Justified s5 ep 7

Art not talking to Raylan means, sadly, much less Art in this ep but, on the plus side, it also means the awesome Rachel and equally awesome Tim actually sharing scenes – a genuine rarity this season – and a very funny storyline involving them, Raylan having to deal with “walk-ins”, and a big-money Internet fraud.

Boyd, the Crowe cousins and Jonny, meanwhile, are in Mexico, battling it out for Ando from Heroes‘ business in a dark but still wryly amusing game of double and triple-cross. Wendy Crowe is noising Alison up in a bid to steal away Raylan’s hat heart. And Ava is throwing her lot in with a drug-dealing religious group in prison. As you do.

Most of this is great, except Ava’s storyline, which isn’t actually bad so much as superfluous. It’s perfectly well-written and acted, but is anybody really watching Justified for the homage to Prisoner Cell Block H? Rather than spend a quarter of every episode on it, how about giving Rachel and Tim more screen time, whether Art’s in a huff or not?

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