Nelson Dunlop, played by guest star Mel Fair, is a recurring character in the FX series Justified. Dunlop is a US Marshal assigned to the Lexington Field Office.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
Dunlop is a US Marshal assigned to the Lexington Field Office.
Season 1[edit | edit source]
He appears in "The Hammer".
Season 2[edit | edit source]
He appears in "Blaze of Glory".
Season 3[edit | edit source]
Season 4[edit | edit source]
In "Money Trap", Raylan wishes him a happy birthday on his way out when Nelson comes into the Marshal's office. This prompts Tim to apologize for forgetting.
In "The Hatchet Tour", Nelson escorts Hunter Mosley out of Tramble and releases him into Raylan's custody. Art Mullen then berates Nelson for allowing Hunter, who killed Arlo, to be put in Raylan's custody on his transfer to a supermax prison. According to Nelson, Raylan taking Hunter off of his hands was a "belated birthday present". Art threatens him with a "bright future in mall security".
In "Decoy", Agent Dunlop borrows Raylan's hat, checks out a vehicle that Raylan usually checks out and helps out on the convoy duty with SAIC Mullen, Tim Gutterson and the KSP troopers and tow crew.
Season 5[edit | edit source]
In "The Toll", Nelson tells Raylan that Wendy Crowe called and said that Daryl Crowe Jr. is surrendering, but that he will only talk to Raylan. At the end of the episode, Raylan takes over his shift of watching over Art at the hospital.
Season 6[edit | edit source]
In "Fugitive Number One", he is seen at the hospital watching over Boyd Crowder who is now in Marshals custody. Dunlop leaves his post however when Deputy Stiles tells him that Raylan is waiting there to talk to him, unaware that this is really a ruse to escort Carl to Boyd's hospital room so that he can find out where Avery Markham's money is and execute Boyd. Nelson rushes back into the hospital when he goes outside and realizes that he fell for the trap.
In "Collateral", Vasquez angrily confronts Dunlop over the bulletin he saw about Raylan, tossing all of Nelson's paperwork off his desk. Dunlop replies "You having a bad day, David?".
In "The Promise", Nelson tells Raylan that he is going to miss him before he leaves the Marshals' office for good, which Raylan replies "no you won't".
Relationships[edit | edit source]
- Raylan Givens: Fellow Deputy US Marshal
- Rachel Brooks: Fellow Deputy US Marshal
- Tim Gutterson: Fellow Deputy US Marshal
- Art Mullen: Supervisor, Chief Deputy US Marshal
Memorable Quotes[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The character of Nelson Dunlop started out in the scripts as "Marshal Non-Descript". That led to him getting the initials N.D. which then gave him his name. According to showrunner Yost, Dunlop has always been Justified's "whipping boy", the marshal that is allowed to screw up in a way that would be inappropriate for Gutterson or Brooks (and of course Givens and Mullen).
- Showrunner Graham Yost considers the scene in "Collateral" to be one of Dunlop's nicest moments.
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Appearances[edit | edit source]
|Season one appearances|
|Fire in the Hole||Riverbrook||Fixer||Long in the Tooth||The Lord of War and Thunder|
|The Collection||Blind Spot||Blowback||Hatless||The Hammer|
|Veterans||Fathers and Sons||Bulletville|
|Season two appearances|
|The Moonshine War||The Life Inside||The I of the Storm||For Blood or Money||Cottonmouth|
|Blaze of Glory||Save My Love||The Spoil||Brother's Keeper||Debts and Accounts|
|Full Commitment||Reckoning||Bloody Harlan|
|Season three appearances|
|The Gunfighter||Cut Ties||Harlan Roulette||The Devil You Know||Thick as Mud|
|When the Guns Come Out||The Man Behind The Curtain||Watching the Detectives||Loose Ends||Guy Walks Into a Bar|
|Season four appearances|
|Hole in the Wall||Where's Waldo?||Truth and Consequences||This Bird Has Flown||Kin|
|Foot Chase||Money Trap||Outlaw||The Hatchet Tour||Get Drew|
|Decoy||Peace of Mind||Ghosts|
|Season five appearances|
|A Murder of Crowes||The Kids Aren't All Right||Good Intentions||Over the Mountain||Shot All to Hell|
|Kill the Messenger||Raw Deal||Whistle Past the Graveyard||Wrong Roads||Weight|
|Season six appearances|
|Fate's Right Hand||Cash Game||Noblesse Oblige||The Trash and the Snake||Sounding|
|Alive Day||The Hunt||Dark as a Dungeon||Burned||Trust|
|Fugitive Number One||Collateral||The Promise|