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5 Most Important Moments In ‘Yellowstone’ Season 4, Episode 9

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In Yellowstone Season 4, Episode 9, entitled, “No Such Thing As Fair,” the Duttons are at an impasse. Written by series co-creator Taylor Sheridan and directed by Stephen Kay, this episode starts off with the first of two (!) knock down drag out fights between John Dutton (Kevin Costner) and his ornery, but devoted daughter, Beth (Kelly Reilly). Beth is furious that John put himself in danger by running into Ruby’s Café to stop the robbery that cost his friend, Sherriff Donnie Haskell, his life. She laments, “You look for justice everywhere, everywhere but the mirror. Where’s the justice for the man who tried to kill you?” John informs her that Terrell Riggins, the man who was responsible for the attacks against them, is rotting in prison for the rest of his life. John still doesn’t know that it was Jamie’s biological father, Garrett Randall (Will Patton), who ordered the Dutton family hit via Terrell Riggins.

Soon after, John gets a call from Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo) who is in jail facing charges of felony aggravated assault on a peace officer as well as a laundry list of other violations that could mean life in prison. John visits Summer through the good offices of interim Sherriff Bill Ramsey (Rob Kirkland) and finds out that Beth was the one who advised Summer to slap a cop during the protest. John vows to speak to the judge (who owns him a favor, of course) and get her out of this mess. Meanwhile, Jamie, Garrett and Christina watch John receive extremely favorable news coverage for his actions at Rubys Café. Jamie finally reveals to Christina that Garrett killed his mother, and she advises him to get Garrett out of his life immediately so that the relationship can’t be used against him in his gubernatorial run.

Elsewhere, Jimmy (Jefferson White) and Emily (Kathryn Kelly) are in their love bubble at the 6666 ranch. Jimmy revels in this relationship and his burgeoning cowboy skills, but when he runs into horse trainer Travis (Sheridan) at a horse show, Travis tells him he’s taking him back to the Yellowstone. Shaken but steady, Jimmy vows to find a way to return to Emily.

Back at the ranch, John confronts Beth about her role in the numerous charges facing Summer. Unmoved, Beth passionately defends her decision to use Summer to help bring down Market Equities per her father’s initial instructions to help save the ranch. He tells her: “No more colleterial damage. We don’t kill sheep, we kill wolves.” Shocked at Beth’s lack of empathy, he asks her to leave the ranch, which devastates Beth. Unable to help her, Rip (Cole Hauser) watches as Beth later cries her heart out to one of Walker’s (Ryan Bingham) sad songs.

But perhaps the Dutton who faces the most introspection this episode is Kayce (Luke Grimes). Stalked by a wolf for most of his life, Kayce turns to Monica (Kelsey Asbille), Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham) and Mo Brings Plenty (Mo Brings Plenty) for answers. They advise him to undertake a vision quest, which will no doubt lead him to some unpleasant places before he gains clarity. With one more episode to go in Season 4, the Dutton empire seems more fragile than ever before.

Let’s break down the 5 most important moments from Episode 9 that will have repercussions throughout the rest of the season.

DUH, GARRETT IS BAD FOR JAMIE

After John’s run of good press for stopping that robbery, Jamie begins to think he has no chance to win the gubernational election. Christina advises Jamie, “John is the opposite of progress. You be the face of it. Progress doesn’t want to take the people’s land, it wants to preserve it. Progress wants opportunity and equality for all. Ranchers don’t win elections anymore. All you need is Bozeman, Missoula, and Helena.” Her earnestness finally moves Jamie to tell her that Garrett killed his mother and served 40 years in prison for it. When Jamie says he’s forgiven Garrett, Christina exclaims: “How noble, Jamie, that’s just great! You think the voters of Montana are gonna forgive him too?” She counsels Jamie, “If you have any interest in being governor, get him out of your house and get him out of your life.”

To his credit (which I can’t believe I’m saying), Garrett decides to make himself scarce for a while. When Jamie tries to argue with him, Garrett tells him to “think about all those times in your life that what you wanted was the worst thing for you.” When Garrett, seething with hatred, later runs into John at a restaurant, he snarls: “You could have told truth. You could have told [Jamie] what she become,” referring to his drug-addicted mother. John replies, “She became what you made her then you killed her for it…If you plan is to get me back for what you did to yourself, I will treat you like everyone else who showed up with the same idea and I will rid the fucking world of you.” Oh, John, if you only knew…

JOHN’S PLEDGE TO SUMMER

Summer is, understandably, freaked out that she is facing life in prison for her actions at the protest against Market Equities. When Summer concludes that they are making an example of her, her public defender and John confirm her fears. Her lawyer explains: “That’s exactly what they’re doing, and we need to let them just a little because there’s no jury of your peers here. Your peers are in Portland. In Portland, he may be the enemy or I might be the enemy, but here the enemy is you. We don’t want to go in front of a jury.” After her lawyer leaves, Summer asks John to speak to the judge. When John says that her best hope is a reduced sentence, Summer exclaims: “To what? 30 years? I’m going to do 3 decades in prison? That makes you the last guy I fuck in 30 years.”

Despite the dig, John tries to comfort her: “You’re not a criminal. You got so mad you broke the law and they’re mad as hell you did it but you’re not a criminal, they know that. Now let them know you’re sorry.” Summer drops a bomb on John by saying she should have never listened to Beth, adding, “She’s the one who told me to protest here. She said take one for the team and make some noise, make the news, well I made the news and I don’t see my fucking team.” Stunned and angered by Beth’s part in Summer’s predicament, John promises to get her out of this mess. Yellowstone fans know that a promise from John Dutton means something.

JIMMY IS A COWBOY NOW

With a new lady in his life and a new cowboy hat on his head, Jimmy is truly finding himself at the Four Sixes ranch. When he’s tasked with helping haul horses at a horse show, he is more confident than ever as he watches his mentor, Travis, work. Jimmy gleefully tells Travis: “You were right about everything. It’s just you and a horse, that’s all it is. This old timer down there told me that cowboying is art without an audience. Guess he was wrong. Pretty big audience out there.” Shaking his head, Travis replies: “This ain’t cowboying, this is just showing off. It’s a lot of fun and when it pays, it pays good, but it is not cowboying. The best ride of my life, the best cow I ever worked, was in a field in San Saba, Texas, and nobody saw it. Not a soul. So your old timer was right.”

When Travis tells Jimmy to drive Metallic Cat, who just won the Stallion of the Year award, back to the Yellowstone after the dispersal sale, Jimmy is shocked. He breaks the news to Emily, telling her, “I gave John Dutton my word.” Overcome with emotion, Jimmy visits her once more and declares, “I’m not saying goodbye. I’m keeping you. I’ll do whatever I have to do.” He asks Emily to wait for him and she agrees. It’s safe to say that Jimmy’s return to the Yellowstone will be short lived.

JOHN VS. BETH

John calls Beth into the dining room, you know the room that she hates, to confront Beth about using Summer for her own purposes. Unremorseful, Beth tells him: “I don’t care if she dies in prison, I don’t care if she gets out. I do not fucking care, okay? I care about you. I care about Kayce. I care about Rip.” John points out, “If you care about them, you need to care about having some morality in the way you fight.” Incensed, Beth replies, “There is no morality here, dad, none. There is keep the kingdom or lose the kingdom.” John, unmoved, tells Beth, “My kingdom, my rules, we fight with dignity and you aren’t.”

John admonishes Beth that what she did to Summer was cruel. Beth snarls back, “Because you fucked her it was cruel?” Truly shocked, John asks, “Did you do it because I fucked her? Because that is cruel. God damn, Beth, I never thought I’d feel this way about you , but you’ve really disappointed me.” He might as well have slapped Beth in the face with those words. He continues, “Maybe it’s best if I fight this alone, and maybe it’s best if you go somewhere else while I do it.” Shocked, Beth argues that this is her home. John coldly responds, “Might be time to find another one.”

KAYCE’S VISION QUEST

Remember that wolf that’s been following Kayce around all these years? Well, he’s finally starting to take notice. Sitting around a fire with Mo Brings Plenty and Thomas Rainwater, Kayce describes his experiences with the wolf, and Mo explains, “The wolf is your protector. Your spirit animal. Because in your heart, you’re part wolf too. Carrying the wolf is a burden.” Thomas points out the similarities between men and wolves: “We form packs like they do. We breed territories like they do. We destroy our enemies like they do. We have tried everything in our power to destroy them. Before guns and bows, they tried everything to destroy us.” When Kayce asks why a wolf is one protecting him, Mo advises him to “cry for a vision. If you cry hard enough, he might tell you.”

Kayce prepares for a vision quest with the help of Mo. Mo warns Kayce, “Wherever something good is trying to happen, something bad is trying to stop it. The only safe place is inside your prayer ties. Your only protection is the pipe. Everything else around you could be evil. Beware the coyote. He’s the trickster. He cannot be trusted.” When Mo tells him that the quest will last “4 days and 4 nights. No food or water,” Kayce worries that he will die and rightfully so! Mo counsels him: “You must stand on a cliff of death to understand your purpose in life. It’s the only place where you can see it.” Good luck, Kayce, you’re going to need it.

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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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