Yellowstone season 5, episode 3 recap

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Clever maneuvers and wrong decisions characterize this episode, which mainly prepares for later.

This recap of Yellowstone Season 5 Episode 3, “Tall Drink of Water” contains spoilers.

Wolves are becoming an unlikely unifying theme this season yellowstone. For now we’re talking about the four-legged kind, but give it time. The reason I say this is because they are the subject of an early flashback where a young John Dutton (Josh Lucas) throws its weight on the awkward introduction of the predators into Montana’s natural ecosystem and then, of course, today’s affair of the protected wolves that Ryan and Colby accidentally shot episode 2.

Summary of Yellowstone Season 5 Episode 3

We knew this was going to be problematic for the Yellowstone, and it’s here in “Tall Drink of Water” when a couple of US Fish and Wildlife Service agents showed up at the ranch to ask Rip some awkward questions about why the GPS collars were found on Dutton Land. Rip doesn’t like being bossed around, but it’s obvious this affair isn’t going away anytime soon.

In this context, the loss of Monica and Kayce’s son continues to foster great change. Some of them also seem to be based on Kayce’s sweat lodge visions, but omens are omens I suppose. Anyway, Monica’s grief begins to manifest as complete instability, and in order to be there for her and Tate, Kayce no longer believes he can be a cattle agent. Chief Rainwater suggests becoming a government investigator, which shouldn’t prove particularly difficult given the ties to the rest of the family, but it remains to be seen what impact that might have.

Meanwhile, Market Equities are filing their obligatory breach of contract lawsuit after John halted all their developments, but Jamie, finally in a negotiating position with some power, knows the lawsuit will get nowhere. He’ll be picked up by Sarah Atwood straight away, though, so it’ll be interesting to see how that pans out (he’s such a dork.)

Jamie is at least coping better with his responsibilities than John, who spends most of this episode staring thoughtfully at his country while trying not to hear about Beth’s first threesome. He’s in a position where he doesn’t want others to want him, while Rainwater is in a position he wants to be where all of a sudden he’s not the ideal candidate anymore. He faces political opposition from Martin Kills Many (Christian Wassana) and personal opposition from Angela Blue Thunder, and however you cut it, he’s likely not going to have a good season.

Beth probably doesn’t either, but at least she has a good episode until the end. She manages to sell her majority stake in Schwartz and Meyer to Rob (Aaron Lazar) and put all of their properties on a conservation easement, meaning they cannot be touched. Caroline is furious at this development, and even more so when she is called back to New York as Market Equities believes this is checkmate. Currently, Sarah Atwood is her only hope.

So Beth wants to party. And since it’s Lloyd’s birthday, she spies an opportunity to take the entire bunkhouse to a local bar. Rip doesn’t like the idea and tries to say no, but you know how Beth is. Lo and behold, Rip is right. Combining lots of fake cowboys with lots of real cowboys and lots of beer is never a good idea, and turns out it’s not a good idea for a pretty lady to hit on Rip while Beth watches.

So Beth dumps the young woman, a big fight ensues, and the new sheriff shows up at the scene to prove his point by putting Beth in jail despite knowing who she is. I’m sure she’ll be fine, but probably someone will be made accountable for all of this in the near future.

You can watch Yellowstone Season 5 Episode 3, “Tall Drink of Water” exclusively on Paramount Network.

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