Justified Review: What A Dick!

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There have now been 11 installments of Justified's third season, and "Measures" certainly didn't fail to live up the excitement of the first 10.

Between the misadventures of Robert Quarles, Dickie Bennett beginning his attempt on Limehouse's money, and the buddy cop escapades of Raylan and Art, there was a lot to enjoy in the antepenultimate episode of the season.

Quarles and Duffy

Neal McDonough continues to impress me week after week in his playing of Quarles.  This time around it was the way he portrayed the Detroit mobster knocking over (or attempting to as was the case of the second incident) those pair of drug dealers that got me all tingly inside.

The mostly confident, well dressed man we have come to know, showing up for drugs with a stupid grin, acting nervous, and shaking all around, was absolutely joyous to watch.  What Quarles did next might have just been an embarrassment of riches for the audience.

He simply lulled the dealers to sleep with his act, killed one immediately with his handy dandy quick-draw gun, and demolished the other with the butt end of a shotgun.  While the excessive hits to the face of the now deceased drug dealer may have exemplified how on tilt Quarles is at this point, when the blood got all over his suit and face, his "what a dick!" reaction was nothing short of hilarious.

My only complaint about Quarles' raid on drug dealers is that his second attempt fell short after getting a phone call from Wynn Duffy and getting knocked the hell out by Boyd Crowder.

With Boyd, Raylan, Wynn Duffy, and Theo Tonin all out to get him at this point, it's probably a quality guesstimate to say that Robert Quarles is not long for this world.

Raylan went on a search for Quarles after being threatened by the man in his bar a short while ago, and luckily for us Tim and Rachel were busy following Dickie Bennett, because that meant Art went along for the ride.  Like always, these two were great together.

Once they finally got to the Detroit thugs sent by Theo Tonin, Raylan and Art soon realized what we knew all along...everyone is trying to kill the fair-haired devil.  Raylan thought the mobsters were working for Quarles, but nope, they were just two of the best assassins Tonin could send down to get rid of the trash.

I have missed Dickie Bennett.  His twitchy behavior and harebrained schemes are always welcome on my television.  It was nice to see Rodney from Memphis back up our way, but the really interesting material dealt with Limehouse's man, Errol.

The number two is ready to rise up on the boss, because Limehouse won't change with the times, and he's willing to join up with Dickie to do it.  That should certainly add to the craziness of the final two episodes of the season!

With Wynn now ready to do Tonin's dirty work, Quarles chained up to a bed by Boyd, Raylan also looking for the man, and the whirlwind that is the Bennett/Limehouse money, I cannot wait to see what happens in these last two Justified episodes of 2012.

What about y'all?  What did you think of "Measures?"  Who is going to be the one to finally take out Robert Quarles?  Who will end up with Limehouse's money?  Where is he hiding it?  And are Raylan and the bartender actually going to become a thing?


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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Good point. But on the other hand, the whole crux of the show is how the core characters react to each other and eovlve. As you point out below, Raylan as a father is a plot line ripe for development, and he may see the child as his last chance to have a family and develop that family in a righteous way in order to right the perceived wrongs of his upbringing.As a parent, having a kid changes you in ways you can't imagine and you react in ways that you never thought you would. And I am sure our bad-ass marshall will do unexpected things as parent we wouldn't expect. Plus, jubbs or VJ (I can't remember which) mentioned he had kids, so there is a lot of experience there to bring to the fold. Also, you know th kid has to be a boy, right?


Quarles killed the dealer himself with the sheath from the meth dealers " Katana ". Not a shotgun. He attempted to draw it while entangled with Quarles, and Quarles held onto the Sheath as he drew it, and crushed his windpipe with it. As it was solid Wood. That guy rocks.


After sitting through other slow moving shows, it is a delight to get to JUSTIFIED ! The writers jam more into an hour than anybody else does, and all of it is Quality. My husband is generally on it, but with this episode we had to have a talk during a break to make sure he knew who was chasing who and why. Soooo great to have to run to keep up ! Kudos, writers !


Just wanted to point out one thing with your review. Quarles took out the second dealer with the hilt of his own samurai sword to his throat and then he turned the blade on him. Loved the episode though, to many good scenes and quotes in this episode to pick just one.


Keeps getting better-n-better. The acting is brilliant and the dialog consistently sharp. I'd give the show 6 stars if I could!


Tuesday night is Wild Turkey and Justified night. I agree with everyone, this is The Best Show On TV!!! Great review. You covered everything that happened in the "Measures". I think Limehouse is setting everyone up for Raylan and Feds to bust them, Quarles, Dickie, and Boyd. Without a doubt, there will be a whole lotta shooting up in the Holla in the next two weeks. This show should get best drama!
Great writers and actors on this show and good humor too!


Again another hit! This show is amazing from start to finish every single week...The next two are going to be off the charts, crazy good!! I cant wait!!

The pagan temple

Maybe Quarles doesn't get killed, maybe instead his punishment is, he goes back to Square One, being somebody's little bitch. Hell, maybe Limehouse's. How much do we know about this guy anyway? As for Limehouse and Errol, I keep remembering that speech Limehouse gave Errol about the proper time for hog-killing. He seemed to be talking about Dickie Bennett, but in my opinion he was actually talking about Erroll himself. Erroll has been asking for it for some time, and when his time comes, I think its going to be a wonder to behold.


Wgat if - what if Quarles survives to torment Harlan another year?


The confrontation between Quarles and Limehouse was epic. I held my breath when I noticed that both men were poised to draw on each other. But atlas, Quarles decided to walk away for now....... As always - I enjoyed the banter between Raylan and Art. When Art was giving Raylan some fatherly advice and Raylan said I have a father and Art quipped back - I've met him.... I was very amused to say the least. It's going to be an exciting finality - Detroit is trying to assassinate Quarles. Wynn is turning on Quarles and partnering with Boyd. Erol is partnering with Dickie Bennet. I'm just shaking my head - scary stuft indeed. Justified - best show on TV!!!!

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