Plus, you know, hotties with screen time balancing out the man-candy.

    • Thanks for the Raiders line. Snakes freak me out.

      Maybe it's the atheist in me, but I was definitely rooting for Boyd in the confrontation between him and the preacher. I didn't want the guy to get bit and die. That's fucked up, which makes it fucked up that I love Boyd so much. There's something about the combination of the southerness and intelligence that is really appealing.

    • I am thinking that Lindsay pulled the theft to protect Raylan from Randall's fists and Randall from Raylan's gun. I don't think she planned this ahead, but it was nice to see the writers did. Either Randall or Lindsay is going to end up dead by season's end.

      Shame about Brother Billy. If he'd recovered, it would have made him a far more powerful nemesis for Boyd.

    • Nadine

      Straight up, I am so shocked Billy is dead already. I thought we'd get most of the season out of him, although I suppose, given how quickly Boyd gave up on bribing and just opted to murder the fuck out him, it shouldn't surprise me that much. And yet, I felt like Mazello(who in that final fight wasn't too boring) was in it for the long haul. I can't decide how I feel about this. He bores me(I don't think he's bad as such, just...dull) and yet, he was just starting to grow on me a little so I'm sort of disappointed, but also, relieved?

      I absolutely do not want Cassie and the church to go anywhere, though. She is distractingly strange looking, but she's clearly evil as anything up to something and I want to see what might happen if Boyd, by accident or design, ends up inheriting the parishioners. I want to know if she lingers like this in every place they go to, or if it is Boyd specifically she was going to try and take everything from.

      I KNEW I knew Eve from somewhere! Oh my god! Randall is my favourite thus far. I reaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllly hope he gets a few more episodes before what ever happens, I reallllllllllllllllyyy like him, he's funny.

      Um...shouty Tim? Yes? Moar? Moar now always plis? Yes. Yes.

      I am, of course, loving how Tim is now part of the bag in the wall case, this bodes well for reasons.

      Along with wondering if Drew is someone we already know(which it fucking HAS to be, right?!), I'm wondering if the Crowders will eventually be involved as well

      But seriously, Drew HAS to be someone already in the show, he has to be, doesn't he? The obvious money is on Arlo because duh, but I mean...that's way too easy, isn't it? Or would they hide him in plain sight because we'll go 'it would never be Arlo' but then...if not Arlo who else is old enough?

      Boyd's father WAS but I really don't think Drew is dead. Or if he isn't someone we know on the show, what older actors that have played cowboys look similar to Timothy Olyphant and would be age appropriate to be both 'Drew' and Raylan's real father?

    • Devin E.

      Boyd didn't murder him, just gave him the opportunity to expose himself as a false prophet. Since his sister had been using him as a pawn he didn't want to believe that he wasn't a "Chosen Vessel" of God and because of his ego was determined to prove he was special at the potential cost of his life.

      I guess since Boyd knew this was a possibility you could definitely say he was the cause, but if I give a man a loaded gun who thinks he is invincible and tell him to shoot himself to prove it, if he puts the gun to his head and pulls the trigger me-thinks it's suicide and not murder. Though there are obvious moral implications in doing so, which is why it's obviously pretty evil of Boyd, but he isn't going to let a backwoods preacher and his sister shake-down his operation and almost get one of his boys killed without repercussions.

    • Nadine

      I specifically meant when he sent Colt and the kid around with guns to either kill or intimidate him but they got all snake bit, that was when he graduated from bribing to just outright killing him.

      But I do see your point.

    • lucas

      I have a feeling Lindsay will receive some vindication. Either kidnapped or maybe helped Randall to protect Raylan or something. BUT I HOPE NOT! Winona wasn't so bad, so it's good that there's someone there to make her look better.

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