Michael Madsen Jr. quizzes Arlo on what Raylan showed him, particularly the name on the license, but Arlo lies that he doesn't know. Michael Madsen Jr. declares his intention to make a call and find out what the bag might be worth, but Arlo tells him first to give him a book, and when Michael Madsen Jr. scoffs that he doesn't read, Arlo says he can. "Just don't choose to, usually." You probably don't need the clue, but it is a nice touch that Arlo just told Raylan he can't read a thing without his glasses, because I don't see any around. Michael Madsen Jr. makes the mistake of turning his back on Arlo as he peruses his selection, a mistake that proves to be fatal (it seems, anyway) when Arlo, quick as a cat, sneaks a blade out of his mattress, gets to his feet, and slits Michael Madsen Jr.'s jugular and carotid artery, leaving Michael Madsen Jr. to gasp, "Why?" And unlike Nancy Kerrigan, he'll never get an answer. As alarms go off, Arlo regards his handiwork, and then lets his weapon -- his toothbrush, with a small razor blade attached to the end -- cinematically fall to the ground. As guards rush into the cellblock, Arlo deliberately lies back down and regards his stained hands, writing this chapter into the bag's bloody history. And I don't know about you, but for me, a chilling reminder that Arlo is not some addled cuddly bunny is quite the way to send Justified in a slightly new and exciting direction. See you next week!
John Ramos is a writer and film producer living in Los Angeles. His new film, a documentary on online privacy and the sale of personal data called Terms And Conditions May Apply, will premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in January. You can get news on it from the film's Twitter account. Also, you can email John at email@example.com, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/couchbaron, or check out his blog, "Pull Up A Chair," which he'd just love for you to stop by.