The preview for next week's episode of 'Yellowstone' teases more trouble for the Duttons following Summer's return

The preview for next week's episode of 'Yellowstone' teases more trouble for the Duttons following Summer's return
Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) in "Yellowstone" season five, episode five.
Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) in "Yellowstone" season five, episode five.Paramount Network
  • The next episode of "Yellowstone," titled "Watch'em Ride Away," will air Sunday, December 4.

  • The preview shows how Summer's arrival at the ranch stirs up more trouble for the Duttons.

  • Here's a frame-by-frame breakdown of the trailer for the episode.

Sunday night's episode of "Yellowstone" will see Summer's arrival at the ranch stir up some trouble for the Duttons.

The preview for episode five, titled "Watch 'em Ride Away," opens rather appropriately with a shot of young John Dutton (Josh Lucas) riding away from the ranch, followed by his trusted team of ranch hands, who are also saddled up.

It's not clear where they're going and why exactly they're setting out at night time. "First Duttons to settle this valley, fighting was all they knew," we hear present-day John (Kevin Costner) saying in a voiceover, referencing his ancestors whose story is set to be told in the new spinoff series "1923."

Young John Dutton (Josh Lucas) in "Yellowstone" season five, episode five.
Young John Dutton (Josh Lucas) in "Yellowstone" season five, episode five.Paramount Network

It then cuts to the present day, and Beth (Kelly Reilly) is giving her father some advice on the porch of the log cabin. "She is not gonna help you, dad," she says. "You have invited your worst enemy to sleep in your bed."

It's obvious that she's referring to animal rights activist Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo), who we then see standing by a wooden post looking out onto the ranch. She has taken up temporary residence with the Duttons after John used his power as governor to pardon her.

Although she warned John upon her release that it was unlikely they would start up their romantic relationship again, given the fact we saw her running around the cabin barefoot in an oversized T-shirt at the end of episode four, we have a strong feeling that Beth is talking both literally and figuratively here.

Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo) "Yellowstone" season five, episode five.
Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo) "Yellowstone" season five, episode five.Paramount Network

Beth isn't the only one who thinks that Summer's return can only mean bad news. We see John give Rip (Cole Hauser) a concerned glance right after this, making it clear that Rip is just as worried about Summer's presence on the ranch.

After all, she did put the welfare of animals above her own when she assaulted an officer at a livestock protest. How will she react if — or shall we say when, because it really is a matter of time — she finds out that John's men are responsible for the deaths of three endangered wolves? It seems likely that the Duttons could have another enemy on their hands if John's plan to hire her as his environmental advisor backfires.

Next up, we catch up with Jamie (Wes Bentley) and Sarah (Dawn Olivieri), and it looks like a lot has happened since their rendezvous in the bathrooms at the Deerfield Club. Was it Sarah's plan to ply Jamie with drinks, hook up with him, and get some intel out of him? It sure looks that way, given that it's back to business as she confronts him in his office.

Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley) and Sarah Atwood (Dawn Olivieri) in "Yellowstone" season five, episode four.
Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley) and Sarah Atwood (Dawn Olivieri) in "Yellowstone" season five, episode four.Paramount Network

"Market Equities or its partners — we can do whatever we want," she says with a smirk, and the look on Jamie's face suggests this is the last thing he expected to hear.

The preview then cuts back to John at the ranch, and he's sitting fireside with Rip. He tells his son-in-law: "Cowards rule these days, Rip. It's time we show them what we do and how we do it."

We then see Beth dispense another warning to her father. "They want the land, dad," she tells him. "That's all that you need to understand."

The closing shot of the preview mirrors the opening, only this time, it's present-day John leading his bunkhouse boys out into the darkness.

"Yellowstone" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Paramount Network.

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