In the world of weed dealing, there's an understanding between Memphis's Rodney "Hot Rod" Dunham (we last saw him in Season 3, I believe, involved with Dickie and Limehouse's money that was supposed to be buried under that church) and some African-Americans; one of the latter gets shorted on a deal, and after the offender provides some target practice for his crew, they head to Lexington to settle a score. Meanwhile, Raylan, Rachel, and Tim arrest the loveliest guy -- he's overtly racist and rich from doing money laundering for Detroit, and being a giant cock about it -- but Raylan has to bail from taking him in to head up to Lexington. You see, Loretta -- been a little while for her, too -- has apparently still been dealing some weed, and the cop whose son she's been supplying (the son is also her kind-of boyfriend) is surprisingly pissed about it. Raylan is as well, and he takes a page out of Arlo Givens' Book of Teaching No-Account Kids a Lesson and leaves her in there.
On his way out, he runs into Amy Smart, who's playing a woman named Allison and just so happens to be Loretta's social worker. After a bit of flirting that you'd expect from two people who look as they do, Raylan tails Loretta's lowlife boyfriend -- straight to the two African-American guys, who seem to be about to make the kid's life somewhat less pleasant. Raylan's presence, however, curtails any violence… for now. So the only thing that happens is that he tells the kid "Derrick" to break up with Loretta. However, Loretta soon turns up to Raylan's office to tell him Derrick's missing and Raylan firmly instructs her to tell him what she knows.
Ava, whose trial begins in ten days, is not super-jazzed to hear about Boyd having ostensibly killed the man they needed to recant his testimony. Boyd assures her he's got things under control, but even Jimmy knows that's not true. As it happens, Lee is in a coma, and Mara initially proves even truer to him than she seemed by telling Mooney that it was Boyd who attacked him. However, Mooney gets slimy and a little handsy with her, and whether that's a contributing factor, when Mooney brings her to ID Boyd so he can arrest him, she calmly tells him Boyd's not actually the guy. Later, a beguiled Boyd arranges to meet her privately, and she tells him that even if Lee survives and wakes up, he'll never be the same. She wants to go back to Latvia and needs that three hundred grand he offered Lee to do it -- and if Boyd doesn't come up with it, neither he nor Ava will like the consequences. But Mara's under more pressure than it seems, as Mooney menaces her with death and other horrible things if she won't tell the truth about Boyd. At the end, though, Lee opens his eyes and breathes his wife's name, so we'll see how he feels about Mooney going forward.
Essentially, Loretta and Derrick were the ones that shorted the two dealers, who are now making Derrick dig the stuff up from where he buried it. Unfortunately, Loretta moved it, but just when the two dealers are going to find a use for the convenient hole in front of them, Raylan shows up and saves Derrick, again. The dealers tell him about the tie to Hot Rod, and Derrick adds that it was Loretta's connection that got them involved, which makes sense given how tight she was with Mags. Raylan calls Hot Rod to Lexington for a meeting, the two dealers cuffed in attendance, and proposes that HR leave the kids alone and never set foot in Kentucky again. He uses his formidable powers of persuasion, but I'm not sure if the agreement will hold. Also, Loretta chooses to get a ride home with Raylan rather than go with Derrick, which is the first sensible thing she's done in a while.
What else? Boyd is expecting delivery from the Canadians in two days; in the meantime, Wynn addresses a group of disgruntled distributors to assure them they'll be getting their product soon, but he flails until Boyd shows up and lays on his down-home assurances thick. Also, Art tells Raylan that Sammy called for him less than twenty-four hours before he turned up dead, and Raylan -- who certainly doesn't let anything on about Augustine -- seems genuinely mystified why. He does wonder, though, if Sammy might have been looking to make a deal. For his part, Art makes a call to a colleague asking about Sammy's whereabouts the night Augustine died, so Raylan's guilty conscience may not be the only loose end from that plan.
Oh, and Darryl Crowe Jr. arrives at Audrey's and makes himself right at home, to Dewey's chagrin. Also, Boyd's shipment gets hit, and when he arrives at the scene, there are corpses, evidence of a shootout -- and no drugs. Lots of suspects in Harlan already, which is just the way I like it.
We open in a barn filled with plants that are not only quite fresh-looking, but even legal in certain states and countries. From the way two African-American men therein are whaling on a third, I'm guessing they're not allowed any free samples. The victim tries to tell his attackers that he didn't mean to do anything wrong, but that argument proves unavailing, and the more animated of the other two guys complains that there are "all these damn crackers in this crew, and it's the brother that had to go and screw shit up!" Well, I'm sure the crackers have screwed their share of shit up as well, but that's not likely to help the guy writhing on the floor here.
Speaking of crackers, here's Memphis's Rodney "Hot Rod" Dunham (last seen in Season 3, as I mentioned in the recaplet) and a few members of his crew. The guy who was disappointed on racial-performance grounds tells Hot Rod that the human punching bag claims "they" shorted him. Hot Rod wonders if that's true before inspecting the large diamond stud in the human punching bag's ear, and if you've watched this show as much as I have you're probably waiting for Hot Rod to rip the thing out at any moment. The kid claims he didn't steal from "HR," but he did mess up, so HR replies that he's a mere moron instead of crooked before grandstanding that maybe he was unclear in his instructions. The two guys who were whaling on the kid before ominously agree on "can of corn," but the kid tries to save himself from his fate by explaining that he made the exchange in Lexington as planned, but "they" didn't give him all the dope. HR thinks perhaps weighing it out would have been advisable, but with a smile that's as menacing as any physical violence could be, he replies that the guy's friends will take care of him. Speaking of whom, as HR and crew leave, the two who were rearranging the kid's face agree to a "Seal Team 6" and that that the "tightest shit wins," so even though the human punching bag isn't all that bright, he probably anticipates the forthcoming hail of bullets a moment before it hits him in the chest. I'm not sure that this reflects more wonderfully on their people than did the poor human punching bag's error, but from the pleased looks on the two guys' faces, they're not going to agree with me.
So as guessed, Lee did in fact survive Boyd's attack, and sitting on his hospital bed, Mara tells Mooney that the doctors had to put him in a coma for the swelling to go down, and they're not sure if his brain activity will ever resume. Mooney asks if it was Crowder who attacked Lee -- "skinny guy, about medium height, dark hair, he wears it up all crazy. Smile that nearly blinds you." Oh my, Mooney. Sounds like you're looking forward to frisking him. Mara replies that it was in fact Boyd, and Mooney laughs that she crossed paths with the most dangerous man in Kentucky and lived to tell about it. Mara asks if Mooney's afraid of him, but Mooney says no -- if anything, Boyd's afraid of him! Given that you locked Ava up, Mooney, I go less with "afraid" and more with "hell-bent on revenge," but instead of listening to me Mooney goes for some inappropriate touching as he puts a hand on Mara's neck and assures her she has nothing to worry about "as long as you keep me close." Mara considers that before turning to look at Lee, probably hoping that people in comas do in fact hear everything.