Justified came back from its Olympic break with something of a split episode.
Basically, the serial story of the lives of the bad guys went on as normal with both the Crowders, Boyd (Walton Goggins) and Cousin Johnny (David Meunier), trying to make deals with the Mexicans. Ava (Joelle Carter), meanwhile, is trying to carve out a life of crime in prison.
But Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) is beneath Art’s (Nick Searcy) doghouse, stuck handling walk-in cases. So he gets into a procedural.
Raylan’s walk-in is a guy who claims he was ripped off by the U.S. Marshals who shut down his backgammon website (kybackgammon.com, which does not exist), but Raylan quickly points out the shutdown page says “U.S. Marshalls.”
“I’m pretty sure we would have spelled it right,” Raylan says.
That launches a quirky case with Raylan squaring off against the hacker, TC, who was playing Marshall, not Marshal, and some other lowlifes who get mixed up in this. Suffice to say, Raylan gets TC, leading to an amusing police car conversation where TC, an expert phone hacker, offers to teach Raylan how to “always be caller No. 7″ on radio call in contests.
Meanwhile, Ava is trying to improve her circumstances in prison. She connects with the religious group in the pen and finds they are dealing heroin in the prison to keep themselves safe. She’s asked to join the group, basically obligating her to have sex with a guard to get the dope in. Ava decides to disrupt the chain dropping drugs in the bag of the custodian bringing the drugs in, so he got caught. Then she tells the religious leader she can get heroin into the prison, making a promise she has to deliver on.
But we don’t know if Boyd, presumably the deliverer on that promise, is going to get out of Mexico alive.
Cousin Johnny has made a move to get in on Boyd’s territory, running down to Mexico to trump Boyd’s offer to the cartel. This leads to perhaps Boyd’s most literate moment — and the bar is already high — for the series, when he and Johnny are talking about the prospect of dying.
Boyd says he had long ago made peace with the fact the life had chosen would probably end with violence and quotes — no lie — turn of the 20th century Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran: “For what is to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun.”
It resolves with Johnny making good on his million dollar promise and Mr. Yun telling Johnny not to kill Boyd in Mexico because dead Americans on Mexican soil are a problem.
But Johnny’s been double crossed, Mr. Yoon (James Kyson) not liking the way he does business, and when they think they are coming up on the truck with the goods, it is actually filled with the Crowes who ambush Johnny and his men. Now, Boyd heard Mr. Yoon and was ready to get everyone back across the border alive. But we cannot let an episode pass now without dimwit cousin Danny (A.J. Buckley) doing something stupid. He claims one of Johnny’s men was about to pull a gun on him, though we don’t see that, and they shoot Johnny’s goons and Boyd shoots Johnny.
So ends that family drama.
But now, according to previews, it looks like Boyd and the Crowes are going to have to figure out how to get out of Mexico with four dead Americans on the ground and Mexican authorities on the way.
In the meantime, back in Lexington, Wendy Crowe (Alicia Witt) is getting social worker Allison (Amy Smart) in trouble, partly for her affair with Raylan, and she’s putting some moves on Raylan. Is it genuine attraction or an attempt to throw Raylan off his game? We’ll see. Raylan does plant the seed that Darryl’s (Michael Rapaport) constant machinations may be throwing off Wendy’s legal career ambitions.
The other quiet development is that teenage Crowe Kendal (Jacob Lofland), still reeling from watching Danny kill Jean Baptiste, places a call to “Uncle Jack.” So we will probably be meeting another Crowe, soon.
Toward the end of the episode, Raylan issues Art an ultimatium: Let him out of the doghouse or transfer him, though he waves off a Florida transfer, which would presumably put him back with Winona (Natalie Zea) and their daughter. But he does say he is taking vacation to go see his kid. So something will need to give in Art and Raylan’s relationship, soon.