Spoilers within: You knew. You just knew. You knew when Raylan and knucklehead icepick killer Nix were at the table and Winona was counting down from 10, which the ill-fated pizza delivery man had done minutes before, that Raylan would get out of this. It wasn’t what. It was HOW. And ain’t that just Elmore?
So Winona gets down to 2, and Raylan pulls the tablecloth, cool as a moose in a situation in which if he makes a mistake, he and Winona are dead as doornails. And Nix falls all over himself trying to stab Raylan with the icepick, as Raylan scoops up the pistol and doesn’t shoot this knucklehead in the forehead, but wings him, because Raylan doesn’t kill people unless he has to. Then says to Winona, “Sorry about your tablecloth.” And it is just week one. Can’t wait for more.
So, little strawberry blond Joelle as Ava, as cute as can be, acting for Boyd who is in jail again for wrestling Raylan through a glass wall earlier, issues orders to the pot pushers from Boyd as she cooks them breakfast with a frying pan. So pot boy Kevin Rankin disses her, says she ain’t gonna tell them to do anything, so Ava turns the pan into a weapon and puts it right off Rankin’s dumbass head, putting him down, making it clear that following Boyd’s orders is not optional, as Arlo says she didn’t have to do that. If I didn’t have to, I wouldn’t have done it, she says.
Natalie as Winona showed a playful flair for comedy in some funny scenes with Raylan, and Raylan and Boyd got a couple of hilarious lines off. That is the essence of Elmore, showing people as people, with wisecracks, in their own thinking and own idiom, whether they are criminals, lawmen, pretty women or something else. Bravo to this episode. Lots of action but with personality. So well written and acted. Ruthless killer developer Neal McDonough seems the next guy on a collision course with Raylan.