We’ve made it to the halfway mark of this amazing season of “Fargo” and with all our players paired up at the bridge table, it’s time for the real game to begin.
The House of Special Purpose was another name for Ipatiev House, the location where Emperor Nicholas II of Russia and his family were executed following the Bolshevik revolution. It’s also what I call my underwear!
Hope you put on your Muk Luks because the ground is covered in SPOILERS.
Folks, we have cause to celebrate because Nikki and Ray get engaged! Ray pops the question while dressed as his brother - SYMBOLISM - and the couple celebrates the old fashioned way: by making a blackmail sex tape.
The Goddamn Parking Lot Queen of Minnesota has abdicated her throne, taking her mother with her.
I feel for our Parking Lot King but I have some questions - doesn’t this woman realize her husband has an identical twin brother? And that they don’t really get along? And that the man in the video was wearing the cheapest wig I’ve ever seen?
In her defense I guess she wouldn’t really want to stick around to frame analysis of video that looks like her husband pushing a woman around from behind like a shopping cart.
This is why you should never open someone else’s mail.
3) The Pick Up Artist
According to The VM Varga school of seduction fat women are sensualists who see no difference between a pastrami sandwich and a dick in their mouths. Later on we also learn that Varga’s crew believes pretty women should only open their mouths when they see a dick.
I’m shocked that these men are single.
4) World’s Best Dick
Sy drinking from the dick mug was cringe hilarious. If we are asking me, and we are because I’m writing this, it’s revenge for his attacks on Corvette (who is sadly absent from this episode). Last week I said he was a dick and now here he is cleaning up after one.
I do feel bad that he gets kicked out of his own office but we will soon learn this is the least of the worries.
5) “How much money does one man need?”
The Widow Mrs. Goldfarb, So Say We All, wants to buy Stussy Corp and Sy can’t trip over his words fast enough to dump off his newly toxic assets.
She also gives him a vague threat that he doesn’t want to make an enemy of a Goldfarb which is about on point for the day that Sy is having.
6) “You’re a role model.”
The Stussy boys are just that - boys. The Parking Lot King of Minnesota lashes out at Sy for not taking care of his problems. He needs someone to manage his life because he’s too scared to do it for himself.
Ray is the same, too scared to try for something bigger. That’s why he fell for Nikki so hard; she has what he needs - ambition.
7) Cop Out
We don’t get a whole lot from Gloria and Winnie this week. They’re too far ahead of the game, already seeing strategies and motivations so spot on that you’d think the characters snuck out of the show and read all the scripts for the season. I know that sounds insane but a mafia showdown was interrupted by aliens last season and Ray Stussy landed Nikki Swango so I’m not ruling anything out at this point.
8) And Now, A White House Press Briefing
9) Jowl Bark And No Bite
It’s that kind of day for Sy.
10) PSA: Don’t Answer Your Phone On The Bus
DO NOT ANSWER A PHONE ON A PUBLIC BUS RAY YOU HEATHEN.
Where do you think you are, the comfort of your own Corvette?
11) Gloria sums up the season for your friends that aren’t watching
12) Making A Souffle
Yes, let’s hang our professional lives on a food metaphor from a man who doesn’t digest any.
13) Building A Bomb
Stussy Corp is turning into one of those 70s variety shows but here all the guests are shitty. This week the IRS stops by the office to check in on that $10k withdrawal that Ray-as-Emmit made last week and that I’m guessing Nikki is now wearing on her finger.
The IRS agent gives King Stussy every chance make this easy and he only makes it worse. It doesn’t help that the newly relocated VM Varga is suspiciously watching them where Sy should be. It also doesn’t help that Emmit didn’t actually withdraw that money but all of these things were long-game consequences dating back to the Stussy boy’s childhood.
The agent describes the airport scenario where someone gets randomly searched, and their palms are swabbed to check for bomb residue.
Emmit, without realizing it, has built Stussy Corp into a bomb and the IRS agent, looking to get in and get out, just found residue.
I should know better than to be drawn into any poignant reflection or quiet moment on this show because it’s going to be followed by VIOLENT ACTION.
I was contemplating Yuri’s Deep Thoughts - Minnesota and Siberia are the same except for all the blood on the ground - until I realized he was going to try to make Minnesota look like Siberia.
The Dead Eye Twins use this opportunity to stop Nikki but also to send a message to Sy.
Sometimes violence is worse when you don’t see it so I would say this violence was really bad. Everything about the sequence from Sy to the patience in camera tracking and lack of music, made this feel awful.
This is what comes after the cup.
15) Wolf Like Me
The final shot - a shadowy wolf smoking and looking into camera - drives home just how deep and how quickly Varga has sunk his claws into the drama of this season. Almost every scene in this episode was driven by his actions or reaction to his actions.
Varga, in Spanish, means “steep slope.” We have reached peak Varga which means it’s all downhill from here.
16) “Yeah, that’s what I said, "Awwwww.”
It’s Hard to Be Humble - Mac Davis
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”: II. Andante con moto - Plamena Mangova
Gesänge, Op. 42: No. 2, Vineta - Wolf-Dieter Hauschild & Leipzig Radio Chorus
Track Suit - Minor Mishap Marching Band
Ship Of Fools - World Party (IDK who did the cover in this ep so enjoy the original)
We will be back next week when it will look a little something like this:
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