'Justified' Recap: 'Harlan Roulette' (3.03)
Speaking of ambitious, Quarles is talking about reclaiming the Oxycontin trade in Kentucky, giving a speech of his own to Wynn Duffy. He has the backing of his Detroit buddies to set up shop and start making deals with drug addicts, giving them half their pills and sending the other half back home, where he can charge much more. A phone call clues us in to the fact that he's got a hockey-playing son at home. Let's not talk about the person bound and gagged in the upstairs bed. That's a random "WTF" moment if I ever saw one.
Raylan's search for Wade has led him to the pawn shop, where our literally big bad plays dumb and insists on a search warrant before letting him into the back room. This, of course, doesn't sit well with Raylan, who gets very suspicious. He basically tells the guy that he knows he's moving stolen goods. The pawn shop guy calls Duffy, and Quarles suggests that Pawn Shop Guy kill Raylan, which leads Duffy to stare at him like he's insane. Quarles points out that he doesn't expect the guy to survive - he's hoping Raylan takes out the pawn shop guy for them, which he inevitably will. Pawn Shop Guy gets off the phone and pawns the task off on Wade, because he's a slacker like that.
Boyd, Arlo and Devil walk into a bar and pull out some weaponry. The bar used to belong to Boyd's cousin Johnny, who rolls himself in, wheelchair and all. There's a lot of posturing, but Boyd eventually takes the bar back.
Wade arrives at his place to find Raylan waiting for him, under the belief that Wade wants to turn himself in. This screws up Wade's orders because he can't get to his gun, which is inside the house, until he gets past Raylan. Once he does get inside, he comes back out and realizes that Raylan already confiscated his gun anyway, which makes him crack and Raylan ticked off, as anyone who's being targeted to be killed might be.
Though Wade calls Pawn Shop Guy and claims that Raylan is no longer with us, pawn shop guy doesn't believe it, because Wade is a really terrible liar. He drives his Midlife Crisis Red sports car to Wade's house and finds Raylan there. Raylan doesn't care if Pawn Shop Guy leaves handcuffed or in a body bag. Pawn Shop Guy realizes he's screwed and tries to surrender himself, but gets shot by his stoner sidekick at the same time he shoots back. Raylan's one-word reaction to this, which I cannot print, is perfect.
Back at the bar, Boyd and Devil are having a few drinks and reminiscing about the events of season one. "I just want to know which Boyd Crowder I'm being asked to follow," says Devil. Boyd is not impressed by that question and selects Option C) All of the Above.
Quarles and Duffy are in Duffy's RV, where Quarles is playing with his spiffy handgun, which he apparently acquired a part for while Christmas tree shopping. That's got to be an interesting story, but we don't get to hear it because Raylan shows up, armed and cranky. "Remember that conversation we weren't gonna have?" he tells Duffy. "This is it." Quarles is just standing there smirking like a madman. Now, normally, I would tell anyone to be afraid of any character played by Neal McDonough, but because this is Raylan Givens, I am actually not scared for him whatsoever. Raylan whips out his phone, takes a nice picture, and goes on his way, leaving Duffy mewling on the floor.
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