In the shuffling madness...
“Are we going to talk? Or are you just gonna quote the thesaurus at me?” Simone to Mike Milligan.
There is no more Dodd. So there need be no more Simone.
The wall of photos, memories..... Hank's house. Glyphs. What is Hank into?
So much you wanted to see but didn't know it until FARGO told you.
Like Ed paying his respects, despite being handcuffed, to Betsey Solverson.
Dodd putting his daughter, Simone, down, but Bear putting a beating on him. "Strap or the buckle?" All leading to Floyd's over-reaction that pulls the Gerhardt troops ('a whole army almost') into Luverne and away from their compound.
And Mike Milligan reciting "Jabberwocky" as he prepares to assault the Gerhardt compound.
Peggy getting iffy with Hank about moving her magazines (living in a museum of the past). And Ed saying, "this is all crazy." There are parallels everywhere, Hank with Peggy, Lou with Ed. Hank confronting the Gerhardts on the Blomquist porch and Lou telling the Gerhardts that storming the jail didn't work in the westerns either.
And then comes the "best lawyer in town" - or the only lawyer in town - Karl. At least we know now that Nick Offerman wasn't chosen just to show off his most interesting facial hair (not that there's anything wrong with that!). Karl shows us he can be drunk, self-righteously zealous about defending his client, terrified ('I think I just soiled myself'), and yet bravely heroic all at the same time.
I almost expected to see Hank meet his maker tonight. He thought he had his back covered; but this is the 1970s and some country-folk still didn't lock their doors at that time. So Hanzee slips in the back. "Here, kitty, kitty...." Gotta love Peggy though. She got in the licks on Dodd and his crew that Simone wanted Mike Milligan to inflict. "Bitch!" ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......... I think Peggy enjoyed that.
"Are you with us" - Floyd. "Sure, Gramma" - Simone. She might mean it after Milligan and his crew just shot up her house.
"Keep it running, Sonny, I'll be back before the beer goes warm" - Karl. What a solliloquy that follows. "I shall defend you until your last breath. I mean my last breath. Excuse the obvious death-penalty SNAFU, I'm slightly inebriated."
And then Karl saves the day (with Sonny looking on from the van - and btw, Sonny has been the perfect straight man for Karl). I think it helped much that he was talking to Bear, who is the saner Gerhardt brother (if not the only one left by now!).
The only thing that seemed to be a hole was why didn't Hank check out the Blomquist house? I guess he got the call on the radio and that pulled him into Luverne. Surely, that is where he and Lou (and Ed on foot) are off to, with Hanzee in pursuit. And so we are left with an unfulfilled expectation! Well, you want that to fuel your next viewing. No doubt, FARGO will provide!
Cannot find Blitzen Trapper, but there's always the Soggy Bottom Boys:
Someone will have to ask Joss.
Oh, and Juliette Landau is funding a documentary on vampires.
Simone runs off to Mike Milligan and finds him to not be in a good mind. Seems Joe Bulo lost his head.
There is a trailer on EW.com. Honestly, it looks kinda hokey....
Down in the willow garden
Where me and my true love did meet,
It was there we were courtin',
My love fell off to sleep.
I had a bottle of burgundy wine,
My true love she did not know.
It was there I murdered that dear little girl
Down on the banks below.
I drew my saber through her,
It was a bloody knife,
I threw her into the river,
It was a horrible sight.
My father oft had told me
That money would set me free
If I would murder that poor little girl
Whose name was Rose Connelly.
Now he stands at his cabin door,
Wiping his tears from his eyes,
Gazing on his own dear son,
Upon the scaffold high.
My race is run beneath the sun,
The Devil is waiting for me,
For I did murder that dear little girl
Whose name was Rose Connelly.
Much to savor in this episode of FARGO. First, there was Hanzee Dent (Zahn McClarnon) - Dodd's 'shadow' (ohanzee is Lakota for shadow) - being the tracker in ferreting out the Blumquists in Rye's death. He was almost better than Lou, but then his persistence is what set Lou onto the Blumquists as well. Hanzee will have the upper hand though, he doesn't have to follow the law. Floyd (finally) holding Dodd's (Jeffrey Donovan) face in the car after the failed Kansas City negotiation, when Dodd muffed it up in the donut shop (a la his father before him in the theatre). Ed and Peggy arguing over money; then the two standing in their doorway after Lou left. Lou sitting in the cold after his help was spurned by the Blumquists (lack of confession) and lamenting to Betsy how the world no longer has a moral center. These were the most powerful moments of the episode even as it delivered significant plot development, and it's Fargo's focus on those moments that elevates its storytelling.
It was a most somber tone which was woven through the core of this episode. "Fear and Trembling" reminded viewers that, if they didn't realize already, this isn't a story where there's a happy ending. Broken dreams were in abundance, from Betsy Solverson (Cristin Milioti) learning that her potential cure for her cancer might actually be a placebo drug to Ed learning that Peggy spent the money he'd intended to buy the butcher shop on her seminar.
There also was a surprise twist, as it's revealed that Simone Gerhardt (Rachel Keller) is sleeping with Mike Milligan (Bokeem Woodbine) and working against her family (if she isn't a plant from her father, Dodd, who is intent on setting up a war). But that is how Mike must have gotten much of his inside intel. And if this is indeed a betrayal, it almost certainly is going to blow up in Simone's face farther down the road. Is she Rose Connelly?