Justified

Season 5 Episode 13

Restitution

12
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 08, 2014 on FX
8.7
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Raylan tries to get Wendy to wear a wire to catch Darryl confessing. Ava loses her protection in prison, so takes matters into her own hands to gain her credibility back. Boyd, once again finds himself in hot water with the cartel and is accidentally rescued by the Marshals.

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  • Back the Way You Came (Spoilers Ahead)

    9.0
    Justified ended its most uneven (but still thoroughly better than most anything else on television) season this week and gave us the resolution on the Crowe family situation. A lot of the episode focused on getting characters into the proper place to be knocked off: Daryl (at the hands of his loving sister no doubt), and Boyd (getting out of being murdered by cartel hitmen). The usual Justified slickness was back in style this week as Raylan's plan to try Kendall as an adult hit the Crowe family hard. I like the Vasquez was willing to back Raylan's play here to draw Daryl out to confess and it shows just how much their working relationship has come together since Vasquez was merely investigating him for shooting Boyd back in Season 1. In fact looking back the show is not the same at all to what it started out as which shows just far these characters have come from Point A or the Tommy Bucks era if you will. What started as an uneven but occasionally good vehicle for Timothy Olyphant became a horse of a different color as it continued and became a great show and one of the best on TV bristling with the wit and charisma of Elmore Leonard's novels (you should read them if you ever get the chance). The fact that the series itself started as a mere short story (all of which is pretty much covered in the first episode) and then spanning that out into 3 dimensional characters fighting for their lives for years to come is quite an achievement. But enough about how far its come. Pretty much everything about this episode was great and puts things in their proper place for Season 6. The strong point of the episode had to be Boyd trying to weasel his way out of his predicament of being at the mercy of three cartel hitmen for having killed men on the Mexican side of the border and losing part of the heroin shipment for Mr. Yeun. The most humorous part is when he thinks that he's convinced them to change sides and go with him to Vegas after selling the dope but then them pulling a fast one on him as a joke with Alberto. Boyd does some fast thinking and tries to get on contact with Daryl Crowe (who they also want dead) and he does some fast thinking as he changes Raylan's number in his phone to say Daryl while Alberto reads every message he sends. Raylan visits Kendall and tells him about the first thing he ever had to kill and explains the 40 years to life Kendall will have to face if he's found guilty. This convinces Wendy that Kendall's innocent and she agrees to wear a wire to get Daryl to confess and throw the case against Kendall out. Wendy confront Daryl at Audrey's and tells him that he knows that what he did was to protect the family in a moment of false empathy. Daryl confirms that he pulled the trigger on Art out of anger and desperation and figured that Kendall would only get a few years of JUV for taking the fall. Raylan walks in and Wendy shoots her brother in the neck after having recorded their conversation. Raylan's line is fantastic: "I told ya you would've wished I'd killed Great stuff there folks. Of course Raylan confirms that Wendy shot Daryl in self-defense. The ending worked but it just felt a tad bit too neat and anti-climactic to have it done away with so cleanly with little fallout on Raylan's end given all the gray area he operates in on a regular basis. I really enjoyed Michael Rapaport's performance as Daryl but the crime family saga didn't work here as well as it did back in Season 2. I feel like if the season had focused more on peddling the dope rather than being so much about the process of getting it into the country through Mexico in order to sell it it would've been a much more thrilling season. It was all false starts and betrayals all around with Dewey and Danny contributing to the confusion. Boyd gets his texts to Raylan's phone answered and agrees to meet him at Ava's old house. Almost forgot to mention poor Johnny who was a great part of Boyd's team who got gunned down (so many people die on this show) and how sad that made me since he's been around for some time. Oh well, at least Mikey's still around to give henchmen a good name. Raylan's car pulls up and Tim (who had earlier had a great interaction with Daryl while following him) and Rachel pop out and tell them that they'll kill them all if they don't drop their guns. Alberto says that if they go back to the cartel empty handed they will die and thus a firefight ensues. Alberto and a soldier go down but Boyd gets his hands on a gun and shoots the last one that comes back into the house to finish him off. I enjoy Boyd's survival story especially with how close he came to death. After all he's done it's intriguing to think that Rachel as well as Tim and Raylan will be going after Boyd (wonder what's in that huge folder or if it's a bluff on Raylan's part?). Boyd's interaction with Tim asking him if he ever got off a shot like he did was suitably humorous. I hope that Tim gets his own arc like he sort of did back in Season 4 with Colt as he's quite the side character. With Rachel taking over I feel we'll get a lot more of her breathing down Raylan's neck in the next (last) season so it would be good to give Tim more to do than just tag along and follow orders since he is such a dynamic and enjoyable secondary character. The weakest part of the season luckily came to an end as Ava being in prison came to a head as she full on assaults her white supremacist enemy Gretchen head-on. She gets out and Boyd's told by their lawyer that the guard recanted his testimony but she's actually flipped to informing on him to the Marshals in exchange for release. Seeing Boyd's distance from himself after his near-death experience and how that is mirrored in Ava's presence as well really speaks to the acting strength of both Walton Goggins and Joelle Carter. Somebody please give this show some Emmys before it can't earn them anymore! Anyway, it was a tad bit melancholy when Raylan went to go see Art in the hospital and told him that he is transferring him back to Florida at his original office from the beginning of the series. I guess Raylan was probably expecting Art to ask to stay as a father figure would. The big part that worked about this season was the rift between the two of them after Raylan told him about his part in Nicky Augustine's death last season. With Art due to retire this leaves it wide open for Rachel, Vasquez, Raylan, and Tim to go after Boyd. While this excites me in a way to them finally circle back to the initial conflict of the show I'm saddened because part of me wants to see Boyd ride off into the sunset. The hopefulness that he showed back in Season 4 when he was looking at the house he wanted to buy Ava and himself was probably the closest he got to living his dream. His line about "it having been a rough couple of months" sums it up perfectly. Right now he and Ava are in completely different places (the snitching aside of course) and they aren't the couple that they once were. I only hope that their relationship repairs a bit and Ava doesn't give the Marshals too much because I don't want Boyd to go down easy for all he's done. Probably the scene that got me most excited (aside from Raylan meeting Ava on the bridge and reminding me of their relationship back in Season 1) was when Boyd visits Wynn Duffy and Ms. Catherine. I like that Boyd can acknowledge that he's no good at peddling dope but that Catherine (now running their operation): "You're bad at peddling dope Mr. Crowder. But I hear you're good at robbing This also goes back to something Raylan said about him, which was that he's only good at blowing things up and getting money which was referenced with the exploding cigarettes a few weeks ago when he killed Mr. Picker. I'm glad the show is finally coming back full circle and that Olyphant and showrunner Graham Yost know when the pull the plug on a show that wants to go out on its own terms when it should (Breaking Bad, the Wire, the Sopranos) rather than dragging on unnecessarily (we're looking at you Dexter). With a show that's relied a lot of characters being worse than Boyd and having both Raylan and him team up out of mutual interest to bring down common enemies the show has strongly developed a parallel between them. Both of their fathers having come from the criminal and the vaguely questionable backgrounds they come from they could've gone down the same path life-wise. Raylan himself said he became a lawman mostly because it angered Arlo so much. I'm merely pointing it out because both of them share such similarities in their differences and that's one of my favorite parts of the show is them as two sides of the same coin (cliche I know but it's true in this case). Anyway I've rambled enough for one season finale review. Here's hoping Season 6 can bring a laser focus and a sufficient ending to this much beloved show. Until next year Justified.moreless
  • Raylan always gets his man

    10
    This is why I love Justified. Writers of this show obviously don't do drugs, and have never been mentally handicapped unlike some of the other shows I watch. Great job writers. This show just keeps on giving. Keeps you on the edge of your seat and delivers the bacon, DAM. Now Raylan is going after Boyd. Next season is going to be a roller coaster for sure. Keep it up I can't wait!!!!!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

Deidrie Henry

Deidrie Henry

Rowena

Guest Star

Don McManus

Don McManus

Billy Geist

Guest Star

Justin Huen

Justin Huen

Alberto Ruiz

Guest Star

Jere Burns

Jere Burns

Wynn Duffy

Recurring Role

Rick Gomez

Rick Gomez

David Vasquez

Recurring Role

Michael Rapaport

Michael Rapaport

Daryl Crowe Jr.

Recurring Role

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