Raylan realizes that Shelby must have Ellen May with him, but before they can get into exploiting that knowledge, Art takes a moment to acknowledge to Rachel and Raylan just how awesome Shelby is, which is both deserved and hilarious, but his point is that the Marshal Service needs the prestige of bringing the case home. Meanwhile, after packing up the stuff in his office, Shelby and Ellen May plan to make a quick getaway from the Harlan airstrip, but when Shelby realizes the marshals have guessed his move and beaten him there, they're forced to drive on.
When they discover that Raylan has also anticipated their ground escape route and put up a roadblock, Shelby thinks they're out of options, but Ellen May tells him she has an idea, and they head to NOBLES HOLLER TO REQUEST SANCTUARY FROM LIMEHOUSE, and I knew Mykelti Williamson was coming back at some point, but this is still an awesome development. Shelby wants to pay Limehouse to keep Ellen May safe, but he gets more than he bargained for when Limehouse reveals he knows his true identity and takes him prisoner, figuring Shelby's worth a great deal of money to the right people.
Despite what happened last week (or maybe partially because of it), Johnny still feels like Boyd is slighting him, so he calls Wynn and his amazing, amazing sleep mask and tells him Drew Thompson's been exposed. Wynn tells Johnny he'd better get busy locating Thompson before anyone else does, while at Ava's suggestion, Boyd goes to see a "Nicky Kush" (really), who ran Audrey's before Delroy and is the one who hired Ellen May. He points them in the correct direction – which is hilariously convenient, given that Ava has taken refuge in Nobles Holler as well (this, at least, there's precedent for).
Limehouse brokers a reunion, and Ellen May gives Ava a hug that's as enthusiastic on her side as it is uncomfortable on Ava's. Ava still wants to buy Ellen May as well as Shelby from Limehouse, but he quotes her a figure of a hundred and fifty grand each, which gives her pause, as she REALLY wants that house on Clover Hill. Boyd wants to go through with it, though, thinking he can sell Shelby on to Detroit at a huge markup – but when the moment comes, Limehouse is all, "I am altering the deal," and says Boyd can have either Shelby or Ellen May, but not both. Boyd, surprisingly, thinks it's clear they need to silence Ellen May, but Ava, moved by the earlier encounter and still hoping to own some real estate, begs him to take Shelby instead. When the decision is announced, Ellen May positively freaks at the death sentence imposed on the man who showed her more kindness than anyone else, and actually spits in Ava's face, which is kind of terrifying in several different ways.
Later, when they wait for their ride, Shelby muses on his past, in the process letting it slip that Arlo is dead, which Boyd and Ava somehow hadn't yet heard. He also informs Boyd that the cocaine he brought to Harlan paid an awful lot of Crowder bills, which is why Boyd's father protected him no matter what. Boyd is unmoved, however, and sends Shelby off with Colton and Johnny to be handed off – unaware that Johnny, having had enough of Boyd and probably realizing his chance of getting Shelby out of Nobles Holler was somewhere south of squat, had agreed to tip Raylan and Rachel off as to the location of the drop. With a chopper containing Augustine and coming for Shelby in sight, Colton leaves him handcuffed to a tractor and bails – but the marshals show up just in the nick of time, and Augustine is forced to take back to the air.
In the end, knowing the wrath of Theo Tonin is coming, Wynn resolves to clear the country, while Boyd and Ava contemplate doing the same, and even the marshals know things are about to get bloody. I can't wait.
As the marshals comb through Shelby's place -- coming up with some underwear that I hope to God belongs to Ellen May in the process -- Boyd and Raylan exchange their usual drawling barbs, and then Tim tells Raylan that roadblocks are being put up in strategic locations. I'd rather see them put up Roadblocks, but even though the real fun would be in seeing the on-screen graphics that describe Ellen May's progress, I think Shelby would be the one stepping up for his team. Raylan thinks Shelby's too smart to get ensnared that way, but does allow that they might at least slow him down as Boyd chatters on that Raylan should have been an outlaw, 'cause he'd still be able to shoot people, just without all the paperwork. Of course, he'd have to buy a different-colored hat, but I think Boyd would argue it would still be worth it. He adds that in addition to shooting people, Raylan would be able to be an asshole -- "your two favorite activities" (hee), "except you would be a rich asshole." Raylan replies that being a criminal could also have made him dead and when Boyd offers that he's doing just fine, Raylan asks, "What about Arlo?" Leaving aside the point that Raylan in his actual line of work could have been dead more times than the word "asshole" has been uttered this season, Raylan's obviously using Arlo as an example of a criminal ending up dead, but Boyd hasn't yet gotten the memo as it's pretty clear he thinks Arlo's still in prison as he blithely says he's been meaning to get by and see him. And the misunderstandings continue, as now Raylan thinks Boyd's being flip about Arlo's death (presumably misinterpreting "see your daddy" as "visit Arlo's grave"), and Raylan makes a threat that Boyd doesn't get but we understand would result in Boyd taking up residence six feet under. Before their morbid version of "Who's On First" can continue, though, Rachel enters and -- when Boyd starts babbling at her -- proves her worth of all our love by casually telling him to shut up before reporting to Raylan and Tim that Art did not want to see the two of them left alone... in bed! (I mean, I can't even apologize for that one.) Now that they're all there, Raylan asks the question: "If you shot Theo Tonin and threw Waldo Truth out of an airplane..." He doesn't finish the sentence, but given that he doesn't meaningfully trail off all that often, I'm guessing "airplane" hit a chord.
Ah, here's Shelby at the sheriff's office, collecting some cash and other items as he urgently tells Ellen May the morning shift will start at 5:30, and she should be safe there until then. Once "Henderson" comes in, she should tell him what she knows and if it's enough for Boyd to want her dead, it should also be enough for her to get witness protection. It's unclear if Ellen May came clean to him since last we saw her, but Ellen May isn't thinking about that now, as she asks Shelby why she can't go with him. He assures her that she doesn't want to be part of what he has to do, so she asks what her other option is, and in response he holds out a wad of bills and tells her to get on a bus until she reaches a coast. "Doesn't matter which one." Maybe not for his purposes, Ellen May, but just for the way you like to dress I'd recommend you go west. Ellen May reluctantly takes the money as Shelby reminds her not to just travel as far as Tennessee or wherever and expect that Boyd won't find her, but Ellen May -- in that frustratingly undeniable way of hers -- asks if she really can't go with him. Shelby, however, says he's sorry it has to be this way and leaves...