Okay, I’m back on board. Last week my faith in Justified was slipping a bit, and I was growing weary of Ava. Fortunately, her screen time was kept to a minimum this week. Raylan was busy investigating an apparent suicide, but he also confronts some latent feelings for ex-wife Winona. We are slowly becoming privy to what makes Raylan tick. Spoilers ahead.
‘The Collection’ begins with Raylan visiting Boyd in prison, in hopes of getting a morsel of information that can put Arlo (his father) away for good. Bad break for Raylan, Boyd has found Jesus while locked up in the big house, and he’s more interested in ministering than spilling Arlo’s secrets. Raylan leaves empty handed.
He joins Ava in the motel room, and the next morning they are interrupted by Art, pounding on the door. A shirtless Raylan (Timothy Olyphant has not been missing any workouts) answers the door and is chided for not answering his phone. Art tells him they need to head to Cincinnati to speak with an art dealer that Owen Carns is trying to sell some artwork to. In the car, Art lays into Raylan about sleeping with Ava.
After visiting with the art dealer, the two arrive at the ranch of Carns, whose property and assets are being seized for some type of money crime committed by Owen. He’s allowed to sell his paintings to the art dealer, but the U.S. Marshals keep the proceeds. Art and Raylan are intrigued and disgusted to find out that the paintings that are being sold are “Hitlers”, original works by a one Adolf, to be precise. The art dealer collects “Hitlers.” He proclaims the paintings to be fakes.