“Foot Chase” felt like a return to the “just okay” Justified of season one. It wasn’t a bad episode by any stretch, though; I enjoyed the banter and gradually increasing trust between Raylan and Sheriff Shelby (the more airtime for Jim Beaver, the better). And the suggestion that Josiah might actually be Drew was a neat idea (even if I never really bought it) and tied into a subtle theme of people being punished for others’ transgressions – Josiah only got his foot chopped off because Arlo was lying to buy time, and Colt’s desperate search for Ellen May led an innocent john to take a brutal beating as retaliation for violence he’d never committed.
The problem with the episode was that too much of it felt perfunctory, joining the dots between points A and B. There was no tension in the chase to find Josiah, and not enough humour. After the accelerated pace of the Drew Thompson plot in “Kin,” it felt like the show was just treading water. Tim’s subplot was a good example of this. It felt oddly tacked on and never held my interest, but I have no doubt it’s going to be important in future episodes.