It was nice to see both Tim and Rachel get something to do in this episode, as the show has always struggled to include them. Tim was helping Raylan find the supposed widow of Drew Thompson while Rachel confided (sort of) in Raylan for some personal advice.
As a long-time Elmore Leonard reader, it was fun for me to have Thompson’s widow be a psychic, since that’s a recurring motif in his books, particularly the one featuring Raylan Givens. It was also cool to learn that Thompson disappeared after witnessing Theo Tolin kill a witness. Tolin was the mob boss behind Robert Quarrells last season.
Boyd’s cousin, Johnny, went to Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns is just terrific in this role. My God, Justified has a bench so deep it’s ridiculous!) with the promise of killing Boyd. The last person who tried that met a violent end. I loved Duffy’s comment that if Devil’s plan to usurp Boyd had worked, they “probably would have heard something by now.” Classic!
Boyd brought an unmilked snake for Preacher Billy to handle with disastrous results. There wasn’t much for Walton Goggins to do this week, but Boyd seems to see a bit of his former born again fervor in Billy. Three episodes in and Olyphant and Goggins haven’t shared the screen yet!
All this and talk of Marshall stiffies to boot. Justified is firing all eights, and the season’s just getting warmed up.