Deputy 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.
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.”
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.”