A Look at Legion- Season 1, Episode 2: “Chapter 2”

So now that David Haller is in the hands of Melanie Bird, it’s time for David to learn more about his powers, look back at his past, and take a deep dive into his own mind.  And this doesn’t involve a trip to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.

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The episode begins with David and the others still on the run from wolves, black masks, and Mackenzie Gray’s character, who we can now call The Eye.  As the journey continues, we overhear Melanie Bird say that the human race is evolving.  She and her group believes that David is a powerful telepath- potentially telekinetic- meaning he can control matter with his mind.

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As David rests in the facility known as Summerland, Dr. Bird tells David that The Divisions were created by the government to track and study people like him and Syd. Ones who cannot be controlled are killed.  She asks if David is hearing voices and then tells him to focus on them, despite the pain this power is causing him.

Dr. Bird tells David to concentrate on finding a single voice calling out his name.  It’s like turning down a big volume knob.  As David focuses, Dr. Bird explains that this is called telepathy.  For now, David can rest.  Tomorrow, memory work begins.  Syd joins David, who is curious about what Melanie meant by memory work.

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Let’s find out together. The next day, Melanie poses a question: what if everything people said about David’s supposed illness was a lie?  Instead, the voices and hallucinations could just be his powers.  And Melanie can help him rewrite the story of his life.  Right now, David wonders if there’s even time for that with Division Three still in pursuit.

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There’s time, though.  Dr. Bird tells David that he is important to her, so she needs him clear and focused.  They, along with Ptonomy, sit at a table with rods sticking outward. This, Dr. Bird says, is how her group looks back, finds a person’s abilities, and what triggers them.  More than that, you’re made whole.  They grab the rods and memory work begins.

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The three travel to the past and watch a young David and Amy running through a field.  This is memory work, thanks to Ptonomy’s gift as a memory artist.  Right now, Ptonomy just wants David to take all of this in, as talking to his younger self and sister could change the memory.  It’s best he not do that.

Right now, the idea is for David to accept that this is real, and then the group can focus on taking David back to moments when his ‘illness’ started developing. Melanie will show that this was really just David’s gift and he will soon be whole again.

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In essence, this is David’s museum and he can do whatever he wants.  He glimpses moments from his youth, like his mother doing garden work with him and marking his height on the wall in their home.

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As for David’s father, he was an astronomer, but he passed away.  We then watch as David’s father, who we can’t see, reads his son a bedtime story.  As David watches his younger self, he soon backs away and the room begins to shake.  All of a sudden, voices begin flooding in again.

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He breaks free from the memory work, afraid of the memories, but Syd implores him to calm down.  She felt the same way on her first time, too.  A frantic David, now wanting to leave, is soon put to sleep by Ptonomy.

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We then flash back to David speaking with Dr. Poole, played by Scott Lawrence, who asks David about his home life and girlfriend, who apparently left him.  While David asks for gum, Dr. Poole notes that the end of a relationship could be disruptive for someone with David’s condition.  David’s sleeping just fine, and he states that vapor has helped. Poole asks what David meant by ‘the vapor.’

More than that, he notes that the dynamic of fighting and then making up isn’t good for David, who still has flashes of when he destroyed the kitchen.  He needs a more settled environment.  David promises to work on that.

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We follow David as he leaves his appointment and meets up with Lenny, who asks if he’s good in the head.  Turns out that Lenny got her hands on a kitchen range from a girl she finger-banged.  Kinky.  She and David start walking through an alley.

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David soon awakens and receives a glass of milk from Ptonomy.  The first time in memory work is always the worst.  Syd threw up her first time.  She’s doing talk work with Dr. Bird, who thinks that David is the key to winning the war and other things.  David admits that he’s impressed with Ptonomy’s memory artist abilities.

Ptonomy explains that his father had a shit memory due to artillery shell in the war causing him to go deaf in one ear.  As a result, he was never good with facts.  He’d just snap his fingers whenever he forgot Ptonomy’s name.  Odd, since Ptonomy remembers everything.

And he does mean everything, like his birth and even being in the womb.  Imagine being inside your mother’s body, warm and blind, and then light after some intense pressure. Ptonomy then asks David about that book his father read him- “The World’s Angriest Boy in the World”- because if David’s parents read that book to him before bed, that’s messed up.  David doesn’t remember, but Ptonomy is certain that David’s memories seem clear.

David would rather not talk about it, but hey, it’s not Ptonomy’s deal, either.  He’s just the memory guy.  Okay, fair enough.  Meanwhile, The Eye leads a squadron of soldiers as they continue their pursuit…

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Later, at a swing set, David tells Syd that he doesn’t see how the memory work is helping.  Syd thought the same when she first arrived.  Once she got there, all she wanted was to rescue David.  It wouldn’t have mattered what she saw when she was in David’s body.

She still doesn’t understand it.  After a flash, she remembers switching places with David and everything in the dayroom growing louder.  Between that and the lights, Syd never felt that way before.  And then, in addition to glimpsing the blob with yellow eyes, Syd realizes that she’s responsible for killing Lenny.  David knows that it’s not Syd’s fault.  As Lenny said, you don’t give a newbie a bazooka and act surprised when they blow shit up.

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However, Melanie and the others, as well as Division Three, heard Syd using David’s powers. Melanie’s group thought they had found David, but it was actually Syd.  Sure enough, Syd soon returned to her own body when en route with Melanie’s team.

David confesses that he’d love to hug Syd or at least hold hands, but that’s uncomfortable for Syd.  The closer she gets to someone, there’s this feeling that she equates to being covered with ants or feeling little anxious needles under her skin.  It’s all she can do not to scream.  That sucks, but as David points out, they’re at least having a romance of the mind.  Sweet.

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We then cut to David receiving an MRI scan of his brain.  The doctor overseeing the process is Cary Loudermilk, played by Bill Irwin.  He instructs David not to move or sneeze because it could jumble the scan.  As Dr. Loudermilk rattles off a few words, David admits that he talks to himself, too.  That or the voices.  Cary wasn’t talking to himself, though.  He was talking to Kerry.  The other Kerry, mind you.

After noting that David has a large amygdala, Cary tells David to think of someone or something that he loves.  He begins the scan.

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We then cut back to Amy telling David that she thinks that a man- Bill, I’m guessing?- is going to propose to her.  David is happy, but Amy doesn’t know for sure.  She knows that David and girlfriend, Philly, gets him.  David doesn’t think so, but Amy asks why her brother why he can’t have what everyone else has: a nice home and a family.  David’s reason?  Because he’s sick.

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Still in the past, while David is transfixed on a dog, Lenny tries to give her stolen kitchen range to The Greek, played by, Eddie Jemison in exchange for drugs.  As they speak, their voices become more distorted.  The Greek has no need for a stove, even if it could be used to cook, heat a room or, hell, even kill himself.

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Soon enough, Lenny does manage to score some drugs that she inserts into a blue bong. David wonders why the drug is blue, but they’re always blue. Lenny asks David how Dr. Poole’s place is since they could probably slip in one day when he’s not home.  There’s great score potential, after all.  The two soon start inhaling fumes from the bong and they begin to go on a trip.

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Oh, but this is all part of memory work.  When time freezes, Dr. Bird asks David what he saw when he looked at Lenny, but David doesn’t see the point in that because he was high.  Melanie insists that David brushing his abilities off on schizophrenic delusions is part of an old narrative.  The things he sees are real.  Speaking of, let’s go through time again.

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Ptonomy takes us back to David’s session with Dr. Poole.  At one particular point, he notes a glitch- a time jump.  It’s important that David remember everything.  Even if he was focused on something else, the surrounding memory should be intact.  If David is still confused, Melanie and Ptonomy will help him find the truth.

The session resumes and Ptonomy spots a flash of David’s kitchen incident six years ago when he used his powers.  He tells David to concentrate on where he went.  So long as David makes his mind blank, Ptonomy can take them to that particular moment.

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So we return to David as a child.  David insists that he’s not doing this as the bedroom door suddenly shuts.  The room rumbles and shakes as the copy “The World’s Angriest Boy in the World” falls to the floor.

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Back in the present, Syd checks in on David, as Dr. Bird won’t tell her about David’s memory.  David asks Syd if they’re really safe at Summerland.  Right now, yes, but she knows that people are searching to experiment on them.  Syd promises that she’ll protect David.  Well, she thinks it, as David realizes, but Syd doesn’t think so.

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After a brief cut to the MRI scan as Dr. Loudermilk tries to figure out where David’s memories are stored, we return to David’s session with Dr. Poole, who asks when David started seeing another world out of the corner of his eye.  It began when David was 10 or 11, but the pills Dr. Poole prescribed should help with that.  Poole asks if David is supplementing- since he used the word ‘vapor’- but David denies it.

Then Poole asks what David remembers from the years when the visions started.  David rattles off a series of constellations and ends up talking about his father studying the stars. Some nights, David’s father would wake him up in the middle of the night and the two would drive out in the truck to look up at the sky.  Dad said the stars talk to everyone, including him, but David thought he meant it in a metaphorical sense.

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As for what the stars said, David says he’s not supposed to talk about that.  Besides, he’s soon drawn to the closet door opening by itself.  Dr. Poole, assuring David that he’s in a safe place, closes the door and says that it’s just a closet.  Nothing can hurt him.

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Back to the MRI scan, David apparently hears a woman’s voice, but it wasn’t Kerry. It was Amy’s.

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We see Amy visit the facility, where she learns that there are apparently no records of David Haller or Dr. Kissinger at this hospital.  Amy asks the clerk if she’s being coerced, but the woman instead proposes that Amy herself be admitted for observation.  She then asks if Amy ever saw a psychiatrist for paranoid delusions.

As Amy prepares to leave, she hears David’s voice.  David, in astral form, calls out to her, but he can’t reach her.  At the same time, The Eye enters the hospital.

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Back to the scan, Cary notes a spike in neural activity.  He leaves, but the scan continues anyway.  And then David spots the Devil with Yellow Eyes standing before him.

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Soon enough, David finds himself out of the chamber.  Why?  Because the chamber itself, as Dr. Bird and the others soon see, is right outside Summerland.

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David tells Dr. Bird that Amy is being held by Division Three, but Bird tells David that he can’t help her.  He soon packs up and tells Syd that he’s leaving, but not because of Syd herself.  He tells her about seeing his sister while in the MRI machine.  He can’t just leave his sister.  Syd insists that David stay long enough to learn to learn what they can do together.

That way, after the work, they can rescue her.  Plus, Syd knows that Amy won’t be killed by Division Three because she’s bait.  David relents.  He’ll stick around.

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The episode ends with The Eye bringing a fish tank of leeches with him into the dingy room where Amy is being held.  It’s time to begin.

We’re now at episode two of Legion and it’s not as off-the-wall as the pilot, but that’s just fine.  The effects are just as outstanding as before, but this one slows down a bit in order to take us on a voyage through David’s mind.

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As Dr. Bird says, he has to move past the message that’s been parroted to him for years. He’s not just some schizophrenic, but has special abilities that could prove beneficial both to himself and Dr. Bird’s team group at Summerland.  Things are changing as he learns not just about his powers, but whether he can accept what is real and what’s just in his memory.

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At least he has a great support network.  We don’t know all of Melanie Bird’s motivations, but I like how she’s helping David understand his powers and how he can tap into them, as well as see them more as a gift instead of curse.  It’s no accident that her mentoring is very similar to that of Charles Xavier aiding mutants come to terms with their powers.

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But is that all?  She just helps mutants learn to harness their abilities?  Because as Ptonomy mentioned, Bird believes that David is the key to winning the war and other things.  What other things?  If we’re talking about a war with humans who capture and experiment on them, then that makes sense.  But to what end?  And what other things does Ptonomy mean?

I doubt we’re talking about an all out war against humanity for experimenting on humans, though it would not be unwarranted.  It’s like Dr. Bird has all the teachings of Professor X, but maybe shares Magneto’s desire to battle against humans.  That could be a stretch since there’s no reason yet to think Bird believes in mutant supremacy, but I am curious to see the depths of her plans for David.

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As is, I liked both her and Ptonomy going into David’s mind to see what triggered his mutant abilities.  I like how fractured some of these trips felt.  Between the direction and writing, it feels like whenever the scene glitches or cuts in and out, it’s he’s still battling with his mind or that he can only remember things in fragments and pieces.

David feels like he’s always on the edge.  He can sort of keep things under control, but either when pressed or taken to a certain point in his life, he loses it, as seen when he watches his father read a bedtime story to his younger self.  This is as much a journey for him as it is for us as he still processes his true capabilities as a mutant.

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I like the slow, methodical approach the show is taking to filling out David’s backstory and not spelling it all out at once.  We see his drug escapades with Lenny before they were institutionalized, Dr. Poole discussing David’s condition, and David’s relationship troubles with his girlfriend, but these are just as important in telling us more about him as they are in revealing moments that led to his abilities manifesting.  Memory work is brutal.

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By the way, the combination of Ptonomy’s abilities and the group grabbing the rods while at the table felt very reminiscent of Cerebro.  And Ptonomy, from what I got here, is a very laid back mutant who has been through this many times.

Being able to remember every single thing from your life, even before your birth, though, is a scary thought, coupled with examining moments where a person’s powers manifest. Sounds like a stressful job, but he handles it with care and it’s nice that he, like Syd and Bird, isn’t trying to force David.  After all, as he said, he’s just the memory guy.  He can only help unlock one piece of the larger puzzle.

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For now, even though David is as conflicted as ever, he stays because Syd assures him that the training will help him unlock his true potential.  Not to mention it allows the two to bond more.  Their relationship is an odd one- well, they are an odd couple- but there’s such strong chemistry between Dan Stevens and Rachel Keller that I soak up any screen time they have together.  I loved that “romance of the mind” line.

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In addition, there’s still much more to learn about Syd and her abilities.  We learn that she was in a similar position to David when she arrived, but don’t know the full scope of her powers.  She has an intimate connection with David due to being in his body and accidentally killing Lenny when she lost control, but David accepts her nonetheless.

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And she’s even willing to go as far as holding hands, against her rule, if it meant David would stay.  Sure, some of that is out of concern for him not putting in the work yet, but part of that also has to be from how she cares about him.

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But at the moment, David doesn’t have a choice but to stay if he wants to improve so he can safe Amy without fail.  I do wonder what plans The Eye- and I’m guessing Division Three as a whole- have for her.  The fact that she went looking for David should prove she doesn’t know where he is, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be coerced or tortured.

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And on an unrelated note, we learn more about David’s father and his interest in astronomy.  I hope we see more of him later on, not just to learn about David’s upbringing, but to see if Legion will play with David’s connection to Charles Xavier.

Chapter 2 peels back the layers of David Haller’s mind as he tries to understand his abilities, what triggered them, and how he’ll be useful to Melanie Bird.  We see more of David’s powers and vulnerabilities, but with time, he’ll hopefully gain more control of his powers.

At the same time, we see his continued struggles, glimpses of the Devil with Yellow Eyes that continues to torment his mind, and on top of that, Amy is in the hands of The Eye. David better start training hard.

A Look at Fargo- Season 2, Episode 4: “Fear and Trembling”

Less firefights, more confrontations and character building moments this week.  This is “Fear and Trembling.”

Fear and Trembling- Flashback, Younger Otto brings young Dodd to see Moonbase Kingdom

The episode begins on an upbeat note with jazz music.  We’re in Fargo, North Dakota, 1951.  A young Dodd Gerhardt accompanies Otto to see Moonbase Kingdom, starring Ronald Reagan.  At the theater, Otto sits next to a man who says that Cheech is talking about going to the moon.  There are too many gooks to take care of first, though.  The way Otto sees it, the man is sitting on his father’s throne, not the other way around.  But maybe Otto is here for revenge and not just to get a seat at the table.

The man figures that only he sits at the table.  Everyone else on the floor.  The man figures it was stupid for Otto to bring Dodd, but that’s when he ends up with a blade in the back of his head.  Dodd overtakes the henchmen and kills them.

Fear and Trembling- Charlie shows Dodd that he knows how to shoot

In the present, Dodd and Charles go for a stroll, even though Hanzee normally goes with him on operations.  Bear apparently wants Charles to be a professional, like a lawyer.  Charles always wanted to do what Dodd said- bust heads.  Charles maintains that he knows how to shoot a gun.  Well, Charles prepares to show what he knows and indeed is good at firing off shots.

Fear and Trembling- Dodd and Charlie face off with Joe Bulo's associates

Later, the two arrive in town at a donut shop.  Joe Bulo sends his greetings from one of his associates.  In respond, Dodd plants a kiss with his cattle prod.  Charles offers one man his own kiss in the form of two punches.  Dodd does the next best thing: order a chocolate glazed donut for himself and an Old Fashioned for Charles.  Not my donut of choice, but whatever.

Fear and Trembling- Lou and Betsy visit the doctor to learn about Betsy's condition

Meanwhile, a doctor speaks with the Solversons about Nixon’s war against cancer, or the war against Betsy’s body, anyway.  Dr. Gerber said that a few weeks of chemotherapy would do the trick for Betsy since doctors caught it early in her.  However, with Betsy’s results, she’s in any condition but good.  The cancer is spreading, but there’s a clinical trial that may be beneficial to her.  The Solversons are open to trying anything.  It’s a new drug- Xanadu- for the trial.  It shows promise…and Betsy will receive either that or a Placebo.

To ascertain the effectiveness of the drug, it has to be judged in a controlled setting against patients that aren’t receiving the drug.  Those patients receive something else, like a Smartee.  No word on what Betsy herself would receive.  So, shall the good doctor sign her up?

Fear and Trembling- Ed sees a different future than Peggy

Hanzee, meanwhile, heads for Luverne.  As he does, we cut Ed and Peggy after a love making session.  Ed still has trouble thinking about a baby, but he still plans to buy a shop.  It’d be like three pigs in a blanket.  In addition, he’d like a bigger house if the family plans to expand.  Siblings would need their own room.  But Ed thinks that Peggy would have to wait on the seminar since they can’t afford it with Ed buying the shop.

Peggy isn’t looking for a cheaper course.  She doesn’t want to be a lesser her.  Ed just figures the house and shop are their future.  That and the knitting class, which it actually isn’t, Peggy says.  Time to get dressed, Ed says.  It’s the first day of the rest of their lives.

Fear and Trembling- Hanzee investigates The Waffle Hut

Meanwhile, Hanzee, heading for Luverne, investigates The Waffle Hut.  He finds blood still on the table where the judge was killed, notes the clock’s time, and when outside, spots the blood trail in the snow.  He then finds a piece of glass in the snow.  How he managed to spot that among the white snow is another thing altogether.  Also, extraterrestrial lights again?

Fear and Trembling- Karl and Sonny, played by Dan Beirne, face off with Hanzee

He then heads to an auto shop, where he matches the glass with a car’s busted light.    As he inspects the car, a mechanic, Sonny, played by Dan Beirne, asks if he needs help.  Hanzee ignores him and looks inside the car, where he finds a bit of blood.  He checks a pack inside and gets Ed’s name.  When asked for a location, Sonny talks about Vietnam, when he was called Mad Dog.  Hanzee can’t get used to this cold winter.

Hanzee has seen much worse than Sonny can imagine.  Just then, Karl Weathers enters.  When asked if he has a problem, Hanzee leaves without another word.  Time to alert the local constable.

Fear and Trembling- Mike and Simone

We then cut to a hotel room.  The Kitchen Brothers play Solitaire while Mike Milligan finishes up a session with his White lady friend- Simone.  She apparently surprised him in the end. Not that he liked he, she just surprised him.  Mike, meanwhile, supplies the fix that Simone snorts off of him.  Mike has heard that Gerhardt family will go the wrong way on this deal.  Simone figures that her father will be killed, and she’s fine with that.

What depresses her is missing the 1960s- Woodstock, free love, Flower Rain Blossom and so on.  But the 70s were always coming, like a hangover.  Simone would have been free, before she woke up.  Simone confirms that Hanzee is out looking for Rye.  She’s bored by this talk and wants more fun.  It was fun.  Mike can still feel her finger in his ass…which was actually her thumb.  Word from Simone is that Floyd has a compromise.  That and Otto is being taken to a doctor to see if something can be done to stop the drooling.  Oh?  And which doctor would that be?

Fear and Trembling- Otto taken to the Evan Spence Medical Center

Meanwhile, Otto is taken to the Evan Spence Medical Center.

Lou and Betsy return home.  Lou plans to take Molly ice fishing, but he wonders if he should be treating Betsy any different.  She insists that he not do it.  Before Lou can head inside, he receives a call from dispatch.

Fear and Trembling- Karl and Sonny speak with Hank and Lou about the Indian fella

Sonny and Karl talk to Hank and eventually Lou about their surprise run-in with this Indian buck.  Seemed that this Indian took a real interest in Ed Blomquist’s car.  The damage, Lou thinks, is from hitting a suspect who just killed three people, but Hank still believes Ed and Peggy’s tale about their supposed accident.

Fear and Trembling- Gerhardt family meets with Joe Bulo to negotiate

Floyd, Dodd, Bear, and other members and associates of the Gerhardt clan meet with Joe Bulo to discuss the Kansas City offer.  Milligan is not present, though, due to another matter in Kansas City.  After 48 hours consideration, Floyd says no deal, but she has a respectful counter offer.  Instead of a straight sale, the Gerhardt will pay 1 million plus 20 percent of the Minnesota territory.  In exchange The Gerhardt family still runs North Dakota and retains full control of their operation…but with Kansas City.  Partnership, not a sale.

Bulo, a bit stunned, takes this all in.  Floyd figures that Bulo sees her as a 61-year-old woman, and she is.  Two of her children were stillborn.  Her firstborn was killed in Korea when a sniper took off half his head.  The point is don’t assume that just because she’s an old woman that she isn’t strong.  A deal is better than war, she says.  The family will fight to keep what’s theirs until the last man.  Bulo calls Floyd a good woman and wishes that he knew Otto.  But no, Floyd figures that Otto would have killed Bulo on sight during their first encounter.

If it were up to Bulo, he’d take the partnership offer, but he wonders that if this territory deal happened, can Floyd guarantee that her boys will comply?  The boys obey their mother, but here are two henchmen assaulted without provocation by Dodd.  Floyd insists that the boys will abide.  If one of Bulo’s men defies him and jeopardizes a deal, he loses an arm.  But what will Floyd do to her children and grandchildren to show that she is committed?

Dodd flips out and rages at the men, prompting Floyd to have him sent out.  She then apologizes, but Bulo figures that Dodd just wants his piece of the empire.  He doesn’t think that Dodd will fall into line.

Fear and Trembling- Otto and his associates ambushed by Mike Milligan and the Kitchen brothers

Otto’s associates help him to the car when they find a car parked dangerously close to theirs.  One enters on the passenger side and tries to start the car, but it fails.  Then, a car approaches.  Turns out to be just a man being dropped off at the medical center.

Fear and Trembling- Mike Milligan and the Kitchen brothers greet Otto

The car eventually starts, but the three helpers are shot and killed by Mike Milligan and the Kitchen Brothers.  Mike confronts Otto, removes his hat, and sends greetings from Joe Bulo.

Back at the meeting, after receiving an update, Bulo rejects the offer and lowers his price offer by $2 million.  He gives Floyd the night to consider.  Anything less than unconditional surrender, and Bulo promises to wipe off every Gerhardt from the face of the earth.

Fear and Trembling- Bud tells Ed that there's another buyer interested in the shop

Over at Bud’s Meats, Ed talks to Bud about Peggy’s emergency yesterday.  The check he gave Ed for the down payment bounced, unfortunately.  And there’s another buyer from Sleepy Eye that wants to be close to his sick mother, and he offered more money than Ed…but Ed is certain that he has the funds.   He even checked.  If Ed doesn’t have the money soon, Bud will sell to the other buyer.  Oh, and he wants Ed to check out the grinder since it’s making a funny noise.

Fear and Trembling- Peggy learns that Ed needs the money that she spent on the seminar

Ed meets up with Peggy to talk about the shop.  How did the check bounce due to insufficient funds?  The two agreed.  And now there’s another buyer, even if Ed and Bud shook on it.  Well, Ed did talk, and Peggy also talked, but she’s not sure that Ed heard her.  As the two talk, Hanzee drives by and eyes Ed.  Peggy still wants to attend the seminar.  It’s more important than the shop, but Ed tells her to get the money.  If not, the fella from Sleepy Eye gets the shop and then the two of them are screwed.

Fear and Trembling- Constance tells Peggy to stand up for herself

Peggy tells Constance that she needs the money, but Constance isn’t handing it over.  First off, it’s been sent, but she also wants Peggy to buck up.  Who does she see in the mirror?  Not a girl, but a strong, vibrant woman that can do whatever she wants with her body and money.  She puts away her hard earned money for this seminar.  Women surrender their needs to the needs of men, to their detriment, but no more.  Peggy is going to Sioux Falls to be the best her that she can be and no one will tell her how to live her life again.

Fear and Trembling- Hanzee finds Rye's belt buckle

A now debilitated Gerhardt family heads home.  Dodd even allows himself to weep with his mother there to console him.  Meanwhile, Hanzee inspects the Blomquist household and holds a lighter to the ground.  He takes a whiff of the floor and then spots some bleach by the window.  He then heads upstairs and examines the fireplace, soon finding the burned remain of a belt buckle.  However, headlights get his attention.  Lou Solverson has arrived.

Fear and Trembling- Lou gets straight with Ed and Peggy

With the Blomquists not present, he waits for Ed and Peggy to return, which they eventually do.  He tells them that he saw their car and they explain how Ed ran into a tree.  Sounds convincing, but Lou senses something off when Ed focuses on the fireplace.  Lou offers his help, but the two have to be straight with him.  If he checked the interior of the car, will he find blood?  Ed hurt his neck, but no blood.

Lou talks about a boy who gets his legs blown apart by a landmine.  His brain didn’t catch up with the reality that he was already dead.  The rest of Lou’s squadron saw it, but lied and told him to lay still.  If Ed had been to war, he would know the look.  Ed and Peggy have the look like they have no idea what’s coming.  Lou gets right to it and says that the man Peggy hit was named Rye Gerhardt and his family hurts people for money…and they’re coming.

Lou’s point is that if the two made a mistake, now is the time to say it because they can fix it.  But if Lou is right, then the window is closing, Ed and Peggy may already be dead.  Before Ed can explain, Peggy calls Lou out of line and asks him to leave.  As for Ed, he eventually thinks that it’s also for the best that Lou leave, but he also says that it was just an accident.  Lou advises the two to lock their doors.

Fear and Trembling- Floyd declares war

At the Gerhardt household, with Otto now safe, Bear asks his mother about their next move.  Floyd makes her decision: it’s war.

Fear and Trembling- Lou talks about the world losing its morality

As Betsy looks at her trial drug, she joins Lou outside, as he couldn’t sleep.  Lou thinks that Betsy got the real pill.  She asks if he hopes or thinks that.  They’re just out of balance- the whole world, Lou says.  Everyone used to know right from wrong and their moral center.  Not so much anymore.

A constant of Fargo is that you can’t escape your past or the horrible things you’ve done.  No matter how small or inconsequential you feel your sin is, it can and will catch up to you, whether from the authorities, your friends, or a near silent hitman.  Rye’s death in the premiere kicked off a series of events that has had the three factions- the Blomquists, the Gerhardts, and the authorities- scrambling not just to find out and make sense of what happened, but also keep their eyes open for impending threats.

We’re close to the halfway point of the season and the show has done a good job, I feel, of building tension between the various groups.  War is coming and there’s sure to be hell to pay, but so far, we’ve had a few firefights alongside a lot of tense confrontations.  Hardly matches up to the pile of bodies that Lou spoke of in Season One, but you get the feeling that danger is coming.

Fear and Trembling- Lou couldn't sleep, so he sits outside instead

Right now, there’s no peaceful resolution for anyone, even someone as unassuming as Betsy, because there’s no longer a true sense of right and wrong anymore.  Along with the stories detailing the horrors of war and what soldiers witnessed in Vietnam, Lou touched upon the fact that the world can’t distinguish from good and evil anymore.  Everything is out of balance.  That free love and embracing of life in the 1960s that Simone longs for is long gone.  In its place is an ambiguous world where fear and violence reign.

Fear and Trembling- Dodd kills at a young age

But as we’ve seen this season so far and even in this episode, that bloodlust isn’t something that just comes with the decade.  Hank talked earlier about soldiers bringing demons back with them, and yet, in addition to that, some have carried that darkness with them all along.  We see Dodd at a young age trained to kill.  So already he has that thirst for violence that he’s openly displayed.  Now that cycle continues with bringing Charlie along to beat up some of Joe Bulo’s men.

Fear and Trembling- Dodd won't let his family be disrespected

Dodd sees the writing on the wall.  His father’s stroke, Rye’s disappearance, the Kansas City syndicate’s offer- he views this as a chance to rise up within the family and prove his dominance by making a name for himself, even if that means going against his mother’s wishes.  Though he has his family’s best intentions at heart, Dodd would prefer it if he called the shots, which is why he’s willing to go out and assault Bulo’s associates and openly badmouth Bulo himself during negotiations.  He considers himself the alpha, but lacks Floyd’s subtlety and knack for leadership.

Fear and Trembling- Floyd consoles Dodd

And even though Dodd is willing to put a wrench in his family’s plan, he’s still, at the end of the day, that same boy who would obey his parents and follow their guidance.  One of my favorite moments of the episode was Floyd consoling Dodd after their day filled with nothing but bad news.  Floyd realizes that Dodd is acting out and could ruin negotiations, but he’s still family and when they’ve all been wounded, they realize this is the time to band together.

Fear and Trembling- Floyd warns Bulo to not underestimate her

Floyd is right that men like Bulo underestimate her because of her gender and age, but she doesn’t consider those disabilities.  In fact, I’d argue that it makes her even more unassuming because no one would expect her to be such a calculating negotiator.  This business has been in her family for years and no way in hell will she just willingly give it away without putting up a fight.  Like she says, a deal is better than war, and if she can avert violence, she will.

Fear and Trembling- Mike confronts Otto, sends greetings from Joe Bulo

But Kansas City is one step ahead and forced them into a position where they must counterattack.  The assault at the medical center accomplished two objectives: it put the Gerhardt family even more on the defensive and showed that the syndicate will retaliate harshly when threatened.  The shootout was quick, but effective and showed that Mike Milligan and the Kitchen Brothers, calm as they may be, can turn deadly in a second, very similar to Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench from the first season.

Fear and Trembling- Hanzee inspects the car for any traces of blood

While Rye’s death is still a mystery to some, the Gerhardt family remains a step ahead of else through Hanzee managing to piece it all together.  We don’t know much about Hanzee compared to the other characters, and that’s fine because I think he works better as a character shrouded in mystery.  We’ve seen and heard of his ruthlessness, but now we learn how methodical his investigative skills are, and in less time than it took the authorities.  To not just find the glass, but in no time after that match it to the Blomquists’ car, notice bleach used on their floor, and find Rye’s belt buckle in the fireplace- this guy is about as good as Molly will be when she’s an adult.

Fear and Trembling- Hanzee talks about war

And like Malvo before him, Hanzee is able to intimidate through little words.  We don’t need to see him try to one-up Sonny as far as who has seen it worse in times of war and strife because we’ve seen what he’s capable of already.  Nor do we need to see him confront the Blomquists because his stare at Ed and entering their home is enough for at least Ed to know that he and Peggy are targets.

Fear and Trembling- Ed is in need of money

But they’re having too many communication issues now to combat their problems because they’re too stuck on their individual needs.  Ed is too obsessed with the future and putting his stock in the butcher shop to the point where he downplays Peggy’s needs and desires.  Ed may know what he wants, but he’s not assertive enough to take it.  Not to say he folds too quickly, but like Lou indicates, he has the look that shows he knows something is wrong.

Fear and Trembling- Constance's pep talk to Peggy

Meanwhile, Peggy doesn’t have the same assertion as someone like Constance, but she’s on the verge of getting it.  Like Floyd, many would underestimate Peggy because she comes off like your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man-I mean housewife.  She’s a fighter and is willing to do what it takes to protect what’s hers.  After all, she was more worried about what to do with Rye’s body, had the plan to smash the car and cover their tracks, and lies to Lou just when it looked as if Ed was ready to confess.

Fear and Trembling- Peggy in the bathroom, listening to Ed talk about their future

As Constance implored her to do, Peggy is taking control of her life.  Up until now, it seemed like Peggy was very complacent with her lot.  She’s even taking birth control to keep from having a child, against Ed’s desires.  So Peggy feels like the real brains of this operation much more than Ed.  She’s more willing to take risks that will endanger them, while Ed just wants a simple, but promising future for his family.  Without showing any anger or outrage, the show lets us see that the two are already at war with one another and that could get them hurt.

Fear and Trembling- Simone talks about the 1960s with Mike

But they’re not the only family at war with itself.  While the Gerhardt clan appears to be united against the Kansas City syndicate, Simone is working to undermine them.  There’s been nothing to indicate she would betray them before, but it’s a nice surprise.  And I appreciate that she’s being more assertive after we saw her father slap her around previously.  A lot of the women on this show have more fortitude than the men would give them credit for, it seems.

Fear and Trembling- Just Simone

Also, Simone is gorgeous. I just want to point that out.

Fear and Trembling- Betsy and Lou at the doctor's office

After all, Betsy was able to piece together the investigation before either the police or Hanzee.  But unlike Peggy or Floyd, she’s unable to take control of her situation because the cancer has spread too deep.  She’s still keeping up her optimism and strength while she can, but no one is spared from tragedy in this world.  And in typical small talk fashion, I like how Lou can casually bring up the doctor’s appointment in the middle of a police inquiry.

Fear and Trembling- Lou gives a warning to Ed and Peggy to come clean

Patrick Wilson had two great moments this week: his warning to the Blomquists when he confirmed that they were behind Rye’s disappearance, and his words to Betsy about the world losing its moral center.  He’s wise, but careful and not blind to the growing atrocities around him.  And he hasn’t allowed the violence to change who he is as an officer of the law.  He knows Ed and Peggy are guilty, but instead of casting judgment, he’s offering them a chance to save themselves.  Wilson is further selling me that this well-mannered, but careful officer could grow into the wise Lou Solverson we know him as years later.

“Fear and Trembling” wasn’t the calm before the storm because we did get our fair share of violence this week, but it did set the stage for characters preparing to go to war.  It delivered in character building and dramatic scenes balanced out by lighter moments like Dodd ordering donuts after brutalizing Bulo’s henchmen or Mike Milligan surprised by Simone putting a finger in his ass.  It showed the divisions within the Blomquist and Gerhardt families, while also allowing Lou and Betsy to share some quiet moments in light of more bad news.

But despite one bad update after another and society losing its moral center, characters like Lou continue to fight on in a world that’s lost its way.

A Look at Fargo- Season 2, Episode 3: “The Myth of Sisyphus”

Time to get confrontational.  This is “The Myth of Sisyphus.”

The Myth of Sisyphus- Hanzee pets a rabbit

The episode begins with Hanzee petting a rabbit because as he remembers his school days when he watched a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat.  One dead rabbit latter, Hanzee heads on his way towards the Gerhardt home.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Gerhardt family meeting about the Kansas City syndicate

The Gerhardt family meets with three associates.  Otto is present, but unresponsive.  Dodd explains to the men that he had a stroke.  Until he’s better, they talk to Floyd, as she’s in charge.  The Kansas City offer does promise good money, but after you sign, Dodd says, your balls get taken with a straight razor and you’re fattened up like a housecat.  That’s harsh.

It’s their business, Dodd says.  You can’t just write a check.  Floyd argues that this family has been peaceful since Kennedy’s days.  You don’t just pick up a gun and go to war with a Kansas City mafia.  Dodd wants to hit the mafia hard or they’ll all wither and die.

Floyd concedes that they may have to fight and she’s not afraid of a war, but if it comes to that, it will be on her terms as a last resort.  She needs to know, now, if the men are with her.  The men won’t say they’re going to war.  Promises were made in blood generations ago.  They won’t make the first move.  But if Kansas City comes shooting at them, there will be hell to pay.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Joe Bulo and Mike Milligan talk Rye and shampoo

At the Pearl Hotel, Joe Bulo has breakfast with a late Mike Milligan.  They talk of shampoo brands since it’s hard to work the hair.  Nothing on the Gerhardt family yet.  Maybe kill them if the market says so, that or offer more money.  All depends on what the market says.  This Rye kid, though, apparently gunned down a judge, Mike says, then disappeared.  Maybe it’s for the best that he’s on the run, but Joe orders Mike- and only Mike- to find him for leverage.  This way, they can hopefully avoid a firefight.

In Luverne, Minnesota, Lou Solverson speaks with Hank to find out about the judge’s caseload.  Hank is calling because of a print match on the gun, which belonged to a Rye Gerhardt- the youngest heir to the Gerhardt syndicate out of Fargo.  Lou will mention it to Fargo police.  And Lou will be a late, so he tells Hank to inform Betsy to not wait up for him.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Lou meets with a young Ben Schmidt, played by Keir O’Donnell

When Lou arrives in Fargo, he meets with a young Ben Schmidt, played by Keir O’Donnell, who works in Forensics.  Ben is working things up here and hopes to drive over to see the crime scene himself, even though Lou offers to show the photos.  When Lou mentions that the prints on the shooter’s gun belonged to Rye Gerhardt, Ben pays closer attention.  He’s not saying that Lou’s life would be easier if it were his prints on the gun, but that’s the lines along which he should be thinking, you know?

Ben shares some history about the Gerhardt family.  Otto took over after his father, Dieter, took 19 bullets in the head in 1951.  Lou asks if Ben has heard of either Mike Milligan or the Kitchen brothers.  They were sniffing around the crime scene, but there was no reason to hold them.

Lou, we learn, served in the Navy- two tours as a lieutenant.  Swift boat.  Infantry for Ben, outside Da Nang.  Both are familiar with Fubar- so when you put a dead judge, the Gerhardt family, and some hitters from Kansas City in a bag together, Be thinks that it may just be better to confess to the crime yourself and then go live a long life in a cell somewhere with hot and cold running water.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Hanzee asks Simone about Rye

So, back to the Gerhardt clan.  Hanzee asks Simone about Rye’s location, and she eventually concedes to going there with a boy for some weed. Sometimes a girl just wants to bust a nut, she says.  Were people saying that in the 1970s?  But she spills that the location is over on 13th by the train station.  Hanzee wants her to show him.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Hank observes Rye's wanted poster

Hank goes over the murder weapons and Rye’s wanted poster…and he still has the damn shoe on his desk.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Betsy tells her theory to Hank

At the beauty shop, Betsy tells Constance that she’ll soon be losing her hair due to the chemotherapy.  Peggy’s cousin had melanoma, yeah.  Didn’t lose a single hair…except for her eyebrows.  Peggy tells Constance that she’s agreed to attend the Lifespring seminar because she wants to be the best her that she can be.  As for what Ed said?  Well, Peggy sort of skipped out on that part.

Then Hank pops in and lets Betsy know that Lou will be late tonight, but he’s also here to put up a wanted poster of Rye Gerhardt.  To kill all of those people for a bit of money?  Tragic.  But Betsy gets to thinking about the shoe in the tree and the fact that the shooter left his vehicle behind.  What if he got hit by a car?  After all, there were glass and skid marks on the road.  So what if the killer just got himself struck by a passing motorist?

Before Constance can recall a similar incident involving one of the employees, Peggy argues that a motorist would stop after hitting someone?  Not like you’re gonna just drive home with a Gerhardt in your windshield.  Lou is inclined to agree.  However, rather than looking for men, Betsy suggests that the officers look for a car.  Well, at least we know smarts run in Molly’s family.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Peggy tells Ed that they have an emergency

Following this, Peggy stops by the butcher shop to get Ed for an emergency.  She fills Ed in on Betsy Solverson’s theory, so they have to deal with the car today.  Luckily, Noreen isn’t paying much attention to much of anything outside of her copy of “The Myth of Sisyphus.”  When Ed sees the wanted poster, he knows that something must be done.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Lou and Ben question why Skip was at the court building

While Molly soaks in some television, we resume with Lou Solverson, who spots a man staring into Judge Mundt’s and then gets spooked before taking a second glance.  Lou and Ben catch up with Skip at his car and ask for his identification.  Skip is his Christian name, didn’t you know?  He talks about his business that is all set to reopen and the new typewriter models that will be in any day.  They’re not just for women, anymore.

So why’s he at court and idling around Judge Mundt’s office?  Skip explains that he had a hearing on a small bother related to back taxes, but it’s been postponed.  Nothing scandalous, but time sensitive on account of needing cash to cover the new models.  Is that why he went by Judge Mundt’s office?  Well, he heard what happened and wanted to pay his condolences.  Lives hang in the balance.  And typewriters.

Lou figures Skip for a squirrelly fellow.  He figures Skip should be brought in for questioning, but Schmidt disagrees.  And it’d be a hassle to go through Mundt’s cases.  He cuts Skip loose.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Skip goes looking for Rye, finds Simone and Hanzee instead

Skip then rushes to Rye’s apartment and knocks on his door, but ends up meeting Simone instead.  Simone figures that Skip could use a drink.  Or he can watch her drink and possibly dance.  Oh, and Hanzee’s here as well, but Simone assures Skip that Hanzee is boring.  Rye spoke of a deal with a fella downtown.  Skip not only gives his name, but also admits that he’s here to pay off some debts.

And Skip can’t pay Simone because he doesn’t have the money now, but he will.  Soon.  So yeah, he came by to not pay the money and he’s a patriot to boot.  Simone decides that it’s time for a drive.  If Skip has any appointments, he’ll be missing them.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Ed and Peggy have an idea

Ed and Peggy drive to an icy, remote location to put a possibly stupid plan into place…a plan that involves a tree in the distance.  See, Peggy’s uncle used to drive his truck while drinking Old Milwaukee.  After every crack-up, he’d drive his truck to some deserted spot till he sobered up, fake a new accident to cover the damage he did drinking.  So, Ed and Peggy do the damage, file a report, and their problem is solved.  Peggy gets out and Ed cautions her to watch her toes.  With that, he speeds towards the tree.

A repair crew shows up soon after to pick up the car.  He got it right the second time afterward.  Ed figures that he got the whiplash.  If anyone asks, Peggy backed into the garage door.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Charlie and Bear argue

Back at House Gerhardt, Charlie talks to Bear.  Floyd thinks that a piece of the business can be sold to Kansas City.  Bear worries that if Charles doesn’t return to school, he’ll run astray and not make something of himself.  But, Charlie argues, he is something- a Gerhardt.  Bear argues that this is not negotiable.  And Dodd has nothing to do with this- Charlie is Bear’s son.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Lou and Ben arrive at the Gerhardt home and ask about Rye

Lou and Schmidt arrive at the Gerhardt compound and meet with Floyd Gerhardt.  Floyd is familiar with Schmidt, but is unfamiliar with this new cop from Minnesota.  The two fill her in on the murder investigation, including the death of a state judge.  Lou tells the family that Rye’s prints are on the murder weapon.  Now, he’s wanted in connection with three murders, Lou says, and he doesn’t want to resort to violence.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Dodd and Lou almost dance

Then, Dodd arrives.  He doesn’t think that Rye killed a judge since the family owns all the judges.  Lou admits to Dodd that he, not Ben, found the murder weapon, so if Dodd has problems and wants to dance, he’ll have to tangle with Lou.  Lou isn’t scared off by Dodd trying to intimidate him, even to the point where the two almost come to blows.  In addition, Lou mentions that one Mike Milligan may also be looking for Rye.  Charles informs Dodd that Hanzee called for an important matter.  Confrontation averted for now.

In town, Lou figures that he can get a warrant to search the Gerhardt premises.  As luck would have it, the two happen upon Skip’s typewriter shop.  Ben has an excuse, but Lou can go it alone.  I suppose it’s a good thing this is apparently the only typewriter shop in town and Lou has a pretty good hunch.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Lou faces off with Mike Milligan and the Kitchen Brothers

Anyway, Lou finds the door ajar and enters to find the shop under construction…as well as Mike Milligan and the Kitchen brothers.  Lou claims to have met the owner, so Mike can’t be him.  Lou asks if these folks are indeed Mike Milligan and the Kitchen brothers…which sounds like a band name.  That is a great name, I must admit.  Mike points out that, as a Minnesota cop, Lou is out of his jurisdiction to be in North Dakota.  Mike mentions he saw another guy from Minnesota- he liked him as much as he likes Lou.

Not that Hank was friendly.  But it’s the way Hank was unfriendly…he was so polite about it, like he did Mike a favor.  After the standoff subsides, Mike and the brothers leave.  Also, Mike swears to Lou that he is not a crook.  I wonder who else said that.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Lou stops at an auto shop

Later, Lou stops by Alec’s Auto Services.  One of the owners talks about circular patterns in the sky.  The visitors always come in sets of three during the odd months.  Visitors from above, yeah.  They apparently take up people and probe them in places you don’t want to mention.  Strange happenings.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Ed and Peggy on the bus ride home

That evening, on a bus ride home, Ed and Peggy wonder whether their plan worked.  Peggy is sure that it did, though there’s no way she could be so sure.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Lou arrives at home

Meanwhile, Lou returns home to find Hank and Betsy playing a game of cards.  Lou fills in Hank on his run in with the Gerhardt and the Kansas City syndicate.  So maybe Lou will needs two pieces of cake, but Betsy only brings one.  How selfish of her.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Dodd and Hanzee question Skip on his relationship with Rye

That evening, Dodd and Hanzee get ready to deal with Skip.  Dodd orders Simone to get back in the truck and even smacks her across the face, even though she’s the one who found him.  Simone dares Dodd to hit her again, but instead, he throws her back into the truck. Dodd confronts Skip about the ideas he put into Rye’s head over the typewriters, the meeting with the judge- everything.  Where is he now?  Skip claims to not know about Rye’s location and says that he didn’t talk to the police, either.

By the way, there’s an open hole in the ground nearby and Hanzee orders him to get in the ground.  Skip asks for two days in order to find Rye.  He eventually spills that Mike Milligan came looking for Rye.  Though he offers to make a call, Skip’s life comes to a close as the truck backs up and empties its load onto the grave.

Dodd orders Hanzee to drive to that Minnesota town to find Rye.  If anyone gets in Hanzee’s way, kill them dead.

Fargo’s strength, in my opinion, doesn’t come from the level of violence or brutality, harsh as it can be.  The show and film excel because of the dialogue and the threat of violence, not necessarily the act itself.  If you’re a great writer and director, coupled with a competent cast and staff, you can pull off tense situations without the use of violence at all.

“The Myth of Sisyphus” doesn’t have anything excessive in it and there’s no shootout, but the constant threat of it is always there as the separate storylines intersect and everyone tries to get to the bottom of their respective matters.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Mike Milligan is not a crook

Right now, Mike Milligan and the Kitchen Brothers are a step ahead of the authorities and haven’t had to make any major moves yet.  For now, they’re still in the planning phase because they’re hoping to turn Rye against his family.  We don’t know yet just how much influence and power this syndicate possesses, but they carry a great deal of presence.

It also helps that while there may be something off about them, there’s no reason to treat them as suspects at the moment because they haven’t done anything.  But Lou, as we saw last season and now, he has a sixth sense when things don’t add up right.

And even when confronted with a dangerous situation, he refuses to back down and cower.  Lou has been to war.  He’s seen horrid things that bring out the worst in people and lived to tell the tale.  He’s not a braggart.  Lou sticks to his guns and while some, like Schmidt, may think he’s overstepping his boundaries, he has a job to do.  He may have evaded conflict with Milligan, but I get the feeling that it rattled him a bit, after feeling empowered when confronting Dodd.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Lou and Dodd face off

I like that we see more of an assertive side to Lou here.  No blood is shed- no human blood, anyway- but Lou gets dangerously close.  Twice, in fact, as he’s able to get under Dodd’s skin.  Again, he’s not doing it to show off, but it’s his mission to get to the bottom of this murder and a brute like Dodd won’t keep him from that.  Though this case may be different than what Lou is used to, he walks into it with the same determination as he would other cases.

He doesn’t throw Mike Milligan off, though, but he’s at least able to stand his ground in the face of what could have been a deadly situation.  Like Malvo, Mike Milligan is a man with no fear.  We don’t know much about him, but you get the feeling that a situation could escalate fast when he’s around.  Maybe it’s the smile or delivery, but he’s so unassertive that you wouldn’t think he had a bad bone in him.  But he also wants to avoid a confrontation because it’s not worth his time.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Floyd is not afraid of war, but on her terms, as a last resort

That was a constant in this episode: avoiding the firefight.  Or at least not wanting to make the first move.  Every confrontation felt like a game of Chicken.  The Gerhardt family has firepower and backing, but they’re not willing to strike unless they’re attacked first.  They won’t shoot Lou because he’s an officer of the law, and Lou won’t shoot them because that won’t help his investigation.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Peggy thinks that the plan worked

It’s too soon to come to blows because no one has the full picture.  Ed and Peggy are the only ones right now who know what happened to Rye, but no one’s pointing the finger at them just yet.  In fact, aside from what Constance knows about the car, there’d be no reason for anyone to assume they’re involved.  And yet, they’re going to great lengths to cover a trail that no one may be following.  If anything, the cover story gives us another look at Peggy’s twisted thinking.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Peggy almost exposed by Betsy Solverson

The scene in the beauty shop was another tense moment because of the sheer fear on Peggy’s face, helped by Kirsten Dunst’s performance.  Hank and Lou wouldn’t have a reason to look at the Blomquists because, as of now, there’s nothing tying them to the Gerhardt family.  But the mere idea that Betsy could point Hank in Peggy’s direction based on nothing more than a wild hunch shows that Peggy and Ed aren’t completely in the clear.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Betsy Solverson figures Rye was hit by a car

It also goes to show just how smart the Solversons are, and while Hank doesn’t think much of Betsy’s theory, Lou isn’t one to just let something go.  Like how he found Skip squirrelly or Mike Milligan suspicious, Lou may latch onto that as a reason to question Ed and Peggy.  Plus, Constance saw the damaged car and Ed didn’t get the crash right the first time, so their problems are far from over.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Skip confesses to Dodd that Mike Milligan came looking for Rye

And poor Skip.  Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and got his tongue tied around the wrong Lou Solverson.  Chances are that Lou will want to follow up with him as well, but since he’s a bit buried at the moment, that could be hard.  Though that tie sticking out of the ground could still be a factor later on…

“The Myth of Sisyphus” was good.  Some good tension as the various factions crossed paths with no one firing a single shot.  Peggy and Ed think their problems are over, but far from it.  Meanwhile, the investigation and search for Rye from all sides continues.

The Myth of Sisyphus- Skip's tie

Not for Skip, though, but hey- at least he died a Patriot.