by Billie Doux
Art: "She's the best marshal I got."
Raylan: "You realize I'm sitting right here."
Okay. So you screw up your life and end up in prison and when you're out and in a halfway house, you forget to do your chores and lose your privileges. So in order to give your son a birthday present, you beat up your halfway house manager, shoot your friend and steal his car, break into your mother-in-law's house and tie her up, and create an armed standoff in a kid's pizza restaurant. Overreact much?
I know how strongly people feel about their kids, because I'm a parent myself. But if you're going to cut a swath of near death and destruction to give your kid a present, you could at least give him something better than the stupidest looking toy I have ever seen in my life. How appropriate that the idiotic Furby knockoff ended up lying in the wood shavings, crying. Although the end of the episode when Clinton had to admit to his son that the marks on the toy were blood was rather sad. Most obvious symbolism in a great big way.
Although it was nice (no, slash that, interesting) to learn a little more about Rachel and her not-Cosby-show childhood (I do like Rachel), the scene with the frightening Bennetts was more compelling. Raylan walked right into a Bennett family gathering and confronted Mags with the murder on the oxy bus. Brave, indeed. Why did he do it? Yes, to keep the Dixie Mafia from wreaking havoc in Harlan county, but I think Raylan wanted Mags to know what her sons had done so that she could fix the problem.
Dickie said that he thought Mags wanted them to kill Raylan. Coover agreed. Doyle was the only one with sense. Although I doubt Doyle would hesitate if he thought they could get away with it.
Along with the Bennetts, I also really enjoyed the scenes with Boyd and Ava. Was she flirting with him? I think she was, and I think Boyd noticed that she was. And she got a rifle to back him up, too, when the bad guys came by. Please tell me Boyd is not going to succumb to temptation and $80,000. I just don't have any sense of trust in Kyle and Pruitt. Maybe I'm just not the trusting type.
-- I like how the story evolved in regard to Rachel's sister. At first, it was that Clinton had killed her, then that he had killed her while driving high, and then that he had crashed the car while trying to get her to the hospital. And then we learned that she had been into drugs since she was nine. There are layers to every story.
-- Raylan brought Mags an apple pie, her murder weapon. And Raylan gave Loretta a marshals' coin for kids that said, "Justice is coming."
-- When Mags was yelling at Raylan, she stood right over him and shouted down. There was another reference to trouble between their families 21 years ago, this time in reference to Dickie's limp. And after Raylan left, Mags referred to "bigger plans."
-- Boyd was reading Of Human Bondage. I tried it once and never finished it.
-- Boyd always wondered what he'd look like with long hair, loves music, but can't sing. I have a hard time picturing Walton Goggins with long hair.
-- Olander, Clinton's project manager, was a freaking saint. I guess he truly believes in what he's doing. More power to him.
-- Emmett Arnett was back, and is apparently going straight by using Gary's mall property as a financial base. (The thing with the pants was a great character moment.) We got to meet his secretary in person this time. :) The terrifying Wynn Duffy is in charge now, which isn't good.
-- Gary uses foil and vanilla to make a vacant house smell like baking cookies. That's Gary all over.
-- Winona lied to Gary about when she started with Raylan.
-- Raylan and Winona still need to work on their communication skills. He keeps taking the wrong cue from her. I think Raylan is right about Gary's divorce gambit.
Doyle: "Do you have any idea of the federal shit storm we'd bring down if we killed a marshal? We're talking Black Hawk helicopter time. Jesus. I don't want either of you two doing shit, or even contemplating doing shit, until you run it by someone who can think."
Raylan: "Are you wearing pants?"
Emmett: (behind his desk) "I like to maintain my creases. Stay sharp."
Raylan: "How much of a bad guy is her brother in law? Heads in a duffel bag, or just an asshole?"
Art: "He killed her sister."
Art: "Why do I have the office where the deputies shoot people?"
Raylan: "She reacted faster than I did."
Art: "You're getting old."
Raylan: "Not as old as you."
Art: "And you're a dick."
Raylan: "I never bore any illusions that my family was the Cosbys."
Art: "Your family wasn't funny."
Tim: "At least you got to shoot your father. Mine had the nerve to die before I got back from Basic with skills and a loaded weapon."
Raylan: "You didn't miss much. I thought it was gonna be way more fun than it was."
I'd say three out of four ridiculous-looking furbots,