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The Hammer 

Fresh out of prison, Boyd Crowder begins his mission to bring "religion" to the backwoods. Meanwhile Raylan starts trying to make a new case against Boyd while working as a bodyguard for a judge whose life has been threatened.

Director:

John Dahl

Writers:

Graham Yost (developed for television by), Fred Golan | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Olyphant ... Raylan Givens
Nick Searcy ... Art Mullen
Joelle Carter ... Ava Crowder
Jacob Pitts ... Tim Gutterson
Erica Tazel ... Rachel Brooks (credit only)
Natalie Zea ... Winona Hawkins (credit only)
Stephen Root ... Judge Mike Reardon
Doug E. Doug ... Israel Fandi
Jenni Blong ... Molly Tucker
Sean Bridgers ... Virgil Corum
Brad Carter ... Bobby Joe Packer
Darin Heames ... Mickey
David Meunier ... Johnny Crowder
Walton Goggins ... Boyd Crowder
John Ainsworth ... EMT
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Storyline

Determined to repair the damage he's done, Raylan takes time away from his assignment bodyguarding an eccentric judge to track down an old lead. Written by FX Publicity

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2010 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9
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Trivia

Sean Bridgers, who guest stars as Virgil Corum, and Timothy Olyphant worked together previously in Deadwood. Olyphant played Sheriff Bullock and Bridgers played Johnny Burns. See more »

Goofs

Raylan Givens uses a Glock 17 chambered in 9×19mm, not a .45 as he incorrectly states in season 1 episode 10. See more »

Quotes

Boyd Crowder: Truth always sounds like lies to a sinner.
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Connections

References Tombstone (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Rivalry gets serious
25 November 2016 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

'The Hammer' is another in a series of outstanding episodes; not just for the incredible dialogue (particularly Raylan's addressing of Boyd's congregation in the opening) but also for the guest star. Raylan's assigned to bodyguard a notoriously draconian judge who's the target for assassination. I love that they call him The Hammer (c'mon, that name is rad but it's Stephen Root that really makes him memorable. Seriously, the character actors on this show.

Around this, Boyd's taking his born-again attitude out on the meth labs that currently plague Harlan, with Raylan bearing the weight of inadvertently getting him early prison release. The writers are toying with Boyd's sincerity; is this a genuine conversion, or is he just playing the long con? This episode ties in nicely with the overall season arc, and it's great material for both characters.

9/10


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