I’ve previously stated how I felt that this season has had a few ups and downs, and that we’ve had a few episodes that have felt like stalling on the Drew Thompson storyline, but considering it was all leading up to this episode, it was definitely worth the wait. We picked up right where we left off at the end of last weeks episode with Raylan in Shelby/Drew’s house with Boyd now detained to stop him alerting Tonin’s men about Drew’s identity.
What followed was an incredibly entertaining hour of television which kept us guessing right until the end about which one of a number of different groups (the Marshals, Boyd, Duffy) if any, would end up catching Drew. But before I get into all of that, I’ve got to give a special shout out to Chief Deputy Art Mullins who provided possibly the funniest moment in the shows history when he voiced his “admiration” for Drew:
Art: “First thing we are going to do, is acknowledge that this guy is awesome.”
Art: “I mean he shoots Theo Tonin, fakes his own death in a spectacular fashion, pushes a guy out of an airplane while he’s flying it, parachutes into Harlan County with enough Coke and cash to jump-start the economy of a small country and then he has the balls to get a job in law enforcement, not once but two times. He spends a couple of days riding around with you while you’re looking for him and now he’s run off with a hooker that’s half his age. That’s some bad ass shit.”
Raylan: “That’s pretty bad ass.”
Perhaps the most surprising and entirely welcome twist in this episode was the return of Limehouse, the wonderfully menacing “banker” from season 3. Mykelti Williamson is brilliant in the role, as he somehow manages to be incredibly threatening without technically threatening anyone. it’s fascinating to watch. Limehouse also proved once again how well informed he is, as when Drew came looking for somewhere to hide Ellen May, Limehouse knew exactly who he was and exactly how much he was worth to Boyd. This led to another great exchange between Limehouse and Boyd where Boyd was eventually forced to choose between taking Ellen May to finish the job that Colt failed, or taking Drew and possibly securing his future with Theo Tonin.
While all of this was going on, Johnny was desperately scrambling around trying to figure out some way to get to Drew ahead of everyone else. When he learned that Boyd had pretty much secured Drew, he played the only card he had left and talked to Raylan. All of his frustration about Boyd came to the surface and Raylan took advantage of that by implying that if Johnny helped them out, well Boyd might just get arrested and taken out of the way along the course of the way. Johnny sent Raylan the meeting place where Colt had taken Drew to hand over to Tonin’s henchman, Nick Augustine, and the Marshals were able to get there just in the nick of time to stop the exchange.
With two episodes left, there’s a lot still up in the air. Limehouse still has Ellen May, and Colt managed to escape from the Marshals but you can be sure he’s due another run in with Tim before the end of the season. Tim, Rachel, Art and Raylan now have the unenviable task of getting Drew out of Harlan without Tonin’s men stopping them, and Raylans final words of the episode, “we just gotta figure out how to get out of Harlan alive” couldn’t help but remind me of a song that was used in the first and second season finale. I have a feeling we’re in for a tense final two episodes, which some of our heroes may not make it out of alive…
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Posted by Michael H. Spring