Justified Review: Who is Drew Thompson?

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A lot of things came out in the open during "The Hatchet Tour," but only in a way that could happen in Harlan. Here's a rundown of the key takeaways from this evening's Justified:

Drew Thompson Revealed: The biggest reveal of the night was that Sheriff Shelby Parlow is really Drew Thompson. Many of us suspected it during last week's Round Table, so I wasn't really surprised when Shelby sat down with Hunter in the car.

Raylan & Shelby

What did surprise me is the loyalty that Shelby/Drew inspired in so many people. Arlo went to his grave having killed someone to protect him. Hunter killed Arlo and tried to kill himself to protect him.

Hell, even his ex-wife seem to avoid picking him out of all the men in Harlan when she was asked too. Few men command that type of loyalty and respect. Kudos to you Shelby/Drew, I will miss ya.

Boyd Learns Ellen May is Alive: Of all the ways I thought that Boyd might learn that Ellen May was alive, having Cassie show up looking for her was not even on my radar. That of course got the ball rolling for Boyd to also learn that Colton has been lying.

Boyd Learns Colton Has Been Lying: It's tough to learn that someone you trust has been lying to you. I'm guessing this is made worse when you are a criminal kingpin and that person is your chief enforcer. I wonder if Johnny will now be taking Colton for "a drive" or if he is just being voted out of the gang.

I feel for Johnny, he was damned if he did and damned if he didn't. Had he come forward sooner and said Colton was lying, Boyd would have thought it was a power play. He came forward about the only time he could without Boyd becoming too angry. I hope Boyd apologizes to Johnny so they can go back to being on the same side.

Constable Bob Saves the Day: I know there are many people (looking at you Dan) who really like Patton Oswald as Constable Bob. I'm not one of them. Three grown men have a shootout, one with an automatic weapon, and NOBODY gets hurt? This is clearly there for comic relief, but I prefer the satirical humor this show is so well known for.

Just to rub salt in the wound, wouldn't you know it, Bob has had the missing piece of the puzzle the whole time and it led to Raylan figuring out that Shelby was Drew. Of course he would have also figured it out 10 minutes later when he walked out to the car and found Hunter lounging in the back.

Overall, it was a well-woven story and a great episode. I'm giving it 4.5 shots of Bourbon for answering so many questions, yet creating so many more. 


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Hooligan, Drew was introduced in the Season 4 pilot this year. And law enforcement is looking for him because he can turn states evidence on Tho Tonin and stole a bunch of his money. -- Think "DB Cooper" but with more of a southern drawl.


Another thing…what's up with Ava? She's either thinking fast on her feet, or being needy and clingy. Would be nice to see her settle somewhere before she gets too annoying.
As for Colt, he'll no doubt be forced to bathe and then get voted off the island.
Then there's Constable Bob. What’s that about? He acts like a sixth grader packing a gun, however, that shootout was pretty funny.


The FBI was looking for Drew Thompson to execute a sealed Federal witness warrant. The marshals took over the hunt because the suicide of the dirty FBI agent in front of Raylan taints them.
The witness warrant obviously has something to do with the fact that Drew shot Theo Tonin in the eyeball, which is why Theo wants Drew alive to do terrible things to him.
As for the people in Harlan, apparently some of them will turn a blind eye to heroin, Oxycontin, meth, moonshine and other atrocities, but will murder to protect one man because, according to ex-sheriff Hunter "that's who they are." My guess is that it's some type of "hillbilly honor code."


Who is Drew Thompson and why is everyone looking for him?? Which episode introduced him into the series?


I have lost track of the reason law enforcement is looking for Drew.
What was it again?


Best show on TV! I just love all the characters on this show. The dialogue is just amazing. I think this season is better than season 3. Allthough season 2 was fantastic I think this season is just as good, or even better. The last episodes will tell.


Its a good show but I still prefer Season 3 which I think is the best! Now my question is why did Shelby/Drew run now?I mean they have been different parties hunting him since the beginning of the season? It seems no one was going to tell on him. He must have order the hit on Arlo as I think he wanted a normal life as a sheriff. Then why did he run now? Did he expect Bob to let his secret out? Then why not early? Some parts of this season is confusing as hell.


love raylan and mostly Boyd . love this show!!


Smash, Body of Proof ....the DeBozo Show .....but there is only one winner on Tuesday nights.......JUSTIFIED !!!!


I cannot get enough of Art.... I just love him!! His meltdown at the beginning of the show was awesome- and then Raylan's comment- you calling' because Art's mad? Too much!! Wasn't Johnny working his own deal behind Boyd's back? Did I miss something or is Johnny really only in it for himself?

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Justified Season 4 Episode 9 Quotes

Well cousin Johnny, Ava and I have been trying to put together a puzzle and it seems you have some of the missing pieces. Why don't you start from the beginning?


Raylan, you listen to what your ma'am taught you and not that old son-of-bitch you may turn out all right. But I wouldn't count on it, cuz we both know whose voice it is that makes you do what you do.