Justified (2010–2015)
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The Lord of War and Thunder 

Raylan's surveillance job on a fugitive is interrupted when he is forced to deal with his troubled father, who is causing mischief for a drug dealer who is renting from him.


Jon Avnet


Graham Yost (developed for television by), Gary Lennon | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Olyphant ... Raylan Givens
Nick Searcy ... Art Mullen
Joelle Carter ... Ava Crowder
Jacob Pitts ... Tim Gutterson (credit only)
Erica Tazel ... Rachel Brooks
Natalie Zea ... Winona Hawkins
Linda Gehringer ... Helen Givens
Rick Gomez ... ADA David Vasquez
Eddie Jemison ... Stan Perkins
Brent Sexton ... Sheriff Hunter Mosley
Karina Logue ... Sonya Toomey
David Meunier ... Johnny Crowder
Raymond J. Barry ... Arlo Givens
Frank Pacheco ... Ted Bentley
Daniel Betances ... Mick Bentley


Raylan must pick sides when his estranged father goes to war with a drug runner. Written by FX Publicity

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Release Date:

13 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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Did You Know?


Arlo Givens (Raymond J. Barry) was created for the series; Raylan's father had already died of black lung in Elmore Leonard's original story. See more »


Arlo Givens birthdate was supposedly in 1945.

That would have made him 20 years old in 1965, the earliest that he could have been sent to Vietnam to fight. Since the US Army still had two year enlistments at the time, there would have been little reason for him to have gone unless he volunteered. And in 1965, very few people volunteered to go to Vietnam. See more »


Raylan Givens: Why can't you bail him out?
Helen Givens: Those are the first words out of your mouth?
Raylan Givens: I'm sorry, I'll start again. I see you're still smoking.
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References Rawhide (1959) See more »


Rumble In The Sky
Performed by The Deep Dark Woods
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All in the family
22 November 2016 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

The crime-of-the-week formula is put on the back burner for the first real character episode in the show's run. It's here that we finally meet Arlo Givens, who, despite his outward appearances of being an old codger, is just a conniving thug; and the root case of Raylsn's disdain for his upbringing. Olyphant does a tremendous job with this, a seething barely masked by his usual charm. With just a few dialogue passages, we know why he was so quick to split town as a boy, and why he still wants to now.

One line that perfectly encapsulates the father-son relationship:

"I got you out of jail. At the *very* least, I'll get you back in."

Olyphant delivers it perfectly.

This is a great episode because it really puts the Marshal under the microscope and starts to really develop the characters in Harlan. It's just fascinating to watch.


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