Let us take a pause in our narrative while our hero and villain resolve very important issues with their girlfriends, why don't we?
The tension between Boyd and Ava throughout this entire episode was practically unbearable. I kept thinking he was going to turn around and kill her, and she was obviously thinking the same thing. It seemed impulsive, taking her up to the cabin in Bulletville, but it wasn't impulsive -- it was a calculated play. Everything Boyd said to Ava was a double entendre that he intended her to hear. He worked her up to a breaking point and even bruised her throat (shades of Bowman), and then he deliberately handed her a harmless gun to see what she would do.
It worked. Ava told him the truth about Raylan and even why she did it. (They had that whole final conversation while standing on either of side of a campfire with a dead pig in the background. Nope, no symbolism there.) What this episode told me was that Boyd won't die for Ava. He's going to use her to outwit Raylan, but he doesn't trust her any more. Hey, at least she lived through the episode.
By contrast, the Raylan, Winona and baby Willa makes three plot was adorable but a bit predictable. (Who knew that Raylan would get the baby to stop crying? Everybody?)
We've been pretty much waiting forever for Winona to accept Raylan as he is, and she finally did. I liked that she did all the proposing and all the talking, because it was what needed to happen. There's still fire there. And Raylan was just incredibly cute with that tiny baby girl in his arms, like it was meant to be. And now it's Raylan's turn. Winona has given him the freedom to be himself. Here's hoping he meets Winona halfway by wanting to make less dangerous choices on the job.
One thing that bothered me was that Raylan realized Ava was most likely in danger, and he ignored it and made love to Winona. It's not that I don't want Raylan to put his family first, but come on. I was also perturbed that they let that poor baby scream for so long. I wanted the real parents to take the baby and calm her down. A little suspension of the suspension of belief there.
Meanwhile back at the all important manhunt, I almost felt sorry for Walker during that grueling scene in the men's room with the pen knife. And then he killed those two EMTs in cold blood, and I hated him again. He's going to be hard to catch. Is he anywhere near Bulletville? Couldn't he walk into Boyd's camp and get immediately killed or something?
The hour was rounded out with other enjoyable bits. My favorite was Art and Markham verbally circling each other as Art rehashed the history of Grady Hale, resulting in a draw. My money is on Art, though, which probably won't surprise you.
Bits and pieces:
-- Bo Crowder's hunting cabin in Bulletville was featured in the season one finale, appropriately called "Bulletville", in which Boyd and Raylan teamed up against much badder bad guys. Couldn't they end the series that way?
-- Boyd had hidden a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 1995 in the cabin for his wedding night. I think that was a broad hint that Boyd and Ava will never marry. I'm just hoping she gets through the series alive.
-- Baby Willa has a heart murmur. Let's hope it's the type you grow out of.
-- Markham gave Seabass a whole lot of money and asked for loyalty, while writing off Walker as a loss. Caprice can identify Seabass, so he has to lay low. Does that mean that Markham has run out of usable recognizable minions?
-- Rachel got to be the big boss. She's good at it. Although she hasn't caught Walker yet.
-- There was a brief scene at the mine where Uncle Zachariah told Carl that The Pig had dropped three hundred feet. That's a long way down. Poor Pig. The human one.
Rachel: "I don't want this guy going all Eric Frein on us, holed up in some derelict airport for weeks while we're out here chasing our own dicks."
Tim: "Sounds really strange when you say that."
Rachel: "I'm running shit. I get to use the expression."
Tim: "Roger that."
Boyd: "I want to see you first thing in the morning in that green mountain light."
What poetry, Boyd.
Winona: "What is this sleep you speak of?"
I'm a mom. Been there.
Markham: "I'm confused. You calling me a murderer or are you calling me a rat?"
Art: "Neither as such. I'm just thinking."
Art: "You picked a helluva time for 'take your daughter to work day'."
Raylan: "Figured it'd be easier selling her here than someplace I didn't know anybody."
Art: "Oh my goodness, what a relief. She doesn't look like you. Good for her."
Raylan: "That ain't him."
Tim: "You mean Walker's not an alcoholic porn addict with a full tank of gas who compartmentalizes his vice spending from his staples?"
Winona: "So I guess what I'm saying is, you can be with me and still be you, if that's something you want."
Another excellent episode in what is turning out to be a great final season. Four out of four bottles of Pappy Van Winkle 1995,
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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