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  • Okay, hell yeah, here we go.

  • Yellow Stone, the show, and the fights, and the explosions.

  • It's a little bit about the class struggle, you guys.

  • I was gonna go to this camera,

  • but maybe this is the camera

  • where I talk about emotional intimacy.

  • (beat boxing)

  • What do you think,

  • do we need a less psychotic version of that?

  • (rock music)

  • Hey guys, what's up?

  • This is Jefferson Y., I play Jimmy

  • on the Paramount Network's Yellowstone,

  • and this is welcome to the Yellowstone, episode two.

  • We're figuring it out as we go.

  • I feel like we learned a lot of good stuff, Breia.

  • (Breia) Yeah? Yeah.

  • (Breia) It's been good? Yeah.

  • (Breia) I think we should keep doing it.

  • They explicitly gave me permission

  • to talk to Breia now.

  • (Breia) You did!

  • They were like dang, Jeff (Breia) Permission granted.

  • That fifteen-minute monologue

  • came off as a little insane.

  • Feel free to talk to a human being, like a person.

  • So we're doing that now.

  • Also, we have this new intro music.

  • It goes like this.

  • (singing musical tones)

  • And get used to hearing that

  • at the beginning of every episode.

  • Exactly like that.

  • We'll use that sorta thing that like acapella YouTuber's do,

  • where we put my face in different boxes

  • and I sing, you guys know what I'm talking about.

  • (beat boxing)

  • Get ready, get ready, get used to that.

  • They told me, they're signalling they want more acapella.

  • (Breia) Yellowstone goes Glee?

  • Yellow Stone goes Glee!

  • We might have to beep that out.

  • I don't know if we can say that song, that show.

  • (Breia) Glee is just a feeling.

  • Wow, good point, excellent work around Bri.

  • Breia with that legal mind.

  • So, today we're gonna talk about

  • Yellowstone episode 102, Kill the Messenger.

  • Episode 101, as you may recall, a lot of s### happens.

  • So let's do a one minute, what happened last time?

  • All right?

  • Here we go, begin.

  • Episode 101, there's four, (groans) oh god.

  • Okay, check it out.

  • You got John Dutton, he's got a bunch of kids,

  • he owns a giant cattle ranch,

  • there's a nearby Indian reservation,

  • and there's also land developers in Montana

  • who are trying to, sort of, bite off pieces

  • of his giant cattle ranch.

  • A bunch of cows wander from John Dutton's land

  • onto the Indian reservation.

  • John Dutton goes to get those cows back.

  • That erupts in violence.

  • John Dutton's youngest son' wife's brother

  • kills John Dutton's oldest son,

  • and then John Dutton's youngest son

  • kills his wife's brother.

  • And that trauma right there,

  • is gonna set off what happens in 102, Kill the Messenger.

  • I've got 15 seconds left.

  • I can use that to talk about whatever I want,

  • and what I want to talk about

  • is Jimmy Hurdstrom and Rip Wheeler.

  • Rip is John Dutton's number one bada##,

  • go get 'em, tough cowboy,

  • and Jimmy Hurdstrom is his number two bada##,

  • go get 'em, tough cowboy.

  • It's close, they're close,

  • it's hard to say which is really tougher, amazing.

  • Okay great, now let's dig into,

  • I'm gonna reset a new timer, five minutes.

  • Begin.

  • Yellowstone episode 102, Kill the Messenger.

  • So, from the very beginning of this episode,

  • we are sort of living in the trauma

  • of Yellowstone episode 101, the explosive events of 101.

  • So,

  • at the very beginning, John Dutton and Rip Wheeler

  • are trying to break the stallion

  • that Kayce gave John in episode 101.

  • It's not going great.

  • That's a tough, mean horse.

  • So, you now what you gotta do?

  • You gotta get a tough mean cowboy to break 'em,

  • or just a young guy who likely will survive that experience.

  • So, they tape Jimmy Hurdstrom, this fella,

  • to that horse in the hope

  • that they'll wear each other out and they'll sort of,

  • by the end of that experience

  • both be a little more broken in.

  • Okay.

  • Boom.

  • Cut to,

  • Kayce on his house out at the reservation.

  • He's trying to dig up a stump.

  • It doesn't work,

  • so he has to use some explosives.

  • He blows the s### out of the stump,

  • and in doing so, uncovers some dinosaur bones.

  • Remember those dinosaur bones,

  • that's important to hold on to.

  • And then, we cut to Jamie,

  • what's going on in Jamie's world.

  • He's meeting with the Governor,

  • because there's evidence that there's

  • maybe some foul play afoot.

  • So there was this horrible trauma.

  • Robert Long killed Lee,

  • and then Kayce killed Robert Long.

  • And the Dutton's had their own sort of explanation for it,

  • that it was self-defense and that they killed each other.

  • But, upon investigating the scene of this violence,

  • it's pretty clear that that's not what happened.

  • There might be a third shooter.

  • Right, there might be a third person involved

  • in that killing.

  • And we all know that that's Kayce Dutton,

  • but the Dutton's are trying to cover this up

  • because basically Kayce didn't have,

  • like Kayce's not a legal entity.

  • Kayce killing somebody isn't a sort of legal action.

  • So, it's very important for the Dutton's

  • that they cover up the fact that Kayce

  • was involved with this.

  • And there's some loose ends.

  • You got some witnesses that are, witnesses at the scene.

  • And then, you've also got the bodies themselves, right?

  • And over the course of this episode,

  • one of the things that we're navigating

  • is how we're gonna tie up all these loose ends.

  • So there's a few different ways that we approach that.

  • John Dutton goes after the witnesses.

  • So, basically he calls in some favors.

  • He calls on one of his old school business friends

  • to lean on their son to say that Kayce wasn't there.

  • And then he also goes to this pastor

  • who he sort of gets to preach this sermon

  • the basic gist of which is hey John Dutton is important

  • to this community, we gotta protect our flock,

  • you gotta lie to save his son.

  • Right, so they handle the witnesses in that way.

  • And then, you've got this medical examiner

  • who has seen the bodies, right?

  • Has seen the bodies and can effectively prove

  • that there was this third shooter involved,

  • that Kayce Dutton was involved.

  • And so, John Dutton sends Rip to take care of that problem,

  • and as we are, you know, pretty quickly learning,

  • sending Rip to take care of a problem

  • generally involves an explosion of some kind.

  • And in this case that holds out.

  • Rip kills this medical examiner,

  • and blows up the office and makes it look like a suicide.

  • Classic Rip move.

  • Okay, what else goes on here?

  • Oh, man.

  • There's a lot.

  • So, Kayce and Monica basically are,

  • they're processing what happened to Monica's brother.

  • She doesn't know that Kayce's the one that killed him.

  • And they're driving along the highway,

  • and then they drive past an explosion, effectively.

  • It's a meth house that explodes.

  • And Kayce gets out of the car,

  • he wants to go see if he can help,

  • if there's any survivors.

  • And there's one guy who survived,

  • but is so badly burned that there's no way he'll survive.

  • So, Kayce puts him out of his misery by killing him

  • so he doesn't have to burn to death.

  • And then tribal police show up, they see what happened here,

  • and they sort of agree with Kayce

  • that he did the right thing,

  • but in order to cover up, the sort of--

  • it wasn't necessarily,

  • technically the legal thing to do,

  • so they help Kayce cover it up

  • by basically switching gun barrels

  • between the chief of tribal police's gun and Kayce's gun.

  • They switch barrels to make it effectively a legal killing.

  • And then we sort of get Kayce--

  • Kayce's caught in the middle of this conflict

  • between his father and the reservation,

  • and so through, sort of, living on the reservation

  • and engaging-- oh my god.

  • It can't be done.

  • It can't be done.

  • It was a foolish effort to begin with.

  • You can't-good TV, you can't summarize in five minutes.

  • It's too complicated, right?

  • It's not so cut and dry.

  • It's not so simple, cause there's a lot of like--

  • these characters are all very complicated.

  • Every scene has like deep ramifications.

  • Nothing's wasted, you know?

  • So, it can't possibly be done in five minutes.

  • That is to say, we'll hit the sort of important pieces here.

  • Basically, the important pieces of episode two

  • is the cover-up as they sort of work

  • to try to cover up this violence,

  • and it's Kayce sort of being torn in two

  • between his loyalties to the reservation

  • and his loyalties to his family, right?

  • And Kayce and Monica, obviously,

  • big Romeo and Juliet situation here.

  • Kayce is-Rainwater, the Chief of the reservation

  • wants to use Kayce as a pawn to take down John Dutton,

  • but Rainwater also, I think, feels

  • tremendous sympathy for Kayce.

  • And Kayce and Rainwater maybe relate

  • just as much as Kayce relates to his family.

  • So, this episode, if you ask me,

  • the episode MVP, Kayce Dutton.

  • This is a Kayce episode if there ever is one.

  • It's about, for me, my experience of watching it

  • is very much about the tension

  • between Kayce's past and his future.

  • The tension between Kayce's family,

  • his biological family, and his chosen family,

  • Monica and the Broken Rock Reservation.

  • Kayce really is caught in the middle.

  • And Kayce's family, Monica too, and Tate

  • are caught in the middle of this explosive conflict.

  • And, the terms of that conflict

  • have really been changed by the violence

  • that occurs in episode one.

  • So, episode two is largely about

  • the Dutton's trying to cover up and protect Kayce,

  • and it's about Kayce sort of contending

  • with no matter where he goes,

  • no matter what steps he takes to try to escape violence,

  • it feels as though violence is his destiny, right?

  • Violence erupts he watches his brother in law

  • kill his brother.

  • The next day, or you know a little later,

  • he's driving down the road and a meth house explodes.

  • Everywhere he goes, violence follows him.

  • And I think he's starting to contend with that

  • and starting to ask himself how he can protect his family

  • and how he can stand for what he wants to stand for