Major spoilers for Yellowstone episodes 1 through 4 follow. If you’re not caught, turn back now.
There was something passable about last week’s episode of Yellowstone. The low-stakes scenes had almost no effect on the wider story, while potentially explosive encounters and revelations came and went in a brief and informal manner. It was a bit like Teeter’s inedible sound “sum bits”: a consonant that included every part of the cow, eyeballs and all; A lumpy stew of tales that didn’t quite mesh into a delicious whole.
Part of the problem was the repetition. We were immediately joined by Travis and Jimmy on the road, showcasing high quality horses to create a lucrative revenue stream for Yellowstone and provide John Dutton with a lasting legacy. Even the song that the dissimilar duo had dropped from the farm in the previous episode, All I See Is You by Shane Smith and the Saints, was played again on the soundtrack, but this time in the emotional wake of Mia and Jimmy’s poignant departure. without load.
Dramatically speaking, the episode started off slow and didn’t pick up the pace. Jimmy watched in awe as Travis displayed his riding skills, executing all kinds of great moves, while the up-tempo chorus of All I See Is You was played and applauded by the judges. It expressed Jimmy’s yearning to ride a horse himself and his love for the rodeo lifestyle. But it felt like nothing more than pure cowboying spectacle and nothing we hadn’t seen many times already in Season 4.
It makes sense that Sheridan would want to set up the new life that awaits Jimmy in Texas: an intense whirlwind of horse shows and rodeos at Four Six Ranch and which will be the focus of the Yellowstone 6666 spin-off. But it would have been more satisfying to see Jimmy scrap some more high-stakes.
Every so often there’s the possibility Jimmy could land himself in a compromising position—for example, without being sure of the address, or offering to take the wheel of a top check mail for an insane amount at Dutton’s farm. His sudden decision to make a late-night off-the-line trailer with irreplaceable cargo – came to nothing. John receives the checks and Travis and Jimmy arrive in Texas without incident.
Meanwhile, the post-intro scene was almost a verbatim re-run in Episode 3, and the obsessive interest in whether or not 14-year-old Carter was the first in the stables every morning continued (this is the third such conversation between Dutton Snr. ). And in as many episodes as Carter). In the end, that was it! But that didn’t stop Rip treating him like shit throughout the episode. Let’s just hope this fascinating detail becomes relevant to the story at some point.
And Caes waited for his father again before riding the “rock”: a beautiful place whose history was tied to key moments in John’s life. It was here that his father died, where he proposed to his wife Evelyn, and where he – regrettably – buried his ring. “Our graveyard may be by the river, son,” he lamented, “but make no mistake: this is our graveyard.”
Talks turn to business and John informs Cayce about T. Riggins. Currently lodged in Deer Lodge Prison, Riggins had passed orders to the Dutton family to kill ex-election Chester Spears. But the question on our and Cayce’s lips—given that no one recognized the men hired by the militia—well, who ordered the hit? Later in the episode we got a possible answer.
John asks his son to speak to Jamie in order to arrange an interview between Cayce, Riggins and the sheriff. Although he will not contact Jamie himself because – what a surprise, He continued to doubt his involvement. While John is happy to take advantage of Jamie’s situation for utilitarian purposes, his attitude is usually one of indifference.
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Jamie hasn’t shown much this season so far, but that’s all changing. We first saw her with her biological father, Garrett, gazing at the vast clearing that now officially belonged to her. It was reminiscent of Jamie’s attempt to distance himself from Dutton and become his own man in order to break out of John’s shadow. “I’m 41 and this is the first thing I’ve ever owned.” He murmured with appreciation. “I. My. This.”
What’s interesting, it felt like Jamie was standing in the exact same spot since we saw him two episodes ago, as we returned to him in the same spot, still amazed by his new acquisition. He Was Wearing a different tie though, so we’re guessing the time has moved on…
The scene emphasized the growing bond between Jamie and Garrett, the biological father with whom he had recently reunited, who eventually took on the role of parent. Jamie clearly felt in his debt, thanking him for his courage to break free from his family. This led to a strange exchange – “You always had the strength, son. I helped you find it”—particularly after Garrett was jailed for murdering his birth mother. But a growing sense of obligation and affection could lead to some emotionally conflicting scenes in the near future, as That later became clear.
Market Equities CEO Carolyn Warner met with the company’s foe Beth for the first time. We expected this encounter to offer dramatic firework; Instead, it felt a bit lukewarm—even with all the F-bombs dropped. What became clear was that these two women had a cold kind of mutual respect for each other, both sharing one-minded, ruthless determination.
Caroline (played with easy rights by Jackie Weaver) gives Beth her options: revisit the after market equity and prepare to “fight for your f–king life”. Alternatively, work as a corporate raider for them and help them develop “a destination city in every valley.” Beth will consider it, but only on one condition: hand her controlling interest in Schwartz and Meyer. She could then take revenge on her ex-employer, Bob Schwartz, who betrayed her trust by firing her last season. There is no fury in Hell like Beth.
Alice Steele, who was verbally scolded by Beth, did not consider it wise to work with someone with such an unstable personality. Yet Caroline sees utility in her furious anger and plans to use it to her advantage. As he sarcastically said after Beth left, “Behind every milestone in human history stands a monster. And that’s our monster.”
It was an interesting synopsis of Beth’s character, dressing her up like a bitter Frankenstein child. In addition to her molten lava nature and mischievous contempt, the confrontational and violent aspects of her character were carved onto her body. As she stood outside smoking a cigarette, we noticed that there was no self-conscious effort to hide the bruises on her back. Instead, she proudly displays her wounds like a tattoo, a warning that she should not be messed with.
Shortly thereafter, Cayce visited Jamie’s office. Apparently their first meeting since the attacks, Kayes cautiously asked why he hadn’t called or met her once. Jamie argued that the liaison would have seemed like collusion, noting that, as he explained, he used his position to provide police protection to John during his 2-month convalescence, while committing the murders. The investigation was also stopped. Farm, “In Self-Defense.” So, in the end it looked like Jamie was free of all doubt.
Oh – a warm feeling! – We validated in our previous recap when Jamie told Cayce that he was completely out of his jurisdiction when he chased and killed his father’s attackers. “There is what is just”, he said, “and there is law. The two are not the same.” The sequence also alerted us that the warrant John issued to get Cayce from Jamie could not be issued, as it was apparently the first time the siblings spoke in months. Was. This was important because it meant retaliation on the militia in the previous episode, another example of the lawless vigilante justice carried out by the Dutts.
Jamie’s devotion to his adoptive family was self-evident, but especially when Cayce told him that John had requested his participation in setting up an interview between himself and the imprisoned Riggins. “Of course I’ll do it,” he said hesitantly. However, Cayce may be taking advantage of Jamie’s need for his father’s approval to guarantee his help, because… well, John never explicitly asked Jamie to appear in the interview!
What became certain was that Jamie’s loyalty was going to be tested hard this season. He apparently still felt an affectionate bond for the Dutton clan, with the exception of his vindictive sister Beth. A saccharin exchange of “I love you” was evidence of this as they split, and it recalled the moment between Jamie and Garrett at the beginning of the episode.
Why was this important? Well, when Jamie is finally handed the mysterious Riggins’ prison record, he scans his list of past cellmates and a familiar name jumps out at him — Garrett Randall! His biological father seemed to have been acquitted by Riggins, who was approached in all likelihood to help kill Patriarch John of Dutton and his offspring.
It was a revelation, though not quite a surprise: Garrett was never No a suspect. Eventually, he shared his dubious Machiavellian knowledge with Jamie at the end of Season 3, saying that Yellowstone was an empire and that you can only take the empire by killing the king. Eck!
This left Jamie in an extremely compromising position. If he revealed Garrett’s possible involvement, the father he just got to know would undoubtedly be killed. Jamie will find himself guilty…