Justified: Save My Love

Winona: "Say something."
Raylan: "Wow."
Winona: "Say something else."

And we thought the cage money plot was over. Or maybe we just hoped that the cage money plot was over.

I sort of hate stories like this one. It makes you want to yell at the characters, "What were you thinking?" I spent the entire episode certain that Winona would get caught. She kept calling attention to her bag! Didn't she realize that would, um, call attention to her bag? It got to be almost comical, in a "how far are they going to take this bag gag" kind of way.

At least it was done well, and Raylan only made me love him more. Bless his heart, he didn't yell, he didn't stomp, he just got up and got dressed and said he would go find the bill. Timothy Olyphant did his usual terrific job of conveying emotion with very little expression. There was carefully concealed shock on his face when Winona pulled the bag of money out from under his bed, as well as general unhappiness throughout the episode. When Art caught them in the cage, Raylan's usual poker face just wasn't up to the challenge. He kept his cool and so did Winona, but they both knew they'd blown it and Art knew something was wrong. I really hate the idea that Raylan might have damaged his relationship with Art, such as it is. If Art looks into this, Raylan could lose his job, or worse. Ditto Winona.

Okay, enough about the plot I didn't like. What I did like was Boyd and his new career in (wait for it) security. I kept thinking Carol Johnson from Black Pike must have had something up her sleeve, and she did -- she chose Boyd to take out the Bennetts. Which is actually pretty smart. For her. Horribly dangerous for him.

I absolutely loved the courtroom scene, with Boyd helpfully offering to show Raylan where he, Boyd, would have planted explosives. Even better was the two of them explaining their long and complicated frenemy relationship to Carol Johnson, and her response. "My. Sounds like a love story."

And the suit. Black suit, black tie, rumpled white shirt. It was exactly the suit Boyd Crowder would buy at JCPenney.

Bits and pieces:

-- Yay to the return of Judge "The Hammer" Reardon. I only wish he and his Speedo could be in every episode. (Where was the Speedo?)

-- Judge Reardon likes both Raylan and Winona, and he was making transparent attempts to get them back together, without knowing they were already back together.

-- Jere Burns also returned as the terrifying Wynn Duffy, although we only got a minute of him. I absolutely could not believe Gary was stupid enough to go to Wynn Duffy. Inconceivable. Gary can't possibly be doing all this to get Winona back when it's likely to have the opposite effect.

-- I was confused about what the video was about, but Dan explained it to me. The guy in the video was doing an expose on mining practices, was too close to the explosives, and a boulder fell on him and killed him. Someone put the video on YouTube, and Black Pike was sued for wrongful death. Right?

-- You know, they could just invest in a decent coffeemaker. But that would eliminate a ton of jokes about the bad coffee, so we can't have that.

-- Boyd went to Kuwait. I don't think we knew that. I suppose that means he could be drinking at the VFW.

Quotes:

Winona: "I'm really sorry."
Raylan: "I know that. It's the only reason I'm not beating you over the head with a phone book."

Gary: "I'm glad you agreed to see me, given our history."
Duffy: "Our history, indeed. I took a bullet, lost seven pints of blood, and eighteen inches of intestine. I had the surgeons keep it for me as a memento of that day preserved in Lucite. Would you like to see it?"
Gary: "Okay."
Duffy: (in a "what an idiot" voice) "Gary, I didn't have eighteen inches of intestine preserved in Lucite."

Rachel: "You've been a bad boy."
Raylan: "I get that a lot. You're gonna have to be more specific."

Raylan: "Do you think he was telling the truth?"
Art: "He's a bank robber, Raylan. Why would he lie to me?"

Judge Reardon: "Shit. I know fifty men in this building would pay good money to sniff your gym clothes."
Winona: "Well, I will keep that in mind if I'm ever short on cash."

Tim: "$210,000 in forgotten money. We should run off to Mexico, start a cult, what are we doing here?"
Art: "I feel like Geraldo Rivera right before they opened Al Capone's vault. Don't tell me you don't know who that is."

Okay, I'm conflicted. As I said, I hate this type of plot. But they did it well, and the episode never stopped moving. And hey, Boyd in a suit! How would you rate this one? How many black suits from Penney's out of four?

Billie
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Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.

3 comments:

Jess Lynde said...

I'd go with a 3. I really hate this kind of plot, too, but I found this episode surprisingly tense. My stomach kept knotting up throughout. Plus, it ended up tying back into the Bennett story, so overall I'd rate this one higher than 'Blaze of Glory.'

Gary really is an idiot, isn't he? As dumb as Winona was to take that money, Gary takes the cake for foolhardy. I can't believe he went back to Wyn. And with some sort of race horse scheme! Oy.

(Of course, I was still kind of excited to see both Stephen Root and Jere Burns back in the guest credits.)

Mark Greig said...

I'm going to go with a two. This was the low point of the season for me. Maybe even the entire series. But I can overlook this one misstep because the rest of the season (the next two episodes especially) is just so bloody good.

Oh, and can they please get Rebecca Creskoff back now that Hung has been cancelled?

ChrisB said...

I'm with Mark and a two. Not the greatest episode, but not the worst. I would have been very surprised if Winona and Raylan had been caught, but I did think they kept up the suspense very well.