These guys know killing, but they don’t know crime
The Choo Choo train has stopped. Once again I’m writing on my phone, so it’s going to be short until I can get to a computer with a working internet connection to edit it. Despite the fact that Raylan has Ava back on board as an informant, and ud between the Crowders and the Randolphs appears to have been resolved, things aren’t going too well for our favourite characters on Justified.
This week we pick up immediately where we left off; Raylan has been to see Ava and kissed her. We don’t know if anything else has happened, bit it might have (in my opinion it would be a shame to deprive the audience of a shirtless Timothy Olyphant). Then Boyd comes home! I was immediately worried that Ava’s cover had been blown or that they’d be caught in bed, but Raylan is just hanging out in the kitchen and claims to be looking for Dewey Crowe, which is a relief. Over at the Marshal’s office, Rachel had been tracking Ava and Raylan’s phones so she suspects that Ava tried to run and also they might be sleeping together. She says as much to Art, who then reveals why he gives Raylan so much leeway: it’s either get the bad guy out compromise the investigation to save your ass. These people may seem like sticklers, but they’re more like Cedric Daniels than Bill Rawls.
Art is over at the office so that he can get out of the house (he says he’s on the way to the shooting range) so that he can ask Rachel about the Hale case, the first big case she worked on. There was a wiretap, but they never got Katherine because she never used a phone. At asks Rachel about a snitch, but Rachel was completely unaware that there was one, it seems. Over at Katherine’s hotel room, Avery Markham proposes, which absolutely floors her, and then asks if she was the snitch, which makes him second guess her assumption that Markham got her husband killed. If it wasn’t Markham, Katherine has no reason to steal his money and then kill him. She talks to Wynn Duffy, who tells her maybe it was a clever play on Markham’s part, intentionally throwing off her suspicions. Over at Markham’s base, we have the issue of Choo Choo accidentally killing the person they were trying to get information from. It turns out they’re not very good at hiding the body, and it’s found very quickly. Raylan also figures out who killed Buddy, so they head over to the pizza parlour.
One thing I love about Justified is its sense of dramatic irony. Markham orders his team to kill Choo Choo for his mistakes, but they’re hesitant. Raylan and Tim follow Sea Bass out to where Choo Choo has Buddy Garrity’s ‘girl’, and ambush them before they have a chance to kill him. There’s an ensuing firefight where no one seems to get hurt, and Choo Choo manages to get away somehow. When he was driving along, I thought Choo Choo was trying to commit suicide by train, based on his name, but the train managed to stop in time and it turned out that our new favourite character (since Buddy Garrity died last week) was already dead, and spent his final moments on the train tracks anyway.
The most fascinating storyline this week was the Crowder/Randolph feud, which seems to have resolved (or at least there’s a truce) when Zachariah talks to Ava before heading down the mineshaft with Boyd. Then we learn that Zachariah actually tampered with the hole Boyd fell down. He must have made the trap when he told Boyd that they would have to wait before they went down the mine. What I want to know is why he saved Boyd. Is it for Ava or because he had to save face? What he doesn’t know is that if Boyd had died, Ava would have been better off, especially now that Limehouse has ratted her out to her fiancé. I can’t see that things are going to end well for the Crowders.
- The past few reviews have been heavily recap-y, and the only way I’ve been able to edit these posts is by using the computer at work once I’ve finished everything I need to do. Hopefully I’ll be able to sort out my internet issues soon.
- I hope we get Raylan and Boyd in a burning house soon.
- There were another two people added to the body count this week, and each of the three sides has suffered a setback.