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Moment of Goodness

Moment of Goodness: Johnny Is Back, Justified “Good Intentions” 

Photo Credit: Prashant Gupta/FX
Photo Credit: Prashant Gupta/FX

It’s very interesting to watch something come to pass that I thought would never happen: the slow and steady deterioration of Ava and Boyd’s relationship. They’ve hit a bit of a rough patch for obvious reasons. Yes, Boyd lost his temper badly in “A Murder of Crowes” and thought he’d killed Paxton. That would’ve been a very big problem for Ava because of Paxton’s sworn testimony. With him dead, there’s no chance for them to get him to change his statement in court. And now that the latest heroin shipment has been stolen, Boyd has no money with which to bribe anybody. On top of that Paxton wants him dead. The only reason he managed to avoid being taken out by Mooney is because he’s got an ally in Mara. It’s a tricky allegiance though, and one that became sexually charged this week. Boyd was awful quick to take his shirt off when Mara asked him too. But that woman is a survivor. Is it strange that I like her?

So we’ve got Ava upset that Boyd isn’t asking her how she’s faring in jail, Boyd stressed about getting her out – one way or another – and a possible interloper in Mara. Boyd had his boys do their due diligence and they bring Candy in for questioning. She’s the key to finding out who knew when this shipment was coming. And who did she betray Boyd for? Johnny Crowder. I did not see that coming. And I love that I didn’t see that coming. This is such a great twist. We know how he feels about Ava. We know how Johnny feels about Boyd. This storyline just got even better and I cannot wait to see where it goes from here.

Other developments

Are we sure we trust Alison? I mean, Raylan tends to have dubious taste when it comes to women. Even Winona. It’s interesting that Alison lit up right in front of him and then had to go right after Henry threatened Raylan. And she may have planted drugs in Henry’s house? Things that make you go hmmm.

Monroe does not mess around when it comes to money or loyalty and Gloria gets a pretty brutal demonstration of that. Since the case against Monroe seems to be falling apart, Raylan sees a way to make something else stick. Good job. That Raylan is pretty clever.

It’s funny watching Darryl and Boyd play Dewey off each other, but I did not expect to see Wade Messer outed for skimming off Dewey’s profits. Not only was he stealing, but he claims Boyd put him up to it. It’ll be interesting to see if Dewey goes through with killing him. If Darryl has anything to say about it, Wade’s in big trouble.

I loved the dynamic between Raylan and Rachel this week. I always enjoy their back-and-forth and their little attempt at playing house was pretty funny. Can we have more Rachel and a little (or a lot) of Tim in the near future? Thank you.

Justified airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on FX.

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