Justified

Season 4 Episode 8

Outlaw

12
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Feb 26, 2013 on FX
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No one is safe as bodies start to drop in the hunt for Drew Thompson.

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  • Outlaw

    7.5
    A bit of a shocking death here, but at least we saw Arlo go out the way he should, not kissing up to Raylan.



    This episode certainly had its share of twists, and while the number of villains and where they stand is often a little bit hard to keep track of, this was still a strong show.
  • Outlaw

    10
    This was the best episode of the season by far. With all of the dangling threads moving further and bodies dropping left and right Raylan dealt with a personal loss and Boyd vied for agency over his own territory of Harlan. The opening, with Raylan trying to get Hunter Mosley (the former Sheriff) to give up who Drew was led to Hunter making a deal with a guard to kill Arlo. My guess is that he'll kill Arlo so that he doesn't get a deal and Hunter can clearly see that there is no love lost between the Givens clan. Arlo playing strung out with the double dose of Thorazine was really something. Then to watch him beat the hell out of Hunter and the guard showed Arlo is no slouch. But the scissors did him in and Arlo was put on life support. I guess Hunter really wanted to get the deal or at least stop them from figuring out who Drew Thompson was, and Raylan only knows that Hunter would know because of Josiah Cairn telling him about it. Boyd agrees to kill Frank Browning, the developer who Harlan's Upper Crust want gone to get emergency funds from the government. Boyd cleverly goes to see him and tells him about the group wanting Frank dead and offers to let him beat their offer. Frank and his bodyguard intimidate Boyd out of there. Boyd gets a visit from Wynn Duffy saying that Theo is not satisfied with their progress and is sending a hitter down to take care of it. Boyd takes the opportunity to clean his plate of enemies and gives Duffy and thus the hitter two false Drew Thompson targets of Frank Browning and the leader of the Upper Crust gang. The hitter was ice cold and dispatched both men with a professional ease that was disturbing. Also he had a cop uniform and his arrival caught me off guard and made me simply think that Boyd was behind him being there. Colt is led in circles by a mysterious text from an unknown number saying that it's Ellen May and that she wants 20,000 dollars for her not to tell Boyd and Eva about her still being alive. Colt goes to rip off his drug dealer and unfortunately he ends up killing him. Tragically Tim's friend Mark, who was going to get clean, was in the bathroom when Colt killed the dealer. Colt gives him a cigarette and just when you think he'd let another vet live he shoots him in the head and takes the dealer's stashed money. Colt goes to the drop point for the money and we see Johnny was the one using the burner phone and is watching from afar just to confirm that Ellen May is in fact alive based on Colt's actions. Raylan and Arlo have their final scene in the series with Raylan just talking to him and asking who Drew was. Since Arlo would never give him what he needed as a son maybe he would give him something as a lawman. Arlo stayed defiant till the end with a to be expected, "Kiss my ass," as his response. Raylan's denial of grief of Arlo's passing is to be expected and really reveals a lot about his relationship with his father. Despite his hatred for the man Arlo was still his father, and while he may not be as outwardly as upset as when Dickie killed Helen in Season 2 it still hits home knowing that he is the last Givens around. The sins of the father really can make Raylan question his future such as if he wants to go on being miserable and a jerk like Arlo or learn from his mistakes and be a better man. This is something the writers can surely capitalize throughout the season and the rest of the series especially since Raylan is going to be a father very soon. Raylan goes to visit Boyd after getting info that Boyd had visiting Browning before he was murdered and sees Boyd getting arrested by the hitter. Raylan asks about Shelby sending him to arrest Boyd but the hitter doesn't seem to know what he was talking about. The hitter gets spooked and when he orders Raylan and says that he'll shoot Raylan Raylan manages to draw first and put him down. His line following that with a "God I hope I'm right about this" was a nice laughing point since he may be a cop killer. Johnny goes to Duffy and tells him about Boyd giving him false names and Duffy says that they'll accelerate their "Kill Boyd" plan but that Johnny will have to find Drew now. But Boyd gets a call from Nick Augustine, Tonin's right hand who killed Agent Barkley only a few episodes ago. Boyd makes a deal with Augustine that he will have to repay down the road but gets Augustine and extension Tonin to cut off all connections and business with the Harlan Upper Crust. Boyd's bar meeting with the Upper Crust, supposed to be celebrating Frank Browning being out of the way, turns into Boyd showing how powerful he is. His line, "Now you may be criminals in how you made your money but you're not outlaws. I'm the outlaw!" Getting them to pay him 300,000 dollars and a Dairy Queen franchise ain't too shabby. This was a great button to get these guys (who surprisingly only lasted for two episodes) out of Boyd's way to continue the search for Thompson. More importantly, Boyd's scene with Ava about there being a light at the end of the tunnel. This is even more dangerous for Boyd with his debt to Tonin he will surely have to do something big for them beyond finding Thompson for the strings he pulled. Also I have a question, if the Upper Crust gang had so much power over Boyd and let him operate why wait for him to go to their swingers party to ask him to do something of him? If you let a criminal underlord function shouldn't you use him or approach him about who lets him operate beyond a coincidental meeting that turns into a threat and then a big war? But Ellen May continues to stay with Shelby and further fleshes out how she wants to be normal and be a normal person like Shelby's ex-wife whose clothes she's wearing. But I don't understand if Duffy is allowed to go after Boyd now that he owes Tonin big time for the favor about the Upper Crust, I would assume not, which makes him safe until they find Thompson and does some vague future favor for them anyway. Raylan turns out not to be a cop killer but they can't ID the hitter yet and they get confirmation on Browning not being Thompson either. Thompson's widow again doesn't look over mid thirties so hearing her talk about being married thirty years ago is just not believable with how good she looks in my opinion should've gotten someone older looking at least. Raylan is ordered by Art to take a few days for Arlo which he agrees begrudgingly and he stands over Arlo's body at the prison at the end of the episode. This was one of the strongest episodes of Justified in a long time and shows how Season 4 has its game on full force finally. It's about the second half of the season where Justified typically amps up a level and this didn't disappoint in any way. Given that Raylan now has to deal with Arlo's passing (one of the smartest things for them to do with his character), finding Thompson, Boyd, Tonin, a baby on the way, and all sorts of other kinds of crap he'll certainly have his hands full through the end of the season.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

Matthew John Armstrong

Matthew John Armstrong

Tonin Hitman

Guest Star

Ned Bellamy

Ned Bellamy

Gerald Johns

Guest Star

Julia Campbell

Julia Campbell

Eve Munro

Guest Star

Ron Eldard

Ron Eldard

Colton Rhodes

Recurring Role

David Meunier

David Meunier

Johnny Crowder

Recurring Role

Raymond J. Barry

Raymond J. Barry

Arlo Givens

Recurring Role

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