By Penny Clift
Justified Review: Episode 10 “TRUST” Review Watch it here
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Justified episode ten is titled “Trust”. It explores the issue of the characters trust and
betrayal. Graham Yost states in his post show breakdown that everyone
has been led to believe this season is about a showdown between Raylan
and Boyd. Actually it is all about Ava. Well guess what Mr. Yost, we
had that figured out way back in season five. Like I have stated in
previous reviews, everything is about Ava. What a shame. This once
brilliant show ends its run with a story about the lead character’s
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The last two seasons have been bogged down with unbelievable plots and characters that should have gone away long ago. Season Five subjected us to the unpleasant women in
prison storyline. Just as dreadful were the Crowes. Let it suffice to say the Crowes
were not worthy of a whole season.
The sixth and final season, while not as bad as the fifth, has been less than a thrill ride.
While the creators like to tout all the surprises, it has all been very predictable.
We all know the main characters are all going to make it to the final episode.
We all knew Boyd wasn’t going to blow through the bottom of that vault.
We all knew Raylan was going to take Walker out. We all knew Ava wasn’t
going to be a good CI. We all knew Ava was going to do a runner at some point.
Where is the surprise?
I suppose we are supposed to be shocked that Ava shot Boyd. She made her husband his favorite dinner and shot him as he sat at the table.
She shot a man in Boyd’s bar. She killed a woman in prison. Why would we be surprised when she shoots Boyd.
Ava is all about self preservation at any price. So much for the great outlaw love story.
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This episode also featured a totally needless scene featuring the cartoonish
character, Boon.I do however appreciate the homage to Richard Boone who played
Paladin in “Have Gun Will Travel”. Raylan mentioned watching the show when
he was a boy in Season One. Otherwise, this character just irritates me.
Boon was introduced in the last episode. I guess that rates a whole scene
to himself in this week’s episode. The scene in the diner
was wasted time. Yost admits he is copying a scene from an
Elmore Leonard book. The scene is unrelated to anything.
Yeah, we get it, the dude is crazy. I don’t need a ten minute scene to
illustrate the fact.
I have to point out the fact that Markham carrying ten million dollars in cash with him everywhere he goes is laughable at best.I am pretty sure the man could figure out how to launder money.His method would ensure he will be relieved of it sooner or later. No criminal of his caliber is this stupid.
On to the show. Let’s break it down by character.
Duffy feeds Boyd the information Markham is moving his money to Charlotte.
Boyd tells his men they will hit the money while it is on the move.
Instead he throws them under the bus, sending them after the truck.
He then kidnaps Katherine and demands the money in ransom.
Duffy is surprised by Mikey who smashes his face into the table and disarms him.
He then calls Katherine to tell her Duffy is the one who ratted on her husband.
Mikey hates snitches.
Markham visits Loretta’s only living relative, a great aunt. Finding her uncooperative
he has Boon kill the old lady. He receives Boyd’s ransom demand and complies.
After meeting Boyd and exchanging the money for Katherine, he learns from Boyd that
it was Katherine’s idea to set him up all along.
Katherine asks Markham if he is going to kill her. If we could only be so lucky.
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Ava learns from Raylan that she is going back to prison. She really should sue.
She is the only woman in the country that has went to prison without ever
having a trial. She tells Raylan she can get Boyd to confess to Dewey’s murder.
Raylan is doubtful. He goes with her to meet Boyd and the money. During the
rive she asks him if he wonders how it would have been different if he had
stayed in Harlan or if he had taken her withhim. I found this conversation
to be ridiculous. They were not a couple in their younger years, so why would
she pose a scenario where he takes her with him? She seems to be
blaming Raylan for herown poor life choices, as if he could have somehow changed
her destiny. Once there she takes Boyd’s gun during a hugfest. She shoots him.
When Raylan appears, they have a brief encounter which ends in
her leaving in the truck with the money and the car keys.
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Raylan as usual is pushed to the background. He sets up the money move decoy.
He doesn’t believe Boyd will fall for the decoy. He goes to Ava’s to wait for
Boyd’s next move. Earlier Raylan enjoys an ice cream cone and has another weird
conversation with Boon. We know what is coming there. He witnesses Ava shoot Boyd.
He tells her he will come after her. She says “I know” and drives away. I can
only assume the last three episodes will be all the players chasing after Ava
and the money. Oh the season of Ava. So many roads to go down and they chose this one. What a shame.
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