Tuesday night’s episode of Justified, Whistle Past the Graveyard, seems to have moved this season forward, though it is not clear how.
Boyd (Walton Goggins) and the Crowes spend the episode down in Mexico, where there planned ambush of Johnny’s men has gone terribly wrong. Mr. Yoon is ready to break off their arrangement after Johnny and all his men were killed on Mexican soil, which Yoon said was a no-no. But Boyd talks them into continuing. They just have to take the bodies of Johnny and his men back to the United States.
It’s a plan that has its hitches. The Crowes get kind of tired of riding in the back of the truck with heroin and corpses in the hot Mexican sun. And eventually, the group is stopped by Mexican police who shake them down for a few thousand dollars to not arrest them. But they do take their truck … filled with the bodies.
All the while, Daryl (Michael Rapaport) is talking about a partnership with Boyd, about making him family. He also has a plan to get them out of Mexico, but it appears that plan is a double cross. Boyd’s Spanish-speaking sideman overhears some of the Mexicans Daryl has been dealing with talking about calling someone down the road. When we last see Boyd, he gets into a car with Daryl en route to what will most likely be another sticky situation.
Meanwhile, in prison, Ava (Joelle Carter) seems to be clearing the path to get drugs into the pen through a nurse. But she needs a supplier, aka Boyd, who has been in Mexico — far from Kentucky — getting delayed and delayed.
Back in Kentucky, Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) is anxious to take his blonde social worker girlfriend Alison (Amy Smart) down to Florida so he can watch her parade around in a new Victoria’s Secret bikini. But Raylan gets a panicked phone call from Wendy Crowe (Alicia Witt): Kendal (Jacob Lofland) has been taken by “Uncle Jack” (Kyle Bornheimer) who Kendal called in the last episode. And there’s a guy, Michael (William Forsythe), on Jack’s tail that he apparently owes money. Jack initially comes across as cool, but the visual cue of his broken sunglasses and his quickly changing stories tell you something is wrong.
And it is. Jack got into gambling trouble with Michael’s son. Wendy, who it turns out is Kendal’s mom, has Raylan trying to chase them down before something bad happens to Kendal. She strings Raylan along, promising him dirt on her brother, Daryl. But after Raylan unceremoniously arrests both Jack and Michael, it turns out Wendy’s got nothing more than they were in Mexico.
As they part, Raylan gives Kendal the money he was going to use to go to Florida, and gives him a talk about overcoming his lousy upbringing, something we all know Raylan is familiar with. It signals some kind of paternal fire has been lit in Raylan. But is it for his wife and daughter in Florida, or Wendy and her son?
As the episode ends, we do get the current girlfriend out of the way. Alison tells Raylan she’s breaking it off. Maybe Raylan has become too much of a problem. Maybe she sees something in Raylan’s attentions he hasn’t seen yet.
Here’s what we know: We have five episodes left this season. It’s time for Justified to stop wandering around and get on with the endgame.
This post was corrected to accurately reflect what the Mexican police took from Boyd and the Crowes.