'Justified': Tonight's ep looks like the best yet. Not too late to get hooked.

justififedImage Credit: FXIf you’ve been watching FX’s Justified, chances are you share my opinion that tonight’s episode (10 p.m. ET, with repeats at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.) looks like the Timothy Olyphant series’ finest hour to date. If you haven’t tuned in, but suddenly find an opening in your TV schedule, here’s some basic info. so you can start to enjoy it like the rest of us:

• Olyphant is Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a Stetson-wearing gunslinger recently reassigned back to his native Kentucky.

• He’s got an ex-wife, Winona (Natalie Zea), who left him for a realtor, Gary, she then married. Raylan has admitted to Winona that a man doesn’t get over a woman like her, but he helped Gary out of a life-threatening financial jam because she asked him to. Winona started off the season trading barbs with Raylan — which made their chemistry a fan favorite — but she hinted last episode that she didn’t want him to be happy that everything worked out for Gary and her. In the preview below, it looks like she’s about to make that crystal clear when she shows up at Raylan’s motel room.

• Raylan had been sleeping with Ava (Joelle Carter), a woman who shot and killed her abusive husband, Bowman, at the start of the series. Raylan shot and injured Bowman’s brother, Boyd (Walton Goggins), a former coal-mining buddy who grew up to be a bank-robbing white supremacist who likes to blow stuff up. Because of Raylan’s affair with Ava, Boyd got out of jail. Boyd claims to have had a religious conversion in prison and is currently preaching in the woods to a gang of loyal misfits. One of them just confessed to blowing up a meth lab, an explosion that killed a man, for him. Raylan thinks Boyd’s full of s—, but doesn’t have the evidence to tie him to the meth lab or his earlier sins. (For those who watched last week’s episode, Raylan relaxing on the ground beside a handcuffed Boyd while the camp was being searched was a nice touch, right?)

• Boyd’s father, Bo (M.C. Gainey), also just got out of prison. He wants Ava dead, but she won’t leave Kentucky — which infuriates Raylan because he knows he can’t always be there to protect her. Bo has resumed his protection and collection business, and thinks Boyd is doing him a favor by scaring the local meth cookers back into their previous arrangement. He gave Boyd some “thank you” cash, which Boyd reluctantly accepted and promptly used to buy a new badass toy. In the promo, Boyd seems pretty serious when he tells his dad he’ll destroy him if he brings meth into their homes, but the genius of the show’s writing and Walton Goggins’ acting is that we’re still not sure what he’s actually planning.

• When Bo was in prison, he handed his protection and collection business over to Arlo Givens (Raymond J. Barry), Raylan’s father, who couldn’t get people to pay up. Bo is pissed, and wants his money. Raylan hates Arlo, but knows that Bo will kill his father and his stepmother, Helen (Linda Gehringer), if they don’t find some cash quick. Helen has told Arlo they have two options: either he kills Bo or they skip town. Raylan and the Marshals’ office are about to give him another — wear a wire and help them get evidence to put Bo back in a cell. From the promo, you can tell Arlo isn’t keen on being a snitch.

How do you think this is gonna go down?

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  • Ceballos

    Great call on tonight’s episode being THE one to watch, Mandi.

    From the looks of the promo, it seems like all of my favorite developments (the Raylan/Winona relationship, Raylan’s relationship with his dad) are going to come to a head in this hour (and in next week’s finale). I’m also totally with you in that I have NO idea whether Boyd is full of it thanks to Goggins’ acting. (Call me a sentimentalist, but I think he’s serious.)

    I can’t imagine Arlo agreeing to be a snitch and actually going through with it…I say Arlo kills Bo Crowder.

  • Robert

    This show is amazing.

  • Moe

    This is AWESOME!! You have no idea what you’re missing if you don’t watch this show. Timothy Olyphant is INCREDIBLE in this show and in my opinion he makes the show what it is! You guys should be watching this.

  • Kristal

    I can’t believe that we’re already at the last two episodes of the season! I am thinking that Bo is going to be killed, but who does it is anyone’s guess. There’s a long of people that wouldn’t mind see Bo dead.

    • Ceballos

      I know I guessed Arlo earlier, but what if Boyd ends up killing Bo and THAT’S how Raylan ends up sending him back to prison?

      Either way, I can’t wait to see what happens.

  • Nicole

    It really is a great show – I wasn’t sure if I’d be into it, but Iv’e been hooked since the pilot. Everyone in the cast is phenomenal and the writing is perfect.

  • Q

    I wasn’t actually hooked by the pilot, but I gave it another couple of episodes because of the overwhelmingly positive reviews. Totally worth it – it’s an excellent show.

  • Mariah

    I’ve been looking forward to Justified all week. The ep looks like another amazing installment of a really spectacular series.

  • Monica242

    This show slowly sneaks up on you and before you know it, you’re kindof addicted. Amazing writing, perfectly cast – get Olyphant every award possible! – and stunning cinematography. My favorite new show of the season.

  • JustSomeGuy

    Terrific show. This is one show that doesn’t need some momentous cliffhanger to keep me hooked but a three-way dance with a Givens vs. Crowders shoot-out would work for me.

  • Kathy B.

    Love this show. My current favorite.

  • ks

    LOVE this show

  • cbinkc

    Good Call! I have gasped out loud during Justified the past two weeks and I am expecting a similar reaction tonight. This show is crazy good and I’ve enjoyed how I haven’t figured everything out before it happens.

  • Sarah D

    I was psyched about this show when I heard about it, like, a year ago. It is SO INCREDIBLY living up to expectations. I don’t have cable so I have to catch it nine days after it airs on freaking HULU. I haven’t even seen the newest episode yet. It’s worth all the frustration though. If you haven’t seen this show, trot on over to HULU and check it out!

    • Sarah D

      So I said ‘trot’ and because of the cowboy hat that seems like a horrid pun. It wasn’t, I just talk like I live by a crick sometimes!

  • llevinso

    I look forward to Justified every week, but now that it’s coming to the season finale I’m on the edge of my seat more and more. Goggins and Olyphant are just amazing! Such a great show!

  • lowe

    Best drama show on TV these past couple of months. It’s filling the void left in my heart due to Mad Men’s hiatus.

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