Justified: Season 2, Episode 1

The Moonshine War (9 Feb. 2011)

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Raylan tangles with a ruthless Harlan County crime family while hunting for a fugitive sex offender.



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Raylan tangles with a ruthless Harlan County crime family while hunting for a fugitive sex offender.

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The title of this episode is a reference to a novel by Elmore Leonard, whose story "Fire in the Hole" inspired this series and who serves as an executive producer. Like this series, the novel is also a crime story set in Kentucky. See more »


Chief Deputy Art Mullen: Well you know what happens now, don't you? We get legions of AUSAs all up in our ass.
[Motions towards his door before turning towards his safe]
Chief Deputy Art Mullen: Tim! We're going to do the gun thing.
Tim Gutterson: Relinquishing a firearm can be a very emotional moment, and there always must be another deputy in attendance. Add in some premium alcohol, what could possibly go wrong?
Raylan Givens: [Sliding his gun into the envelope offered by Art] Thank you.
Chief Deputy Art Mullen: Uh huh.
Tim Gutterson: [They toast and knock back their bourbon] What you gonna get next?
Raylan Givens: Probably the...
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References The Moonshine War (1970) See more »


Long Hard Times To Come
(Title Theme) (uncredited)
Written by Rench and T.O.N.E-z
Performed by Gangstagrass featuring T.O.N.E-z
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Raaaaylan Givens, I've seen you and your big hat on TV the other day
25 January 2015 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

That's it, after an amazing season finale, this is where the show really starts.

We're introduced to the Bennett Family, they run the police (Doyle Bennett, the older son played by Joseph Lyle Taylor), the criminal activity (Mags Bennett, the matriarch and best villain on the show played by the lovely Margo Martindale) and the weed business in Bennett County, they also hire dumb child abusers, courtesy from Dickie and Coover Bennett (Played by Lost alums Jeremy Davies and Brad William Henke).

There's another family who holds an almost eternal beef with the Givens family, specially Raylan, since he's the one responsible for Dickie's leg not working as it was supposed to work.

We're also introduced to the McCready family, composed by the father Walt (Chris Bulkey) and his daughter Loretta (Kaitlyn Dever).

In this episode, Raylan finishes his business with Gio Reyes not the way he's used to, while he teams up with Rachel to rescue Loretta from the hands of a child abuser James Earl Dean (Billy Miller).

9/10, an excellent start to a season that some consider to be the best of the entire show until now (although Seasons 3 and 4 are also high-caliber TV in all levels).


Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant).

Mags Bennett (Margo Martindale).

Dickie Bennett (Jeremy Davies).

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