The strength of this series is how human the characters are. Good guys, bad guys, they all come across as real people.
Boyd is a bad guy. We know he is. He just murdered a friend. But after six seasons of ups and downs, I still can't help but like Boyd. I spent the entire episode feeling uncomfortable about the fact that his current choices are probably going to kill him. Or more likely, kill Ava.
Avery Markham could very well be a badder guy than Boyd. The scene in Ava's kitchen when Markham tilted his head and just looked at her gave me chills. Markham said that Ava was a token to be used to keep her man in line. He told Boyd "I'm going to kill you", but he was looking directly at Ava.
Unfortunately, Boyd has decided he is going to rob Markham anyway, and I am experiencing final-season-itis big time because this episode made me dread what's coming. After the opener where Boyd and Ava got adorably drunk together and reminded me of how much I enjoyed seeing them become a couple back in season two, all I could think of was that I wanted the two of them to just skip town together. If Boyd is ready to risk Ava's life to pull this one last job, then maybe he doesn't love Ava as much as I thought he did.
I'm also starting to wonder if maybe Raylan is subconsciously reluctant to put Boyd away. Rachel thinks so, and has given Ava a week to produce something or it's back to prison she goes. That's probably why Ava decided to move her relationship with Boyd back into the bedroom. Gold acting stars for Joelle Carter because she was terrific in this episode: frightened, angry, reluctantly seductive, drunk, hung over, clearly uncomfortable casing the Pizza Portal. (I was completely creeped when Walker and Choo-Choo found her near the vault, and didn't expect her to be able to just walk away.)
The B plot with Raylan's old mine buddy Luther was sad, although Boyd's idiot minion Earl got a few moments to shine. The Halloween masks were hilarious, like Luther wouldn't know he was being robbed by his own son. I most certainly didn't think Luther should take the rap for his criminal idiot of a son, although I understood why he did it. That prompted more talk about Raylan's baby daughter, and what he would do to protect her. Definitely a final season theme.
You know, Boyd is planning to do something extremely dangerous, and I think he needs better minions. Carl is smart, but Earl and the Pig leave a lot to be desired. Don't they?
Bits and pieces:
-- Avery Markham is from Kentucky, but he doesn't like bourbon. That's okay. I'm from Atlantic City and I hate salt water taffy.
-- Katherine is sleeping with Markham. Either she is playing both sides of the fence, or I'm betting he'll kill her.
-- Raylan called Earl a "hilljack asswaffle", which may be my new favorite insult. (Unless it's a breakfast food I've never heard of.) I thought it was also pretty funny that Raylan called Earl "numbnuts" after he had personally numbed Earl's nuts.
-- They showed Raylan's grave stone at Arlo's house. That better not be foreshadowing.
-- Carl called Walker "Skippy". Maybe Walker won't be as offended as he was by "peacock".
-- Wynn Duffy has a tanning bed. Too funny. Too coffin-like, too. Where's the RV?
-- During the bar scene Ava and Boyd talked about letterman jackets and cheerleader skirts as if they were rewriting their youth. I also loved the way Ava kept pulling up the bodice of her strapless dress. She's so beautiful that gestures like that make her human.
-- This episode was directed by actor Peter Weller. He did a good job.
Raylan: "I don't claim to be Stephen Hawking, Luther, but fundamental addition and subtraction I can speak to some mastery of."
Earl: "Five men, three beds. You think we're dealing with somethin'… untoward?"
Boyd: (impatiently) "I think they're sleeping in shifts."
Raylan: "I ain't gonna grab it. I'm just gonna shoot it off. You understand me, Earl? I'm gonna shoot your dick off."
Raylan always does what he threatens to do, so I was expecting Earl to be neutered at the end of the episode. Not yet, I guess.
Raylan: "I was gonna let him go. Send him back to Boyd jumpy, get him all spun up before I swoop back down on my white horse."
Rachel: "That's actually how you see this going down, isn't it?"
Raylan: "Why not? It worked for Gary Cooper."
Wynn: "When you search Crowder, make sure you get his cigarettes."
Three out of four hilljack asswaffles,
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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