Herc’s Seen Tonight’s
Return Of JUSTIFIED!!
Justified 3.1 FAQ
What’s it called?
Teleplay is credited to series mastermind Graham Yost & Fred Golan (“Bulletville,” “Bloody Harlan”).
What says FX?
“The arrival of a dangerous new player in Lexington puts Raylan on a collision course with a sadistic Dixie Mafia hitman.”
Is Raylan “The Gunfighter”?
I’d wager the episode title refers to the Dixie Mafia hitman, one Fletcher “The Icepick” Nicks, a creepy minion of returning bad men Emmitt Arnett and Wynn Duffy.
How does it start?
The third season picks up minutes after the bloody showdown with the Bennetts. By the episode’s third minute, we leap three weeks into the future.
Who is the “dangerous new player”?
The big newcomer this week is “Captain America” component Neal McDonough (“Boomtown”). He plays Robert Quarles, a fixer from the Detroit mob keen to see Eastern Kentucky realize more of its organized crime potential. He’s an entertaining swine.
Is Natalie Zea still in this? Didn’t Winona and Raylan break up at the end of last season?
Natalie Zea remains a major player.
Does “Karen Sisco” star Carla Gugino play an assistant director of the U.S. Marshals Service in the season opener?
She does not.
What’s doing with the Crowders?
The “previously” package at the top of the episode reminds us that limpy Dickie Bennett put a bullet in Ava.
Is Boyd bent on vengeance?
Dickie was the last Bennett standing last season and “Lost” icon Jeremy Davies remains a regular this season.
Does Loretta McCready turn up?
Not this week.
First and foremost, new Big Bad Quarles, an engaging fellow who’s more Nucky Thompson or Arnold Rothstein than Tony Soprano (Quarles has a dusting of Dale Cooper in him too). The garbage bags. The saucy new secretary Arnett is boning. The grim Mr. Nicks, who’s entirely too fond of trouble. A substantial marijuana broker named Dunham, who knows his business. Duffy’s excuse for cutting short a conversation. Ava Crowder’s management acumen. “Sorry about your tablecloth.” “You let go of the rope.” “Are you gonna eat that pizza?”
What’s not so good?
No Carla Gugino as Karen.
How does it end, spoiler boy?
“What the hell’s he doing here?”
10 p.m. Tuesday. FX.
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Jan. 17, 2012, 3:16 a.m. CST
I have missed this show. Very, very cool characters, stories, actors. Long may it continue.
Jan. 17, 2012, 4:31 a.m. CST
Cannot wait for it!
Jan. 17, 2012, 4:39 a.m. CST
by Urge to Kill
Finally a truly great show is back on tv, quality American tv has been on hiatus since Breaking Bad ended.
Jan. 17, 2012, 7:13 a.m. CST
by Truxton Spangler
And when does Carla Gugino appear? Hopefully, there won't be an invasion of jealous housewives this season.
Jan. 17, 2012, 7:20 a.m. CST
Jan. 17, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST
It's been too long.
Jan. 17, 2012, 8:19 a.m. CST
Drags down every single scene she's in. Joelle Carter is a far superior actress and deserves the screentime. Rumors are rampant about Zea sleeping her way to parts, and based on her laughably bad performance here, I believe them.
Jan. 17, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST
Gimmie that Gangstagrass theme music...
Jan. 17, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST
by Cletus Van Damme
Missed this during its hiatus, very glad to see it back so relatively soon. Big thanks to FX for not giving it a "Mad Men" extended hiatus.
Jan. 17, 2012, 8:43 a.m. CST
Their scenes have been fairly boring together though.
Jan. 17, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST
Ahhhh....as a Kentuckian this show is just so good for me. Of course it does perpetuate that all of Kentucky is like Eastern Kentucky which Central and Western are not even....but hey at least it is well written!
Jan. 17, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST
My Amazon'd copy of "Raylan" should arrive at my home before I do (and I'm not even half way through "11/22/63"), and Justified is finally back. Don't know how many parts Natalie Zea has gotten from the "casting couch", but she did give up the ass for Hank Moody...
Jan. 17, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST
And I am sooo glad this show is back. The first return of true quality drama since Breaking bad finished its season. Justified is back, Mad men is coming, and WINTER IS COMING right after that. Finally, something to enjoy on boring nights.
Jan. 17, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST
He/she is just a troll who only posts to make up lies about Zea. It's really kind of pathetic. Almost as bad as that I Love Lana Lang guy. Really looking forward to Justified tonight and the return of Wynn Duffy.
Jan. 17, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST
I'm sure you came out with that crap last season. And I think it's also you doing the same on IMDB. Whoever you are, male or female you sound like a very jealous person.
Jan. 17, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST
and Justified is awesome. Glad its back
Jan. 17, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST
Both are attractive but only Carter can act. BTW, those rumors about Natalie Zea being a little "loose" morally are on every message board for Justified, lol. I tend to think that many fans just find her and her storyline pales in comparison to the rest of the show. When you had Margo Martindale and Goggins just killing it last year, anything with Natalie Zea just became an annoyance.
Jan. 17, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST
Hank Moody took her up the bonus tunnel on Californication.
Jan. 17, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST
i'm sure it doesn't help that the rest of the cast is just so good that natalie zea is the runt of the litter, so to speak. where did the initial rumors of her sleeping around to get the part start? i did read a kind of delusional interview with her where she said the unpopularity of her and her character was due to jealous wives, which is ridiculous since i don't think i've ever read anyone complaining about ava or her scenes with raylan.
Jan. 17, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST
I'm not the biggest fan of the character but that's down to the writing. But Natalie Zea doesn't strike me as a bad actress in anyway shape or form.
Jan. 17, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST
Maybe she's a bit weaker, performance wise and character wise, in comparison to the other characters on this show, and I think the reason for the backlash is most people don't enjoy her scenes because they'd just rather be spending time on the other stuff in the show. but she is a very necessary part of raglan's story, and the show, and I think she does a pretty damn good job in many of her scenes opposite Olyphant. And while I get the complaint that she is the least interesting part of the show, I don't thing that makes it automatically uninteresting. She's a nice change of pace for the show, shows a different side of Rayland, and is just drop dead lovely eye candy (main reason I enjoy her scenes probably). I definitely don't think she has done anything I could point to and go "what a terrible actress." She's just swallowed up by a truly terrific show. I liked the story with the money she stole last season, and I really liked the bottle episode of raylan trying to put it back. I like her presence on the show...but of course thats just me
Jan. 17, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST
You like cock. True story.
Jan. 17, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST
Dewey Crowe. Also wonder if we've seen the last of William Ragsdale. I somehow doubt it. Oh and...Love. This. Show.
Jan. 17, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST
...that the series is filmed entirely on the "Disney ranch" in California. The locations looked so good I thought for sure it was filmed in the south...
Jan. 17, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST
The day after I heard Olyphant giving an interview somewhere about how they struggle to create angles and find places in California that can believably sell as Kentucky, they did that episode involving a bank robbery of some kind (foggy on details) and when Raylan is outside the bank I noticed how much it looked like California. They really do an incredibly terrific job for the vast majority of the show, but now that you know that it's California, you might start to notice little things here and there that give it away.
Jan. 17, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST
"muwarriorsfan" created an AICN talkback account to make that comment.
Jan. 17, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST
Herc, you're funny.
Jan. 17, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST
I fakkin knew it.
Jan. 17, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST
by Bob Dick
The unsubstantiated rumors make me like her even more.
Jan. 17, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST
I wish this was more serialized like Breaking Bad :(
Jan. 17, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST
Its more that the character as written is fairly unsympathetic, to me she acts and sounds like every ex girlfriend I've had. Plus they way she treated Raylan when he pulled her tits out of the shit storm she created by stealing the money out of lock didn't help. The other problem with the character is that if you objectively look at Winona and Ava Crower side by side Winona comes up short. Ava is a stand up broad and willing to throw down when needed and isn't nearly as whiny. Winona on the other hand seems weak, unfocused and ultra needy. The "looks" discussion now that one is entirely subjective. In my opinion Zea isn't ugly its just that she is starting to lose it a little. Look at her in Eyes, The Shield or Dirty Sexy Money and now. She's still attractive but age isn't being that kind. In this instance I find Joelle Carter to be more attractive but i wouldn't turn down either one both are quite attractive. Anyways as long as Walton Goggins keeps hitting home runs as Boyd Crowder Justified will be just fine. Over the last two seasons Googins and the writers created one of the best bad guy/anti hero characters on TV he's compulsively watchable and believably dangerous. Seriously good work there people.
Jan. 17, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST
and this is not the first quality show to come on since breaking bad. boardwalk empire is amazing. but i have been missing justified. this and returns of mad men thrones and killing are getting me so pumped.
Jan. 17, 2012, 6:07 p.m. CST
Let Boyd have the nagging bag, as they both love to make excuses for their own past stupidity and blame others for their own shitty choices. They could have a one-up competition, turn it into a drinking game. What Xiphos said, about her reminding him of every bitchy ex he's ever had, is right on the money. Oh, and Herc, I DIDN'T create this account just to say that.
Jan. 17, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST
Ava is a sexy Waffle House Waitress. Winona is a high-end super-hot babe. Totally different breeds.
Jan. 17, 2012, 7:49 p.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
I'm nearly done with the first season and I'm rather enjoying it. However, I must admit that I was a bit surprised at how episodic its turned out to be. I guess I've become so used to more serialized shows that I wasn't prepared for the "NCIS-like" vibe. But I really enjoy the dialogue and I think they've established some good characters that I hope will become greater in later seasons. As for Ava vs. Winona, I think they're both gorgeous but in totally different ways. So far, I've enjoyed the performances of both actresses but I can see how the central Raylan conflicts could draw interest away from their scenes. All I know is that when either woman is on the screen, I sit up in my chair a little more...if you know what I'm sayin'.
Jan. 17, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
Howdy, sir. I hope that all is well.
Jan. 17, 2012, 7:51 p.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
...in one form or another.
Jan. 17, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST
I am well thank you. Hows by you? The first season of Justified is good but not great and like you noted has very episodic feel until the last three eps. Its season 2 where it really hits its stride with the introduction of the Bennett Clan.
Jan. 17, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST
Jan. 17, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST
i gave up that bitch when she started screwing boyd. YUCK!!!
Jan. 17, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST
Completely agree. The pilot was great, had me really excited for the show. Next two episodes (shitty D.B. Cooper story that was also done on 'Prison Break' and something else I can't remember) killed all my interest. I still have the first season on DVD so I'll watch it some day. Consensus seems to be that it's one of the best shows on TV.
Jan. 17, 2012, 10:10 p.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
Not too bad, doing alright. Happy New Year. Cool! I had a feeling that with the release of Boyd (?), things were going to come into focus.
Jan. 17, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST
And almost forgot that I did. One of a kind.
Jan. 17, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST
I swear it's the same morons who come on here solely to bash her not just as a character, but as an actress! Pointing fingers, perpetuating unproved rumors that someone you don't know is "loose" is extremely annoying behavior and speaks loads about your own character. Wonderful episode btw. Great start to a memorable season. I had a feeling we'd be learning more about the Dixie Mafia come season 3. Every character seems to be in the perfect position to cause some serious damage in another person's life. Can't wait. I'm also anxiously anticipating the rival of Carla Gugino's Karen. What a Beautiful ageless woman. Oh, and Ava is one bad@ss Kentucky chic. I need a girl like that!
Jan. 18, 2012, 12:25 a.m. CST
by Uncle Pooky
I had to watch the "pizza" scene twice, because Nix was just that damn good.
Jan. 18, 2012, 12:31 a.m. CST
He was great, and I'm excited to see Neal McDonough is likely the season's 'big bad'.
Jan. 18, 2012, 2:07 a.m. CST
Nothing wrong with the acting of Ms. Zea, but her character is just such a one-dimensional narcissistic bitch.
Jan. 18, 2012, 2:19 a.m. CST
by Truxton Spangler
looks like a juicy season, with some good casting choices and interesting directions. Good to see Jere Burns and Jeremy Davies still around. The difficulty of finding good locations has been publicized before, and not just for this show. They also talk a lot on the BBad podcast about how their location shooting works. It takes some work, and a lot of luck, but when done well, nobody notices. One thing Justified has vastly improved on is their driving sequences. They looked absolutely awful in the first season.
Jan. 18, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST
by American Mythos
I'm usually not a big Neal McDonough fan, but he brought some true menace to tonight's episode. "Now do you know who I am?" Great! And Fletcher "Ice Pick" Nicks has a serious Billy Drago-as-Frank Nitti vibe to him, which is a good thing. Can't wait for Carla Gugino to show up. Hopefully she isn't crucified by these fat fingered Zea-hating jealous housewives.
Jan. 18, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST
great start... more ava please...
Jan. 18, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST
The local paper had an article today quoting Neal McDonough as saying this about the show: "For us, it's play time. It's a joy for an artist to have that. It's too much fun. I'm having a blast." McDonough said he hadn't had much time to watch much TV because he has 4 children, all under the age of four. Around the house, it's all cartoons and the occasional game on ESPN. When he finally had a chance to see "Justified" and the work of Margo Martindale, who played Mags Bennett and won the Emmy in 2011 in the best supporting actress category, an intimidated McDonough jokingly said, "I got scared."
Jan. 18, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST
by the new transported man
She's a bobblehead. No figure. Probably weighs 100 lbs. Also weak arms. Seriously though, waifs are gross & Hollywood is messed up. EAT SOMETHING
Jan. 18, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST
by Uncle Pooky
transport yourself back into the body of a heterosexual male
Jan. 18, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST
by David Hinson
Unlike NCIS, Criminal Minds, or CSI, I feel like Justified introduces short term and season long story arcs quite nicely. We get some closure within the episode and a nice slow burn through the finale. Breaking bad is the better show to be sure, but not by leaps and bounds. I find the balance nice in that I can get very slow burns like Breaking Bad and Mad Men, and somewhere-in-the-middle shows like Burn Notice and Justified. Of course this is just my opinion. Either way, were all lucky that we are spoiled beyond belief with all of the great shows in network, cable, and paid stations i.e. HBO.
Jan. 18, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST
by the new transported man
I would gladly take her out to the Bone Zone but shorty needs to bulk up. Can't stand that waify Hollywood look, it's unseemly.
Jan. 18, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST
First of all I think she is hot as hell, her and Olyphant have great chemistry. And I like her role on the show. I love the other chick too don't get me wrong, hard to judge them against each other considering they play 2 totally different characters. But Natalie? That is one hot piece of tight ass and she does a good job in just about everything I have ever seen her in.
Jan. 18, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST
I loved the ending last night!
Jan. 18, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST
by Hugh G Rekshun
...has made my Top-5 list for all-time Justified scenes. Considering how many insanely great scenes there have been in this show, that's saying something.
Jan. 18, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST
by Uncle Pooky
I had to watch it about 3 times just to fathom how smart Raylan is.
Jan. 18, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST
We are off to a fast start! And Karen "no ABC her name is not Sisco, really, it's a different Karen, no really, no need to sue, it's not Sisco" arriving soon, can't wait. As for the issue of location shooting, those of you catching up on Season 2 will notice the location work does suffer. They had to use the "NCIS-CSI forked trees section" a few times and it took me right out of the scene. Also several homes are recycled from various shows over the years. I think I even saw the John-Boy Walton house in one episode. I'm glad Olyphant addressed the issue of finding different angles, and that they are trying to make a concerted effort, but out of all the overpasses in LA, why did they have to shoot Jere Burns first scene of season 3 near that stretch by the LA River that's been used in TV and movies for decades. That's the only flaw in last night's episode.-----later-----m
Jan. 18, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST
then after I laughed, I said "lol". Good stuff.
Jan. 18, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST
by Turd Furgeson
This show is so good, after not seeing it for awhile, made me realize how much better it is than anything on TV. This show is just about perfect.
Jan. 18, 2012, 7 p.m. CST
by rakesh patel
Raylan, cool and calm!
Jan. 18, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST
great episode btw. can't wait to learn more about neal mcdonough's character
Jan. 18, 2012, 7:58 p.m. CST
And after a few seconds of only seeing the drunk cop Quinn from Dexter he molded right into that role last night as the Ice pick hitman. Nice job by him in that role. Love Raylan though, TO does such a great job with that part.
Jan. 18, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST
formally known as Karen Sisco. Good season premiere with the tablecloth scene being the highlight of the episode. Ava Crowder's handling of a frying pan was much more entertaining than watching Winona discuss baby names with Raylon. The less screentime Winona gets the better.
Jan. 19, 2012, 1:59 a.m. CST
Great to see you back, and great to have a show worthy of TB time, again, eh? LOVED the tablecloth scene, and the pizza, and the skillet. Loved a couple smaller moments, too: "that's My job, asshole..." and the quick look Boyd gave to the soon to be dead shooter of Ava at the end. Not to mention, the realization that Boyd planned the fight just to get the access to him in prison. Winona is fine, but high maintenance. Ava is the one you would want in your corner when things get tough. Rewatched S1 & S2 last week. Have to say the show is both episodic and epic! Nice arc over each season, not unlike the great older series Wiseguy. Also noticed, while watching show after show in rapid order, that the theme of "you are what you are" came up time after time. Lots of characters said it: I am what I am, we are what we are, you are what you are... lost count. Explains a lot: Raylan can't change, Boyd can't change, Raylan went with Winona (again), Winona went with Raylan (again). Raylan's boss knows it about Raylan, said it more or less straight to his face at one point. And one of the best written relationships in television is the one between Raylan and his boss. Love this show. Basically flawless, impeccable. Shows like this are rare.
Jan. 19, 2012, 1:59 a.m. CST
Jan. 19, 2012, 5:15 a.m. CST
Loved: Art and Raylan's scene in the locker room Boyd and Raylan's fight Ava with the frying pan Palmolive if its a girl Raylan's face when he realised he'd met Nix in the elevator Neal McDonaugh being scary crazy awesome Winona looking hot Everything with Wyn Duffy (that actor really sells every scene he's in) The shitting myself look on Dickie's face Justified might not be in the same league as Breaking Bad or Mad Men or the HBO masterpieces, but the dialogue, characterisation and sheer confidence of the production sets it apart from most other stuff on TV.
Jan. 19, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST
Did his accent bug me? Yes, because I was used to seeing him on Dexter. Turns out he's born in Savannah, Georgia,moved to the Bronx when he was 3, and grew up in New York. So he has some exposure to southern accents...god knows he's no worse than the yo-yos on True Blood. I think Desmond is a terrific actor. Too bad he (apparently) had such a short stint on Justified. I'm hoping he somehow escapes...although he'll be in jail with Dewey and company....
Jan. 19, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST
"sorry for the tablecloth" - hilarious Carla Guginos Golden Globes were in the season preview so she turns up - horraay Dumbass Dewey also made it to the new season - great Dewey, Dickie and Boyd united? - priceless!!! This show is getting better and better.
Jan. 20, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST
by SID 8.0
Art "That's my job asshole." Man I love this show. Tablecloth scene was awesome, I thought he was going to flip the table. Any scene with Boyd and Raylan is gold. Raylan "You wouldn't like Mexico." Boyd "Why not?" Raylan "Well first of all it's filled with Mexicans." Glad it's back, Archer too.
Jan. 21, 2012, 1:07 a.m. CST
by otto maddox
Hopefully she can give Raylan some of that Hank Moody action..........
Jan. 21, 2012, 9:08 p.m. CST
Also, I want Timothy Olyphant. -Namaste-
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