- Warning: There are some spoilers ahead for “Yellowstone” season five, episode four.
- Insider breaks down some small details you may have missed on Sunday’s episode, “Horses in Heaven.”
- The episode sees Beth learn two big secrets while John reunited with his former flame, Summer.
At the very start of the episode, there’s a discussion about names that hints at the fact that Sarah Atwood is using a fake one.
At the beginning of the episode, we catch up with Beth (Kelly Reilly) following her arrest for aggravated assault. She’s sharing a cell with another woman, and we see the two exchange stories about how they ended up in jail for the night.
Their conversation is cut short when an officer comes to collect Beth since Jamie has turned up to pay her bail. “Bethany Dutton?” she asks, prompting Beth to get to her feet.
“You don’t look like a Bethany,” the other inmate comments as Beth walks out. Beth tells her she’s not. “I’m a Beth,” she says with a smirk.
While it doesn’t seem like an important moment at first, names and identities come back up again at the end of the episode when Beth does some digging into Sarah Atwood (Dawn Olivieri) after she catches her on a date with Jamie (Wes Bentley).
When she finds that no trace of the new Market Equities counselor exists online, Beth draws the conclusion that she must be using a fake moniker. We’re not quite sure why yet, and what Sarah’s real intentions in Montana are, but we know we can rely on Beth to find out.
We learn more about the burial practices of the Broken Rock tribe in this episode.
Following the arrangements made in last week’s episode, Kayce (Luke Grimes) and Monica’s (Kelsey Asbille) son is laid to rest this episode in what is shown to be a traditional ceremony among the Native Americans in the Broken Rock tribe.
As the tribe is entirely fictional and based on several real Native American tribes, the particular customs or traditions they follow haven’t always been clear. However, in this episode, we see how they bury their dead.
Members of the tribe, including Monica’s family and Chief Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham), are shown chanting prayers before the plaited hair that Monica cut off is placed on top of the coffin, which has been covered in an intricately designed throw.
However, the meaning behind their customs — especially the burying of a dead animal with the body — still leaves John, Rip, and many others a little confused.
“My guess is so the boy has something to ride in heaven,” Rip says when trying to work out the importance of having the horse buried with the infant, prompting John to pithily reply: “Horses in heaven.”
The show continues to shine a spotlight on country artists, this time using a song from singer-songwriter Zach Bryan.
“The Good I’ll Do,” by the 26-year-old country star, can be heard during the montage in which Rip and the other ranch hands spend the day branding cattle and teaching youngsters how to be cowboys.
Bryan’s signature raspy voice, which he mixes with classic folk melodies, has made him a fast-rising star in the world of country music. He only signed a record deal with Warner Records, via his own Belting Broncos imprint in 2021, but has already been nominated for his first Grammy.
Getting the “Yellowstone” seal of approval is sure to give Bryan’s career a boost like it has done for so many artists already.
Up until now, it hasn’t been clear how much time has passed between the end of season four and the beginning of season five. But in this episode, we learn that it’s been at least a year.
When John uses his power as governor to pardon Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo), she reveals just how much time has passed since she and John last saw each other.
“Just so you know, I’ve just gone a year without sex which is the longest I’ve gone since the first time I had it, and I’m still not fucking you,” she tells him when she gets the impression that John wants to start up their romantic relationship again.
Jamie should’ve known that when Sarah suggested the Deerfield Club for their “business” date that it was likely that they would be caught by Beth.
Viewers — and Jamie — should know by now that the Deerfield Club is one of Beth’s favorite watering holes, so what was the likelihood that she would also be there the night of his date with Sarah? We’d say pretty high.
Given that Beth also explicitly threatened to ruin Jamie’s life earlier in the episode when she discovered that he has a secret son, we have no idea why Jamie wasn’t looking over his shoulder a bit more.
That said, Jamie has never been able to outsmart Beth, and in this instance, he had a fair bit of distraction from Sarah, who shamelessly flirts with him, leading the pair to sneak off into a bathroom together.
It’s still not exactly clear what Sarah’s intentions with Jamie are, but given how eager he was to lower his defenses and jump into bed with her, we think that she will soon have him wrapped around her finger.