Feb 1, 201304:29 PMThe Telegraph
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TV Recap: 'Justified' Season 4, Episode 4
This week's episode of Justified is titled "This Bird Has Flown." At first glance, Justified may seem like other cop shows or procedural dramas centered on the process of fighting and catching bad guys — but that's a pretty superficial way to watch once of the best-written shows on television. Just dig a little deeper and things will start to make your head spin: it's not every day that you run across a double reference to the Beatles' "Norweigian Wood" and illegal cockfighting in the same breath.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Oliphant) and his new flame/landlady/bartender Lindsey Salazar (Jenn Lyon) had been pretty cozy, but are now definitely at odds since she's cast in her lot with ex-husband and bareknuckle fighter Randall (Robert Baker). Turns out that Lindsey and Raylan just weren't meant to be a couple (told ya so), but that doesn't make her feel bad about running off with his hard-earned (albiet illegally so) bankroll. Hey — she can't do that! That's Baby Raylan's college fund! So in a flurry of squealing tires and dusty roads, the chase is on. It's the fight of the century as Randall and Raylan face off, and the ending is surprisingly satisfying, if a little predictable.
Harlan's resident mastermind Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) and his lovely partner-in-crime Ava (Joelle Carter) are still cleaning up after last week's fracas, and something tells us we haven't seen the last of the holy rollers. It remains to be seen if Preacher Billy and his sister are connected back to the Dixie Mafia, but even if they aren't, there's sure there's still some bite left in that snake. And Ellen May (Abby Miller), bless her befuddled little heart, finally comes back to the fold — but are Boyd and Ava willing to give her a second chance, or will they put her out to pasture? Either way, Ellen Mae has quickly gone from comic relief to one of the more compelling characters in this season's first few chapters.
We're also getting more interested in what's up with Boyd's old Army buddy, Colt Rhodes (Ron Eldard). Loose cannons are always good for shaking up a story, and this guy is as loose as it gets. He reminds us of the type we ran into back in our college days — there's was always that one guy who just didn't realize that the party was over. For Colt, that may turn out to be a fatal flaw.
Next episode: "Kin," airs at 9 pm, February 5, on FX.
Check back with us each week as we recap Justified and lots of your other favorites right here. Justified airs Tuesdays at 9 pm CST on FX. Did you miss an episode? You can download them all online over at Amazon, or stream the first three seasons on Netflix.