'Yellowstone' Season 4 Finale Recap: Beth's Master Plan Ruins Jamie's Life (2024)

Beth Dutton once again proved she's one of the most ruthless women in Montana in the Season 4 finale of "Yellowstone."

Actress Kelly Reilly had a busy week playing Beth as she pulled the strings to masterfully ruin Jamie Dutton's (Wes Bentley) life. Meanwhile John (Kevin Costner) watched a friend lose everything, while Kayce's (Luke Grimes) spiritual trip didn't end in the outcome he'd expected. Jimmy (Jefferson White) also returned to say his goodbyes to the ranch in an extended episode which brings Chapter 4 of the Yellowstone story to an end.

While the latest season is now over, Yellowstone fans can fill the time until Season 5 by indulging in Taylor Sheridan's other creation 1883 on Paramount+.

There was a lot of moving parts to this week's storyline, so here's everything that happened in Season 4 Episode 10, "Grass on the Streets and Weeds on the Rooftops" of Yellowstone.

Beth's master plan and a marriage

Still reeling from last week's revelation that she should leave her home, Beth begins the episode by packing in the middle of the night. Trying for one last shot at redemption, she wakes her father up in the middle of the night and apologizes. We've yet to see Beth grovel like this to anyone, but don't get used to this vulnerability as she's back to her wicked best later.

Reminding the audience of her past, she tells the Carter not to call her "momma" because she doesn't get to be anyone's mother. Beth then goes on a prison fact-finding mission and asks Walker about how to get inside. Her plan is to fake a conjugal visit with the man who plotted the Dutton's assassination then kill him.

Before heading to the prison, Beth finds time to head to her day job at Market Equities where she's fired by Caroline Warner (Jackie Weaver) for corporate espionage. Setting herself up as a future villain, Caroline informs Beth she'll put a public bathroom up where her home is and "rape your ranch to death." Brutal.

Dressed the part for a conjugal visit, she meets the inmate who tried to kill her, when she finds out that Jamie has already visited him. She lets him go with his own extended telling off.

Without any explanation, Beth runs in to John, Rip and Carter, and brings them outside to find a priest (whom she kidnapped with a revolver). She's planning a quickie wedding for her and Rip, but John pleads with her to let him walk her down the aisle again one day properly. Rip grabs Lloyd to be his best man, which is a nice moment for their friendship which has been fraught to say the least during Season 4.

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Beth wanted to get married so that her life was complete, in anticipation of losing it all. She visits Jamie in his office, never a good sign for him, as threatens him with a gun. Signing into his computer, she reveals how she knows Jamie's real father Garrett Randall ordered the killings of her, John and Kayce. She threatens to send him to jail, which will end with him blaming Jamie, or she can tell Rip everything, including how Jamie once sent Beth to a backstreet abortion which made her infertile.

Jamie gets on his knees and begs Beth to go easy on him, to which she presents option three, which Jamie somehow thinks is his best choice.

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Jamie goes to visit his birth father, and listens to him as he talks about his life seeming like a dream. It's quite reminiscent of Of Mice and Men, and rightly so as after exchanging their love for each other, Jamie pulls out a gun and shoots his father in the head. Wes Bentley once told Newsweek that he'll need therapy after playing Jamie Dutton and we are starting to see why.

As Jamie is disposing of the body, Beth interrupts and takes a picture of the evidence. She informs him option 3 is actually so much worse for him, as she and John now own him.

Jimmy's long goodbye

Jimmy finally makes his long-awaited return to the Dutton ranch. He walked in to the bunkhouse where everyone, including the returning Mia are having a great time playing poker, until Jimmy walks in and introduces everyone to his fiance Emily. The tone-deaf introduction goes as well as you'd expect ("like a fart in church") and his ex Mia punches him before receiving a right hook herself from Emily.

Jimmy and Mia argue outside, with Jimmy saying he had some growing up to do. Mia makes him choose, but Jimmy of course chooses his new fiance.

'Yellowstone' Season 4 Finale Recap: Beth's Master Plan Ruins Jamie's Life (2)

John welcomes Jimmy back to the ranch, to which Jimmy says he's willing to stay on the ranch as long as he needs to, to pay back his debt. John graciously tells him he owes nothing, and lets him with a handshake lets him go back to the 6666 ranch in Texas, ready for the planned spin-off series based there.

The ranchers all line up to wave Jimmy off, and Mia watches on devastated as he drives off into the distance with his new partner.

John and Kayce's relationship trouble

John Dutton is still trying his best to protect his new personal friend Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo) who is facing life in jail for assaulting a police officer. John pleads with the judge to go easy on her, but in the courtroom, he goes in the other direction and gives her a heavy sentence. Summer is rocked but John and her team assure her they'll be appealing.

After another conversation with the judge, Mitch, they negotiate her sentence down to eight months.

The two old boys discuss the future and their despondency for the world after they're gone.

Another person who hasn't got much reason to look forward to the future is Kayce, who spends most of the finale going through an incredibly testing spiritual journey in a confined space. At the Native American's suggestion, he spends four days and nights out in the cold, without food and water. During that time he sees visions of old friends, lovers and wolves. We also see a violent flashback of his time in the military where he lost friends.

Finally, he's led on a mental spirit walk by someone, who tells him he has two paths to choose. We can't see the paths but both are apparently arduous for him.

Once he's back home, he's pensively looking into the fire when Monica asks him what he saw out there. In a depressing tone, he tells her, "I saw the end of us."

Season 4 has now come to an end, and there's currently no word as to when Season 5 will arrive. However, it is expected that there will be another season of Yellowstone as it is one of Paramount Network's highest-rated shows.

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