"Justified," Season 3, Episode 2

Season 3, Episode 2

The world of Elmore Leonard characters — the Elmore Leonardoverse, if you will — is a malleable, ever-expanding place. Michael Keaton’s ATF Agent Ray Nicollette appears in both Jackie Brown and Out of Sight. U.S. Marshall Karen Sisco was played by Jennifer Lopez in Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight and Carla Cugino in the short-lived ABC series “Karen Sisco.” Here’s the credits for that show:

This week’s “Justified” introduces Cugino assistant director Karen Gooddall, who seems to be kinda sorta the same character, only after a brief marriage and a promotion. She visits Kentucky to sort out the murder of a Marshall involved with witness protection, and hints at a past history with Raylan in Miami. They share a slick bit of teamwork when they dupe some low-level mobsters, and she kneecaps one of them with a collapsible baton. Her appearance doesn’t have a lot of payoff, although the way she gives Significant Looks to Raylan and Winona. (Apparently she’s not available to return later this season, though.)