Beef Season 1 Episode 4 Recap – Why does Paul steal Danny’s truck?

April 6, 2023
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A focus on Amy and Paul’s unlikely relationship gives this episode some introspection, but it also has some of the best physical comedy of the series thus far.

This recap of Beef Season 1 Episode 4, “Just Not All At the Same Time”, contains spoilers.

“Just Not All At the Same Time” is the most introspective episode of Beef thus far, stripping away a lot of the extraneous stuff to really hone in on the psyche of Amy and even Danny, though admittedly through the prism of Paul.

That’s because most of the episode takes place in Vegas, where Amy is speaking at a conference. After their brief meeting in Episode 3, Amy takes Paul home, tells him she’s married, and explains that she’s going out of town, but once again, he’s not dissuaded.

So, Paul takes matters into his own hands.

Beef Season 1 Episode 4 Recap

With Danny’s plan for the church coming together, he and Isaac steal a bunch of materials necessary for the renovations so that the loan can go straight into Danny’s pocket. They lock it in the back of the truck and go home to celebrate.

Why does Paul steal Danny’s truck?

Paul floats the idea of going to Vegas on a boys’ trip. He claims he and Kayla are seeing each other now, and doesn’t tell the others that it’s really a catfish. Danny offers to pay him handsomely for his help on the big church job, so he can fund his own trip, but time is of the essence, so when everyone passes out from partying a little too hard, Paul steals the truck and heads to Vegas alone – unknowingly taking all the construction materials with him.

Amy is in Vegas alone. Junie didn’t want to leave the house, so George volunteered to stay behind with her. He ends up having a sleepover with his mother like the giant insecure baby that he is.

Amy, meanwhile, spends the evening with Paul. They get high, dance, eat, and discuss their lives. Paul, particularly, opens up about Danny and how he thinks he is depressed. Nothing gets physical, but it’s a close run thing, and Amy is genuinely thankful to Paul for giving her exactly the kind of night she needed.

How do Danny and Isaac find Paul?

Danny and Isaac arrive in Vegas and, still being ghosted by Paul, spend the night in the casino. The next morning at the buffet, they spot Paul leaving, and a hilarious chase scene ensues as they pursue him back up to Amy’s penthouse suite.

Amy just happens to be heading back up to her room at the same time to retrieve her phone, but despite the editing making it seem like they’re going to cross paths, they don’t.

We see a new side to Danny here when he slaps Paul for disrespecting him – and he really means it. Isaac is obviously a bad influence, but the fact Paul can’t see his wrongdoing in this situation (or how much Danny has cared for him over the years) doesn’t say much about his maturity.

But Danny and Isaac leave Paul to it and leave with the truck keys. On the way out, though, they walk past the speech Amy is giving, and can’t help but get involved. Danny asks a question about the road rage incident – which is viral at this point – and Amy has him quickly removed by security.

Beef Season 1 Episode 4 Ending Explained

Another chase ensues, and this one ends with Danny and Isaac being arrested. Amy arrives just in time to see them being put in cuffs, which only intensifies Danny’s resentment towards her.

All in all, it’s an empowering episode for Amy. She got the night she wanted, she got a great reception during the panel, and she got some revenge on Danny. Empowered, she tells Jordan that she wants to accept her deal to stay on with the company. How will that affect her home life moving forward, though?

Well, that remains to be seen.

You can stream Beef Season 1 Episode 4, “Just Not All At the Same Time” exclusively on Netflix.

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3 thoughts on “Beef Season 1 Episode 4 Recap – Why does Paul steal Danny’s truck?

  • April 12, 2023 at 4:29 am

    What the heck is the fruit they eating??? That is the question.

  • April 26, 2023 at 9:48 pm

    I read this recap after watching episode 4. The headline of your episode 5 recap in the middle of this one ruined the end of episode 5 for me. I won’t be reading any more of your future spoiler-ridden recap.

    • April 26, 2023 at 10:13 pm

      I’m not entirely sure what’s been referred to here, but yes, I’d advise not reading recaps to avoid spoilers.

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