by Billie Doux
This one seemed low key for the penultimate episode of the season. But I thought it was rather cool that, as we're nearing the end, a lot of the characters did some pretty good things.
Limehouse gave up many thousands of dollars that the Holler needed, and let Ellen May go free. In turn, Ellen May embraced her new faith and confessed her sin to Cassie, the preacher's sister. (Even Cassie got some effective screen time, expressing how she felt to Tim about her lack of faith and the loss of her brother.) Drew risked a nasty death in prison to insist on protection for Ellen May. And Ava realized that she couldn't kill an innocent woman in cold blood.
Colton came to the realization that he'd killed enough people and done too much wrong, so instead of killing two women and a fellow veteran, Colton deliberately committed suicide by cop. That exhalation of cigarette smoke after he died was sort of amazing, like a visual representation of his soul leaving his body. He was at peace with his decision. It almost made me like him. And Tim obviously knew what Colt was doing, and I think he may have chosen to help a fellow vet out of this life.
(The beginning of the scene in the tent started out somewhat comical, too. Ellen May and Cassie were having a heart to heart, Colt entered, then Ava, then Tim. Sort of like Kentucky French farce with tent flaps instead of doors. I wasn't expecting it to end the way it did.)
Boyd was consistently Boyd-like, quoting Emerson, charming Nicky Augustine, taking one logical step after another to contain a losing situation, and finally at the end, deciding to do the only thing left that he could to protect Ava, which was getting rid of the evidence. (Maybe he should have gotten to that point sooner.) I also enjoyed seeing another side of Nicky in that sincere and heartfelt apology he gave to Ava, and the pleasant way he interacted with Boyd. Not that I think Nicky is sincere or pleasant in any possible way.
And then there's Raylan. I liked that he was so intent on Winona telling him she was having a girl that he didn't even notice the noise and congratulations as he came in the door. And that he insisted on helping Drew save Ellen May. We haven't gotten enough quality Raylan this season, have we?
But of course, the episode ended with a foreshadowing of badness in the season finale. Theo Tonin now knows where Winona is. The thing is, on every other television show, we could be certain that nothing would happen to the very pregnant Winona. But since this is Justified, I'm wondering if she might actually die. I'm already worried about losing Ava, because it just feels like her character's arc is coming to a close. Losing either of them would be devastating to Raylan, to Boyd. Are they going to go there?
Bits and pieces:
-- What forms did Winona want Raylan to sign? Something to do with custody? Not that that's important now.
-- It almost looked like Limehouse had Ellen May in Raylan's old, ratty motel room.
-- Limehouse was flirting heavily with Rachel. Very funny. Roar!
-- Paranoid Nicky Cush listening for drones overhead was really funny, too. As was his inadequate armor.
-- Can I completely ignore Boyd's horrendously racist remark about dark meat at Thanksgiving, please?
-- Why is Drew still in his uniform? You'd think they'd have gotten him into prison duds as quickly as they could.
-- Picker, who villainously put together a rocker for Winona, is famous for playing a Klingon on the original Star Trek. I didn't recognize him at first.
-- Did Rachel let Johnny go? I hope she did. I'm somewhat fond of Johnny and I'm hoping his story isn't over yet.
-- Hallelujah, Justified fans! The show was just renewed, so we're getting another season! Not that I'm surprised.
Raylan: "I don't know shit about girls."
Winona: "That is so sweet, saying it like I don't already know."
Rachel: "Does this mean you're finally getting a haircut?"
Please say yes, Raylan. I'm not a fan of how Timothy Olyphant has been looking this season. Although it's nearly impossible for him to look bad. Wait, I'm remembering a bad movie where they made him shave his head. Much worse than long hair.
Boyd: "A man who speaks out of both sides of his mouth deserves to have it permanently shut."
Ava: "Who said that?"
Boyd: "Boyd Crowder."
Boyd: "Seeing as how Drew Thompson is already in the marshals' custody, why you're cutting off the tail of my cousin and offering him up is opaque to me."
Nicky: "I'm gonna need Google Translate on my phone if I'm gonna keep talking to you."
Limehouse: "Your presence gives me the fidgets."
Tim: "So we are literally searching every outhouse, dog house hen house, just on the off chance that she's here?"
Nice reference to the famous line by Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive. I wonder if U.S. marshals quote him all the time?
Raylan: "It's my job being a dick. It'd be weird if you liked me."
This episode was completely different from last week's excellent romp, but think it was just as good. Four out of four prostitutes that don't look like Julia or Eric Roberts,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.