With Shelby in the bag, Raylan is definitely up for a promotion, and he happily tells Winona about it; she's just as happy to tell him that they're having a girl. Raylan then learns that Shelby is being sent to supermax because he won't talk, and he won't talk because he wants the marshals to promise to rescue Ellen May. Art and Raylan initially tell him to stuff it, but when they hear who it is he wants to protect, Raylan talks Art into letting him take Tim and Rachel up to Nobles Holler to retrieve Ellen May. Meanwhile, Limehouse has apparently told Ellen May that he plans to take Boyd's money and still find a way to let her go, but Ellen May is resigned to the idea that she's going to die.
However he may be getting the information, Tonin hears about Shelby's desire to protect Ellen May, so Johnny calls Limehouse to see if he can purchase her. Limehouse is still nursing all kinds of grudges and flatly refuses to have any dealings with Johnny, especially not now that he's in bed with Detroit -- but Johnny reads this as Limehouse already having made a deal with Boyd. Augustine calls Boyd from Johnny's phone and, apologizing for his conduct toward Ava, offers to give him both his traitorous cousin and the money needed to purchase Ellen May; this leads to a tense meeting at the bar at which Augustine explains his plan: He wants them to buy Ellen May for him (presumably to use her against Shelby), whereupon he'll give them Johnny, and Ava, reasonably enough, decides she has to be the one to go up to see Limehouse. So: Are enough people converging on Nobles Holler for you?
Well, the marshals are the first there, but of course Limehouse is like, "Ellen May who?" so Tim waits for the staties to come search the Holler while Raylan and Rachel head to Harlan to talk to Boyd. Unbeknownst to any of them, however, Ava gets into Nobles via a back way, only to receive a lecture from Limehouse about how what she's been doing is going to cost her any peace of mind, and the news that he already let Ellen May go. Ava figures she's either gone to Nicky Kush or to Cassie, so she and Colton head for the church while Boyd, Augustine, and Picker go to Kush's. Ellen May is with Nicky, who sees the group arriving and manages -- while dressed in full-on paranoia combat gear -- to get the drop on them, but of course then can't hold it together to keep them at bay longer than a minute. They learn that Ellen May has headed for the church, but when Boyd calls Jimmy to give him instructions, he gets Raylan, so everyone goes scurrying toward another potential showdown.
At the church, Ellen May is telling Cassie what a miracle it is she's still alive, and goes on about Delroy; she's about to spill the identity of her accomplice when the woman herself arrives. Ellen May tries to get Ava to embrace some kind of goodness, and Cassie chimes in that Ava will have to kill her as well if she kills Ellen May, but things are looking awfully tense even before Colton shows. When it comes down to it, Ava can't pull the trigger and reports as much to Boyd, who of course calls Colton and tells him to do what his fiancée cannot. However, Tim shows up at that moment, and the women scatter to leave him and Colton to have their final showdown. After a goodbye smoke, Colton makes the exit he's been wanting for some time now by drawing on Tim, who drops him, only to take his sunglasses as a sign of respect for their shared experiences. Bet they'll look good on him, too.
In the end, Boyd tells a shattered Ava that they have to get rid of Delroy's body, while Raylan takes Ellen May to Lexington to be reunited with Shelby, and the tender hug they share isn't lost on Raylan. Also, Winona sits down to enjoy a lovely new comfortable pregnancy chair -- DELIVERED BY PICKER. I am scared, you guys.
Into the phone, Raylan is saying how there's talk of a trip to Washington for him to meet "the Director," and while promotion possibilities are still hearsay, his chances aren't exactly looking bad. The recipient of this information is Winona, who asks Raylan if he's signed the paperwork she sent over in Season Three... I mean, "last week." Raylan has been a little busy, of course, but she reminds him that it's to protect the baby "in case something happens to either one of us," and look, I'm going to be too terrified to remember to discuss this at the end of the episode, but I'm sure we've all figured that Raylan is not super-likely both to receive and enjoy a promotion without something terrible happening. But I'm not sure I can handle the show both killing Winona off and leaving Raylan to be a single dad. Of course, it's not like he'd remain single for long, am I right, ladies of Harlan/anywhere else, really? Winona oh-by-the-ways that it's important for Raylan to sign the papers before "she" is born, and Raylan steps into the office before his brain catches up with his ears and he realizes they're having a girl.
Inside, everyone applauds, not for the news Raylan just got but for the Shelby collar, which Raylan handles with his usual great social grace -- that is, by petulantly telling his adoring fans he's on the phone. Well, in a weird way, at least this shows success hasn't gone to his head. Turning back to the phone call, Raylan tells Winona he doesn't know anything about girls, and Winona replies, "That is so sweet, sayin' it like I don't already know." Hee. From what I hear about that show, I'm guessing Natalie Zea has missed dialogue like this over on The Following. Even Dunlop pats Raylan on the back, which I guess means Art decided not to euthanize him for stupidity, and then Raylan allows to Winona that this is "great news" before getting off the call.
Art, of course, gives him all requisite shit for not being able to respond to "positive attention," and Rachel asks if his success means he'll be getting a haircut, getting "Don't hold your breath" as a reply. Well, really, Rachel. A haircut would mean that hat would ride lower, and we can't have that.
Art then informs Raylan that his suspension for "the Hunter Thompson fiasco," as he's aptly referred to it in the past, begins immediately, but Raylan, seeing Shelby and Vasquez in the interior office, asks what's going on their way. Art explains that they're about to send Shelby to supermax, while in other news, Tonin has gone to ground, and the fact that one of the most notorious mobsters around is in an undisclosed location is I'm sure is just super-comforting for everyone to hear. There's some friction between Vasquez and Shelby, which you'd wonder about, given that Shelby had said he'd give the marshals everything they needed, and sensing this, Art tells Shelby that they're expending heavy resources on keeping him alive. "If you're about to gum that up, I'm liable to get my bowels in an uproar." Just don't ride with Raylan while you do -- he hates that. Shelby replies that his request is reasonable, and it soon comes out that he's asked for a guarantee of safety for a woman -- not his ex-wife, who's already under protection, but Ellen May. Raylan, joined by Art, tells Shelby to stick the "contingency rider" he's requesting up his ass, and that he's welcome to sit in prison waiting for Tonin's men to... well, it sounds like "fellate you like a perch," but that doesn't really fit with what I know about mobsters or fish, so I'm going to assume that Raylan's accent went to town on the word "fillet." Art adds some bluster of his own, but does then stop to ask Vasquez who the woman in question is...