Justified

Season 1 Episode 3

Fixer

6
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 30, 2010 on FX
6.6
out of 10
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320 votes
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Due to Raylan's 'rookie' status - being the new guy at the station, Raylan is put in charge of Pinter, an informant, who has been working with the police for years. When Pinter doesn't show up for his reward, Raylan becomes suspicious and investigates, bringing him in contact with a con-man and Pinter's own debt collector.moreless

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  • Another notch in the wrong direction for the intensity of the show.

    7.0
    Series that began as a bang-in-your-face hard-core throw-down of tough personalities and intriguing battles of will and resolve is quickly turning into a who-cares type of hick police soap opera.

    This episode was not only that (as it revolved around $20000, a bookie, a second-rate swindler and a two-bit thug), but the whole background on the bookie could have been spent on making revolving characters more interesting.

    There is barely a shred of Clint Eastwood left in Olyphant and the decision to "make it with the local gal" takes him further into obscurity.

    The only way I see this turning around is if Goggins comes back with the message from God who tells him to kill her, does that and we spend the rest of the season in a high-tension chase (which is not going to happen since thew season has been mostly plotted out). If they continue with this no-case let's-watch-the-days-go-by-in-good-ol'-Kentucky, we're done before the season has the chance to end.moreless
  • Raylan meets a fixer named Pinter, where he gets sucked into a new case.

    8.3
    Right now, I feel like "Justified" is riding a fine line between "case of the week" episodes and an overall story that could not only carry throughout the rest of the season but flesh out some of these supporting characters a little more. With the third installment of the show, we get another new random case, but compared to last week's, I found it much more interesting and intriguing and one of the character's, the eponymous fixer named Pinter, was actually somebody I wouldn't mind seeing returning in a future episode.



    Timothy Olyphant is just as charming and excellent as ever as Raylan Givens. If anything, we're beginning to see a slight crack in the facade whenever his father or Wynona is brought up. One thing that I like about the show is how true it stays to the dialogue and how realistic it all sounds when they're talking to each other. For instance, the little dialogue between Raylan and Curtis about drawing a gun and the conversation between Ava and Raylan also revealed a lot about them.. I actually am starting to like Ava a lot as a possible love interest, if only because she represents the one good thing about a place he doesn't like. I just want to see Raylan's father make an appearance.. the more they reference him, the more intrigued I am.



    The big plot itself that drove the suspense forward was simply okay. A con-man kidnaps Pinter, the fixer, and along with a tough guy named Curtis, they attempt to make money off of him when Raylan suddenly gets involved. The gunfight at the end was great, but the story itself was just a little lackluster for me. I've never been a huge fan of case of the week style shows, although there are the occasional good ones (I think Law and Order has officially laid claim to these types of plots.. they've been doing it fairly well for twenty years or so).



    Overall, I'm finding myself slowly getting sucked into the dynamics of the show. Right now, Raylan and Ava are the only characters with real traits, while the people who work at the Sherrif's station are a bit dry and two dimensional. If we can get Boyd back, I think the show would really pick up.moreless
  • Fixer

    7.0
    Okay, so this episode was actually pretty good. The torturer was not exactly Sayid from Lost, but this was still a great one-off character. And as always, the shooting scenes on Justified are great, but I have to wonder how long the show can do this. Are you really going to watch every week to see Timothy Olyphant outdraw some random thug?



    The show needs a little bit more substance. In my review for the pilot I noted a few similarities with Dexter. But Dexter has storylines with Deb, Batista and Quinn. If this show doesn't do anything with the rest of the marshalls, will it get old quickly?moreless
  • When Gutterson gives Raylan an informant to speak to he meets with the man and is amused by him. The tip he gave them comes through and when he tries to pay him the reward he gets suspicious investigating the mans "fixer" and another con-man.moreless

    9.5
    Justified continues to impress. Timothy Olyphant as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens gives one wonderful understated performance after another supported by a solid supporting cast of regulars that is well put together. Especially Joelle Carter as Ava Crowder who has turned some heads. I think there has been some shuffling of episodes and her part is getting a little more play based on viewer response.



    This episode originally was scheduled for later in the season, but it fit in really well early this season to continue to build on Raylan's reputation as a lawman extrodinaire. Here's a man that uses his instincts as well as his talents to get the job done. A man's man, but also definitely there is something for the women as well.



    David Eigenberg as Arnold Pinter is absolutely wonderful with his New York ways and drinking the Egg Creams. He plays the character to the hilt and I think would make a great regular. His short lived associate, Page Kennedy as Curtis Mims aka the gardener also "The Fixer" was excellent as well. Rounding out the cast this week were the smarmy Greg Cromer as Travis Travers and Erin Cardillo as Samantha.



    Through some really incredible blunders on the part of the criminals, Raylan manages to stop a murder and end the criminal careers of a few others. They really mean "Justified" when they used this as the title of the show. Some lawmen go their whole careers without pulling a gun. It is really true that if you garner a reputation you will get people gunning for you. This episode was a perfect example. Another enjoyable episode of Justified on FX. I think this series will be around for a long time. Thanks for reading...moreless
Nick Searcy

Nick Searcy

Chief Deputy Art Mullen

Joelle Carter

Joelle Carter

Ava Crowder

Jacob Pitts

Jacob Pitts

Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson

Erica Tazel

Erica Tazel

Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks

Timothy Olyphant

Timothy Olyphant

U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens

David Eigenberg

David Eigenberg

Arnold Pinter

Guest Star

Erin Cardillo

Erin Cardillo

Samantha

Guest Star

Greg Cromer

Greg Cromer

Travis Travers

Guest Star

Natalie Zea

Natalie Zea

Winona Hawkins

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