A couple quick things first: Boyd has a meeting with Picker and Wynn (backed up by Jimmy and Mike) – now that things have settled down, Picker's coming through on his promise to deliver Mexican heroin connections and as such has brought them together with "Alberto Ruiz" and a Korean associate named "Mr. Yoon," the latter of whom seems like the decider. Also, Darryl is wondering where Jean-Baptiste is; sensing Kendal's about to crack, Danny bullshits how Jean-Baptiste was talking a lot of shit about Darryl, so Danny told him to head back to Florida. Kendal backs Danny up, but it's an unconvincing story and everyone knows it, plus who knows where the body is buried? (I mean, I guess Danny does, but still.)
Apparently having confessed his role in Augustine's death, Raylan meets a distraught Art in a bar for sentencing – and gets a fist to the face so hard it seems like Art's hand won't heal for a week. At the office, Tim and Rachel clue in to the tension as Raylan plays the penitent child; meanwhile, Allison arrives at a checking-up visit at the Crowes' new house, supposedly rented to them by a guy named "Mike," and as if getting a bunch of unwanted advice from Wendy about how Raylan will break her heart and some psychological torment from Danny and his hell-hound Chelsea aren't bad enough for Allison, Danny runs her off the road on her way home. When Raylan hears about it, he and Rachel head off to Harlan; in the meantime, Danny tells Dewey that he and Darryl would jump at the chance to leave Kentucky if Dewey came through with the money Darryl wanted, so the two of them decide to shake Boyd down at gunpoint.
At the bar, they find not Boyd but Carl, and when they come out on the winning end of a fight, they decide to ransom Carl to Boyd. Back at the house, they tell Wendy that Carl's in Danny's trunk – just as Raylan and Rachel show up. Wendy lawyers them out of entering the house, so they go to Mike the landlord's (whom Raylan happens to know) hardware store to check on his well-being. The kindly Mike's alive, but it seems pretty clear that while Wendy's one thing, having all the Crowes in his house is a bit much for him, so Raylan tells him he won't be renting to the Crowes anymore, to which Mike's like, you mean my hunting cabin too? Raylan and Rachel follow that lead, unaware that Danny and Dewey have repaired there to hide out and hold Carl. With Rachel's help, Raylan quickly gets the best of the situation – only Carl lies that Danny didn't kidnap him with the idea of heading back to Boyd and settling the score with the Crowes privately. (This also involved the most casual discussion of redneck gay sex I think I've ever heard.)
Ava's in the State Prison, so Boyd goes to see one of his old skinhead friends ("Gunnar Swift") to arrange protection for Ava via his sister "Gretchen," who sounds like a State lifer. Ava suggests to her lawyer that Albert might have pulled the same stunt with other prisoners in the past and begs him for help. And she needs it, because when she meets skinhead Gretchen, her supposed protector, she beats her up and cuts off some of her hair for being a "race traitor"-by-association. When this gets back to Boyd, he sends Jimmy to do some recon, and Jimmy reports back that Gunnar is holed up with his "Hitler humpers" waiting for a revenge attack from Boyd. Elsewhere, in the wake of losing their house, Wendy thinks they should all head back to Florida, but Darryl isn't trying to hear that. Boyd then turns up with Carl – and, as is his wont, arranges a marriage of convenience by hiring the Crowes (including Dewey) to hit the Nazis. After Boyd springs the Crowes on him in a surprise attack, Darryl personally beats Swift within an inch of his life before Boyd "suggests" he tell his sister not to let any more harm come to Ava. Yes please!
In the end, Rachel tells Raylan she's there if he wants to talk about what's up with Art, but Raylan tells her that while he trusts her implicitly he still can't, and she's smart enough to realize this means it would "drag the office into a shitstorm of Biblical proportions." Also, with one of his former men holding him at gunpoint, Hot Rod tells Boyd he'll bring Johnny to their upcoming desert meeting – I'm assuming at the site of the first heroin trade – but he also manages to give him a coded message letting him know there's danger lurking. With that knowledge, Boyd goes to see Darryl and offers him another job – to help him kill Johnny Crowder. Wonderfully tangled enough for you yet?
We start on a close-up of a glass of something probably local to the area and definitely running low; as a melancholy country song plays, Art -- looking pretty miserable, even for him -- fiddles with his drink. As befits the mood, we can see through the open door that it's pouring outside as a car pulls up. A cut to inside the vehicle reveals it's Raylan, and he looks like he's steeling himself for a moment before he gets out. It seems apparent that he came clean to Art, and although we can only speculate at this point, it's reasonable to guess that Art needed time to process the news and this meeting's ostensible purpose is for Raylan to hear what Art's going to do about it. Raylan heads into the bar, on the way using his hat for a more practical purpose than usual; he pauses when Art takes notice of him, but approaches after Art turns back to his drink. Art gets to his feet and nods at Raylan, who greets him by name -- and then, after a moment, Art hauls off and hits Raylan so hard I'm surprised it didn't knock him into next week, which admittedly would make the episode less interesting. With Raylan still reeling due to shock as much as anything else, Art starts to make like he's going to punctuate his action with some verbal declaration, but he can't find the appropriate words and chooses to walk out without any. Raylan turns to watch him go, but Art's only movement other than walking is to shake out his aching hand, and Raylan nods to himself like he had that coming, which I guess he totally did before retrieving his fallen hat. On the other hand, as I said last week, Art wouldn't behave like this if he didn't care! (Raylan's jaw: "He must care a lot.") Credits.
Over at "Kentucky State Women's Prison," we get a montage; Ava is led in with her hands cuffed in front of her; she takes a shower and then submits to a naked inspection, although examination of her body cavities seems only to be visual. Hey, you end up bright-siding whatever you can in the clink. Carrying her linens, Ava's led to an individual cell -- it's like Oz's Emerald City if instead of glass everywhere you saw yellow paint -- and then the door closes on her, a noise that's punctuated by the immediate cutoff of the jaunty song that's been playing through the scene. I have to say I did not expect Ava still to be in jail six episodes in.
Neither, it seems, did Boyd, as his facial expression looks like a better description of a migraine than any words could muster. After a few moments, though, he braces himself and gets out of his truck to head into what looks like a converted brick warehouse. Then we cut to inside as the downcast expression transforms to one of ebullience as Boyd feigns enthusiasm at seeing a man who seems -- from the set dressing such as a "White Power" banner with a swastika on the wall -- to be someone Boyd knows from his old skinhead days. Said "Gunnar Swift" (we'll be getting his name momentarily) is also about a head taller than Boyd, but he's also almost as jovial as Boyd in recalling that he owes Boyd one. As he goes to pour them a drink, though, he recalls that Boyd taught him everything he knows about "mongrelization" and suggests Boyd could use a bit of a refresher on that -- did he not "start a church that lets in coloreds?"