Raylan and the marshals have Shelby holed up in, hilariously, Arlo's place, which isn't looking particularly safe given the chopper ominously circling the place. Knowing they have to move before Tonin can hit them with everything he has, they make a plan to strike out for Lexington. Meanwhile, unlike Wynn, Boyd has chosen to face Augustine, and despite taking some very heavy punches to the face, Boyd is still adamant about getting that half a million bucks should he deliver Shelby. He gives Augustine advice borne of his extensive knowledge of Raylan that results in Colton and a sharpshooter of Augustine's heading to a particular junction, at which a convoy of marshals does in fact soon arrive.
Tim, knowing Colton is out there, smells a rat in the form of some abandoned cars rigged with explosives and stops his group, but he's not the only one thinking ahead – his entire party is a decoy, and Raylan and Art are planning to get Shelby out of there by air. After Art tells Raylan he'd better move from Arlo's, Tim eventually calls Colton, and the two of them have a pretty hilarious "hypothetical" conversation about their situation; soon, it becomes apparent that Shelby is not present. When Colton reports this to Boyd, he knows he'd better figure out Raylan's real move, or like Shelby last week, he'll probably be wishing for death soon enough. But, recalling how a helicopter once landed on the roof of the high school he and Raylan attended, Boyd guesses Raylan's location, and he and another of Augustine's men head for the place.
Raylan and Rachel take Shelby to the aforementioned now-abandoned high school to hide out -- but hey, do you remember how Constable Bob set up a motion detector at Arlo's to alert him if anyone intruded? Turns out he installed the same setup for the high school, as they were having trouble with wire thieves themselves, and he calls Raylan and confirms his location. With Bob having come to Arlo's to find Raylan thanks to that text, he's a sitting duck for the Tonin man come to check out the place, who takes great pleasure in loosely emulating Michael Madsen's character in Reservoir Dogs. A raaaaaather long scene ensues, but Bob won't give Raylan up despite really getting the crap beaten out of him, and he manages to stab and then fatally shoot the guy just before Raylan shows up to rescue him. Raylan and Bob manage to make it back to the high school, but the enemy's air support gets there before their own, and soon Raylan is having a conversation with Boyd and yet another Tonin guy that makes it clear they're going to be hit full force as soon as the rest of Tonin's men arrive. However, Tim uses a Molotov cocktail to detonate one of the explosive-filled cars boxing them in, so the marshals head to back Raylan up, while Colton surprisingly turns on Tonin's sharpshooter and kills him for reasons yet to be revealed.
Back at the bar, Augustine amuses himself by being disgusting to Ava, and when Johnny eventually tells him to stop, Augustine reveals Johnny's betrayal of Boyd. Ava, God love her, nicks Augustine's gun and really, really almost kills him, but merely escapes to leave Johnny and Augustine all awkward.
In the end, Boyd and Tonin's cronies enter the high school's principal's office to find Raylan and Bob, but no Rachel or Shelby. As the marshals arrive, Raylan invites his enemies to withdraw for the moment, so the conflict is resolved without bloodshed – while Rachel and Shelby ride a coal train out of Harlan. The chase continues – next week.
Okay, I almost never mention previouslies because I have enough ground to cover with the actual episode, but I have to give some love to this: They show Augustine's first visit to Wynn, and he tells Wynn about Thompson having shot Tonin; Wynn's like, fine. Then Augustine tells Wynn he'd like him to find Thompson -- only this is after Augustine killed Barkley, so when the shot cuts back to Wynn, there's blood everywhere, even though the scene would appear continuous to anyone watching. I'm not doing it justice, but check it out; it's hilarious. And now:
As foreseen last episode, Tonin is not going to let Shelby get out of Harlan alive -- not if the chopper circling ominously overhead has anything to say about it. From the ground outside Arlo's house, the marshals and Sheriff's Department personnel watch grimly, and Art asks one of the latter if he'd happen to have a rocket launcher. Heh. The answer is negative, and after Art tells Tim the sniper, armed with a rifle almost the size of him, to shoot the thing if it approaches, Art gets a call from Lexington...
...while Augustine, that perpetual smirk on his face, compliments Boyd's sense of style before asking him where he got his lovely teeth. Boyd evenly tells him they came with his Desert Storm service, and he's his typical verbose self about it, prompting Augustine to compliment the way he talks, "using forty words where four will do." Well, Augustine, if he weren't relying on his ability to talk his way out of tough situations, he'd probably be sharing a Motel 6 bed with Wynn Duffy, so you can't really begrudge him his wordiness. Augustine asks what Boyd would say if he told him he was about to riddle his nice clothes with bullets, getting this reply: "'What're you waitin' for?'" Augustine is like, oh so you're tough now, but Boyd's ready for that: "I tried to keep it to four words, allowing the contraction as one." Hee. Augustine giggles too, but perhaps his amusement is less genuine, as his next move is to say a "Yolo"'s name, prompting a raaaaaather attractive young man to step forward and pummel Boyd a couple times. And despite the guy's name, these are no joke punches either -- the second one, a full-on elbow, topples Boyd out of his chair and cinematically knocks one of those Army-issued teeth out. It is not safe around here, Boyd.
Speaking of Wynn, Augustine points out that he fled while Boyd stayed, the latter of which he considers a "bold" move, and Boyd, who's managed to crawl back into his chair, replies that he "wagered" that Augustine would see that working together was still in their mutual best interest. And by the way, I have to point out this: From Augustine's point of view, Boyd essentially delivered, right? He presumably doesn't know about Johnny spilling the beans to Raylan, and he saw Shelby there waiting for him on a handcuffed platter, so the only logical explanation from his point of view, it seems to me, is that his stupid noisy chopper tipped the Feds off. Not that I'd expect that to make a difference, but I figured I'd mention it, especially since it looks like it hurts Boyd to talk at the moment.