On Justified, Rachel's Quiet Frustration Boils Over, Creating 'Tension' Between Her and Raylan

jst_403_Truth_0690Deputy US Marshall Rachel Brooks’ cool, calm and collected act is about to come unraveled FX’s Justified (Tuesdays, 10/9c), when a simmering frustration boils over and leads her to make a brash move — one that threatens to wreck her working relationship with Raylan.

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As hinted at last week, “There’s trouble in paradise, at home, and that explains a little about how she’s been on edge,” Erica Tazel tells TVLine. “And it further fuels the restlessness that Rachel is starting to feel ever since Raylan came to Lexington.”

Because while Rachel surely can appreciate the special “skill set” that her trigger-happy fellow Deputy US Marshal (played by Timothy Olyphant) brings to the table, his tendency to run afoul of process — and with little lasting backlash from the boss — has gotten to be a bit much.

“What I’m discovering this year,” says Tazel, “is that there’s a frustration with [Chief Deputy] Art [Mullen]. He keeps saying Rachel is his ‘best Marshall,’ and yet we have this great mystery [about Waldo Truth] that could be a game-changing case for her professional ambitions, and she’s nowhere near it.”

Rachel’s seeming solution: Make herself near the case. “She’s hungry. She just wants a win. She wants Art to see that’s hes still here,” Tazel explains. “So she makes a decision to do something [this week] that’s completely outside of herself.”

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Alas, because Rachel is no pro at coloring outside the lines, “She gets in trouble,” Tazel previews. “And then she has a chance to say [to Art], ‘When Raylan does this, there’s a set of consequences. But when I do it, theres something else. What’s up with that?’ And that sets up a bit of tension between her and Raylan.”

While it might seem a bummer to not be best buds with super-cool Raylan, Tazel relished the chance to explore the feds’ very different ways. “What’s been fun for me this year is to discover how that [disparity in treatment] affects how I feel about this man whose protégé I consider myself to be,” she says.

Will Rachel rein in her sense of rivalry and ultimately make nice with Raylan? “At the end of the day, she was wrong,” Tazel notes. “So she’ll make up for it later on.”

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  1. Britta Unfiltered says:

    I’m not big on Rachel, but I don’t really know very much about her character either, so maybe after tomorrow’s episode I’ll like her much better. She has seemed a little too perfect up to this point, I am kind of excited to see her show some cracks. What I really want to see more of though is Patton Oswalt. I hope they are bringing him back soon.

  2. MJ says:

    I’m glad this season we’ll see a bit more of the rest of the marshals. We basically know nothing of Rachel so I’m excited for the episodes. Now we only need more of Tim, preferebly in snipper mode.

  3. Shayna says:

    I love Rachel and I can’t wait for tomorrow’s episode! I love that Rachel and Tim are getting bigger storylines. Tim in snipper mode, or actually any mode would be fabulous!!

  4. Luke says:

    Justifed should have 26 episode seasons and each episode should be 90 minutes.

    • M3rc Nate says:

      Lol well then get ready for a episode a month, or maybe every 2 months. A season would be 2-4 years long. I would much much much rather prefer quality writing and quality scripts, in a shorter season. So no filler, no lame story lines, etc. And Justified is proof of that formula, shows with 13 episode orders are SOOO much better than the shows with 20-24 episodes a season. Let alone the writers and actors (and crew) get burnt out which can lead to them not resigning their contract for more seasons.

    • Lauren says:

      I don’t get the point of ill-informed comments like this. Is it intended to be a joke, ha-ha?

  5. phamster says:

    I am very glad to see the other marshals get bigger story lines. They seemed almost non-existant last season. Uh, still love the show, though! :)

  6. Sabrina says:

    I am glad to see more Rachel & Tim this season. Whenever the 4 marshalls are together or when Raylan interacts with them as opposed to the other characters..except Boyd..it is tv magic! tim in sniper mode would be AWESOME!