Justified Review: Franchise Player

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There was a lot to love about "Outlaw."  The trials and tribulations that Raylan was put through, the schemes that Boyd put together, and their chemistry together in that one epic scene washed the bad taste from "Money Trap" right out of my mouth.

Even better than all of that was the fact that I have come to a conclusion on who I think Drew Thompson is.  I don't know who else has already said it, or even how many people have been championing the idea for weeks, but at some point during this episode, I decided that Shelby is Drew Thompson.

Raylan in Prison

His interest in the Drew discussion, and particularly the attractiveness of the psychic widow, seemed to be their way of dropping the hint.  He seems about the right age, and I for one would love Drew Thompson to end up being someone we know.  The fact that he's been in town concealing his identity all of this time would make it much less interesting if he was just some random guy we've never met before.

Anyway, no matter who ends up being Drew Thompson, the wait to find him has only peaked my interest more.  For how long the search has been going on, it really doesn't feel like they have dragged it out at all.  They continue to find new and interesting ways to make the search feel fresh.

It will be a complete relief if and when Raylan finds Drew Thompson.  The dude has gone through the ringer lately, and now his old man is dead.  I know Raylan seriously hated Arlo, but he was still his dad.  That death leaves him pretty much all alone. He has no family until that baby comes along.* That is a tough life to live.

* A baby that he so wittily mentioned will only know its granddaddy as a son of a bitch.

On top of all that, it was Raylan who was essentially responsible for Arlo's death.  He went to Hunter Mosley to give him Arlo's deal, which led to that inmate going after Arlo in the prison barber shop.  That scene was fantastic by the way.  They really had me thinking that Arlo was going to yet again get out of trouble when he jumped out of the chair and started attacking, so when he was eventually stabbed in the heart I was definitely taken back.

No scene could compare to that involving Raylan's second shootout in as many episodes though.  I LOVE the fact that Justified waited so long to have Raylan gun somebody down before last week, and then they came right back with another gun fight.  There doesn't have to be a rhythm to it, people.  It happens how it happens.

Between the fake cop giving Raylan lip, the cowboy interrupting the tension by asking Ava about her giant diamond, and Boyd assuring Raylan that he was still invited to the wedding, it was a strange, funny, and wild few moments.  The speed at which Raylan took out Wynn's henchman was glorious to watch, and his comment "I hope I got that right" was a good as they come.

Before Boyd made his way to that moment, he was busy laying down the ground work to screw over everybody who thought they had his number.  This was classic Boyd.

At the time, I thought I had a decent idea of what was going on with the fake cop.  Tonin had sent him to town to check out the guys that might have been Drew Thompson.  Obviously I was wrong, but when I found out that it was actually Wynn using Boyd's list, and that said list was just Boyd's enemies he wanted Wynn to kill for him, I was yet again reminded of how unbelievably awesome Boyd Crowder is.

After Boyd made a deal with Tonin's Nick Augistine, he brought the shot callers to the bar for a little meeting.  And after their phone calls to those they think have the power end up give them a "no service" message, it becomes obvious who is in charge of Harlan County.  The fact that he asked for loads of money came as no surprise, but asking for a Dairy Queen franchise certainly did!  A pleasant surprise, but definitely a surprise.

I loved that it meant Boyd was inching towards getting out, but it hurt to realize that fact that if he's now in bed with Theo Tonin, it's going to be a heck of a lot more difficult to get out.

All the while, Colt was murdering the guy from Blossom and Tim Murphy, while Cousin Johnny screwed with his head by texting him as Ellen May.  Again, there was a lot to love about "Outlaw," and Justified is back on track as we head down the final stretch of season four.

What did you all think?  What were you favorite moments in "Outlaw?" What were your least favorite moments?  And what do you think about Shelby as Drew Thompson?


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love this show!!!


I like Tom D's theory about hunter mosely, and that give away line about Drew.


Arlo may have been slime, but I do give him creditfor his last encounter with Raylan. I mean, come on, rightly or wrongly Raylan was asking him to make his last action on earth to be a rat. It would have been far, far worse for Arlo to have some sort of death-bed conversion, don't you think? At least he went out according to the principles, regardless of how reprehensible, he lived by. And I agree with so many others - Shelby sure smells like Drew to me!


My 2cents. First "Outlaw" was one of the best episodes this season. Second,
Drew is Shelby; he's asking questions about Drew's widow/ex-wife saying he wants to see her, The necklace with the saint, Shelby said he was the patron saint of blah, blah and pilots...Drew was a pilot. Shelby is keeping Ellen Mae around because he is thinking he will be realized as Drew by Boyd so he will use Ellen Mae as leverage against Boyd and Ava.


Ok I haven't read all the comments so someone may have brought this up but I think that Hunter Mosely, the former sheriff is Drew. That would explain why he killed Arlo to keep him from possibly ratting him out. Now I know next week's preview shows him saying "What now, Drew" as if he's talking to Drew but I think they are tricking us with that bit to throw us off. He's probably talking to someone who's finally figured out who he is and he says something along the lines of "you're probably wondering, what now Drew". Shows love to throw us off with mixing up the order of previews. Just a thought.


new to the forum, but love the conversation. What was the deal with Gutterson last night? He was irritated and nosey all episode, but don't understand why. Is he in somebody's pocket now?


Fun times are a-comin! My significant other did not like this episode, but it had everything I was looking for: gun fight, romance, thriller, random shootings....typical day in Harlan County. This is a huge build-up this season and I cannot wait to see how it will all come down in the Finale. People gettin shoot left and right...what is gonna happen next?
And RIP in peace you mean Son of a B#$%h, that was weird seeing him get stabbed. I figured we had a full season with Arlo.


JUSTIFIED! No need to say anything else. This is by far the best series on television and last night when Raylon shot the bad guy and said, "Jesus, I hope I got it right", that is absolutely the best line of the season - period. I had no choice in missing the two preceding episodes but hope to catch up when they come to Amazon or Netflix. Even if I have to pay to see them, it is worth it. For me, it simply doesn't get any better than Justified. It makes The Following just what it is - second hand trash in comparison. It is also my intent to go back and watch every episode from the beginning and enjoy them as much the second time as I did the first.


I started thinking that Shelby was Drew last night, ust seem to point in that direction. You know that Raylon hated Arlo but is still was his old man and there must be unresolved issues there. I just love Boyd, so slimy and crooked but he does it with style.


1 too many folks got shot in the head for my liking on Justified last night, however when Raylan shot the hitman from Detroit, I rewound that scene a couple of times. He's hilarious - "did you just give me an order?" Love me some Raylan. And then Boyd Crowder had to say if possible, the best line of the night - "you may be criminals, but I'm an Outlaw - He's too dang smart for his own good!!!
Who is Drew is definitely intriguing. Raylan losing his dad was a good scene and wouldn't you know Arlo went out like he lived when he told Raylan to Kiss....Excellent acting on the part of Tim to show the mixed emotions. I could have sworn he wiped away a tear at the elevator. ): Yeaaaa Justified!!!

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Justified Season 4 Episode 8 Quotes

You want me to pay you not to kill me?


Kiss. My. Ass.