Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 9 Review: Enemies By Monday

Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 9 has been loved by the fans. Below is the review of Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 9.

Beginning with some words of wisdom from ranch patriarch John Dutton, Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 9: Enemies by Monday follows the pattern established by the vast majority of Yellowstone season 2 episodes prior to it.  He explains to his son and heir, Kayce, that death is the only constant in life.  If “you build it, they will come” applies to anything of value, then it stands to reason that someone will try to take it. John’s words are much more relevant than he realizes, just like his opening remarks in “Behind Us Only Grey” and “Resurrection Day.”

Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 9

In the case of Tate, the son of Kayce, and his ex-wife Monica (Kelsey Asbille), his grandson, this is especially true. John has been spending a lot of time with the youngest member of the Dutton family ever since the boy and his mother moved back in with them. Kayce has noticed this pattern of behavior.

Monica’s unease stems from events earlier in Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 9, but they all boil down to the fact that she isn’t fond of the new arrangement. As you might expect, she has some issues with life on the Dutton ranch. She is unhappy with the new Kayce. She feels particularly uneasy about the impact it is having on their young son.

This reminds us of John’s caution in  Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 9 that people will always try to take what they work hard to create. While he was referring to the ranch, in particular, the sentiment also applies to Tate, the young victim of the Beck brothers’ evil plan in the previous episode. Back then, Malcolm (Neal McDonough) yelled, “We take this all away.” Generalizing, he was talking about how irritated he and Teal (Terry Serpico) were getting with John and his business, but the episode strongly suggested that Malcolm had something more specific in mind: kidnapping or even killing John’s grandson.

yellowstone season 2 episode 9
yellowstone season 2 episode 9

Indeed, by the story‘s conclusion in Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 9: Enemies by Monday, young Tate has vanished. Nobody on the Yellowstone Ranch has seen the boy recently, and nobody knows where he could be.

For a moment there, John was convinced that he was with Monica. Monica had guessed correctly that he was hiding out in his room. Also, Kayce. Well, he figured the kid was sound asleep in bed, so he and Rip (Cole Hauser) and the other ranch hands went about their day.

Taylor Sheridan’s contemporary western drama takes a decidedly darker turn with Tate’s kidnapping, despite its frequent slapdash treatment of morality and murder. The Becks or anyone else has not murdered the boy just because muddy tire tracks and a single child’s rain boots were found. It’s clear that the kidnapping of the child is only the beginning of a much darker plot, given Yellowstone’s foreshadowing over the past few episodes. When the season finale airs next week, someone will have died, and it will most likely be the main character.

This week’s B and C plots provide ample hints that it could be one of the other adult children of the Duttons or one of their associates. The terrible circumstances in Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 9 that force Monica into an unexpected friendship with Beth (Kelly Reilly), her fiery sister-in-law and one of John’s fiercest, most loyal defenders, are one such example. While window shopping, Monica is falsely accused of shoplifting by a store employee, who then calls the police on her when she refuses to cooperate. The police don’t care that Monica wasn’t stealing anything and that her accuser was just making assumptions about her based on his race and Native American heritage. Not a soul gives a hoot about this situation until Beth shows up to defend Monica’s dignity and put everyone in the room in a cold sweat.

Indeed, these are some of Beth’s more endearing words, but they come with a warning. Monica has been warned that something terrible will occur if she cannot persuade Kayce to finally leave with her and Tate. It is what Beth tells Monica at this moment about Tate’s abduction that stands out, even though Jamie (Wes Bentley) finds out in another subplot that his ex Christina (Katherine Cunningham) knows that Sarah’s death wasn’t an accident and is also pregnant with their child.

Next week’s season finale, “Sins of the Father,” could prove to be the end of the boy, but with so much riding on Monica’s shoulders, she could be the next to go. The impact on John, Beth, and Jamie could be less severe, but for Kayce it would be devastating—almost as much as his father’s death had been. As a result, the entire Dutton family was nearly wiped out. It’s possible that Monica’s death will have the same effect, if not a greater one.

Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 9 airs on the Paramount Network.

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