Season 5, Episode 4, “Horses In Heaven”

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Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton and Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton in Yellowstone

Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton and Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton Yellowstone
Photo: Paramount Network

After decades of “frontier justice” to protect the Yellowstone Ranch and the Dutton family’s estate, it all came this close to be cut short due to a bar fight. This week’s episode of Yellowstone“Horses In Heaven” is a pivotal one, as John (Kevin Costner) and his brash, zero-bullshit method governance takes center stage and takes a toll on his future, while Beth (Kelly Reilly) is forced to ask her brother Jamie (an excellent Wes Bentley) for help getting out of prison – in a way that sends them both on a collision course for a fate worse than prison. Let’s get into it.

This is what happened

What we leave to our children and how we leave it behind are major themes this week as John takes politically damaging steps to safeguard his family’s legacy while grappling with the eyesore that is Beth’s arrest. As Jamie gets his estranged sister out of jail for disorderly conduct, the situation puts a strain on John’s efforts to run the state with one hand while the other tries to keep his children in check.

John’s life becomes even more complicated when investigators know what really happened to the wolves on John’s land. That forces Rip to lie about the animals’ murders, but John is surprisingly okay with that, since Rip did it to protect the farm. So between the hellstorm coming from these wolves and Jamie’s seduction at the hands of MKT Equities’ duplicitous Sarah, John now faces a battle from both within and without. And it might cost him everyone and everything he fights for.

This week’s best moments, ranked

3. John’s first (and last) staff conference

John’s brand of blunt diplomacy clashes with the ways of the pencil printers, particularly with regard to the consequences that Montana’s land and wildlife will suffer at the hands of a costly solar expansion. John doesn’t like how this expansion came about and when he sees no one but himself to investigate or make policy, he fires his entire political staff, calling it “a great day” for Montana. But in naming himself where responsibility ends, his real problems at the office are just beginning.

Kevin Costner as John Dutton in Yellowstone

Kevin Costner as John Dutton Yellowstone
Photo: Paramount Network

2. Monica and John’s tear-jerking chat

Kayce and Monica deliberately kept the timing for the burial ceremony of their newborn son, John, a secret from the Dutton clan. But that didn’t stop John and Beth, fresh out of prison, from paying their respects from a distance.

It also didn’t stop John from finding a time to get as close as possible to his daughter-in-law Monica (Kelsey Asbille Chow). Some of Yellowstone‘s best moments (which don’t involve punching people) are when these two characters share a poignant scene of introspection together, and this week has a prime example of that. In an effort to help Monica deal with her sad present, John reveals a painful memory from his past. For 18 hours, John had a brother, Peter. And he would still have it today if the baby’s heart wasn’t too weak to survive.

But to the extent that the patriarch can ever wear his heart on his sleeve, John tells Monica that Peter’s short life and that of the baby she just buried were perfect. Because all they ever knew was their mother’s love.

1. Beth, Jamie and a baby car seat

Jamie credits his biggest mistake as the unforgivable time he took a young Beth to have an abortion, which resulted in her sterilization. That trauma is reopened when Beth discovers Jamie’s secret baby through the car seat Jamie has. Much cursing and a near car crash ensue before Beth lashes out with a vow to take Jamie’s son away from him. Jamie reacts by almost running over Beth with his SUV. These two will never be at war, and Jamie deserves every last inch of the pain that awaits him and his political ambitions.

Where do we go from here?

John expects his political fortunes to resurface when he grants clemency to season four’s convicted environmental activist (and John’s occasional lover), Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo). His plan? Use Summer to help John deal with a potential conflict with the EPA and Fish and Wildlife agents over those missing wolves. But Summer stands for everything John doesn’t, and he seems prepared for a rude awakening by working a frenemy so close to everything he holds dear.

Expect that storyline and Beth’s blackmail of Jamie and his new girlfriend (the alias-using Sarah) to be significant friction.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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