Season 1 Episode 4

Long in the Tooth

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 06, 2010 on FX
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Episode Summary

Raylan makes his way to California hot in pursuit of criminal, Roland Pike, who has managed to escape Raylan twice before.

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  • Raylan goes after a crazy dentist/accountant

    These are the kind of stand-alone episodes of television shows that stand out above the rest. We find Raylan learning that a fugitive that he let get away years ago has resurfaced, this time after he tears two teeth of a guy's head. The guy's name is Roland Pike, and Raylan and Rachel are forced to go to Los Angeles and catch him.

    For me, this took every good quality about the first three episodes and added an actual interesting villain. I felt like the last two episodes of the show followed a strangely familiar format and it made it a bit frustrating (the last two episodes had a bad guy who had a clueless girl that followed them around, not really understanding what was going on). However, this episode takes all of those things from the last few episodes and gives us a nice, enjoyable stand alone episode.

    Right now, this show is riding on the back of Raylan Givens. Olyphant is such a great actor, calm when he needs to be and slightly on edge when he needs to. I've never thought as Olyphant as an actor who goes all out, like Bryan Cranston or James Gandolfini does, but he is amazing at jumping into the role and making us feel as if he's just barely holding back fear or anger. He's a character that will be fun to watch unfold.

    The episode also shows how great the show is at fight scenes. The show doesn't milk the violence for all it's worth. Instead, it likes to milk the dialogue for all its worth, letting Raylan talk his way out of stuff (and resort to guns if he needs to). Definitely the best episode since the Pilot.moreless
  • Raylan and Rachel are sent to LA to track down a former fugitive playing Dentist who has surfaced. Rachel is sent as the lead investigator. Raylan has a history with Roland Pike the man they are looking for and he knows there are others out to get him.moreless

    I see a few problems with this show in the long run. This guy pulls his gun and shoots more people than probably all of the Deputies in The US Marshall's Service put together. It's been so many in four episodes you could have trouble remembering everyone. I think the other problem was the stagnant location of Eastern Kentucky each week. They did an episode this week that does a little to solve that problem, but that main location could get old after a while. The other thing is why does every crook he runs in to know who he is? Is it that small a world that they are all involved in one way or another with some experience he's had. How many men has he shot in the past?

    I'm still enjoying the character. He is cool as a cucumber and has an angle for everything. The little discussion he had with the Grandfather was very interesting from a psychological standpoint. I think Rachel has a little more respect for his methods and is learning from him as well.

    How many shows has Alan Ruck made an appearance in the last month or so? Besides this show since the first of the year he has been on Rules of Engagement, Numb3rs, CSI: Miami, CSI, and I remember him being on an episode of Cougar Town as well if I remember correctly. I liked Michele Nordin as Mindy in this as well as Alan Ruck's Roland Pike.

    The theme of this series really seems to be that people will challenge him like the gunfighters of old and at the same time he is not the perfect US Marshall. He does manage to screw up every once in a while.

    I found this episode interesting and well produced. Nothing overtly bad about the plot line and the acting passable. I certainly wouldn't pass it off as a bad series or episode. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Excellent episode.

    A crazy dentist! I'm sold. It's been too long since whatever that movie was called with that killer dentist, so I am glad Justified had one here with a former bad guy on the run after stealing a rich jerk's gold crowns.

    THe episode was action-packed, and features some nice comedy as well with the ditsy Mindy tagging along for the run as well.

    Raylen is really growing on me with his complete calmness during the entire show. It's refreshing to see a cop not shouting at the top of his lungs for 60 minutes.

    While I've liked the show prior to this, tonight's episode really sold me on Justified. You see that the writers have put together a great protagonist and as long as they do not run out of people for him to shoot, the program will be a must-watch for me.moreless
  • The TV Western is back – sort of.

    I've always loved Westerns, and I've missed them on television, so I've looked forward to "Justified" as a modern TV Western.

    I know that Raylan within 4 episodes has already shot more people than any real-life Marshal shoots in his entire career. I don't think Mary in "In Plain Sight" has shot as many people, and that show is in its third season.

    Yet I can accept this unrealistic aspect as a main stay of the television Western. The main characters of "Bonanza" and "The Big Valley" shot more people in the individual runs of each series than any known historical gunfighter. What's a Western without the gunfight, so I accept that the main character of a show like "Justified" is going to shoot a lot of people. I accept it as part of the 'reality' of the show.

    (Heck I accepted that Chuck Norris had to karate-kick at least one guy in every episode of "Walker", more so than any black-belt would in his entire life, even if he lived to be 200 years old.)

    As far as "Justified" is concerned, I actually have found the storylines extremely interesting, the dialogue quite punchy (often humorous) the characters complex and engaging. Though, at some point, even though I really like the character, I'd like to see something break Raylan's laconic demeanour. Something that really gets to him and shows that he is indeed human.

    His ex-wife, in the first episode, said that he was the most angry man she had even know, even though he hid it so well he wasn't aware of it himself. Let's see this anger come out once, or even real sadness, or shock, or something that hits him so close to the bone that it makes his hands shake. Something perhaps like happened in episode 9 of "Human Target", where we saw how an emotional response/reaction affected Christopher Chances' performance to the point that if he didn't confront it, his life and mission were at risk.

    That was the first time we saw Christopher Chance as being vulnerable. I want to see what makes Raylan vulnerable.

    I only have one query about this show, that I'm hoping someone can make clear for me. I understand how a fast-draw works with a revolver, be it a double-action like a Smith-&-Wesson or a single action, like a Colt Peacemaker. But how does one fast-draw and fire an automatic pistol, without having to pull back the slide for the initial first shot?

    Wouldn't the auto have to already have a bullet in the chamber, be already cocked and the safety off? If so, isn't this the most dangerous, unsafe manner to carry a loaded firearm, something a professional would never ever do?

    Someone please explain.

    I still love the show, nonetheless.moreless
  • For my money, almost the perfect TV script!

    Every episode of every TV show (and movie, come to think of it) is constructed out of several elements that make-up the watchability factor. This episode of Justified had them all. We start with the secondary character, but essential for the episode and learn a lot about him in the opening minutes. Switch to the primary characters; there is involvement between them, a little intrigue. The race card was great in this episode, played over and over - blacks, whites, Mexicans... "The mob" was also plaid well - not only because of the dynamic between the characters, but because Olyphant later stated the obvious - and it worked perfectly! There was a measure of suspense, a measure of sacrifice, a good ol' fashioned stare-down gunfight. I like the fact that there wasn't a perfect happy ending and that everything in the episode was neatly wrapped up - a perfect little TV package.

    The only thing not working was the "lead" marshal - sorry, the character isn't there at all - there is no motive to feel anything for her yet.

    The previous two episodes attempted to emulate this system of writing but failed - this one succeeded with flying colors. It makes it easier to forget the fantastic, octane-filled pilot - and I'm still hoping they get back to that type of show.moreless
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

Timothy Olyphant

Timothy Olyphant

U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Raylan: Looks like we have a sniper on the Mexican side.
      Roland: Well, that's not going to help tourism.

    • Raylan: Are you armed?
      Roland: Well, I just had my dxxx in my hand.

    • Raylan: You ever consider I happen to be good at the job?
      Rachel: And you being a tall, good-looking white man with a shitload of swagger, that has nothing to do with it? You get away with just about anything.
      Raylan: What do I get away with?
      Rachel: Look in the mirror. How do you think it'd go over if I came into work one day wearing a cowboy hat? You think I'd get away with that?
      Raylan: Want to try it on?

  • NOTES (4)


    • Pulp Fiction

      Younger Mobster: I'm saying, why does he still have his gun out in the first place? When's the last time you rode around in a car holding your gun?
      Older Mobster: 'Cause it's a MOVIE! That don't happen, then there's no movie. No messy car, no cleaner. I mean, what do they do? They drive home, jerk off, take a nap?

      The scene the two mobsters are discussing is from Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction.