“What I love about that scene at the fence is it’s the first time Summer sees ranching for what it really is,” the Season 4 actor begins. Yellowstone audiences would finally meet Piper Perabo’s Summer mid-season, and she would immediately start shaking things up in a big way.
Her dynamic relationship with John Dutton is certainly one. But as Perabo herself reveals, the storyline has a far deeper meaning for both her character and Yellowstone as a whole.
Through Summer, we see how “majestic and careful the Duttons are with their animals and the landscape,” Perabo says. It’s the first time we’ve seen this on the show in a good while, and a stark reminder of the way of life at the center of it all.
“Understand us a little better now?” John Dutton asks Summer after the scene plays through.
“I think I understand you even less,” she laughs. It’s a perfect sequence that show’s, really, what Outsider is all about: that common ground all Americans share. And it’s one of the many reasons why we love Yellowstone. Underneath that gruff exterior and heaps of division is a sincere message: Despite history’s brutality and all our differences, we are all humans. We’re in this together if we choose to be.
‘Yellowstone’ Season 4 Returns to Emphasis on American ‘Perspective’
“It gives Summer a kind of new perspective,” Perabo continues of Season 4, Episode 6’s events in “Behind the Story.”
This perspective began with one of S4, Ep5, “Under a Blanket of Red”s biggest reveals. After moving to have her locked up for her companion’s violent protest, John decides to clear his conscience and bails Summer out of the jail cell he asked for her to be put in; paying her way in full.
In return, all he asks is that Summer accompanies him to his ranch. He wants her to experience the realities of what she’s protesting against. It’s another completely unexpected move, but a brilliant one on Yellowstone‘s behalf.
Through their first scenes together, we learn how much common ground Summer and John have. When it comes to humanity’s role in Earth’s future, these two see completely eye-to-eye.
“Sooner or later this planet’s going to shed us like dead skin. And it’ll be our fault,” John tells Summer.
“I’m surprised you can see that from here,” a caught-off-guard Summer replies.
“You can see it from anywhere, Summer.”
Through this unconventional relationship, Yellowstone is finally returning audiences to the root of it all. How do we move America into the future together?