"Justified: Fathers and Sons (#1.12)"
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"Justified" Fathers and Sons (2010)

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Arlo confesses the details of his collection duties for Bo to Givens and Mullen. He admits to skimming just a little bit off the top. Givens then acknowledges that the Marshals aren't so much interested in the past. In other words, they'd like Arlo to get back in Bo's "good graces" in order to provide information on Boyd.

"You want me to be a snitch?" Arlo asks. Exactly. Cut to Florida, where Bo meets his supplier on a golf course. The smooth-talking criminal warns Bo of the potential "consequences" of their partnership -- a warning Bo finds insulting as it implies he is little more than a rube. The kingpin's main concern, however, is Givens (of course). Turns out the man knew Tommy Bucks.

Back in Kentucky, the Marshals try to convince Arlo to wear a wire. He refuses, which makes Givens' blood boil. "Everything that led to this moment was your choice!" the son yells. Seethes Arlo: "You are a miserable sonofabitch, Raylan... I'm glad your momma didn't live to see how turned out!" Arlo charges out of the office.

Later, Mullen admonishes the younger Givens for losing his cool (again) -- and orders him to convince dear ol' dad to return and be a mole -- wire or not.

The next morning, Ava wakes up to discover she is at Winona's house. The two women share an awkward cup of coffee before Givens calls. Ava explains to the Marshal that he was "right" -- and that she'll be heading out of town until everything blows over. Cut to an empty warehouse where Bo and the gang are getting a tour from a realtor. They claim to be in the furniture-making business (rather than drugs). When the realtor leaves, Bo takes charge. "I don't want to be here more than week," he says. "Is that enough for you to cook the entire shipment?" Nods all around.

Later, Ava returns home to find Bo's thugs drinking beer and watching TV. They claim that the house is Crowder property since it has always been in the name of Ava's ex. Meanwhile, Winona pays a late-night visit to Givens at his hotel room. With almost no words, she takes off her wedding ring and leans in to kiss her ex husband. Soon, they're in full-fledged foreplay mode and clothes become optional.

Afterward, Winona gets dressed, puts on her ring and walks out. No words because none are needed. Unfortunately, Ava is parked outside -- and watched the former Mrs. Givens leave.

The next day, Ava goes to see Helen. "I need a gun," the former tells Raylan's step-mother. "You always struck me as a woman who takes things into your own hands." Helen warns that Bo won't take kindly to Ava clearing Crowder thugs out of her house with a shotgun. "I just have to show him I'm not scared," Ava says.

Cut to the inside of a church, where Boyd volunteers to preach to the crowd, including his father. "Like Jesus, we must never be afraid to strike out against those who practice evil!" Boyd tells. "We must take the high road of righteousness ... even if it means leaving our own flesh and blood behind." Outside, the two threaten each other. Someone is going to meet their maker soon.

Later, Givens arrives outside the VFW to find it swarming with cops. Turns out a young man called "Lucky" is inside with a grenade. The soldier's unit is about to be sent back to the Middle East and he isn't allowed to go due to a lung condition. Inside, Arlo talks gently to the boy. "I'm telling you old timer, you really don't want to be here," Lucky says. "What you think you going to say to me?" Arlo insists he only wants to finish his drink. They swap horrible war stories in which they lived while others died. (Arlo's narrative being convincingly fabricated on the fly.) "I think Lucky was the name given to you because it's a blessing, not a curse," Arlo says. "Why not you?" The boy begins to cry. Moments later, he gives himself up with no further violence. Givens enters and joins his dad at the bar. "I'll wear the wire," Arlo says. "I just spent an hour next to a nut job with a live grenade. Turns out I'm not as afraid of dying as I used to be."

Ava, in the meantime, enters Johnny's bar armed with a shotgun. She confronts Bo in the back room. "It's not my fault your son is a wife-beating piece of shit," she says. "You harassing me like this? It ain't right." Bo says he doesn't want to kill Ava, but he does want her to leave Kentucky and never come back. She refuses -- and warns the old man that she has already shot one Crowder and isn't afraid to plug another.

Later, a wired Arlo visits Bo while Givens, Mullen and Gutterson listen in from a nearby van. Arlo talks a good enough game, but holds up a notepad to Bo that reads "play along... I'll feed Feds garbage. You pay me." Bo responds with his own note reading, "Kiss my ass." Bo, who now knows that Givens is listening, says that Arlo should ask his son to make sure Ava gets out of town. "She stood right where you're standing and pointed a shotgun at me," Bo says. Arlo smiles. "If I see him, I'll tell him," the elder Givens says. Silently, Arlo gives Bo an envelope stuffed with newspaper cut in the shape of currency, while the listening surveillance team hears the sounds of paper and believes that Arlo is paying Bo the $20,000 they'd given him to make their set-up convincing.

Afterward, Givens runs straight to Ava, who is sitting in the dark with a shotgun. "What the hell are you thinking?" Givens demands. Ava then reveals that she knows that the cowboy rekindled his romance with Winona. "I can be myself here," a weary Ava says. "Whether I die tomorrow or 10 years from now, it's going to be here. This is home."

Later than night, a truck transporting Bo's newly cooked drugs is stopped when a disabled pickup is parked in the middle of the road. The transporters exit the truck with guns drawn -- and then drop to the ground when a masked Boyd appears holding a rocket launcher.

The young Crowder, with his trademark "Fire in the hole!" yell, proceeds to blow up his father's drug shipment.

Now who is justified?

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