Justified: Season 3
“The Devil You Know”
Aired: February 7, 2012
Writer: Taylor Elmore
“What kind of man am I if I don’t stand by my friends?”
– Dewey Crowe
This week’s episode was all about loyalty.
Dewey Crowe may be a criminal, a White Supremacist and an idiot, but he’s certainly loyal. His decision to jump into the fray alongside Dickie Bennett and take a beating on behalf of his friend was rewarded with inclusion in Dickie’s prison break. Of course, things didn’t look too good for Dewey at the end of the episode, but things worked out for him in the short-term at least. (And hey, it sounds like he got free chicken.)
Devil, on the other hand, turned his back on Boyd Crowder and the gang and ended up with a bullet in his chest and a very painful end to his life. He let Neal McDonough’s fancy suits and those piercing blue eyes convince him that the grass would be greener with the Dixie Mafia. But ultimately his miscalculation in trying to recruit Johnny to the cause that gave Boyd the upper hand. It was a rather big gamble on Devil’s part reaching out to Johnny – who certainly has reason to be upset with Boyd, but is still his kin. He had to know there was a chance Johnny wouldn’t go along (though he looked rather surprised when Johnny pulled that gun on him).
Ellstin Limehouse stayed loyal to the Bennetts, who were a big ally to him over the years. He and his sidekick show up just in the nick of time to save Dickie from the father and son duo that were undoubtedly going to kill him whether or not the money was there. However, there certainly seems to be some dispute among Dickie and Limehouse as to the remains of the Bennett fortune. Dickie believes there should be $3 million left, but Limehouse shows up with only $46,313, claiming the rest was used in last season’s land grab.
We also see Loretta staying loyal to her roots. She may have been moved to a foster home and now has enough stability that she’s taking babysitting gigs and living what seems to be a fairly normal suburban life. However, clearly her time with Mags and her life with her dad has rubbed off on her and she’s still selling drugs on the side. Not just weed either – she’s selling the hard stuff.
Meanwhile, Raylan has Rachel loyally staying by his side and helping with race relations in the Holler, returning the favor for the time in an earlier season when he did the same for her. Rachel isn’t given a lot to do this episode, but I loved her snapping on the white glove and calling the guy’s bluff as he tried to get through the road block in a manure truck.
Raylan was mostly in the background this episode, but he did get a few nice moments throughout the episode. And he had to betray his old family feud with the Bennetts in order to do his job as a marshal and to come to the rescue of Dickie. Though ultimately, Raylan shows up too late to do anything other than haul Dickie back to jail.
And another thing …
- What is in store for Dewey next week? With all those medical tools laid out, I can’t help but think organ harvesting.
- It’s strange to see just how far the Bennetts have fallen in Harlan. Mags leaves Dickie with a lot of enemies and very little cash. The store is all but abandoned and someone has spray painted “Benedict” General Store on the sign out front.
- Was Raylan running down Ash in the motel parking lot an homage to Pulp Fiction? It struck me as very similar to the scene where Butch runs down Marcellus Wallace as Wallace is carrying breakfast back to Vincent Vega, both in structure and the way it was shot.
- Why does Neal McDonough’s character want to recruit Devil? Is he looking to shake things up within Boyd’s crew or possibly find out the inner working of that operation? Or is Boyd not even really on his radar yet and he’s simply looking for some muscle?
- I loved Raylan’s “imbecile and undernourished half-cripple” jab.
- Likewise, I though McDonough saying Devil had a “second-tier position at an enterprise going nowhere” was well put.
- This week’s episode title is one of the worst puns I’ve ever heard. Sadly, I bet someone on the writing staff was really pleased with that one.
Written by Joel Murphy. If you enjoy his recaps, he also writes a weekly pop culture column called Murphy’s Law, which you can find here. You can contact Joel at firstname.lastname@example.org.