‘Yellowstone’ Season 4, Episode 4 Recap: Trouble in the Bunkhouse as Jamie Faces a Tough Decision

by Jennifer Shea

Yellowstone‘s Season 4, Episode 4 is out, so here’s a summary if you want to know what happened. Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the episode yet and want to find out for yourself what happens, read no further.

As Episode 4 opens, we see Jimmy’s (Jefferson White) journey with Travis (Taylor Sheridan) continuing across the West, set to the tune of Shane Smith and The Saints’ “All I See is You.” Jimmy is thinking of Mia (Eden Brolin), but he can’t bring himself to write a letter to her. And in the meantime, he absently tells the woman at one competition to send the checks Travis won from horse cutting to whatever address they have on file for the Dutton Ranch.

Jimmy is still a bit of an odd duck among Travis’s entourage. As he combs a horse before the competition, he wishes Travis good luck. “Jimmy, luck ain’t got any f***ing thing to do with it,” Travis says disgustedly.

Meanwhile, Yellowstone protagonist John Dutton (Kevin Costner) takes Kayce (Luke Grimes) to a special place to have a little chat. “We got so much to talk about, why aren’t we talkin?” Kayce asks. Finally, John tells him: this is the place where his father died, where he proposed to Evelyn (Gretchen Mol) and where he buried her wedding ring.

John hands Kayce the file from Chief Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham). “That’s the man hired to kill us.”

Then John gives Kayce a task: go and talk to Jamie (Wes Bentley) about the file. If he hems and haws and won’t help them, then they’ll have their answer about whether he was complicit in the attacks.

“I just don’t think Jamie could ever do it, dad,” Kayce says. “Beth has everyone so twisted up about who he is.”

In Yellowstone S4, Episode 4, Beth Has a Fateful Meeting

The action then cuts to Jamie and his biological father (Will Patton), who are surveying Jamie’s newly purchased house and land. “I’m 41 years old, and this is the first thing I’ve ever owned,” Jamie says. His dad likes cooking for the two of them – he says it’s one of life’s few guiltless joys – and Jamie is growing ever closer to him. He congratulates Jamie on all he’s done. “You gave me the strength to do it,” Jamie replies.

Next up is Beth’s (Kelly Reilly) meeting with Market Equities CEO Caroline Warner (Jacki Weaver) at an expensive local bar. After offending Market Equities’ chief counsel, who she accuses of liking dominatrixes, Beth is alone with Warner.

“I bet you carve them up in the board room, don’t you?” Warner begins. She goes on to tell Beth that she’s very different from the old boss. And she’s not afraid of Beth. She’s old enough to have climbed the ladder when it was greased to prevent women from ascending it. “I climbed it anyway, stepping over some little b-tch like you on every rung,” she says.

Warner offers Beth two doors. One is a rash of SEC fines and insider trading charges. The other is an intriguing proposition: she wants to make an offer on the land trust that Beth set up with Schwartz & Meyer. We learn that Beth arranged the trust so Schwartz & Meyer was a minority investor with no controlling interest.

“Stubbornness is not a business strategy, Beth. It’s how you lose the ranch altogether,” Warner tells Beth. “Come and work for us, and I’ll help you defend it.” She says the fantasy of the West is Montana’s only asset, and she wants to monetize it. She wants Beth to help her develop the state. Beth counteroffers: she wants Warner’s controlling interest in Schwartz & Meyer. Get her that, and she’ll join the hedge fund.

We Learn Where Jamie’s Heart Lies

Meanwhile, Kayce goes to meet with Yellowstone black sheep Jamie. They greet each other warily, and Jamie responds to Kayce’s reproaches about not visiting John by telling him that Jamie was the reason John had police protection at the hospital. He was the reason there was no investigation into the killings of the Duttons’ attackers.

“There is what’s just, and there’s the law. They are not the same thing,” he tells Kayce.

Kayce then shows Jamie the file from Rainwater. We learn that the felon who put out a hit on John has been in prison 20 years. Kayce wants to interview the inmate, and he wants Jamie to go with him. After a beat, Jamie responds, “Of course.”

A Brawl Breaks Out at the Yellowstone Bunkhouse

Kayce decides to take his family to Monica’s grandfather’s place, afraid they’re not getting better and he’s already lost them. Monica (Kelsey Asbille) is overjoyed to be going back to Grandpa Felix’s turf, and Tate (Brecken Merrill) seems to brighten, too. John seems deflated by their departure.

Meanwhile, back at the Bunkhouse, Teeter (Jen Landon) is cooking. The ranch hands start to eat, only to learn what’s in the meal: everything. That is, everything from the cow that nobody else wants. Walker (Ryan Bingham) goes to offer Lloyd (Forrie J. Smith) some food, and a brawl promptly breaks out. Rip (Cole Hauser) has to interrupt his talk with Carter (Finn Little) to investigate, and he is not happy about what he finds.

“God damn you for making me do this,” he tells Lloyd. And he throws Lloyd onto the table, knocking him out. He then tells Walker the same thing he told one of the cowboys he took to the train station: “There’s no fighting on this ranch. You want to fight somebody, you fight me. I’ll fight you all godd*mn day.” Not a good sign for Walker’s continued presence on Yellowstone.

Beth and John Have a ‘Man-to-Man’ Chat

Elsewhere on the ranch, Beth and John have a chat. It turns out the checks from Jimmy arrived at the cabin where Beth is now staying. She tells John she was wrong about his horse and livestock ambitions. Beth tells John about Market Equities’ offer to oversee all their development projects in Montana. John looks troubled. “Do what you think is best, sweetheart.” Then he tells her Kayce left.

“There’s no peace in this place, dad,” Beth says. “Never has been. Doesn’t bother you or Kayce because you’re not peaceful men. Guess I’m not peaceful either.”

Then it cuts back to Jimmy, who’s doing some late-night bonding with Travis. They debate the best movie of all time, and Travis throws some cold water on Jimmy’s claim that rodeo was the only thing he was ever good at. “When the Sixes is done with you, you’re gonna want to spend the rest of your life on horses, or you are never gonna get on another one,” he tells the ranch hand.

Will Carter be able to regain Beth’s trust and stay on the right road in life? Will Market Equities accept Beth’s counteroffer? What will happen to Kayce’s family back on the reservation, and will Jamie help the rest of the Duttons figure out the mystery of the attacks? Tune in next week to find out.

In the meantime, keep an ear out for Outsider’s Yellowstone Bunkhouse Breakdown podcast. Listen to a recent episode here: