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Justified Review: How I Drew It Up

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This fourth season of Justified hasn't felt like the three the preceded it.  The search for Drew Thompson - in one way or another - has really seemed to drive the whole thing.  Each and every episode, including "Get Drew," has had its own identity, but it still has felt more and more serialized than anything the series had done before.

I'm not saying that strategy is necessarily a bad thing in general.  Everyone knows that I will all but rule out watching a show that does things strictly episodically, but during seasons two and three of Justified, they had a nearly perfect balance of small and big picture.

What Will Shelby Do?

The chase for Drew Thompson has been a bit too big picture.  Even after finally finding out who he was posing as last week and catching the sneaky old man this week, there is still more to do regarding Drew for the final three weeks of the season.

Raylan Givens ended the hour extremely worried about what would happen to him and his fellow marshals now that they had Thompson in tow.  Tonin knows who Drew is, and he'll being coming after him.  Will he fight through the U.S. Marshals to get him?  I sure hope so. And I certainly hope we get to see it go down.

One of the things I absolutely loved about "Get Drew" was how on two occasions Justified took a moment to make a self-aware reflection.

  1. One was when Johnny went on and on about how Boyd has gone from one thing to the next in his life.  It's something that many have noticed, and some probably thought of it as a bit strange that he went from white supremacist to finding God to hillbilly criminal so quickly and seamlessly.  So did Johnny, and it was nice to see him acknowledge it. 
  2. The other time was one of the most awesome moments of the season.  Art stopping Raylan and Rachel to recognize how fantastic of a human being Drew Thompson is was just so enjoyable.  Leave it to Art to congratulate a criminal for getting away with terrible but incredible things.

The 10th installment of this season also brought back a very good friend of ours, and Ellstin Limehouse didn't disappoint.  His need to screw over Boyd sent the plot of the episode in a different direction, and his slow talking ways were just great to see on our screens again.

It was upsetting, however, that Ellen May didn't make it out of that situation like many would have hoped.  Watching her enjoy herself - and Drew - as they almost escaped for Mexico was rewarding.  Ellen May has been easy to latch onto as a character, and watching her on the cusp of happiness for the first time in her life was fun.

Having all of that ripped away by both Limehouse and Boyd's respective needs for money, was pretty disheartening.  I wouldn't be surprised if the girl who had no interest in turning on Boyd and Ava now does because of what they just put her through.

With Tonin, or Tonin's people coming after Drew, things don't seem like they will slow down on Justified before the season comes to an end.  And I can't wait to watch how it ends.

What about you all?  What did you think of "Get Drew?"  What were your favorite moments?  Your least favorite?  And what do you expect from the final few episodes of the season?


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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (79 Votes)

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This show needs a better EDITOR. I've seen so many mistakes, like coffee mugs turned around shot to shot, different clothing on characters in the supposed same scene, and so on.
And it's SO obvious that this is filmed in the Santa Clarita valley, all the way down to the editor not blocking out phone numbers on signs in the background and leaving the mountains in the background. Kentucky does not have mountains. It has hills. Oh and bluegrass and maple and elm trees. And where are all the dogs, horses, and smokers (very high percentage of Kentuckians smoke)?
I grew up in the Midwest and now live out here in Santa Clarita. I work as a freelance film editor and consultant. Send me an email guys - I can do a better job for half the price you're paying your current editors. The sloppy editing work detracts from the stories and characters.


Art is getting funnier and more amusing to watch. His speech about what an awesome criminal Drew was cracked me up and Art was at his best. On the other hand, Ava is getting less and less likeable to me. I can’t believe that she doesn’t see however silly Ellen May may be at times, she is loyal to Ava and Boyd. Drew may be some kind of scoundrel, but it didn’t keep me from wishing that he and Ellen May could avoid capture.
I was surprised when Ellen May and Drew ended up standing in front of Limehouse. I thought – uh oh. He was true to his character and screwed Boyd royally. What’s the deal with Limehouse dislike of Boyd – is he remembering his White Supremacy days? I enjoyed the banter between Boyd and Raylan in the sheriff’s office - that’s always great to watch and hear.
I gave this episode 5 stars and next week looks even more exciting. I anticipate that Justified will be true to its nature and end with a bang.


The whole season has been far from disappointing. This season actually is loosely based on true facts from Kentucky. A book about it is called the Bluegrass Conspiracy. The only difference was the body that fell was found in Tennessee but it was all centered around Kentucky. Great show!


I don't know why everyone wants Drew so bad. whats up


No one mentions the Supernatural shout-out with Drew shouting BALLS! in the car...??


Great episode. Am beginning to wonder where the relationship between Raylon and Rachel is headed. Her comments to him about being "easy on the eyes" and other remarks have started me to wondering if the writers are going to take their relationship to a different level, either romance or sexual. There does seem to be a degree of sexual tension between the two. And Raylon is not above entering into a relationship that is not proper according to the rules. He certainly didn't hesitate hopping into a relationship with Ava after she shot her first husband, Boyd's brother.


Wow, only a 4? A little harsh, I think. It was one of the stronger episodes; but your rating places it near the bottom.


Recorded episode but not watch. Looking forward to viewing capture of "Drew" and interaction of all parties. Justified never falls below my expectations.


Did anyone else catch the comment about the panties? Raylan figured out that Ellen May was with Drew because he saw panties at his place and Rachel said she had a pair just like them. There was a camera shot to Raylan's face at that moment that was priceless! I loved the dilemma between Boyd and Eva about who to choose. I think they chose correctly because they were going to get $500,000 for Drew and they could have used that money to get Ellen May thereafter, but alas, that didn't happen after all. Love this show.