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Justified Season Finale Review: It Wasn't Me, It Was The Two-Armed Man

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Justified certainly knows how to pull off a good tragedy. Between the downward spiral and eventual horrific death of Robert Quarles, and the somewhat sad quasi father-son triangle that led to Arlo blatantly choosing Boyd over Raylan, "Slaughterhouse" was a fitting end to the third season of Justified.

Robert Quarles should go down as one of the most interesting and entertaining villains in TV history, and Neal McDonough should receive any and all accolades that are up for grabs this year. His portrayal of the Detroit mobster was riveting all season long, and that was no different in the season finale.

Justified Season 3 Finale Scene

Quarles almost looked content seconds before his arm was chopped off.

The last we had seen Bobby, we thought he had killed Trooper Tom, but we later found out that wasn't true at all. After fleeing the scene at Boyd's bar, Quarles just wanted to get out of Kentucky alive, and make it home to Detroit without a target on his back.

That was going to take $500,000 for Theo Tonin, and I doubt that would have even stopped the boss from shooting Quarles when he made it back up north.

McDonough was fantastic throughout Bobby's adventure in attaining the money. First in his hopped up twitchy moments with the Christian family in the van, and then with how his cool customer attitude when seeing Raylan made me die laughing, this was a nice final run for the character. I mean the subtlety in which Quarles asked for Raylan's gun and phone after being turned down ibuprofen was pure genius.

All of that was before we even were treated to the beauty of scene in which the episode got its title. Quarles sure went out in style, moving so quickly from the pure joy of witnessing Limehouse's real life piggy bank, to the absolute desperation in reaching out for his arm that was chopped off by a butcher knife. The contrast was superb, and Raylan's slight step backwards with Bobby's then removed gun toting arm was even better.

Quarles did not leave this Earth without shaking things up once more, though, as he revealed to Raylan that it was actually Arlo who shot Trooper Tom outside of Boyd's bar. That was the fact that led to a very interesting end of the season for both of the Givens, as well as each and every one of the Crowders.

Arlo shot Trooper Tom. He did it to protect Boyd. That makes sense, because he's part of the crew. No, this is bigger than that. Arlo thinks of Boyd as family, really as his own son, something he hasn't felt about Raylan in a long time. What does a father do for his son? When it really comes down to it, old dad will take the bullet for his kid, and that's what Arlo did for Boyd in taking the fall for Devil's murder.

He did it to protect Boyd. It wasn't in the literal sense, as Arlo was claiming, but he definitely was protecting Boyd. In a way, this was a truly honorable and heart-warming end to Arlo Givens' arc on Justified.

He may not have had the feelings towards Raylan that he should have, but he found family in the Crowders. It was nice to see family truly being there for family, no matter how sick and twisted the details were.

Honestly I don't think Raylan cared that his father took the fall for Boyd like that. Like the Marshal said, he's a criminal. However, he may not admit it, but it was obvious that he felt some serious emotions upon finding out that Arlo shot at Trooper Tom just thinking that it was a man in a hat.

To know that your own father attempted to shoot you dead in order to protect another boy, a criminal, has to wear on you. Raylan's immediate trip to Winona's sister's place proved that. When that baby comes out, I have no doubt that Raylan will love him or her more than anything on this Earth. Even with that as satisfaction, this was still a deeply sad conclusion to Raylan's story this season. Do you think things will ever turn around for this man?

Well Boyd gets off scot-free, which makes Ava a happy girl, and cousin Johnny probably a bit ticked. Wow! Who saw that coming? Johnny has been out to get Boyd for a while now, and he does it by spilling the location of Devil's body to Limehouse?

Johnny Crowder showed some stones, but it might come back to haunt him now that Boyd isn't going anywhere. Will Boyd find out and put his cousin in the ground? Or maybe Johnny can build up the right infrastructure around him to take Boyd on in season four! Nah, I doubt it. I give him six episodes to live.

It was an exciting yet emotional end to Justified's third season. "Slaughterhouse" definitely wrapped up some story arcs effectively, while allowing others to grow into new plots for next season.

We said goodbye to Robert Quarles, and probably Arlo Givens, but Ellstin Limehouse is still out and about, and Boyd Crowder has a new lease on life.

What did you think of the Justified season three finale? Did the season measure up to last year's run? How will you remember Robert Quarles? Can you forgive Arlo Givens?

And what on Earth is the series going to do next year to match what it has done so far?

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Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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LOVE the show. Have watched all 3 seasons, Did anyone else feel like season 3 was really short? I was disappointed last night was the last episode until Season 4. Hope its brought back. My favs are Boyd and Ava...kinda sleazy, but lovable.

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to explain "this is our home, Raylan" defined the theme for the season. A better ending would have been for Raylan and Boyd to team up as they did at the end of season one, along with Limehouse to battle Quarles, Duffy and some of the Detroit toughs in a major battle to save Harlan. It should probably have taken place in Nobles Holler. It should have ended with the strains of "You will never Leave Harlan Alive" sounding over Quarles' dead body. Instead, both sides degenerated into in-fighting. There was no victory, it was just sad. I don't get into a lot of TV shows. But this show was different. Now it's just going the way they all do sooner or later once the creators have lost their sense of it. I had hoped it would last longer. What I did like about Season 3 was the way they concentrated on a single storyline with multiple twists and turns rather than multiple minor sub-stories nearly every week that just scattered the energy of the main storyline. Justified isn't necessarily finished. It's definitely salvageable if Graham Yost can recapture his vision for it.

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Justified is, without a doubt, the best show on TV. But that's where my agreement with the review and other comments ends. I did not think this was a fitting finale to the 3rd Season. It was a great season, but it lost its continuity with the first two seasons and I think the writers lost their way toward the end of the season. This show is primarily about the different world view of Harlan and the rest of the world. The established theme throughout the season was not Raylan's "daddy issues" nor was it the idea of "family." The theme was "home" in the same way that the theme of Season One was Boyd's and Raylan's friendship and the theme of Season Two was Mag's vision of "mountain justice." Dickie Bennett started this season when he attacked the oxy bus belonging to the Dixie Mafia last season. Now home is being threatened by outsiders as a result and it is time to pull together and protect your home. Boyd's whole thing about Quarles being a "carpet bagger" and his attempt to explain "this is our home, Raylan" defined the theme for the season. A better ending would have been for Raylan and Boyd to team up as they did at the end of season one, along with Limehouse to battle Quarles, Duffy and some of the Detroit toughs in a major battle to save Harlan. It should probably have taken place in Nobles Holler. It should have ended with the strains of "You will never Leave Harlan Alive" sounding over Quarles' dead body. Instead, both sides degenerated into in-fighting. There was no victory, it was just sad. I don't get into a lot of TV shows. But this show was different. Now it's just going the way they all do sooner or later once the creators have lost their sense of it. I had hoped it would last longer.

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Raylan's shocked look holding Quarles' arm, then pulling it back when Quarles reached for it, was laugh-out-loud awesome! Superb television. The "disarmed" comment was priceless. Had to watch it twice. Can't wait for season 4!

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terriffic season ender!!

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This was the best episode of season 3. Writing, acting, everything was spot on. My personal favs were the same as others. I loved the scene in the RV, Raylan playing "keep away" with the Quarles arm, Raylan's confusion at Arlo's comment at Johnny's Bar about a man in a hat being shot and hoping it was Raylan and then putting it all together in the end when he finds out Arlo shot Tom Bergen. I also loved the narration at the end that morphed into a conversation with Winona. Last season she said she wanted to hear about how his day went. Well, she got her wish. I just wish the season as a whole had been better. It was so hard for them to top season 2 with the Bennett storyline and last season's finale with Raylan hanging in the tree was THE BEST episode of TV that I have ever seen.

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1) I agree on all points of the review of last nights finally.
2) I have read most of the comments, I agree that it did start
a bit slowly. I didn't like Quarelles (sp?) but then of course
we are not suppose to. That being said, I didn't "like" Mag's
either but...you felt something for her...She could twist your
around her heart and thoughts (even if they were demented). I
had no empathy for Quarelles...That was the difference in the
two antagonists. Boyd is a jerk, but you love him...He can suck
you in...You have empathy for his character because of his true
Father and what a-hole he was...You wonder had he had a different
Father...would he of turned out to be a criminal? We'll of course
never know that... My thanks to all who make this one of the best show on television.

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PS...who said Quarles was dead? Could be they put a tournaquette on and saved his sorry ass.

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Wow, what an amazing ending. Last year, the season with Meg's and her crew was amazing and got a lot of people hooked on this show. But this one seemed to start off slow. I heard people say they just couldn't get into it with this mob guy - "why was he here", "where is the story" and so on. To those that didn't stick with the season, you LOST out to an amazing finale. I bet today they are hearing about the finale and are asking a lot of questions. The scene in the RV with Duffy had me sitting on the edge of my seat and laughing at the same time. The entire episode caused my emotions to be on the same roller coaster as we saw in Timothy Olyphant's face at the end of this episode. Very sad ending for Raylin.

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@USS Biddle (DLG-34) suits is one my top shows too after white collar and whats your thoughts on common law

Justified Season 3 Episode 13 Quotes

Boyd: Well I guess we best both sleep with one eye open.
Limehouse: I always do.

I heard that a cop in a hat got shot...guess it wasn't you.

Arlo (to Raylan)