SPOILER ALERT: If you have not watched the April 3, 2012 episode of Justified but intend to, do not read further.
Coalition is the penultimate episode of Justified this season, and it finds a lot of guys wigging out.
Left with nowhere to go, Robert Quarles (Neal McDonough) has turned into a full-blown Oxy addict. Dickey Bennett (Jeremy Davies) rightfully suspects everyone is after him as he tries to reclaim his mother’s $3 million. And Arlo Givens is off his meds, hallucinating his sister Helen (Linda Gehringer) coming back and telling him to stop letting Boyd steamroll over him.
Things are coming to a head.
At the center of this episode is what appears to be an old-fashioned bank heist at the establishment where everyone thinks the money is, though like last week’s church, it isn’t. For a while though, it looks like everyone will be congregating at this bank, allowing several criminals a chance to take each other out, or the law to nab everyone.
But we still have an episode to go, so it’s not going to be that easy.
Boyd (Walton Goggins) quickly figures out Limehouse’s man Erroll (Demetrius Grosse) is leading them into a trap and calls off the heist that everyone seems to know will happen and how it will happen.
Here’s where Boyd ain’t so smart, in almost a James Bond villain kind of way: The people he puts in charge of guarding people he’s trying to detain. The trio of two prostitutes and one goon he puts in charge of holding Quarles is pretty quickly subdued after the have a little drug party together. And then his cousin John (David Meunier) fails to hold Dickey and Erroll. Boyd’s a strong crime boss, but his henchmen are pretty weak.
Dickey appears to be neutralized when he attempts to get the location of Mags money out of Loretta at her foster home. Raylan is waiting for him and shoots him in the leg. But who knows.
As Coalition came to a close, it really looked like we were going to lose a major character.
Quarles went out to Boyd’s under Limehouse’s (Mykelti Williamson) orders to take Boyd out. But Duffy was in the shadows, hoping to take out both of them by blowing up Quarles’ car while the Detroitand Harlan crime bosses confronted each other. But the blast was not quite big enough and Quarles escaped after shooting an straight-laced officer we were told in an earlier scene had missed his son’s T-ball game to track the possible bank heist.
Yes, the Justified writers made Quarles seem like a bigger scumbag than we already thought he was. Accomplishment.
As the episode ended, Mags money was still missing and Quarles was on the loose.
Raylan did not figure heavily in this one, but had two cool scenes, though he did not get the best line.
First was a scene between Raylan and Limehouse where Raylan invokes a Wizard of Oz allusion in a colorful way we cannot relay on a family newspaper blog. Suffice to say, he indicated to Limehouse that he didn’t think he was so great.
The other was a talk between Raylan and Loretta, who may hold the key to the missing money. Raylan told her that if it was Mags’ wish that Loretta had the money, he would respect their wishes, but he would come down on her if he found she had made any extravagant expenditures like having Van Halen play her birthday party.
“Marshal,” Loretta replied, “Do I strike you in any way as a Van Halen fan?”
Well, considering the characters in this show, she might want to know what 5150 stands for.