How does a cowboy-ranch-hand-hit-man ask his best friend an important question? Just like this. Some of Yellowstone Season 3′s absolute best scenes came in the form of quiet moments like this one.
Within, grizzly-bear-of-a-man Rip Wheeler needs to ask fellow Yellowstone brand-wearer & his best friend, Lloyd Pierce, a question he’ll never ask anyone else. Their brilliant exchange of dialogue is humorous, of course, but also quite poignant. It’s great to see two men open up to one another – even if they are fictional – and that opening is but a crack in a full doorway.
Gotta’ start somewhere, right?
That’s exactly what Lloyd does: grasps for straws and starts… well, anywhere.
The Friendship of Rip & Lloyd
“Thought you said you wanted some company?” Lloyd asks, frustrated as the two men ride along in one of their Yellowstone pick-ups.
But a “Mhmm…” is all he gets from a clearly preoccupied Rip Wheeler.
“What for? We’ve been drivin’ for six hours and you ain’t said a f*ckin’ word,” Lloyd groans.
“Lloyd I’m tryin’ to choose my words,” Rip bites.
“Well shit, you shoulda’ been able to write the f*cking song by now,” his oldest friend responds. Another classic Lloyd Pierce line.
Finally, they reach their destination. “You old softie,” Lloyd smiles with a reference fans will know.
The two get down to business, leading their most temperamental of stallions out of their nice, shiny Yellowstone trailer. After a noting how hard the horse’s been kicking such a shiny new trailer, Lloyd finally witnesses Rip Wheeler opening up.
“I’m getting married,” the steely rancher says as he & Lloyd lead the horse out to pasture. Literally, not figuratively, for once.
“Yeah,” Lloyd laughs, “I’ve been wonderin’ what’s up with you lately.”
Rip takes several deep breaths. “I need a best man,” he continues, his gaze blocked by his trademark dark aviators.
“Kayce’s her brother. Fixin’ to be yours! You should ask him,” Lloyd advises from a kind heart with Beth in mind.
“Probably so. But I ain’t. I’m askin’ you,” Rip responds matter-o-factly. The two hard-living men share a nod and a smile, and with that – all is understood. These two could write a book on manly communication.
Rip Wheeler Musters Up the Courage to Secure His Best Man
“You old softie.” Rip (Cole Hauser) asks Lloyd (Forrie J. Smith) to be his best man. Cue the swoons.Paramount Network