‘Justified’ Season 4, Episode 10 Review – There is No Plan C

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Jim Beaver Abby Miller and Mykelti Williamson in Justified Get Drew Justified Season 4, Episode 10 Review – There is No Plan C

As far as titles go, ‘Get Drew’ is as strangely uncomplicated a title as Justified has come up with. It’s better than, say, ‘Just Drew It,’ ‘Win, Lose or Drew,’ or something along those lines. And, if anything, it points to how pleasantly straightforward season 4 has been in regard to the presentation of the central Drew Thompson mystery (that story’s own intricacies aside).

Meanwhile, to the series’ great credit, the bigger story has been the increasingly compelling notion of Justified‘s central characters’ legacies, and the winding narratives of their various personal and familial histories within the larger context of Harlan that they must deal with on a day-to-day basis.

This, of course, is saying nothing of the even more gripping and well-written aspects of class and the fluctuating socioeconomic standings of those in Harlan County, and how being at one end of the spectrum or another hints at how people like Raylan and Arlo ( or, more specifically, Boyd and Ava) are perceived by others around them.

This is especially true in the beginning of the episode, as Boyd asks Raylan why he chose to ally himself with the badge-wearing folks, instead of choosing a life of crime like he and Arlo did. “You should’ve been an outlaw,” he says, mentioning the absence of paperwork and the lack of “rules and regulations.” But mostly, Boyd believes he has Raylan pegged by telling him he’d “still be able to shoot people and be an a**hole” (Raylan’s “two favorite activities”). The only distinction, according to Boyd, is that Raylan would be a “rich a**hole.”

Nick Searcy and Timothy Olyphant in Justified Get Drew Justified Season 4, Episode 10 Review – There is No Plan C

The idea of perception also informs the viewer of how those around him see a particular character, and whether or not the individual in question agrees with that assessment. For instance, given all the times Raylan has been referred to as being “easy on the eyes” this season, there hasn’t been too much argument in return. But anytime someone figures they see Arlo in him, that’s when we get a reaction – verbal or otherwise – and such things say a lot about what Raylan might like to have more control over.

Similarly, perception is not only what has allowed Shelby/Drew to hide in plain sight for all these years, but it’s also what leads to Art’s hilarious acknowledgement of Shelby’s decades-long trek into awesomeness that ends with he and Raylan agreeing that Drew Thompson is, in fact, pretty “badass.”

But at it’s heart, ‘Get Drew’ is still a manhunt episode, which makes it a bit more exciting than last week’s information drop and it gives us a closer look at the things that make Shelby/Drew tick. Shelby has a considerable head start on the marshals and the state police, but Jim Beaver utters what sounds like his Supernatural catchphrase and soon, Shelby’s undone by his weak spot for the eternally downtrodden, yet bizarrely optimistic Ellen May. A development that alters his schedule means that the only option is to turn to Ellstin Limehouse for help.

Erica Tazel and Timothy Olyphant in Justified Get Drew Justified Season 4, Episode 10 Review – There is No Plan C

At this point, it appears everything is coming up Crowder, as Limehouse finds himself in possession of Drew Thompson and Ellen May. And although Boyd’s dreams of owning a house in Clover Hill go up in smoke, as his briefcase of cash is exchanged for one of the individuals in question, he stands to make it all back, and then some, as soon as Nick Augustine picks Drew up in what looks like to be the magic, detection-proof helicopter from Homeland.

It’s all for naught, however, as Boyd’s plan is undone by Cousin Johnny after he unleashes a petty tirade to Raylan and Rachel about Boyd’s perpetual disinterest in following through with plans that matter to him. Johnny’s betrayal is enough that the marshals arrive with just seconds to spare and Drew’s brush with death leaves him itching to testify.

But the victory is short-lived, however, as the marshals must now conceive of a plan to get out of Harlan alive, while everyone else (i.e., Boyd, Ava and Wynn Duffy) contemplates just how they’ll flee from the wrath of Theo Tonin.

Timothy Olyphant in Justified Get Drew Justified Season 4, Episode 10 Review – There is No Plan C

Various Items:

  • Through all his interactions with Boyd, Raylan felt no need to pass the information of Arlo’s demise along. Considering Boyd was the son Arlo never had, this feels like Raylan’s chance to keep Boyd from entering the Givens circle for just a little while longer.
  • There’s a distinct flirtation between Raylan and Rachel in this episode that affords her the opportunity to mention that part of the reason Raylan is even tolerated by others is because of his looks.

Justified continues next week with ‘Decoy’ @10pm on FX. Check out a preview of the episode below:

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  1. I still think they are setting up a Raylan/Rachel romance or fling which is why it was mentioned that she is having husband troubles.

    I was hoping Tim would get to go after Colt with “his eyes clear”.

    Funny line of the episode:

    “I need a passport to get into Harlan?”

    • In a way it kind of reminds me of the way the Mayberry was. It was in NC and seldom mif ever did you see a black person. This is in the mid south region and once again there’s very few blacks except those in their own community. I think Raylon and Raqchel getting together might be more than the community would be ready for yet. I think they’re setting the stage for some black man to come into her life…..I just don’t see her and Raylon hookiing up….Like they porobably would in a real life situation…..She’s cute as hell…

      • I agree Tundrabeast!Not in Ky,shoot theyre mad enough they didnt make the college hoops cut!

  2. Rachel’s made remarks/digs about Raylan’s looks before, as early as season one in fact. If nothing else, the scene was good to show that she’s willing to work for Raylan without surrendering the direct manner with which she addresses him. She holds her own and has been utilized much better this season than the first three years–as has Tim. I can only hope they aren’t moving Art out of the way, as he’s one of the strongest members of the series, often managing to own every scene he’s in.

    This was a good episode for the women of the show. The scenes between Ava and Ellen May were especially well done and Abby Miller has been fantastic all season long. Can’t help but root for Ellen May to get out of the life she’s lived (and to live).

    The way the episode ended, I could see the next season showcasing some episodes where Raylan has to leave Harlan to track down Boyd & Ava. Might be an interesting dynamic to shake things a bit. Also, I liked that he didn’t tell Boyd about Arlo, especially in front of his colleagues.

    Good episode & a nice reprise for Limehouse. Jim Beaver was also excellent, but that’s not a surprise to anyone who’s followed his work. I can only hope we haven’t seen the last of him once this season reaches an end.

  3. Loving this season. Can’t believed that there’s only 3 episodes left. Also love the Supernatural throwback from Shelby/Drew when he said balls.

  4. I’ve been raving about Justified (especially this season) for a while now but I have never held it up with shows like Breaking Bad or Boardwalk Empire but it’s time to change that.
    This show IMO has joined the ranks of the best shows on TV. It has surpassed the likes of Homeland and Mad Men and while we are in the middle of the golden age of cable series I don’t think that’s a small feat.
    The reason for that, with a combination of great scripts, strong storytelling and some of the best acting on TV is first and foremost the characters…
    From Raylan to Boyd, Art, Tim & Rachel, Duffy & Colt, Ava & Ellen May… I can go on forever they are all fully formed characters that never feel one-note or flat. They all fit and belong in Harlan County and the show is better for it. We’ve spent enough time with all of them that at certain times you find yourself rooting for all of them and last night was a terrific example of that.
    Who didn’t hope that Ellen May & Drew would make it to Mexico?
    Who didn’t want them caught so Raylan could get the collar that would lead to a promotion?
    Who didn’t want Boyd to catch them to better life for him & Ava along with future Crowders?
    See what I mean?
    The writers and Elmore Lenoard have created such a fascinating world of characters that if you don’t consider Justified on of the best shows on TV I have to question your judgement. 😉
    End of rant.

    • Awesome rant. Totally correct about wanting different outcomes.

  5. What is Raylon supposed to get suspended for? Taking the prisoner who stabbed in father? Isn’t prisoner transportation what they do? Or was he still supposed to be off at the time?

    • He was supposed to have taken him directly from Point A to Point B and instead he deviated to get Hunter to tell him who Drew is–after Art warned him any deviation or trouble making would get him suspended.

  6. I think that the Decoy to which next weeks title is referring maybe Hunter since all season long Ive noticed how much he and Drew.Shelby look alike (he was fine with dying to keep Drews secret). Anyone agree? Or maybe one of the Marshall characters!

  7. I think Rachel is going to bite it his season…

    • *this