Justified

Season 1 Episode 5

The Lord of War and Thunder

8
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 13, 2010 on FX
6.6
out of 10
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311 votes
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When Raylan's disaffected father goes to war with a murderous drug lord, he is forced to choose sides.

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  • Raylan meets his father again for the first time in years

    8.9
    After a few episodes of hearing mere mentions of Raylan's father, we finally meet the man, and I must say, it brings "Justified" back to the potential that I saw in the Pilot.. not to say that the last few episodes haven't been good and entertaining, but this was the episode I've been waiting for since the beginning: an episode that looks into Raylan's life and moves the story forward a little and stops the show from being a simple procedural.. although the procedural cases are elevated by fantastic writing and a great lead actor.



    Either way, the episode had a lot going on, including a clever twist near the end that turns Arlo into a goofy old man into a clever, conniving criminal. Raylan learns that his father has gone to jail again, this time for assaulting a man renting his old house. He claims he was just trying to get his rent that was owed to him, but Raylan sees through this and suspects his father was attempting to get something else from him. As a result, the episode devotes a lot of its time to having Raylan and Arlo talk to one another, as well as having Raylan talk to his Aunt Helen, who is actually his step-mom.



    The twist I mentioned at the end shows that, although the guy renting Arlo's house was a bad guy, Arlo is worse. It's clear he's up to something very bad, but neither Arlo nor Helen are willing to speak up. It's something that will carry on (a bit) into the next episode, but instead of resolving the fractured relationship between father and son, we get a haunting final scene: Raylan standing in front of his family plot, the future place where he'll lay to rest. It's an eerie moment, one where Raylan begins to realize he'll never be able to escape Harlan County, despite his need to get away.



    Besides the case, I was taken aback by how great the writing is between characters. I like the relationship between Ava and Raylan, mostly because it's not complicated right now. It should be interesting to see how his tryst with Ava changes when Bo, Boyd and Bowman's father, gets out of jail and also when Wynona catches on to what's happening between them.moreless
  • ep 5

    6.8
    Another solid offering from Justified. I'm not much of a Rescue Me fan, and with Damages in all likelihood ending, this looks to be the lone FX drama worth watching of the future.



    Timothy Olyphant is just perfect for this role, and I know people want him to be more like Gibbs from NCIS or Stabler from SVU, but that is what makes Raylen unique, and what makes this show unique. He doesn't scream all the time, but he somehow manages to get the job done anyway. This character really fascinates me and I look forward to seeing his progression in the future.



    This show could use a little comedic flare though. Give Raylen a male sidekick or something, but other than that, Justified is really starting to find its ground. In a season or two it could get really good.moreless
  • Raylan returns to Harlan County to bail his estranged father out of jail. There's a feud going on between his father and a gentlemen named Perkins. It seems related to the rent, but something completely different is going on.moreless

    8.0
    So we finally get to see Raylan's father and step-mother. We've been walking around this subject since the very beginning of the show. We learn that Raylan's grandfather was a preacher. A strict one at that. His father was always in trouble with the law which is why he and Raylan don't get along. His father is also a Vietnam Veteran and besides a few heart attacks has been diagnosed with PTSD and being bi-polar. All of this of course is not an excuse it's just the facts.



    Over the course of the episode we see Raylan on surveillance looking for a fugitive with Marshall Brooks. He does a lot of yard work! :) He spends some time with Ava despite the fact he keeps telling himself that's a bad idea. I do think they're good together though. Something about the chemistry. Finally we have the situation with his father and the Perkins gentlemen. It seems Perkins is a little dirty himself and after he and his nephews rough up Helen, Raylan gets involved, but the results are not anything like we expect. We also get to meet another member of the Crowder clan. Remember Raylan shot Crowder and put him in the hospital. It seems we are going to see some things occur soon related to that altercation as well.



    So with this story they have created a few new plot lines for Justified to follow. I think this may be the first episode Raylan didn't pull his gun on a suspect let alone shoot someone. Amazing! Maybe the crooks are getting smarter. I will say facing down a shotgun would take guts though.



    A solid episode of Justified with some interesting new plots to follow. I guess we'll be seeing a little more of Raylan's dad and the Crowder bunch going forward. Should be fun! Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Learn more about Raylan, which is always good. Major focus of episode is Raylan and Arlo relationship with little side notes to remind us, Raylan is a US Marshall.

    10
    I'm thoroughly confused by the low scores. I love this show. I love the format. In the story of Raylan and his father Arlo, we have a never ending story of more to come. We have the fast pace of wrapping up a case in one day instead of one season. I'm liking the chemistry of the partnership with Raylan and his partner (I forget her name, but the more she's on screen I'll remember). It will be enjoyable to see what made Raylan take the other route and become the opposite of what his father is. Arlo is a con man, a rude man, a selfish man and not very likable in the episode. Maybe that is the way we're suppose to view him, because I have to say some of Raylan's reactions prior to the audience being introduced to Arlo seemed harsh. Now I fully understand Raylan's desire to have nothing to do with the man. The characters introduced from week to week leave you wanting to see them again in the future. Such as Crowder's cousin (the bar owner). The fact that Raylan takes all things in stride make you wait in anticipation for the one thing that will send him over the top. He reminds me of the characters Clint Eastwood played. They were always calm and cool and don't we want that in the hero of the show. I know I do. I think FX has another hit on their hands. I hope people give this show a chance.moreless
Joelle Carter

Joelle Carter

Ava Crowder

Erica Tazel

Erica Tazel

Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks

Timothy Olyphant

Timothy Olyphant

U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens

Nick Searcy

Nick Searcy

Chief Deputy Art Mullen

Eddie Jemison

Eddie Jemison

Stan Perkins

Guest Star

Karina Logue

Karina Logue

Sonya Toomey

Guest Star

Don Kurt

Don Kurt

Lawyer

Guest Star

David Meunier

David Meunier

Johnny Crowder

Recurring Role

Raymond J. Barry

Raymond J. Barry

Arlo Givens

Recurring Role

Brent Sexton

Brent Sexton

Sheriff Hunter Mosley

Recurring Role

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