Justified: Fathers and Sons

Wednesday 21 July, 10:00pm on Five USA

Fathers and Sons (Series 1: 12/13) The action drama series following the adventures of US Marshal Raylan Givens continues. In this episode, Givens tries to convince his father to inform on Bo Crowder, while Boyd continues to hinder his father’s criminal activities. Ava strikes back against the Crowder clan and Givens rekindles his romance with his ex-wife Winona. Givens and Mullen are taking a statement from Givens’s father. Arlo reveals that during his time as a collector for Bo Crowder, he received up to $150,000 in protection money. When the money dried up due to increased competition, Bo held Arlo accountable. “He wants his pound of flesh, and you don’t have it,” Mullen summarises. To protect his father from Bo and to gain evidence that could put Boyd back in prison, Givens wants Arlo to become an informant. However, still not trusting his father and wanting a quick resolution to the Crowder problem, Givens insists that Arlo wear a recording device. Worried about his own safety, Arlo strongly resists the suggestion. “I ain’t wearing no goddamn wire!” he yells. However, after some consideration Arlo agrees to spy on Bo for the marshals. As he is wired for sound, he meets Bo and seems to be following the marshals’ instructions. What Givens and his team do not know is that Arlo is simultaneously writing messages for Bo, which read ‘Play along’ and ‘I’ll feed the feds garbage if you pay me’. Bo has his own message for Arlo, writing ‘Pine top. Noon. Alone. No wire’. Is Bo going along with Arlo’s scheme, or isolating him to have him eliminated? Bo also has to contend with Ava. Having come out of hiding, Ava makes it plain to the Crowder clan that she will not be forced out of Harlan. She buys a shotgun from Arlo’s wife and confronts Bo in the back of a nightclub, telling him to leave her alone. “I killed one Crowder. I could easily kill another,” she threatens.

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