You know you’re in for a stellar episode of Justified when the first scene sees Ava and Boyd drunk on bourbon at 7 a.m. Apparently their celebration in regards to finding out about the Pizza Portal’s currency-holding capabilities went all night. The fun is spoiled in the harsh light of the morning though, as Ava gets a text from Raylan to come see him. Ava makes up an excuse to leave–she says she has to go cover a shift at the salon, and I guess Boyd is drunk enough to believe it–and meets Raylan. She’s halfway through reprimanding him for the sticky situation she’s in when she realizes that Vasquez and Brooks are there, too.
The presence of Vasquez and Brooks underscores the seriousness of the situation that Ava is in. If she doesn’t deliver any information about Boyd very soon, she’s going to go back to prison, information that would harsh anyone’s bourbon buzz. There’s still a lot of chemistry between Raylan and Ava though, so as much as Brooks and Vasquez want to push Ava to do more, Raylan pleads for more time. It’s a scene that’s representative of the season’s larger themes of lust, love, trust, and circumstance, and how all of those things can be confused, especially in a town like Harlan.
After that, we jump back to Boyd, who’s inhaling a cheeseburger in an attempt to cure that nasty hangover. Boyd gets his own reality check in this moment, as Ty Walker wanders into the bar. This is a great excuse to get both Walton Goggins and Garret Dillahunt in a scene together, as both of their characters have this eloquent, seductive way of speaking that’s just absolutely a joy to witness. As Boyd says, “damn son, you like talk just as much as I do.”
Walker confronts Boyd about robbing the bank, mentioning that even though Boyd thought he was robbing Calhoun, he wasn’t. So now Walker has come to clear the air, so to speak; “I’m just a weather vane—‚I don’t make the wind blow” he says, invoking his status as just a henchman, not a decision maker. Boyd brushes off the attempt at intimidation and executes a bit of his own braggadocio, kicking Walker out. I’m sure it’s not the last we’ll see of these two together, and I’m excited to see Dillahunt and Goggins share the screen again and gleefully chew up the scene.
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