‘Yellowstone’ Recap: Is A Major Character’s Fate Sealed?

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All hell has officially broken loose in “Yellowstone.”

WARNING: THERE ARE GOING TO BE ‘YELLOWSTONE’ SPOILERS BELOW. CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED.

The fourth episode of season five – “Horses in Heaven” – makes it clear that that is not just inevitable, but it’s going to be ugly. Let’s break it all down.

Beth and Jamie have hit another crisis point.

Jamie and Beth fighting isn’t really anything new. It’s a feature. Not a bug. “Yellowstone” fans are pretty split on the storyline, which is fueled by hatred stemming from an abortion and sterilization decades before current events.

Beth always vowed to take away Jamie’s happiness and it looks like she found her avenue. Jamie, understanding he’s playing a long game, helped Beth beat her assault charge.

By threatening the woman Beth beat up, the situation was more or less resolved.

Jamie saves Beth on “Yellowstone.” (Credit: Paramount Network)

How did Beth – maybe the most insufferable woman on TV – repay him? She found out Jamie has a son, and then vowed to take him from Jamie. Does this mean kill the kid? Take the kid in some kind of custody battle? Kill the baby mother? I’m honestly not sure, but it’s clear Jamie’s not going to let that happen.

As we all saw, it looked like he was going to kill her on the spot by running her over before pulling back at the last moment. Honestly, I was hoping he’d hit her. I’ve just about had enough of Beth at this point.

Jamie and Beth continue to hate each other. (Credit: Paramount Network)

Jamie and Sarah Atwood got down and dirty.

As predicted, Market Equities’ new pit bull and Jamie wasted no time before hammering it out in a bathroom stall at a fancy social club. As I said as soon as the pair had their first meeting, you could feel the sexual tension just oozing between them. He probably thinks it’s legit. It’s almost certainly not. She’s playing a long con, and once again, he seems to dumb to recognize it.

We also know Beth got a photo of her ID, and she thinks Sarah’s operating under a fake name. Let’s just store that info in our back pocket and see what happens. As usual, Beth is scheming. I’m just not sure what the plan is yet.

Will Beth carry out her threat to take Jamie’s son from him on “Yellowstone”? (Credit: Paramount Network)

John and Rainwater agree to a meeting in the latest “Yellowstone” episode.

Following Kayce and Monica burying their baby killed in the car accident, John and Rainwater agreed to sit down and talk.

Notably, the sit down is going to happen on the reservation due to people being “very unhappy” with the 300 jobs that were lost when John started canceling development plans after being sworn in.

We’ve seen John and Rainwater battle it out at times, and we’ve also seen them form uneasy alliances when it’s necessary. Most notably, the two teamed up in season two to deal with Beck brothers and rescue Tate.

Is another deal on the horizon or is war imminent? Given the not-so-subtle threat Rainwater was given by Angela Blue Thunder, I’d say he needs an ally, not an enemy.

Will John and Rainwater, once again, be uneasy allies on “Yellowstone”? (Credit: Paramount Network)

Other observations:

  • We finally have Summer Higgins back in the “Yellowstone” world. John pardoned her, and immediately brought her back to the ranch. What does he need her for? I’m not so sure, but as expected, Beth is not happy.
  • The cookout scene with Rip and everyone else was great. It’s a great reminder of two things. First, what the stakes are. Two, the fact Rip doesn’t have any kids. Given the previous blowup in the episode, it seems relevant.
  • The heart-to-heart between Monica and John was a really great scene as well. We learned a lot about John’s past and how big his heart can be with just a few lines.

Overall, it wasn’t the most fast-paced “Yellowstone” episode. The scenes between Beth and Jamie were the most important. Will she actually act on her threat? If she does, she’ll turn the entire fanbase against her.

Written by David Hookstead

David is a college football fanatic who foolishly convinces himself every season the Wisconsin Badgers will finally win a national title. Has been pretending to be a cowboy ever since the first episode of Yellowstone aired.

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