Justified Round Table: "The Hatchet Tour"

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We learned the identity of Drew Thompson this week, as Justified Season 4 aired an especially important episode.

In this edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, staff members Nick McHatton, Dan Forcella, Christine Orlando and Jim Garner break down this major development and other happenings from "The Hatchet Tour."


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Nick: Raylan getting the children, aka Constable Bob's shootout, in order and calming them down. Art and Tim's exchange is a close second.

Dan: The moment that Raylan came to the realization that Shelby was Drew, not the actual reveal, but just before.  The wheels in Raylan's head were turning, and the excitement on my face was growing as I got closer and closer to being correct in a prediction. There is a first time for everything!

Christine: There were so many good lines and moments in this episode but I really enjoyed Boyd and Ava walking through the house that her mother cleaned when she was a child and them telling the snooty real estate agent off. You shouldn't insult someone and expect to make a commission off of them. I'm really hoping that Boyd and Ava eventually find their happy ending but knowing this show I expect my hopes to be brutally crushed at any moment.

Jim: I loved Raylan walking out to the car and Hunter lounging in the back. It was such a great way to confirm Raylan's realization.

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Were you surprised that Shelby turned out to be Drew?
Nick: Not really, since Dan's reasoning for him being Drew has been solid, but I still can't find myself caring much for this story nevertheless.

Dan: Yes, because I'm always wrong.

Christine: No. It seemed obvious after last week's episode. Besides, Dan thought so too and Dan knows all.

Jim: Not at all, the last episode or two Shelby's been taking a bigger interest in Drew than he should have been.

Theorize on why everyone was so loyal to Drew.
Nick: If the exchange with Hunter is any indication, Drew/Shelby inspires more than intimidation and threats. Shelby is good at finding lost or wandering people, and he knows just what to say to boost their spirits right into his playing hands.

Dan: Yeah, it's more about being good than being scary. These people are willing to die for him because of the great things he's done for them over a lifetime.  Either that, or he's a crazy cult leader, and they're all his followers.

Christine: What's up with that? I mean, I like Shelby but to have that many people loyal enough to kill and die to keep your secret, even an ex-wife you haven't seen in decades...damn. I'm impressed.

Jim: I agree with Nick and Dan, he inspired the people that kept his secret more than scared them. I just don't understand how he could inspire someone like Arlo.

With Arlo and Wynona gone, should they introduce new family or love interest for Raylan?
Nick: Absolutely, I like when Raylan is pursuing something other than cases or criminals.

Dan: Not love. There has been too much of that already for Ray. He's been through enough.  Some unseen family member would be a nice touch though.

Christine: Yes. Raylan needs someone to connect with but I'm with Dan. Not a love interest. Raylan can't seem to get that one right and I think he needs to take a break for a while.

Jim: I'm with Nick, I think he needs some "long lost family" and maybe a less-than-crazy love interest.

Should Tim have let Boyd and Colton leave knowing he was armed and was choking Cassie?
Nick: Tim told Cassie he would only take Colt down when he wasn't high, so Tim isn't out of the woods with letting Colt go yet.

Dan: Yes. Don't mess with Boyd Crowder!

Christine: I remember thinking that I would have shot Colton the minute he took that gun out of his waistband. I wouldn't have even given him the chance to lift the weapon, then Boyd just would have been there to help clean up the mess.

Jim: I forgot about that line, Nick. I hope it comes to pass, I'm not sure I would have let him walk away.


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 at lauramhealy1 at the g mail - I can do a better job for half the price you're paying your current editors. The sloppy editing work detracts from the great stories and characters.


I just want the series to continue at as high a level as it possibly can for as long as it can. So far, it has been great and if the writers don't try to be TOO creative, the show will remain relevant and last for several more seasons. As for Drew/Shelby, I am a little confused about the loyalty he is afforded but then when I think about the people I know personally who would fit into the lifestyle of the characters in Harlan, KY, it does make sense because some of the people I have met and come to know absolutely would keep his secret simply because he is "one of their own".


@Kathryn, One of the major reasons behind the Dixie Mafia wanting to find Drew is on account of the pressure coming from the Detroit syndicate. Remember that Drew/Shelby shot Theo Tonin in the eye, and stole a bunch of drug money. Sure they could let the money thing go, but after losing an eye I'm pretty sure most people don't forget about that. We still have yet to see how Limehouse plays a part in all of this mess. He will turn up in these last few episodes, and I predict he plays a big part in the Drew Thompson mystery.


The whole Drew storyline confuses me. I don't understand why he was such a big deal to either the Dixie Mafia or the Marshall's service, other than Raylan obviously being curious about what Arlo was up to hiding that bag in his house. Drug syndicates lose fairly major hauls on a routine basis as a cost of doing business. Why would they hang onto wanting to settle such an old score so fiercely? Everyone involved just seemed way too invested. So I feel like I must have missed something in the first couple episodes? As for the Raylan question, I'd like to find out more about his Hill People relatives.

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Justified Season 4 Episode 9 Quotes

Well cousin Johnny, Ava and I have been trying to put together a puzzle and it seems you have some of the missing pieces. Why don't you start from the beginning?


Raylan, you listen to what your ma'am taught you and not that old son-of-bitch you may turn out all right. But I wouldn't count on it, cuz we both know whose voice it is that makes you do what you do.