‘Justified’ Season 3, Episode 4: ‘The Devil You Know’ Recap

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Erica Tazel and Timothy Olyphant Justified The Devil You Know Justified Season 3, Episode 4: The Devil You Know Recap

Season 3 of Justified has subtly lingered on the demise of Mags Bennett, allowing the second season finale to slowly influence the events currently unfolding in the series. The result of a Mags-less Harlan has been the oft-mentioned vacuum of power, which has had the nasty side effect of making nearly every criminal far more ambitious than they have the smarts for.

This, of course, is in reference to Devil (Kevin Rankin), whose impatience with Boyd’s plodding machinations has him considering selling Crowder out to the increasingly larger-than-life Quarles (Neal McDonough) in ‘The Devil You Know.’

It seems the imminent birth of Boyd’s new criminal empire isn’t moving a brisk enough pace for Devil, and after his share of some off-camera bit of corruption yields a trifling $360, or as Boyd puts it, the score amounts to “waterin’ seeds,” the offer from Quarles begins to look very enticing, indeed.

Understanding he’d be unable to truly go it alone, Devil enlists the help of Johnny Crowder (David Meunier) to overthrow the self-appointed leader of their little clan. Since we’ve seen Crowders turn on one another before – or take up with “his dead brother’s widow and murderess” – it is no stretch to imagine Johnny may have given some thought to Devil’s underhandedness.

Devil is not the only opportunistic criminal in the episode, however, as Dickie Bennett, for all intents and purposes, is kidnapped from prison by a corrupt guard named Ash Murphy (Todd Stashwick, Supernatural, The Glades). Murphy’s plan is to use Bennett’s connection to Limehouse as a means to recover the fortune Mags left with the head of Nobel’s Holler.

Knowing a thing or two about a thing or two, Raylan surmises that Dickie, and the also escaped (kidnapped) Dewey Crowe (Damon Herriman), would soon be paying Limehouse a visit – so Raylan and Marshal Rachel Brooks (Erica Tazel) follow suit. Naturally, they strike out, but the scene sets up what we believe is the first official meeting between Limehouse and Raylan; it turns out, however, to be a reunion of sorts – only one that Limehouse claims not to recall.

Later on, Raylan (in a bit of wistful explanation that Justified does so ridiculously well) tells the story of how a twenty-something Limehouse put a beating on the elder Givens (Raymond J. Barry) that left quite an impression on an 11 year-old Raylan. Apparently, it was the kind of beating Limehouse became somewhat renowned for delivering.

Murphy’s overcooked plan to get the Bennett money turns south as soon as Raylan stumbles upon the motel where Murphy’s cronies are holding Dickie and Dewey. In the badass moment of the episode, Raylan backs into Murphy after hitting him with his car once already, and then informs the bloodied and broken man he can “pretty much live without a spleen.”

Jeremy Davies as Dickie Bennett Justified The Devil You Know Justified Season 3, Episode 4: The Devil You Know Recap

The exhibition of Raylan’s driving prowess allows rest of the crew avoid immediate capture, although ending up in shackles would have been a better fate for them all – especially Dewey, who it seems will have some of his vital organs for sale on the black market very soon.

Finally, as one would expect, things turn out markedly worse for Devil, whose plan never gets off the ground – or out of Johnny’s newly re-acquired bar, for that matter. With Boyd saying: “Is that a note of veiled menace I detect in your voice, Devil?” the end result of Devil’s little coup was simply inevitable.

While the bumbling misadventures of Murphy, Dickie and Devil may have felt like a meandering episode, the failures we witnessed will better highlight what’s to come when more competent lawbreakers like Boyd, Quarles and Limehouse begin to put their plans for Harlan into motion. No doubt those plans are right around the corner.

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Justified airs Tuesday nights @10pm on FX.

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  1. To quote Quarles “Can I get a amen?”
    Another knock it out of the park episode. It’s great to be watching a show when it’s firing on all cylinders and everything is just working perfectly. I’m left with 2 lingering thoughts,
    1. Boyd and Quarles will be meeting soon and how great will that scene be?
    2. We were reminded last night just how ruthless Boyd can be. He will cut you down in a second if you cross him and offer you mercy with a shot to the head if you were once friends. Brilliant.

    • On a side note. I hope Screen Rant continues these recaps. It seems like these posts don’t gather a lot of comments but I need a place to talk about this show.

  2. I think it says something about the strength of the ensemble when the main character doesn’t have to be involved in the episode all that much and yet it still is a strong episode. Boyd & Demon definitely owned the moment.

  3. I think you mean devil. I think Quaeles might be my favorite villain Raylan has faced yet, he’s got plenty of personality and he has pistol tracts. Can I get a amen :-D

  4. If you have to be shot by someone….Wouldn’t you want it to be Boyd? I mean he shoots a guy and then in the most soothing voice tells him he’ll remove the pain by finishing him off.

    Boyd has got to be one of the biggest contridictions for a bad guy that’s ever been on screen. I mean there’s been many polite sounding bad guys, but Boyd not only sells being actually polite, but is such a nice guy that it’d be hard to stay mad at him even after he burned you. I don’t know…Does that make him the most evil bad guy ever? I mean a bad guy who is that smooth that you just can’t help but love the guy….That has to be Satan like right????

    • Boyd is a brilliant psychopath. People like him really do exist. If a psychopath has a high IQ, then it’s best to stay away

  5. Another great episode. Dumb Devil, brilliant Boyd…

  6. I am so happy that I found this site as I always feel the need to talk about this most amazing show. It was indeed a great episode. The action, story etc is superb but the humor knocks me out. I find myself laughing so much of the time..

  7. Shakespeare moment during Boyd and Devil’s scene. You’re about to jump “from the frying pan in to the fire” Love it when writer’s quote Shakespeare in a fitting way

  8. Top result on google? That’s a shame, ’cause recaps usually, y’know, SAY WHAT HAPPENS in the show. thanks for the waste of time