|By Steve Ahlquist|
Prostitute Ellie May (Abby Miller) found God in last night’s Justified, only to be told by Ava (Joelle Carter) that she will be back at work or else. Unfortunately, Ellie May makes her choice for God and the Last Chance Holiness Church and Revival lead by Reverend Billy (Joe Mazzello).
This leaves Ava wondering: what if Ellie May spills the beans on the pimp they killed and threw down a mineshaft?
Meanwhile, Reverend Billy and his sister make a direct attack on Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) and Ava, sending kids to his bar to proselytize and scare away the patrons. It’s hard to move meth, booze and hookers when Christian kids come in and start harshing on your mellows.
This sets up a confrontation between Boyd Crowder, who once was a preacher but lost his faith, and Reverend Billy, whose faith seems unshakeable. It’s a nice battle of religious quotes and ever increasing fealty to faith.
Following up on the mystery of the Panamanian diplomatic bag in the wall of Raylon’s father’s house brings Raylon (Timothy Olyphant), fellow Marshall Gutterson (Jacob Pitts) and their boss Art (Nick Searcy) and to the home of Waldo Truth, whose license was found in the bag. Turns out Truth is wanted on an old warrant, but has been collecting a government check any way. After a showdown with the Truth family, Waldo Truth confesses to being false: he’s an actor the family roped in so they could keep on collecting their government check.
Speaking of Marshall Gutterson, who has a tiny role in this episode and the series, and thinking about Marshall Brooks (Erica Tazel) who had an even smaller walk on role last episode makes me despair that these two characters will finally get more to do in the series. I know the show is all about Raylan, but come on, let’s give these characters something interesting to do.
It looks like Raylan’s boss Art might be retiring, but not before he solves the mystery of Waldo Truth and Drew Thompson, the pilot who organized some sort of heroin smuggling operation and may well be the real Waldo Truth under a new name.
Further complicating the plot and the mystery of Waldo Truth is the reappearance of Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns) of the Dixie Mafia.
After a brief and tense discussion with Boyd about criminal territorial priorities, Duffy asks why Arlo (Raymond J. Barry), Raylan’s father and a member of Boyd’s gang, killed a member of the Dixie Mafia in prison. (Seen at the conclusion of last week’s episode.) Boyd doesn’t have an answer. It’s a mystery.
Into this mix throw in a mystery man who turns out to be married to Raylan’s current girlfriend, the owner of the bar where Raylan rents a room on the second floor.
This guy is every inch Raylan’s physical equal, if not superior. Raylan better keep his gun loaded.