“Justified” Season 2 Episode 3 “The I of the Storm” starts with what appears to be a church school bus driving down a country road. The people inside, including one of Boyd Crowder’s old cronies, Dewey Crowe, do not seem like church folk.
Spoilers surely follow.
Crowe is also seen, perhaps earlier, perhaps later, trying the make friends with Boyd, who really just wants to have a drink alone. Boyd is definitely trying to go straight and does not want to associate with anyone from the bad old days.
Meanwhile things are not well on the Raylan/Winona front. Winona insists that they go to a road house many miles outside of town so as not to be spotted together. They are anyway, as Art, the gentleman who shot the miscreant in the previous episode, is also there for a nice, quiet drink.
Meanwhile, back on the bus, a couple of bandits shoot out the windows, and the head off of one of the passengers. Then they make off with a large amount of oxycontin, a prescription drug now a favorite of addicts with a certain discriminating taste.
Raylan is pretty sure that Boyd has backslid to his old habits. However, Doyle Bennett, the member of the Bennett crime family who is in law enforcement, informs Raylan that Boyd is shacked up with Ava. Ava, still cross about Raylan throwing her over, informs him that part of the deal is that Boyd remain on the straight and narrow.
Meanwhile Dewey decides it would be a fine idea to find the bandits and rob them of the oxycontin. Getting a ski mask proves difficult in Kentucky, so he hits upon the idea of getting a cowboy hat and pretending to be none other than Raylan Givens as he shoots it out with the bandits and makes off with the oxycontin.
Elmore Leonard is great at stupid crook characters. But this pushes the envelope of stupid crook to levels never before seen on television, surely.
Raylan finds Dewey in a trailer with a pair of working girls, celebrating his apparently successful armed robbery. As Raylan is admonishing Dewey for his stupidity, the bandits show up, guns blazing, demanding that Raylan hand over the oxycontin.
But then Doyle shows up, finds out that the bandits were hired by his brother Dickie, then shoots them. He had no choice, he explains later to Raylan. Later, Doyle gently admonishes his brothers about freelance banditry. What would Mother think, after all?
Boyd finds himself being harassed as he tries to have a quiet drink alone. He finally snaps, drags the rude fellow down the road a bit from his pickup, then leaves his broken body on the side of the road. Afraid, at first, that he has killed the man, he is satisfied as the man suddenly stirs and tries to get up.
I keep trying to get out, but they keep pulling me back in.
Source: Justifed, The I of the Storm, TV.Rage