Watching the Detectives - Recap

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The episode begins, and Gangster Sammy is eating steak at a nice restaurant when he gets a call on his cell. Taking Quarles' instructions, Sammy turns the conversation to Givens, telling the voice on the line that the marshal is playing both sides of the law. "Turns out he's dirty," says Sammy, explaining that Givens is in Boyd Crowder's pocket all the while and knowing that the FBI is listening. All is going according to Quarles' plan to get Givens into hot water with the feds. Quarles, in the meantime, is being driven by Mike with Wynn in the passenger seat.

Tanner, who is secretly spying for Limehouse, calls Quarles. "He wants to meet up to explain," Quarles tells Wynn after hanging up. Eventually, Quarles, Wynn and Mike stop the car in front of a house that is owned by Gary and Winona. Quarles unceremoniously shoots poor and confused Gary, who falls dead on the front lawn. It is a message to Givens. A brutal one. Later, Quarles returns to his own suburban home to find Limehouse waiting. Limehouse, accompanied by a pair of men, introduces himself to Quarles and then explains that Boyd Crowder is backing former police officer Shelby for sheriff. Why tell Quarles? Because Limehouse likes to back winners. The next morning, Givens goes downstairs from his room above the bar. The bartender informs the marshal that he saw someone messing with the trunk of Givens' car. Sure enough, Givens finds scratches on the trunk lock, but nothing unusual in the trunk. Hmmm. Givens then gets a call -- and drives to Gary's home. Givens is shocked and saddened to see Gary's body. The detective on the scene attempts to question the marshall, who doesn't feel like taking -- especially after it is suggested that Winona might somehow be involved. Back at the office, Tim explains that Gary had been living in Tulsa for months under an assumed name. Meanwhile, FBI agent Barkley corals attorney David Vasquez after court.

Barkley asks to look at Vasquez's file on Givens. Quarles then meets Tanner in public. Tanner apologizes profusely for attracting attention from the law -- and then promises to do whatever he can to make it up to Quarles. Back at the marshal's office, Art calls Givens into his office to warn the marshal that homicide will "burn you down" if it establishes another connection between Gary and Givens. Two hit men coming after Givens and Winona and then Gary disappearing for months makes the marshal hot enough. Givens is well aware. Winona then enters the office. She doesn't yet know of Gary's death and Givens has to break to the bad news. "Police found him on your lawn this morning," Givens says. "He was shot." Winona is distraught and wants answers. Givens has far too few to offer. Givens then exits Art's office to find homicide and FBI agents waiting. Turns out prints were found on a bullet casing at the crime scene. Givens is a match. Later, Givens is questioned. He explains that he recently dropped a bullet on Wynn's chest as a warning to "get the hell out of Kentucky and never come back."

It's possible -- likely even -- that the bullet was used to frame Givens. The detectives are skeptical and ask for the marshal's gun to check ballistics. Later, Sheriff Napier exits his home and heads toward his squad car. He climbs in, starts the engine, remembers something and then exits the car to head back inside. The squad car EXPLODES in a hail of fire and debris. A singed and very lucky Sheriff Napier is thrown to the ground by the blast. The homicide detectives, meanwhile, have brought Quarles and Wynn in for questioning. Neither criminal confirms Givens "thrown bullet" theory. Wynn explains that Givens recently came looking for Gary and, when Wynn couldn't locate the real estate agent, the marshal savagely beat him. "Between you and me, Raylan Givens is a very angry man," Wynn tells the detective.

Sheriff Napier barges into Johnny's bar looking for Boyd, who is suspected of planting the bomb in the lawman's car. Boyd, who denies any involvement, is placed under arrest by Deputy Nick. He is dragged out of the bar. Back at the office, Winona is brought in for questioning. The detectives reveal that Gary was involved in the attempted hit on her and Givens. Winona then confronts Givens. "Why didn't you tell me, Raylan?" she asks. Givens didn't want to put Winona in any extra danger. Angry and grieving, Winona storms out. And it keeps getting worse for our favorite marshal. Soon, Vasquez and Barkley enter the office. "We're here about Raylan Givens being a dirty cop," a smug Barkley is only too happy to announce. Barkley then explains that he suspects Givens of working for and being paid by the convicted criminal Boyd Crowder. Givens can only shake his head and sigh. Speak of the devil; Sheriff Napier walks Boyd into the jailhouse in front of the local media, explaining that Boyd has been arrested for putting dynamite under the lawman's car. While the sheriff grandstands, Boyd says nothing and stares straight ahead.

Givens then storms out of the FBI interrogation -- much to Barkley's chagrin -- and heads downstairs in the elevator with Tim to continue his interrogation with the Lexington police. Halfway through the ride, however, Givens presses the emergency stop button. He explains to Tim that he has to search his vehicle. "I think Quarles put a murder weapon in my car," says Givens, remembering the incident with his trunk. Tim decides to let his colleague escape. Outside, Givens notices that he might be too late. The cops are already searching his vehicle, including the trunk. Just then, Winona calls. She has found a planted gun inside the home where Gary's body was found. Soon, the cops give up on their search of Givens' car (they found nothing). Givens jumps into his vehicle and speeds away. He meets up with Winona at a park where she hands off the weapon. "You going to throw it off a bridge?" she asks without much humor. She then tells Givens not to come find her this time. Winona drives away. Sheriff Napier, meanwhile, enters his office to find Tanner waiting. Tanner explains that he is there to collect payment.

Napier refuses, telling Tanner that he wasn't supposed to set off the car bomb until the sheriff was safely inside his house. So it was all a ruse to frame Boyd. Givens then returns to the office to find Barkley fuming. Art then explains that Barkley refuses to divulge his source for launching this investigation into Givens' affairs. And without that source, Vasquez won't prosecute. Long story short, Givens is off the hook for now. "It doesn't mean you're not dirty," Barkley barks. Sammy, meanwhile, gets a call from his father, who explains that the plot to frame Givens didn't work. Sammy shares the news with Quarles. And then he shares worse news: Quarles is too much of a liability. He is on his own. "You're out," Sammy tells Quarles.

Furious, Quarles pulls his gun on Sammy -- and then thinks better of it. He holsters his gun, shaking in rage. Givens lets himself into Quarles' home to find Wynn painting the room that, until very recently, housed a bound man that Quarles used as a punching bag. "Tell your boss I have the gun that killed Gary," Givens says. "Ask him where he thinks it might turn up next." Givens then warns Wynn that the "SS Quarles is sinking" and it might be time to jump ship. Sure enough, Quarles drives home in the darkness listening to a preacher on the radio. He ignores a call from his family and then decides to sample the Oxy that he specializes in peddling. Quarles soon arrives at Limehouse's compound. "What can I do for you, Mr. Quarles?" Limehouse asks. Says Quarles: "You said you like to back the winning side." The episode ends with a to be continued.