Episodes like this one are the reason Justified is such exceptional television. Who knew that I would ever care if a brute like Choo-Choo lived or died?
Maybe Choo-Choo could have justified killing a bartender who was skimming pocket change, but he simply couldn't make himself kill a prostitute for his own mistake. Even with his mental limitations, Choo-Choo was aware that he had taken a course that would probably lead to his own death at Walker's hands, but he was compelled to do it anyway. It's too bad he couldn't go out the way he wanted. When the train braked before hitting him, I went "aww".
Seeing Walker as a human being for the first time was a surprise for me, too. Even though he is accustomed to killing (a hundred guys for the three of them is a lot), Walker just wasn't emotionally prepared to take out one of his own guys, and it showed. Gold acting stars for Garret Dillahunt (Walker) and Duke Davis Roberts (Choo-Choo).
Speaking of outstanding acting, how about Sam Elliott as Markham? He keeps making my skin crawl. Raylan said that mercenaries like Walker and Choo-Choo know killing, but they don't know crime. Avery Markham knows crime, and he is utterly devious. I have no idea why he proposed to Katherine with that great big diamond. Does he truly believe she ratted out her husband? Is he deflecting because he himself was the rat? Does he know Katherine is plotting to kill him? I have no idea where they're going with this, but the possibility that Markham knows what Katherine is up to is sort of fascinating.
Then there's Ava's uncle Zachariah, who just tried his best to bump Boyd off and ended up taking out the Pig, instead. I wasn't expecting that, although the set-up when Ava and Zachariah were talking about the lights on the helmet and how her father died in a cave-in should have clued me in. Boyd's minions tend to die horribly, don't they? Who'd want that job?
And then there is Boyd, who just got an interesting telephone call from Limehouse. How will he react to the news that Ava was trying to leave town? Which way will he jump? Boyd expressed some serious jealousy and possessiveness when he found Raylan hanging out in Ava's house, so I'm guessing Boyd still loves Ava and he is going to be shocked. (I was seriously disappointed in Limehouse, who is an active protector of abused women. I forgot that Limehouse is also all about the money, and what Ava did to fool Errol was bound to have consequences.)
Boyd did kill his friend Dewey Crowe, as we were reminded when Raylan asked about Dewey's whereabouts. I'm pretty sure Ava is in a different category than Dewey in Boyd's mind, but betrayal is betrayal, isn't it? I've been thinking all along that if Ava truly loved Boyd, she should have told him the truth from the beginning and trusted him to help her figure out a way around the situation with Raylan.
Which brings me around to our hero. I still have no idea what Raylan is doing with Ava. Did he kiss her to shock her back on track as his C.I. (a little more train imagery), or did he just want to hang out at her house to rile Boyd and get in some digs about Dewey Crowe and Mexico?
Nice scene with Art and Rachel. They were so on the same page, maybe not a surprise considering she was his first choice to replace him. It's so interesting that Art and Rachel pretty much agreed that pulling Raylan off the case and starting over was the smart thing to do, but they weren't going to do it. I bet Rachel will end up regretting that particular decision.
Walker is still alive. Maybe he'll turn on Markham. We shall see.
-- Choo-Choo told Caprice about his "alive day", which is a close escape from death. (See Alive Day Memories.) It turned out to be Boyd's "alive day", though. When he went down through the hole in the mine floor, I jumped out of my chair.
-- Boyd has set up Earl in Ava's guest room for her protection. I bet that won't end well.
-- I'm not a fan of gunfights, but the ones on this show are always tense and unpredictable. This one was so real. Very well done.
-- I was so sure that Caprice the kind hooker was going to die, but she didn't. Maybe it was because she was so nice to Choo-Choo. Even the nasty Seabass wasn't enthusiastic about killing her.
-- Wynn Duffy knows the four C's of diamonds: color, clarity, carat-weight, cut. I love Wynn Duffy. I really do.
-- Walker's beard reminds me of Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead, whose beard has gotten out of control. We had a fun discussion about "handsomely bearded and psychotically bearded" this week.
Ava: "Anyone but me just plain tired of the bullshit burdens of Southern hospitality?"
Detective: "Some murders the good Lord just wants to see solved."
Tim: "Silver lining. You keep that card on you, cops ever find you buried in a shallow grave, they know to give us a call."
Raylan: "Wonderful things can happen when you sow seeds of distrust in a garden of assholes."
Tim: "You just come up with that?"
Raylan: "I read it somewhere."
Tim: "Well, do me a favor and say it again slow so I can write it down."
According to Goodreads, it's an Elmore Leonard quote from Glitz. Of course.
Wynn: "The fact that he asked you to marry him doesn't mean he's not playing you. [...] Either way, we're gonna have to kill him."
Katherine: "Oh, it matters. If he's playing me, we're gonna have to kill him slow."
Four out of four C's of diamonds,
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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