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5 Most Important Moments In ‘Yellowstone’ Season 4, Episode 7

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5 Most Important Moments In ‘Yellowstone’ Season 4, Episode 7

In Yellowstone Season 4, Episode 7, entitled, “Keep the Wolves Close,” the Duttons are making moves, both physical and political. Co-creator Taylor Sheridan pulls double duty here as both writer and director, so fans knew right away that this episode was going to be a big one. It starts off innocuously, with lush and peaceful shots of Jimmy (podcaster Jefferson White) and the wranglers working the herd at the Four Sixes ranch. Jimmy is called into see Doc Emily (Kathryn Kelly) and is shocked to learn his task for the day is collecting semen from a lusty stud. Even more shocking for Jimmy, Emily asks him out afterwards (“You’re one of six single guys in this county under 30. I date 2 of ’em and the other 3 ain’t worth their shits, so I thought I’d make my move.”) Beth (Kelly Reilly) goes to Market Equities for the first time—immediately smoking in her office and firing her assistant—and learns that the investment firm is planning much more than just an airport on and near her father’s land. Beth’s wheels start turning, and she finds an unlikely ally in her supposed enemy, Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo).

Just as Garrett Randall (Will Patton) is making plans for Jamie’s gubernatorial run with his baby mother/former campaign manager Christina (Katherine Cunningham), current Montana governor (and John’s former lover) Lynelle Perry (Wendy Moniz) comes to the Yellowstone to tell John (Kevin Costner) of her plans to endorse his estranged son. Flustered, John offers himself up for the job, stating that Jamie cannot handle “too much power.” John’s spur-of-the-moment decision may be the best chance the Duttons have to save the Yellowstone. In other heartwarming ranch news, John finds a moment to invite Rip, Beth and Carter (Finn Little)—now a family unit once again—to live with him up at the Lodge. Lloyd (Forrie J. Smith) also makes amends with Walker (Ryan Bingham) by pawning his prized rodeo possessions for a new guitar.

Kayce (Luke Grimes) and Mo Brings Plenty (Mo Brings Plenty) saddle up to hunt down the 18 horses stolen from Avery’s (Tanaya Beatty) racing family on the Broken Rock Indian Reservation. They find the horses in federal custody—after they had been ditched by the initial dirt bike-riding thieves—and bring them back to the reservation in a truly stunning sequence. Grateful and smitten, Avery asks Kayce if he believes in love at first sight. Kayce responds, “Yeah, that’s how I felt about my wife the first time I saw her.” It looks like Monica’s (Kelsey Asbille) jealousy was warranted, but Kayce is a one-woman man.

Let’s break down the 5 most important moments from Episode 7 that will have repercussions throughout the rest of the season.

CARTER BRINGS BETH FLOWERS

Carter tells John that he fears his ship has sailed with Beth following their disastrous shopping incident. John wisely advises, “You better start swimming after it. She’s the reason you’re here, big fella.” Humbled, Carter approaches Beth with a bouquet of hand-picked flowers. Before he can even apologize properly, Beth cuts him down, saying: “You’re one of those, huh? The kind of man who uses flowers to say ‘I’m sorry’ because he doesn’t have the balls to say it himself.” Ouch!

Discouraged, Carter asks Beth to take him into town explaining: “This isn’t a life. Cleaning up horse shit, sleeping in a barn. I don’t have any friends, not even you. I’ll take my chances in foster care.” This moment of vulnerability softens Beth, truly a rare sight. She lays down the ground rules for him to come back into her life: “You do what I ask, the way I say do it. You ask questions when you don’t understand, you ask questions when you do understand. Never lie to me. Can you make that promise and keep it?” Only time will tell if Carter can indeed keep that promise to Beth.

TEETER GETS TO STAY

One of the most heart wrenching moments of Episode 6 was when Rip had to kick Teeter (Jennifer Landon) and the rest of the women out of the bunkhouse, per John’s orders. Thankfully, Teeter got a chance to plead her case to John and Rip: “Sir, whatever’s between Walker and Lloyd got nothin’ to do with me. Nothin’ to do with Laramie, either, it’s just their excuse. I was the first one up every morning and the last to be done.” She looks over to Rip for help and exclaims, “Ask him! Ask him if anyone works harder than me.”

Even though Rip confirms what she says, John isn’t moved. It’s only when Teeter reveals that she wears the Yellowstone brand (“So all that ‘this is my home forever’ is just talk? Fucking scarred for life don’t mean nothing?”) that John relents. Shockingly, Rip and Kayce forgot to tell John that the Bunkhouse boys and Teeter all started to wear the brand after taking Wade Morrow to “the train station” last season. We’re just happy our beloved Teeter ain’t goin’ nowhere for now.

GOVERNOR PERRY COMES TO THE RANCH

Turns out Lynelle Perry has bigger ambitions than the Montana gubernatorial office. She wants to run for Senate, and she thinks the Governor’s office is ready for “a new generation of leader.” When Lynelle reveals her intentions to endorse Jamie (Wes Bentley) for Governor, John is panicked. When she points out, he’s got the name and the experience, John tells her, “There are things about my son you do not know. Things that make him unfit for your office.” Lynelle wisely replies, “he’s the devil we know, John, I’ll take the risk.”

When Lynelle jokingly offers John her endorsement if he wants to run for Governor himself, John shockingly agrees. Incredulously, Lynelle asks, “You are gonna to run for office just so your son doesn’t get it?” John replies, “That’s how bad he’ll be for everything you and I worked so hard to protect. He’ll destroy it all.” Ouch.

BETH AND SUMMER TEAM UP

Driving home one evening, Beth sees Summer and her fellow protestors demonstrating outside of a clothing store that sells fur. Beth tells her: “15 of you outside a store yelling at patrons…that isn’t making a difference. This store is the caboose of the problem. The engine of the problem doesn’t know you exist.” When Summer asks Beth what she knows about saving the environment, Beth reveals to her that Market Equities has plans to build an international airport, a ski resort and a major residential and retail development “just 15 miles from a National Park in the most fragile ecosystem in North America.” Needless to say, Summer is shook.

In a shocking move, Beth puts her number in Summer’s phone, signaling a tentative partnership between the two women aimed at stopping Market Equities’ master plan. “This is a little above your paygrade. This one takes effort, strategy, sacrifice, risk… real risk, Beth warns Summer. Summer may be a little out of her depth with this one, but with allies like Beth and John, she really could make a difference in Montana.

DUTTON V. DUTTON

Beth agrees with John’s decision to run for Governor explaining: “As Governor, you will have the power to withhold funds, you have the power to reverse state’s land grants, you have the power to shut that fucking airport down…you will have the power to run those fuckers out of the valley and you can pass a law they can never return.” With like minds, the two head to Helena so that Lynelle can make the official announcement.

In a brutal scene, Jamie is called down to the press room for the surprise announcement. He still believes he is getting Governor Perry’s endorsement and thinks John is there to witness his proudest moment. In a beautiful piece of acing from Wes Bentley, you see all the emotions of disbelief, hurt, betrayal and anger wash over him as Lynelle gives her endorsement to John instead. As Jamie stands there listening to John’s speech, utterly destroyed, Beth whispers in his ear, “This is just the beginning.” Talk about unsettling!

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Legendary NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden died Tuesday morning at 85, the NFL announced. News of the football icon’s passing hit Twitter on Tuesday evening, and athletes, coaches and broadcasters from across the sports world reacted.

Fellow broadcasting legend Dick Vitale, who is currently battling cancer, called Madden “the greatest analyst of all time of any sport” in his Twitter tribute.

Former Yankees pitcher and notable Raiders fan CC Sabathia said “your legacy will live forever.” Madden coached the then-Oakland Raiders from 1969-78, a couple of years before Sabathia, a Vallejo, California native, was born. Lakers star LeBron James had similar words about Madden’s lasting legacy, adding an infinity emoji.

Former tennis star and social justice activist Billie Jean King recalled meeting Madden as a “privilege.”

Radio voice of the Rangers Kenny Albert, a five-sport broadcaster who’s been with FOX Sports since its inception in 1994, shared a photo circa 26 years ago to remember Madden.

ESPN’s Bomani Jones took a bit of a shot at current color commentators, noting that Madden “set an unreachable standard.”

Frank Caliendo, who’s made a career out of impersonations, including one for Madden, said he was surprised how emotional he felt.

Several football players, and others, including Saints running back Mark Ingram II and former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, credited Madden with being part of the reason why they love football.

Rams wide receiver and NFL MVP contender Cooper Kupp quote the late coach in his tribute: “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”

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Miles McBride’s Knicks role will lessen with Kemba Walker’s resurgence

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Knicks got back another body in rookie point guard Miles McBride, who was cleared from protocols Tuesday and rejoined the team in Minnesota.

But there is no longer any hype for the rookie’s return. Kemba Walker is back as the starting point guard and coming off winning Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors with four standout games, including his Christmas Day spectacular. The Knicks have gone 2-2 since Walker regained the starting job.

“It’s great,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He had a great week. He’s playing great basketball. The team winning helps him get recognized and he was a big part of driving that winning. It’s great for the team.’’

McBride was also spectacular in his last outing before getting COVID-19, when he played the entire second half Dec. 16 in Houston and seemingly earned a spot in the rotation. In fact, McBride had strung together two decent outings before he was ruled out. But things have changed since his emergence and McBride is likely back to being a bit player.

Without a practice, McBride wasn’t even expected to see time when the Knicks faced the Timberwolves to kick off a four-game road trip.

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Of course, with Walker’s arthritic knee, anything is possible. The Knicks play Detroit on Wednesday in a back-to-back, so it’s uncertain whether Walker will complete both contests. In addition, Immanuel Quickley is out of COVID-19 protocols but Thibodeau wasn’t sure he was ready for meaningful minutes.

That left Walker against the depleted Timberwolves, who were missing their three top players (Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell), all because of COVID-19 .

Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker
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When McBride got sidelined by the virus and Derrick Rose needed ankle surgery, Walker was resurrected by Thibodeau and it’s been a stunning comeback story.

Though Thibodeau has clear reservations about Walker based on his nine-game banishment due to his defensive malaise as an undersized point guard, he admitted after the Christmas Day triple-double against Atlanta that Walker is playing “much more aggressive.”

Walker’s triple-double that featured 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds was a lot different than his prior outing, when he scored 44 points against Washington.

“I thought his passing was terrific,’’ Thibodeau said before the Knicks resumed their schedule.

“Kemba had control of the game. The game tells you what to do. That’s what I loved about the way he played. I don’t think he forced anything. They puts size on him and were aggressive in their pick-and-roll coverage. He didn’t fight it. He attacked pressure the way you like to attack pressure. You don’t fight pressure with pressure. Don’t try to split it. Get rid of it, go to the backside. Let the game tell you what to do.’’

The Knicks coach is finally seeing all the elements of what Walker can do. Before his demotion, Walker was nothing more than a no-defense, 3-point shooter whose plus-minus was an abysmal minus-122.

Thibodeau was also concerned about his durability in sitting out two of the three back-to-back sets. The last load management game in Atlanta in late November triggered Thibodeau’s decision.

But now it’s only superlatives from Thibodeau in judging the last four games.

“Sometimes it’s going to be his shooting, sometimes it’s his penetration and getting in the paint to force a collapse and sometimes they’re being aggressive with their traps get rid of the ball quickly,’’ Thibodeau said. “The overall play, his rebounding. When your guards rebound, those are key to fast breaks. The more guard rebounding we get the better we can be. ‘’

The Knicks still have three players in protocols — centers Nerlens Noel and Jericho Sims and the newly infected Wayne Selden. Quickley and Kevin Knox were cleared on Christmas but were held out for conditioning.

No matter. The Knicks go as Kemba goes.

“He’s much more aggressive,’’ Thibodeau said. “That was the challenge. At the beginning of the year he and Evan were two new starters. Sometimes guys are trying to fit in. he’s being very aggressive which is the way we want him to play. Not deferring at all. When he and Julius [Randle] are aggressive like that our team is different.’’

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When Zach Wilson stares across the MetLife Stadium field at the opposite sideline this Sunday, it won’t be Trevor Lawrence he’ll be looking at as his game-day counterpart.

Lawrence, drafted by Jacksonville one spot before the Jets selected Wilson at No. 2 overall last April, is a contemporary.

This Sunday at MetLife, the Jets rookie quarterback won’t be staring at a contemporary on the other sideline. He’ll be staring at the GOAT.

Tom Brady.

The bar raises dramatically for Wilson and the Jets, who are coming off of their feel-good, get-well win over the woeful Jaguars and Lawrence this past Sunday.

Brady and Buccaneers, who are 11-4, NFC South division champions and seeking to repeat as Super Bowl champions, play the Jets, who are 4-11 and seeking more signs of development from their rookie quarterback.

To say this is a step up in competition for Wilson and the Jets going from Lawrence and the Jags to Brady and the Bucs is as obvious as pointing out that Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Brown has had a few off-the-field incidents during his otherwise stellar NFL career.

There hasn’t been a lot to keep the interest of the Jets fan this season — other than watching Wilson’s development. That took an unfortunate pause for the four games Wilson missed with a knee injury, but he’s been back for five games and has looked like a better quarterback, throwing only two interceptions in those games (none in the last three) since returning from his injury.

The problem, though, is that Wilson hasn’t been producing enough touchdowns, throwing for three of them and rushing for four others in the past five games.

Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
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Baby steps, though.

Wilson was the better quarterback this past Sunday when matched up with Lawrence, who threw for more yards than Wilson did, but Wilson ran for 91 yards, including his electric 52-yard scoring jaunt, and made key throws when he needed them.

Wilson will not win Sunday’s game against Brady and the Bucs throwing for the 102 yards he had against the Jaguars. He and the Jets will need more.

Consider this: Brady enters the game having thrown 37 TD passes and for 4,580 yards this season and averages a league-high 305.2 passing yards per game.

Then this: The Buccaneers average 29.5 points per game this season, second most in the NFL.

And this: Wilson doesn’t have a single 300-yard passing game, averages 183 passing yards per game and has thrown seven TD passes in 11 games.

Seven TD passes is a pedestrian two-game total for Brady.

Wilson and the Jets are playing with house money anyway in what always has been a developmental season, so Sunday against Brady should, at its very least, be a great measuring-stick learning experience for Wilson, who’s studied Brady on tape.

Wilson revealed this month that he watched film of Brady before the Jets played the Eagles on Dec. 5 in an effort to pick up tips on how Brady worked against the Eagles defense when he played them earlier in the season.

“I thought it was really cool to see kind of how he went through his whole process, how he navigated the pocket, different things like that,” Wilson said at the time.

On Sunday, Wilson gets to see that process up close as Brady tries to dissect a Jets defense that has yielded 29.9 points per game this season, the most in the NFL.

That puts an added onus on Wilson to produce on the other side of the ball, because he knows Brady is going to get his. Wilson will likely need to produce four TDs — any way he can — for the Jets to simply remain competitive with the Super Bowl champs.

That’s a lot to ask of a 22-year-old kid who’s produced just 11 TDs in his 11 starts, up against Brady, who’s thrown 618 TD passes and for 83,784 yards in his remarkable career.

It, too, is a lot to ask playing against an aggressive Tampa Bay defense that’s ranked No. 9 in the NFL in points allowed (20.8 per game) and is led by former Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who’d surely like to send a holiday message to his former employer.

If you don’t think Bowles will be blitzing the bejesus out of Wilson, then you probably think Antonio Brown is a living saint.

The good news for the Jets is that Wilson has shown incremental improvements, particularly when it comes to his decision-making and quicker releases on his throws.

“He’s coming along, he’s getting more comfortable, he’s calmer back there,’’ Jets coach Robert Saleh said Monday. “He’s in a great headspace and it’s going to be fun to watch him grow, continue to grow.’’

A big part of that growth will take place this Sunday as he watches the GOAT operate from the opposite sideline at MetLife.

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