Despite the constant references and even the actual carrying out of torture and accidental murder, this episode was a bit on the light side.
There was the return of some of our favorite guest stars, like Limehouse and the not-dead-yet-I-guess Errol from the wonderful Noble's Holler. Patton Oswalt's Constable Bob is also one of my favorites and the way he took down Errol with the taser was like a comic pratfall. Interesting that electricity was something of a theme. I was also amused when Rachel kept waiting to enter the room while Wynn and Mikey were poking the despicable Albert Bekis with a cattle prod. Rachel has her moments.
But like the earlier episodes of this season, this one mostly centered on Ava, who is so freaked by the myriad of threats against her that she made an aborted attempt to leave town. I was confused by the way she was feeding Boyd his favorite dishes because it felt like a deliberate callback to the way she killed Bowman. Is Ava capable of killing Boyd pre-emptively? Boyd hasn't abused Ava and I don't think he ever could, but this time she admitted that she's just waiting for him to figure it all out and kill her.
When the running thing didn't work out, Ava threw herself at Raylan. It made sense that she'd finally go there, but it surprised me that Raylan kissed her back. What is Raylan thinking? That Ava is still into him in this extreme situation? Or is he just acting romantic in order to give her something to hang on to until she brings him Boyd on a platter and he can finally leave Kentucky? Does he still care about her at all? I've already said it three or four times, but it bears repeating -- I'm very unhappy with how Raylan is treating Ava. The fact that it's episode five and this is still the focus of the story is making me wonder if Ava's death is coming down the pike soon.
There was a bit less from our two sets of bad guys this time. I liked Wynn Duffy's confusion when he came into Katherine's room and found her babysitting her grandchildren. Maybe in a guy like Wynn's mind, a grandmother can't be evil. (I can testify that that isn't true. My tiny maternal grandmother was frightening.) We got even more black comedy when Choo Choo "amtracked" the poor well-meaning realtor Calhoun. At least Calhoun didn't suffer. I bet his kindly hooker will miss the poor guy.
Meanwhile, on his continuing quest to blow up the Excelsior 5200 in the Pizza Portal, Boyd hit up Ava's uncle Zachariah Randolph (Lost's Jeff Fahey) for something ominous called 'black damp' that causes oxygen deprivation. The scene at the Obsidian Mine where Earl got blown straight up into the air like he was levitating made me laugh out loud. I wasn't quite sure what a "sounding" is, though. Not up on mine terminology, I guess.
Bits and pieces:
-- That road block at the beginning of the episode was all for Ava's sake. Her very own road block.
-- Ava's engagement ring still fits. Was that a hint that deep down, she still loves Boyd?
-- The Walker/Markham scene pretty much confirmed that as nasty as Walker is, he walks on eggshells around Markham.
-- Constable Bob got a new car. Good for him, but too bad for the audience. I loved that limp little hatchback.
-- Loved Zachary Randolph's front yard. That's a set decorator going nuts. Or someone's cool cabin in Topanga Canyon. (That's a funky mountain community above Los Angeles. It's a fun place. I think a lot of hippies wound up there.)
Wynn: (to Katherine) "There are children in your room."
Katherine: "I like Ava. Be a shame to have to kill her."
Wynn: "I'm pretty sure 'aplex' isn't a word, Mikey."
Mike: "Of course it is. I don't like that guy. He 'aplexes' me."
Mike: "You okay? You look aplexed."
Constable Bob: "Damn, Raylan. That girl could make a dog break its chain."
Constable Bob: "Take him 'out' out?"
Raylan: "Outside. I want you to take him outside."
Constable Bob: "Errol's a big guy. What if he don't listen to me?"
Raylan: "You got a badge and a set of balls, don't you? There you go. Use those."
Constable Bob: (to himself) "Hell yeah, I got a badge. And I got balls like death stars. Let's do this."
Ava: "There's gotta be a place in hell for a man that breaks a promise to a woman."
Raylan: "I ain't worried."
Another excellent episode. Three and a half out of four death stars,
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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