Are there Team Raylan and Team Boyd T-shirts and mugs? Because after this episode, the battle lines have officially been drawn (again). Though this being Justified, we suspect they’ll curve (again).
“I’m thinkin’ you should have seen this coming.” Those are the first words spoken in this hour, by Rachel regarding Lindsey having run off with Raylan’s money. She’s right, of course, but what’s fun about this episode – besides Raylan’s ultimate showdown with Randall and Lindsey when he found them – is how it ended. We thought we knew exactly what was going to happen to Ellen May after Colton got the call from Ava to kill her instead of taking her to the bus station.
You could tell from the slithering soundtrack that started this episode, when Boyd went to negotiate with Cassie at the Last Chance Holiness Church, that snakes would play a pivotal role this hour. Then again, the rattler that killed Billy wasn’t the only snake in this episode. Lindsey is just a lot prettier.
If this episode taught me anything, it’s that I would watch Justified even if it was just Raylan, Tim, and Art on one stakeout after another. Bonus points if an episode involves Raylan having sex, which this one did. Like this hour, let’s start there.
If the season 4 premiere felt a bit different to you, it was supposed to. The writers are trying something new this year: There’s not a “big bad” (RIP, Mags and, presumably, Quarles), there’s a big mystery. They’re also giving Raylan and Boyd very separate story lines, at least at the start. Since Raylan has to keep his moonlighting a secret because bounty hunters aren’t allowed in Kentucky and Marshals aren’t allowed side jobs, that means his colleagues were nowhere to be seen this episode – after Rachel appeared just long enough for Raylan to make a Big Lebowski reference.
Who deserves to win OutKast. An all-too-rare hip-hop album with stylistic breadth and artistic vision.
Who deserves to win Lennox. About the only Grammy category left uninstituted is Best Divorce Album. Sans that, Lennox’s ”Bare” gets our vote here.
At the movies, Eminem may be about to get his butt kicked by a 12-year-old English kid with a broom, but on the Billboard album chart, he’s defending his reign against all comers. His ”8 Mile” soundtrack remains on top for the second week, selling another 508,500 copies, according to SoundScan, pushing its total sales well over the platinum (1 million) mark and defending its perch against challenges by new releases from Justin Timberlake and U2.
On Justified (out Nov. 5), Justin Timberlake swaps Europop for R&B and hip-hop. His smooth falsetto is an easy fit for the slinky quirks and rhythmic accents of the Neptunes and Timbaland, who produced the bulk of the album. Thanks to them, ”Justified” is a cohesive and fairly lean work, especially compared with ‘N Sync’s last two albums. Fellow singer-dancer and ex Britney Spears is never mentioned by name, but the songs appear to be divided between those about their breakup and those about its aftermath.
Justin Timberlake is preparing to serenade me.
Sitting in the kitchen of producer Timbaland’s Manhattan recording studio 24 hours after his amped-up appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards, the 21-year-old pop star tunes an acoustic guitar between sips of tea. Clad in a white track suit, he seems relaxed and focused on the task at hand. ”I’m not no Hendrix or Santana,” he says with a bashful smile. ”I took [guitar] lessons for about three weeks and got so bored with it I just figured I’d teach myself.”
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