Justified

Season 4 Episode 6

Foot Chase

9
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Feb 12, 2013 on FX
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  • TIM GETS HIS TIME

    Justified "Foot Chase" Review: Stumped

    The mystery dragged this week as "Foot Chase" started up new stories to keep the middle of the season from sagging too much.

  • Episode Summary

    When Josiah Cairn turns up missing and short a foot, Raylan teams up with Sheriff Shelby to track him down before he bleeds out. Boyd continues to hunt Drew Thompson.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Foot Chase

      6.5
      Not your typical ending for an episode of Justified, as you will see if you are yet to watch it, but intriguing and foreshadowing, in its own right.



      Not a lot of action in this episode, but some good interactions and developments with these characters, and a well-written hour of television nevertheless.
    • The Game is A-Foot

      7.0
      Raylan and some local deputies take a look at the scene of Josiah's foot. Raylan finds a bloodstained footprint that looks a like a boot and since Josiah was probably hopping and it was whoever cut it off of him. This rules out him doing it himself to run as I thought he had last episode. Shelby decides to ride along with Raylan to find him. Colt's crusade to find some heroine to shoot up with was intense and hard to watch. He is so desperate that he holds a recovering junkie in bathroom outside a group therapy session at gunpoint forcing to tell him a name of a dealer. Boyd pays a visit to a man that fits Drew Thompson's profile in a neighboring area but rules him out with a high school article he has since ID is misleading in this case. Johnny coincidentally saying that if he was Duffy he would just kill Boyd after delivering Drew to the Dixie Mafia was weird since that's his very plan later this season. Colt also continues his search for Ellen May by rummaging through Johnny's hooker girlfriend's trailer under the presumption that Ellen May had been there since her disappearance. He smacks her when she defies him and he says to not tell anybody about it. Johnny asks her about it and she blames it on her Tuesday night regular named Max. Raylan finds Josiah's step-daughter, whose bloody boot-print was the one at the crime scene. She says that she was there and Josiah had told her to hide after Raylan threatens the guy that she's looking to hire to find him with statutory rape since the girl is only 13. Boyd gets arrested by Shelby in a surprising visit and he and Raylan question him whether he was the one who took Josiah. Boyd's rebuttal about him being handcuffed to a tree all night freezing was a nice callback to last week. However, the hole in this is that Colt was down there and Raylan told him exactly where Boyd was so him being tied to that tree "all night" doesn't really add up to me since Colt wouldn't just leave him there. Tim goes to a support group after his friend gives him a call to visit a drug dealer who he owes money and just needs a companion to talk to him. Tim recognizes Colt there before he threatens the junkie in the bathroom and tells him to take care. Nice to see secondary characters having run-ins and seeing more in Tim in his own story rather than just as a tag along with Raylan. Boyd surely isn't done with Shelby after that little act of resistance and gives him a new dynamic. Raylan's skepticism is expected and truthful as anyone who uses a criminal to win office would be under suspicion. But his line, "I think Lynyrd Skynyrd is overrated. I know you're dirty," was the best line of the show. Johnny and Colt pay a visit to Max and Colt beats him near to death to cover up his transgression with Johnny's girlfriend. Raylan manages to track down Josiah through a description of a van given to him by Josiah's step-daughter and tracked to a rental company rented with what Raylan presume will be a "Detroit credit Two hired thugs try to cauterize Josiah's leg wound because they need him alive for the reward from Theo Tonin and coincidentally Boyd's lawyer shows up. She apparently organized them to Josiah after Arlo claimed that Josiah was Drew Thompson, which is suspicious because his deal isn't in place yet. The psycho one who uses a blowtorch on Josiah was really scary and threatens to kill the lawyer and the other accomplice unless he gets paid. Raylan and Shelby knock down the door and the psycho uses the blowtorch and a can of flammable stuff to fire it at Raylan who zags out of the way and Shelby shoots the psycho in the arm. Tim and his friend visit the drug dealer his friend owes and it turns out Tim's friend stole a whole bottle of oxy and the dealer wants double for what he stole. Him only agreeing to this with Tim holding him at gunpoint seemed to be the only thing holding him back from killing the friend so he was right to bring Tim along with him. After a while of Boyd and Ava setting up their empire the past two seasons without much talk about their future is was nice to see the writers reaffirm their relationship with the box of cash Boyd has been stashing. The ring was a little on the nose but Walton Goggins sells the romanticism well with his "this money is for a house Ava, wherever you This lighthearted ending was a nice brick to add to the wall with more stakes given in Boyd's corner with him still unaware of Johnny's impending betrayal. Josiah is rescued and the two thugs are arrested. Raylan warns Shelby about Boyd but like Shelby said to Boyd earlier, "It's like warning a man that it's going to rain when he's already Good episode but I don't believe a whole episode being devoted to the hunt for Josiah when we knew already that he wasn't Drew Thompson. A lot of the first half of this season has burned off many of its potentially promising side stories like the Preacher storyline, and jumped the gun on Raylan's robbing girlfriend. Needless to say the season long arc works for me and of course they wouldn't have found Drew Thompson by now I would just like another story to interrupt it since they obviously won't find him before at least episode 10 or 11 so another mini arc involving a fugitive or something (not just something to keep Raylan busy but possibly something to do with Detroit). It just feels that midseason blues are setting in and the arc seems to be a little stalling and if they were to catch Drew Thompson say next episode that leaves many episodes hanging there needing to be filled. Also I don't know what the big deal is with getting invited to Napier's swingers party. Probably some sort of power play knowing Boyd. This is just a question about pacing since this season seems much less tightly constructed than say Season 2 or 3 was but with trying new things without a big bad there are going to be some issues so this is just a possible concern.moreless
    • Well, not the greatest show ever

      9.0
      Yet, i'm enjoying the story, characters, actors, dialogs so very much. For me Justified is somewhere at the top of the list.
    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

    Walton Goggins

    Walton Goggins

    Boyd Crowder

    Brian Howe

    Brian Howe

    Arnod

    Guest Star

    Gerald McRaney

    Gerald McRaney

    Josiah Cairn

    Guest Star

    Romy Rosemont

    Romy Rosemont

    Sonya Gable

    Guest Star

    Jim Beaver

    Jim Beaver

    Shelby Parlow

    Recurring Role

    Ron Eldard

    Ron Eldard

    Colton Rhodes

    Recurring Role

    David Meunier

    David Meunier

    Johnny Crowder

    Recurring Role

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