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Justified Review: No Prob, I'm Bob

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A decoy can be defined as anything used as a lure.  Unless you don't have a pulse, Justified's "Decoy" lured you into watching every second from the edge of your couch, chair, coffee table, or what have you.

With pulse pounding stalemates, thrilling fist fights, secrets revealed, subtle wit, and clever solutions to our heroes' problems, this hour of Justified proved once again why it is one of the best dramas on television.

Will Drew Survive?

Stay Frosty
Let's begin with Constable Bob. Although the show has always had its own brand of humor, like I said in the season premiere, Patton Oswalt has only added to that in a positive manner this season.  Because his character has been around so sparingly, his brand of awkwardness has been a joy to have around rather than the nuisance it could have become if Bob had been around 24/7.

Maybe I'm biased, because I've heard others who haven’t loved him, but how can you not love that guy?  Since he's easy to root for, watching him actually save the day this time around couldn't have been more enjoyable.

Not only did Bob hold out whilst taking that beating, and end up stabbing Yolo to win the vicious fight, he also apparently came up with the plan that eventually got Drew Thompson out of Harlan!  Who ever thought that would happen?  Probably just that kid that Bob put in a coma back in high school.  He knew what was up.

What made it all that much better was how Raylan gave Bob's efforts their due.  First he explained to Rachel what happened by saying “What happened is Bob's a tough son of a bitch.”  Then, in a huge nod to Bob's greatness, Raylan tells Bob to "stay frosty."  How great did Bob feel right then?

Circling the Wagons
Nobody circles the wagons...like Tim Gutterson.  While many might only know the phrase as it pertains to NFL Football and Chris Berman.  This was what “circling the wagons” is all about, and watching Tim pull it off was nothing short of magnificent.

While we get to watch him in his element so rarely, we have seen Tim excel like this before, but this seemed different.  He was in a zone!  He just sat there for so long, trying to figure out what the next move was.  And after that hilarious conversation with Colt - the young Gerard Depardieu comment being my favorite moment - Tim knew exactly what he wanted to do, and he did it...perfectly.

Cat Outta the Bag
Another fantastic dynamic was Boyd and Nick.  The fact that Nick has nothing but respect for the way Boyd talks is great.  We as fans love the way Boyd speaks - as Nick put it "using 40 words when four will do" - so it's nice to see a character within the show enjoy it just as much.

Unfortunately for everyone involved, that little get together took a wrong turn when Nick, Johnny, and Ava were left alone.  On a positive note, the tension was so crazy thick between the three of them there for a while that I think Johnny's secret being revealed might not have been the worst thing that could have happened.

If it got any tenser in that bar, shots were probably going to be fired.  Oh yeah, and there was also that "I love you bit."  I understand Ava is a catch, but what is it with the Crowder boys and the lovely blonde?  In the words of Patrick Verona, "She have beer-flavored nipples?"

Down the Home Stretch
Now what happens?  With only two episodes remaining in the season, and Drew Thompson seemingly on his way out safely, what is next for our heroes and our villains?  What do you expect to see in the final hours of Justified Season 4?

What did you think of "Decoy?" Was it your favorite episode of the season?  Or did it not live up to what you expected?  What were your favorite moments?  Who made the best play?  And what surprised you most?

Stay frosty...

Review

Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (138 Votes)

Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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I love this show! Every single scene has purpose and attention. I never feel like a minute of it is filler or a single word is used casually. Constable Bob! Tim! & Ava! were the MVPs tonight. Plus, I liked how Raylan took a quick second to remind us that despite how "nice" Shelby/Drew is and despite their predicament, HE is the lawman and Drew is the criminal. Loved it!

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Nicky Augustine is definitely now Ava's bitch! Man's lucky he still has an intact face, let alone still living. I foresee a reckoning between Nicky and Boyd for the unpardonable offense he gave Boyd's fiancée.

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Let's not forget Rachael, she is just as funny, witty, smart and sarcastic as the rest of the cast. They really compliment each other.

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My favorite episode EVER...and I've watched every single one. I'm assuming the only reason it doesn't have the highest possible rating is 'cause you guys can't QUITE count to 5! (-:

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Absolutely Brilliant!!!!!!

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This show just keeps getting better and better. I love Raylan- one of the best characters out there, but I must be honest Tim had me this episode. I've been anxiously waiting for more Tim time and boy this episode delivered. He's smart and witty and sarcastic such a perfect combination. This show does it best in really portraying all the characters at their highest without sacrificing another. Sad that only two episodes left.

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Drew-bocca!! I almost peed a little with that one!!! I love Bob and was so glad he made it out alive!! and Tim... man I love Tim! This entire episode was nothing short of brilliant!!! the only downer was knowing there is is only 2 episodes left this season, this show needs a longer season for sure, its the best on TV!

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Those Crowder boys sure are crazy about Ava, aren't they? Heck, even Bo kind of seemed like he wanted to have sex with her. Bob Sweeney is the man. Honestly, I thought that he was going to die tonight. Instead, he took out a freaking hitman! I have no doubt that he'll be the new sheriff of Harlan County, and I cannot wait to see more of Patton Oswalt next season. Tim Gutterson: pro-sniper, tactical genius. And his dynamic with Colt has been one of my favourite parts of this season.

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I LOVED this episode of Justified! Loved Raylan of course, Constable Bob, Tim and Art, Boyd and the gang! Living in the real Harlan County, it is great to hear them mention places that are actually here....the abandoned Evarts High School and the consolidation of all the county high schools. This is one of my favorite shows and I can't believe it doesn't get more recognition come award time! The writing and acting are awesome! Keep it up!

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Justified just keeps getting greater. Loved this episode and love me some Constable Bob Sweeney! Also great review, I am late but glad I finally found you. Drew mamma, I laughed so hard.

Justified Season 4 Episode 11 Quotes

We dug coal together.

Boyd

I love the way you talk, using 40 words when four will do.

Nick (to Boyd)
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