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'Justified' Recap: 'Hole in the Wall' (Season Premiere)

Brittany Frederick Brittany Frederick
January 9th, 2013 9:15am EST

Certain things about Justified never change. There's always likely to be some kind of armed standoff. There's always someone with a secret, possibly more than one. And no matter what the story, something always comes back to history or to family. All of those things are true about "Hole in the Wall" - and yet, surprisingly for this usually excellent series, the episode doesn't quite gel together.

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Season four opens with a flashback to January, 1983, when a disgruntled husband finds a dead body that's literally fallen to earth in the middle of his suburban street - bringing with him what looks like a huge score of cocaine.

In the present day a very bored Raylan Givens receives a call from a bail bondswoman named Sharon that, we needlessly find out, he once slept with a long time ago. She needs his help bringing in a double-homicide suspect that's in his neck of the woods, and for a cool three thousand dollars, he obliges. "Don't get caught, dude," Rachel advises him, not needing to know what Raylan is up to in order to dispense that piece of advice.

While Raylan is playing bounty hunter, Boyd Crowder is talking to one of his many criminal associates, who claims he's been saved by a guy named 'Preacher Billy' at the new Last Chance Holiness Church. Boyd inquires as to when Hiram's salvation occurred and what happened to the oxycontin that was given to him before that. He doesn't want to hear that Hiram flushed the product. Their terse chat is disrupted by an explosion outside, but Boyd is unfazed by it. Before he leaves, he issues a warning that he wants his money back, or "the next firecracker's going to go off in here."

Two young thieves are spending their evening busting into Raylan's family home in an attempt to steal copper wire, but their plans are interrupted by the arrival of Constable Bob Sweeney (guest star Patton Oswalt), who fails to intimidate or arrest them. Bob enters the house and inspects the damage the two kids have done to the wall, before phoning Raylan, who's having a chat with the con he picked up about whether or not the guy gets visitation rights. Clearly things between Raylan and Winona must be off again - especially as actress Natalie Zea has been dropped from the main credits, and has a new gig as James Purefoy's ex-wife on FOX's The Following.

As day dawns, Raylan arrives at the house with Bob to survey the damage, and is surprised to find a bag hidden in the wall. The only thing in the bag is a Kentucky driver's license belonging to one Waldo Truth. No, that is not a joke. Someone named their kid Waldo. Neither Raylan nor Bob recognize the name, but Raylan takes it with him as they leave. Oh, and he's still got the convict Sharon sent him after handcuffed in the trunk of his car, much to the man's annoyance.

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