I knew I was going to like "Loose Ends" the minute Delroy's coked-up gang of prostitutes leapt out of his van for their heist. What can I say, I actually really enjoyed Sugar & Spice back in the day. What's more, I love Ava, who gets the highly coveted "Shot of the Week" award for shooting woman-slaying Delroy, despite the fact that he paid Boyd to protect him. Didn't he learn that just because he's got muscle behind him, it doesn't give him free reign to be completely void of basic human decency? And that the thing revered most in the universe of Justified is breaking the law when you're ethically doing the right thing? If only anyone on this show could learn these simple lessons -- take Napier, for example. How awesome was it to see Boyd channel Mags Bennett and talk up the little people versus Harlan's corruption? Walton Goggins clearly has his Emmy reel ready to go.
While I'm gushing about this episode, the Tanner Dodd landmine incident was a lot of fun to watch, especially given the payoff of an explosion. I was especially happy to see that this fake CGI fire was much better than the effects we saw when Dodd rigged Napier's car in "Watching the Detectives." (It also reminded me of Arrested Development's J. Walter Weatherman: "And that's why you always leave a note.") Justified is taking its time leading Raylan directly to Quarles, and only makes stops when they're extremely entertaining -- just look at this scene, and the one prior where Raylan tells Napier: "Sheriff, I'm pretty certain he ain't coming."
I'd also like to point out Quarles' funniest moment of his time on this show so far: His fake "Mmm!" noises when Limehouse was describing shoofly pie... of course, it was funny/freaky (in that American Horror Story kind of way), but it did make me laugh out loud. Imogen Dodd was also an excellent addition to the episode, especially upon implying that Raylan was a no-dick lawman. Speaking of, I agree with Raylan that social awkwardness is often the curse of a genius, and laughed out loud when we learned that his special agent was a paid-off big rig driver. With only four episodes left in the season, I hope we can all cut out the barbeque pig king bullshit and see where all of this comes together in the end. If not, "That would upset me."
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