There’s a long, wonderful scene in this week’s Justified where Raylan – tasked to find the missing Wade Messer and really not happy about it – and Tim go to see Boyd Crowder. Tim’s just there to keep both of them (but mostly Raylan) in line, so, wisely, he’s content to stand back and let Raylan and Boyd talk in their Raylan and Boyd way: threats, barbs and negotiations, all wrapped up in luxuriously long, exaggeratedly polite and joyously old-fashioned phrasing – I could listen to these two fence like that all day. Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins are clearly revelling in it too, which makes the scene even more of a delight – they don’t get to share anywhere near as many scenes together as they used to, which makes me wonder if the writers are deliberately keeping them apart so we appreciate it more when they’re together. If so, well, job done.
Anyway, lots of other stuff happened this week, with Dewey Crowe proving as useless at murder as he is at everything else, Raylan declaring all-out war on the Crowes, Boyd declaring war on Cousin Johnny and Art investigating the death of Nicky Augustine among the main events. It was all smartly plotted, wittily written and beautifully acted. But, much as I enjoyed it all, none of it could hold a candle to that Raylan and Boyd scene. Those two are terrific together. More of them, please.