Justified: Foot Chase

"Is that why you called? Foot puns?"

Justified is always fun to watch, but this episode seemed to be all over the place.

Boyd has cleverly narrowed down the Drew Thompson search to thirteen guys, and Ava managed to wrangle an invitation to a party where they might be (I think). Boyd's lawyer Sonya, whom I am assuming is also working for Theo Tonin, took a more direct approach -- although she drew the line at using a blowtorch. That scene made me cringe. And I was disappointed that suddenly footless Josiah wasn't Drew Thompson, after all. I'm deeply fond of Gerald McRaney; I hope Josiah doesn't just disappear into a hospital for the rest of the season.

Sheriff Shelby has been hanging around the series for awhile, but until now, he hasn't had much (or really anything) to do with Raylan. For me, the best part of this episode was Timothy Olyphant and Jim Beaver spending so much of it together, making it a major Deadwood reunion and a joy to watch. It felt to me like Shelby was overreacting to Raylan's accusation that he was in Boyd's pocket, probably because he's in the process of extricating himself from Boyd. Good luck with that, Shelby.

The other highlight of this episode was Boyd's romantic proposal to Ava over a depressingly appropriate box full of money. They've come such a long way from their adversarial (with guns) in-law relationship in the pilot episode, and I was so pleased that Ava had a major attack of conscience about Ellen May. Do they really have a chance at a fairly normal marriage, kids, a nice house with a view? Pretty to think so, but probably not.

I also thought it was interesting that cousin Johnny had a couple of possibly positive scenes -- going with Colton to beat up a guy who had hurt Teri, one of the girls at Audrey's (except that the guy didn't, but Johnny didn't know that), and telling Boyd in a sideways sort of way that Wynn Duffy was out to kill him. That second thing in particular could be taken a few different ways. An attack of conscience, like Ava's? Was Johnny just mocking Boyd, taking pleasure in his own betrayal? Bringing it up as cover? Hard to tell, but I hope it was his conscience. Maybe Johnny isn't so bad, after all.

Colton was sort of amusing and quirky before, but this episode graduated his status to despicable. We didn't know before that he was a junkie, and clearly, Boyd and Ava don't know, either. He is trying to find and (I assume) kill Ellen May, and he beat up Teri, one of her friends, for information. Then he lost it with that poor regular of Teri's that he knew very well had done nothing to Teri. I was sort of going, okay, he's awful, why so many scenes with him?

I thought the same about the Tim subplot. I like Tim, but mostly when he's backing up and/or reacting to Raylan. I have absolutely no interest in Tim's buddy Mark, the thief and drug addict.

And all Art got to do was make foot puns. At least they were really good foot puns.

Bits: (which always seems like a weird section title when an episode is about detached body parts)

-- Raylan said it had been awhile since he shot someone. It was last season, wasn't it? Not counting the bean bag rounds.

-- Apparently, Hunter would probably know who Drew Thompson is, so I am assuming that Brent Sexton is returning.

Quotes:

Raylan: "Tim tell you I wasn't coming in?"
Art: "Yes, he did. He said the game was afoot."

Roz: "I didn't have no goddam sex with Teddy."
Raylan: "No, I'm sure you and Rapes-With-a-Smile here were just talking."

Raylan: "I think Lynyrd Skynyrd's overrated. I know you're in Boyd's pocket."

Tim: "Hey, Boyd Crowder's ride."
Colton: "Hey, Marshal Givens's sidekick."

Boyd: "That's what assholes do, Raylan. They get old and die from being assholes."

Two out of four foot puns,

Billie
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Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.

3 comments:

Josie Kafka said...

I'd forgotten that Timothy Olyphant and Jim Beaver were in Deadwood together. I was having too much fun imagining a Justified/Supernatural crossover, in which Raylan helps Sam and Dean fight a Kentucky Derby Demon. (Speedy devil.)

Jess Lynde said...

Definitely enjoyed Olyphant and Beaver together, but agree that it's a bummer about the Josiah theory being wrong. Of course, as soon as Roz said the guys called Josiah "Drew" I knew the theory was done for. Oh well. My new favorite candidate is Shelby, but it doesn't really feel like that works. I just know he's mixed up in this more than it currently seems. Of course, I'll be perfectly happy if he just ends up being a new "good guy" ally of Raylan's.

I definitely like Boyd and Ava together, but I have to admit I was a bit troubled by this proposal. Either Boyd comes across as terrible for trying to distract Ava from serious ethical/moral concerns with a marriage proposal, or Ava comes across as terrible for being okay with the moral compromises so long as they are building a life together. I'm glad those two are in it for the long haul (or until one of them gets killed), but this proposal did not strike a romantic chord for me.

Totally agreed on the Tim story thread. I'm somewhat flummoxed that I didn't care for getting more Tim time, but it just didn't feel right. I got nervous that something really bad was going to happen to him. I, too, like it better when he's the dry sidekick. Although I did really love the way he and Colt greeted each other.

A ha! Brent Sexton's character! I wondered if we knew who this Hunter fellow was. I had forgotten all about him. I'm glad this latest lead is an old character, and not someone totally new.

I got some meta amusement from the "idiot client" kidnapper being played by Lew Temple, the guy that plays Axel on The Walking Dead. That guy always seems to show up when foot-chopping is in the mix. What a weird way to be typecast! :)

ChrisB said...

Like the rest of you, I loved the Raylan/Shelby scenes, especially the last one where they are laughing in the car. I never saw Deadwood, but I like Josie's idea of a Supernatural crossover.

Like Jess, the Ava/Boyd proposal worried me, especially after the look Boyd gives her as she is walking out of his office. I genuinely thought he was taking her up to the top of that hill to kill her, so the proposal just felt icky. I can only assume Boyd is setting Ava up, and I don't like that feeling.

I had completely forgotten about Hunter, so much so that I had to go onto Justified's wiki and look him up. I would love for him to be part of all this.