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Decoy

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Bait And Switch

Picker asks what happens now, and Boyd is certainly interested in that topic, given that his life may depend on the answer. Raylan supposes they're going to threaten to kill Bob and him if they don't say where Shelby is, but he goes on that "Bob looks the way he does 'cause he wouldn't talk," so he can hardly do any different. He goes on that they could actually kill him and Bob, only that might lead to other problems for them, a point that's emphasized by the siren sounds and helicopter noise that indicate Raylan's backup has arrived. And by the way, I've noted with some disbelief what little time this season has spanned, but it's worth noting that this episode upped the bar by nearly taking place in real time, and it didn't need some flashy (and false) countdown clock to do it. Raylan wraps it up by suggesting they be on their way, "and just promise me that we'll get together and do this again someday." Picker looks like he might argue the point, but Boyd starts to walk away, and when asked what he's doing, he explains that killing marshals isn't what he signed up for. Picker suggests they could just kill him, which probably isn't the best idea to chat about in front of lawmen, but Boyd counters that "your god" has much bigger problems than Boyd at the moment. Well, that's true, and yet I have the feeling that if Tonin were here, he wouldn't hesitate to kill Boyd himself. As Boyd walks away, Raylan calls for him to promise too, which Boyd does...

...and then we see the marshals rushing the place, only to find Raylan and Bob alone, and Raylan explains that the group left quickly -- they were "smart enough to know they'd lost." When Art sees Bob's face, he says that he thought he'd had a day of it before asking where Shelby is, and Raylan invites Bob to tell him, since it was his idea. Bob tells Art that you'd think you need a car or a helicopter to get out of Harlan, but that's not the case...

...and then we cut to Rachel and Shelby, speeding out of town on the coal train just like two enterprising hobos might. I may be concerned for Rachel's safety, not because of Shelby but the people after him, but that doesn't mean I didn't love this ending. See you next week.

John Ramos is a writer and film producer living in Los Angeles. His new film, a documentary on online privacy and the sale of personal data called Terms And Conditions May Apply, recently premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in January. You can get news on it from the film's Twitter account. Also, you can email John at couchbaron@gmail.com, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/couchbaron, or check out his blog, "Pull Up A Chair," which he'd just love for you to stop by.

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