“WitSec? Live some fake life some place I hate?”

– Ava Crowder

This episode felt a bit like a sitcom episode in that a lot of crazy things happened, but in the end everything was reset to where we started. That’s not to say it was a bad episode, necessarily, but just one that didn’t feel like it ultimately had any real stakes. It starts with Ava going on the run, ditching her phone and running out on both Boyd and Raylan, but ultimately Raylan does such a good job tracking her down that no one really knows she was even gone and her cover as a CI isn’t blown.

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Similarly, we spent a lot of time with Wynn and Mikey tracking down and interrogating Albert Fekus, the man who falsely accused Ava of stabbing him in prison, only to have him keep her cover story intact. We see Tim and Rachel watching the interrogation from the next motel room, but they never intervene and Albert ultimately convinces Wynn that his story is on the level (after being mercilessly cattle proded, of course). It was an intriguing sequence to watch, but again, one that doesn’t really change things.

The only moment that did feel like it will have consequences going forward is the “starter tap” Choo-Choo gives to Calhoun Schreier. While trying to figure out if Calhoun sold the organization out to Raylan or Boyd (little do they know that he actually inadvertently sold them out to both), Choo-Choo ends up living up to his name, Amtraking Calhoun and leaving him dead on the floor without getting any info from him. I’m definitely intrigued to see the fallout from that.

I did enjoy seeing Bob come back into the mix. Limehouse too. I dig their effort to revisit as many former characters as possible as we enter the final stretch of the series. And hearing Bob say that he has “balls like Death Stars” will always make me smile.

But still, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this was a throwaway episode. I like that this final season has been completely serialized, but part of me wonders if it wouldn’t have been better to throw in a one-off story here instead of just spinning the wheels narratively as we wait for bigger and better things.

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And another thing …

  • “You look aplexed!” Mikey is amazing and I could watch a spinoff show where he and Wynn just played Scrabble and chatted.
  • Ava is dead set against doing WitSec, but she misses the irony in the fact that she is living a fake life in a place she hates now, so it really wouldn’t be that different.
  • I can’t be the only one who felt a bit uncomfortable watching the scene between Bob and Errol given recent events between police and black men. Obviously, this is just a case of unfortunate timing, but watching someone in a police uniform taser a black man who hasn’t done anything wrong made me cringe.
  • The show has conditioned me to be uneasy whenever I see Ava cooking. She even brings up her famous fried chicken, which is what she made the night Raylan shot Boyd and the night she shot Bowman. This time, she only uses cooking as smoke screen for her escape, but still, I’d never trust her making something delicious in the kitchen.

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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. Follow Joel on Twitter @FreeMisterClark or email him at murphyslaw@hobotrashcan.com.

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