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Justified: The Shot of the Week

There was only one gun fired in "Watching the Detectives," but the fact that it wins Shot of the Week by default doesn't mean it wasn't awesome. There's nothing I enjoy more than when a show takes an annoying dude from the past who once came close to royally ruining everything and gives him a unceremonious death. (Breaking Bad also provided a shining example of this.) While I obviously don't want Quarles to win in his planted-evidence scheme, watching it all unfold in front of Raylan sure does make for great TV -- even more so when our favorite marshal finally sneaks in the chance to be one tiny step ahead of Quarles. I'm obviously extremely excited about the recent Season 4 renewal, but this, to me, means that by this season's end, we'll see a no-doubt bloody downfall for Quarles with Raylan coming out on top. And maybe the writers will at least throw us a bone and kill Winona.

Honestly, sometimes I think I like Winona more than I let on, as she was pretty funny in her scenes involving the planted gun... but then compare the dullness of her character to bottle-blonde Wyn Duffy, who, if he gets word that I'm calling him out on his fake hair color, "might be inclined to break [me] over that stepladder, ride [me] down like a teaser-pony and paint this room an entirely different color." There's simply no room for someone who isn't a freaking badass to be in this series, period. Maybe a few days' worth of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson marathons will inspire her to be cooler.

Elsewhere in the greatness that was "Watching the Detectives," we had Limehouse backing the winning side, Gutterson quickly becoming one of my favorite characters on this show and Mullen being hilarious (I do miss Rachel, though), my distaste for every anti-crime organization that isn't the U.S. Marshals increasing and, finally, Boyd doing the funniest perp walk ever televised. I love that idiotic crooked sheriff so much, especially knowing that Justified will eventually have to punish him.

I can't believe I'm about to recommend that anyone watch Desperate Housewives, but if you love how horribly scary Quarles is on this series, Season 5 of DH slow-plays Neal McDonough's scariness over the course of 24 chilling (if you skip past the other crap) episodes. You get classic "OMG THIS GUY IS THE CREEPIEST!" moments, like the ol' "casually eating spaghetti" trick he played on the detective in the underground clinic, right before the unpainted room nearly did him in. I am so scared of Quarles at this point, I wouldn't be surprised if schoolyard chums dare each other to stand in front of their bathroom mirrors and say his full name three times -- though I do believe they disproved that legend on MythBusters.

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