‘Yellowstone’ Star Jen Landon Explains Why Hugging Cole Hauser Was ‘Awkward’

by Leanne Stahulak

Most “Yellowstone” fans wouldn’t call Rip Wheeler the “touchy-feely” type. But during Episode 7, a heartwarming moment occurred between him and Teeter.

Previously, the ranch hand got the boot because John Dutton ordered all women out of the bunkhouse. But Teeter fought for her case, approaching John and Rip to tell him why she deserved to stay. John soon learned she was branded, and he couldn’t very well kick her off the ranch after she dedicated her life to it.

John rode off in a bit of a huff, not telling Teeter whether she could stay or go. But Rip quickly fixed that by telling her to grab her stuff and put it back in the bunkhouse. This caused “Yellowstone” fans’ hearts to melt all across the country, especially when Teeter ran up and hugged him.

“Yellowstone” star Jen Landon, who plays Teeter, opened up in a behind-the-scenes clip about how sweet but awkward that hug really was. If fans will remember, Rip (Cole Hauser) was up on a horse at the time.

“It was so interesting because when if first read it, I read, ‘She hugs Cole.’ And then I realized, ‘Oh goodness, he’s on a horse,” Landon explained. “So it’s like this really awkward sort of thing. She’s sort of hugging his leg.”

You can see the moment for yourself in the clip below. Rip gives Teeter an award pat on the back, and she doesn’t linger long after a quick squeeze. But sometimes, even foul-mouthed ranch hands gotta give a little love, especially when they’re as emotional as Teeter was in this scene.

‘Yellowstone’ Star Cole Hauser Opens Up About Rip Not Wanting Teeter to Leave

During the same behind-the-scenes clip, “Yellowstone” star Cole Hauser also gave his two cents on the emotional scene with Teeter.

“I don’t think Rip ever wanted Teeter to leave,” he said in the video. “When she comes back and makes her case for what she’s doing, and what she’s done and how she’s done it, I think he’s proud that she came and stood up for herself.”

Hauser continued, “She’s like anybody who’s branded. You take that oath and you go through the suffering of being burnt on your chest like that, you deserve to be part of this ranch until the day you die.”

But Landon doesn’t just see the brand as the main reason Rip let her stay. He also recognized her hard work and how much this newfound family means to her.

“I think it’s a combination of that brand, but there does feel like there’s another emotional thing that ensures her place there,” Landon explained. That emotional thing ties all the ranch hands together, even if they don’t always realize it.