Justified

Season 3 Episode 7

The Man Behind the Curtain

5
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Feb 28, 2012 on FX
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  • QUARLES' QUANDRY

    Justified: No Southern Hospitality for the Carpetbagger

    "The Man Behind the Curtain" was the first episode in a while that didn't pull a trigger, but it proved there's more than one way to put a man under.

  • Episode Summary

    Raylan gets himself tangled with the FBI on his endeavers to derail Quarles and the Detroit mob.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • The Man Behind the Curtain

      7.0
      A less impactful ending than previous weeks, but it set the stage for what is to come and I don't think that was any less effective than another shootout would have been. For me the scenes at the bar were good, funny and fast-moving, but the progression of the season could still be quickened as a whole. I liked the show even if admittedly very little happened.
    • There's Something About Qarles

      8.0
      Continuing its winning streak Justified began the task of having Qarles and Raylan go against each other fast and furious. Raylan, now taking a room above a bar cheap in exchange for keeping the peace is confronted by Qarles there. Qarles offers him a deal that he'll double whatever Boyd is paying him to "be in his pocket" which Raylan rejects the notion of and tells him that's not dirty nor is he Boyd's henchman. The son of the boss of the Tonin family, Qarles's Detroit crime family employer, Sam comes down to Harlan to check on how the oxy business is holding up down there thus far. While trying to impress Sammy that all is well Qarles gets the local sheriff in his pocket with a large sum of money as a "donation" to the Sheriff's office in exchange for cutting down on the oxy crime rate by eliminating Boyd Crowder from the mix. The Sheriff (Rapier is his last name) goes to Johnny's Bar to shakedown Boyd and cites an easily overlookable fire hazard of the emergency exit being locked. Not too long before that Raylan came down hard on Boyd because he thinks Boyd convinced Qarles that he was his pocket even though Boyd did no such thing. After laying a beat down on Boyd and Johnny Boyd convinces Raylan that he had no part it in and that it's just Qarles's outsider point of view. Raylan uses Tim's FBI resource to get information on Sammy Tonin, who has a thing for buying horses, as to his whereabouts and when Raylan tries to steal a word with Sammy he gets grabbed by a few FBI people who are tracking Tonin and he is told to back off and Tim's source in the Bureau is suspended making Tim unavailable to do Raylan favors for information anymore. Particularly humorous is Tim's response to Raylan wanting Tonin's whereabouts so that he doesn't get blamed for him "going all Raylan on them." Raylan stealthily gets his words in with Tonin about how Qarles is unreliable and needs to lose his funding that he needs for further expansion. Interestingly Tonin says that he thinks Qarles is the one who sent Raylan to kill him. I'm not Raylan but I'd be sick of people accusing me of being dirty twice in one day when you're really not and just doing your job. What really made this episode pop was Qarles, first name revealed as Robert, finally getting to have some fleshing out and past revealed about his past of being a total sadist when he gets frustrated. With Neal McDonough chewing the scenery so well in the Sheriff's office made him much more menacing and a polar opposite to the usual Justified baddie. Also absent from this episode was a villain of the week that Raylan shoots or something so it was a totally season arc oriented story. What makes this season great is that so many players on the board you can't tell who's playing who and it's a very Cold War like scenario with everyone paranoid about the other side and their information. Boyd makes his own power plays by suggesting that the man who he saved from the mining explosion last season (Jim Beaver from Deadwood) should run for Harlan County Sheriff and also telling Limehouse when he deposits his money that he wants to know everything he knows from now on otherwise their business will be taken elsewhere. Raylan also makes a play after Tonin cuts off and refuses to fund Qarles the fifty thousand he needs to expand his operation by evicting him from his house based on his past arrests and causing him to have to vacate everything from that nice house he lives in. This was a very good cause and effect storyline and the end play of Qarles's plan to get Sammy Tonin to implicate Raylan as being in Boyd's pocket while being under FBI surveillance will cause even more complications. And we finally run into Gary who is now running a pyramid (I did it and so can you) real estate scheme and Qarles and Wynn Duffy catch up with him. So no doubt next week Gary will be dead and Raylan will be looking at super fallout from it, thus crippling his ability to intervene with Qarles's takeover of Harlan. Also to be noted is Arlo's heading to Limehouses's hollar looking for his deceased wife which brought back the story that Raylan told of how Limehouse beat Arlo severely the last time he did that. Apparently the drinking doesn't go down well with whatever medication Arlo is on right now. Can't wait to see next week as we move past midseason and into the drop of all awesomeness that always happens near the end of a 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

    Walton Goggins

    Walton Goggins

    Boyd Crowder

    Max Perlich

    Max Perlich

    Sammy Tonin

    Guest Star

    Stephen Tobolowsky

    Stephen Tobolowsky

    Agent Barkley

    Guest Star

    Raymond J. Barry

    Raymond J. Barry

    Arlo Givens

    Recurring Role

    William Ragsdale

    William Ragsdale

    Gary Hawkins

    Recurring Role

    David Meunier

    David Meunier

    Johnny Crowder

    Recurring Role

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