Boyd: "The principal's office, huh?"
Raylan: "I thought the metaphor was apt."
They just paid off a ton of character set-up, and they did it beautifully.
Like Constable Bob. I'd grown to like him so much that watching him get savagely beaten made me cringe. I did not expect Constable Bob to come out the winner in that confrontation, much less continue to spout James Bond-like quips about Nancy Drew and Drewbacca while he was getting kicked on the floor. But I should have remembered that Constable Bob is awesome. He's a smart, courageous butterball of a man. Seriously, can they run him for sheriff of Harlan County or something? I hear the job is open.
They paid off Colt, too, and did it while showing how cool Tim was at the same time. (Tim was slightly more awesome than Colt, but it was close.) Colt's ambush didn't come off because Tim could smell it, but I loved the two of them bantering on the phone about Forrest Gump and a young Gerard Depardieu and ambushes and Afghanistan because it showed that they respected each other as opponents. The Molotov cocktail was also cool. The big question is, was Colt acting alone killing Mort the guy from Detroit, or was he doing what Boyd told him to do?
(Maybe Colt just didn't want to kill Tim.)
I've been complaining all season that there hasn't been enough Raylan and Boyd in the same room. At least they were in the same room for a couple of minutes this time, and gave us all the edgy banter we love. The thing about this show is, we need to be on Raylan's side in something like this and of course, we are, but it's awfully hard not to root for Boyd, too. Boyd said that he didn't believe in God, which I took to mean that he didn't believe in Theo Tonin. I really want Boyd to be trying in some complicated way to be free of Tonin, but I could just be projecting my own desires onto the character.
The Constable Bob thing was upsetting, but Nicky Augustine knocking Boyd's teeth out of his mouth in the opening scene also had an imediacy and a grittiness that was very effective. We see people getting beaten on TV all the time, unfortunately, and I think we get blasé about it. It takes a lot of skill to film scenes like that and make you feel it. It unsettled me.
So did the obscene way Nicky Augustine spoke to Ava about how she became a madam. He was revolting. (I kept thinking of the lovable dad he plays on Glee, and shuddering.) I thought Ava would lose her temper, but I forgot she was the woman who cooked her husband's favorite meal to get him off guard so that she could kill him at the dinner table. It was Cousin Johnny that lost it, and I wonder if that's what Augustine was going for.
Johnny loves Ava. That explains a lot.
Finally, I so enjoyed the showdown at the high school. It was a great little plot point that the action converged at the high school because Raylan, Boyd, Johnny and Ava remembered the astronaut landing a helicopter on the baseball diamond. I loved that Raylan gave Constable Bob credit for his complete awesomeness. And I also loved that Raylan trusted Rachel to take Drew in alone on a freight train.
Bits and pieces:
-- I never would have thought you'd have to take a tow truck along with a convoy, but it makes sense. Plus, they're convenient to hide behind when you're ambushed.
-- When Yolo (You Only Live Once) was beating Constable Bob, "Love Train" was playing in the background.
-- Constable Bob also asked if the Drew Yolo was looking for was "Drew Mama" and "Drew-sitania". (Lusitania?) I honestly think Yolo was thrown off guard by Bob's quips. He probably thought Bob would fold like a cheap tent.
-- Drew told a wonderful story about how he first met Arlo, stoned on LSD, standing in front of a whorehouse in Saigon. It's too bad Raylan wasn't ready to listen to folksy reminiscences because Raylan needs to talk about Arlo to someone.
-- Drew believes he's going to die soon. Since he's awesome, he's probably right. Even though I'd like to see him make it to Mexico. Or at least bamboozling everyone he meets in prison.
-- I was expecting a big shoot out and we didn't get one. Maybe for the finale?
Art: "You wouldn't happen to have a rocket launcher, would you?"
State cop: "Sadly, no."
Raylan: "Smell that? It's irony."
Colton: "Holy shit. They circled the wagons." Which was exactly what I was thinking when he said it.
Drew: "Irony's not lost on me that high school is my last stop before prison, as they are about the same."
Rachel: "My God, what happened?"
Raylan: "What happened is Bob is a tough son of a bitch."
Drew: "I want you to know I can be the man I became, not just the man I was."
I was a bit sorry he didn't get the chance. It'd be interesting to see what he'd do with the opportunity.
Art: "A Molotov cocktail. I haven't seen one of those since that Guns n' Roses concert in 1989."
Raylan: "Who's your friend?"
Boyd: "Picker. I didn't think to ask if he played guitar."
I didn't get that one until the second time I heard it.
Art: "Nobody smokes? This is Kentucky, not Sausalito. What's wrong with you people?"
Nicky (re: Ava): "Okay. I see what you like about her."
Picker: "Who's he?"
Raylan: "He's the man who killed Yoohoo."
Raylan: "Whatever. People underestimate Bob at their peril."
They sure do.
Terrific episode. Four out of four cigarette lighters,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.