An other great episode. A lot was building to this point – but there’s still four episodes left. All those little things foreshadowed of pointed at of late came together tonight. The only thing missing in action was the Winona subplot. But it wasn’t missed.
You remember episodes back when the Bennett boys were disposing of the body of Loretta’s dad, Coover goes back and steals the dad’s watch. Of course we knew this was going to be his downfall right there and then. And tonight it happened. It starts out idyllic enough for the Bennetts with Mags brushing Loretta’s hair. But Mags makes one insult too many to Coover who sees Loretta as destroying the family from within. After having his hand smashed by his psychopathic mom not long ago I suspect he has a lot of rage built up.
Meanwhile it’s a busy party – Boyd shows up to deal with Mags.
Carol and Raylan seem to be getting more and more comfortable with each other. I wonder if he is getting tempted by her blatant behavior towards him.
The deal over the mountain finally comes to the forefront though. Boyd figured out that the real issue was less the mountain, which Black Pike sounds like they had wrapped up, than it is the road to service it. Mags comes out pretty dang good on the deal getting not only millions but 3% of the company. As the meeting was taking place though Raylan and Dickie have a little event. It doesn’t escalate but clearly Dickie is embarrassed and pretty upset. Not just at Raylan but at his mother who disrespected him by not including him in the meeting. Seems like Coover isn’t the only one with mommy issues.
As they put the party down Loretta spies Coover wearing her dad’s watch. Yeah, not too smart on Coover’s part – was it just a cocaine addled brain or is he trying to shake things up. It’s not too clear. Loretta isn’t too smart herself trying to drug Coover with some laced marijuana to find the watch. Coover goes nutso nearly killing Dickie and bringing Loretta to the mine shaft where he killed her father. Fortunately she had time to call Givens who traces the phone. After stepping on Dickie’s bad leg to find out where Loretta and Coover were (a bad leg Raylan had given him) Raylan manages to stop Coover in the nick of time. Unsurprisingly a fight ensues and Coover appears to have the upper hand when Loretta shows up with Raylan’s gun. Just as Loretta is about to shoot Coover Raylan grabs his backup gun and shoots Coover who falls down the mine shaft.
The ending is chilling as Mags is crying about saying goodbye to Loretta. She begs Raylan to speak to her and suddenly all the emotion just ends as soon as Raylan says no. Clearly her emotions are an act. She’s a psychopath through and through.
While there wasn’t as much of the funny dialog and scenes this week what was here just worked.
The big questions.
1. Did something happen between Raylan and Carol? There was a scene of Raylan attempting to call Winona (apparently one of many calls). Carol makes yet an other blatant proposition that they spend the remaining time together. The next shot of them together is in a car in the dark. I’m guessing nothing happened but they’ve been making Raylan start to have a bit more respect for Carol as time goes on. And of course things haven’t exactly been going well with Winona.
2. Where did the actor playing Boyd learn to dance like that? It was funny seeing Ava try to dance while he went to town. Impressive. Seems like Ava and Boyd are getting a bit closer with each other.
3. Mags seems to be turning crime in her county over to Boyd. In effect having Boyd become his dad. About the only qualification is that the Bennetts keep the marijuana trade. Is Boyd playing a longer game here or is he going back to his old ways? My sense is that he’s being positioned by the writers to become the heat from the Bennetts against Raylan in their feud. I have a suspicion that a lot of remaining threads are going to come together at once.
4. I thought there was a coal ash spill yesterday in Tennessee (where you might recall there was a major ash spill two years ago. Turned out it was a sewage storage collapse. But it still made me think of what Mags was willing to let happen to her community. These spills happen in Kentucky too. And if you’re curious as to what mountain top mining looks like there’s lots on that too. (Not that Salt Lake City can complain when they look to their west at a missing mountaintop turned into a valley) Keeping the coal mining backdrop to the show has been one of the better features of this season.