They've been signalling pretty strongly that it would be gently wafting curtains for Art, but I wanted to be wrong. At least he isn't gone yet, which makes it possible that he might recover and retire with his wife Leslie, whom we just met for the first time.
The thing is, I was so expecting it, especially under the circumstances (alone with Alison? Really?) that while I gasped and got upset, it didn't have that much of an impact on me. I was also not quite feeling Raylan. If he was genuinely upset and feeling guilty, it didn't come across as well as it should have. Especially with an actor as good as Timothy Olyphant.
And of course, I'm still confused about who actually shot Art. Did Darryl do it and force Kendal to confess to it, or did Darryl make Kendal do the actual shooting? Maybe I'm just not on top of things. March has been a rough month for me. And I wish I cared more about Kendal. His story has felt like a deliberate callback to Loretta McCready, but nowhere near as effective.
I thought at first that Ed Kirkland was going to stick around as the boss, but no. Rachel Brooks is interim chief, and Art never told her that it was a possibility. I loved her face when she realized it was going to be her. I get the feeling her relationship with Raylan is about to get a lot more interesting.
Meanwhile back in Harlan, I really enjoyed Boyd's storyline this week. Like Ava, Boyd realized that it was time to make some changes in order to survive, and he did it while still providing for his two loyal minions as well as Ava, just in case it didn't work out. During the initial take-down in the hotel room, I thought at first that Boyd had sold out to the law in order to take down Picker and Wynn Duffy, and that taking out the cigarette was the signal, but no -- that cigarette was for something a lot more Boyd-like. I was so not expecting it, but I should have. So much for Picker.
(Hey, I'm just glad Boyd didn't actually take up smoking again. It's hazardous to your health, you know. Plus the hotel has a nonsmoking policy.)
Which way will Wynn Duffy go? He's very smart, but he also might think he's smart enough to outwit and take out Boyd. I'm also wondering why they brought in Mary Steenburgen as Katherine Hale when she hasn't done much yet but act threatening. At least this time we got that lovely venomous conversation with AUSA Vasquez, with whom she apparently has a past. Vasquez has been waiting around for a good subplot to hit him. Maybe this will be it.
The Ava stuff in the prison may be my least favorite Justified subplot ever. Will all great Neptune's ocean wipe this blood clean from my elbow? I did like the ice cream tribute, though. Apparently, Ava's murderous gamble paid off and she's the new queen of the cellblock. For now.
-- I liked Alison packing up her dope right in front of Art. She has nerve.
-- Penny backed Ava up beautifully. I totally get why she would want to take out the woman who was pimping her out to a guard, but is Penny completely reliable, or is she waiting to make a move of her own?
-- Michael Rapaport's scene in the Lexington office was probably his best yet. I am still totally underwhelmed by Darryl as a character, though. He's just despicable and slimy, and Justified villains tend to have more complexity.
-- Another thing that's driving me nuts is the spelling of all these character names: Daryl and Darryl, Allison and Alison, Kendal and Kendall. Every site seems to be spelling them differently. I hate that.
-- A big thank you to Jess Lynde, who covered the last two weeks of Justified for me and did a terrific job.
Art: "If I were to admit to hitting him, could you call it child abuse and take custody of him for me?"
Alison: "I like you."
Boyd: "I may not know a lot about a lot of things, but I do know how to blow shit up."
Considering the content, this should have been a four star episode. But it wasn't. Three out of four ice cream tributes, and Al had better make it,
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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