Justified season premiere recap: Hide and Seek

Raylan and Boyd have secrets to keep, as Arlo sets a mystery in motion
Ep. 01 | Aired Jan 8, 2013

WHAT ABOUT BOB? Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) turns to Constable Bob (Patton Oswalt), who's no Trooper Tom

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Later, Raylan asked Bob, who was understandably pissy with Raylan after going through all that and not being able to arrest anyone, to watch his family photos until he fixed the door to Arlo's house. That’s uncharacteristically sentimental of Raylan. And why couldn’t he just keep them at his place? Bob had figured out Raylan had only called him because he couldn’t call anyone else, and Raylan admitted he was trying to bank extra cash because he has a kid on the way. It was sweet the way Raylan told Bob he’d stepped up and they were alive because of him. Not sweet: The way Jody said Raylan's name. He's gonna remember it. We're gonna see him again. Could he get Raylan in trouble if he tells the authorities who nabbed him?

As night fell, we caught up to Boyd, who took Colton for a ride to what I assume is the only bridge in Harlan. They popped open a couple of beers and Colton told us how he earned his discharge -- he shot a fellow military man in the bicep who'd reported Colton for kneeing him in the nuts at a charity baseball game after the guy had slid high into second base. Baseball is a life-changing game on this show (remember what Raylan had done to Dickie). Boyd needs help solving his Oxy mystery and had a job to offer Colton, if he was willing to cross the line to the criminal side. Boyd wanted to take him on a dry run...

Raylan’s next stop was the prison, to see Dickie Dewey Arlo. They bickered about Raylan setting the asking price for Arlo’s house too high -- do we think Raylan’s gonna end up moving in there for his kid’s sake? And then Raylan confronted Arlo about the bag. Arlo tried to say, on Raylan’s mother’s grave, that he hadn’t hired those two kids to fetch it for him. Raylan showed him Waldo Truth’s driver’s license, and still nothing. Arlo tried to change the subject and suggested that with a son on the way, Raylan should have more pressing things on his mind. Raylan said they don’t know the sex of the child (so Winona’s not in her third trimester yet), and he’s kinda hoping it’s a girl: “End the family line right here.” Ha. Just like Raylan didn’t want Jody to blame others for all his troubles, Arlo told Raylan that he wasn’t the sole cause of all his -- his mother hadn't been a saint. (As a reader commented on our postmortem with Yost, could that mean Raylan's mother is involved in the bag mystery, too?) Arlo’s advice: “Just put that bag back in the wall and forget about it.” Raylan hadn’t said it was in the wall! That’s when Arlo called for the guard to take him back to his cell. He was done talking. Well done, Raylan. As Raylan walked out, another inmate seemed seriously interested in him.

But cut back to Boyd and Colton, who had Oxy dealer Hiram taped to a chair in his living room with dynamite in his lap and the long fuse already lit. The only money Hiram had for Boyd was a $1,000,000 bill from the Last Chance Holiness Church. Boyd didn’t believe him and was going to walk out. Hiram told him the money was under the lawn mower -- he’d been hoping to donate it to the church. Boyd stomped out the fuse and quoted science fiction author Isaac Asimov (“I expect death to be nothingness” and economist John Maynard Keynes (“In the long run, we’ll all be dead”). Boyd's mind never ceases to amaze me.

Boyd grabbed the money from Colton and told him that if anyone asks, even Ava, Hiram had none and it doesn’t exit. What’s that about? Then, he told Colton to “take care of" Hiram. Boyd meant for Colton to cut him loose, not kill him, which Colton had done in one shot. Yes, Boyd, you will have to be more careful with your words. And I guess you got your answer: Colton is willing to cross that line for you. Did you get more than you bargained for?

Raylan got home to find bartender Lindsey using his bathroom to floss after having BBQ for dinner on a very busy “Come Get Effed Up Friday." (Barbecue a nod to Limehouse?) Raylan hid his ten grand (Sharon paid him more for delivery) in his boxer brief drawer and convinced Lindsey to extend her break. Totally understandable. Anyone else nervous that she has access to his place and knows where he keeps his cash?

Boyd’s hiding the money no one’s supposed to know about in the ceiling of his bar, which is slightly safer. He sat down and looked at the $1,000,000 bill, which was a nice segue to our first look at the church. Finally. I approve of the lighting in the tent, but Preacher Billy isn’t that great of a dancer. He was handling a snake and told a woman speaking, I don’t know, Parseltongue, that she would be saved by the lord. Does he get bit? Yes. Only twice so far, by his snake Mabel. Once he took her out of her crate too rough, and the other time, well, he doesn’t know why. But the lord wanted him to continue his ministry, so he survived the venom. We learned he and his sister Cassie lost their father and grandfather to snake bites, which they consider a noble way to go. Billy saw a lot of new faces in the congregation -- including Ellen May’s.

The final scene of the hour felt a little Sons of Anarchy to me, which isn't a bad thing. The inmate who’d seen Raylan talking to Arlo came by with a book cart to supposedly offer Arlo a read. Really, he wanted to talk about the bag Raylan had with him. He wanted to know where Raylan had got it from, and said it could be worth some money if they played their cards right. He asked about the driver’s license, and Arlo again played coy and said it read Marlon Brando. The inmate said he’d make a call and see how much money this info was worth, and Arlo suddenly decided to take up reading and asked for a book. As the guy turned to fetch Arlo an Alan Furst novel, Arlo snuck up behind him and slit his throat. Excellent blood splatter. Arlo just went back to his bed and looked at the blood on his hands. I guess there was no place for him to go. That’s definitely more vicious than I imagined sing-song-voiced Arlo to be. Did he do that to protect Raylan? Probably not. So what are we dealing with here?

Your turn. What did you think of the episode? For Ken Tucker’s review, click here. For our postmortem with Yost, who teases when we’ll see the return of Constable Bob and much more, head here.

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