Vic's (Katee Sackhoff) stalker, Ed Gorski (Lee Tergesen), is severely beaten to within an inch of his life. His injuries include a missing tooth and a cracked rib. Ed initially blames Walt (Robert Taylor), who had threatened to do just what happened to him if he didn't leave town.
Everyone seems to think that Walt and Vic are sleeping together, but Vic never denies it when Ed makes the assumption. Did they sleep together long ago? Did they sleep together after Lizzie blew her top? Is Vic just being mysterious with Ed because she doesn't want him to know anything about her?
Either way, Vic is able to stop Ed from blaming Walt by taking the blame herself. Walt knows better. He knows that Hector (assumed to be the resident hit-man, played by Jeffrey De Serrano) took care of the job, because missing teeth are his forte. None of it matters when Ed checks himself out for some reason and leaves town, promising to come back and torment Vic with a note that reads, "SEE YOU SOON!"
Walt's and Henry's big problem
Detective Fales (Charles S. Dutton) is back from Denver to find the man who killed Miller Beck, Walt's wife's killer. He has search warrants for the station, Walt's residence, and the Red Pony. He also has a meth-head witness who had beaten Walt after Walt had attacked Miller in his home. Walt assumes that Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips) killed Miller, but Henry knows that he paid Hector to do the job.
As Walt transports Hector to jail for Ed's beating, Henry stops him in order to convince Walt to let him go. Hector confesses that he beat Miller, but is no killer. Miller's neck was snapped, but Hector didn't do that. This changes everything.
The whole time, Walt and Henry assumed they were guilty of murder because they both wanted and tried to kill Miller. Now that he knows the truth, Walt believes it was someone who didn't like him... or his wife. None of that matters, however, because Miller Beck's teeth were found in a medicine bag at the Red Pony. Henry is arrested for the murder!
Fales assumes that he knows exactly what kind of man Walt is. He assumes that Walt is some sort of corrupt small-town sheriff. As a black man who grew up in a small town, Fales saw too many corrupt sheriffs and cops who arrested people for no reason -- the assumption that many were arrested for the color of their skin is fairly clear. Fales just doesn't understand that Walt isn't like those guys, but hopefully, Walt will have a chance to prove himself soon.
Branch ignores the rules
Branch (Bailey Chase) finally tells Walt everything he has discovered about Cady's (Cassidy Freeman) flat tire. He believes Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez) hired David Ridges (David Midthunder) to puncture the tire to prevent her from helping Walt win the election for sheriff. Walt and Branch find blood spatter and a video camera at David's place on the reservation... but no body.
The camera shows David leaving a suicide note involving killing himself in order to go back in time using a "bad medicine" ritual. The actual suicide, if there is one, takes place out of the camera's sight.
Jacob confesses to having found the body, which he cremated according to his customs, but not to having any involvement in any crime. He shows Branch the ground where he placed the ashes, but he warns Branch that there will be dire consequences if he ever returns to gather evidence, as the site is now a sacred burial ground. How convenient!
Of course, Branch returns anyway and is shot twice by someone painted white and donning Native American garb. Branch calls Walt for help and tells him that a "dead man" did it. Was it David Ridges?
Was Branch set up for the very purpose of killing him? Branch had told Jacob earlier that he hadn't told anyone about his investigation. Perhaps Jacob thought the case would die with Branch, not realizing that Branch would come clean with Walt.
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