[S1E1] He Rides Again __HOT__
The male producer receives a phone call from a girl, who compares The Magic School Bus to The Twilight Zone, which "had more science fiction than fact," and notes that it would be impossible to visit all nine planets in one day. The producer argues that had it been for real, it would take many years for a person to finally get to Pluto. The girl also argues that scientists really don't know what Pluto's surface feels like, to which the producer argues that only the astronomers really know what it feels like while everyone else has to take a guess. The girl then adds that Pluto is still remaining inside Neptune's orbit until 1999, when it officially becomes the ninth planet again. When asked how the class could float around in the bus, the producer replies that they were at a weightless environment, thus gaining the ability to float around the planets in outer space. He does, however, admit that the part in which they're able to walk around the bus occasionally was fudged, and the planets were perfectly lined up to keep track of them without anyone missing a single one. After the girl states that an astronaut that visits another planet shouldn't take off his or her space helmet, she demands for someone to get the pile of litter Janet left on her home planet, Pluto, revealing her to be a Plutonian alien.
[S1E1] He Rides Again
John Dutton has ordered a freight of bison. When he has had these unloaded he sees Dan Jenkins playing golf somwhere nearby, so he decides to have a talk and rides over on horseback. First thing that comes to Jenkins's mind is the fact there's no rodeo in Bozeman, but Dutton's not interested and immediately gets to the point: he's not about to let Jenkins put subdivisions in his valley. When he's done talking he also reminds Jenkins that he owes him a horse, referring to the accident earlier that week.
Lee, then, is shot by Robert Long, who comes walking up to him and is about to pull the trigger once again. Kayce is riding his horse and is just in time to keep his-brother in law from doing so, kicking him facedown into the ground. He tries to help his brother but Robert is not dealt with and is about to pull his gun. Kayce, however, turns out to be faster and fires a few bullets into the brother of his wife, killing him with the last one. As he walks back to Lee, it turns out the one bullet that hit him was fatal.
Jamie is dealing with the police that has arrived on the ranch and has asked them to look out for Lee, because his brother is missing. But then his father sees Kayce riding in with Lee over his saddle. He rides out to meet him and sends him over to Jamie to talk things over immediately. John takes Lee to sit with him for a while.
Mr. Bean spends a rather unusual day at a Funfair attraction with a rather unusual baby which he accidentally found. Mr. Bean tries to find ways to keep the baby occupied while he goes on his rides. In the end, the baby is returned to its mother and Mr. Bean calls it a day.
When Mr. Bean has to wait a few minutes for the hairdresser who's called away by the telephone, he starts playing barber, so three consecutive costumers have their hair done by him, but his inverse Midastouch strikes again: woe their hair and the real hairdresser they complain to! Next he goes to a pet show, starting of by cheating at a dexterity game by unplugging the fault-detection and next deciding to play 'hit the headmaster' not just with the provided wet sponges, but wit anything not too heavy for him to lift; then he enters his teddy-bear for the obedience test (meant for kids' dogs). In the train station he stops at nothing to get on without a ticket, and succeeds as a crawling sack of post - but on which train is he carried?
As John walks around the accident scene, it is clear there were many vehicles involved. He comes upon a fatally injured big rig driver for Paradise Valley Capital Development who is lying bloodied in the wreckage. Police cars arrive on the scene as John leans against a fence, watching cows to whom he says, "The things we lose to keep you fed." The police officers rush to John to see if he is hurt.
Later, Jamie Dutton speaks to a commission in the Montana capital building. He is arguing that land preservation and property rights take precedent over public expansion, making his position clear against a housing development that would take up part of the Dutton's Yellowstone Ranch. The chairwoman of the commission, Governor Perry, states that the plaintiff, Alan, must show public need, not public desire. She dismisses the case without making it go to a vote. The plaintiff approaches Jamie after the dismissal saying it's only 30,000 acres which is a very small amount of the ranch. Alan suggests the Dutton's can harvest the timber first without an environmental review. Jamie dismisses the idea and suggests that the town should expand up by building condos.
Elsewhere, Kayce Dutton attempts to get horses out of an area that is actively being drilled for oil. The oil drillers from IL Energy don't believe he'll be able to wrangle the horses on his own. He says that if he can get the stallion out, the rest of the horses will leave on their own but that he should leave the horses there to prevent anymore drilling. As Kayce rides toward the horses, the oil drillers comment that they think he's crazy and that they found him through his ad in the Yellow Pages indicating he works with problem horses.
Later, back in town again, Dan Jenkins is talking to managers at a bank about financing the subdivision that Paradise Valley is attempting to build. They discuss several of the particulars about the subdivision and Dan says that if they build a mill, they don't need a permit to build a power source. He argues that the mill will cut down the timber cost for the subdivision and allow them to build a power plant without a permit. He says that in Montana, they can do whatever they want to the river on their land. In the bar below the conference room where Dan is talking with the bank managers, Beth sits drinking alone. After verbally castrating a tourist who attempts to pick her up, she goes to join the bank managers who have left the meeting. She later tells John that they're building a city and hands him a copy of the Paradise Valley master plan for the subdivision.
John sees Dan Jenkins playing golf at the edge of the property line. There is a stark contrast between the manicured appearance of the golfing green and Dan Jenkins and the meadowlands of the ranch and John astride his horse. John tells Dan he knows about the subdivision plan and that it's not welcome. Dan tells him he can't stand in the way of progress. The two men are pitted against each other and John rides away after telling Dan he owes him a new horse.
But let's start at the beginning. And the very first image of Yellowstone is of Kevin Costner's hand entering the frame against a turquoise blue sky, the Big Sky of which we are so justifiably proud. The hand is reaching out to comfort a panicked horse, injured in a nasty collision with a semi-truck carrying construction equipment. The horse has been grievously injured, and Costner's Dutton growls some portentous lines to it before putting the barrel of his revolver under the animal's chin and pulling the trigger.
The episode continues as we meet each of the Dutton children in turn. There's Jamie (Wes Bentley), the be-suited lawyer and maybe-politician who spends a lot of his time in Helena arguing against the Dutton Ranch being annexed through public domain. And Kayce (Luke Grimes), the ex-Navy Seal now married to a pretty young Native-American teacher who lives on the rez with her and his son. And Beth (Kelly Reilly), the ferocious business-woman who spends her introductory scene totally eviscerating the owner of a drilling company during a mergers and acquisitions negotiation. The only sibling that we don't spend any immediate time with is Lee Dutton (Dave Annable), the 38-year old ranch hand who serves as John Dutton's right-hand man, constantly searching for his approval. That Lee Dutton is not among the montage of introductions might serve as foreshadowing.
The plot really gets started when Dutton sends the afore-mentioned and ill-fated Lee to round up some cattle that have wandered too close to Native-American land. It seems that Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham), the slick new Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of Broken Rock, who runs a large and successful casino in the Paradise Valley, has political designs on the cattle, and once the cattle wanders onto reservation land, they belong to the reservation. Only someone took the barbed wire out of the fence. Rainwater intends to use them as some sort of political leverage against Dutton - or as Dutton remarks to the Governor later, "it's a new Chief showing off... we've all done it." And it's true: Rainwater's ambition puts him in the same league as Dutton - they're both hungry, and both are at once principled and unscrupulous in not-so-different ways.
Then we meet the Governor Perry (Wendy Moniz-Grillo), who in the early scenes helps to bat away a case of eminent domain that some developer was trying to raise against Dutton's ranch. They briefly discuss Jamie's political prospects, which Dutton dismisses out of hand, preferring the current arrangement, which has Jamie answerable to a "constituency of one," namely, John Dutton. As the governor leaves, she says they should "schedule a lunch" and lets her hand rest intimately on his chest, so we know that Dutton's in bed with the governor - literally, not metaphorically. Although maybe that too.
Plenty of attention, however, is spent on establishing Dan Jenkins (Danny Huston) as this season's big villain, a citified real estate developer attempting to secure a parcel of Dutton's land on which to build subdivisions, maybe even build another town. In the real "real" Montana, this would be settled in a courthouse, but in the Montana of TV's "Yellowstone", it means Dutton damming a river before it can get onto Jenkin's newly purchased land. As Jenkins and Dutton's tense exchange (next to a golf course, of all things) comes to a close, Dutton says "you owe me a horse, you son of a bitch." Ah, so that was Jenkins's land-moving equipment that caused the (otherwise never mentioned again) wreck that opens the program. 041b061a72