Moment of Goodness: Art Shows Us What’s He’s Made Of, Justified “Cut Ties”
I’ve liked Nick Searcy‘s Art Mullen for quite some time. He’s a great chief and he doesn’t put up with Raylan’s (or anyone else’s) bullsh*t. He’s been in the game for a while and he’s usually jockeying his desk. It’s nice to see him out in the field in this all hands on deck situation. I was genuinely scared for him in this episode but he shows us – time and time again – that he’s still got it.
Carla Gugino‘s Karen Sisco, I mean Assistant Director Gooddall shows up after one of their Witness Protection marshals, Bill Nichols, is murdered. They think there are three witnesses in protection that may be compromised and while she and Raylan try to find out more about who killed their guy, Art, Rachel, and Tim go to protect the next possible victims. We know right away that Art’s guy is the shooter and it doesn’t take Art long to figure it out either. Maybe it’s the way Walter’s talking, maybe Art’s just really good at his job. But he uses a pretense to get them out of the house and confirm’s Walter’s location when Nichols was killed. Then he takes Walter back to the house and discovers his stash of cash. Then Art warns Walter he’s gonna get the information he needs out of him one way or another. Since it’s a race against the clock Art’s not opposed to using any means necessary.
He decides to keep it Old Testament, but instead of using a phonebook on Walter he’s wraps up his fist. I have to say that I loved seeing Art punch Walter in the face but what he says just before he starts hitting him is kind of poetic:
“You have the right to remain silent as long as you can stand the pain.”
When Art’s fist doesn’t seem to be doing the job, Art graduates to a gun – the gun that killed Nichols. Art puts most of the story together on his own but he still needs to know which protectee is in danger and who’s after them. Art tells Walter he can kill him and make it look like it was a justified shooting. And Art demonstrates how serious he is by shooting a few bullets into the wall behind Walter. Walter’s pretty quick to give up the information after that.
Whether or not Art was willing to go through with his plan, I’ve got to say I admire his technique. We can tell just how good he used to be in the field , but more than that it’s nice to see Art can get the job done quickly and efficiently. I never object to spending time with him. Next time, I just hope it’s under happier circumstances. I won’t be holding my breath though.
Justified airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on FX.
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