Season 5, Episode 4, “Horses in Heaven”

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 enforcing “frontier justice” to protect the Yellowstone Ranch and the Dutton family legacy, it all came so close to be knocked down because of a bar fight. This week’s episode of Yellowstone“Horses In Heaven” is a quintessential one, as John (Kevin Costner) and his no-nonsense no-nonsense method governance takes center stage and affects his future, as Beth (Kelly Reilly) is forced to ask her brother Jamie (an excellent Wes Bentley) for help breaking out of prison – in a way that puts them both on a collision course. for a fate worse than prison. Let’s get into it.

Here’s what went down

What we leave behind for our children and how we leave it are key themes this week as John makes politically damaging moves to secure his family’s legacy while battling the thorn in his side that is his arrest Beth. As Jamie breaks his estranged sister out of jail on a disorderly conduct charge, the situation puts considerable strain on John’s efforts to keep one hand running the state while the other tries to rein in his children.

John’s life becomes even more complicated when investigators close in on what it really happened to the wolves of John’s land. This forces Rip to lie about the animal murders, but John is surprisingly okay with it since Rip did it to protect the farm. So between the storm of hell from these wolves and Jamie’s seduction by MKT Equities duplicitous Sarah, John now faces a battle both within and without. And it might cost everyone and everything they fight for.

This week’s best moments, ranked

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

John’s brand of blunt diplomacy clashes with the pencil pusher way of doing things, particularly regarding the consequences Montana’s land and wildlife will suffer from an expensive solar expansion. John doesn’t like how this expansion turned out and, seeing no need for anyone but himself to check or politicize, fires his entire political staff and calls it “a great day” for Montana. But by nominating himself where the buck stops, his real troubles in office are just beginning.

Kevin Costner as John Dutton in Yellowstone

Kevin Costner as John Dutton Yellowstone
Photo: Paramount Network

2. The tearful conversation between Monica and John

Kayce and Monica intentionally kept the time for their newborn son John’s funeral a secret from the Dutton clan. But that didn’t stop John and a fresh-out-of-prison Beth from paying their respects from afar.

It also didn’t stop John from finding a moment to get closer to his daughter-in-law Monica (Kelsey Asbille Chow). Some YellowstoneHis best moments (that don’t involve punching people) are when these two characters share an emotional scene of introspection, and this week boasts a great example of that. In an effort to help Monica cope with her painful 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 in the closest the patriarch has come to wearing his heart on his sleeve, John tells Monica that Peter’s short life and that of the baby he just buried were perfect. Because all they knew was their mother’s love.

1. Beth, Jamie and a child’s car seat

Jamie believes his biggest mistake was the unforgivable time it took a young Beth to get an abortion, which resulted in her being sterilized. That trauma is reopened when Beth discovers Jamie’s secret baby via the car seat Jamie has. Much swearing and a near-crash ensues before Beth vows to take Jamie’s son from him. Jamie responds by nearly running Beth over with his SUV. These two will never be at war, and Jamie deserves every last inch of the suffering that is in store for him and his political aspirations.

Where do we go from here?

John expects his political fortune to come 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 run-in with EPA and Fish and Wildlife agents over those missing wolves. But Summer represents everything John doesn’t, and he seems set for a rude awakening by having an enemy working so close to everything he holds dear.

Expect Beth’s storyline and blackmailing of Jamie and his new girlfriend (the alias Sarah uses) to cause friction.

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