Justified

Season 3 Episode 3

Harlan Roulette

6
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jan 31, 2012 on FX
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  • CRIMINAL MINDS

    Justified: Not Good For the Harlan County Tourism Board

    Addicts, smugglers, and big-time bad guys are all converging on Raylan's neck of the woods.

  • Episode Summary

    Raylan's actions bring him face to face with the new mafia boss. Boyd's excessive methods for taking back his family empire threatens to destroy the crew.

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    • Harlan Roulette

      9.0
      Raylan is called in to help track down Wade Messer (who helped Dickie Bennett tie Raylan up from a tree last season) who has been doing robberies for a local pawn shop owner, Fogel (Otis from the Walking Dead). Fogel has been giving his boys oxy as part of their addiction and using them for menial criminal activities. Raylan catches onto this when one of the addicts they arrested after a roadblock gets bailed out by one of the Fogel's employees. Fogel had already killed the arrested one, JT, in an intense game of Harlan Roulette where you end up getting shot in the end anyway. Parallel to this and Raylan on the trail of Wade Fogel calls into Wynn Duffy to ask for guidance which is for him to kill Raylan, which he instructs Wade to do by turning himself in. Qarles, the new Detroit sadist bad guy is of course behind this all and explains his new plan for the oxy business to expand into Detroit from Harlan with a legit medical set up where addicts can come. Duffy walking in on the man tied to the bed and Qarles telling him nonchalantly that that wasn't in fact the bathroom was very darkly humorous. Raylan tricks Wade, who was going to shoot him after pretending to give himself up and Raylan gets him to call Fogel and bring his other guy with him. In an exchange at gunpoint Fogel offers to turn himself in in exchange for information on Wynn Duffy and the Dixie Mafia while the addict says that he can't be trusted since he killed one of his partners in cold blood right in front of him. The two end up shooting each other wihout Raylan having to do anything. Raylan then proceeds to track down Wynn Duffy and beat him roughly with Qarles held at gunpoint, who was previously showing off his sleeve pull small calibers off to Duffy. This was that conversation they weren't going to have, after all. Raylan's ejection of the bullet and the line "Next one'll come faster" and Qarles's retort of what about the ones flying back at Raylan caused him to take a photo of him with his phone and to retreat. On the sidelines was Boyd selling off his weed (for a relatively small amount) to Limehouse and they form a sort of alliance thanks to Ava's introduction. Boyd had an interesting arc after recaliming Johnny Crowder's bar from the new owner and then explaining to his colleague that he is all the things that he's been doing for the past few seasons and that he can't get rid of past anymore than he can his tattoos. But now I think Boyd is doing crime because he chooses to do it, not because he has no other way or is misguided like season one beginning Boyd. For a character with so many faces, Walton Goggins is the most fascinating to watch, you'll never know what he'll do next. And the writer's have a great perspective of making Qarles the exact opposite to Bo Crowder and Mags Bennett, an outsider, city slicker, show off, sadist with a dark sense of humor and weird sleeve cannons. Looks to be Raylan's met the baddie, let the explosions begin.moreless
    • Still comes off a little dull

      6.5
      It was a lot better, like the season premiere, with Neal McDonough's Robert Quarles on the show tonight, and seeing Wynn Duffy get punched was good, but there's just something a little bit dull about this year. It's not that it is slow-moving, it's just that some scenes, like we saw in a lot of Boyd's tonight, that go nowhere and run forever.



      I will continue watching this season, and I enjoyed the episode for the most part, but it needs to be a bit edgier.moreless
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    Ash Murphy

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    Pruitt Taylor Vince

    Pruitt Taylor Vince

    Glen Fogle

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    Winona Hawkins

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    Mykelti Williamson

    Mr. Limehouse

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