Yellowstone Recap: Season 5 Episode 4 featuring Jamie & Beth’s epic battle

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from the Season 5 Episode 4 episode of “Yellowstone,” “Horses in Heaven,” which premiered Sunday, November 27th on Paramount Network.

Ah, the holidays. That time of year when you look at your family and you think, “Why wasn’t I inherited a huge ranch?” and “How can I tear down my siblings and build an empire?” At least, those are the average thoughts of a “Yellowstone” superfan. While your family may not be as gorgeous or mean or drunk as the Duttons, I still hope you had a hell of a Thanksgiving.

But enough serious thinking! Let’s crack open our beers and dive into this week’s episode, which begins the morning after Beth’s (Kelly Reilly) bar fight.

  • Welcome to the ever-popular Beth Behind Bars spinoff.
  • “Some bitch from California tried to fuck my husband, so I hit her with a beer bottle.” “So you’re some kind of bloody criminal.” .” Great back-and-forth, but we’ll probably still call you a criminal, Beth!
  • Best acting so far in this episode comes from Wes Bentley, whose shit-eating grin is supremely smug as Jamie rescues Beth from prison.
  • Beth, will insulting Jamie really inspire him to get you out of jail faster? What’s your game here?
  • If John (Kevin Costner) actually had to attend the Montana Educators Luncheon, what would he even be talking about? Sorry youth of Montana – you definitely are Not a Dutton priority.
  • One look at Stanley Roberts (Emil Beheshti) and his plan to lease land to a solar farm proves he’s the wrong chief adviser for John.
  • “You’re all fired.” Well, that solves it!
  • Doesn’t US Fish and Wildlife need more evidence to blame the governor’s cowboys for killing the wolves? I mean you didbut that is beside the point!
  • Lilli Kay does a great job as Clara Brewer, John’s new assistant. They’re a bit of an odd couple, but she seems to have jumped on his no-bullshit bandwagon quickly, and they have good, snarky banter.
  • Jamie might be a sneaky snake, but he’s really great at legal shenanigans. It was hard to see Hailey Brewer (Ashley Platz) immediately so dismayed at being duped by the legal system, but also nice to see him come out on top after so many losses.
  • I’m not crying for all these good men digging graves… They’re crying.
  • Finally, Senator Lynelle Perry (Wendy Moniz) tells John to pull himself together, do his job, and stop whining so he can hear. It was amusing to see him at the start of the season as a governor who doesn’t want to govern, but things got a little sluggish for his character. Stir up some shit!
  • It’s fun to imagine that every time Beth gets in a car, she immediately starts throwing things around, hitting the driver in the head with file folders in the process.
  • Uff, what an emotional outburst from Beth. I’m glad she didn’t kill them both by making Jamie flip the SUV, but it’s easy to see why she hates him so much in that moment.
  • “I’m going to take your paternity away from you, Jamie.” Oops, what a scary line, even from Beth.
  • Reilly and Bentley both serve up a great panic attack and scream in this episode.
  • OK…who knew Jamie would hit Beth with his car?
  • Big laughs as this horny truck driver pretends to take care of the “extra challenges” of the criminal justice system while trying to pick up Beth.
  • What a beautiful, sad funeral, including a great quiet moment between John and a grieving Monica (Kelsey Asbille).
  • Sometimes during those extended cowboy sequences, all I can think about is how hard running a ranch can seem. Not life for me!
  • As someone who has burned his hand on a super hot pan, I can sympathize with this calf getting a painful burn.
  • Real inflation seems to have hit the Yellowstone universe.
  • That’s a great twist! Bouncing John’s ex-lover/hippie Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo) out of prison to make her head of his environmental policy is a stroke of genius. Also, it will annoy Beth and spark a weird love triangle with Lynelle. Theatre!
  • Summer and John will Absolutely have sex, guaranteed. I give him a maximum of two episodes.
  • Sarah Atwood (Dawn Olivieri) lays her sexy vocal routine on so thick… how can Jamie not see through it?
  • Why didn’t Jamie notice Beth at the bar? She’s not exactly subtle…
  • I know Beth was gathering clues, but couldn’t she have hurried and not listened to her brother having sex for so long?
  • Uh oh who IS Sarah Atwood? Secret!
  • Beth, just let your dad have a sex boyfriend. It’s not the end of the world.
  • Beth’s drinking problem continues – could a trip to rehab be just around the corner?

See you next Sunday evening!