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Justified – Veterans

Season One, Episode 11

Did anyone else notice that the Director of this week’s episode was Tony Goldwyn?  Who is Tony Goldwyn you ask?  Remember the movie “Ghost” with Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg?  Well Goldwyn was the bad guy who was Swayze’s best friend.  Just a bit of trivia for our readers.  There have been some really interesting Directors for this show so far including Adam Arkin and Jon Avnet to name a few.

In this episode we are dealing with the aftermath of the killing of the Criminal Investigator in the Meth Lab fire.  The Kentucky State Police and the US Marshall’s office are out for blood.  They basically arrest everyone in Boyd’s camp ground for harboring possible parole violators hoping to get someo0ne to talk about what had happened.  Unfortunately we see that Boyd has some very loyal followers and in the end they have to release all of them.

Raylan is still determined to get Boyd and Bo back in prison.  He learns that somehow his father was involved with Bo’s crime syndicate and he and his buddy Chief Deputy Art Mullen played by Nick Searcy go to speak with his father and his step-mother.    Despite the bad blood between Raylan and his father you get the feeling that Raylan is worried about Helen his step-mom played by Linda Gehringer.  In the end you really get the feeling that she can take care of herself.

Joelle Carter as Ava

Raylan’s father is a stubborn man and he and Bo seem headed for some kind of confrontation in the end.   We’ll see if Raylan somehow gets talked into being in the middle of this mess as well.  Bo has found the two men who could witness what happened at the Meth Lab that was burned.  They were the proprietors of that lab.  Thinking they are getting protection working for Bo they hand themselves over to him and his men.   The obvious results leaving no loose ends left for the authorities to work with unless they can get one of Boyd’s men to talk.

Raylan is convinced that Boyd and Bo are working together but it sure does seem that that is not the case.  Boyd truly seems to want to check the tide of the drug traffic in the area.  Interesting change in character, but we really don’t understand what his true agenda is yet.

This was another good professionally done episode of Justified.  In a way we seem to be getting some pretty steady episodes strung together.  These have been nothing like the early ones when they were developing the main character.  Raylan almost has become a secondary character in these last episodes to develop what is going on around him.  He and Ava are still at odds and we’ll see how long this continues to be a problem for him.

I continue to look forward to the adventures of US Marshall Raylan Givens.  Hopefully we’ll get some really strong episodes to finish out the season.  Thanks for reading…

Jeffery Yarter
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