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Cheers & Jeers: Larenz Tate Gets Justified

Cheers to Justified for turning Larenz Tate back into a Menace II Society.Want more Cheers & Jeers? Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine now!The charismatic actor first broke out as teenage gangsta O-Dog in the Hughes Brothers' 1993 inner-city saga. Since then, he's mostly played nice guys in movies like Love Jones and on TV series like FX's Rescue Me. The cable net's top-notch crime drama let Tate cross over to the wrong side of the law as a violent convict who flees a halfway house — and who happens to be the ex-brother-in-law of Deputy U.S. Marshal Rachel Brooks (Erica Tazel). She teams with Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) to track him down....

Bruce Fretts

Cheers to Justified for turning Larenz Tate back into a Menace II Society.
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The charismatic actor first broke out as teenage gangsta O-Dog in the Hughes Brothers' 1993 inner-city saga. Since then, he's mostly played nice guys in movies like Love Jones and on TV series like FX's Rescue Me. The cable net's top-notch crime drama let Tate cross over to the wrong side of the law as a violent convict who flees a halfway house — and who happens to be the ex-brother-in-law of Deputy U.S. Marshal Rachel Brooks (Erica Tazel). She teams with Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) to track him down.Tate's character wasn't all bad — he wanted to reunite with his 12-year-old son and deliver a long-overdue birthday gift, a Furby knockoff. Well-directed by John Dahl (The Last Seduction), the episode, "For Blood or Money," was a standout hour not just for Tate but also the often-underutilized Tazel. As good as he is, Olyphant isn't the only Justified star who deserves a tip of the hat.What did you think of this week's Justified?

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