Justified Review: Crazy Eyes Crowder

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For the most part, Justified Season 5 Episode 6 worked as an hour to move the puzzle pieces around and get everything where it needs to be for the next stage of the season.

After last week's death-laden installment, the quiet momentum-gainer was welcomed.

As much as I've loved Michael Rapaport as Daryl Crowe Jr. early on, the entire clan of Florida Crowes hasn't seemed to fit into this world quite right.  That is, until Boyd decided to put them to work.

Having Daryl's fist do a number on the white power guy was a nice start, but using the Crowes to kill Johnny Crowder? That seems to be a very interesting way to keep this family involved.

One of the arcs of Justified Season 5 that has felt flat so far has been Ava rotting away in jail. Boyd continuing to visit her and promise to get her out was getting old.

Now that she's made the move to state prison, they've begun to turn this into something interesting, something that may have some substance other than a way for Boyd to do terrible things.

Yeah, he'll still do awful things in an attempt to keep her safe on the inside, but Ava is now going to be faced with a whole separate set of challenges. On the heels of the success Orange is the New Black, Ava and the Inmates could be a nice companion piece...or it could fall flat if it doesn't live up to Piper, Crazy Eyes and the Orange crew.

Meanwhile, there was that little situation at the end of Justified Season 5 Episode 5 where Raylan admitted to Art that he was there when Nicky Augustine was killed. How did Art react?

Well, his response in the opening scene of the episode was terrific. No words were necessary apparently - just one strong hook to the face of his deputy Marshal.

Not only is that relationship now strained, which makes things interesting for our protagonist, but his shiner brought on inquiries from Tim, Rachel and even Allison, who had a black eye of her own after Danny Crowe ran her off the road.

I still love Allison and Raylan's chemistry and some of that might be because of how much she seems to understand him. She was perfect in telling him that she knew he would run into a burning building without blinking an eye, but following it with "I think you're the one setting the fire."

Again, Justified Season 5 Episode 6 wasn't the best episode of the season on its own, but it sure continues a strong early run, and I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't the perfect setup hour for the next stage of the game.

What did you all think? What were some of your favorite moments? What didn't you like? How long do you think Boyd and the Crowes can work together? And who do you think Ava's best friend would be in Orange is the New Black?


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


It was distressing to discover that FX aired a movie about some very disturbing apes. Then, to rub salt in the wounds there was an encore. If they weren't planning to air the next episode of Justified, the very least they could have done was given us some reruns of the previous episodes.
Those programmers are off my Xmas list.


This is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl. So, I wasn't the only one who found the Crowes unworthy as side villains. I do agree that this was one of the funniest episodes of Justiifed yet. Consexual, hilarious. I was looking for Boyd to run them off as they seem to be a perpetual thorn in his side but it makes better sense for him to impress them into service. Seems, like they are looking for a leader and Boyd needs more man power. They most certainly need direction.
I personally am not looking for another old lady to be in prison story and how she survives it. Frankly, I don't know how this story line continues when the guard has gone underground. The prosecution will need his testimony as well as the testimony of the cell mate. I worked in a jail, there is a hell of a lot of paperwork that goes into these things. Now the guard wouldn't matter so much if this was an additional charge to go with the others, but the other charges were dropped. This is all that the state has on her. They will need him to appear.
Raylan and the social worker (What is her name?) are frankly boring. Not because of Amy Smart, I like her, she deserves a better story line. Truth be told she is obviously being used as the transitional girl or rebound girl. She is not a keeper. They made that clear when she lit up the reefa and now on top of that the booze. What really made me dismiss her was her skittishness upon entering the Crowes home. She was supposed to be the tough social worker that is why Raylan gave her the kid. However, she is not up to par. It's clear that Raylan will eventually make his way back to his wife and kid. It's only a matter of time. The writers made that clear when she blew away her hostage takers with Raylan at the same time and she still wants him home. We'll see.


Finally an episode where I actually liked Darryl Crowe Jr. I was totally irritated that Boyd's former skinhead friend had Ava jumped. That was just wrong!
The Boyd/Crowd liaison will last only as long as they have a mutual need. Boyd has done some pretty low things lately, but he is of a different variety than the Crowe clan.

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