Justified recap: Head for the Hills
The hunt for Drew Thompson momentarily unites Raylan and Boyd, who decide the best man will win (so Wynn Duffy?)
Are there Team Raylan and Team Boyd T-shirts and mugs? Because after this episode, the battle lines have officially been drawn (again). Though this being Justified, we suspect they’ll curve (again).
We opened with Colton pulling out his military police badge and a story about Ellen May being AWOL so the gas station attendant would let him look at the surveillance camera footage. He saw a police car roll up. Not good. The next morning, Winona pulled up for a doctor’s appointment, and we found out that Raylan has missed her last two visits and hasn’t been reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting. They’re in a good place though, meaning he’s happy to be on the Drew Thompson case and she knows, judging from the bruise on his forehead, that she made the right call to leave him. He assured her he’ll be there for her and the baby — just not today. He had to get to the office: Arlo was brought in.
The Marshals have taken over the Drew Thompson case from the FBI following Agent Barnes’ suicide, and our old buddy Vasquez wants to make a deal: Arlo hands over Drew Thompson, who can bring down Theo Tonin, and he walks. Raylan, thinking of Trooper Tom (RIP), wasn’t pleased, but with Washington needing to approve Arlo’s deal, he has about 24 hours to find Drew himself if he wants his daddy to die in prison. Off to Harlan he went.
Meanwhile, Wynn was getting frisked on his Winnebago, which can only mean that someone above him was about to step inside. Meet Nick Augustine (Mike O’Malley), Theo Tonin’s righthand man. Turns out he knows Agent Barkley, the FBI guy who just had to give up his Drew Thompson files to the Marshals. They grew up together in the projects, and Barkley’s had his back for years (probably since he was dirty in Bird on a Wire). Still, Nick doesn’t understand how Barkley missed that Drew Thompson is still alive, and Theo’s mad enough that he’s talkin’ to the ear. Barkley said he’d make sure he was the first one through the door when Drew was found and say he killed him in self-defense, but Theo wants Drew alive. Reveal time: Drew shot Theo in the eye on a runway in Panama and left him for dead when he escaped with $2 million in cocaine.
Wynn piped up that he knows the Crowders and Arlo and could be of assistance, but Barkley insisted he could take care of it for $250,000. Nick suspected he was just going to take the money and run because he heard the FBI doesn’t even have the case anymore. Nick took out a gun and shot his old friend right in the head. Blood splattered on the blinds behind him and on Wynn’s face, which didn’t even flinch. God, I love him. Nick officially asked Wynn to find Drew Thompson. If Wynn Duffy doesn’t make it through this season, I hope he dies an epic death (and then stars in a short Weekend at Bernie’s parody with Dewey Crowe and Dickie Bennett). But I’m betting on Wynn to make it. He’s a well-dressed cockroach.
After Colton went to see Shelby, who denied that his deputies had picked up Ellen May, we caught up with Boyd as he was preparing for Wynn’s arrival at the bar. Johnny was understandably nervous, considering he thinks he has a deal with Wynn to help kill Boyd. Colton arrived first, and Boyd grilled him about where he buried Ellen May, what her last words were, and why he wasn’t answering his cell all night. “Next time I reach out to you, I don’t care if it’s a smiley face, you text me back,” Boyd said. “Now stand over by that bar and look mean.” Wynn was there.
NEXT: The return of Constable Bob
Wynn and Boyd went in the back to talk. Boyd put his gun on the table, and Wynn a wad of cash. He was going to ask him to help find Drew. Raylan was also looking for someone, and Constable Bob had found her — Roz. After we established that Bob hadn’t taken her up on her offer for a blowjob and her foot is in a boot, Raylan got her to admit that it was her stepdaddy, Josiah, that had told her to fetch that bag in Arlo’s wall.
Josiah is played by Gerald McRaney, and I know we’re supposed to be excited because this is another Deadwood reunion with Timothy Olyphant, but to me, he will always be Suzanne Sugarbaker’s writer ex Dash on Designing Women. Josiah’s got an ankle bracelet, so he can’t leave his property, which is why he had to send Roz and her boyfriend in when Arlo asked him to retrieve the bag. Raylan needed Josiah to cut to the chase about Drew Thompson’s whereabouts, so he handcuffed him to his car and threatened to drive past his tether line. In our weekly postmortem with showrunner Graham Yost, he says that was Olyphant’s idea. Hilarious. According to Josiah, Drew jumped out of the plane after Waldo Truth and busted both his legs. He got word to Boyd’s daddy, Bo, and Arlo, and they got the cocaine in exchange for finding him a hiding place in the hills to heal. If he’s still alive, that’s where he’ll be, Josiah said. Raylan wasn’t exactly buying it, but he let Josiah go. That was a great shot when the car pulled away and Josiah was flat on the ground.
It’s a good thing Constable Bob left Raylan’s family photos in the trunk of his car, because Raylan needed to find a photo now. It’s the little things that make me love this show: like the reference to Bob’s go bag and another teenager flipping off Raylan (I miss you, Milo Truth!). Raylan drove up to the hills and waited for Tim to come meet him. He couldn’t take Tim with him, since the hill people don’t like outsiders, but he wanted him there to call in reinforcements if he didn’t return. Yost said it was actor Jacob Pitts’ idea to have Tim reading a fantasy book. Guys with PTSD often enjoy entertainment that takes them back to a simpler, happier time. I experienced that after the loss of my father. I think, sadly, a lot of us can relate on one level or another.
Back at Audrey’s, we learned Johnny is “playing Easy Rider” with one of Ava’s girls. At this point, I still thought Johnny could have been the one who nabbed Ellen May, since he made a point of telling Ava that it was futile to be packing up her things now. But Ava has to go through the motions of sending them to Alabama so the other girls don’t suspect anything. Johnny was trying to find out if Ava knew what Wynn had wanted with Boyd. She didn’t.
Up in the hills, Raylan walked until he was captured. He said he comes alone and with peaceful intent… and cut to him being escorted with a bag over his head into a shed. “Hello, Raylan,” we heard. It was Boyd. Yay! This is the first time they’ve seen each other this season. And it was worth the wait.
This scene reminded me of the season 1 finale, when they were forced to work together to survive the cartel shootout. Josiah had told Boyd the same story as he fed Raylan. “Asshole” is the word of the season. That’s what Raylan called Josiah. Boyd was surprised Josiah had set him up. “You got that honor amongst dumbass thieves thing?” Raylan asked. “Dumbass? Coming from the man sittin’ tied up next to me,” Boyd said. Raylan figured out that Boyd was finding Drew for Wynn Duffy, but Boyd said they had more pressing concerns.
NEXT: Raylan has to save Boyd’s (dumb)ass
Colton pulled up to bond with Tim while Boyd and Raylan hatched a plan offscreen. Raylan was going to slide the picture he’d brought with him through the door. It was of his mother and one of the hill people, someone his mother called Cousin Mary. One of the guys watching them assumed this was a scheme so Boyd could jump him when he reached in for the photo, so he fired a shot through the door. The other guy, slow Daniel, reached in and dragged Boyd out. “I don’t like your plan, Raylan,” Boyd said. Classic. Right up there with, “I’m Raylan Givens.” “No, I’m Raylan Givens.” Raylan watched through the bullet hole as the other guy beat on Boyd. Boyd fought back, Daniel called for help, and Raylan got his hands free and got out to help. He punched Daniel and took his rifle. It would have been interesting if the rifle had actually been loaded. But a rock fell on Daniel when he was young, and they can’t trust him with a working gun. (That reminded me of Cotton Top, the illegitimate son of Ellison Hatfield. Only they gave that boy a gun, which got him hanged. At least according to History’s Hatfields & McCoys. And bonus points to commenter CoDynasty99, who pointed out that Daniel is played by Sons of Anarchy‘s Filthy Phil, actor Christopher Reed. If you don’t watch SOA and missed Walton Goggins’ cameo as transgender escort Venus Van Dam, CLICK HERE.)
It was sweet that Raylan and Boyd made it known that Daniel wasn’t the one who let them out. That, combined with Raylan’s plea that he was kin (despite not knowing any real family history), is probably why Daniel went and found the photo and took it to Mary. She saw Frances in Raylan and told them not to kill him. Boyd, they could have. Ha! Raylan reluctantly had to save him, explaining that he’d have to report Boyd’s death because he’s a Marshal. They were both free to walk with Mary as she told them she nursed Drew back to health and then one day, he was gone. She confirmed that Bo and Arlo had taken the cocaine, and that the last time she saw Drew was nearly 10 years ago at a bluegrass festival. He was rubbing shoulders with the mayor, judge executive, and other rich Clover Hill folks.
As Boyd and Raylan headed back to their cars, Boyd said he’d whistle the theme song to Deliverance if he thought Raylan had a better sense of humor. Frances was never embarrassed by the hills in her blood, but Arlo didn’t like her talking about it. Boyd and Raylan may have gotten out of that together (okay, Raylan did all the work), but they’re ready to go their separate ways now — each hunting the man their fathers went to a great effort to hide 30 years ago. “May the best man win,” Boyd said. And Raylan said they should shake on it… so he could handcuff Boyd to a tree and get a jump. That was also Olyphant’s idea. And Raylan was right, it was funny. Back at the foot of the hills, Colt and Tim were still bonding over their service. When Colt started asking Tim questions about how you find someone, Tim thought he was asking for a job and offered to send him information. Colt just laughed. Raylan returned and told Tim to call Vasquez and have him put a hold on Arlo’s deal — they know Drew is in Harlan. Raylan also told Colt to take a saw when he hikes about a mile up the trail to find Boyd. That was kind of him.
NEXT: Setting up next week’s foot puns
After his rescue, Boyd phoned Wynn and told him he’d probably have Drew for him within a week. In exchange, he wants half the heroin business in the state of Kentucky. Wynn gave in a little too quickly, I thought. When he hung up, we saw why: Johnny was there, fuming because he thought they had a deal. “Mr. Crowder, I can promise him a rocket ship and a goddamn unicorn,” Wynn said. The point is, once Wynn has Drew, Johnny is free to kill Boyd.
Colt grilled Shelby some more about Ellen May at Shelby’s home, and Shelby told him that one of his men had been there at the Reliance gas station and saw Ellen May climb into an 18-wheeler. She seemed to know the driver. Colt told him to come to him and not Boyd with any news and he’d take care of it. Colt left and Shelby went back to his dinner… with Ellen May. She’d been hiding under the table in the next room. Shelby wanted her to hear Colton, so she’d believe him when he said that Colt was supposed to kill her. After his conversation with Cassie, Shelby knew that Ellen May must know something that could hurt Boyd if Boyd was worried she’d unburdened her soul. Shelby wants Ellen May to help him take Boyd down and promised he wouldn’t let anything happen to her.
We cut to Boyd, who was meeting with Arlo’s lawyer. He’s paying for her, and he hadn’t known about Arlo’s deal to exchange Drew for his freedom before Raylan mentioned it. Now that he does, he paid the lawyer extra to shut the deal down. She agreed to it.
Raylan made good on his promise to pay Josiah another visit if he didn’t find Drew on that hill. Only he didn’t find Josiah at home — he just found his ankle bracelet, and then his foot. It’d been cut off. “Well, my goodness,” Raylan said. Looks like we’re searching for Josiah next week!
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