January 16, 2013

Episode Review: JUSTIFIED, "Where's Waldo?"

Do you remember when I used to complain about Justified not being as good as it used to be? Well, I know that it's too early to say since we're only two episodes into Season 4, but I don't think I'll be doing that anytime soon because "Where's Waldo?" was pretty fantastic.

Raylan let Art know about the bag and ID he found at Arlo's, so they (along with Tim) paid Waldo Truth's family a visit once they got some leverage that they could use to find Waldo himself. After a typical standoff with the family, they learned that Waldo was working with the man who died at the start of the last episode (who may have a connection to Art), except Waldo was really the one who plummeted to his death, thus adding to the mystery of what really happened back in the day.

Meanwhile, Boyd was still unhappy about the fact that his business has taken a hit, and things did not get any better when Ellen Mae was born again. Crowder decided to do some investigating of his own, and it turned out that one of Wynn Duffy's dealers was selling heroine in his backyard, and the church has been making various stops at places with a particularly high need of salvation. Always the businessman, Boyd tried to strike a deal with Wynn while also getting some intel on preacher and his sister. After he was able to convince Preacher Billy to stop accepting collections, he figured out that the sister was the brains of the operation and saw an opening which he will surely use to his advantage down the road.

Like I mentioned earlier, it's still too early to tell if this season's big mystery is going to have an effective payoff, but I'm already more intrigued by the bag, its ties to Arlo and Art, and how everything's going to shake out than I was by pretty much everything that involved Quarles. Add to that an amazing face-off between Boyd and the preacher, and you have a great hour of television.

Other Odds and Ends:
  • I forgot how much I loved Art. It's a shame that his planning to retire which we all know ends up being a harbinger of death. Let's hope Graham Yost has other ideas.
  • Seriously, I could watch Art, Raylan and Tim riff on each other all day.
  • Eva's a serious badass nowadays.
  • In a minor sub-plot, Lindsey's husband showed up much to Raylan's surprise.
  • I could've done without the backyard MMA though. It was very clich├ęd.
I don't know what else to say. I really, really enjoyed this episode.

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