Justified

Wednesday 5 May, 10:00pm on Five USA

Continuing on Five USA this week is the explosive action drama starring Timothy Olyphant as nononsense southern lawman Raylan Givens. In this instalment, Givens goes on the trail of an escaped convict who has buried a large amount of cash. However, he is not the only one after the money… Givens visits Lexington prison, where Boyd is recovering from the gunshot wound he received during their shootout (see last week’s episode, ‘Fire in the Hole’). Boyd has a question for Givens. “Why didn’t you kill me?” he asks. Although Givens insists he was shooting to kill, Boyd is convinced that his life was spared so that he might achieve a higher purpose. “I’m born again in the eyes of the lord,” he tells a sceptical Givens. Meanwhile, a country band made up of prisoners has a gig nearby. Two of the musicians, Price and Cooper, overpower a guard and make a break for it. Curiously, Cooper was due to be released from a 15-year sentence for robbery in just three months. Upon receiving a call over the radio, Givens decides to investigate. However, while stopped at a petrol station, he is ambushed by the two convicts, who take his guns, car keys and even his trusty cowboy hat. Cooper then turns on his accomplice and makes off alone in Givens’s car. Before he leaves, he locks the marshal in a cupboard. The next day, Givens learns that Cooper’s ex-wife Shirley, a former erotic dancer, lives in a caravan nearby. He and his colleague Tim Gutterson, a former army sniper, go to visit her, and find her with her lover, Dupree. Despite the couple’s insistence that they have not heard from Cooper in years, Givens’s suspicions are aroused. After the lawmen leave, Cooper surprises the lovers and holds them at gunpoint. It transpires that 15 years earlier, Cooper hid over $150,000 from a bank robbery under the floorboards of a property in the new Riverbrook residential development. Shirley and Dupree have recently been breaking into houses in order to find the loot. When these break-ins made the newspapers, Cooper broke out of prison to get to the money first. As Dupree can bypass alarms, Cooper reluctantly lets the pair come along to the correct house to help him dig out the money. After breaking into a deserted house and ripping up the floorboards, the trio are horrified to find there is no money underneath. As Cooper has no idea where it is, the calculating Dupree decides to take him out of the equation. “I guess we don’t need you anymore,” he tells Cooper, shooting him. Shirley is repentant, but goes with Dupree when he tells her that he has worked out where the money is hidden. Cooper made a mistake when trying to figure out which house to look in, which Dupree has amended. Meanwhile, after a sleepless night, Givens reads the same newspaper article as Cooper and fits the pieces together. As he and the marshals rush down to the Riverbrook development, Dupree and Shirley find the correct house, and tie up the couple who live there. When the cops close in, an enraged Dupree waves his gun around, as Gutterson takes aim with his rifle. It is up to Givens to try to defuse the tense situation. “If you raise your gun again, you’re dead. Aim it at the family, you’re dead. You move too fast – dead,” he tells a jittery Dupree. Will the crook realise there is no way out and drop his weapon, or will Gutterson’s sniping skills be put to the test?

Wednesday 5 May, 10:00pm on Five USA

Continuing on Five USA this week is the explosive action drama starring Timothy Olyphant as nononsense southern lawman Raylan Givens. In this instalment, tricks and betrayals abound as Givens investigates the activities of a bookmaker-turnedinformant and his enforcer. At the station, Tim Gutterson has a surprise for Givens – he ‘gives’ him Arnold Pinter, an eccentric police informant who is passed from one new deputy to another as part of an initiation ritual. Givens visits Pinter (David Eigenberg, ‘Sex and the City’) at a restaurant and is shown to his seat by flirtatious waitress Samantha. It is clear that Pinter and Samantha are an item, but that does not stop her making eyes at Givens. Once a big-time bookie, Brooklynite Pinter is now scraping together as much money as he can for his ‘escape fund’, so he can leave Kentucky for good. He tells Givens the whereabouts of ‘Tiny’ Mason, a fugitive wanted by the Kentucky police who escaped during a prison transfer after pulling his shackles apart. “I have a feeling the name ‘Tiny’ is meant to be ironic,” says Givens. Pinter risks the physical danger of informing on such a brute for the $20,000 on offer for his capture. After tracking down Tiny to the home of his common-law wife, Sherese, the marshals are met with surprisingly little resistance. Having interrupted Tiny and Sherese during a bondage session, Tiny is already handily shackled to his bed. Givens is then asked to deliver the money owed to Pinter for the tip-off. Meanwhile, Pinter has a meeting with his enforcer, Curtis Mims. It transpires that a gambler by the name of Travis Travers has placed multiple losing bets with Pinter under three different names, and now owes the bookie $15,000. Curtis visits Travis brandishing a pair of secateurs. “If you don’t come up with the money, I’m gonna start pruning things off you,” he tells the cornered gambler. Travis stops Curtis by telling him that he has a plan that could earn them both a lot of money. Givens returns to the restaurant with the reward money, but finds Pinter strangely absent. The other marshals dismiss Pinter’s disappearance as trivial, but Givens is not convinced. “Something’s making my neck-hair stand up,” he mutters. His hunch proves correct, as it transpires that Curtis and Travis have tied Pinter up in order to locate his ‘escape fund’. They bring in Samantha from the restaurant, and tell Pinter that they will start cutting her up if they do not find out the whereabouts of the money. “Knock yourself out,” Pinter replies. As she is one of the few people who knew about the money, he has correctly deduced that she is in cahoots with his kidnappers, and that the threat against her is an elaborate bluff. Chasing up his hunch, Givens locates the house where the gang is holding Pinter. Curtis answers the door and is close to drawing his gun on Givens, but hesitates when the lawman mentions that the money kept at the station for Pinter can be ‘held’ by Curtis. His greed aroused, Curtis plans to wait for the marshal to return with the money, then kill him for it. “I’m gonna put a hole in his head,” he tells his accomplices. Is Givens going to walk straight into Curtis’s trap, or does the marshal have a trick or two up his own sleeve?

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