This Bird Has Flown

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After a bit more back-and-forth (in which we learn the sum in the envelope was twenty grand), Joe says he should be able to set up a meeting for everything to be finalized first thing in the morning, news which Lindsey uses to try to placate Randall, so you can guess that Randall maybe has some anger issues. Shocking in an illegal MMA fighter, I know. Joe makes a call while Randall tells Lindsey that if they stick together, nothing can stop them, but the look on Lindsey's face suggests the remark makes her think of Raylan, as if she needed any more of a reason. Credits.

At Boyd's bar, Johnny is crowing about how they're back in business, while Colton can't believe Billy didn't listen to reason. And I should just say it upfront; unless the show is pulling some deep double-cross, and I can't see that at all in this particular situation, Billy died from the snakebite near the end of last week's episode. Not only is it an interesting (although hardly unprecedented) choice for this show to kill someone off who it looked like was going to be developed over a season, it kind of goes to show that anyone with any kind of purity, even when said purity involves the handling of snakes, isn't going to last long in Harlan.

Anyway, discussion of this development is curtailed by the sheepish (very good word for her) entrance of Ellen May, and Boyd goes to talk to her. When he tells her Ava isn't there at present, Ellen May confesses that she doesn't have anywhere else to go and then talks about seeing Billy's face all puffed up, wondering why he had to die that way. Boyd admits some culpability in that eventuality, but says that ultimately, Billy made his choice. The impromptu seminar on free will is cut short by the entrance of Ava, who's surprised that Ellen May wants to come back to work for her. But speaking of surprises, it probably will not be one for you to hear that Ellen May fails to avoid the unfortunate -- given her profession -- word-choice offer to "start at the bottom."

While Ava is mature enough not to comment on that, she's still not thrilled at the development in general and pulls Boyd aside for a confab. Boyd thinks the situation is as simple as it looks, and with Ellen May that seems like a reasonable assumption -- but the real problem here is that Ava regrets having left a witness to Delroy's murder, even one that was involved in the crime, and she's reached a crisis point: "Either I gotta worry about this thing, or I gotta do the other thing." Rarely has a statement so vague been so potentially nefarious. Boyd, however, thinks that they should do a bit of diligence before they murder a girl with the brains of a not-particularly-precocious fourth grader, and figures that if Ellen May told anyone about Ava's misdeeds in Bible camp, Cassie would know about it. Without delay, he sends Colton out to fetch her...

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