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Justified: The Trash And The Snake | Season 6 Episode 4 Recap

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Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro) field the latest episode of the FX drama’s final season, “The Trash and the Snake.” Thank Art Mullen for the awesome title, as the retired U.S. Marshal cautions Raylan Givens about pursuing the Big Bad Wolf better known as cannabis kingpin Avery Markham. Avery’s designs on Harlan County come to light in the episode, and Raylan is fixing to stand in his way, even if it lands him in the weeds.

While Raylan sizes up his new nemesis, Ava Crowder meets a match of her own in Katherine Hale, the widow of the late, legendary Kentucky criminal Grady Hale. Her reasons for targeting Avery, the best lover she’s ever had, boil to the surface, as do some other interesting quirks — including her suspicion of Ava’s loyalty.

Elsewhere, Boyd Crowder and Wynn Duffy seek out a man with safe-cracking expertise, as they continue their effort to rob Avery Markham and Pizza Parlor of all their dough. See what I did there?

No questions or comments this week — sorry! We were in a bit of a rush! — but send them along for next week’s show by tweeting at Josh, Antonio and @PostShowRecaps, or using the comments section below and the Post Show Recaps feedback form.

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  • susan appleby

    So, you guys, I decided I can’t foresee at all where this show is going. My guess that marijuana was behind the buying of land is about all the progress I made, and I made several wrong guesses before that!

    The threat to Loretta makes sense as an additional reason that Raylan would be compelled to stay in Kentucky and go after Everett. He has protected her a few times now, by choice, when it wasn’t necessarily his problem.

    I think at the end of the day, protecting people he cares about, or has some emotional bond with, is Raylan’s most compelling motivation. He likes to get the bad guys, but when someone he cares about is hurt, threatened or even killed, that pulls Raylan to a different, more intense level of action. And he is likely to do anything.

    In this story, Raylan cares about Ava, maybe only for past sentimental reasons, Loretta, what’s her name his ex wife, the baby and Tim, Art and Rachelle.

    They all seem at risk, for various reasons. Of all of them, the baby and the ex wife have been threatened directly before, and they are off the scene. Maybe we will get one last show down in Florida, where the show started. But they aren’t in danger right now.

    Ava, there isn’t much Raylan can do for other than keep Vasquez off her back. Maybe witness protection? He can’t protect her from Boyd or any of the bad guys really.

    Tim, I love Tim, so I’m pretending that the hints of danger we see Tim in is a misdirection; and, that Art is the one whose really in trouble. (Fan fiction at its best.) Would the writers be so obvious ? Is the next death predictable?

    Lo-retta, I just don’t see them killing her. This is a girl who stole a gun to kill the person who murdered her father. She might be a child compared to the big bad wolf, but she is tough. I’m hoping that the simple threat to her is enough to motivate Raylan.

    I don’t know what is going to happen to Boyd. I don’t see him getting out alive. Maybe he dies protecting Ava in some way. (More fan fiction.) But he isn’t the big bad guy this season. For what’s is worth, I don’t think the RICO case is going to get much traction.

    • Josh Wigler

      I hope Loretta makes it. She’s been through her fair share of trials and tribulations, and she’s as equipped as anybody on JUSTIFIED to make it through some more. I’m just worried for her, and basically everyone else at this point. After Dewey, I really feel like no one is safe.

      • susan appleby

        The only one on my safe list is Raylans baby. No way they kill the baby. It would ruin any good feelings about the show. I would put Loretta as close to that line as well. Killing her would take the show in a very down direction.

        I don’t understand why the couple wouldn’t sell the property ( for twice what it is worth) because it’s been in their family for geneations if they had no one to leave it to. Must be that Kentucky attachment to the land like Scarlett O’hara with Tara after the Civil War. Doesn’t really make sense though.

        By the way, what Boyd thought Ava was going say: that she didn’t want to leave Harlan and that it had always been her home.

        • Antonio Mazzaro

          Susan,

          First off really sorry we didn’t give you a major shoutout this week. We didn’t get a chance to get to feedback. But you totally nailed the legal weed angle! Mad props.

          Second, you would be surprised about folks in EKY. For too long coal companies and out of towners have come to EKY and tried to buy up the land (remember season 2?) and destroyed it. There’s a suspicion. And so if that couple had held out before it isn’t surprising to me that they would continue even with that offer.

          • Brendan Fitzpatrick

            Agree, well done. I totally missed the Legal Weed angle in my own theorize, it never crossed my mind. I thought it was going to be tied back in to the mining and black pike stuff from season 2, that’s where my money was bet on. Man, i was so wrong. But I love this angle so much better. Also, I feel like Loretta has to be a “safe ” character, not that any character should really be seen as untouchable, but she’s pretty close.

          • BHFan

            I missed the Legal Weed angle as well. I,too thought it would tie back to mining that’s always been so prevalent in Harlan

          • BHFan

            Antonio, I just posted I’m from Ky and my grandparents from Harlan. The stories they would tell about their brothers and cousins. They were scandalous. The show does a great job of showing how coal was basically the best you could do without formal education and money. It’s a hard life in that area, with people desperate to get out. My grandparents made it out, but unfortunately family followed, as is often the case. I live in CA now and love the authenticity of the show. Thanks!

    • BHFan

      I can’t see how it’s going to go down. I think Loretta is pretty tough and I won’t count her out. If anything, I see her killing the guy buying the land for Markham or Choo-Choo.

      I’m going to be an unhappy camper if Tim is killed. Love him in this role. I would rather Rachelle be killed than Tim. However, Tim or Art is going to be killed.

      I hate to see this show end. Love the show and that it’s set my home state of Ky and my grandparents hometown of Harlan. I remember growing up listening to their stories of my great-uncles and cousins, who were charming, but deadly. I miss them and the stories. Digging coal was the best you could do in that neck of the woods with little education.

      • Josh Wigler

        Kinda feel like Art’s wearing the immunity necklace after what happened to him in season five. I feel like he’s safe. I would’ve said that about Dewey before this season too, though.

        And yes, the gator-teeth necklace = Justified’s immunity necklace.

        • susan appleby

          I’m just pretending that Tim’s safe.

  • susan appleby

    One more thing Josh, I don’t react to Mary Steenbergen the way you do. I think she’s trying a little too hard. Or maybe that’s intentional to show the character has a thin veneer and is close to cracking. It feels a little forced to me. She isn’t as great at acting nice but being evil the way Mags Bennett was. Mags would take a little pause before she dropped the truth. Mary (don’t remember her characters name) is too rushed.

    I feel your prediction that she is close to out of control is spot on.

    • Josh Wigler

      I can’t help the way I feel, Susan!!!

    • BHFan

      I’m with you Susan. I’m not that impressed with Mary in this role, but I didn’t care for her last season either. She doesn’t instill fear in me. Maybe it’s because Joelle is so strong, it really emphasizes Mary’s weak points in this role. I think she’s out of control, especially with the drugs shown this episode. I think she’s going to be out fairly soon.

      A Mags/Markham showdown would have been great TV

  • Brendan Fitzpatrick

    The Glorious return of DICKIE BENNETT,. Reason 1 I loved this episode. Reason 2, Tim Gutterson wants to die being choked out by Sigourney Weaver’s Thighs. Wait, what? Okay, actually, yeah, I can totally see that…

  • Brendan Fitzpatrick

    Just finishing up the episode now, about to turn on this pod. That Avery-Tim-Raylen-Loretta scene in the MCReady house was sooooo amazing. It may be one of the best played scenes in the history of the show. So much foreshadowing, so many references to earlier seasons and scenes, so much tension, and yet, witty banter mixed with menace. This season is escalating really, really quickly.

    • BHFan

      That scene was scary. Avery is bad enough, but add his sidekick to the mix, and it’s a deadly duo. I hope Loretta not selling is going to see him and Choo-Choo coming bk for another carbon monoxide poisoning. I hope that results in him and Choo-Choo killed by Raylan and Tim. This season is moving fast, so will they kill those two that fast, leaving only Markham?

      • Josh Wigler

        I wish nothing but lifelong happiness and free Pizza Portal meals for Choo-Choo. Ty Walker can eat it for all I care — him AND his beard.

        • Brendan Fitzpatrick

          Oh, I forgot to tell you, so I was at work the other night, and there was this guy who came to see the show at Ford’s and he totally looked like bearded Garret Dillahunt/Ty Walker. I told him i was jealous of his beard, and he laughed, and the laugh was slightly menacing, then I ran away.
          (Most of that is true)

  • Brendan Fitzpatrick

    What’re the odds that Katherine Hale is the one who actually dimed out her husband? It puts her scene with Ava in a whole new light…And that’s what has Ava so freaked out, cause she feels like Katherine can tell. And Katherine can tell, because she sees herself in Ava.

    • BHFan

      Yes I think Katherine snitched oh her husband, and she does see herself in Ava. The scene at the jewelry store was to show Ava she’s just as talented, if not more so, than Ava. Boyd not really asking about Ava’s lunch/spending afternoon with Katherine was off, especially when he returned to her throwing her clothes into a suitcase. Makes me think Boyd is onto Ava

      • Josh Wigler

        Awesome theory.

    • susan appleby

      But why would she do that if it cut off her money supply? I agree that it is unlikely she is telling anyone the truth.

      • Brendan Fitzpatrick

        Because the feds were closing in and she would have gone to jail. Remember her pre established relationship with ADA Vasquez from season 5..

        • susan appleby

          Oh man. What if she knows about the RICO case against Boyd. She could be setting him up and Ava too, so she can negotiate a deal with Vasquez. I don’t understand her trying to steal from Markham. Her better play is to have Markham succeed so she can share the wealth. I cant believe that she doesn’t know exactly what Markham is doing.

          I’m still missing something here.

          • Brendan Fitzpatrick

            Heres my spin, and its part from conjecture and part, what weve seen on the show. Shes 100% bad guy/gal. Doesnt know about the RICO, But her hubby was sent to jail same way. She dimed out her husband in exchange for no Jail time for her part in his crimes. Vasquez, the young, smart, new ADA, Knew she was the true brains behimd the whole operation and pleaded with his bosses, not to cut a deal, but they did. Katherine, warns Avery ( her lover) , the feds are coming for him next, he skips town, which to the underworld ,makes him look like the rat, not her. Then, once enough time has passed, oh say, 18 years or so, she tells him its safe to come out of hiding. In all that time, shes been growing the strength of the Dixie Mafia to a high enough point she can go after Markham, and take the money he made in his dealings with her husband.

          • Brendan Fitzpatrick

            Oh, she also had her husband killed in jail, so that he wouldnt figure out what she’d done, and with Markam in hiding, she could easily sell the story it was him whod ordered the hit. #Power. #Stonecoldfox

  • Brendan Fitzpatrick

    OH! One More thing I noticed in the first three episodes of the season, but was noticably absent in this one, if you had been looking for it. In each of the first three episodes, we got a very clear, distinct, foreground shot of Raylan’s Tombstone on the Givens property. I looked for it in this episode cause I thought about it as a thing when it popped up again in Episode 3. Symbolism? Or a red herring since it wasn’t in this episode? Or “Chekov’ Tombstone”?