This episode fucking flew.
As fun as it was in the premiere to see Raylan and Boyd in Elmore Leonard's two favorite literary playpens, there's just an added urgency and magic only seems to exist for the show in Harlan. Something felt a bit disconnected last week, but that absolutely wasn't the case this week.
We got Avon with the comedy.
Was that the first time real life brothers Steve Harris and Wood Harris acted opposite each other on screen?
We got Loretta back being all femme fatalette.
And there's a whole 'nother layer to the Raylan/Loretta dynamic now that Raylan has a daughter. I love it whenever Loretta pops up now, because so many of the things that Kaitlyn Dever brings to Loretta are things that Timothy Olyphant brings to Raylan. Both Raylan and Loretta fueled by rage, but keep a such a tight lid on their emotions that they appear to be cool cucumbers to a casual observer. Loretta had Mags's huge inheritance. If she'd kept her head down, she would have been set for a long time. So why get back into the drug game? Because she'll never get over what happened to her father, and that rage puts her on a self-destructive path. In some ways, she's like what Raylan could have been at her age if he'd been drawn toward Arlo's life of crime instead of toward law enforcement.
And even if it didn't really surprise me, the coldly calculating nature of her gambit with Hot Rod's organization still made me sad, because it showed how much life had hardened her. I hope this isn't Loretta's last appearance on the show. I'd like to think there's still hope for her.
We got Amy Smart sassing Raylan, and women sassing Raylan is one of my favorite things in the world.
She sort of reminded me a bit of Winona without all of the Winona baggage, in that she's someone who is outside law enforcement but very familiar with the cast of characters that embody law enforcement.
While on the surface it seems abnormal to take a witness to meet the murderer, that sheriff clearly had a hard-on for Boyd, such that he didn't mind bending procedure a smidge to fuck with him.
The scene where the sheriff pulls Lee Paxton's trophy wife over and physically intimidates and threatens her into cooperating was basically a bold marquee to the audience saying, "You're supposed to hate this sick, arrogant bastard." I look forward to Boyd systematically destroying him.
Last night's episode just flowed like water from one scene to the next, with nary any filler at all, as far as I was concerned. Looks like there might be some blowback for Raylan over the tarmac-assault.
There were two things I really liked about that scene. The first is that Sammy Tonin's call to the Marshals office in the hours leading up to his death make it clear that he wasn't as stupid as he appeared in the premiere. The second is that Raylan's solution to the Nicky Augustine situation isn't as tidy as it had appeared. I always like it when actions have consequences.