The Ranch Recap: Is Dax Shepard's Luke Matthews the New Rooster?

TVLine | 12/8/2018 | Ryan Schwartz
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Warning: The following contains spoilers from Episodes 6 and 7 of The Ranch Part 6. For our previous recap, click here.

After saying goodbye to Danny Masterson’s Rooster Bennett, The Ranch‘s latest half-season introduces us to Dax Shepard’s Luke Matthews. So what’s this new bearded fella’s connection to the Bennett family? And how long does he intend to stick around?

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Luke first turns up in Episode 6. Officer Wilkerson pulls up at Iron River Ranch with Luke in his backseat, having arrested the man for being drunk and disorderly. Luke then explains to the Bennetts that he’s a not-so-distant relative. Turns out that he’s Colt’s first cousin; his father was Beau’s brother Greg, who died in Vietnam. Luke is a divorcé who recently lost his mother to lung cancer, and the Bennetts are the only family he’s got left. We also learn that he’s a veteran of the United States army, and was previously stationed in Iraq.

The next day, Luke wakes up from his drunken stupor. He apologizes to Beau for making a bad first impression, then offers to help him fix his truck. When Beau accidentally drops a light in the hood of the car, the sound startles Luke and triggers some serious PTSD. He scolds his uncle, then attempts to pick a fight with Colt, who tells him to get lost. Later that night, Beau heads down to Luke’s campsite to have a chat with his nephew, who confirms that he suffers from post-traumatic stress. He then describes the harrowing incident that he can’t quite shake.

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“I’m driving a f—king Humvee through Fallujah with six of my guys in back,” Luke begins, setting the scene for Beau. “This little kid runs out, waving his hands like something’s...
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