'Yellowstone' Season 4 Episode 9 Review: A tale of cracks in Dutton family
Spoilers for 'Yellowstone' Season 4 Episode 9 'No Such Thing as Fair'
'Yellowstone' has progressed from who was after the Dutton attack to conflicts in the family itself. The eighth episode saw Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley) and John Dutton (Kevin Costner) set to lock horns as John runs for the position of Governor just so that he can prevent his son from winning.
We also saw John and Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) in an extremely dangerous situation that thankfully didn't go sideways for them. Meanwhile, Market Equities' Head of Operation Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) plans an attack on the company via Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo) by prompting her to 'take one for the team' which sees the animal rights activist get injured and arrested. With drama, all around the situation is escalating quickly. Here's what went down in the ninth episode of 'Yellowstone' and our thoughts on it.
The ninth episode begins with Beth in a sour mood as she's pissed at both Rip and her father for partaking in the risky hostage situation which sees her even throw a mug at John. She's only concerned but in classic Beth fashion, operates in extremes. Moving on from the tension-filled start which has John clarify that Jamie was not behind the attack the show features some wholesome moments between Carter (Finn Little) as John teaches him to ride. Carter has been a fun addition to the cast and seeing the young boy curse left and right is hilarious. But this is where the warmth ends and the friction begins.
As we saw previously Jamie gets blindsided by John when he runs for Governor and the easily manipulated man has a new puppeteer now. Christina (Katherine Cunningham) who's back in his life seems way more ambitious than Jamie and is planting ideas that he could use against John. The adopted Dutton slowly but surely is being poisoned with hatred for John as we see the already distant son straying even further. To make things worse when John finds out that Beth was to blame for the Summer fiasco he gives it to her straight and without holding back. Saying he's disappointed in her and that he'll fight solo from now onwards he tells her to find a new home. The piercing statement was the hardest blow to Beth who just recently was asked by John to move into the house with Rip. This was quite heartbreaking as we later see her sobbing horribly in the barn. But that's not all as Kayce after spotting a wolf learns about the Indians' meaning behind it, which sees him set off to survive 4 days and nights, alone without food or water to understand the meaning behind his spirit animal and to have visions. A perilous start, Kayce's survival is a dicey situation. The Dutton family is currently in a fragile state and if things don't get sorted soon, the family may stray further from each other.
Another exciting prospect is the Jimmy (Jefferson White)arc, with the ranch hand soon to return to Yellowstone. But will he be cowboy enough for John? We'll have to wait and watch if the man accepts the new Jimmy. The episode focuses on each of the Dutton family members whose lives are currently full of strife. Bigger cracks are beginning to appear in the familial foundation as we eagerly wait to see how it all plays out.
‘Yellowstone’ Season 4 returns to Paramount with a new episode every Sunday at 8 pm EST.