by Billie Doux
Boyd: "Well, I been to Iraq. It's a lot like Detroit, except you have better music."
Can there be too much set-up in a season premiere?
With action in three states, the introduction of the Crowes and the Canadian cartel, Ava's hopeless legal problems, a chainsaw torture scene (that they thankfully didn't show us -- hearing it was bad enough) and an incredibly high body count, I was sort of going, wait a minute, slow down there.
Raylan went to Florida for something to do with Darryl Crowe's probation, I think. The Crowes, and there were several, do indeed appear to be murderous, as advertised. Killing one of their own because he screwed up was cruel, although I guess you don't want to keep relatives around if they kill your business associates. Did Darryl actually feed Dilly's body to the crocodiles? I certainly got that impression that he did. There aren't any crocs in Kentucky. They'll have to find a friendly mine shaft for future body disposal, I suppose.
I was a bit confused about the "sugar business" they needed to replace, which was why they decided to relocate to Kentucky. Did they mean actual sugar? That wasn't a euphemism for something else? I was impressed with Wendy Crowe the legal secretary; she was smart and reckless. Darryl, not so much. He just kept reminding me of William Sanderson on the Bob Newhart Show talking about my brother Daryl and my other brother Daryl. That Haitian guy who played with crocodiles was a lot more intimidating.
Boyd and Wynn Duffy taking a road trip to Detroit was even stranger than the crocodiles, although there were similarities. Apparently the Detroit mafia is in free fall, and as a result, Sammy Tonin came to a swift end on the fifteenth floor of a very ugly building. And there are Canadian mobsters who like donuts. Maybe I'll figure it all out later.
I spent most of the episode feeling bad about poor outlaw Boyd who got shot in the ear, couldn't get his beloved Ava out of prison, and had to carry that briefcase full of cash for the entire episode. At least he and Wynn Duffy were fun together, and it was interesting how they managed to communicate effectively without saying a word. Maybe they're better partners than I thought they'd be.
And how cool is it that Jere Burns is now a cast member? Isn't it nice when you have a talented character actor doing such a great job with a small part that the producers keep bringing him back and giving him more to do, and voila, he and his amazing eyebrows are now in the cast?
There were lots and lots of guest stars and returning characters, like the wonderful Judge Reardon of the concealed Speedos, Wade Messer, and AUSA Vasquez, who deserves a plotline of his own. The wonderfully named Elvis Machado (Sucre from Prison Break) felt like a more significant guest star, but surprised me by meeting an early end. And I thought they were setting up Gregg Sutter, that nice middle-aged marshal in Florida, to die tragically, but no. Maybe later in the season. I'll try not to care about him.
Sam Anderson from Angel and Lost returned as undertaker Paxton, who apparently just met a much-deserved end for his over-the-top nastiness. His beautiful Latvian physician wife Mara said, "It's okay, baby. I'll take care of you." How? Will she embalm him?
And there was the wonderful pool scene with Dewey Crowe, a big favorite of mine, who used his settlement from the Marshal service to take over Audry's. Even though I saw it about fifteen times in the commercials, Raylan shooting out Dewey's pool was awesome. Raylan shot out a raft in Florida, too.
I was relieved that everyone was back in Kentucky by the end of the episode. Why did Winona move to Florida? To put some distance between herself and Raylan? It was sad that Raylan chose not to visit her and his new daughter. Maybe it was too hard to say goodbye, as Gregg Sutter, the nice marshal in Florida, said to Raylan.
Bits and pieces:
-- The episode began with a brief tribute to Elmore Leonard led by Timothy Olyphant. I think they're going to miss him. Until I read the Raylan books last summer, I had no idea how many bits of Justified were taken from Leonard's books. (The answer is, a lot. I also understand that a lot of Leonard's books are set in Florida and/or Detroit.)
-- Boyd is wearing Ava's engagement ring on his watch chain. I actually thought for a moment that he'd follow Paxton's suggestion and confess to killing Delroy himself. He still might, I suppose.
-- Jimmy, who I will forever think of as "Snake-in-the-face", is still one of Boyd's henchmen. His face is looking better.
-- Where's Cousin Johnny? I also missed Tim and Rachel.
-- The producers have announced that season six (next season) might be the last. As much as I love the show and would hate to see it go, I'm on board with them setting an end date and winding up the story while they're on top instead of continuing long past their logical expiration date.
Raylan: "You might want to note for the record that he thought he had four kidneys."
Jimmy: "Boyd, he got your ear."
Boyd: "I know. I'm the one who got shot."
Wade: "Can I get you a blow job or something?"
Raylan: "Just some water."
Raylan: "I'm gonna shoot your balls off and feed them to the squirrels if you don't tell me what you know."
Guy: "What happened to you there?"
Boyd: "Ceiling fan."
Raylan: "You're still here hanging out, pretending to be Tonton Macoute?"
Haitian guy: "Know what that means? Tonton Macoute? Uncle Gunny Sack."
I had no idea who or what Tonton Macoute was. Fortunately, the internet knows everything.
Canadian mob guy: "The idea behind organized crime is it's supposed to be organized."
I was certainly entertained as well as confused, but I wasn't blown away. Three out of four Canadian donut shops,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for a ridiculously long time. More Billie Doux.