Raylan's on grunt detail at the office, coming in super-early and handling irritating walk-ins with his legendary people skills -- a duty Art didn't even tell him in person he was getting, so annoyed with Raylan he apparently still is. One such person walks in babbling about online backgammon winnings the Marshal Service confiscated, but he gets Raylan's attention when he says that Charles Monroe was the owner of the website in question. Raylan realizes the Marshal Service never got the money; the site administrator put up that fake notice and absconded with the cash. Raylan goes after the admin, but the backgammon guy, whose winnings apparently totaled a quarter-mil, gets to him first and brings some muscle. I believe the technical term for what happens next is that it "goes bad," as the henchman (played by that gross car dealer who, um, "bought" Joan on Mad Men), unhappy with his cut of the take, kills Backgammon Dude right there and tells the admin to get him his money. However, Raylan shows up before the admin can negotiate the asset into cash, so the henchman kidnaps his girlfriend and tells him he's got eight hours to pay him. The admin, whose name is Fleming, and his prosthetic leg manage to escape Raylan with a bunch of cash (he LIED), and soon he's canceling Raylan's credit cards and draining his bank accounts and showing him the dark side of pissing off a hacker. Fleming, via his hack-fu, gets the marshals to rescue his girlfriend -- who then turns around and gives him up, because he is pretty much a total dick.
Despite her brother's face having been turned to hamburger, it doesn't seem like Gretchen is treating Ava much better, so Penny tries to get Ava to join a churchy group of prisoners, which is a lot more attractive given that Dale Dickey is their leader. Dale Dickey is a true believer, but as she tells Ava, her group also is the prison's drug supplier, which is why people leave them alone and they're in a position to protect her. Ava's happy to join in -- until she learns that part of the deal is giving up sexual favors to a CO. Thinking quickly, she surreptitiously sabotages the operation and then offers to get Dale Dickey a new supply of heroin, and Dale Dickey goes along with it but is pretty sure that Ava did exactly what she did, so let's just say she's on heavy probation.
The Crowes accompany Boyd and his crew to try to take Johnny out, but when they arrive in Tennessee, he's already gone. In Mexico, Johnny arranges a face-to-face with Yoon -- who sees fit to have him waiting at a large villa in the middle of nowhere when Boyd shows up. After telling Boyd that Johnny's promised him way more money for the same merchandise, he keeps them on ice while the compensation Johnny promised gets delivered -- and when it does in fact come through, Yoon's people release Boyd into Johnny's custody with the proviso that he not be killed until they cross the border. When they meet up with Hot Rod's crew, still on the Mexican side, Johnny thinks he's won… only to quickly learn that Yoon double-crossed him when the Crowes, Carl and Jimmy appear and capture Hot Rod's traitorous men. Everything seems to be coming up Boyd, and he's going to save Johnny for later, but Danny and Darryl have an unknown plan of their own that consists of them pretending Hot Rod's men pulled on them and blowing them away. In frustration, Boyd kills Johnny right there, but knowing they now have no chance of getting the drugs and bodies out of Mexico, he makes a phone call: "Tell Mr. Yoon we have a problem." I could be misremembering, but I'm pretty sure Yoon said he wasn't a huge fan of problems?
Wendy gets Allison suspended for two weeks by tattling to her boss about, among other things, her relationship with Raylan; she also kills Raylan's attempt to rescind Darryl's parole. Meanwhile, Kendal tries to tell Wendy about Jean-Baptiste and when that doesn't happen, he calls an "Uncle Jack" and pointedly asks where he's living. Raylan then gets drunk with Wendy and asks her to help him get Darryl, and when he drops the news about Darryl having killed Dilly that looks like information Wendy didn't have prior.
Finally, Raylan finally can't take the silent treatment Art is giving him and marches into his office to demand a transfer to anywhere if Art won't go back to treating him like a normal person; he says he's going to take some time off to go see his kid, and when he returns Art better give him one or the other. I'm hoping the gambit works for Rachel and Tim's sake if nothing else.
Darryl and Danny are weaponing up when Kendal comes in and asks where they're going; they decline to enlighten him but tell him to look after the place while they're gone. Darryl then notices that Kendal's been off for the last few days (so as usual this season is taking place in a very short time frame) and asks if anything's up, but he says no, and after Darryl walks out of the room, Danny winks at him. You may be surprised, but that doesn't seem to make Kendal feel any better.
In prison, Ava and her new hair are waiting by the visiting room, with Gretchen nearby looking evil, when Penny happens by and points out that there's only five minutes before visitation is over. Ava sighs that she's aware, and Penny bitterly says she knows her man isn't coming -- in the beginning they visit all the time, but then stuff inevitably starts to come up. "That's why you ought to rely on the Heavenly Mother." Ava tells Penny she's not interested in religion, but Penny retorts, "You interested in stayin' alive?" Another look Gretchen's way suggests this pitch from Penny is going to be a bit more effective. And I guess this means Gretchen's hatred of Ava is too strong to be affected by any threats to her brother. Good to have principles!
Team Crowe-der turns up in Memphis, but Johnny's already flown the nest for Mexico, so Jimmy and Carl confer with Boyd, who tells them he's going down himself to bring back his twenty-five kilos of heroin. Jimmy asks what they're going to do about the Crowes, then, and as Boyd regards his new allies looking mighty dangerous as always, his mental wheels spin us into the opening credits.
At the office, Raylan's just grabbed some coffee as Dunlop offers to get him something from the cafeteria, but Raylan declines. A thirtysomething potbellied dude then pops in and somewhat fussily asks who he should talk to about his money, and Dunlop supposes he's talking about a reward and tells him Raylan handles walk-ins, to which Raylan's like, say what now? Dunlop gets stuck with the unfortunate duty of having to inform Raylan that the reason Art's been having him come in so early is to handle such walk-ins and Dunlop thought he knew, which he's now seeing from Raylan's typically incredulous squint that he did not. However, Raylan takes it like a man (and doesn't take it out on Dunlop, which is nice) and invites "Larry Salmeron" to have a seat. Salmeron's beef is that he had online backgammon winnings (don't believe that's actually legal in the U.S. anymore, but I could be wrong) of nearly a quarter of a million bucks. When Raylan doesn't fall at his feet in awe, Salmeron asks if he's heard of "Falafel," and Raylan replies that he never much cared for it. "Always found it kinda like a cut-rate hush puppy." Disagree, but still: Hee.