'Justified' Recap: 'Wrong Roads'
What happens when Raylan Givens goes on vacation? A lot more than ever would happen on any of our vacations. But that's to be expected, because nobody wants to watch an hour of Justified that involves Raylan taking his daughter to Disney World or looking for a parking space at the mall.
But before we get to that, we're still dealing with the misfit brigade, who've at least managed to find their way into the United States, so they've accomplished something since we saw them last. They're still trying to move product back into the country, while Boyd and Daryl are drinking in the back office at the bar. Boyd calls Daryl's escape plan from the last episode "awfully convenient," and Daryl doesn't deny it. Their relationship is clearly still testy, especially with Daryl implying that his brother might "accidentally" make a wrong turn before the heroin gets to Kentucky. Yeah, pushing Boyd Crowder is a bad idea, dude. Just like your wardrobe.
Back to Raylan, who's getting hit on by a random chick at a bar. Seriously, he really needs to stop hanging out in bars; nothing and no one good ever happens to him in a bar. (Remember Lindsey?) When he finally gets out of there, our hero reveals that he still can't quite leave work at the office, because he's booking an outbound flight, and winds up at a DEA office in Memphis. Here he's introduced to Agent Alex Miller (Eric Roberts, looking much better after his stint in Celebrity Rehab). It says something about Miller that we meet him while he's on the gun range.
Anyway, Raylan wants Miller's help investigating a few henchmen deaths in Mexico...you know, like in a massive shootout a few episodes ago. And thus, a new partnership is born, plus the one other dude who just knows this is a bad idea.
Everyone else is in various stages of awkwardness. Boyd visits Ava in prison, and continues to insist that he's securing "our future" and that he'll liberate her. She then asks him for a favor, to "take care of" a woman who'll find him, in keeping with the deal she made with the prison nurse last week.
And Wendy (Alicia Witt) is still patching things up with her son Kendal, telling him that her brothers are "working on something" and she plans to get him out of Kentucky as soon as the money comes through. Their conversation is interrupted by Daryl, who reassures his sister everything is fine. That's usually sign number one that things will not be fine.