We’ve already begun talking about Season 4 and what is coming down the pipe, but I’m not quite finished talking about Justified Season 3. Before we send it off properly, let’s look back at the very best moments and scenes we’ll never forget. We tried to keep the list along the lines of full scenes rather than one liners and favorite quotes. Here are our Top 20 Moments of Justified Season 3–see if your favorite made the list.
20. Charlie flees the country with evidence money (“When The Guns Come Out”)
We thought we saw the last of the whole evidence money thread, but when it came up again we never thought that Charlie (Casey Sander), who was in charge of the evidence locker, would take it and run off to Mexico. When Winona (Natalie Zea) stole the money, she was criticized for acting out of character. Charlie’s act showed one thing: everyone is capable of scheming in Kentucky.
19. Raylan’s moment of weakness (“Guy Walks Into A Bar”)
Women have always been a weakness for Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). We’ve seen him betray Ava (Joelle Carter) for Winona. He’s flirted with Carol Johnson (Rebecca Creskoff) but never crossed the line. He was unaware of A.D. Karen Goodall’s (Carla Gugino) advances in “Cut Ties.” He exhibited control when he was focused on Winona. After squaring off with Robert Quarles (Neal McDonough) in the bar Raylan bounces, Lindsay (Jenn Lyon) the bartender pulls out a shotgun and breaks up the cockfight. All that libido and adrenaline–along with the liquor–led to a moment of weakness. Feeling rejected by Winona certainly led him down this path, so technically, he wasn’t attached to anyone, but it was still a surprise and shows that he was in a low place. Lindsay gives him that unattached friends-with-benefits option. Winona doesn’t seem to be budging. Now, where Raylan takes it, is anyone’s guess.
18. Raylan runs over Ash… twice (“The Devil You Know”)
Kentuckians love their fried chicken as we’ve seen many times on Justified. This poor sap had his hands full of food when he tried to pull a gun on Raylan who was coming for him with his car. What was startling (and funny) was Raylan shifting into reverse and running over him a second time. The comedy in this scene was carried over into the next episode when Raylan visits Ash (Todd Stashwick) in the hospital and an argument breaks out over the incident. Raylan believed he saved Ash (“I didn’t use my gun”) while the former prison cop thought otherwise. Which side do you take?
17. Fletcher Nix plays his game with Raylan and Winona (“Gunfighter”)
In a tense season premiere, Fletcher “Ice Pick” Nix (Desmond Harrington) discovered where Raylan lived and put both of them in his deadly game of quick draw. As Winona counted down, Raylan found a nifty trick with the tablecloth to gain the upper hand. Needless to say, that was the last time we saw either of them stay at the motel.
16. The end… for Gary (“The Man Behind the Curtain” & “Watching the Detectives”)
No matter how you felt about Gary (William Ragsdale), you had to feel bad for a guy fumbling through life after making a bad investment and trying to sell his real estate advice in Kansas City. We’ve all been there in these tough economic times, and he followed Raylan’s advice and headed west, but was dragged back by Quarles, Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns) and Mike (Jonathan Kowlasky). As he led them to his old house, the poor sap likely never saw the bullet coming, but that was Gary. He was as near-sighted as they come.
15. Ava shows Boyd share scars (“Thick As Mud”)
Fearing that he may not be able to succeed, Ava shows Boyd the scar that remained from being shot by Dickie, to tell him that there’s no need to protect her, she’s already involved. It’s one of the few moments where Boyd lets his guard down and questions himself. It’s also one of the most important character-building scenes for Ava and Boyd’s relationship and integral to the both of them as they continue forward.
14. Dewey and Dickey’s Bromance (“Harlan Roulette, The Devil You Know”)
I don’t know why it’s funny, but Dickie (Jeremy Davies) and Dewey (Damon Herriman) really do deserve each other. I’d pay to see an episode, hell, a full series, where these two just come up with scheme after dumb scheme only to have the you-know-what kicked out of them on the prison yard by bigger and dumber criminals. The passing conversations these two had from masturbation to tattoos made me break out into laughter, which sometimes really hits the spot on a show so regularly grim.
13. Raylan Banters with Winona, Art, & Gutterson (Various)
There are too many specific scenes to reference but the language of Justified is one the biggest reasons why this is must-see television. Whether it was Raylan’s quips with Art (Nick Searcy), house-hunting or baby-naming with Winona, or arguing over semantics and standard procedure with Gutterson (Jacob Pitts), they all provided moments were you sat back and loosened your shoulders because of the laughter that would follow. Felix Givens… Oh Raylan, you crack us up.
12. Rachel blows off the dome of some crook (“Cut Ties”)
There weren’t many moments for Rachel (Erica Tazel) to shine this season but when she performed a lobotomy with her gun while protecting a witness in the attic of her home, it was a grizzly end to the story. The body count was low as compared to season 1 and 2, but each death was certainly memorable.
11. Art delivers old fashioned justice (“Cut Ties”)
Last season Art got in a foot chase with an old con man, but this year he rolled up his sleeves and went old school on Terry Powe (Frank John Hughes) who went on a witness killing spree and killed Marshal Bill Nichols (Michael Harding). Art was stuck alone with Powe, and once he realized he was alone with the man they were after, he dropped procedure and got the information they needed using methods they never taught at the academy…
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