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Recap of episode 6 of season 5 of “Yellowstone”: “Cigarettes, whiskey, the prairie and you”

Well, they ended up needing the satellite phone in Clara’s satchel, after all. After an idyllic day on the beach at Yellowstone Season 5 Episode 6 (“Cigarettes, Whiskey, The Meadow, And You”), rounding up all the cattle and even ending the first phase with some time off, a day full of joy of doing cowboy shit at an epic level, veteran breeder and old friend of John Dutton, Emmett Walsh, leaned back in his saddle, closed his eyes and died on the trail. The governor could only look at his friend with melancholy resignation. “I couldn’t have imagined a better death if you had paid me.”

As the thousand-man herd descends to the ranch and the pickers return with them to the chuck wagon hoedown set up in preparation for the tagging festivities, John rides up front so he can deliver the bad news to Emmett’s wife. It’s a moment captured by the press crew’s cameras, and while John had no intention of generating political capital, that’s exactly what happens. The President of the United States is in Montana – Angela Blue Thunder became his director of Native American affairs, and even hosted an event with the Prez right under his opponent Thomas Rainwater’s nose, causing the chief to shake Martin’s hand Blue Thunder’s personally groomed contestant Kills Many (Christian Wassana) – and though John says he has ‘nothing to say to that idiot’, the brand and his comforting Emmett’s widow keeps him playing its roots as a salt-of-the-earth Montanan doing important work for the state and its constituents.

And it’s exactly the kind of Teflon touch that will make Sarah Atwood’s fledgling plan more difficult. Last week’s panky panky in the Attorney General’s office led her to spend the night and an entire day at Jamie’s house, where she tells him that Montana is hiding its head in the sand with John’s campaign promise” progress stops with me,” and that she will pledge to carry Jamie into the governor’s seat. With another Dutton in charge, the Market Equities airport deal would be back and Montana would likely be heading for another kind of progress. Jamie, his deep tension still forcing him to analyze why Sarah would even be in bed, at first cannot imagine how his ambition can be supercharged with the addition of Sarah’s tactics. But as they watch the news footage of his father comforting Emmett’s widow, it’s through a lens to see him fall. Teflon? Yes. Luck seems to find John Dutton. But he can’t win if he’s not there. “I don’t think we can let him show up for the fight, Jamie.” Sarah Atwood is going to be a problem for John’s continued political fortunes.

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“She’s not your kind of beautiful anymore?” Rip showed Beth a nice secluded slice of prairie, where she says that would be all she needed. Well, the prairie, and Rip, and whiskey and cigarettes, two items her ingenious husband had the foresight to pack. Marlboro Red. This gathering revealed another side to Beth. Here she is free to explore, free to be immersed in work, free to ride alongside her husband and not have to constantly plot to destroy an adversary. The light of the prairie has done his soul good.

From Kayce being able to teach Tate the intricacies of herding herding, to Clara’s heart beating twice as fast in the rush to be a part of this traditional cowboy activity, the herding becomes a solemn event for all who attend. be part of. One of the last things John said to Emmett was about the perfection that so often exists in an instant, like “little flashes of time,” and that perfect day on the beach proved it wrong. Even the older man’s death became part of the lore of the gathering, part of how much they all needed the event to remember why they live and work where they do. And to that end, Monica says something really interesting to Summer as they peel the potatoes at the ranch. “Cities are the opposite of nature. They defy it, that’s why they always fall apart. Whoever owns the Dutton land, it will continue to exist, just as it did when the people of Monica were its stewards. Life in Montana is no less impermanent than anywhere else. But its grandeur and glory remind the people who live there of their own humanity.

At the hoedown, Gator has cooked up a feast of roasted and smoked meats, mashed potatoes fueled by heaps of butter and bacon grease – Summer learns that vegans are encouraged to have a cheat day – and lots of corn cobs. Emmett’s widow is there to help serve. “She said it would embarrass Emmett to no end if his death cast a shadow over that brand image,” John told Senator Perry when she pointed the finger at her. “She’s as cowboy as he is.” Abby and her band play a few tunes, and Walker, the singing cowboy, performs a song that evokes the spirit of John Prine. Carter’s cowboy training continues as he helps stabilize a calf for the arrival of hot poker, and Rip and Beth take it all in during a round of Coors banquets. It’s almost as idyllic as the time spent on the rally itself, and another reminder of life on the ranch, among the cowboys. So why does it feel like Yellowstone rushes towards a tragedy? Almost every time this show delves into the handcrafted beauty of everyday life on the ranch, it’s with a sense of melancholy, as if it were moments in the fading light of a day that no one will ever be able to. come back. And given her conversations with Jamie, it seems like Sarah Atwood is poised to become the poisoning agent of the Montana romance.

Hooked Rocking Y’s:

  • With Abby’s gig at the hoedown, Lainey Wilson provided much of the spark for this week Yellowstone musical watch. The singer-songwriter got a little closer to Ryan — they don’t know where their relationship is going, but they’ll keep it going for as long as they can — and dedicated the brash country rocker “Hold My Halo” to her man .
  • Elsewhere in “Cigarettes, Whiskey, A Meadow and You,” we also heard Michigan-born, Nashville-based singer and songwriter Myron Elkins with “Factories, Farms & Amphetamines,” which is the kind of song title that really matches YellowstoneThe philosophies of land value and the local way of life when it comes to all the funky shit going on in town.

Johnny Loftus is a freelance writer and editor living in Chicagoland. Her work has appeared in The Village Voice, All Music Guide, Pitchfork Media and Nicki Swift. Follow him on Twitter: @glenganges

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