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Justified

Season 1 Episode 7

Blind Spot

5
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 27, 2010 on FX
7.0
out of 10
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260 votes
4

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Raylan foils an attempt on Ava's life and vows to find out who was behind it. Later, Raylan finds out that Ava may not have been the target.

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  • Raylan and Ava are shot at, which sends Raylan on a rampage.

    8.6
    I remember in the first episode of this season, in the waning minutes, Wynona told Raylan that he was the angriest man that she's ever met. For about six episodes, I realized I haven't seen any of that anger yet. Sure, he shoots people on sight with warning and he's not afraid to put a criminal down, but he's down it in such a cool, slick way that it's hard to pin all of that on anger. However, this episode finds Raylan nearly losing his cool.



    Raylan and Ava are at her house when a man breaks into the house and attempts to shoot them. Raylan immediately believes it to be the work of Bo Crowder, due to Ava killing Bowman, and since Johnny Crowder, Boyd's cousin, was making menacing threats to Ava earlier in the day, Raylan immediately assumes that it's them gunning after Ava. The episode focuses on Raylan's intent to bring down the person who tried to kill them and ends up taking a complete 180 about halfway through the episode. The fact that we don't see it coming and that it makes complete sense is impressive, yet the fact that it ties in plots from earlier in the season is even more impressive. It's truly giving the season a sense of continuity, proving it has a story to tell behind the individual stories that pop up here and there.



    There's a few scenes that stand out above the rest. We have Ava and Wynona having a discussion with each other, made all the more tense because we know that Wynona doesn't know the relationship they share yet. Despite Wynona's disdain towards Raylan, it's clear that she has some sort of unresolved feelings for him still. Later in the episode, we get a great scene between Boyd Crowder and Raylan. For me, Walton Goggins is one of those great character actors who doesn't get enough credit for the work he's done on this show and on The Shield. The fact he never got an Emmy for his work on the latter is a shame, so maybe they can give him some recognition for this role. It's obvious Boyd and Raylan have a connection, and it's fascinating to watch the two men go at each other's throats.



    As for the ending, it's interesting to see Bo Crowder (not sure I agree with the stunt casting for that.. when I see M.C Gainey, all I think of is the beard guy from "Lost.") but I'm wondering where the Boyd/Bo plot will go when Bo gets out of prison. Should be interesting to see.moreless
  • blind spot

    5.5
    Another pretty mediocre episode of Justified tonight leaving me wondering if this show is any good after all. The ratings are declining and after seemingly finding its groove a few weeks back, the last two episodes have left a sour taste in my mouth. Little to no backstory given to the bad guys, and just too many cliches here, so many that you could write a book of cliches about them.



    Justified is a little bland (I know I sound like one of Variety's annoying reviewers) but there really is no disputing that. The show needs to find a way to liven things up.moreless
  • Raylan loses his cool, if only momentarily. Intro of new characters, some who are short lived. Art lights into Raylan and I do believe we see him embarrassed.

    10
    I thought this installment was entertaining and yet again different from what we have seen. Justified continues to grow into a most interesting show, as we get to know the main character a little more every episode. First I have to say, it was fun to see Mr. Duke (aka Rev Smith of Deadwood) on this show, however I think his existence was too short lived. Would have loved to see him in a scene with Raylan (aka Seth Bullock). We have come to see different sides of Raylan episode to episode. We see the cool calm and collected Raylan of episode 1 Fire in the Hold, but in this episode Raylan was neither calm, cool or collected. And at times seemed somewhat confused, which made him perfect. He let his emotions get the better of him in his conversation with Boyd. The preachy preachiness of Boyd could make anyone want to strangle him, but Boyd keeps you wonder if it's all an act. The conversation, did make Raylan step back and realize that the man that was in Ava's house wasn't there to kill Ava but him. The Sheriff, was a little cliche, so much so that when Raylan discovered he was a Sheriff on the take it wasn't even surprising. Although I have to say I did enjoy the banter with the Sheriff. Raylan and Art, are the best thing about Justified in a way. No one can make Raylan even look somewhat embarrassed like Art. From their scene together you know that Art really wants Raylan to succeed and stop getting in his own way. Ava and Winona conversation was weird as seen on Ava's face. But Ava kept her cool and didn't reveal anything to Winona although if she had, it would have been none of Winona's business. And then we got to see Bo Crowder and know things are about to heat up in Harlan. Once again I'm confused by the low scores. I like this show and if you're still watching it after episode 7, I'm thinking you could be hooked yourself and don't know it.moreless
  • Gets right back up there in terms of edgy.

    9.0
    It's interesting that the grades for this episode are really all over the place. To me, this was the first episode after the Pilot which truly brought the "edge" back to the show. Previous episodes had stories with less stake, and even though one of the three was written brilliantly, I didn't have high hopes for the story-per-episode format. Well, here we are getting back to heavier involvement by Walton Goggins, which can only be good, plus the stakes were really raised when we not only had the "friend betraying swerve", but also the information that long arm of the mob is after Raylan.

    So, those three things put together (the suspense in the episode, Goggins and the mob involvement future) make this a pivotal episode promising good times ahead for us and bad ones for the marshal.

    Keep it up!moreless
Timothy Olyphant

Timothy Olyphant

U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens

Nick Searcy

Nick Searcy

Chief Deputy Art Mullen

Joelle Carter

Joelle Carter

Ava Crowder

Erica Tazel

Erica Tazel

Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks

Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins

Boyd Crowder

James Immekus

James Immekus

Red

Guest Star

Ray McKinnon

Ray McKinnon

Mr. Duke

Guest Star

Brent Sexton

Brent Sexton

Sheriff Hunter Mosley

Guest Star

Natalie Zea

Natalie Zea

Winona Hawkins

Recurring Role

M.C. Gainey

M.C. Gainey

Bo Crowder

Recurring Role

Linda Gehringer

Linda Gehringer

Helen Givens

Recurring Role

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