‘Yellowstone’ Season 5 Episode 6: 5 Things You May Have Missed, From Rip & Beth’s Meadow To The Death Of James Dutton

‘Yellowstone’ Season 5 Episode 6: 5 Things You May Have Missed, From Rip & Beth’s Meadow To The Death Of James Dutton

In Yellowstone Season 5, Episode 6 entitled “Cigarettes, Whiskey, A Meadow And You,” the Duttons and their cowboys have plenty of reasons to remember why they are fighting so hard to retain the Yellowstone and their land in Paradise Valley. After an almost perfect day of herding their cattle, Beth (Kelly Reilly) and Rip (Cole Hauser) slip away to their own little slice of heaven for a romantic rendezvous. As Kayce (Luke Grimes) and Tate (Breckin Merrill) work on healing, John (Kevin Costner) relishes in cowboying with this old pal Emmett (Buck Taylor) who unexpectedly is taken in his sleep.

In the middle of prepping for the branding/ spring gathering party, Summer (Piper Pearbo) seeks to better understand John and his way of life by visiting the Dutton family graveyard and listening to Monica’s (Kelsey Asbille) wise counsel. Back in the city, Jamie (Wes Bentley) and Sarah Atwood (Dawn Olivieri) turn his home into a love shack and plot their next move against the Governor as Sarah reveals her real mission. Finally, on the Broken Rock Reservation, both Mo Brings Plenty (Mo Brings Plenty) and Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham) are taken by surprise when Angela Blue Thunder (Q’orianka Kilcher) turns up with a special friend who endorses Thomas’s rival for Chairman.

From a blissful sunset in Rip and Beth’s special place to the death of a true cowboy, here are 5 things to pay attention to in Episode 6.

Jamie is right to be wary of Sarah’s sudden and intense affection. After hooking up with him in the locker room of the Deerfield Club after drinks in Season 5, Episode 4, Sarah’s intention to assassinate John’s character so that he won’t be re-elected is clear. But what does she want from Jamie? She clears things up after a wild night of sex.

As she’s getting ready to leave, she asks Jamie: “Why aren’t you governor? You clearly have the skill for it. You orchestrated the lease and the build leaving no legal recourse for the company that’s completely fucked.” Susceptible to flattery, Jamie listens as Sarah explains her plan: “Get you elected Governor, reinstate our lease and push through our project with a contract you cannot weasel out of and save this state from its policy of hiding its head in the sand and hoping that the rest of the world just walks by.” Jamie has no problem with bringing about the downfall of his estranged adopted father and his precious ranch—but can he trust her? Me thinks not.

Angela’s quest to remove Thomas from power on the Broken Rock Reservation is picking up steam halfway through Season 5. When Mo discovers—due to the helicopter and dozens of security service men—that the President of the United States is making a surprise stop on the reservation, he doesn’t have to think hard about who is responsible for the presence of the Commander In Chief.

As Thomas arrives on the scene, he is greeted by Angela herself. Thomas argues that his approval is required for gatherings on the reservation, but Angela points to a loophole in the tribal charter: “This isn’t assembling—this is greeting the President of the United States.” Angela admits the visit was last minute, but justifies her action: “it’s important that the people know we aren’t invisible.” As the President’s Director of Native American affairs, Angela also has secured his endorsement for Martin Kills Many (Christian Wassana) for Chairman of Broken Rock. He was briefly introduced in Season 5, Episode 3. May the best man win!

Poor Summer. Left with a busted face and no direction, she wanders around the Yellowstone until she finds the Dutton family graveyard where we see two familiar names: James Dutton (Tim McGraw) and Margaret Dutton (Faith Hill). Though the numbers are hard to make out, it looks like James died in 1893. If that date is correct, we may have seen the events leading up to James’ death in Season 4, Episode 8. After James is shot while chasing horse thieves, we see him stumble onto the family’s home porch. In a plea to the Almighty, James says under his breath: “You can’t let me die out here. They won’t make it.” After he collapses inside, the camera cuts to a long shot and we can only hear Margaret screaming. Seems pretty final, doesn’t it?


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