Justified

Season 4 Episode 13

Ghosts

13
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 02, 2013 on FX
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  • SEALED WITH A KISS

    Justified Season 4 Finale Review: One Coin, Two Sides

    "Ghosts" was essentially a Season 4 epilogue that proved once again that Raylan and Boyd ain't so different after all.

  • Episode Summary

    Boyd and Ava try to keep their murderous secret under wraps while Raylan and the Detroit mob come to bloody blows.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Great Stuff!

      10
      Another fantastic season of Justified came to an end with a final shot of Arlo Given's grave, that gave me the chills.
    • Ghosts

      7.5
      The season had its highs and lows, but this was a pretty solid season finale, even though the high-point in the action happened about 8 minutes or so before the conclusion.



      Entertaining, Mike O'Malley's character proved to be much better than I thought it would, be, but hardly an epic finale for Justified.
    • Good Luck, Cowboy

      9.5
      Things kicked into gear this week in the Justified finale as Raylan's enemies get rather close to home. He gets officially suspended by Art with Drew in custody and Ellen May also moving on with her life. He gets a call from Winona about a baby rocker (of course we know it's a trap after last week's reveal of Picker being the one that delivered it). Raylan arrives at the house (wasn't Winona living with her sister who isn't around anymore for some reason? Or is Winona getting her own house? They never really covered this about her sister beyond that she was living with her at the end of last season after the Qarles affair was sorted out. Guess Gayle must be out of town or something. The bit that Augustine's thug adds about "how not to make this the worst day of your life" was very scary going into the opening. This was dealt with rather quickly as they reveal that they want Raylan to get them to the safe house where Drew is and kill him for the Detroit crew rather than getting Drew alive now that he's going into Wit-Sec and they will use Winona and his unborn daughter as bait to make sure he stays in line. But Raylan insults one of them which makes him get punched but he grabbed a piece off of him and kills two of them before shooting their leader in the shoulder and then repeatedly until he runs out of ammo. Art and the local PD come to take his statement and take Winona to a hospital. Raylan makes sure that she gets taken into protective custody and assures her that he will go after whoever did this, who is no doubt Augustine. Art comes to his house and tells him that Theo Tonin has fled to Tunisia after hearing of Drew's capture (a country without extradition) which leads Sammy Tonin and Augustine to vie for the throne of his criminal empire. Raylan knows that Sammy would never go after his family and needs to find a way to Augustine. Art tells him that if he does he shouldn't ever come back to work which puts him in a bind. Boyd, his new thug Daniel, and Ava all go to Mr. Paxton (one of the Clover Hillers whose legal contacts Boyd got rid of with his connection to Tonin) and Deputy Mooney to swap out Delroy's body, which had been reportedly found in the mineshaft when they went to dig it out of there. It's presumed that Ellen May told them everything while in custody and where to find the body but they devise a plan. Just when Boyd digs up the corpse of an old friend of his to get rid of the body before PD gets a chance to an autopsy that the shotgun wound that killed Delroy isn't found and implicating towards Ava since his old friend died of an oxy overdose. Raylan arrives to get Boyd to take him to Augustine before they go to swap out the bodies and forces him to go with him. I knew Boyd hadn't told Augustine where to find his family, he may not like Raylan but he isn't the kind of brutal thug to sell him out when he figures that Raylan would hear about it. We get to see Raylan go into anger mode once again, the second time this season after Arlo's death at the hands of Hunter Moseley. Him getting Boyd to potentially back him up was a nice touch in how their paths are always crossing but rarely going against one another. Augustine agrees to a sit-down with Raylan in a limo at an airport right before Augustine is supposed to head back to Detroit to kill off Sammy Tonin and conquer the empire by the very next day. Raylan knows that if he shoots Augustine, especially is Nick doesn't pull first because he's too smart to carry a gun, he would never have gotten out of there alive. It's so essential for Raylan to get Augustine to back off of his family that he would've done it had he needed to. He gives Augustine the chance to surrender and turn himself in and he won't kill him. Augustine refuses and that if Raylan wants to kill him it'll have to be in cold blood. Augustine is just plain cold promising that he'll deliver on his promise to kill Winona and his child if he continues to live because he keeps his promises. I'm glad that they mentioned the Tommy Bucks shooting way back in episode one and the countdown method to make him pull before Raylan had. Raylan gets out of the limo and meets with Sammy Tonin whose plane had just landed and told him Augustine wouldn't give himself up. Sammy, like a good boss, says that he would never have gone after Raylan's family and that he won't be getting any more problems from Detroit. In an awesome mobland style way two guys with assault rifles open fire on Augustine's limo and killing him in a very satisfying way and making Raylan not have to and still keep his job. This was an excellent and masterful way to resolve the story without him having to go all vigilante on his own and instead just turning his enemies against one another, despite what Augustine says Sammy makes a better leader than he and Qarles would have made because he has some moral grounding as evidenced by him not practicing crime in the same merciless way that his father and them had. He does it as a professional business which is somewhat admirable in my opinion. But Raylan goes to Winona and tells her that she's safe now. Ava takes the car carrying Delroy's body, wrapped in plastic fresh from the morgue after having switch out the bodies, and makes Daniel get out of the car. I didn't get that she saw it as a trap or just because if she did get caught she wanted to do it alone. She gets caught with the body by Deputy Mooney, who had just colluded with her to swap out the bodies, and she knows that it was intended as a setup for Boyd. Luckily, Raylan incidentally saved him from that fate but Paxton is obviously responsible and Boyd will have his retribution. Boyd's reaction of anger makes total sense and I like that he was just let go and then saw Cassie get into a truck, meaning that she was the one who tipped off the police of Delroy's body and its location. But it's not her fault, in a way it's all Boyd's fault that his criminal lifestyle led to Ava killing Delroy and then having that body discovered and being in business with the enemies he has makes it no surprise. But I like that he's on the outside, much as Burn Notice did in its sixth season, since Ava is no doubt going to be on trial next season. Boyd is approached by Wynn Duffy, fresh out of hiding, having been promoted by the new Sammy Tonin regime to boss of the South and that he wants to make good on Boyd running his heroin distribution for Kentucky. Boyd solemnly nods in light of his recent disappointment. Walton Goggins really captures the golden grief in this instance punching out the Deputy and then breaking into the house that Ava and he had looked at and the lost future they had been building toward. This will be an excellent continuing arc and gives us more of Boyd to see without another season of him running his criminal enterprise business as usual like Seasons 3 and 4 showed it's much more complicated now. Raylan and Boyd are both going back to or away from their roots now, and it was sad to see Colt have to go also he was a nice addition and if further developed could've continued to be one of the more interesting secondaries on the show. Gotta love the theme of legacy this season pulls off in the last instance of the season as Raylan looks out at the grave of Arlo, Helen, and then his own while the "never get out alive of Kentucky" music plays in the background. Raylan has 30 days of suspension. Hopefully there will be a bit of time jump for next season as I think Winona has been pregnant long enough and another season dragging on with her still not giving birth will seem too long. I think if she delivers either between seasons or in the premiere I would be okay with it because I am really eager to see Raylan as a father. This was a very up and down season of Justified and while not as layered and complex as 2 and 3 I still give them massive points for trying the season long mystery arc and it did end up making the latter part of the season much better with so much going on. I would still like Rachel to be more developed now that Tim has had his own plot thread and hope that he has more. Maybe next season Raylan will get out of Kentucky and move with Winona to a new playground since he caught Drew Thompson. No doubt Wynn Duffy will have a much larger part to play next season now that Boyd and he are business partners at last. Now Art doesn't have much longer until retirement so either Raylan or Rachel will be the ones running the office by next or the end of next season. Mr. Yost said that 6 is his ideal number for this show which sits well with me as I think that that's a great to stop and not get too extended (like Dexter, True Blood, Supernatural countless others) I respect when showrunner's know when the formula and the drama will wear thin. Where we stand is mirrored in the sentiment of Boyd to Raylan going to meet Augustine, "Good Luck,moreless
    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

    Max Perlich

    Max Perlich

    Sammy Tonin

    Guest Star

    Troy Ruptash

    Troy Ruptash

    Dominic

    Guest Star

    A.J. Dunn

    A.J. Dunn

    Cobb

    Guest Star

    Jere Burns

    Jere Burns

    Wynn Duffy

    Recurring Role

    Sam Anderson

    Sam Anderson

    Lee Paxton

    Recurring Role

    Rick Gomez

    Rick Gomez

    David Vasquez

    Recurring Role

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