The tension between the groups continues to mount as their past differences come back into play.
The “yellowstone season 4 episode 7 recap” is the seventh episode of the fourth season of the American television series Yellowstone. The episode aired on November 2, 2018.
“Keep the Wolves Close” is the seventh episode of Yellowstone’s fourth season.
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With just three episodes remaining till the end, Yellowstone season four has been going at a significantly slower pace than previous seasons, much to the disappointment of many of the show’s ardent fans. But it’s all about making a profit. The loose story threads that have been hanging individually for the previous six episodes are beginning to come together one by one, and the end result is shaping up to be quite the piece of art.
The big reveal in episode seven is twofold: on her first day as President of Market Equities’ Montana Division, Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) attends a board meeting where the company she works for reveals that they have no intention of giving up their goal of acquiring the land the Yellowstone ranch sits on for their new airport and ski resort. Their ideas are vast and very destructive; Yellowstone and the surrounding region would be gone for all time. Beth, who has been hell-bent on preserving the ranch for her father, is forced to admit that she is going to lose this fight, and it’s a crushing blow.
Meanwhile, on the ranch, patriarch John Dutton (Kevin Costner) is approached by Governor Perry (Wendy Moniz), his on-again, off-again affair, who informs him that she is running for Senate and wants to support his adopted son Jamie (Wes Bentley) for Governor of Montana. Naturally, this news does not sit well with John (or any of us; Jamie is THE most loathed character on the show, and for good reason: he’s a god-awful, horrible guy), and he becomes embarrassed and announces that HE would run for Governor, requesting her support (which she happily agrees to give him).
Jamie, the god-awful, horrible guy, is at home with his one-year-old kid at the same time that both of these incidents are taking place. Christina (Katherine Cunningham) and Garrett Randall (Will Patton), the boy’s biological father (also a god-awful, terrible person – the apple does not fall far from that tree, let me tell you), conspire to have Jamie run and win the Governor’s race, which will allow him to step out of John Dutton’s shadow, be his own person, and finally bring him down. They’re convinced it’ll happen since current Governor Perry has already promised Jamie that she’ll vote for him.
We get to see Jimmy, the obnoxious but loving ranch worker, at the Four Sixes Ranch in Texas, halfway across the nation (Jefferson White). This was a fantastic sequence since it gave us a behind-the-scenes look at what the Four Sixes, a genuine ranch, does on a daily basis, including collecting horse semen from top stallions for sale. Yes, they displayed everything. Yes, there was a lot of information. Yes, I chuckled for ten minutes after that, thinking of all the unfortunate fans of this program who had no clue that this was a thing that happened and are now probably little traumatized. There were a lot of LOLZ going on.
Anyway, let’s go on:
Back at the Yellowstone ranch, cowboys Lloyd (Forrie J. Smith) and Walker had a last reconciliation (Ryan Bingham). The tension between the two characters had been building for a while, and it eventually came to a climax in last week’s episode, when Rip (Cole Hauser) forced Lloyd and Walker to fight in the round pen until their issues with each other were resolved. It was a difficult episode to sit through. This week, Lloyd realized he’d been behaving childishly and went to a pawn shop to sell in one of his cherished buckles from when he was in the rodeo, picking up a new guitar for Walker to replace the one he crushed to pieces. Despite being warned to leave, the female barrel racer who was the source of all this fighting between the two males is still lingering about the bunkhouse, much to our chagrin. When I say I really hope Rip finds out she’s still around and takes her straight to the train station, I believe I speak for a lot of us fans when I say she’s really overstayed her welcome at this point, and it’s time for her to GO.
John informs Beth that he is running for Governor and begs for her assistance in getting him out of it, which she flatly refuses. She claims that this is their greatest opportunity to rescue the ranch, and she is correct. If John wins, he’ll be able to block Market Equities from ever developing anything on the site, whether it’s the Yellowstone itself or the area around it. She offers to assist him in his victory, and he accepts to continue the battle.
With all of these loose ends beginning to wrap together, we arrive at the conclusion of the episode and the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Governor John Dutton’s endorsement. And it’s a GLORIOUS GLORIOUS GLORIOUS GLORIOUS GLORIOUS We follow Jamie inside the office, when his receptionist tells him to turn around and go downstairs immediately now because Governor Perry has chosen to convene a news conference RIGHT NOW, and his attendance is required. He becomes jittery, fixes his tie, and walks down the stairwell with a big smile on his face. When he sees John and Beth waiting on the landing, his grin fades; he’s surprised to see them, but in true Jamie fashion, he figures they’re there to support him (oh, Jamie, bless your heart) and thanks them for coming. Governor Perry takes the platform and gives a statement about how she’s running for Senate and how the next governor should be someone who would fight for Montana’s way of life, protect its people, and so on. Jamie begins to go down the steps, ready to accept, when she drops the bomb: John Dutton is the best candidate to safeguard Montana’s ranchers. OOF. Jamie’s expression is hilarious, and when I say I cheered, I really mean it. That guy seemed to have recently lost his dog. Beth wants to get the last word in before John heads down to receive the governor’s endorsement: “This is only the beginning,” she whispers into Jamie’s ear before moving aside to hear her father’s speech.
“They’ll persuade you that they’re the only ones who can save the land. The harsh reality is that they want our property, and if they get it, it will never look like ours again. In today’s words, it is development. So, if you want development, don’t vote for me. Progress is the polar antithesis of who I am. I’m the wall it slams against, and I’m not going to be the one who breaks.”
The episode ends with a fade to black.
This is one of my favorite shows. This episode was fantastic, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it all leads. The struggle to rescue the ranch has taken a new turn, and for the first time in a long time, it seems like we may really be able to save the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. (Raise your hand if you were moved to tears when John invited Rip and Beth to join him in the lodge, because I was.)
Plot – 9
Acting (10 points)
9 – Progression
10 Production Design
Dramatic Value – 10
“Keep the Wolves Close” ramps up the pace and starts to tie some loose narrative threads together, all while showcasing this fantastic show’s typical great performers.
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The “yellowstone season 4 episode 7 cast” is the latest episode of Yellowstone. It aired on April 24th, 2019. The episode was directed by James Hawes and written by Michael Krawitz.
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