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Justified Review: I Love It When A Plan Almost Comes Together

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It may have seemed like Ellstin Limehouse was too busy cutting up pigs to know what was going on in Kentucky recently, and it definitely seemed like his right hand man Errol had decided to rise up against the boss last week, but "Coalition" proved that it was all part of the good butcher's master plan.

Given how many temporary alliances came together and fell apart over the course of the hour, this episode of Justified should have been titled the plural, "Coalitions."

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Dickie and Errol were seemingly teamed up, who then joined with Boyd to rob the bank. Boyd, meanwhile, was also aligned with Wynn Duffy to take out Quarles. Duffy was already siding with Quarles and Theo Tonin, and Quarles also made a deal with Limehouse.

Everyone was scrapping to get their share of Mags's and/or Tonin's money, and nearly everyone failed. The most intriguing coalition of them all, though, had to be Raylan Givens and Ellstin Limehouse teaming up to get rid of Dickie and keep Mags' money in a safe place.

Did anyone predict that Loretta not only had the money, but would end up keeping the $3.2 million all to herself? I'm not sure exactly why Limehouse wanted the money to stay with Loretta, maybe it is because he wants everyone to just leave him and his people alone, but it was a great plan nonetheless.

He wanted the Marshals out of his hair, which Raylan said would never happen if he continued to hide the money. The fact that Loretta - who Raylan looks at like a daughter in some ways - has the money means that the Marshals will stop snooping around for the most part.

Limehouse's other side of the plan almost worked out as well. Sending Errol undercover to work with both Dickie and Boyd was genius. It was risky for the number two, but it was smart. He knew that if he got everyone together that they would take each other out, or at least all go to prison.

What he didn't count on, though, was Trooper Tom showing up to the party and screwing it all up. If he hadn't shown up, you have to figure one of Boyd or Quarles would now be dead. Instead, Quarles proved that he still has a quick trigger in gunning down Tom, and escaped before anyone could catch him.

The most interesting thing about the end of "Coalition" was how everyone wanted everyone else dead, but nobody wanted to actually do the deed. Limehouse sent Quarles to go kill Boyd, Wynn wanted to kill Quarles but instead waited for Boyd and Quarles to fight it out.

Quarles might have completely lost it, but at least he went to Boyd's bar attempting to do something about his situation. And when I say lost it, I mean this guy is a completely different individual then the man we met at the beginning of the season. He is pulling together mini-cons here and there, getting high as a kite every five seconds, and has absolutely no idea what to do next.

It was a long cry from the cool, confident killer we saw in the season premiere. His quick cons are still extremely fun to watch, though. Getting stoned with the prostitutes, allowing them to drop their guard, then chaining them all together in the motor home was just masterful.

Quarles isn't the only one losing it, as the behavior Arlo Givens continues to fall deeper and deeper into Crazy Town. First he called Boyd "Raylan" and then he starts having full on hallucinations and conversations with the deceased Helen.

I would guess that this is going to play a role later on, or else why bring it up. A minor player going nuts doesn't have much point unless it's going to wind up intertwining with the plots of our main characters.

What and who else will play a major role in next week's season finale? Now that Mags' money is out of the picture, I have to imagine this will all come down to a bunch of battles to the death in the aptly titled "Slaughterhouse."

What did you think of the penultimate Justified of the season? Were you surprised at how the money story played out? How does Robert Quarles keeping escaping death? And who in this world doesn't know Boyd's plan to rob a bank?

Also, let us know who you think is most likely to die in next Tuesday's finale:

 

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Contd on additional roles, such as Olyphant's new role as producer, his focus becomes split. Anyway, I still enjoy the show and even with a somewhat convoluted plot, it's a helluva lot better than most TV shows today.

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Okay, I am a huge justified fan. However, although I love certain aspects of this season, I think there are too many players aboard here, resulting in a plot that becomes difficult to follow at times. I don't mind sorting through multiple motivations, but IMO what's happening here is overkill. Quarles is an awesome baddie -- I love his character. Boyd is also a great character who steals nearly every scene he's in. But as the season progressed, too much double crossing has occurred and keeping up with everything has become a bit of a chore. On top of Quarles, there's Wynn, Limehouse, Boyd, Dickie, Napier, Sammy, Theo, plus the folks who work for them. Individually, these are all amazing characters. The problem is, they all have their own agendas, some of which are intertwined with their opponent's, and 13 episodes is not enough to properly fit them in. I also agree that Raylan's character has been shadowed amidst the surplus of characters. I imagine that when a lead actor takes on additional roles, such as Olyphant's new role as producer, his focus becomes split. Anyway, I still enjoy the show and even with a somewhat convoluted plot, it's a helluva lot better than most TV shows today.

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I have to say I agree with CKC. Justified is no longer my favorite. I've watched all 3 seasons mainly to see what's happening with the Raylan and Boyd characters. Now there are too many bad guys and the plots are so convoluted that at times it is hard to figure out what's going on. And of course the violence is over the top. I know you die hard fans won't agree, but I primarily watch TV for entertainment after a day's work and though I will continue to watch Justified there are other scripted dramas I like better now.

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Pagan - Mags leaving the money to Loretta makes perfect sense to me, given their relationship. And don't forget that Doyle's wife and children were left with everything that came out of the Black Pike deal, which I would imagine is worth far more than 3.2 million. (If I recall correctly, the arrangement was for some unspecified but extremely large amount of money and a 4% share of the company that owns Black Pike.) Whether it's wise to leave that sort of money to a kid is another matter entirely, but if I were going to trust any fourteen-year-old not to use it frivolously it'd be Loretta McCready. Anyway. Great episode. Was it just me, or did Raylan actually look just a bit scared right at the end there? I think that's the first time we've seen that from him. Can't wait to see how it all ends.

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IF! Your opinion of the episode is at odds with essentially everyone on the planet, regardless of your bromance for Timmy---and I share your enthusiasm---you are probably a complete ass hat.

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What a fabulous episode. This is one show where the entire cast shines and I didn't notice anyone "missing" - that's how good everyone is on this show. Normally that would be something that bothers me. I love that Mags left the money for Loretta and that Raylan's okay with it. The twists and turns in this episode were great, although I was deeply saddened by what appeared to be the end of Trooper Tom. I can't wait for the finale!

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I thought it was silly. Who's going to leave 3.2 million dollars to a twelve year old girl? I could see leaving her a portion of it, but all of that? That kind of money would make most adults go completely nuts. Besides, granted Dickie was disowned, but not the widow and children of Doyle, whom the writer's seem to have forgot about, and who Mags herself referred to as "the future". Despite all that silliness (yes I did think about it but decided the writers had enough sense not to go there)it was a great episode.

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I for one thought this episode was right on the money, so to speak. Seeing how everyone was planning and plotting for the same goals was great. Then watching Raylan put it all toegether was brilliant even if we didnt see him much!
I also thought this was a great build up to the seasons last episode next week. Boyd going on the run, Raylan hunting down Quarells and Arlo losing his marbles...I cant wait!!!

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This show is awesome! It doesn't "flounder" if Raylan is not on the screen for the whole show!! All the characters put in an amazing job at getting things done!! Love Boyd!! and I am soo hoping that Tom isn't dead, I really liked him!! and Has my husband said, if they ever do another Manson type movie, Dickie Bennet would be great at it!! :o)

Justified Season 3 Episode 12 Quotes

Any noise out of that filthy whore mouth of yours, and I will rip your head off with this chain. Do you understand?

Quarles

The shit follows me home like a three-legged dog.

Napier