JUSTIFIED Recap: “The Kids Aren’t Alright”

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After a rather gloomy season premiere, “The Kids Aren’t Alright” delivered a hefty amount Justified‘s refined blend of dark humor and two-fisted justice.  Another appropriate title for this episode could’ve been “How Raylan Got His Groove Back,” as Marshall Givens pursued yet another blonde who’s sure to complicate his already thorny life.  For all of this episode’s amusements, however, it did end on a bloody declaration of war.  The drug game’s a bitch down south, huh?  More of my review of this episode after the jump.

Anyone else scream “Barksdale!” when Wood Harris appeared on screen?  He’s part of Hot Rod Dunham’s Memphis crew, who we haven’t heard from since season 3.  We also haven’t seen Loretta since season 3, and both return in this episode to stir up shit for Raylan.  Loretta is slinging Hot Rod’s weed with her boyfriend Derek when she gets pinched.  Some kids never learn.  Her and Raylan have always had shared fantastic scenes together and they get a couple in this one.  They’re both the product of criminal fathers, making them kindred spirits in a way.  She definitely understands Raylan, which she proved by manipulating him into going after Derek.  She’s certainly not inspiring him to be a father.justified kids arent all right timothy olyphant

His misadventure with Loretta and Derek leads him to a darkened loading dock showdown with Hot Rod and two cars full of goons.  Raylan is top notch on the draw, but here his boasting was even more impressive. He only had to brag about how good he is with a pistol to cool the situation and cut a deal with Hot Rod.  By the end of the episode, the Rod may have reneged on their verbal agreement, however.  Maybe.  More on that later.

Everything went almost too well for Raylan this episode.  He didn’t shoot anyone, so there’s no paperwork to be done.  His only act of violence was cracking a guy in the head with a shovel (Frick and Frak).  Due to the seizure of that racist twerp Monroe’s assets, Rayan’s gets to crash in his mansion (with a bowling alley!).  And to top it all off, he’s playing lovey dove with another blonde.  All these positives have got to be leading to a crushing negative – this is the Justified universe after all.  Art is now snooping around into Nicky Augustine’s untimely death, which may prove to be the origins of the bad times to come.  Raylan fed his some bullshit about moderating a deal between Nicky and the FBI, but Art isn’t that dense.

While things are going okay for Raylan now, Boyd’s streak of shit luck continues.  Lee Paxton survived the brutal pounding he took, and Mrs. Mara Paxton sees it as an opportunity for blackmail.  $300K isn’t a drop in the bucket for Boyd anymore, and with the Canadian pipeline dried up, he’s going to have to use the old Crowder business smarts to pull himself outta the toilet.

justified kids arent all right walton gogginsHis dealers obviously aren’t helping the situation much.  That knucklehead Cyrus squawked to some crack whore about when the shipment is coming in and whaddya know, it gets hit.  Hard.  It could’ve been Hot Rod’s crew or the Canadians.  Or who knows, maybe somebody else entirely.  Whoever it was, they made one helluva statement.

Speaking of thorns in Boyd’s side, that scumbag Nick Mooney is causing him and Mara grief.  Last season he helped set up Ava to get busted, and now he’s putting pressure on a woman to get Boyd locked up.  I can’t stand this dude and I hope he gets his real soon.

“The Kids Aren’t Alright” set us up for a huge war between Boyd and his KY crew and whoever the hell hit the drop.  It also set the hammer to come down on Raylan over Augustine’s execution.  Dark times are coming, but in the meantime at least Raylan’s gets to go bowling with a blonde in a mansion.

Last Call

  • justified kids arent all right timothy olyphant steve harris wood harrisHi, Tim!  Hi, Rachel!  Bye, Tim!  Bye, Rachel!  They did some great things with Tim’s character last season, so here’s hoping Rachel gets her day in season 5.  Also, Tim seem hyped about that bowling alley!
  • This episode taught us that Raylan’s first time being locked up was for playing mailbox baseball.  Adorable.
  • No fat chicks at Dewey’s whorehouse.
  • Seal Team Six, good one.
  • Best One Liner:  “You wanna make me do the paperwork?”
  • Body Count: The diamond earring guy and however many guys got killed at the drop.



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  • Daniel O’Reilly

    If it was Hot Rod’s crew that hit Boyd’s shipment, it would at least mean more Frik and Frak.

    Raylan moving into the mansion was nice, but his rolling past Monroe in Monroe’s Mercedes, playing Monroe’s stereo, was even better.

    Mooney is the perfect name for a creep cop. Boyd would love to, but I think it be more fitting if Mooney was Ava’s kill, whenever that may be.

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    If it was Hot Rod’s crew that hit Boyd’s shipment, it would at least mean more Frik and Frak.

    Raylan moving into the mansion was nice, but his rolling past Monroe in Monroe’s Mercedes, playing Monroe’s stereo, was even better.

    Mooney is the perfect name for a creep cop. Boyd would love to, but I think it be more fitting if Mooney was Ava’s kill, whenever that may be.

  • LEM

    I have no idea why Art is looking into the runway shooting and doesn’t just leave it alone.

  • LEM

    I have no idea why Art is looking into the runway shooting and doesn’t just leave it alone.

  • pinkincide

    Just how dead does Mara wanna be? Blackmail the dude who just beat your husband into a coma, piss off a psycho cop while you’re at it, then just kinda hang out on your own wherever you go.

  • pinkincide

    Just how dead does Mara wanna be? Blackmail the dude who just beat your husband into a coma, piss off a psycho cop while you’re at it, then just kinda hang out on your own wherever you go.

  • Bhammer100

    Heard this season won’t be particulary good for Tim and Rachel. Heard they don’t really come into play until episode 8.
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    The hit, I think, is from Johnny Crowder. That was his girl asking about new shipments after all.

  • The Destroyer

    I think they should make a spinoff series of Dewy and Wayne running the whorehouse. All of their scenes are hilarious.
    Also, my favorite moment was Raylan awkwardly trying to help Loretta through her supposed breakup.

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