Written by Chris Provenzano
Directed by Don Kurt
Airs Tuesdays at 10pm Et on FX
With its colorful-but-inept villlainry, reams of gunplay, and swift pacing, “Money Trap” surprises by feeling more like a throwback to Justified‘s first season than perhaps any since Mags Bennett cast an ominous cloud over the Season 2 premiere. That’s not necessarily a bad thing - Justified had a strong first season – but it does feel a little strange for a show that’s made a point of evolving from season to season.
With only the smallest of plot movements on the Drew Thompson front, “Money Trap” hones back in more specifically on Raylan, Boyd, and Ava after last week’s more diffuse, ensemble-heavy outing. We open on a flashback to six days ago, after Raylan hands off fugitive Jody Adair (Chris Chalk) to his bail-bondsman pal (and onetime lover) Sharon Edmunds.