Justified "Get Drew" Review: Mad About Drew

By Tim Surette

Mar 13, 2013

Justified S04E10: "Get Drew"

I'm not sure there's a lot to discuss about "Get Drew," tonight's entertaining episode of Justified; it simply felt like we got into a roller-coaster car, let the lap bar come down to secure us in, and hurtled across every corner of Harlan County as the search for Drew Thompson (né Shelby) intensified. The closer we get to the ending of Season 3, the more closely knit Harlan feels, as all the pieces that've been flapping around become so interwoven that the actions of one person can affect the entire ecosystem of marshals, local thugs, wanted fugitives, Detroit mobsters, and BBQ slingers.

Throughout "Get Drew," upper hands never lasted long as Drew was passed around like a Hot Potato between those looking to cash in on him. Over the course of the hour, Drew was a free man, then he stumbled into the clutches of Limehouse (welcome back, old scary friend), then he was sold to Boyd, and finally he was stolen by Raylan and thrown into the backseat of a government-issue Suburban. It was a busy day for Kentucky's most-wanted man, and in the end he wound up in the best-case scenario, given how screwed he was: Now he'll just be in the custody of law enforcement getting tried for murder while he constantly looks over his shoulder for Theo Tonin's network of contract killers aiming to shiv him. Yes, that's his BEST-case scenario. 

Of course, he still has to get to that scenario. Just because the lawmen have him it doesn't mean they've got him, if you get my drift. Raylan seemed to imply at the end of the episode that Tonin was about to unleash hellfire on whoever has Drew ("We just have to figure out how to get out of Harlan alive"), even if those people are federal marshals. It's either an ominous sign of violent things to come next week (I don't have the benefit of having previewed scenes from the next episode), or a tacked-on half-promise just to keep things exciting for us. Personally, I have a hard time believing Theo Tonin is stupid enough to take the fight to the marshals. But that doesn't mean I don't want to see him try.

"Get Drew" also saw the return of Limehouse, who showed up at just the right time to take advantage of a situation and make some money off of it. He was a perfect wild card to throw into the deck because he's such a stubborn, powerful old dog who likes to make up the rules as he goes along—so long as those rules are all in his favor. He cleared a path for the episode's most tantalizing scene when he restructured his business with Boyd mid-deal and jacked up the cost of turning over Ellen May and Drew; since they only had enough cash for one or the other, Ava and Boyd had to confab about who to take—the whore who could potentially have Ava jailed or the blank check that was Drew. Boyd romantically fought to protect his woman by saying they should buy Ellen May, but Ava gambled with Ellen May's loyalty and said grabbing Drew was good for future generations of Crowders because he'll pay even more than that Dairy Queen franchise they set up. Boyd bent to Ava's will, and they went for the cash, but that may backfire for Ava, as sending Drew to his death didn't sit well with Ellen May, who dug deep into her saliva glands to let Ava knew what she thought of the decision. 

If there was one problem with "Get Drew," it had to do with the way things were set up to make events unfold the way they did. Raylan had to stake out the airport to keep Drew from flying away, Boyd had to get out of detainment quickly, Limehouse had to get wind of Drew, former pimp Nicky had to give up Ellen May's habit of going to see Limehouse a long time after he had anything to do with her, Limehouse had to increase the asking price for Ellen May and Drew, Raylan had to connect Drew to Ellen May with just a pair of "whore's underwear" which put Raylan on Johnny's tail, Johnny had to give up Boyd to Raylan and tell him where the drop was going to happen, and Colton had to be instructed to leave Drew alone to hand off to Tonin's man Augustine instead of doing a personal exchange. These are all things that could've plausibly happened, of course, but they all had to tick the right way in order to give us the specific outcome of "Get Drew." It all felt like it was written to be like this (which it was) rather than unfolding naturally, an unfortunate byproduct of crafting an episode that moves forward so fast. But I won't complain about the results.

The unmasking of Drew Thompson last week turned this six-lane highway search into a bottleneck, and by the end of "Get Drew," things were narrowed all the way down to a bike lane. The walls of Harlan are closing in on everyone, and when jumpy cops and robbers get together in confined spaces, exciting things happen. The pacing of Season 4 has been excellent, and we're on the precipice of this roller coaster's final, thrilling descent. Theo Tonin might be coming to town, and he's going to leave a crater.


– I loved Art's rant about Drew/Shelby being such a badass. It's true, the man pulled off an impressive run. 

– Rachel had the line of the episode, after Raylan said something about Ellen May's "whore's underwear." "By the way, I have that same pair of panties." 

– Sounds like Limehouse has been watching Flight before he goes to sleep every night, if his dreams are any indication. 

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  • cat89 Mar 14, 2013

    As much as I like Rachel (and I do, she was great in this episode!), it always seems to be the case that more Rachel = less Tim and vice versa. And honestly, Justified, if it's got to be one or the other then I'd rather just have Tim! Rachel/Raylan is good, but Tim/Raylan is just so fun to watch, and has given us some of the best dialogue of the series. And it was a bit frustrating having an episode break from the whole Tim/Colton showdown just when it was getting interesting!

    Also, anyone else get the feeling that it's going to be one of our Marshals who doesn't get out of Harlan alive?

  • borgsblueyes Mar 14, 2013

    Loved how Raylan finished with "We just have to figure out how to get out of Harlan alive", when the final song that played out season 1 was Braid Paisley 'You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" (personally prefer Darrell Scotts version)

  • TravisVictor Mar 14, 2013

    Raylan will let Drew and Elle May run away. Otherwise Raylan would get a promotion to an office job, and the show would be over.

  • klotensen Mar 14, 2013

    How very unfortunate for both Drew and Boyd to listen to the woman at their side.
    On the other hand, thanks to them we'll get a superfantastic finale - although I fear a little for Art, I don't know why, a bad feeling I have this entire season long ...

  • DavidJackson8 Mar 14, 2013

    Ehhh, there were two minor things I had issues with about this episode:

    1) The first has to do with basically what Tim said in this article regarding too many events and coincidences having to occur. The main one for me was, I really didn't get at all why after Boyd and Ava bought Drew from Limehouse, they had to wait around by the woods for Colton to come so that Colton can take Drew to the field... then why Colton ran off before the chopper landed. I figured at first it was because Boyd had expected to buy Ellen May as well, so while he and Ava took her, Colton would take Drew... but when that didn't happen, I didn't exactly get why they just didn't go along... and why Colton had to run away before anybody got there... Meh, I guess it doesn't matter much.

    2) I didn't like Boyd and Ava's (but mostly Boyd's) reaction to finding out about Arlo's death. I guess there could be something for him to say about it if he has a chance to talk with Raylan at some point in the next couple episodes, but his initial reaction here was kind of a bummer. When Drew brought it up, I was disappointed to see just 2 seconds of slightly solemn looks from Boyd and Ava.

    They also got my hopes up a bit when Colton ran off and Tim and Rachel ran after him. I was like: "Please, let Tim catch up and shoot Colton." But no.

    Anyway, those two problems are relatively minor, but it's still more than I can say for most Justified episodes. Overall, it was still a good episode. I liked seeing Limehouse again -- I've been waiting for him all season... too bad he didn't get more to do than just tamely breaking a deal. I liked the fact that Ava was partly trying to be nice to Ellen May by not choosing her to buy (and kill), but then having it backfire because Ellen May was furious that they bought (and wanted to kill) Drew instead.

  • ArchieCampbell Mar 14, 2013

    no one seems to have mentioned the episode title Get Drew...........is this a clear homage to Elmore Leonard's earlier work Get Shorty?

  • paintcan Mar 14, 2013

    You got it Arch ! Hope you recall that great sound track to GS. I still have the
    33 1/3 vinyl around somewhere.

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  • MinitureMo Mar 13, 2013

    Loved every bit of this episode. I'm just hoping Ellen May doesn't get killed. She is so sweet. i want her and Shelby to run off together and make a better lives for themselves by the time the season ends. Love these characters. And Boyd is a fifty. And of course, so is Raylan :)

  • Mate Mar 13, 2013

    Jim Beaver saying his key line form Supernatural was what put this episode into possibly the top 5 of Justified for me. That was a fantastic nod to his fans and frankly I am surprised it was allowed. But it was and it was great.

    The episode was fantastic. I liked the contrast between Art's rant from last episode to his speech this episode. It was enjoyable and that he is still suspending Raylan. Which just made me laugh.

    Limehouse coming back was key. He is such a good character and adds so much to the scenes that he is in. Plus he isn't done yet because he still has Ellen May.

    I kind of wanted Drew and Ellen May to escape. I know it was better this way but sending Raylan and maybe Boyd on separate road trips to Mexico would have been so comical and genius that it could have had its own show.

    I am still looking forward to the showdown between Tim and Colton. I hope it isn't lessened and they give it the gravitas that it deserves. Or just have Raylan shoot him just cause.

    I could go on, but I think that is enough. Can't wait for the next episode.

  • efonsecajr Staff Mar 13, 2013

    Jim Beaver as Drew/Shelby is the best. Art is my favorite though.

    Yeah only problem I had was how Ellen May was connected to Drew/Shelby. Thought I had missed an episode.

  • JT_Kirk Mar 13, 2013

    This was a wet fart of an episode, basically just back to the flattest elements of the season - lots of cheap soap opera character maneuvers, lots of The Boyd Crowder Show, very little Raylan, just a generic cable drama coasting on the show's name. Aside from Art's comments about Drew in the beginning, nobody said anything particularly funny or smart. Nobody did anything clever, we have Drew who has evaded capture for decades and yet can't seem to think his way out of a rural county that he's known for years. Raylan all but disappears for the majority of this episode, and somehow figures out exactly where Drew is going next without any explanation. Boyd completely screws up over and over, trusting the wrong people despite being burned by them before. Limehouse appears out of nowhere with his disastrous upper teeth and perfect lowers, and once again is written to be the exact opposite of what his character's background claims to be (honorable, different from the Harlan backstabbers, clever, dangerous only when given good reason). A myriad of generic, useless but not in an interesting way, brown-uniformed tin-star-wearing local PD that always let the show's major events take place while they just stand around afterwards. Also, no hillbillies or any actual Harlan elements yet again. As usual, Art doesn't call in the cavalry from the office, apparently the Kentucky US Marshals office has plenty of employees but only 4 weapons between them. And we STILL don't get a particularly convincing motivation for why the US Marshals are after Drew.

    The only moments I thought were genuine "Justified" entertainment in this whole episode were Art's "Drew is a badass" bit, Rachel's "I have the same panties" line, and Wynn Duffy's "off to Canada" reaction. Drew & Ellen Mae is at least trying to be a genuine off-kilter dramatic beat but it's really not showing itself to make any sense, feels only contrived at this point, but I still like them more than just about anybody in this story. Everything else was slow-witted and out of character. It certainly didn't come off as a rollercoaster ride, it wasn't thrilling or even remotely compelling and didn't even earn its highs and lows. I'll give you big props for recognizing how artificial and mechanical this episode was though Tim, everything you've got there is right on the money.

    Throwing Limehouse in felt like a cheap out, like they had these characters and sets and just needed a way to extend the premise. It's become abundantly clear that Limehouse is not a real character, he doesn't have a family or friends he cares about, he constantly talks about taking care of his people but never seems to succeed (the place is now the go-to spot for Harlan's most charming gun-toting white folk), the show blathers on about his honor and yet has never once acted with the remotest shred of it, he just stands around cutting pigs and threatening people with needlessly bloody knives without any payoff at all, they never show a convincing method of him making money, and why would anybody trust him with their cash as a "bank" when he's not even investing it and he's lost a lot of it?

  • JT_Kirk Mar 13, 2013

    Aw crap, I forgot to mention how very annoyed I was at poor handling of Boyd finding out about Arlo getting shanked.

    Also, this whole story arc seems to have forgotten to deal with the Arlo connection, he KILLED A GUY for what was being said and someone else KILLED HIM for what he knew, and this episode dismisses it like it's nothing.

  • kanniballl Mar 13, 2013

    I don't have a problem believing Shelby having a problem finding a way out of this mess. When he started this whole thing decades ago he had the Hill Folk helping him hide, then BOTH the Gibens and the Crowlers helping him out to hide and start a new life. He bought their silence + help + identification with money and cocaine.

    Now, he's old. As he said: his 2 main plans were to fly out on his plane or drive an small unmapped road. Unfortunately, Raylan is from the area and coordinated the small road get closed down.

    So, Shelby's choices are limited. Because he's old he probably can't hike out very easily. So running is out the window.

    Because everyone in Harlan appears to be a greedy jerk, there was nowhere he could really hide until the heat died down. So hiding is out the window, and thus he was screwed.

    Though personally, if I were him and saw how close Raylan was getting I probably would have flown out a few nights ago.

    He was PROBABLY preferring nobody find out... because if he left early then people would figure it out and Theo had a much greater chance finding him since the first time around he spent loads of money and drugs to hide himself. Now he only had $15,000 which is nothing.

  • JT_Kirk Mar 13, 2013

    Yeah, but since then he became the sheriff twice and a mine security foreman, he should know those woods and trails as well as anybody else. He has 360 degrees he can drive towards and he chooses the one with Raylan's roadblock???

    Good point, he should have known he was about to have to fly the coop. They even set this up in the episode by Drew (stupid Shelby name keeps getting typed, I wonder why :p) talking about taking up flying again, then they drop that ball. They don't even think about saying why he stayed, in fact.

  • kanniballl Mar 14, 2013

    Well, from a logical standpoint, staying made some sense. He had a life, backstory, and IDs here. He was probably hoping that he was safe hiding in plain sight and wouldn't get found out since Boyd's dad was dead and Arlo was keeping quiet (and then died), and Hunter really owed him.

    If the Sheriff unexpectedly leaves in the middle of this situation: where the "bad guys" and Marshals are looking for someone with a false identity, and they KNOW the guy is scared, then chances are they will figure it out. Someone with a high profile like a Sheriff would send up flags immediately. Even some random dude would probably make the greedy Harlan folk suspicious: "Strange that Joe Bob took off so quick while everyone was looking for an imposter."

    So, running away would tip Theo onto what he looks like and such. And since he doesn't have anywhere NEAR the resources now as he did decades ago... he wouldn't be able to stay on the run for long from Theo and his crew.

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