“Outlaw” had some huge moments in it for major and secondary characters alike. Unfortunately, most of it felt rushed. Justified has always done a bang-up job of juggling its many players, but sometimes too much gets packed into one hour and some of the impact can be lost and important junctures can get brushed aside. Regardless, season four continues to be entertaining as hell. More on this week’s Justified after the break.
After hitting a bunch of dead ends in the Drew Thompson case, Raylan has to begrudgingly sit down with Hunter in the slammer. We haven’t seen him since the end of season one and since then actor Brent Sexton has been busy with that divisive show The Killing. He slipped right back into Hunter’s slimy boots, stepping around Raylan’s questions and enjoying himself as he messes with him.
Raylan always has a very cool rapport with people who have tried to kill him, like he never seems to hold it against them. Same here with Hunter, who he offers the same deal as Arlo. The deal’s just as effective on Hunter, who instead chooses to murder Arlo.
My jaw dropped a couple times during the prison barber shop scene. Arlo’s unhinged brutality and “GET SOME!” battle cry was equal parts scary and ridiculous. The old man went out kicking though, huh? I wish more time was spent with Raylan and him in the hospital room. The whole death of Arlo felt really rushed and the emotional impact of it on Raylan suffered as a result. Standing over the old man’s corpse, Olyphant managed to convey varying levels of disgust, venom, and some regret in the small amount of time the shot was given.
When the identity of Drew Thompson is revealed, it better be big. Arlo’s killed over it , Hunter killed Arlo over it, and Theo obviously has his reasons for piling up bodies to find him. I have solid faith that Graham Yost and co. won’t disappoint, I’m just saying this reveal better be one big, bad, jaw-dropping bitch.
Boyd managed to narrow the search a bit while taking care of the geriatric crime council. The idea of a bunch of old men from a few towns over allowing the Crowder criminal enterprise to function just felt weird, so I’m glad that Boyd rather cleverly showed them how a real outlaw takes care of business. He used the Detroit killer to execute Frank Browning and Sam, which may have put him in the shit with Duffy, but at least he’s getting a Dairy Queen and a few hundred thousand dollars out of it. He sold himself really well to Nick Augustine as well, stating that he wants to be “that man” in Harlan for Theo. If Boyd starts working for Theo it might not be so easy to go legit like he and Ava are hoping to now. When you roll with the mob you roll deep. Like Ava says “Is there anybody bigger than Theo?”
It was great to see Boyd use his effective powers of speech again. The “I am the outlaw” address he gave their “white collar asses” gave me chills. Walter Goggins is at his best when he plays Boyd reserved and cool under pressure, but when he gets to lash out it’s always impressive.
Speaking of impressive, Colt sure knows how to find money fast, huh? At the nude-enthusiast drug dealer’s pad, Colt found a ton of money and drugs. Hopefully he doesn’t OD, despite being a woman-hitting scumbag, I think Colt’s a really fun character. Shooting Tim’s brother Mark was a horrible mistake though and will surely come back on him. All of the scenes with Colt and Tim have been fantastic, so a showdown between the veterans gets me all kinds of excited.
- BEST ONE-LINER: There was so much great dialogue in “Outlaw” it’s tough to pick. One definite highlight was Frank Browning’s threat to Boyd “You better be prepared for me to be inhospitable.”
- MOST BADASS MOMENT: Giving this to Boyd for his knee-shaking “I am the outlaw” scene. That whole scene was one long cathartic punch in the face.
- I shit myself when I learned that the drug dealer is played by Michael Stoyanov, the brother from Blossom. Remember on the show how he had a drug problem? Now he’s playing a dealer! TV is a wonderland!
- I have to mention the tender scene between Shelby and Ellen May. Despite their age difference, the hint of sexual tension didn’t feel awkward. Just kidding. Yes it did.
- Let’s never forget the last words of Arlo Givens: “Kiss my ass.” SOB to the end.
- I would totally go to a Dairy Queen owned by the Crowders.