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'Fargo,' season 2, episode 6: Kiss my grits!

Karl, you sure do know a lot of words. Nick Offerman's brilliance shines on this episode of "Fargo."


Karl, you sure do know a lot of words. Nick Offerman's brilliance shines on this episode of "Fargo."



As the body count rises, somehow I just keep smiling. Ah jeez, what does that say about me? It doesn't matter. It just shows you just how darn good Fargo is at its story-telling and tone. And giving Nick Offerman more than just a few lines might have had something to do with it.

We're past the halfway point here, folks, and the sixth episode of Fargo, Rhinoceros, was an all-out "Assault on Precinct 13..." on Hazel Lane. The tension was so high that I needed those laughs from Karl Weathers. It's definitely war, and we're all just waiting for the bloody showdown that an older Lou Solverson tells us about in the first season.

So Ed Blumquist is hauled into the station as Peggy declares his involvement is "unprovable." (Kirsten Dunst's accent is getting super annoying. Patrick Wilson's accent is by far the best and most accurate.) Charlie Gerhardt is already sitting behind bars. We all knew Bear was 'bout to 'splode, but his confrontation with Dodd (Jeffrey Donovan) ends with him on his knees about to take the buckle when mama Floyd (Jean Smart) stops the altercation. She, instead, sends them to Luverne, Minn., to get Charlie and kill "the butcher of Luverne." "He's already dead. He just doesn't know it." Yeah, you could say that about most characters.

Simone calls Mike Milligan (Bokeem Woodbine) (what beautiful camera work here, just answer the phone!) to tell him where the boys are going. And to have her father killed. As Mike recites Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky (see below for the full nonsensical poem), the Gerhardt and Kansas City crews gear up and head out. I'm loving these split screens this season.

Back at the Blumquist home, Sherriff Hank Larrson (Ted Danson) tries to get anything out of Peggy (Dunst). She claims they're "bystanders ... not even." She has hopes and dreams and life's a journey, ya know? Hank tells her to hold off on her dreams because they're about to investigate her car for blood. Back at the station, Lou is doing the same thing with Ed (Jesse Plemons). These two do not understand the danger they're in. I love Wilson in these moments when he's holding back from saying things like "You ------- idiots. Let us help you, god ------."

Ed asks for the only lawyer — the best lawyer — in town. A (slightly) inebriated Karl Weathers (Offerman) is summoned.

As Peggy laments with Hank about her "museum of the past" — albeit her trendy museum of the past — the Gerhardts pull up to the house. This is the first moment of the night I was truly terrified (those frantic ticking noises!). Was it time to say goodbye to Hank already? Thankfully, not yet. Hanzee knocks him out on the porch and Dodd wanders through the house ... and the tension continues as he searches for Peggy through all her hopes and dreams. I knew Peggy was safe among her hoard of magazines because I've seen lots of episodes of Hoarders. Those people know their messes and can navigate them better than anyone.

Floyd and Simone have a moment back at the ranch. But it ends with gunfire. Of course Mike Milligan and company head over to the Gerhardts! Mike is so much smarter than everyone else on this show.

Actually, the two people who need to be together onscreen are Karl and Mike. Can you imagine the prose they'd spew amid bloodshed? Anyway, Karl rambles on as he tries to help his client, Ed. As Karl says things like "the law is a light on a hill, calling to its breast all those in search of justice," the Gerhardts arrive outside. And Lou proves once again that he's the only one in the building who knows how to get anything done. He's just so calm and collected.

Lou sends Karl outside. Offerman may be playing another version of Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation) but here, his top-notch acting chops (and facial hair) really shine. His confidence prevails even through his fearful eyes. Bear retreats, and Lou safely walks Ed through the woods to meet Hank. But Ed runs off, Hank and Lou don't really care anymore and Hanzee, who has been trailing everyone the entire show, is on the hunt.

Leftover questions: Is Dodd dead? Are Simone and Floyd okay? Otto? Did Karl actually soil himself? Where are Hank and Lou going?

Tonight's only music, Man of Constant Sorrow, is also from O Brother, Where Art Thou?, another Coen brothers project.


‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought-
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! and through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 12:23am]


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