Kendal: "Man, I ain't gay."
What was the point of this episode? That Kendal is the Crowe family football, and he knows it and can do nothing about it? He's obviously important to the story somehow and I feel for the kid, although he has never inspired the affection and interest I felt in Loretta McCready from the very beginning. The discovery that Wendy and the destructive, careless "Uncle Jack" were Kendal's real parents made sense, but it didn't change anything, did it?
At least Boyd finally got his dope (and the way he and Darryl "gave" the bodies to the Mexican cops while pretending to be missionaries was pretty funny), but when Darryl talked about wanting to be a member of Boyd's family, I immediately thought of Cousin Johnny before Boyd even said it. Darryl and Danny are incredibly untrustworthy, Boyd is no fool, and the Crowder/Crowe partnership is so obviously not going to last for long, so am I just missing the point? Maybe the season will end with a surprise I haven't thought of, or great big shoot out with Boyd and Raylan on the same side like the end of season one. Hey, I can dream, can't I?
We didn't get much of Raylan. He was planning to take Alison to Florida with him to see Winona and his new daughter, but by the end of the episode he'd given his "caller seven" money to Kendal, and Alison had broken up with him. Really? I hope this doesn't mean he's going to hook up with the duplicitous and unpredictable Wendy Crowe. I expect more from Raylan than that.
And speaking of which, I expect more from Justified than what we're getting. Yes, the whole prison thing is giving Ava a story of her own where she isn't just an adjunct to Boyd, and I liked that the "heavenly mother" said that every woman in jail was there because of a man because it's mostly true. But I'm finding it hard to get into the Ava-in-prison story, like pretty much everything else this season.
I was trying to think of what might have changed from last season to this, and of course, it's obvious: Elmore Leonard passed away last summer. Has the heart gone out of the show?
-- That dislocated arm thing made me cringe. Ava is tough, though, and her play worked. For now, anyway. At least Boyd can be her supplier now. If something else doesn't go wrong before they get that shipment back to Harlan.
-- I only just now realized that Danny Crowe is played by A.J. Buckley, who also plays Ed the Ghostfacer on Supernatural. I can't believe I missed that. I knew he looked familiar, but the characters are so different and there were glasses...so that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it.
Dewey: "That's gonna look awful bad, we get pulled over with a load of dead dudes in the truck."
Darryl: "You ain't gotta worry, cousin Dewey. We'll hide 'em underneath all that heroin."
Raylan: "You know that tee shirt? I think you've mistaken me for someone…"
This isn't a terribly long review because I am about to move and my life is a mess right now, so please feel free to post and/or discuss anything I missed in the comments.
Two out of four footballs,
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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