Justified "The Toll" Review: Setting Up a Smoking Finish

Justified S05E11: "The Toll"


It's been a while since Justified felt as confident, since it moved with as much purpose, as it did in "The Toll," an episode that lit the fuse of a three-episode arc that will undoubtedly close out Season 5 with a fiery ball of Kentucky fireworks. And I feel as though it took only one thing to make it happen: putting Raylan on Darryl Crowe Jr. on a collision course. Justified has staged so many classic scenes in and around that elevator into the Marshals' office, but Raylan confronting Darryl at the end of "The Toll" felt like the most important one of them all, considering that the fate of entire season may depend on it. These two locking horns FOR REAL was long overdue; they've been playing footsie for most of Season 5, and now that all the cards are out on the table, Season 5 feels like it's just getting started.

Getting to this point required an inciting incident, and Art taking a bullet from a mystery gunman while protecting Allison was one hell of an inciting incident. Art got shot! Nooooo! And the stud didn't even know he'd been shot, instead asking Allison where she was hit. I love Art (Nick Searcy's crazy Twitter feed be damned), but sending the character into critical condition just a few episodes before the season finale, with his retirement and Justified's final season looming, means there's no guarantee that Art will survive. The gravitas of the situation was aptly portrayed by the deputies (Tim was particularly hungry for some old-fashioned Kentucky justice), and seeing the other departments scramble made it feel that much more brutal. We know Art as Raylan's wise-cracking, eye-rolling chaperone, but the man is important. The question of who shot Art became the backbone of "The Toll," a whodunnit with two whos and two questions of why they dunnit: Darryl Crowe, as payback for his brother Danny's death (with Allison being the target as a means of getting at Raylan)? Or Theo Tonin, as revenge for getting shot and locked up by Art (with Art being the target)? 

The details of the investigation aren't that important, but here's a quick summary: Tonin copped to hiring a shooter for Art but no one really believed him, the theory being that Tonin would rather plant false information and F with the Marshal service from a jail cell than not be a part of this party. That left Darryl as the likely shooter, but even he was quickly dismissed after he turned himself in. And here's the shocker: The confession came from Kendal, who said that he was going to see Allison again but was so scared of what'd happened to his brother uncle Danny that he showed up strapped to defend himself. Justified used Danny's death beautifully here; it was completely understandable that Kendal would be jumpy enough around a Marshal to pack some heat, and also that Darryl would do whatever it took to avenge his bro.


And that led us to the conversation outside the elevator, when Raylan pulled Darryl aside and pegged him for making Kendal take one for Team Crowe. According to Raylan, it was Darryl who shot Art, after which he forced Kendal confess because life in juvenile hall is a lot easier for a kid than life in prison for a grown man with red hair. And as the credits rolled, we still didn't know who'd pulled the trigger. But we knew that Raylan was pissed, and that getting Darryl is now his main objective. After several episodes full of minor annoyances between the two, things finally got real, which is something we've all been wanting. 

But what I really liked about "The Toll" was how it squeezed the clamps on Raylan as a father. In his first conversation with Art's wife, she questioned whether Raylan was where he was supposed to be. But it was a bigger question than just where he was at the time of Art's shooting. Justified has been hinting all season long that Raylan has strayed from his parental responsibilities. He still hasn't visited his daughter, not even when he was in Florida. In "The Kids Aren't Alright," Raylan's relationship with Loretta held new meaning since he's now a father himself, and it actually appeared that he was up to the task of being a dad. In "Wrong Roads," we saw a potential future Raylan in DEA Agent Miller, and it was a future no one wanted for Raylan even though that looked like where he was headed. And in "The Toll," there were signs that Raylan wants to be a family man. With Arlo gone, Art is the closest thing Raylan has to a dad, and in the final scene of the episode, Raylan took an unannounced shift to watch over him. 

Elsewhere, Raylan was also protective of Kendal, pointing out that he'll turn out screwed-up without the right supervision, which Raylan is slowly realizing is also the case with his own daughter. It all points toward Raylan changing his tune and 'tude about being a father, and dammit, I need to see this happen before the end of the season, or at the very least, the series. Raylan being a responsible and loving father, whether or not he ends up with Winona, is my happy ending for Justified. God, the last thing I want for him is to end up like his own dad, who he hated. Don't pay that forward, Ray-ray. 


Boyd decided to take up smoking, so to speak, as he grew sick of paying for the Crowes' mistakes. But it was Boyd's second-hand smoke that proved to be the deadliest when he tossed a rigged cigarette box to Picker that blew the man up and left him looking like that overeater from Monty Python's Meaning of LifeIt was absolutely ridiculous and ridiculously awesome; someone please hand over a .GIF if I don't get to it first. I always appreciate Boyd for his wit, but sometimes a heaping helping of crazy really does the trick. Boyd's new deal with Wynn? He's handing over half of his half of the heroin, and their business is concluded. Who knows if this is the end of that storyline? It's been kind of a rocky one (remember Mexico?) but hot damn, Boyd just blew someone up with a cigarette box. I assume that Darryl has the other half of Boyd's heroin (minus the three bricks that Dickie's pal took), so Boyd could and should see that it ends up back in his own hands before the season is through. Ain't nothing like seeing Boyd and Raylan go after the same thing.

Back in prison (ugh, prison) Ava was due to pay for Judith's murder—and on ice cream day, no less. But Judith's followers did something peculiar. Instead of shanking Ava and turning her into a colander, they all handed over their ice cream. Either they want to gift her with the cruel, slow death of diabetes, or Ava has suddenly become the state prison's new holy woman. I stand by what I've been saying ever since Ava went to jail: Get Ava out of jail! #FreeAva. When is this arc going to tie into everything else that's going on?

Ava's story aside, there was a lot to be excited for in "The Toll," and now I'm stoked for the finale. The long-awaited showdown between Raylan and Darryl is ON. As long as I'm not crazy, we have an idea of how everything is building up to a big decision for Raylan. And Boyd made a dude explode, which is always welcome. But most importantly, Justified finally seems to have a clear direction in mind. The final two episodes have a really good shot at being truly great, and "The Toll" was easily one of Season 5's best episodes yet.


POSTCARDS FROM HARLAN COUNTY

– I like the Katherine Hale character, but I wonder if she was introduced a little too late to really have an impact. 

– How awesome is it that Rachel was given the interim Chief Deputy position until Art heals? I adored every bit of that scene when Ed Kirkland delivered the news. It sure as hell wasn't going to be Tim or Raylan getting the keys to the castle while Art was away.

– While we're on that topic, I was so happy we got to see Ed again. That guy is great. Keep bringing him back, Justified

– That Allison sure does love her weed!

– One more thing about Allison: She said, "I'm sorry, Raylan," when Raylan ran into her in Art's office. But it seemed like there was something else going on. Hmm... I'm probably reading too much into it. 

– I'm not sure I trust Penny! Something's off about her!



HEARD 'ROUND HARLAN

Art: "Let me ask you this, if I were to admit to hitting him, could you call it child abuse and take custody of him for me?"


Tommy: "They want war? We'll stack 'em up like a cord of wood."


Boyd: "The only explaining I've ever done in my life was to my momma when she caught me sneaking in after my curfew. And you ain't my momma. But I'll indulge you with a short answer to your question. Shit happens, Mr. Picker."


Katherine: "Wynn brought me here especially to meet you."
Boyd: "Thinking any friend of his ought to be a friend of mine?"
Katherine: "No, he wants to know if I can come up with a reason why he shouldn't kill you."
Boyd: "Other than my winning personality?"


Picker (looking at Tim): "That's the prick."

 

Katherine: "No, I remember which one you were. Smug little hobbit-looking beaner shitbird who told the jury what a no-account savage my late husband was. And that I was worse."


David: "You don't look like any grandma I know. Of course, both my grandmas look like Edward James Olmos."


Boyd: "I may not know a lot about a lot of things, but I do know how to blow shit up."


Darryl: "Just so I'm clear. You not going to kill me?"
Raylan: "Oh, be worried. Because that web of bullshit you spun around yourself to protect yourself, I'm gonna use it to strangle the life out of you and take away everything you've got. Then you're gonna wish I'd blacked you out with a bullet to the head."


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Apr 02, 2014
This was great. And this was the first time I really felt like saying that since the start of the season.
I'm going to postulate the following theory for the reason for this: this episode had a legitimate reason to intertwine Raylan's story line with the Crowe's and Boyd's. It put Art, Rachel and Tim back into the picture again, the actual Marshal service and justice system - not Raylan being off serving some personal Justice or spending weird holidays. It's great Justified realizes what a gem of a lead character and corresponding star they have. That doesn't mean he has to do everything, anywhere, without reason.

Now go on, kill Darryl and put this behind us, show!
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Mar 31, 2014
Btw, was Agent Miller ever mentioned after Wrong Roads? I assume he died, but the way he and Raylan struck up a relationship, I'm puzzled that he just seemed to disappear.
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Apr 01, 2014
He was mentioned in the next episode with Dewey on the run. He is hospitalized with a broken hip.
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Mar 27, 2014
Oh and I forgot....Daryl Crowe is a POS and Wendy is a terrible Mom/ Aunt. I also can't believe that she's stand by and watch her son go to Juvy! I'm sure she is afraid of Daryl but Raylan is hot to kill that SOB so she needs to say something! I know we all want Daryl to go down by Raylan but IMO the Crowe's have a way of taking care of their own and Wendy might be the one to so it.

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Mar 27, 2014
Wow when Justified is on a roll it's a ball covered in flames! Hot! Anyway great stuff from everyone tonight but my favorite was Boyd! Walton Goggins needs some Award Season Love! I hear what your saying about Mary Steenburgen coming in a little late. Maybe she'll survive this season and come on board next? I felt a spark between her character and Boyd's. I know he'll love Ava forever but if she doesn't survive jail........
Speaking of, shouldn't she be going to court for any of the stuff that she is charged with?
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Mar 27, 2014
Hope Ava crowder lives. I just saw her in the new Gangstagrass video - the band that does the theme song: http://www.relix.com/blogs/detail/video_premiere_gangstagrass_keep_talking
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Mar 27, 2014
I think the explosive scene of this episode, marvelously covered by Vicky a few scrolls down, was a brilliant testimony to the epic balls dangling from Boyd Crowder. What a poker player. The way he set up the situation leading to Picker accepting the cigarette-offer - brilliant!
Sure, technically it's hard to believe that the explosion didn't shatter all the windows and ear drums alike and that there is no major fire alarm starting and that it's possible to lock the door and get rid of the body but fuck it - that was awesome.
And Art: called it from early on in this season but there's still a chance he pulls through. Right now my candidate nr 1 for being the shooter is Daryl but his sister is closing in by the minute.
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Mar 27, 2014
Great episode, I had a bad feeling for Art last week something bad was going to happen you. So Picker is dead now, is he the only one who can put Raylan on the tarmac that night? Speaking of Picker that was a pretty fantastic way to go out. I knew there was something up with the cigarettes, I was thinking Boyd was recording them but didn't know why, he wouldn't snitch. Also, would not like to be cleaning that mess! Looking forward to Daryl getting his comeuppance via Raylan. I've felt all season that Kendal was the link to bringing down the Crowes. I thought he was going to turn on Danny, but I guess it will be Daryl now. Whatever happens, at least we are back in great episodes of Justified territory.
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Mar 27, 2014
Ooooh good point, with Picker gone, Raylan may be in the clear on the tarmac doings. Still think Wendy will give up Daryl to Raylan, especially after he had Kendal take the rap...but she may do it herself...unless she and Raylan hook up for next season?
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Mar 28, 2014
I think Wendy will try and save Kendal but I don't know how. She'll try and get him to change his statement at least. Hate the idea of Raylan and Wendy! I'm not sure why Kendal is so loyal to Daryl since all along he seemed to want to get away from them.
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Mar 27, 2014
Daryl Crowe. Jr. will most likely be a goner by the season finale, I wonder what will happen with Dewey.
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Mar 27, 2014
A valuable lesson for all you kids out there, resting on cigarettes is not only bad etiquette but can be fatal. Smoking Kills.
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Mar 26, 2014
Raylan was busting Danny for the heroin from Dewey when Danny fell in the grave dug for his dead dog, Chelsea.

There is no way Wendy is going to let Daryl get away with Kendal going to juvvy for Daryl. While she was stunned during the confession, she is smarter than Daryl, and she will eventually give him up to Raylan (Choosing her son over her dirtbag brother is a no-brainer). Between Art recovering and not corroborating Kendal's version of the shooting in the confession, and Wendy's revenge on Daryl, Raylan will get him.

Lastly, I really don't care what Nick Searcy or any other Hollywood actor/writer/reviewer thinks or says one way or the other about moral values. They are not role models. They live in Hollywood. 'Nuff said. Justified is a TV show and not the decider of moral virtues. Someone who prefers LGBT rights doesn't deserve a job (on that basis alone) over someone who doesn't; and someone who doesn't sure doesn't deserve to lose a job over their personal beliefs...or is this Communist Russia or McCarthyism redux? Either one likes Justified because of its plot, acting and script or one doesn't; and it is irrelevant to the quality of the show as to the personal beliefs of one actor on it. Now some nitwit is going to boycott he show over this? Typical political correctness overreaction.
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Mar 26, 2014
I liked the coincidental (or was it) reference to Edward James Olmos coming just after Eva's shanking the woman in prison. And on the whole, needless to say, I found the episode fantastic, and yeah like the build-up to the final. This is another show I will be truly sad to see go.

As for Art, I absolutely knew he was going to take a bullet once he picked up Allison's suitcase, and DEFINITELY knew it once he said "Age before beauty" and pushed her back. I actually kind of think it may have been the mother who did it -- just because I think Darryl did, and am quite sure Kendel didn't, either, and the way his mother was weeping when her son confessed.
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Mar 27, 2014
I'm of a mind that Wendy did it (intending to shoot Allison) partly because Allison was the one Kendal went to when he was in trouble, not Wendy; and partly to try to set up Daryl. Like most things involving a Crowe, it didn't work.
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Mar 26, 2014
Finally a good episode of Justified. It has only been the whole season.

Boyd was masterful this episode. I mean damn, the death of Picker, though a little regrettable since he has been one of the only good guest characters this season, but damn that was a spectacular death. Well done.

Kendall's confession would not have been taken seriously by any law enforcement agency anywhere. It is kind of painfully obvious that it is Daryl, only Raylan recognizing this was kind of silly. I get it that he is the hero. But the rest of them can't be that dumb about it. Especially the ADA.

I get that the end is going to be Daryl vs Raylan and it is going to be gratifying to see that. But it still doesn't discount that it should have happened in the first episode. Daryl is still the weakest bad that they have had during the whole show. And is not intimidating in any way shape or form.

Also, what is with this whole Raylan killed Danny thing. It isn't like he stabbed him with the knife. The dumbass ran into a hole and stabbed himself. That is without a doubt the worst set up for a confrontation in any show whatsoever. Especially Wendy, I mean seriously her jumping ship to go full Crowe was just dumb from the only Crowe with an IQ over 90. But still it is kind of expected from this season.

Overall good, even great at some points but still the worst season. And I really can't wait until they kill Daryl.
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Mar 26, 2014
When Kendal told the story, we all know he is forced into confessing but his nice Brother/Uncle Daryl. No way Kendal could have done it, right? Tim and 11 others who voted seems to think otherwise.

I hope Art do not die and have a happy retirement. I always think Raylan got it easy. Perhaps a very nasty boss for him next season could spark some fireworks ! Hey. We all got horrible bosses, why should Raylan be spare.

Almost forgot Boyd likes to blow things up ! Terrific !



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Mar 26, 2014
WHOOOO hoo welcome back JUSTIFIED!!!
This is why I can't get enough of this show, the freakin writing is so seemless and natural that I always feel like a fly on the wall rather then a guy sitting at home.
O.K my opinion is that Art was the target because Allison was in the hallway and Art pulled her back, and it was only when he entered the hallway the gunshots started, gotta be a reason they would let Allison out the door first, no marshal would let that happen. c'mon.
After a few slower episodes ( but like pizza and particle accelerator's even a crappy one is pretty good!) this set up the season's last 2 in fine style!
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Mar 26, 2014
Knew Art was in trouble after last week's eppy, and I was right. But it does give us the opportunity to see Rachel try to reign in not only Raylan, but I think Tim might be a bit of a problem to handle too. Boyd is back, really did miss the real Boyd Crowder. Kind of missed Dewey. Can Allison now go away for good, she's pointless.
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Mar 26, 2014
This Show Had Me At Hello

Art front and center. Nothing coy. No needless plot filler. The camera pointing at Art, front and center, foreshadowed there was much at stake in E11. Within a few minutes, Justified accelerated from nothing for ten episodes, to something special.

TO was on his game. The self-parody Raylan was gone. The old Raylan was back. TO can show so much character by simply the use of his eyes. His eyes told us what he thought of Art, before he said it. His eyes told us what he thought of an interim Deputy Chief, before he said it. His eyes told us what he thought of Picker before he said it. And most poignant, his eyes told us, that he has to examine himself. That he didn't have to say. His eyes said it.

Kudos to the writers on Picker's demise. The writers reached back - way back - and let us forget the Boyd "that likes to blow up things" and surprised us. I didn't see it coming. Brilliant.

Maybe a little late, but not forever. I have been harping on this message board for weeks now. Doubting a show I love. I can accuse the show for being late. Perhaps even rushing so much into E11. But that ended last night. It was not only a worthy Justified episode, it had me on the edge of my seat. And at times with my emotions. That is when Justified is great. That is when Justified's genius comes out. Action, dialog AND emotion. Also more than enough to make me feel bad for doubting the show.

Out of respect, having said everything, no Ava comments. I just am thankful to the writers and actors - especially TO - for a terrific hour of viewing.
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Mar 26, 2014
Here's the problem, it took the show almost the whole season to make Darryl Crowe interesting enough to warrant Raylan's showdown attention, and as we saw with Danny, it's not like this family is dangerous enough to really concern one's self with. The fact that Darryl outmaneuvered Raylan felt temporary at best, Darryl doesn't have the resources or smarts to actually shut Raylan out in any way, so this felt more like posturing.

Ultimately though, like everything in this series, Raylan's big moment was overshadowed by cartoon supervillain Boyd Crowder packing 100 times as much explosives as could fit in a cigarette box into a cigarette box. The use of the exploding cigarettes draws parallels from Boyd Crowder to Bugs Bunny, and the aftermath and lack of repercussions is just as unbelievable.

I can't say I saw a lot of Raylan-as-father motifs in this episode, you make interesting points so I wonder why they didn't come through in my viewing.

Why shouldn't Boyd take the hit for the Crowes' mistakes and missteps? He is the one who greenlit their part of the activity.

At this point, I'm fast-forwarding through all of the Ava scenes, next episode I guess I won't since she'll have contact with the outside world again. Thanks for catching me up on what crapfest I missed so it'll make sense next episode.

Yeah, Katherine Hale came in one episode too late to have that impact.

Rachel is by the book, it made perfect sense that she'd take over.

Allison sucks too, man does this season have shitty characters.

Who is Penny?

The Marshals stepping up their game was good, the stuff with Boyd was ridiculous, the stuff with Ava is never good, and the stuff with Darryl felt way too clever for this clown. I'm giving this a mixed grade.
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Mar 26, 2014
Gee, maybe if you didn't fast forward through certain scenes and actually put your faith in Justified to tell a great story then you would know who certain characters are.
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Mar 26, 2014
Meh, the whole prison element is dead, read this review, read IGN's review, Ava's story is a drag on the show. I'm not going to bother with it, it was obvious that Penny - the girl from "Shark", now that you've reminded me - was being too friendly the minute we met her because the Ava material is SO thin that there are no characters, only caricatures. But you keep right on sucking the show's teat pretending that this is a "great story".
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Mar 27, 2014
Hell, if this is the worst thing coming out of Justified's teat I will suck on it all day long. Mmmm. Tastes good. Too bad you don't taste what I taste.


That's right. I just said all that.
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Mar 27, 2014
Ok man, Ava's story might be slow I agree, but it is a great story, people keep on sucking the teat because they love the characters and it's hard to create characters that people stay loyal to.
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Mar 26, 2014
I thought for sure Boyd was gonna kill Duffy's bodyguard when he attacked him after Picker was blown up. He took his chance to headlock him while the guy was confused, and I thought Boyd was breaking his neck. He got up and yelled at Duffy and the Hale lady, so it seemed unlikely to me he would've left the guy alive on the ground who could get up and take him down while he was talking. But when Boyd was gone, the bodyguard got up after all. That didn't make sense to me. Why NOT go ahead and kill him?
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Mar 26, 2014
There was so much goodness in this episode, but something in particular resounded in my memory after I watched it- Mary Steenburgen's scenes; in particular her scene with David. It's a testament to the ridiculously good writing that although she's a brand new character and we don't know much about him either, in that scene with both of them and Rachel it was so seamless to completely believe every word from their mouths. It was amazing. I was watching it and nodding along to the beautiful dialogue when I suddenly caught myself as I realized all they were saying was new to me. But it had felt like two established characters whose story I'd been watching along with all the rest for the last five seasons. That was truly impressive. And this is something Justified always does so well. A+ casting and writing of Katherine Hale. And yes, I agree, she might have been added a bit too late.

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Mar 26, 2014
Kendal's story didn't really match up with what we saw happened, so I assume it's obviously not him. I also don't think there's a twist here -- I'm taking it completely straight forward that Daryl did the shooting and asked Kendal to take the fall (based on what happened last week with the Crowe-blood-bond). Having anybody else be the shooter will seem pretty stupid, I think, especially if they then try to explain that Kendal took the fall for an innocent Daryl.

Rachel should definitely be the interim chief... not only because it fits what we've seen from these Marshals' relationships, but I'm just really hoping that this means more screen time for her (and Gutterson).
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Mar 26, 2014


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Mar 27, 2014
You're the BEST.
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Mar 27, 2014
best what? inserter of gifs with exploding guts? lol, j/k
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Mar 26, 2014
You'd think we can't get shocked by this stuff anymore, but yeah I jumped when that happened. Yuck.
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Mar 26, 2014
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Mar 30, 2014
Thank you, thank you, thankyou for these! *tips Stetson to Vicky8675309*
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Mar 27, 2014
Now, you're really THE BEST.
ESCALUS. lol
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Mar 27, 2014
Thank you;-)
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Mar 26, 2014
I thought the Marshals had the other half of the heroin and Boyd had the rest (minus the 3 or so bricks)

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Mar 26, 2014
That what I thought also...
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Mar 26, 2014
Yep, Danny had it while he was saying goodbye to is hermaphrodite dog - so its safe to assume the Marshall's have it in evidence.
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Mar 26, 2014
I kind of hated how the Crowes were all pissed at Raylan and blaming him for Danny's death. Had Raylan shot hit then sure... but Danny pretty did it all to himself.

Danny decided to throw down, Danny decided to try the 21 foot rule, Danny was stupid enough to fall into a hole, and Danny was the one that stabbed his own head. I don't even think Raylan had drawn his weapon yet.
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Mar 26, 2014
I assume their blaming Raylan for Danny's death is for show. It plays into the narrative of why Kendal would shoot at Art -- because he saw the star and thought it was Raylan. And when Daryl mentioned it near the end, he was just playing victim (he also mentioned about caring for his sister and nephew but both seemed insincere too). I think they know well Danny killed himself being an idiot.

Although, yes, I think Daryl went to Alison's to get at Raylan, but I think Daryl's death was only part of it. Raylan's been a pain in Daryl's ass from very early on, so I think Raylan's "indirect" causing of Danny's death just added more fuel to the fire.
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Mar 26, 2014
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Mar 26, 2014
Of course it wasn't Kendall. His description of what happened didn't match up to what we (the viewers) saw.

Plus that grouping was too tight for an emotional kid like that. At one point you see rapid 3 shots hit the wall within 6-9 inches from each other. In a live gun fight, that's too tight for a kid that's having "an emotional moment"

It takes someone with practice and experience with life-and-death situations to make a grouping like that.
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Mar 27, 2014
Thought the same about the groupings. But when it started it made the appearance that the shooter was a little panic-y and random. Maybe it was the mother who was shooting or Darryl Jr IS a fool. Or it was someone else.
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Mar 26, 2014
Do you realize that no bullets were fired? Small charges are placed in the walls, woodwork or wherever and triggered to make it look like shots are being fired.
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Mar 26, 2014
Really? They don't fire live rounds at actors on TV? GASP! My world view is shattered.

/sarcasm

they put a bunch of rounds close together. If they wanted to look like a hormone filled kid having a tantrum they would have made the shots more wild and erratic. Unless their props guy sucks
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Mar 26, 2014
Finally, a great season 5 episode! I love this show, but I feel that Daryl isn't anywhere near the badasses that Raylan has faced previously. It doesn't feel the same as when Winona was taken hostage last season for example. Still, get 'im Raylan!
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Mar 26, 2014
Just want to say this "I LOVE RAYLAN" and finally "DON'T kill Art!" That is all.
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Mar 26, 2014
I don't think Art will die - they still haven't sorted out the situation with him and Raylan yet
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Mar 27, 2014
Me neither but it's still completely possible exactly because he didn't settle things with Raylan.
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Mar 27, 2014
I should have included the words "this season"
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Apr 01, 2014
Or even in the first episode of the next one......after that; I worry. :$
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Mar 26, 2014
Rachael would not have been given the Interim Chief Status, it would have gone to someone from another office with more seniority or more accomplishments or more of a politician.

Without question the best/funniest line was spoken by Boyd regarding the hotel taking the No Smoking Policy seriously.

There was nothing ridiculous about Boyd throwing an exploding pack of cigarettes at Picker and killing him, it was pure Boyd Crowder!

I'm curious as to whether or not Boyd has actually given up on Ava, I think he is still committed to her and she has been one of the main characters of the series. I would have bet anything that we hadn't seen the end of Mara Paxton. In fact I half expected the Russian Mafia to make an appearance on her behalf.

I am predicting that these last 2 episodes of this season should probably be the best of the season and next year's final season will be the best of the series. The writers will be able to kill anybody and everybody. The corpses will be stacked up like chord wood.
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Mar 26, 2014
Well he did make his men swear to watch out for her after he's gone, so he still cares. But the guy is obviously struggling: his woman is not only out of arm's reach but has cut off ties from him.
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Mar 26, 2014
Art will be back, and in his seat. At least for a few episodes next year. There will be an excuse about him wanting to earn retirement timeor some such, but it will just be an excuse to sit over Rachel's shoulder and make sure she can handle Raylan and Tim. (yes Tim too, he was not her subordinate when she got the unexpected promotion and some managerial schools say he won't treat her with the respect of the office, just as an equal) And also Tim does like to get a bit ornery, so next year, he may go off the book a bit too.
I love Rachel as Raylan's new boss. It gives her more to do without having to be in the field with him. Let Tim do that.
And I like the idea of a few episodes of Art overstepping on whatever rules she has, that would be funny as all get out.
I thought it was obvious Boyd put something in the cigarette pack the first time, so hearing the click the second time wasn't a big shock. the actual special effects deserve an Emmy nod. RIP Picker. I kind of liked you.
And I am hoping Raylan wraps up Darryl Crowe next week. With a way to get Kendall out of juvie, he is a little too pretty to enjoy that for a couple of years. I will bet that Art wakes up and states Darryl was the shooter, but I am hoping that will be after Darryl has his final run in with Raylan.
i enjoyed Ava's arc. I know not everyone does, but having ice cream cups as a threat was kind of freaky. If she spends all of next year in prison, then it will seem like it was for nothing, but as part of whatever Boyd has to account for with whatever is left of his stash without hope of her release, and she is just becoming a weight around his neck that he cannot get off. He said it himself, he didn't want to die in that hotel room, but at this point he is tired enough to just want it to end. Give it another 1/2 season.
I don't know how Tim Surette missed Raylan confiscating the other half after Danny fell into thehole and bit his own knife. That wasn't just obvious, he was talking to Art about it. (so go back and edit that out of the review, make this statement seem silly)
And also tell the web guys that Raylan is a name, and have their editor recognize it instead on underlining it. It's been 5 years for Christ's sake.
(also Surette, but make that secondary)
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Mar 26, 2014
I don't think Art could finger the shooter if he wakes up, because from what we saw, it doesn't seem Art ever got a good look at the shooter.

Also, I didn't take the ice cream as a threat on Ava. I took it as a "We're following you now," but then, I don't know how prison life works. That was the way I read that scene though.
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Mar 26, 2014
but if she didnt get the ice cream, they were against her. That's what I meant
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Mar 26, 2014
I didn't take the ice cream as a threat... but as a acknowledgment of respect.

As the young one said, what happens next depends on how much the women hated Judith. I guess they didn't like her much, and if Ava is the new source of drugs then she has their respect (for now)
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Mar 26, 2014
Kendal didn't shoot Art, but the kid was there. Remember the blood oath? Kendal's a Crowe now!

My guess is that Daryl had Kendal take him to Allison's place, he saw the badge and thought it was Raylan, then started blasting. Then he saw on the news that it was Art, and convinced the kid to take the fall for the good of the Crowe family (and only a few years in juvie).

The worse (but actually best as a character) thing about Daryl Jr. is for all his declarations of wanting to protect the family like his daddy did, every decision he makes destroys his kin.
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Mar 26, 2014
The character who uttered the line about cord wood is named "Jimmy," not "Tommy." Pay better attention, Tim Surette!
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Mar 26, 2014
I gave the thumbs up, but I didn't notice it, either in the episode or the review. ancillary character at this point. But credit where it's due, you have really been paying attention!
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Mar 26, 2014
Not gonna lie, I was sort of happy when I thought Alison was shot too.
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Mar 26, 2014
Great episode. The show is going all in for the end of season.

Left out another of Boyd's best lines:
"Well, I guess this hotel takes that non-smoking policy pretty serious, Mr. Duffy."

I wonder what its exploding body policy is?
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Mar 27, 2014
(Duffy yelling) Mr. Picker!!!!!!!!!!!
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Mar 26, 2014
The other half of the Heroin is gone. Raylan knew Danny would be retrieving it and bringing it back which is why he was waiting for him. The Marshals confiscated the other half.

As for the shooting, it's clear enough Kendal didn't do it based on the ancient laws of television, but on top of that most of his facts about the shooting were wrong. I have a hard time seeing Daryl as the shooter as well, but while he might turn himself in even if he was innocent, he wouldn't need to set the kid up for a crime he didn't do.

Also, has anyone else noticed that Ava's hotness from Season 1 and maybe 2 is just gone. What's with the coked out Suicidal Jenny from Forrest Gump blank stare? She looks almost exactly like a younger version of Patty the Daytime Hooker which is not a good thing. Needs to gain some weight maybe?
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Mar 26, 2014
thanks for confirming it--I thought the Marshals had the rest of the heroin
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Mar 26, 2014
If Daryl didn't do it why would Kendal be taking the fall at all? Yeah, Kendal's story is wrong, but he had him say that to make it sound like Kendal wasn't planning it. Who else would he take the fall for....Dewey?
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Mar 26, 2014
"A younger version of Patty the Daytime Hooker" -- love it!
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Mar 26, 2014
Art won't die. Confirmed by Graham Yost.
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Mar 26, 2014
Of course not. But Rachel's profile might be raised for an episode or two.
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Mar 26, 2014
I think it'll be more than a couple of episodes - I see it as a set up for Arts retirement at some point in the next season
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Mar 26, 2014
Definitely the best episode in a long time, maybe the best of the season. Boyd's cigarette bomb was indeed ridiculous, but it was one of the coolest things this show has ever done. It was also great because Picker was a character that I've been wanting to get killed for awhile now. Daryl is still the worst villain this show has had, and this episode didn't change that, but the episode at least got me interested in how things are going to go down between Daryl and Raylan. Any thing Ava related still isn't good, but at least it didn't get much screentime. If the next two episodes can knock it out of the park, it should be a good setup for the final season.
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Mar 26, 2014
What do you think about the introduction of Hale? Do you think she is just going to be in this season or are we going to see more of her next season?
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Mar 27, 2014
I like Mary Steenburgen as Katherine Hale, I wonder where her story with the awesome Wynn Duffy is going to go for the final season.
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Mar 26, 2014
I knew I was forgetting something. I like her so far, and her little conversation with Vasquez was a highlight. They introduced her pretty late in the season, so it would be a total waste if they brought her in just to waste her or simply get rid of her by the end of the season. If that did happen, it wouldn't surprise me, given what's happened so far on this disappointing season.

One more thing, this episode reminded me how much I missed the drama that goes on in the Marshal office. More of stuff like this and less Crowe family drama would've been a big plus.
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Mar 27, 2014
Yea I think she might be back for the next season. You simply can't drop her confrontation with Gomez and leave it at that. But after this season I am not sure about that.
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Mar 26, 2014
Boyd Crowder is a BADASS! I knew he was up to something with the cigarettes but I did not see THAT coming!
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Mar 27, 2014
Honestly, I thought the cigarettes were bugged. I was not expecting them to explode!
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Mar 26, 2014
I thought a mini missile of some kind would shoot out of the cigarette lol :P
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Mar 26, 2014
Ha ha. I did too! Kind of like that James Bond gadget.
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Mar 26, 2014
c'mon, you saw it coming

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