Self will admit that she has never devoted much time (at least in the past two seasons) to discussing Boyd Crowder and his fraught relationship with Our Man Raylan. But she will correct that oversight in discussing the latest episode (Too tired to look up the episode title. Let’s just stick to “Justified 4.3″)
She’s watching the 11 p.m. 4.3 all over again. It’s one of the best in the series, and self has hardly ever missed an episode, only a handful of times over four seasons. And that’s even though, last night, self had to watch it in the teensy, 15-year-old TV in son’s room. The Man wanted to stay on this History Channel program about the “original 007,” a Croatian double agent. So self missed the opening scene of “Justified,” which was between Boyd and the sister of that rival preacher from 4.2 (the one played by that actor who played Eugene Sledge in “The Pacific.” She barely recognized him at first, but confirmed that it is the same guy after looking him up on Imdb)
Well, that opening scene is just excellent. Here we have two pit cobras (Self means: Boyd and the preacher’s sister. She’s all honey sweet, but, but — ) insinuating the most malevolent designs in honey-coated tongues.
That is followed by a nice scene of further frisky hi-jinks between Raylan and the blonde bartender (She gets to show off her super super-toned bod. Wow, self is so impressed!)
There are also scenes with the New and Improved Tim Gutterson (Is it just self or is this guy getting hotter with each passing season?) More extremely sardonic looks. More extremely sardonic dialogue.
Of the new characters, self loves the psychic suburban matron (whose house looks like it would fit right in in Woodside, CA) and was really creeped out by the scenes with her abductor.
There is a lot of funny business with rattlesnakes.
She hopes the preacher does not expire.
She loves that Nick Searcy is at his sardonic best, and that Erica Taziel is back, for the first time this season, nursing her lonely heart in a bar and having a non-chat about her broken marriage with Raylan.
Raylan is — still Raylan. Which is to say, simply fabulous.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.