Does love conquer all, even among the criminal element?
For Boyd it does. As clever as he was, figuring out that Wynn Duffy had betrayed him, what was really happening to the money and how to get it, and even selling out his own minions, Boyd still trusted Ava. I gasped out loud when she shot him, even though the entire episode should have told me she was desperate.
Of course, she did shoot Boyd in the shoulder, not the heart, and I am not looking forward to how he reacts when he regains consciousness and realizes what Ava just did to him.
As clever as Boyd is, Raylan is possibly cleverer. Even though he spent the entire episode uneasy and feeling like something would go wrong (much like the audience), and even though he kept herding Ava into a figurative corner, he didn't pick up on what Ava would do. Of course, Raylan couldn't know that Ava would finally notice Dewey's highly significant gator-necklace and leap to a certain conclusion. Ava just didn't believe Boyd loved her that much, and she was wrong. Sigh.
Which brings me to Markham and Katherine. Did Markham really just sacrifice ten million bucks for a woman he knows full well betrayed him? Okay, wait, the marshal service was setting things up and the money might have a tracker, but after Boyd left Markham with that little bit of information about Katherine's betrayal, I honestly don't know which way Markham will jump. Does he truly love Katherine, even though she's a total snake? Does he love her because she's a snake, much as he is? When we left them, Markham was giving Katherine that sideways evil look that has given me the shudders. I bet he's going to kill her, if she doesn't kill him.
Boon, Markham's shuddery minion, just killed Loretta's next of kin great-aunt Lillian (nice performance from K Callan) and clearly, Loretta is next. Since this episode was about criminals who love, we also got Boon's completely perverse reference to Loretta as his girlfriend as he completely freaked out a couple in a local café. I honestly had no idea what Boon had in mind with the whole buying the hat thing, and his earlier insistence to Raylan that cowboy hats didn't make someone a cowboy. Was he just exercising his creepiness muscle with the young man and his fedora? Does Boon just like to scare people? Boon is super creepy and he totally works as a threat to Loretta, but it doesn't feel like the writers will go there and actually have him kill her. But it's the final season. Who knows.
Boon, to Markham's surprise, appears to stay bought. Mikey has decided that he also stays bought, and his disappointment in Wynn Duffy has taken an interesting turn. Of course, Mikey called Katherine, who is a little busy herself at the moment and possibly about to be killed for betraying Markham, so maybe Wynn will stay alive long enough to get rescued by Raylan and Tim. Or not.
Who will live, and who will die? Tune in next week. Honestly, I thought the bodies would start falling by now. Not that I'm complaining.
Bits and pieces:
-- Limehouse got the whole 100K, and Boyd's promise to leave Harlan County forever. Of course, that situation has now changed.
-- I've always rather liked AUSA Vasquez, but the way he tried to screw Ava out of her deal and her freedom made me change my mind.
-- Is Zachariah still alive? We still don't know.
-- I loved all of the weapons that Mikey took off Wynn Duffy. They just kept a'coming. Too funny.
-- Raylan really does love his ice cream, doesn't he?
Raylan: "You really think Boyd is gonna let us take him in instead of going out in a blaze like the outlaw he's spent his whole life trying to be?"
Tim: "I guess that'll be up to him. Won't it, Raylan?"
That was pretty obviously "You're not going to shoot him, are you, Raylan?"
Boyd: "There ain't nothing in my life ever come for free."
Boyd nearly achieved his life's ambition there. It's sort of a shame.
Ava: "'Mister and Missus Ofay.' Gotta hand it to Limehouse. He does have a sense of humor."
Another excellent episode. Three out of four fedoras,
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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