He Put A Ring On It And Ten Things We Learned From This Week's Episode of "Justified"
Things We Learned:
Art likes foot puns. WHO DOESN’T, ART? All his arch humor asid-sorry I don’t know how to end that sentence, I just wanted to make my own foot pun.
So it turns out that last week when Hill Person Cousin Mary told Boyd and Raylan they were on “the wrong hill,” she was implying they’d find Drew Thompson on Clover Hill. Basically, the 90210 of Harlan County. I’m very, very disturbed to learn that former Sheriff Napier hosts regular sex parties up there. Here, have a visual.
Ava’s obsessive cleaning this episode was very Lady Macbeth. I loved it. I also love the way Ellen May’s disappearance is wearing on her. What’s going to happen when she finds out Ellen May is alive? Does she have it in her to order the hit again? Would Boyd even ask?
Sheriff Shelby may well be Drew Thompson, and, ultimately, he may only be helping Raylan to help himself. But the way he tracked down “Teddy,” Roz’s new f*ck buddy based off of a clumsy sketch? That was some mighty fine policin’. He also made some nice use of the Ellen May ace up his sleeve. But, to mix my card playing metaphors, did he tip his hand too soon?
This interrogation scene was lovely, particularly the way Olyphant delivered the, “I liked Ellen May” line. But, as we all know, Walton Goggins is the king of delivery. Are we worried about Shelby? Boyd’s drawled threat of “Son you are turning a corner you can’t walk back around” gave me chills.
Yeah yeah, I fell for it last week. Hook line and sinker. Josiah Cairn is absolutely not Drew Thompson. Or…OR, he’s the toughest sunovab*tch alive to hold up under that much torture.
So…Boyd and Arlo’s lawyer was one of the kidnappers? And she went after Josiah based on intel from Arlo? What were the Detroit boys doing lurking outside? Was she working with them as well or were they tracking Josiah? Honestly, I watched the episode twice and I couldn’t suss that connection out.
I’m not sure what to make of this plot line with Deputy Tim’s army buddy Mark and the older brother from “Blossom.” At one point I was all a-flutter thinking it was an excuse to see Deputy Tim strip down. At least we got to see him draw down. The writers are, I believe, setting us up for something big involving Timbo, Colt, drug abuse, PTSD and, fingers crossed, shirtlessness.
In addition to Napier, it looks like the writers are bringing back another familiar face in Hunter Mosley (aka Brent Sexton, aka Rosie Larsen’s dad from “The Killing”). According to Josiah, Hunter (who tried to have Raylan killed) has information on the whereabouts of Drew Thompson.
Carnage: None. Unless you count that business with the blowtorch or what Colt did to prostitute Teri and subsequently to Max, her Tuesday night regular.
Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks and Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson Line Count Rachel=0
Tim=Too many to count.
In an episode with a proposal, this was, weirdly, the most flirtatious line. Do we remember those old “Deputy Tim is gay” rumors?
Ava to Judge Executive Arnolds: “No reason to let them bear claws out.”
Who The H&*$ Is Drew Thompson?!: I guess I’m back on the Shelby theory. I guess…
The Gist: I’m just going to leave you with this whole thing, which was, perversely, my second favorite TV proposal of the year. (And there have been many.) I love these two, even though I oughtn’t.
“It’s a down payment on a house, Ava, anywhere you want it. Maybe it’ll even be a place with a view like this. This is why we’re doing the things we’re doing, it’s for the future. In three generations time we’ll be a old family name, won’t nobody think twice about their kid and a… Crowder kid playing together after school.”