‘Yellowstone’ – Dirty dealings in Montana
One of the few rays of comic relief in a series chock full of betrayal, deception and skullduggery are the pratfalls and boneheaded maneuvers of Jimmy, the bumbling ranch hand played by Jefferson White in the Paramount Network Western “Yellowstone.”
Kevin Costner, who plays family patriarch and ranch owner John Dutton, laughs as he recalls a scene in Season 1 where Jimmy is duct-taped into the saddle of a bucking horse they’re trying to break.
“He’s a person that needs a second chance and he gets a lot of tough love,” he says, “Actually, he’s kind of almost like a pet that … if something doesn’t eat you and you’re still here a year later, we’ll let you come inside.”
As the new season gets underway Wednesday, June 19, the battles continue for Dutton, his family and workers at Montana’s Yellowstone Dutton Ranch, the largest contiguous ranch in the lower 48 states. The biggest threat comes from Rainwater (Gil Birmingham), the chief of the nearby reservation, who moves forward with his plan to acquire land and build a casino and resort on land bordering the ranch. But John’s daughter Beth (Kelly Reilly) wheels and deals in an effort to ensure that can’t happen.
Meanwhile, son Jamie’s (Wes Bentley) unopposed run for attorney general meets resistance when John and Beth recruit an outsider (Kelly Rohrbach, “Baywatch”) to go against him, daughter-in-law Monica (Kelsey Asbille) gets a new job at the university, and John receives some unexpected health news.
As for Rip Wheeler, the ranch foreman played by Cole Hauser, he gets a distressing request from John regarding Kayce (Luke Grimes) that sends him into the arms of Beth, herself a tortured soul who rediscovers sobriety this season.
“Season 2 for her and I, I’d say that’s a big one – it’s our relationship,” Hauser explains. “… And Kelly and I love playing these two characters. So you know, there’s a lot more of getting into the heart and crux of their relationship. And without giving a lot away, it’s a beautiful storyline this year.”
“We meet Beth and Rip in flashback when they first meet when they’re like 14-15 years old as kids,” the British actress explains, “and it’s really beautiful explorations of these two characters and their history. And (writer/creator) Taylor Sheridan does a really great job of exploring a little bit more of Beth’s heart in this season. There’s still Beth as we know her but we’re now getting into some great layering, which is really nice for me as an actor to sort of develop her and grow with her and deepen her. … It’s a very exciting season.”