‘Justified’ Season 1 Episode 11 “Veterans’ sees Raylan Givens trying to deal with the aftermath of the meth lab bombing and the fact that too many of the Crowder clan, Boyd and his father specifically, are out of prison.
Raylan Givens is very keen to put Boyd back behind bars, as it was Raylan’s indiscretion of Ava that brought him to freedom and Boyd is up to no good. The religious cult that Boyd seems to have founded among some of Kentucky’s less fortunate appears to Raylan to be another front for a criminal enterprise. This suspicion seems to be borne out when two of the surviving meth producers are found in the woods shot execution style.
Boyd, though, is only one of Raylan’s problems. It seems that while Boyd’s evil father was in prison, he had left the handling of collections and such for his own criminal enterprises to Raylan’s father, Arlo, who is as incompetent at being a crook as he was brutal at being a father. Arlo owes Boyd’s dad fifty thousand dollars which, alas, Arlo does not have. This may present an opportunity to put Boyd’s dad back behind bars as well; whether Arlo survives is not something Raylan very much worries about. Arlo and his wife are very likely going to be obliged to run for their lives.
Finally Ava, Raylan’s former lover, is back in town, defiant, drunk, and looking for trouble. Fearful that she would find it, Raylan cuffs her , puts her in the back of his car, and asks his ex wife Winona to hide her out from the Crowders and a creepy statutory rapist who is also out of jail.
Raylan thinks he has gotten a break when one of Boyd’s cult members has been found given the royal order of the boot for the sin of ‘onanism.’ If you do not know what that is, do look it up in the Bible. It is a minor sin next to murder and mayhem.
But the self abuser is playing both sides, so he gives a warning to Boyd about the raid the Marshals and the Kentucky State Police (the second of the episode). The object of their hunt, a fellow named Billy Jo, is literally hidden underground by Boyd and his cultists.
Billy Jo has an important part of play in Boyd’s plans, which is to take the fall for the meth lab explosion and the murders of at least three men. This is a martyrdom that he willingly embraces, much to the ire of Raylan as he is pretty sure what is going on.
Source: Justified, Veterans, TV.Rage