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mid-season finale of yellowstone Season 5 begins with Rip and Lloyd getting rid of Rowdy’s body while John waits in the car. On the way back, John asks Rip what Rowdy said about his daughter. Rip initially didn’t want to say anything, but later confirmed it was something sexual. “Why did it bother you?” John asks.

John demands to know if anything is going on between Rip and Beth. Rip doesn’t say anything, but his face says it all. “It certainly clarifies things a lot,” says John. As they both sit by the fire, John talks to Rip about how he will have to give up everything for the farm. “You’ll have a house ’til the day you die. Or when this farm is no more,” says John.

Cayce, Rip and John in ‘Yellowstone’. (Paramount Network)

John insists that the ranch is worth fighting for and gives Rip a choice. “I didn’t know I had a choice,” says Rip. He chooses the farm and gets branded.

In the present day, Jimmy is still working at 6666 Ranch and living a happy life with Emily. he’ll meet his yellowstone friends very soon.

Before leaving for Helena, John shares another quiet moment with Monica. After her son died she thanked him for his words. Monica says, “It’s helped me more than you know.” Monica has a big demand while John is away. He asks her to help him watch over the ranch while he is governor and Rip is in Texas. There’s a house on the ranch near the reservation that needs work. “The farm may not be Tet’s someday if the farm is not here,” he says. Monica tells John that he and Kayce can help.

While John is away, Jamie prepares to make his big play. He calls an emergency meeting of the House for John’s “abhorrent act of insubordination”. He tells the gathering that John has violated state law and has exposed the state to litigation. Jamie continues to attack John relentlessly and calls for a Senate tribunal, calling for his impeachment.

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Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton. (Paramount Network)

Once news of Jamie’s latest betrayal becomes public, the press begins to harass John on his schedule. John quickly says a few words and walks away. Back at the ranch, Summer shows Beth the video of Jamie’s call to impeach John. Anger is clearly visible in his eyes.

Before she leaves for Texas, Beth gives Rip a handkerchief that smells like her. She says she will fly to see him in a week. And with that, Rip and most of the bunkhouses head south. Beth stops by Jamie’s house to confront him about his latest bombshell. He is in bed with Sarah. Beth refuses to leave and breaks a window to get inside. They have a brief scuffle, but only Jamie is left covered in blood.

She urges him to resign tomorrow or she will release the photos of him disposing of his father’s body. Jamie tells her that if she exposes him, she is exposing John as well. He tells Beth that “a century’s worth” of their family secrets are at the bottom of the canyon where they dump all the bodies. Beth didn’t know.

Jamie tells him that she doesn’t know the true cost of protecting the farm. “The biggest threat to that farm is our father,” claims Jamie. He says that he is going to remove the threat. Sara comes down the stairs to stake her claim.

“Okay, so it’s war,” says Beth. Jamie thinks the war is over. “No, Jamie. The war has just begun,” she tells him.

Beth heads straight to the governor’s mansion to tell John about the “train station”. She reveals that Jamie knows about it. John is well aware of this. “He’ll use everything he knows to destroy you. He’s made it clear,” says Beth.

Kayce and Monica at the ‘Yellowstone’ midseason finale. (Paramount Network)

Beth feels it is time to get rid of Jamie. She asks John what he thinks of her. They talk quietly in the living room about what’s next. Meanwhile, an equally dangerous conversation is taking place between Jamie and Sarah. He inquires about her hiring someone to kill Beth. He wants to meet the people Sara mentions. She tells him that she will handle it. They discuss hurting Beth, but it may not be a direct hit on her.

Monica explains the situation at East Camp to him. He wants to make sure that this is what she really wants. She’s tired of renting a house and staring at a nursery that isn’t full. The East Camp House will be theirs and they can start afresh. The next chapter begins at the ranch for Monica, Kayce and Tate.

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