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Justified Review: Hill, Feet, Blues

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Justified continued its strong fourth season with the help of some of its friends in "Kin."

Whether it was those we knew, a la Agent Barkley and Constable Bob, or fresh faces like Mike O'Malley and Gerald McRaney, the onslaught of guest stars was a welcome treat as the search from Drew Thompson continued.

Also back in attendance was Natalie Zea as a very pregnant Winona. While I am enjoying her presence much more on The Following, this return put the biggest smile on my face.

It wasn't anything Zea did, but rather seeing Raylan being there for Winona and the baby, and then getting a kick out of feeling kicks, couldn't have made me happier.

And then all the happy times stopped... quickly. 

Boyd and Raylan Scene

With Arlo ready to give up Drew Thompson for a deal that would let him walk, everything went into hyper speed as Raylan had about 24 hours to find Thompson on his own.

That's when Raylan ran into Constable Bob, who was just as funny as in the premiere although only on our screens for a short while, the flashing teen from the premiere, and eventually Gerald McRaney as the flasher's stepdad, Josiah.

Here's the interesting thing. Josiah sent Raylan, and at some unseen point Boyd, up the hill so that the hill people would kill them. But either he assumed they would escape, or he thought the rest of the Marshals would soon be onto him, because the old dog was up and gone when Raylan came back down the hill.

Seeing that ankle bracelet on the ground, my first thought was that this guy is some kind of genius. I asked myself, how on earth did he get that off of his leg? Of course the better question would have been, how did he get his leg off of that bracelet?  Wow. That was gruesome.

You know the stakes are at an all-time high when dudes are sawing off their own feet to make sure they aren't questioned again.

Surprisingly enough, that wasn't the most shocking moment of "Kin." Meet Nick Augustine. You might know him as Kurt Hummel's dad, Yes Dear, or if you're from my generation, the host of Guts, but this version was a lot scarier.

Things started out so joyously as Nick and Stephen Tobolowsky's Barkley brought Wynn in on the fact that the two men on opposite sides of the law were childhood friend. Barkley talked about how he protected Augustine at all costs, and Nicky smiled. But once Nick realized Barkley had no intent or ability to keep Drew Thompson alive, he shot his former friend right square in the forehead.

I almost fell out of my seat. I know that is Justified's M.O. - having the bad guys turn on each other - but still, I never saw this coming. It proved once again that Theo Tonin is the real deal, and that's exactly why everyone on this show is stopping at nothing to find Drew Thompson.

While all of this was going on, Colton was still trying to figure out where Ellen May could have run off to.  His combination of skill in finding her actual location (he kept going back to Shelby's place), and his amazement at the fact that he actually lost her, was a joy to watch.  Hearing him ask Tim for advice was even better.

"Kin" also gave us Raylan and Boyd teaming up once again to fight back against the hill people, the many issues with Boyd's crew (Johnny's betrayal, Boyd attempting to cut a deal with Wynn, Shelby now coming after him), and Arlo's deal falling through.

With the search for Drew Thompson as aggressive as ever, Justified Season 4 will likely be as exciting as ever as we look ahead to the coming weeks.

But what do you think? Did you enjoy "Kin?" What were your favorite moments? Who were you favorite guest stars? And what was more shocking; Augustine's shot, or Josiah's foot?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (64 Votes)

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Raylan and Boyd's scenes of course and seeing GERALD MCRANEY again. I wish he had a bigger role on the show. :(

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Love, love, LOVE Boyd Crowder! Walter Goggins is scary-good! I can't believe this show isn't cleaning up the wards, it is easily the most awesome thing on TV. Wynona annoys me -- she's been too back and forth on Raylin.

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Love Love Love this show. The mystery os far is who is Drew? It has to be a current person on the show that we have some interest in. So I have determined it is Shelby. The clue: He was checking out the on line updated report, he is of right age, he blended in with the town, since his election he needed the bag so he sent Josiah after it, with his old job of Coal Manager he would have been rubbin elbows with the mayor at the BBQ. Yup Shelby is Drew.

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Great show. I am a little confused about the mystery though. My question are 1)if Drew Thompson gave Arlo all the cocaine and went up to the hills, how come Arlo did not become a rich man? 2)Why did Arlo sent the young couple via Josiah to his house to get the bag from the wall? 3) So is the guy who fall of the parachute in the pilot Drew Thompson? Some of these guys talk real fast with strong accent, sometimes its hard to follow.

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I enjoyed Kin and I was most happy to see that Ellie May is still alive. (writers please don’t kill her)I was surprised to see that the sheriff saved her!!! It appeared that he is tired of giving in to Boyd’s demands and wants to be rid of him. I don’t think that will be an easy task if it will happen at all. I’m afraid the sheriff has chosen the wrong person to go to battle with - I am very afraid for him.
My favorite scene is the one with Raylan and Boyd in the shed when they were captured by the Hill people. Those two remind of two little boys together – hilarious. Second best scene is when is handcuffed Boyd to the tree – Boyd –“ I don’t like you Raylan�. I hope the mutual respect of sorts for each other can last. Raylan is a marshal after all, paid to uphold the law and Boyd is getting in pretty deep with some bad characters.
The most shocking part of the episode was Augustine’s shot. I would almost pay to see the expressions on Wynn’s face over and over again. Wynn does a wonderful acting job and very believable. But one would think at this point, he would be accustomed to people falling dead in front of him. The foot was just disgusting to me.

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I think season 4 is the best one so far and I loved every minute of all seasons. I love the mystery, the lack of one bad guy and the writing has been super...just enough to keep the story active but giving the viewer a giddy sense of wanting the next episode. As always what makes this show over the top is the wonderful magic of Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins...Raylan and Boyd are just the best "frenemies" and now they have the same goal for such different reasons.

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★★★☆☆TV Cruise Control, FUN TV. ..

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i think someone else cut off josiah's foot. raylan asks his step daughter who else was there when his foot was cut off. anson's reaction to barkley being shot right next to him...was...quite...amazing.

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These 8 remaining episodes will likely be pure gold for Boyd. First and foremost, he's trying to get to Drew Thompson before his frenemy Raylan does. He will also need to deal with three conspirators: Johnny, Wynn, and Shelby. Something tells me that Wynn will be the only one who's still alive at the end of the season. It's hard to imagine Justified without Wynn or his eyebrows. Admittedly, I'm not sold on Nick Augustine. I'll likely be comparing everyone Theo Tonin sends to Kentucky negatively to the awesomeness that was Robert Quarles.

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Q: Did you enjoy "Kin"?
A: Hell yes! Q: What were your favorite moments?
A: Raylan and Boyd's scenes (obviously), Tim and Colton's discussion, Raylan finding Josiah's foot. Q: Who were you favorite guest stars?
A: Jere Burns (obviously), Stephen Tobolowsky, Patton Oswalt, and Jim Beaver. Q: And what was more shocking; Augustine's shot, or Josiah's foot?
A: Definitely Josiah's foot. Augustine's shot was predictable. As soon as they shook hands, I knew that Barkley had about one minute to live.