Sunday, March 25, 2012
Justified: Season 3, Episode 10 “Guy Walks Into a Bar” (A-)
This show has a distinctive feel rarely captured by television shows these days, outside of those that air on HBO, and most of those are period epics. There’s such an incredible investment in even the smallest and most inconsequential of characters, with each episode broadening this show’s universe of memorable personalities. Shelby got that showcase in the opening moments of this installment, as he made up a story about having cancer and taking Napier’s lieutenants with him to save his own skin. It seemed like Boyd was going to kill or kidnap Napier’s sister, but his plan was far shrewder - to hire her without Napier knowing so that his election would be invalidated. Quarles’ reaction was incredible, and Boyd coming to gloat and call him a conquistador definitely didn’t help. The appearance of Marshall Allman’s Donovan revealed just how fearless Quarles is, and clearly things didn’t turn out well for him following Quarles’ astonishing speech that managed to calm him down. That scene in the bar was mesmerizing, and I especially liked Lindsey’s participation in it and her subsequent connection with Raylan. If there’s one thing Raylan’s not good at it, it’s testifying in court, and it was quite entertaining to see the smooth lawman end up endorsing Dickey’s release from prison. He’s not going to have an easy time on the outside, given that he’s got more than a few people that want him dead. This is where Limehouse enters the picture again, and something tells me that the body count is going to keep on getting higher before the season ends.