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Justified

Season 2 Episode 12

Reckoning

5
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 27, 2011 on FX
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7.8
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  • Wherein Raylan shows that he can bargain, lie and cheat with the best of them - but remains a good man.

    9.5
    This is another awesome episode from what is, right now, my favourite TV-show. While we didn't know for sure, the ending of last episode made it pretty clear that Raylan's aunt Helen was likely dead, and the murder scene opening is no surprise.
    The whole episode has a lot of strong emotional moments, and lots of undercurrents strong enough to drown you.
    The opening, which has Raylan arriving at the house, is nicely done - occasional slo-mo, the dialogue so muted (as in Raylan doesn't hear anything that's said to him) that the slow, calm music (with a slightly disturbing "pulse"-beat)washes over everything.
    From there on out, it's a race to see who can get to Dickie first - Arlo, Raylan, or Boyd and his boys.
    After a few early missteps, Raylan takes Boyd's advice and enlists (with the help of his fists and a whole lot of barely leashed fury) his father's help - the lucrative deal that Mags is making with the mining company is their bargaining chip and it turns out Boyd is right; she WILL sell out her son to ensure the future of her grandchildren.
    There's a brilliant scene where Doyle has to arrest his own brother - only to be knocked out by Raylan, who has something else in mind...
    While Dickie blubbers and begs, Raylan puts into words just what Helen was to him - how she saved his life, saved him from turning into his father - and just as he winds himself up to put a bullet through Dickie's thick skull... he realizes that it would go against who Helen taught him to be.
    So Dickie gets arrested, they've got an eyewitness who'll testify, and everybody's happy: Mags signs the deal with the mining company, Raylan smiles and leaves the funeral as soon as he can, Boyd and Ava pay their respects.
    And then it turns out that Mags still had an ace up her sleeve - enter little old lady who has a chat with the eyewitness, and hey presto! Poor idiot Jeb takes the blame and Dickie is free to go, getting picked up outside prison by his not-so-loving family who nevertheless promises that "We'll take care of everything"...

    There WILL be a reckoning, but there's no telling who will be doing the dirtywork - and who will fall by the roadside.
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