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"Justified" — "Watching The Detectives": "It'll Be A Short And A Lonely Life"

By Joanna Robinson | TV | March 7, 2012 |

By Joanna Robinson | TV | March 7, 2012 |

Things We Learned:

  • The bar Raylan lives above is also a Honky-tonk. The mournful wails of Patsy Cline Light set the mood for the death of Gary Hawkins. I guess Tulsa really wasn’t far enough, buddy. RIP.

  • When Limehouse says he likes to back the winning side, I get the feeling he means, “I like to back both sides so no matter what happens I win. Also something about a side of baby back ribs.” Because Limehouse is a smart man and Quarles is not the smart bet.

  • “Justified” is home to some of the best guest actors on television. In one scene we get Stephen Root, Stephen Tobolowsky and, as AUSA Vasquez, Rick Gomez. (mini “Band Of Brothers” reunion!)

  • Even the Lexington PD are Olyphant fanboys. Det. Garrity practically threw his government issue undies at Raylan’s head.

  • Quarles loves noodles nearly as much as Wynn Duffy loves ladies tennis. Say what you will about the crumbling Duffy/Quarles crime syndicate, those boys know how to coordinate a story. Their tandem interrogation scenes were a thing of beauty. Also, bravo to whichever one of them slapped on a pair of latex gloves and carefully stowed Raylan’s bullet in a Ziploc. Just in case.

  • Nothing like the penis-y antics of Stephen Tobolowsky to make Art forget his exasperation and Tim leave off f*cking with Raylan as the department closed ranks around their own.

  • This episode provided a succinct recap of last season: “All the Bennets ended up, well, in jail or dead.”

  • The constant references to the fatal flaw in Quarles’ track gun (“Does that thing ever jam?”) are either heavy-handed foreshadowing or misdirection.

  • You can’t go wrong with taupe.

  • Oxycontin: When the soothing tones of Evangelical radio aren’t enough to help you forget that everything is unraveling around you.


  • Gary Hawkins (Cause of Death: That bullet. Coming faster.)

    Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks and Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson Line Count

  • Rachel=0
  • Tim=21 glorious lines.

    Winona B*tchwatch

  • I really want to like her. I do. And there are times when her brand of sass is just perfect. (“What am I, an asshole?”) But then there are times, like back in the office, when she tips the scales towards bitchiness. But, all in all, I think we have to give her a free ride this episode what with all the Dead Gary Drama. But is this the last we’ll see of her? I think her “this time, seriously, don’t come find me” coupled with sad plunky music and a stoic Raylan face may signal the send off we’ve been waiting for.

    Favorite Lines All Hail From The Magnificent Wynn Duffy:

  • -“He’s got the ice cold remorseless bottle blonde sh*tbag killer doing scut work?”
    - “Deputy, are you accusing me of being a fake blonde? Because if you need me to prove it to you, I might be inclined to break you over that step-ladder, ride you down like a teaser-pony, and paint this room an entirely different color.”
    -“Now that is the Wynn Duffy I remember.”
  • -“I believe they disproved that on Mythbusters.”

    The Gist: We knew that Quarles would be coming for one of Raylan’s weaknesses and while I speculated that it might be Arlo or Winona, Quarles and Duffy nailed it and (temporarily) Raylan by going after his murky moral code. From the very beginning, this show has been about a man who enjoys skating the line between right and wrong. A man who almost always believes the ends justify the means. Raylan knows he’s done wrong and will continue to do so as long as he can saunter his way out of it. Vasquez called it “all the shit you know you shouldn’t have done,” but we know it’s the juice behind the show. The friction that makes the spark. Sadly, very little Boyd this episode but Tim and Art more than made up for it. Speaking of the increase in Tim screen time, I’ve seen too many Whedon shows. You can’t spoil me with all this great stuff from Tim Gutterson and pull the rug out, Yost. You kill him, you’ll have to answer to me. Well, I guess you’ll have to answer to Raylan first.


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