Justified

Season 4 Episode 11

Decoy

9
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 19, 2013 on FX
8.8
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    Boyd and the Detroit mob pull out all the stops trying to stop Drew from leaving Harlan and escaping.

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    • Decoy

      7.0
      Why not just call in extra police earlier? Lately, the logic of both the good guys and the villains has been questionable on this show, but if you choose to ignore that, and you just focus on the action, once again you should be thoroughly entertained by Justified.
    • Fast Times at Harlan High

      9.0
      This was a very good standoff and chase episode Justified as the Marshals tried to get Drew out of Harlan alive. They hole up in Arlo's old house of Raylan's childhood while they wait for a helicopter to mobilize while Nick Augustine's helicopter circles close by. Nick pays a visit to Boyd and roughs him up a bit before Boyd convinces him that he knows where to his the Marshal convoy to get Drew. Colt and one of Augustine's men go to sniping positions with a few immobile cars waiting for a convoy to come since Boyd is sure that Raylan will be uncomfortable waiting the whole hour in one place for an airlift. Art, Tim, and some state troopers drive along one of Harlan's main roads and Tim's spider sense goes off from the war with the three cars screaming IED's to him. The convoy halts and Colt keeps the other guy with the rifle from shooting them and giving away their position to Tim whose Ranger experience would put them both out of the business of being alive. Tim and Colt's phone conversation said a lot about their respect for both as servicemen and references to "the sandbox" and whatnot. But what I liked most about their conversation was that it was all said angrily in the hypothetical. We also saw the return of Bob Sweeney who had a rough go of it as he got beat up by one of Augustine's guys Yolo who found him at Arlo's house after Raylan and Rachel had vacated it. Boyd suspects with the convoy stand still that Raylan is somewhere else to which he is correct in suspecting that the convoy is a decoy. Raylan and Rachel head to his abandoned old high school with Drew and stay put in an upstairs classroom. The decoy is very effective one of the state troopers even wearing a hat much like Raylan's. Drew's story of how he met Arlo was one of the best parts of episode waiting outside a brothel in Saigon. Boyd figures out that Raylan is getting the chopper to land at the high school and he and Augustine's man Picker go to see if it's true. Bob gets beaten up pretty bad by Yolo to find out where Raylan and Drew are but he doesn't give them up even though he knows. Bob brings in the whole knife things in a great payoff when Yolo is off guard he stabs him in the leg and then when going for his gun Bob cuts his throat just as Raylan comes to retrieve him. Bob's different versions of Drew to Yolo while getting beaten up were some great touches to the humor of the episode and he truly showed how awesome Patton Oswalt is and how to not underestimate people, and no one knowing what a constable among the criminals was pretty amusing too. Raylan confronts Boyd and Picker at the high school and tells them to bring more guys if they want to come up to which Picker obliges by calling Augustine for more backup. Apparently an astronaut had landed a chopper on their baseball diamond when they were in high school, yet another great touch from their inexorably tied together paths. Picker and the rest of the enforcers going to the principal's office and finding Raylan and Bob there ready to die was cool. Raylan's explanation of how the sirens in the distance were his friends and not theirs and how they would be the ones dead if they chose to kill Bob and him. Picker even saying, "Him?!" in disbelief to Bob having killed Yolo reaffirmed by Raylan that people underestimate people like Bob. Colt's killing of the sniper once Tim and Art manage to Molotov one of the vehicles around them that contains explosives up was inexplicable and unnecessary. Surely Colt is off the stuff, but why kill the other guy at all if you're sure that Boyd and you will get the job done anyway? If there had been an explanation beyond just, oh hey this was supposed to be unexpected but it's totally not would've made me more okay with it. So only two dead bodies. Picker, Boyd, and the other Wild Bunch makes off before the cops arrive to save Bob and Raylan while Rachel and Drew are aboard a train which was a great callback to when Shelby mentioned how everyone in Harlan knew the sound of the 5:40 train going by. Interestingly, what I thought would be a throwaway scene between Augustine and Ava in which Augustine, in a very sexist manner, tells her of all of the immoral sexual acts she must have to commit to be where she's at. When Johnny tells them to stop harassing each other Augustine outs him as betraying Boyd and Johnny professes his love for Ava as she exits the bar. Augustine notes that Duffy at least had the sense to hide, which is sense, but Boyd's boldness in staying afloat and helping will surely help in the eyes of Tonin who just can't seem to get his hands on Drew. Raylan's asking for a promise for the boys, Picker, and Boyd to come back to try again against him and they walk away ensures that this is not the end of the chasing of Drew Thompson. Also it was nice to get more Drew background with Drew's justification of killing off Waldo Truth to how he'd lived so many lives. At least I finally got the clarification that Arlo knew he was Drew Thompson because they served together in Vietnam and not just for plot convenience added a lot of faith for me to the show. Now Johnny's outed and there's no telling what Boyd will think when he finds out as surely something needs to happen. Augustine will surely pay at the hands of Tonin maybe, or Boyd, or somebody involved in this will. Fantastic episode that plays out very much like a modern Western and got all of the main characters into play in the chasing of Drew. Now he's in Lexington but they're not out of the woods yet by any means and Tonin is not the kind of guy to give up easily. Episodes like this make me faithful in the new formula that Justified I hope will try with season arcs mixed with big bads from now on since it has found the flow of this season and has had the main arc serve as the meat and potatoes for quite some episodes now. Still no mention of whether Ellen May will blow the whistle on Ava about Delroy or not, or any sign of Limehouse.moreless
    • so very cool.

      10
      i love the colt character - being corrupted Jack Reacher
    • Wowza

      10
      Just another great Justified episode. This is flat out the best show on tv! Deputy Bob was great tonight. I can't get enough of this show
    Timothy Olyphant

    Timothy Olyphant

    U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens

    Nick Searcy

    Nick Searcy

    Chief Deputy Art Mullen

    Joelle Carter

    Joelle Carter

    Ava Crowder

    Jacob Pitts

    Jacob Pitts

    Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson

    Erica Tazel

    Erica Tazel

    Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks

    Walton Goggins

    Walton Goggins

    Boyd Crowder

    Bobby Campo

    Bobby Campo

    Yolo

    Guest Star

    Chet Grissom

    Chet Grissom

    Officer LaPlante

    Guest Star

    Patton Oswalt

    Patton Oswalt

    Constable Bob Sweeney

    Guest Star

    Jim Beaver

    Jim Beaver

    Shelby Parlow

    Recurring Role

    Ron Eldard

    Ron Eldard

    Colton Rhodes

    Recurring Role

    John Kapelos

    John Kapelos

    Picker

    Recurring Role

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      • Nick Augustine:: How many d***s you gotta suck to get to the top of the food chain around here? It's gotta be a ton of d***s. It's gotta be like morning, noon, and night. Like, ever since you were fourteen. It's gotta be like the alarm goes off, I'm sucking d***. Where's another d*** I can suck? D***, d***, d***. Go to bed, suck a d***. D***s, d***s, d***s. It's gotta be a ton. I mean, a small-time blonde girl like you? Looking for a better life? Plenty of girls like you, but what sets you apart? Extraordinary vacuuming skills. It's gotta be. Right? Is that why they let you run the whorehouse? Because you train the girls in your off-hours. Okaygirlsyougottagarrrg.

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