The Ranch Part 3 Tackles Illegal Immigration In Episode 5 Twist

Just getting started on your The Ranch Part 3 binge? Circle on back to our premiere recap, then return when you’ve reached the halfway point.

If you don’t expect your sitcoms to begin with a Fuller House edition of F—k, Marry, Kill, then end with a recurring character getting deported, then clearly you’re not watching The Ranch.

In Episode 5, Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson are once again reunited with former That ’70s Show costar Wilmer Valderrama, who reprises his role as Umberto. The half-hour finds Colt, Rooster, Umberto and Abby heading off to a weekend ice fishing tournament, and culminates with Umberto revealed to be an illegal immigrant.

The unexpected twist occurs after Rooster disobeys orders to stay back and take stock of the herd. While fishing, he receives a call from Newman Hill employee Rich, who previously told him that working overtime wasn’t a choice, but an order passed down by their boss. In response, Rooster pretty much tells Rich to go shove it, and that he’ll return to work on Monday.

Colt, Abby and Umberto try to convince Rooster to get back to Garrison and back to work. Umberto, who also works for Newman Hill and recently bought his first home, is especially perturbed that Rooster essentially decided for him that he didn’t need the overtime pay. Overwhelmed by the situation, Rooster picks himself up and heads to a bar 50 miles down the road. Colt and Umberto eventually catch up to him, where they all get into a bar fight and wind up getting arrested.

Once at the jailhouse, officer Billy (recurring guest star Ethan Suplee) breaks the bad news to Umberto: Because of his arrest, the authorities have caught wind of his undocumented status. Alas, he is being deported. Colt is initially shocked by the news, having had no idea that his best friend was in the U.S. illegally, but above all else is clearly devastated. Asked by Rooster why he never told them, Umberto says “there was no upside [to telling you]. We live in fear every day. Five miles over the speed limit and it can ruin our lives. Why would I want to put that on you, too?”

Before he goes, Umberto exchanges hugs with Rooster and Colt, promising he’ll see them again one day — presumably when Valderrama has a week off from shooting NCIS.

Are you surprised to see Umberto get deported? What’s more, how are you feeling about The Ranch midway through Part 3?

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15 Comments
  1. Ray says:

    This show is a great guilty pleasure. Love how the sets are simple but seem more realistic because of it. Hope it last for a while, it’s a fun binge worthy show.

  2. Scribe says:

    Yeah watched it all the way through. Love the other big name appearance but keeping mum not to spoil.

  3. Thought about checking this series out….

    But….

    Just another Hollywood Communist propaganda sheet…

    Pass….

    Build a wall – deport deport deport…and if they behave on the way home, we’ll land the plane before kicking their asses out….

    That’s my motto….

    • Scribe says:

      Pity the Indians didn’t think the same.

    • Tom says:

      It’s really not. Umberto on the show is an illegal immigrant working for a corporation that clearly was pushing out ranchers in the area, and driving down their wages. Which in the first season was a big deal to them trying to survive. They show the effects of illegal immigration as much as they show the personal loss the characters feel at losing a friend. Even if they won’t have a character outright challenge it.

    • Jbj says:

      The characters on the show are mostly apolitical, but definitely lean right of center, and the dad is like a poster-child for libertarianism. He is like the last of the old cowboys: only complements hard work and self-sufficiency (just barely at that), was a Vietnam vet, hunts, achews banks, hates corporations, and frequently mocks Colt’s metrosexuality. While he is not perfect, he is painted as someone everyone respects deeply. Umberto was one of the few male characters he admired he liked, and that was because of his work ethic. So, I don’t think it’s Communist propaganda to recognize that some people make extreme choices to have better opportunities than they had, and that it drives them to work harder and appreciate them more than people who were born with those opportunities.

  4. Trevino says:

    I Ike the show I was raised on a horse ranch with guys from Mexico but I didn’t see them like that I saw them as hard working men not illegals and I am hispanic but born in texas

  5. Robert says:

    Hey handsomesmitty, i would call you an ignorant ass but that would be an insult to ignorant asses. I wonder about your heritage and if your family went through this kind of prejiduce

  6. Rando says:

    Illegal is illegal, don’t smooth it over!
    Come in the Right way!

  7. Mark says:

    Love this show. The wife and I have already watched all of them.

  8. Billy Bob says:

    ohh waaaa-what part of ILLEGAL can you not understand.

  9. Will says:

    Irish: Came to the US illegally to escape poverty and famine.
    Indentured Servants: Came to the US illegally to escape slavery.
    British Citizens: Came to the US illegally to escape wars.
    Germans: Came to the US illegally to escape poverty.
    Dutch: Came to the US illegally to escape poverty.
    The list can go on, and on, and on…what most people fail to see is that this “GREAT AMERICA” was composed by immigrants searching for a better life for themselves and their families; “Pursuit of Happiness”. In turn, they built and infused the American culture with the fruition they harvested.
    Illegal immigrants, for the most part, want to make this country great. They poise on the backbone in which this country was built on: hard work, determination, persistence, respect, and hope.
    “The older we grow the greater becomes our wonder at how much ignorance one can contain without bursting one’s clothes.”
    – Mark Twain’s Speeches, 1910 ed.