Yellowstone Recap with Spoilers: “Tall Drink of Water”

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the latest episode of Yellowstone… The episode begins with a flashback to something attacking cattle on the ranch in the 1990s. John thinks it’s the park wolves. There’s a whole town meeting about the wolves from the conservation park, they’ve been attacking livestock all over Montana.

Beth has to go to Salt Lake to wrap up “loose ends.” She talks to John and he tells her about her mother and says he wishes she had lived long enough for Beth to realize what a wonderful woman she was. Beth tells him that a memory can’t love him, so he has to find someone who can while he’s still around.

It’s Lloyd’s birthday and the ranch hands are celebrating. The woman Lloyd and Walker fought over is back in town and Lloyd doesn’t seem to be upset about it like he used to be. Wildlife rangers come to the ranch and say they’ve found wolf collars on logs in the river and to follow the animals’ trails. They take Rip with them. Meanwhile, Kayce and Monica talk to Rainwater about burying and grieving their son. They’re going to hold a ceremony for him. When Monica leaves, Kayce says he wants to give up his position as chief of stock because his vision told him to choose. He chooses his family, but he hopes that Rainwater can help him find a job. Mo suggests talking to Jamie about appointing him as a researcher near the reservation, but Rainwater tells Kayce to make a change when the next opportunity presents itself, not just on a whim. Monica cuts off her braid as she mourns the loss of her son.

Two lawyers await Jamie in his office, one of which is Sarah Atwood, the woman who works for Market Equities who intends to use him to reach the rest of the Dutton family. Their lawsuit demands that the state uphold the original airport lease and Jamie stands firm. He knows they don’t have a case. When no one is left, Sarah tells Jamie that he is better at his job than she expected. She knows his angle and she knows he thinks the decision to block the lease is a bad idea for the ranch. She says she’s there to find a soft landing for both of them and invite him to dinner to discuss it further.

Kayce meets John at the ranch and they talk about family and work. Kayce says Monica wants to bury their son at the ranch and John says whatever they want is good for him. Then Kayce says he can’t serve the state and his family, and hands his father his badge. Rainwater approaches the casino to raise a protest with a young politician speaking out against him. Inside, Angela explains to Rainwater that his old ways aren’t helping their people move forward. She tries to remove him as chairman.

Beth meets with some lawyers to sell Schwartz & Meyer. She wants to sell her remaining shares and let them control the land funds. All she wants to do is keep the land. She explains that Market Equities will likely sue her for dealing with them. She is going to place the land in an easement and nullify their development. Her plan loses Market Equities money, enough to get executives fired. The deal is signed and Beth prepares a press release. This ultimately causes Market Equities’ New York offices to drop the lawsuits. Caroline tells Ellis to let go of Sarah and take the Duttons down any way she can.

Beth, Rip, and the ranch hands go to a bar in Bozeman to celebrate Lloyd’s birthday, despite Rip thinking it’s a bad idea. Abby, the singer Ryan met at John’s inaugural party, plays at the bar. A woman attacks Rip and it causes Beth to attack her and start a fight all over the bar. The new sheriff says everyone can go except Beth because she broke a bottle over the woman’s head. She is arrested and taken in as the episode ends.

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