With only two episodes of Justified left this season, things are going full tilt in Kentucky. As we finally get an update on the impending Raylan Junior (what with Natalie Zea being on The Following and all), her father is getting some mild applause from his colleagues for the whole Drew Thompson thing (“Does this mean you’re finally getting a haircut?” Rachel quips). Drew is in the conference room, meeting with the AUSA (guest star Rick Gomez), because he’s demanding protection for Ellen May. Raylan’s response is “Stick it up your ass.”
Where’s Ellen May? She’s with Ellstin Limehouse (guest star Mykelti Williamson), telling him she figures that she’s going to end up dead either way the chips fall. Cut promptly to Boyd and Ava, listening to a ranting, pissed-off Colt (guest star Ron Eldard), who’s trying to convince them to off both Cousin Johnny and Ellen May. Once Boyd gets Colt to shut up, he confers with Ava, saying that “we go after Limehouse. If we want Ellen May back, we’re gonna have to take her.”
Back at the Marshals Office, Art admits that he’s not a Julia Roberts fan and stops Raylan from going to fetch Ellen May, deciding to send Tim and Rachel instead. “Don’t take away the one thing I know how to do,” Raylan argues, bargaining with Art, desperate enough that he agrees to take both his fellow Marshals with him. As Art points out, Raylan probably doesn’t know what a vacation is. Or a suspension, for that matter.
Also in an unhappy position is Johnny (guest star David Meunier), who’s now chatting with Nick Augustine (guest star Mike O’Malley), who says “There might still be a way for us to work this out.” Not any good way, though: he, too, wants Ellen May. With Augustine watching, Johnny phones Limehouse, who doesn’t want to do business with him. Johnny realizes Limehouse has already made a deal with Boyd. Never mind that Boyd is plotting an attack on Noble’s Holler as he speaks. He promptly gets a call from Augustine, offering to give him both the money to retrieve Ellen May and his traitorous cousin.
Boyd, Ava, Colt, Johnny and Augustine all thus have a little get-together at the bar. “I’m gonna need Google Translate on my phone to keep talking to you,” Augustine comments when Boyd starts wondering what his motives are. After a whole lot of blustering, Ava interjects and says the only way the deal for Ellen May will work is if she goes up to Noble’s alone, which everyone else consents to.
Yet Raylan gets there first, with Tim and Rachel in tow. Raylan calmly tells Limehouse that he’s only asking if Ellen May is there as a courtesy, to which Limehouse responds that they’re welcome to search the place, which Raylan decides the state police will do both to back up his words and because Limehouse insulted Rachel. Leaving Tim to oversee the search, Raylan takes Rachel with him to Harlan, because he knows Boyd will be involved somehow.
Just as soon as Raylan and Rachel leave, Ava emerges from the back of the bar, determined to be gone before the law enforcement search party shows up. She hands the money over to Limehouse, but adds that she doesn’t like the way he conducts business. Limehouse reveals that Ellen May is gone, and further asks if she’ll have peace of mind – hence the title of the episode! – after everything she’s done. Ava doesn’t answer him, but she does tell Boyd that Ellen May is in the wind.
This prompts Boyd, Augustine and Henchguy to visit Ellen May’s eccentric old friend (the same guy Boyd threatened with a drill a few episodes back). Using the old “make them think someone’s in the shower” trick, the crazy guy gets the drop on them with a very large automatic weapon. He doesn’t take advantage of it, though, as Boyd just shoots him in the foot.
Rachel and Raylan visit the bar to find Johnny tied to a chair with some more of Augustine’s Henchguys taking up the furniture. Raylan enjoys knocking around Boyd’s other sidekick, then answers his phone when Boyd calls, telling him “You lost. Give up. Come home.” While Boyd gets angry, Raylan lets Rachel decide what to do with Johnny.
The most wanted woman in the state of Kentucky, Ellen May, is at the site of the former church with Cassie (guest star Lindsay Pulsipher, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), telling her the whole long story of where she’s been recently. She thinks Limehouse letting her go was a miracle, and tells Cassie how helping Ava cover up a murder has bothered her. So of course, this is the exact moment that Ava arrives and confronts her. “If God can forgive me, I can forgive you too,” Ellen May says, but Ava is dismissive of her faith. She brandishes her gun and considers shooting both Ellen May and Cassie before Colt appears, asking if this is what Boyd wants. Ava admits that she doesn’t know, and calls Boyd, telling him “I can’t do it.”
Colt’s phone rings then, and he moves to take Ellen May over Ava’s objection, but that’s when Tim shows up. Even though Tim has a gun pointed at him, Colt calmly lights a cigarette and refers to the death of Tim’s friend as “collateral damage. I’m sorry about what happened to your friend Mark, but I think most of him died somewhere in Kandahar.” He gives Tim no choice but to shoot him, and dies instantly.
Raylan arrives, takes note of Colt’s death and picks up Ellen May, leaving Tim to speak with Cassie, who admits that she doesn’t know what she’s going to do next. She admits that she was hoping he’d kill Boyd, which can’t be the first time that’s ever been said. Cut to Boyd, who’s heard about Colt’s demise as well, and tells Ava he understands why she did what she did (or didn’t). “I respect it on every level,” he says quietly, adding that “There’s still one more move we can make.” He asks her if she believes in him, and she says yes.
While Ellen May is reunited with Drew at the Marshals Office (under the semi-watchful eye of an unenthused Raylan), Winona is surprised to have a gliding chair delivered to her new baby’s nursery. Ominous music swells as the camera turns on the delivery guy, so you know this is not a good surprise, but you’re going to have to wait till next week to find out how bad – and how angry Raylan will inevitably get when his ex-wife/current girlfriend and their unborn daughter are threatened.
For the last episode before the season finale, this one, like the one before it, is a bit muted by Justified standards. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some great moments in it, such as Ava’s momentary crisis of conscience – something fitting considering how we’ve seen her change from just Raylan’s love interest in season one to now a full-blown criminal figure in season four – and Colt’s inevitable death. The Colt/Tim storyline has been brewing all season, and the ending was obvious from the beginning, but that didn’t make it any less satisfying; in fact, in the end, Colt almost comes off as somewhat of a tragic figure, someone who is definitely classified as a bad guy but at the same time, possibly could’ve redeemed himself had he made different choices. It’s a little note of sympathy for a character we didn’t expect to feel it for.
Yet there’s another level to take this show to, and that final scene hints at exactly what that is. Anyone who even sort of knows Raylan Givens knows that he will go on a rampage once he hears that Winona and his unborn child are at risk, and truthfully, anything can happen. Since Natalie Zea is a regular part of The Following, which has been renewed for a second season, nothing says that Winona has to survive, although it would be a remarkably cruel ending to the season if she didn’t. Especially with FX billing the finale as a “special event,” it seems like there’s a huge bomb about to drop, whether it’s regarding Winona, Ava, or both. Every season finale has had a spectacular moment. What’s going to be that moment for season four? This is a season still crying out for that moment – but given that this is Justified, there’s no doubt it’ll come.