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Justified “Wrong Roads” 

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

The title of this episode is both apt and very clever. I’ve been waiting for Dewey to break for a while. The Florida Crowes swooped in on his territory and do nothing but taunt and disrespect him. I mean, Dewey is definitely a dim bulb and perhaps he’s an easy target for anyone with a lick of sense, but I still feel for him. So when he and Danny get lost on their way to Harlan, it’s funny and it’s typical. They are indeed on the wrong path.

Same goes for Raylan. He almost falls for the charms of a working girl and knows he’s got to get the heck out of town. He keeps saying he’s going to Miami, but it’ll be a miracle if we actually see him visit Winona and his daughter before for the end of the season. Instead, he goes to Memphis in search of Hot Rod since part of his crew turned up dead south of the border. Raylan teams up with Eric Roberts‘ DEA agent Alex Miller. Turns out he and Raylan have a lot in common. In fact, if Raylan keeps on this path he’s going to end up just like Miller, which is both good and bad. In the end, Raylan’s on the case and Miller’s on the side of the road – injured, possibly dead.

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

Darryl manages to get himself invited to the table to discuss business with Boyd, Duffy and Picker. He wants to be their transport guy and thinks his services are worth twenty percent. But he’s overestimating his usefulness to these men. In fact, Boyd is so tired of dealing with him he invites Roscoe and Jay to take him out of their equation. But they don’t get the chance to shoot anyone before Raylan and Miller show up. Transporting the drugs isn’t Darryl’s end game though; being the boss is. He tells Wendy he’s going to “kill three people” and take over the drug trade in Harlan. I didn’t know Darryl was that ambitious. There is no way he’ll be successful.

Ava’s trying the best she can to look out for herself, but she’s already in over her head. Boyd does his part to ensure Rowena’s cooperation, but Rowena changes the rules of the game. Now Ava has to kill Judith before Rowena will help smuggle the drugs in. The circumstances are extreme and Ava needs to do what she can to ensure her own safety. But is Ava really capable of something like this?

This entire season has been about escalating consequences. Each character has been pushed to their breaking point and beyond. It’s interesting to see how these people – Boyd, Ava, Raylan and even Art  – deal with circumstances either beyond their control or of their own making. It’s made for an exciting ride to say the least. I can’t wait to see where it goes and who makes it out alive.

Justified airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on FX.

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