SPOILER ALERT: If you have not watched the March 27, 2012 episode of Justified but intend to, do not read further.
All eyes are on Dickie Bennett (Jeremy Davies) now that he is out of jail.
His next move is obvious: He wants his late mother’s money. So does Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins). So does the law, i.e. Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and his associates. Mags (played by Emmy-winner Margo Martindale) died at the end of last season, but it appears her influence will last all the way to the end of this one.
That’s OK. We like having her around in spirit. And I’m starting to think maybe the Emmy voters oughta pay attention to the way Davies is playing Mags’ boy. There also oughta be an award for the hairstylist who gets Davies hair to do whatever it is it’s doing.
Anyway, in addition a lot of people watching Dickie, a lot of people also want him dead. So this week’s episode, Measures, has Dickie playing a dangerous game trying to line up allies to help him get the money from Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson), who has it hidden up in Noble’s Holler somewhere.
Memphis pot dealer and critic Rodney Dunham (Mickey Jones) is his first attempted ally, but a meeting with him goes pretty much nowhere, and it turns out Dunham worked with Marshals Gutterson (Jacob Pitts) and Brooks (Erica Tazel) to locate the cash — or so they think.
It’s great to have Rachel in the story, because she always seems to run into some racist, sexist pig that ends up sorry he ever met her.
Anyway, when working with Dunham falls apart, Dickie turns to Limehouse’s henchman Erroll (Demetrius Grosse) who seems game, but tells Dickie he’s going to have to get help from Boyd who wants the money and he wants to kill Dickie — slowly. Dickie needs to live by that X-Files mantra: Trust no one.
Dickie and Quarles (Neal McDonough) wouldn’t seem to have too much in common, but Quarles has also lined up a long list of people who want him dead, including the Detroit mobster Tonin (Adam Arkin) who sent him to Kentucky in the first place. Tonin, we are told, carries a human ear — how Blue Velvet — around in his pocket and will occasionally pull it out and talk into it. I’m sort of afraid we might see this before the season ends.
Anyway, Duffy (Jere Burns) sensing Quarles is on his way out, contacts Tonin asking to take over Quarles operation. Duffy will have to prove himself, Tonin says, by killing Quarles. Duffy doesn’t come across as quite that level of criminal.
Quarles, meanwhile, pursued by two of Tonin’s goons that Raylan and Art (Nick Searcy) quickly neutralize, heads down to Harlan to try to scare up some cash by threatening outgoing Sheriff Napier (David Andrews), killing two drug dealers and trying to pass their goods off to Limehouse. But Limehouse deals in money, not drugs. So in an attempt to convert the drugs into cash, Quarles walks right into a trap set by Boyd, and as the episode closes, he is chained up naked in Boyd’s brothel.
And everyone is still looking for Mags’ millions.
Measures was sort of a Raylan-lite episode, though it began with an entertaining exchange between him and his new flame, Lindsey (Jenn Lyon), and the Detroit mobsters. But he spends most of his time with Art, which is always fun.
The revealed location of the money is a church, which most everyone knows is a ruse, including Raylan.
As he leaves the Lexington marshal’s office, Raylan tells Art that he’s going to Harlan, and if he trips over $3 million, he’ll bring it back.
Knowing Raylan, he probably will.