Justified Review: Stirring The Pot

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Raylan Givens loves stirring the pot, and after his first encounter with the entire Crowe clan in Kentucky during Justified Season 5 Episode 4, it's safe to say that whatever is cooking has been properly mixed.

With Dewey and Messer on a ridiculous romp through the hills, Raylan went looking for the latter, who we know was a CI informing on Boyd Crowder. One of his first turns was at Messer's place, where he found a pantless Danny Crow and a big, scary dog.

Two of the toughest gunslingers on television - Raylan Givens and Tim Gutterson - were forced to retreat and jump up on top of a couple of cars because...the dog was barking and chasing them?!?! That was funny.

Later on, though, Raylan met with the whole tribe, finding Daryl, Danny and little Kendall at Audry's - and that's when he made things happen.

Picking Kendall up for tending bar as little kid was an interesting move to try and force the Crowes to get out of Dodge, but does anyone think that is actually going to work? Even Raylan? Daryl doesn't seem like the kind of guy that backs down when he is pushed. My guess is that this escalates quickly and the Crowes make a point to screw up whatever Raylan has going on.

Which apparently is a lot now that Art has made his way up to Detroit. There have been hints that there will be a big blow up between Art and Raylan this season, and it's pretty obvious that it will involve Art finding out what Raylan did on that tarmac when Nicky Augustine got shot up a million times over.

While he was, of course, on the Marshal's radar for having done something to the missing Messer, Boyd was off of Raylan's hit list after another spectacular encounter between the on-again-off-again rivals. Instead he was busy figuring out what his cousin Johnny was up to.

The fact that it turned out to be that he was in with Hot Rod Dunham makes me very happy.

  1. Raylan told him to stay in Memphis so this could mean a Raylan/Boyd team-up
  2. It could possibly lead to a return of the Harris brothers?!?

As Raylan and Boyd were doing their thing, and Ava was attempting to ward off tiny prison guards with the help of her "protection," our favorite Kentucky Crowe toook us all on a wild adventure of survival through the mountains.

Damon Haerriman has been great since joining the show, but in the early parts of Justified Season 5, and in "Over the Mountain" specifically, he was just fantastic. The dude plays stupid and scared as well as anyone I've seen.

Oh, and sun poisoned. I forgot to mention how well he plays sun poisoned. Whether it was messing up the original hit, getting lost in the heat, praying for help or his entire interaction with the people who found him, Dewey Crowe was a joy to watch during the hour.

But what did you all think? What were you favorite moments in Justified Season 5 Episode 4? What didn't quite work? And what do you think Art's reaction will be after finding out about Raylan?


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


Justified is the only show I watch regularly at the moment. I'm thinking that by the end of the series Raylan's questionable behavior will cause him to crash and burn. As for Boyd, what's up with the decidedly cool interaction with Ava after Johnny/Judas left? Then there's Dewey. Up to now it's been a kick to watch this half-wit. What he did to Wade however, was horrible. Admittedly, almost everyone has killed someone, but this was particularly nasty.


Why does Art care what happened on the turmac? Honestly, we all know Nicky threatend Raylan family, so what's a Marshall to do? I love Raylan, I love Boyd, I love Tim, I love Rachel, I love em all. I just love Justified.

@ Nisan

Art cares because he's a cop, he hast o know what happened, specially as the guy who got murdered was threatening Raylan's family. He wants/needs to know if Raylan was involved, and if so, take steps.


Justified has to be the best show on TV at the moment! Dewey Crow is so funny to watch. Raylan is cool and so is Boys and Tim. Missed Rachel in this episode. The only thing I have to complain about is Michael Rapaport. He is a good actor but his accent is not good. Doesn't sound right. That is a minor complait. All in all a great episode. Can't wait for the next one.

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Justified Season 5 Episode 4 Quotes

Are you a midget? Because that's a midget shovel.


I just about forgot how much I hate the sound of your voice. Using every word in the Webster's without ever saying a damn thing.