Justified Season 5 Review “Whistle Past the Graveyard”

Justified Season 5 Episode 8 Whistle Past the Graveyard (4)

It seems like lately Boyd Crowder can’t catch a break. Last week, Boyd triumphed over his cousin Johnny, but then got screwed over when Danny Crowe killed a bunch of the guys on the drug run. This caused a serious problem in Boyd’s new relationship with drug kingpin Yoon. Boyd starts out this week by smoothing things over with Yoon, but then gets cornered by the Mexican police. After narrowly escaping that situation, he lands in yet another hornet’s nest. The Crowes have cooked something up to screw Boyd and his crew out of the heroin load. Boyd sees it coming, but I’m not sure how he’s going to get out of this. Again, you just want to warn the Crowes not to underestimate Boyd.

Ava is still struggling to keep her head above water in the prison. I think she has bitten off more than she can chew with her promise to bring heroin in. Boyd is MIA as far as she knows, so how exactly is she thinking she’s going to hook this up? She probably should’ve just sucked it up and taken the beatings instead of dealing with the drug running. I loved the exchange when Judith said Ava had probably had an idyllic marriage until getting divorced. When Ava replied that she’d shot and killed her first husband, it was a clear message not to underestimate her.

For Raylan, his plans of jetting off to Florida with Allison were also foiled by the Florida Crowes. Wendy calls him frantically because her brother, Kendal, who we learn is actually her son, has been kidnapped. This goose chase was a little ridiculous, and like Boyd, Raylan can’t catch a break. He goes through this whole ordeal of finding Kendal based on Wendy’s promise that she would tell him what her brothers are doing in Mexico. At the end of it all, she admits that she knows no details and basically tricked Raylan into helping her. Raylan ends up without his money, without intel, and then without a girlfriend when Allison breaks up with him. I can’t say I’m too sad to see Allison stepping out of the picture. Raylan was crazy thinking he could bring her down to Florida and parade her in front of Winona.

I could’ve done with less Wendy. I find her character super irritating. I’m not sure where things are going with Wendy and Raylan. I don’t want Raylan hooking up with her. She’s so slimy. Though it would be in keeping with his pattern of hooking up with women who are no good. It’s funny that he chooses women who are the exact opposite of Winona.

I assume that I’m not the only one who is ready to see the Crowes take a dirt nap. I loved Boyd’s warning that Darryl should want to be like family, because Boyd just killed his last living relative. That last bit of information was striking because it shows just how alone Boyd is now. It’s just a matter of time until Ava gets out, and then it will be interesting to see if they can reunite. While I can’t see Boyd living the suburban dream, I can picture him creating an heir to his criminal empire.