‘Justified’: Golden Times For Dewey Crowe

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Timothy Olyphant Alicia Witt and Michael Rapaport in Justified Season 5 Episode 10 Justified: Golden Times For Dewey Crowe

[This is a review of Justified season 5, episode 10. There will be SPOILERS.]

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After a handful of somewhat middling episodes, pondering the significance of the Crowes and their just-shy-of-fruitful migration to Harlan, Justified finally lands on a sweet spot where the various (sometimes disparate) story elements pull the characters together – or apart, as the case may be – in such a way the anticipation for the final three chapters builds precipitously.

Director John Dahl makes ‘Weight’ the season’s best episode yet by orbiting the major threads around the increasingly serious misadventures of the man whose initially mild misadventures – or, rather earnest foray into becoming a small business owner – ostensibly kick-started the plot and essentially left the door open for Darryl and the other Crowes. Because Dewey has always worked best when situated off to the side, where his not so clever remarks and unfounded self-assurance serve as a point of levity, it’s plain to see that, whether or not they’ve brought the kind of thematically rich narrative Justified has been known to have, setting a plot around the likes of Dewey Crowe essentially requires additional characters be brought in.

That’s a somewhat thin justification for the Crowes, but there’s something to be said for the way the entire clan simply wishes to carve out a space of their own, and how they wind up being their own worst enemy when it comes to the pursuit of that goal. They are in many ways the prototypical Justified villain: not too bright, but always willing to step into a showdown when they should be headed in the other direction. In that sense, because he knows when it’s time to cut and run, perhaps Dewey is, due to some primitive level of inborn self-preservation, something other than a total villain in this case.

Jeremy Davies and Timothy Olyphant in Justified Season 5 Episode 10 Justified: Golden Times For Dewey Crowe

That recognition of being in a no-win situation is what sets Dewey apart from Darryl and Danny, and it’s what affords him the undeserved opportunity to perhaps one day bring more Crowes into the world – seeing as how Danny’s unchecked aggression works as an inadvertent form of population control. To that end, the climactic scene in what was already shaping up to be a terrific episode worked in large part because it felt like Elmore Leonard’s fingerprints were all over it. After several episodes of Danny proposing he test his knife against an adversary’s ability to draw and fire their weapon, the belligerent assailant winds up skewering his own brain with the intended tool of Raylan’s destruction.

Things have a way of working out like that in Justified; the laws of nature seem to step in and act as a kind of unseen character, weeding out those whose time has come, while protagonists like Raylan bear witness to an often gratifying form of Darwinism at work. It doesn’t necessarily always end in death, as the continued survival of Dickie Bennett (Jeremy Davies) and emotionally unstable prison guard Albert (Danny Strong) demonstrates, but while that sort of theory occasionally keeps people like Raylan from having to fire his weapon, it sometimes puts others like Ava in a position that should have been avoidable.

After distancing herself from Boyd, Ava winds up in the unenviable position of having to kill Judith, in order to survive her prolonged stay in a correctional facility. Rather than kowtow to the whims of yet another untrustworthy prison employee, Ava’s instinct is to propose an alliance and to create a stronger, more unified front. Naturally, that doesn’t fly with Judith, and the old woman winds up bleeding out on the prison chapel’s floor, demonstrating how powerful the urge of self-preservation is, and how clinging desperately to it can be as dangerous as completely ignoring it.

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Justified continues next Wednesday with ‘The Toll’ @10pm on FX.

Photos: Prashant Gupta/FX

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  1. I’m so disappointed Raylan didn’t get to shoot Danny…

    • @ Ken J

      At first I was also bummed because Raylan didn’t get to fire on Danny but after thinking about it for a bit Danny falling in a ditch and ending up with the knife through his chin and mouth was poetic justice for someone who could never shut up.
      Another classic Justified moment. ;)

      • @Kevin

        Truth be told, they probably make the best decisions for what happens. Danny killing himself is pretty hilarious. I just like seeing him do the cowboy draw, lol.

  2. My DVR cut off when Boyd confronted the bodyguard. I assume he threatened and told him to recant his story about Ava. What happened? Any other scenes afterwards?

    • *meant prison guard. Not bodyguard

      • Guard said he did it because he loved Ava. Seemed pretty sincere. Boyd let him go. Boyd seemed to do it out of frustration and a slight bit of kindred recognition of the plight the guard was whimpering about. The guards love of Ava made him do crazy things which is something that could be applied to Boyd.

        • Wow. That’s not where I saw that scene going at all. I thought Boyd was out for revenge for putting Ava in that situation. It’s hard to believe the guard would come across as sincere because he was super creepy but good to know. I always like the show but hoping they deliver on these last few episodes. Thanks!

        • I’ve always said that Boyd has to be one of the most polite and down right hospitable bad guys ever. I swear that as you’re bleeding out and close to death that he’d probably make you feel so at home that you couldn’t help yourself and thank him for being so kind and generous to you. They’ve been doing the “Gentleman Bad Guy” on film for a long time, but with Boyd they go one step further and actually make him so nice that you easily forget just how bad he really is. I mean who wouldn’t want to hang with Boyd and knock back a few while talking local crime?

  3. Two more things….First: It wqas great to see the two biggest screw ups together again even breifly. Dickie and Dewey are such great comedy relief that it’s a shame they can’t somehow end up back together down the road at some point. Who knows, maybe they’ll come up with another technical that will release Dickie by next season, and then watch the two join together to plot revenge….That as always will end badly, but in a very funny way.

    Second…..I think that nasty big ol’ Daryl Crowe has pretty much either signed his death warrant or a long prison term by first beating Wendy, and then making her kid his new partner in crime. You just know that’s going to end very badly by her either killing him or turning evidence to Waylon….Which most likely would also end in his death…Should be interesting…..Good to see that dirti bag brother finally died….Man was that over due….

  4. The entire Crowe(aside from Wendy) just need to die. They’re so uninteresting as the baddies.

    • The Crowes have interesting qualities especially Wendy/Kendall dynamic. But when you compare them with Mags Bennett, Robert Quarles, and Nicky Augustine, as well as Boyd and Wynn Duffy, they do fall short. Mags Bennett, so far, is number one baddie.

      @Thundrabest, I have come to the conclusion that Boyd isn’t the bad guy or a bad guy. He is Raylan without the badge.

      • Not really. The Crowes are just street thugs who are more than an annoyance rather than a serious threat.

        Agreed on the Boyd part though, Boyd is what Raylan would’ve been if he follow the path of his father.

  5. Nice seeing an episode that shows promise for this season to end on a high note after a string of okay, but no “great shakes” episodes. I’ll admit I was also one who looked forward to seeing Raylan outdraw Danny, but then again our favorite marshal can’t shoot everyone now, can he, and it’s best that he saves his ammo for Darryl especially now that we’ve seen him emerge as a total slug for beating up on his sister. The Danny death scene was a real hoot, as was Dewey’s attempted tow hookup / runaway car scene, and it was a nice touch to get a look at Dickie Bennett again, talk about a hillbilly bad boy straight out of central casting !

  6. That’s right…I forgot about the run away car. As a trucker I can’t really say “I can’t believe anyone could be so dumb,” any more. After some of the stuff I see almost daily…I believe. But that was great comic relief. They have to keep ol’ Dewey around just for that great comic relief like that