Rallying after losing Ava, Boyd continued to consolidate his power in Harlan by making a deal with a Mexican cartel represented by a Korean consigliere (Ando from Heroes!) and, surprisingly, hiring the Crowes to do his dirty work.
I had actually reached the point where I was wondering how the Crowes had managed to live this long; with the notable exception of Wendy, they're all destructive idiots. But once they acquired a strong leader, they were a force to be reckoned with. I just wonder if Darryl and Danny are smart enough to realize that turning on Boyd would be an incredibly stupid move. I bet they'll do it, anyway.
Because he's not pretending to be a rabid racist any more, Boyd didn't succeed quite as well with his plan to provide protection for Ava in her new digs at Orange is the New Black. Also interesting that having her hair butchered may have shocked Ava into taking some action of her own. It's about time, too. Ava is no shrinking violet who can't manage without Boyd's protection. She's the woman who set up and killed her abusive husband at the dinner table, after all. I'm suddenly a lot more interested in Ava's story this season.
It's sad that we didn't get to see Raylan telling Art the truth about Nicky Augustine, because that was a scene I really wanted to see. Art punching Raylan out was fun, though. If that was the only price Raylan will pay, then he got off easy. And Rachel's part of the story was also fun; I always enjoy Raylan and Rachel together. I think she really wanted to just help Raylan, although I had initially assumed, as Raylan did, that Art had sent her along to keep an eye on his very bad rogue deputy marshal.
Alison's reaction to Raylan confronting the Crowes about running her off the road was interesting, too. She said that Raylan was a hero who would run into a burning building without blinking an eye, but that he was also the one who probably set the fire. Perceptive.
The best scene of the week was Boyd's clever minion Carl, duct-taped to a chair and bleeding, explaining that he and Danny had forgotten their safety word. (Danny's face was priceless. It was like he wanted to deny everything but knew he couldn't and his expression was warring with itself.) Snake-in-the-face Jimmy also got a good scene in this episode. And so did Hot Rod, who managed with subterfuge to convey his dire Cousin Johnny situation to Boyd over the phone. Johnny had better get his ducks in a row because if Boyd says he's going to kill him, I bet Johnny's days are numbered.
-- Kendal backed up Danny's lie about the Haitian. I am betting that this particular lie might split the Darryl and Danny apart. Here's hoping.
-- That poor old guy Mike got bamboozled by the Crowes and lost his house, his store and his hunting cabin. I bet that saw was meant for him.
-- There was a fun Dewey Crowe scene where he unsuccessfully tried to sell his damaged above ground pool so that he could get out of town. His cell phone cutting out while he was trying to threaten Boyd was also funny. Can you hear me now?
Tim: "What, did you slip in Art's shower?"
Wynn: "You must be Mr. Yoon."
Mr. Yoon: "And how do you know that? Oh, the one wonton among the tortillas?"
Boyd: "I would have said 'kimchee in the salsa'."
Mr. Yoon: "Oh, that's good."
Danny: "Carl said he ain't gonna press charges. He said we were up there doing some sex thing, and it was… it was… consens… it was consexual."
I am now seeing the family resemblance because that could have been a Dewey Crowe line.
Boyd: "One lesson you could never understand is why make an enemy when you can make a friend."
Seriously. The world would be a better place, wouldn't it?
Raylan: "That’s why you came along, right? Report back to the boss that the chronic problem deputy was kept in check by the office kiss ass?"
Rachel: "You might see it that way if you were a son of a bitch."
Certainly not as strong as the previous episode, but it had its moments. Three out of four kimchees in the salsa,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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