Justified Review: The Game is a Foot

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Great things can come from terrible situations.

Boyd Crowder's clan has been reeling for a while now.  Whether it be exterior issues via Preacher Billy and Wynn Duffy or within the group courtesy of Johnny wavering, Shelby defecting, Ellen May escaping, and Colton jones-ing, the Crowder clan has been in dire straits.

Boyd's In Trouble

The ending to "Foot Chase" was the greatness that came out of that terrible situation, and it was incredible for several reasons.

  1. I loved seeing Boyd and Ava happy after she accepted his strange proposal.  Way back in season two, when these two first became a thing, I was skeptical of their chemistry moving forward.  Two and a half seasons later, I wouldn't want my Justified any other way.  They work. Each character has changed a bit for the other (Ava more towards Boyd's way of life than vice versa), and now they seem like a perfect fit.
  2. Most importantly, it gave the audience (or just those of us who want to see Boyd end up okay) some hope that Boyd could actually get out of this business at some point.  There is an end game.  His comment about wanting other parents to be fine with their kids playing with a Crowder kid was awesome.  Sure, he's a bad person, but it's a means to an end.  At least some part of him wants to get out, and that's an end we can dream for.
  3. Before the actual scene with the money and the ring, Joelle Carter was absolutely sensational in explaining to Boyd that Ellen May being dead was "tearing her apart."  It was truly some of the best work yet by Carter.
  4. Boyd put tried to put the ring on the wrong hand. Ha!

None of that solves the multitude of problems the Crowder clan is currently facing.  All are legitimate, and all could completely crush Boyd's plans, but what keeps holding me back on getting completely engrossed in it is Colton's arc.

It seemed a little out of place when he jumped into town and immediately became Boyd's right hand man to begin with.  Now, with losing Ellen May and going crazy on the H, his whole arc seems more out of place than ever.  It feels more like a plot contrivance than anything I've seen before on Justified.  If it were a minor character that we had seen before in this world it might have worked better, but for now, I'm just bothered by it all.

Meanwhile, our favorite man in the hat spent most of his time acting out the eponymous foot chase as he searched for the one-footed body of Josiah.  Throughout the hour it was revealed that Josiah was in fact Drew Thompson, and then revealed once more that he in fact wasn't Drew Thompson!

In telling his lawyer that Josiah was Drew, Arlo screwed her over for cutting off the deal he had made to free himself.  So does that mean he gets a new lawyer?  One that won't be held down by Boyd?  And one that will allow him to make the deal?  Will he give up the true location and identity of Drew Thompson?  The suspense is killing me!

Although it's not killing me nearly as quickly as that open leg wound was killing Josiah.  Man, that was some disgusting stuff!  When the one moron was ready to take the blow torch to the nub, I had to turn away.  That was some gory business.

This next step in the search for Drew was yet another fun one, as Raylan got to team up with Sheriff Shelby for much of it.  As far as Jim Beaver sheriff roles go, I will take this performance over his turn as Sheriff Mills on Harper's Island any day of the week and twice on Tuesdays.  Shelby having fun with Raylan, saying he can't remember what happened with Ellen May, was pure entertainment.  Maybe Olyphant just has great chemistry with everyone on screen.

Finally, I really enjoyed seeing Tim Gutterson getting some more screen time, and his own story this week!  Jacob Pitts can deliver deadpan sarcasm with the best of them, so I'm hoping that he gets more time to do so, and that we learn even more about Tim as things move forward.

What did y'all think of "Foot Chase?"  Was it one of the better Justified Season 4 episodes so far?  Or did it miss a step?  What were your favorite moments?  And what did you think of that proposal?!?!


Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Drew Thompson is becoming the mystery for the season...Justified, sometimes likes to come up with answers, that in retrospect, make perfect sense...it would be a fascinating turn of events, if it turns out to be Stephen Root, a/k/a "The Hammer" Judge...that would help explain how Drew Thompson kept tabs on law enforcement, well enough to stay a few steps ahead of them.. (Though hopefully he changed his look enough, maybe with plastic surgery, to keep from being noticed by Tonin, for the first few years)


What a combination! The sharpest dialog (all those foot puns) and the goriest action all in one episode. Love this show, even though I did have to avert my eyes on more than one occasion tonight.


Once again...I love this freaking show! Boyd and Ava are really good together and it makes you root for them. I think that Colton is a plant (FBI/another drug cartel) who happens to be hooked onH and it is now controlling him more than anyone knows.


★★★★☆TV @ Dan Forcella , great review I also think Tim can bring more. Although that is true for every character on this show. #TruthHat ..


Would love to see Eva and Boyd actually going to a swingers party :-)


Another great one for me, I love Tim having his own story line and the line with colten "hey Boyd Crowders ride" to the "hey Raylan Givens sidekick" or something close to that I love it!! The thing that this show does better than others is tie everything together and while this wasnt a shoot em up high intense episode it all did or soon will be a big part of the bigger picture!


I loved this episode. Ava confessing how torn up she was about Ellen May was a outstanding scene. She will be relieved when she finds out that Ellen May is alive. While I loved Ava and Boyd declaration of love and his proposal (ring on the wrong hand), I just don't see a way for Boyd get out that business alive. The only way might be Raylan stepping up to protect him since they share many of the same enemies. Shelby and Raylan are a fun pair of law men. I am curious about who Drew Thompson is now.


Ava was awesome tonight. It's good to know that there's at least one person who will always have Boyd's back. Sadly, it's highly unlikely that they'll eventually retire and live happily ever after. The only possible way for Boyd to get out of this business is in a body bag. Colton's far more trouble than he's worth. One minute, he's desperate for heroin. The next, he's desperate to find Ellen May. His brief encounters with Tim are the only reason why I can tolerate him. Timothy Olyphant truly does have chemistry with everyone on screen! I have two theories about Drew Thompson. My first theory is that he's hiding out with Limehouse in Nobles Holler. My second theory is that he's hiding in plain sight, and that we've already met him but didn't realize it.

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Justified Season 4 Episode 6 Quotes

Raylan: Tim tell you I wasn't coming in?
Art: Yes he did. Said the game was afoot.

Cop: Waste of time if you ask me.
Raylan: What is, doing your job?