Yellowstone’s The final episode was a momentum shift for each of the Dutton kids as John stepped into the background for a change.
Following last week’s back-to-back episodes, John, Beth and Jamie have grappled with their new political roles in Montana, while Kayce and his wife Monica have grappled with the loss of their unborn child.
A new problem arose when some of the Yellowstone ranch employees accidentally shot and killed a group of protected wolves. They threw the tags to try and cover their backs, but it seems inevitable that they will be spotted.
what happened in yellowstone Episode 3?
yellowstone Season 5 Episode 3, “Tall Drink of Water,” begins with a flashback when we saw a younger John Dutton (Josh Lucas) leading some of his ranch hands on a horseback ride, including young Rip.
They split up and find a group of animals that have died and been eaten by wolves. John Dutton attends a town meeting where dozens of angry Montanans are complaining about the wolves invading their land. John takes his seat on the Council Executive as Commissioner, proving he has political experience. He explains how ranchers’ support allowed wolves to be reintroduced to wildlife as an endangered species, but they seem to have gotten out of control.
Perhaps the continuation of this flashback story means it finally comes into play with today’s Yellowstone Ranch.
In the present, Rip wakes up to see Beth preparing for a trip to Salt Lake City. She goes out onto the porch where her daddy John is sitting. During a light conversation, she drops the ball as she admits her “first threesome.”
“Damn, Beth,” is all John can retort. After remembering Beth’s late mother, she urges him to find someone else to love, as much as it may have hurt the daughter to tell him.
Elsewhere on the ranch, we see the ranchers get ready for the day in the bunkhouse while everyone wishes Lloyd a happy 58th birthday, and also joke about how he looks older.
Rip shares a sweet moment with Carter, who fell off his horse at the stables last week. Rip tells him to saddle up and tells his adopted son, “If we’re going to make a cowboy out of you, we’ll go out every day.”
Interrupting the sweet moment, what Rip was dreading actually happens. The police investigating the missing wolves park and begin questioning him. Rip plays dumb, but the officers insist he rides with them to track down the wolves.
Rip accompanies them to the spot where the wolves were actually killed, but it seems that they covered their tracks and plowed the land and removed all evidence. He leaves the two there and tells them that the river they are looking for lies behind a treacherous mountain. This story will no doubt be revisited next week.
Kayce and Monica
Speaking to members of Monica’s tribe, Kayce and Monica discuss how they will say goodbye to their son’s ghost. It’s the fourth day since the child’s death, which means the ceremony should take place then.
After Monica leaves, he reveals that his vision told him he had to choose between his job as a livestock agent and his marriage. He immediately chooses Monica and his son Tate. He asks Thomas Rainwater for a job on the reservation, but he can’t give him anything. Instead, it is suggested that he is asking his brother Jamie for a job as an investigator for the Montana Department of Justice in their area.
Inside the house, Monica screams and cuts her hair in anger. It’s the first time we’ve seen her express her grief since losing her child.
Kayce later arrives in Yellowstone, a place we haven’t seen him in a while. He comes to speak to his father, the governor of Montana. He asks John if they can bury their baby there so it’s a place to visit him. It’s quite reminiscent of James Dutton (Tim McGraw) in the prequel series 1883who buried his daughter Elsa on Yellowstone land, causing them to settle in Montana.
He also informs John that he is quitting his job. Reluctantly, John accepts his decision.
Jamie in the crosshairs
Jamie walks into his office, where he is served by Sarah Atwood (Dawn Olivieri) and the members of Market Equities. As we learned from last week, she plans to assert herself by taking advantage of Jamie’s discomfort with his family and hers.
At first, Jamie has the upper hand in the meeting when he upsets Councilman Ellis, who is accompanying Sarah, but after he leaves, she tackles him. She appeals to Jamie financially because she thinks she knows he knows he made a mistake in terminating the lease. Sarah tells Jamie she’s not there for the lawsuit, she’s there to find “a soft landing for both of us”.
She works her magic and invites him to dinner at the Deer Field Club. As she leaves the room, it turns out that she and the councilman have been playing with Jamie the entire time. Again, Episode 4 will likely see what happens when Sarah tries to manipulate Jamie
Beth Dutton’s genius and hubris
Beth, who holds a majority stake in investment firm Schwartz & Meyer, is in town to offer her shares in exchange for the property. Rob, the man she meets, claims it’s too good to be true, so he doesn’t trust her. Privately, she tells him that she is relinquishing all her power because Market Equities will pursue her stake in a lawsuit.
Without too much persuasion, Rob signs the complicated deal, much to Beth’s delight. And with that, she leaves Salt Lake City and returns to Yellowstone.
Beth is thrilled, but Market Equities CEO Caroline Warner is furious when she sees that Burson International has acquired Schwartz & Myer. When summoned back to New York by superiors, Caroline tells Ellis to “ruin this family,” referring to the Duttons.
To celebrate their victory, Beth, Rip and Carter go to the bunkhouse, where they celebrate Lloyd’s birthday with a deck of cards. Bored with this, Beth suggests they grow up and go to a bar in Bozeman. Rip tries to put his foot down, but Beth prevails.
Abbey, played by real-life country star Lainey Wilson, happens to be in the bar. She danced with Ryan in Episode 1 and seems a lot happier to see and dance with him this time.
Inevitably, just like Rip warned, things spiral out of control when a woman starts flirting with him. She makes the unwise decision to approach an angry Beth, who breaks a bottle over her head. A bar fight ensues, but the police arrive to sort things out. Outside, Beth also harbors a grudge against the woman and slaps her in the face.
The police let all the ranchers go, but Sheriff Ramsey informs Rip that Beth will be charged with aggravated assault. When the police vehicle carts Beth away, another episode ends with a big problem for Rip.
Yellowstone returns to Paramount Network on Sunday, November 27th with Episode 4, “Horses in Heaven”.