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‘Fargo’ recap, Season 2, Episode 3: Ya don’t say

Hank and Betsy take salon gossip to a new level and discuss the Waffle Hut triple homicide.


Hank and Betsy take salon gossip to a new level and discuss the Waffle Hut triple homicide.



The third episode of Fargo, The Myth of Sisyphus, brought us further into the three interwoven stories. It's a race to find Rye Gerhardt, so let's check in and see who's closest to finding some funny lookin' hamburger meat.

Lou and Hank in Luverne, Minn.

It was a tense episode for our fearless state trooper, played by Patrick Wilson, who continues to have the best accent on the show. He drives up to Fargo to meet with Ben "kind of a prick" Schmidt. Remember him from Season 1? He was commanding officer of Gus Grimley (Colin Hanks) in Duluth, Minn. It's amazing to think what the Fargo writers had mapped out ahead of time. Anyway, Schmidt warns the brevity of the Gerhardt connection:

"So when you put a dead judge, the Gerhardt family, and some hitters from Kansas City in a bag together, I'd go back to thinkin' it might be best to just confess to the crime myself. Go live a long life in a cell somewhere with hot 'n' cold runnin' water."

Schmidt knows this situation is, well, let's say, not great, and it's only begun. He tries his darndest to stop Lou from looking into Skip Springs, the squirrely typewriter guy. And Schmidt sure as heck doesn't want to go to the Gerhardt compound. But the two end up making the trip anyway, giving us an intense showdown with barely any physical movement from the characters. Lou stands his ground and doesn't miss a beat against hot-headed Dodd. Once Lou mentions Mike Milligan, Dodd backs off. Honestly, it's a miracle everyone there is still alive.

Hank, the other half of our Luverne crime-solving duo, (and really, let's count Betsy here and call it a trio), has named Rye as lead suspect in the triple homicide. He openly talks about the case with his daughter Betsy in the beauty salon. (We'll get to that in a bit) Excuse me, but Betsy needs to be on the payroll. She smartly directs the investigation to look for a car, not a person. And scares Peggy to speed up the cover-up with her husband Ed.

The Gerhardts

As Floyd is prepares for a war against Joe Bulo and his Kansas City gang, her family still can't agree what the best approach is. Mama doesn't want violence — only as a last resort — but Dodd thinks it's best to "kill 'em dead." He doesn't want to ruin the legacy the Gerhardt's have built, and you can see that pressure building within him as he tries to figure out Rye's mess. He's clearly not okay about the women in his life, and his rage really comes from his lack of control. The only thing he can control is his bunny-loving henchman Hanzee, the most capable of the Gerhardt group. And that's frightening. But Dodd should be looking into another henchman: his own daugther. Trying to show her dad she's also capable, Simone lures Skip Springs to his death by asphalt grave. (Oh! A new band name!)

Joe Bulo and Mike Milligan from Kansas City

So, what shampoo do you guys use? It's conversations like these that truly make this show perfectly nuanced in crime and dark humor. But the best line, of course, goes to Bokeem Woodbine. "You make us sound like a prog-rock band. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Mike Milligan and the Kitchen Brothers!" When Lou runs into the fantastically cloaked trio at the typewriter shop (they're not just for women anymore!), Mike really cut to the core of the show's tone: unfriendly politeness. This scene is so perfectly Fargo, yet, nonviolent. Anyway, Milligan and Co. work for Kansas City Joe, and don't seem to be getting anywhere in finding Rye.

The Blomquists

Peggy and Ed are the two people who actually know Rye's whereabouts and they didn't have a lot of screen time this episode. Peggy overhears Betsy do her dad's job in the salon. When Peggy's boss almost brings up Peggy's car accident, Peggy gives reason for Hank to doubt his daughter's theory by asking why someone would leave the crime scene. (This mirrors another father-daughter relationship — Dodd and Simone — but with less sexual tension and slamming car doors.) Hank agrees with Peggy because it just doesn't make sense to run into a guy and then go home and make dinner. Kirsten Dunst's face shows worry, but not about being caught, but questioning her own sanity. Ed and Peggy complete the cover-up by faking a car accident to collect insurance money. And, of course, Ed screws it up and hits the car in the wrong spot. Of course. But I'm worried about Peggy's boss, though. She knows too much and she's definitely got to go.

Stray note

Another mention of UFOs this episode. I'm curious if this will actually become part of the larger story (Rye was abducted by aliens!) or just small nuggets of entertainment. And where the heck is Nick Offerman?

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 8:12am]


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