‘Yellowstone’ Favorites: Beth Dutton Explains ‘Family Business’ to Monica After Attack

by Jennifer Shea

Paramount Network has released a number of “Yellowstone” clips on its YouTube channel. And in one Outsider favorite, Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) talks to Monica (Kelsey Asbille) about the “family business.”

Beth Dutton Explains the Family Business

The clip, from Season 3, takes place after Beth has survived an attack orchestrated by the Beck brothers, her father’s archenemies. Their dirty tactics drive John Dutton (Kevin Costner) to reconcile with his former enemies Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham) and Dan Jenkins (Danny Huston).

Out on the porch of the ranch’s sprawling main house, Monica tries not to stare at Beth’s battered face, covered with welts and bruises.

“Don’t worry, Monica,” Beth assures her. “It wasn’t my father and it wasn’t my boyfriend. This was business.”

“What kind of business does that?” Monica asks.

“The family business,” Beth replies, with a meaningful look. “With that face, I recommend you stick to teaching.”

Monica starts to walk away, but Beth stops her.

“Don’t judge us for the way we protect the thing we’re giving you,” she adds. 

“I’m not judging,” Monica says. “I just, I don’t understand this place.”

“I wouldn’t try doing that, either,” Beth advises.

A Difficult Ranch to Save

Monica and her husband Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) have an ambivalent relationship with the Dutton ranch. First they run from it and then they run to it. In Season 2, their son Tate (Brecken Merrill) is snatched off the grounds of the ranch by kidnappers paid by the Beck brothers. But the whole ranch mobilizes to bring him back. And Kayce ultimately comes to look upon the ranch as something he’d like to pass on to his son one day.

As for Beth, she is deploying all the skills she acquired as a cutthroat businesswoman to save her father’s ranch from the forces encroaching on it. By the end of Season 3, she has loyally accepted John’s decision not to sell one square inch of the property. Not even to save the bulk of the land from being confiscated under eminent domain.

And by the Season 3 finale, it’s clear that the Beck brothers weren’t the most dangerous threat the Duttons have yet faced. Someone is out to kill John, Beth and Kayce. And they may yet succeed. 

It’s unclear who’s responsible for what are at best nearly-lethal attacks. What is clear? They’re just part of the family business for the rancher who owns the largest contiguous ranch in the United States.

Watch the clip here: