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'Justified' Recap: 'Truth or Consequences'

January 23rd, 2013 6:30am EST

Justified Picking up almost right from where last week's episode left off, this week's Justified starts on an eerily calm note. Pastor Billy's sister has a late-night conversation with Boyd Crowder, who suggests that she might be "the brains" of Last Chance Holiness Church. He says he'd like to see her brother "shift focus away from me and mine," which she's willing to do for a price. "You want us gone, you're going to have to build us a place to go," she tells Boyd, adding that "We're not afraid of you."
After that, Colt (guest star Ron Eldard) returns to the church with another of Boyd's henchmen, and they're immediately set upon by some snakes. No, there's definitely not going to be a peaceful resolution to this situation.
Meanwhile, things are not going swimmingly for Raylan and Lindsey (guest star Jenn Lyon) now that he knows she's got a husband. She claims he's her ex-husband, but that doesn't make Raylan feel any better. Nor does her revealing that she was an accomplice in some of her former spouse's criminal behavior. He still doesn't resist her advances, however. For a smart guy, Raylan's pretty dense when it comes to his personal life.
Case in point: he decides to pay a visit to Lindsey's ex Randall (guest star Robert Baker), who's working out at the local gym. Raylan questions him about his past and then makes a point of mentioning that he slept with Lindsey the night before. He tells the ex that he's going to give him until that evening to get on the road or he's going to send him back where he belongs, possibly dead. The ex is not intimidated.
To add to Raylan's headache, he arrives at work and walks right into a chat between Art and Rachel, with Art taking Rachel to task for not calling for backup. Rachel points out that Raylan does the same thing all the time, to which Art responds that our hero is "a lost cause." Once Rachel leaves, Art hands Raylan a file on Drew Thompson's widow, whom he has tracked down. He adds that at the time of his not-death, Drew was wanted on a sealed federal witness warrant. So what did Drew witness?

After the fallout from the snake attack, Johnny Crowder (guest star David Meunier) has another chat with Wynn Duffy (guest star Jere Burns), offering to serve Boyd up to Duffy. "What if I were to help you kill him?" he asks, which is probably a very ill-advised question to pose. After all, as Duffy points out, people who have betrayed Boyd in the past have not lived very long afterward.
Raylan and Tim meet Drew Thompson's former wife, who claims to be a psychic but can't correctly predict the reason they're at her house. They explain that they have reason to believe Drew is alive and that if he is, there are some unpleasant people that will be looking for him. "He does something stupid every day," Tim quips when the psychic deters the conversation by talking about what Raylan is going to do later.
That doesn't stop our favorite sharpshooter from noticing a suspicious car outside the house. He and Raylan go outside to confront their visitor, who claims to be an FBI agent. While they're doing that, the psychic slips out her bathroom window and tries to run away, only to be kidnapped by a waiting thug. That'll teach her ever to do that again. "Way to go, assholes," quips Art when he finds out.
FBI Guy wants to take over the case, to which Raylan is resistant. Turns out, he has a reason not to trust the newcomer. Once FBI Guy is in the elevator, he calls the henchguy who abducted the psychic. Henchguy takes her to yet another generic hotel room somewhere and asks her where Drew Thompson is. He doesn't believe her when she says she just found out that her former husband was still alive. Threats ensue.
Johnny returns to the bar to find Boyd, Ava and Cole waiting for him, wanting to know where he's been. From that, the episode cuts abruptly to Raylan waiting for Randall so that they can have their planned throwdown, but Randall isn't anywhere to be found. When Raylan steps outside the gym, he finds the FBI Guy, and plays connect the dots, figuring out that FBI Guy is cooperating with the enemy. He tells FBI Guy that the only way to help himself now is to give up the whereabouts of his partners, After a tense few moments, FBI Guy gives up the location of the psychic, and then shoots himself in the head right in front of an uncomfortable Raylan.
At absolutely the last possible second, Raylan, Tim and a bunch of their friends burst into the hotel room and rescue the psychic. The most surprising thing about this is that it's Tim who gets to threaten the henchguy instead of Raylan. After the bad guy's hauled off, Art tells the psychic that the guy holding her worked for a familiar face: Theo Tonin (Adam Arkin). He wants to know how Theo knows who she is. She tells him, Raylan and Tim a story about catching Drew burning all their photos and him telling her that the next day, he would be assumed dead. What did Drew see? According to the psychic, it was Theo murdering a government informant. With that, she's on her way into protective custody, and Raylan has something new to chew on.
Boyd has another public confrontation with Pastor Billy and his sister, daring him to play with another snake that Boyd's brought to the party. Just as Billy is about to take the dare, his sister tells him not to, which reveals her involvement in the snake attack the night before. This upsets Billy enough for him to try to take on the snake a second time, and Boyd watches impassively as the snake bites Billy in the wrist. He collapses as Boyd walks away.

At episode's end, Raylan returns to the bar to find it packed, and Rachel waiting for him. She asks if he found Randall, and he admits that he's surprised that Randall didn't show up. This makes him curious as to where Lindsey is, and Raylan heads upstairs to find his place trashed and his girlfriend gone. "Guess she got tired of waiting," Rachel remarks, while Raylan processes being left again.
"Truth or Consequences" is an interesting middle chapter in the story of season four - it's not a whiz-bang episode but it does move the various plots along. Johnny being willing to betray Boyd is the juiciest development, as we know the odds are against him and Duffy, who took plenty of abuse last season being allied with Robert Quarles. And lastly but not least, the whole impromptu post-snake attack surgery scene was downright stomach-turning, but that's Justified for you. Last season someone lost an arm, and now we've got snake parts being removed from people's faces.
With the Lindsey subplot winding down (hopefully on its way to being concluded next week), and Theo Tonin back in play, things are sure to heat up - and that's when this show is at its best. Look for the series to pick up some momentum quickly, especially since we're already about a quarter of the way through the 13-episode season.
One more tidbit for Justified fans: Raylan Givens himself, Timothy Olyphant, will be guest-voicing on this week's episode of Archer, also on FX. He plays ex-spy Lucas Troy, one-time BFF of main character Sterling Archer, who makes a sudden reappearance. Archer airs this Thursday, January 24, at 10 PM, and here's a glance at what Olyphant looks like animated.

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