Justified

Season 1 Episode 2

Riverbrook

7
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 23, 2010 on FX
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6.7
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Episode Summary

A convict escapes from prison and starts a search for his wife and buried loot. Raylan steps out to catch him.

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  • Second episode shows that Justified really is nothing special.

    6.5
    I actually think this show would have been better if they kept him in Miami. Sure, Burn Notice and Dexter are already set up there, but honestly, how many storylines can they come up with for Kentucky? And will people watch something about Kentucky that does not include John Wall?



    I will not deny that I was genuinely mildly interested at points in this broadcast, but the whole show just feels very unoriginal, and I know that the one selling point of Justified was that it was supposed to be original.



    The promo for this show was awesome, but so far the actual program has just been pretty mediocre.moreless
  • Raylan talks with Boyd for a bit and goes after an escaped convict

    7.8
    I don't think it's too good of a sign for a show when the most exciting part of the episode was in the first three minutes, with the main character talking to a character who doesn't reappear for the rest of the episode. It's a testament to the strength of Boyd Crowder and his crew that these five minutes or so can be so captivating, but it shows that this show doesn't work the way The Shield does with cases of the week. If Justified can focus on an overall story instead of a new story from week to week, it'll succeed. If it does little cases like this all the time, I won't be nearly as interested.



    Fortunately, I've heard through the grapevine that the story gets better and that Boyd returns, but I don't want to get too far ahead of myself. I'll just stick with what we saw here: another typical case for police to look into. After finishing things up with Boyd and his crew, Raylan is called in to look into the escape of a couple of prisoners. One of the prisoners, an older man named Cooper, was due to get out of jail in just three months, which makes Raylan suspicious as to why in the world he would want to escape so close to his release date.



    The episode has some nice conversations between Raylan and other characters, things that nicely flesh out his character, and while I think that the supporting characters (outside of Boyd and Crowe) are pretty weak at this point, Ava has some potential to evolve into a character capable of producing good scenes. Right now, Raylan's ex-wife Wynona doesn't do much for me except to create unnecessary tension. We also get another reference to Raylan's father, a man named Arlo, who is quickly becoming that recurring item in the show that is referenced enough to hint that he'll become a bigger part of the show.



    As for the main plot itself, it was pretty boring. The episode's smart dialogue was nearly derailed by the ridiculous exchanges between Cooper's ex-wife and her "cousin," as well as between the cousin of Cooper's ex-wife and a couple that they kidnap. It just didn't feel as if the writing was as good at this point.moreless
  • When a prisoner escapes from prison with just three months left on his sentence after serving fifteen years, the Marshall's figure something has triggered the move like the mans ex-wife or the money he had hidden from his robbery that sent him up.moreless

    9.0
    Another solid effort from the cast of Justified. This time we see Raylan doing some of the many tasks US Marshall's are given such as accompanying prisoner transfers to tracking escaped convicts.



    I said last week that this show was the first since True Blood to really blow away my expectations. This week I started to notice some subtle similarities to the shows. The way they are shot and the look and feel to the shows are very similar. The opening music and credits are shorter than True Blood, but have somewhat of a similar feel. Finally we get a lot of that same country charm that pervades True Blood in this series as well.



    This weeks episode involved an escaped con who is out looking for the money he had hidden in a house under construction. His ex-wife is shacked up with a "cousin" who is not the brightest light on the tree and they've been searching for the money as well. A lot of things happen, but they all lead to a confrontation in the end.



    A powerful series with some interesting characters and great action. Well acted with fascinating stories. I'm really looking forward to where these characters take us each week. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • If they insist on the "case per episode" format, I think it will hurt the show.

    8.0
    I miss Goggins already. Obviously, we need to meet the rest of the cart and get interested in them, but with Goggins gone (at least for a while), the energy-psycho level of the show dropped a good 30%. The jail band was a great touch - I laughed my ass off, and the scripts continue to put out great conversations. However, Olyphant is now the only larger-than-life character out there and I hope he gets plenty of support because there is great danger that the revolving nature of cases will not leave enough cohesion in there - and to feed the intensity of Olyphant's character, you need to give him some serious meat to bite into. This was definitely not the case this episode; I really think they should have gone with a season-long plot-line. Still, I'll give them a chance...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

Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins

Boyd Crowder

Jack Harding

Jack Harding

Jeb

Guest Star

Cheryl McWilliams

Cheryl McWilliams

Hostess

Guest Star

Jeremy Denzlinger

Jeremy Denzlinger

Henry

Guest Star

Natalie Zea

Natalie Zea

Winona Hawkins

Recurring Role

Damon Herriman

Damon Herriman

Dewey Crowe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Music by Steve Porcaro - original band member of Toto from the 70's and present.

    • The song performed by fictional band Big House Boys is "Castleneck" by Cliff Wagner and the Old #7.

    • When Raylan is sitting reading the paper and notices the right hand side article entitled "Riverbrook Couple Return Home to Find Alarm Bypassed and Floor Boards Torn Up", the end of the fourth line of the right hand column of the article suddenly breaks mid sentence and starts repeating from the end of the third line of the left hand column of the article; from the words "...and the floorboards torn up."

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Boyd: The real question is, why didn't you kill me? Did you miss my heart on purpose?
      Raylan: No,... I was aiming to kill. That's the way I was taught. Sometimes you don't hit the bullseye.
      Boyd: No, I suppose not.

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