For all the times John Dutton treated his sons badly, he treated his surrogate son Rip Wheeler even better. Sure, Rip has it rough and he can’t experience the same “comfortable” perks that Lee, Jamie, Beth, and Kayce all have growing up, but he has a roof and four walls, which is about all he could have hoped for at the time. Rip deserves everything he has, and even if it’s not much, it’s his. So when John writes him a letter giving him his own home at Yellowstone Ranch, there’s not much more Rip could ask for.
This home is the beginning of a new life for Rip as he soon invites Beth over and the two decide to get married. Although the house itself is not permanent, the vibe remains the same. After his home is destroyed, Rip and Beth move into Dutton’s main home, and Rip finally gets a taste of the comfortable life he’s always been so close to. And after John walks Beth down the aisle, the boss Dutton can finally claim Rip as his son.
Sure, John Dutton is a tough man and a force to be reckoned with, but he can also be kind-hearted. Undoubtedly, like many of us, John always had a soft spot for Rip, and it’s a Hallmark moment like this that makes “Yellowstone” just that little bit brighter.