Justified: Fixer

Episode: Fixer (Season 1, Episode 3)

Synopsis: As the new guy around the office, Raylan is assigned to Arnold Pinter, a local snitch and bookie, to keep tabs on him and follow up all his leads.  When Pinter goes missing before collecting a $20,000 reward, Givens smells something foul in the air and sets about solving a mystery no one else seems to care about.

Review: So far I’d have to say this is the worst episode of the season, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad by any means.  Of what we’ve seen so far, this episode most mirrors the sometimes unconventional writing style of executive producer and character creator Elmore Leonard.  What that translates to this go round is spending a lot of time with the bad guys who are interesting characters in themselves.

I didn’t especially care for Curtis (Page Kennedy) as he seemed a touch too slow in the head for me.  Though he was definitely a Leonard type character – obsessing over what it is to be a criminal without ever putting his mind to the correct task.  Like previous episodes, guns and the gunfighter mentality takes a prominent position in the episode, with the characters taking time to discuss the finer points of the quick draw in a gun fight.

The shortfall of the episode is the lack of Timothy Olyphant as we spend time with the villains, though guest star David Eigenberg is great as Pinter and plays the somewhat smarmy-can’t wait to get out of town-guy to perfection.  All in all, it’s an okay episode that is fine for a once off, but Justified is at it’s best when Olyphant is on screen.

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