[Review] - Justified, Season 4 Episode 2, "Where's Waldo?"

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Two episodes in, and it is clear the writer's this year have been eating their Wheaties. While the episodes have been a little lean on plot, the dialogue has taken on a league of it's own. The dialogue on Justified has never been stiff, but so far this season, it's been the difference between a grade school recital and Woody Allen at his best. It still remains flowery and overly described, which works in the southern context and adds rather detracts from the charm. But now it has turned more to minutia conversations, long rambling explanations that tend not to go anywhere, half spoke thoughts and a back and forth that would make the best vaudevillians proud.

Too bad the episode title reference would be lost on any country where Waldo isn't called that (otherwise known as all of them).

Hit the jump for the review, which contains spoilers that also insist on making Art's life hell.

First off, can I say how blown away I was when I discovered that the Reverend Billy is played by Tim from Jurassic Park. It was pointed out to me, and I didn't believe it at first. Clearly, I drew no connection between the two. Last I saw him he was diminutive and annoying. 'Course, that was twenty years ago. Now here he is, sprung up like a sprout and playing the snake charmer (he was also apparently in the Social Network, and again, I failed to notice).

I suspect, when the season is ended, we'll look back on this episode as one that came the closest to being a filler. The plot was thin at the best of times, the Marshal's interactions with the Truths more inflated air then meat. But I'm not giving that a mark against it, as the lack of action allowed for some of the strongest character interaction between regulars we've seen in a while. Usually, when the characters interact, it's to advance the plot. Here, they're just going about it. The scene in the car, with Art and Tim interrogating Raylan, then Tim switching sides and turning on Art was brilliant. In fact, every scene with the three of them played out like it was a pratfall away from being a Stooge short, only barely tuning it down when they were on duty. On most team shows, the writers rarely slow down enough to show the players interacting as friends rather then just co-workers. The fact that everyone in the office can joke about Raylan's propensity for shooting folk, and that Raylan doesn't get his dander up about it tells more about these people then their actions could.

Though talk about getting their dander up, seems like pre-credits, everyone was walking on broken glass. Raylan nearly gets a beating from the worlds most awkward intimidator, Ava chews out Ellen May for wanting to better herself (which, like Boyd a few seasons back, marks pretty much the moment that Ava has fully accepted her life as is, all but having come to terms with the idea of burning in hell for what she's done). And Art rips the vulture circling his desk a new one, while painting our regulars in the worst of possible lights (not that difficult as it turns out, though was the lady he was referring to Rachel? Was her being married ever alluded to previous?). He got some Pappy Van Winkle out of it though, so it's not a total loss.

I'm calling Raylan's future in the Marshal service into doubt as of now, considering that we've now had two episodes in a row where characters have specifically told him that he's not meant to be doing work on the side (the first was himself, but it still counts). There may be no bounty hunters in Kentucky, but I smell a larger arc at play here. Could this be the year we see Raylan hit rock bottom? Despite the chemistry between him and Lindsey, the bartender, that relationship might be headed for rocky shores (she being the second married woman he's shacked up with over the series). Losing his job might drag him down even lower. Low enough to be on Boyd's level, maybe? Or worse, Arlo's? Raylan has always skirted that line, might we be in store for seeing him get a couple good hard shoves?

And now onto Boyd, who morphs into full Preacher mode to have a battle of the Bible with Billy, and I don't understand why Goggins hasn't won any awards for his performance on this show (or anyone else for that matter, but especially Goggins). You can bet his scene in the church will be on his submission reel this year, but that wasn't my favourite scene this week. That prize goes to the surprising appearance of favourite Wyn Duffie. Goggins was on fire in that scene, as was Jere Burns as usual. Boyd's surprise and lack of preparation, and Duffie's cool, nonchalant attitude were a perfect compliment for each other. There wasn't any pissing contests going on, as there were between Quarles and Boyd last year. Boyd seemed so very much out of his league, and completely misjudged Duffie. Shows, I think, that Boyd is not always the smartest man in the room. The line that really sold it all for me was, after Duffie shoots the idiot dealer in the head, Boyd's exasperated "we'll clean that up."

As for the larger story, Waldo Truth has been resolved, as has the identity of the pancake from the premier. Now we move on to why exactly Waldo was up in that plane, why exactly he failed to remain there, and what this Drew fellow was up to that he needed (and succeeded) to fake his death. And what in the hell Arlo has to do with any of it. And when will the hill folk we were promised make an appearance? I can't imagine the Truths were them; they were hicks, but not hill people. Same goes for the white trash boxing crowd. Or the church goers of Harlan.

Well, I suppose we can't expect everything to be spelled out for us in two episodes. Guess I'll have to watch the next episode. And I'm prepared to make that sacrifice.
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