Justified "Over the Mountain" Review: Blood Brothers and Cousins
Well that was a front-to-back fantastic episode of Justified, don't ya think? The hour didn't once drag its boots; after three episodes of prep, every story was in an a position to stand up on its own. Even the "Boyd visits Ava in jail" scenes were good, thanks to Cousin Johnny's disgusting lip-licking toward Ava. And most importantly, "Over the Mountain" fired the first shots in the Grade-A beef we all knew was coming (and were waiting for) between Raylan and the Crowes.
Things began, as they probably always should, with Dewey Crowe being a damn idiot. Following Darryl's "suggestion" that Dewey kill Wade for skimming whorehouse profits, Dewey made up some lie about his buried treasure—and Wade, no claimant to a GED himself, believed it. It takes a special kind of "board-certified imbecile" to be duped by Dewey, and Wade is that imbecile. Wade had just had the snot beaten out of him for stealing from Dewey the episode before, and then he goes out to the woods alone with the guy? Dum-dum-dum.
Though Justified is loaded with the kind of dialogue that elevates the collective intelligence of its characters to beyond-genius levels, this is a show that LOVES its morons and their Natural-Selection-proving behavior. Of course, in Dewey's hands, the simple matter of murdering Wade became a comedy of errors involving miniature shovels and prayers to God, but by golly, he got the job done. Most of it, at least. The whole body-disposal part never happened thanks to some good Samaritans out on a hunting trip (I think that's the first time we've encountered anyone wholly good on this show), and it was Raylan who stumbled onto Wade's corpse. R.I.P. Wade, but let's face it, you were never long for this world. You probably woulda licked a light socket or walked into traffic anyway.
Wade's body put Raylan on the scent of Wade's murderer, which led him to the Crowes and that first real confrontation between Darryl and Raylan. Without much else to pin on them, Raylan showed 'em who they were messing with by taking Derrick, the underage Crowe brother, into protection under the pretext that a teen probably shouldn't be tending bar at a whorehouse, even if he IS on the spot with the levels of Wild Turkey in stock. It was the first step in this delicate dance between lawman and outlaw, and as graceful as Raylan's first bit of footwork was, we all know Darryl will come back by stepping on Raylan's toes.
As for Boyd, he ain't playin' nice with his cousin Johnny anymore, as their falling-out has escalated into a full-blown rivalry. Johnny denied any involvement with Boyd's tragic placement on the wrong end of the heroin heist, but later on, we saw him meeting with Hot Rod Dunham, so I'm assuming he's guilty as charged. And this brings up the potential for an awesome war that's long overdue: Boyd vs. Hot Rod. I cannot wait for some of that action.
"Over the Mountain" kicked Season 5 in the butt by letting the hunt for Wade—a character with ties to Harlan's nastiest—be the episode's open-and-closed case, rather than bringing in a new baddie for Raylan to lock up and shoot in the face. The momentum from the search added some juice to the rest of the ongoing stories, making this the most serialized—and best—episode of the young season. Now we have Raylan vs. Darryl and Boyd vs. Hot Rod and everything in between.
POSTCARDS FROM HARLAN COUNTY
– With Justified coming to an end after next season, it's fair to think about hypothetical spin-offs, and I would like everyone to know that I would gladly spend an hour of Dewey Crowe every week. Tim would be my second choice. Aww heck, who am I kidding? Tim is my first choice. Tim is the best. I'd even say that if he wasn't named Tim.
– Art is getting closer to becoming a big part of the season with his look into Raylan's less-than-legal involvement in Nicky Augustine's death. And Art's counterpart in Detroit, Ed Kirkland, is all of a sudden one of my favorite characters on the show.
– Are we still wondering whether Allison is pulling one over on Raylan, or is that done? I'd be fine if it was done.
– Those of you who've seen Orange Is the New Black will understand my thinking when I say we should nickname the diminutive prison guard who tried to rape Ava "Short-stache." And while we're on that subject, exactly who is providing protection for Ava while she's on the inside?
– Ummm... what is Boyd doing with all those dead bodies in that room? Tea party?
– Best scene of episode goes to Raylan and Tim visiting Wade's house and meeting Danny's dog instead. Maybe it's because it was Tim and Raylan sharing a scene, maybe it's because Danny wasn't wearing pants and we got an up-close look at his buttocks cleft, or maybe it's because there was a dog named Chelsea with big old balls in it.
– Raylan, Boyd, and Tim together in a scene is gold.
– And because this is the season where Justified relentlessly puts Boyd through the ringer, his faked death to keep Lee Paxton off his butt should last, oh, about halfway into next week's episode, I'd guess.
HEARD 'ROUND HARLAN
Because Justified is stuffed with such great dialogue, each week, I'll post my favorite lines right here.
Dewey: "Are you a midget? Cuz that's a midget shovel."
"He's a drug addict and a board-certified imbecile."
Art: "Shouldn't be too hard to find him then."
"You're looking thin, Cousin."
Boyd: "Well, I've had more time on the elliptical now that I don't have to spend it wondering how and when you're going to stab me in the back."
"Did he getcha?"
Tim: "No, but I think something just came between me and my Calvins."
Ava: "I was thinking, aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?"
"Intercom's all screwed up, I couldn't hear a damn thing."
Art: "So you gonna send him back up the river?"
Ed: "Might as well. We got too many damn Canadians in this country. Justin Bieber, Celine Dion..."
Art: "Steve Nash..."
Tim: "Dog! Dog! Dog!"
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