Well, it turns out that Gerhardt patriarch Otto was assassinated during K.C.’s raid on the Gerhardt house last week – the latest, and to this point, most significant shot fired in this war for the Fargo territory. Naturally, the bloodbaths have escalated as a result of this act. Interspersed between scenes of Otto’s funeral (where he will be buried next to his youngest son, Rye) are shots of the Fargo crew (assisted by a Buffalo contingent) taking out K.C. soldiers...killing after killing after killing. Then, before the dust can begin to settle after the funeral, Simone storms off and Lou Solverson and Ben Schmidt arrive to take Floyd in for questioning.
At the police station, Sheriff Hank and Chief Gibson attempt to persuade Floyd to cooperate so that the turf war can be ended. Floyd struggles with the idea of being a snitch before coughing up detailed intel about K.C.’s operations in exchange for Gerhardt immunity (doesn’t apply to future crimes, of course). This agreement is sealed with a devilish smirk that begins to creep up on Floyd’s face. As Lou observes later, it looks like the police have taken a side in this war. A necessary evil?
Simone, unwisely, makes her way to confront Mike Milligan about Mike not killing her father. Mike opted instead to take out the head of the family at the Gerhardt’s defenseless home, and almost took Simone out in the process. Simone thinks she is owed answers. Mike is definitely not in the mood to entertain Simone, as he just got a call from Hamish, the head of K.C., who, following Fargo’s assault on K.C., is threatening to send The Undertaker to clean up Mike’s mess if Mike can’t end this war in two days. Mike sends Simone away after he gets bored talking over her head about the upcoming revolution that will see K.C. own Fargo’s territory, but then wonders what the effect will be of killing Floyd Gerhardt’s first-born granddaughter. Before Mike can find out, Lou and Ben arrive to defuse the situation.
Ben is tasked with escorting Simone out of the hotel, which earns him Simone’s knee to his groin during the elevator ride down. Simone is ready to walk tall on her own, vowing to never lie down for any man again. This is her turning point. She’s ready to be the best Simone she can be...oh, here’s uncle Bear in the parking lot waiting for her. Simone’s gig as a double agent appears to be over. Simone’s new life journey may be very short-lived as Bear drives her out to the middle of nowhere, and escorts her deep within the desolate woods. Perhaps recalling brother Dodd’s words that family should be the one to pull the trigger, Bear points a cocked gun at his begging and pleading niece. This is appropriate punishment for betrayal. But whose betrayal – Simone’s or Dodd’s? We never do hear a gunshot being fired, and the view from the overhead UFO (just kidding) doesn’t seem to show Simone’s body falling over. But the normally stoic Bear, who is alone when he arrives back at his truck, is filled with enough rage to break the cast of off his wrist.
At the hotel, Lou and Mike have what is sure to be their last friendly (or politely unfriendly) conversation. Lou’s warning to Mike is to pack up and leave. Later, we witness the prolonged arrival of The Undertaker and his entourage, who are summarily executed by Mike and the Kitchen Brother not ten seconds after arriving at Mike’s hotel room. This appears to be Mike’s formal response to Lou’s warning. Mike then receives a phone call from the infamous and legendary Butcher of Luverne, Ed Blomquist, who claims to have Dodd Gerhardt tied up in his trunk. Ed has tried numerous times to contact Bear Gerhardt with the same information only to be brushed away. Now, he’s contacting someone who appears to be actually interested. Ed and Peggy are on the road and on the run...somewhere. I wonder where. We should ask Hanzee.
It’s been too long since we spent any quality time with Betsy Solverson. In the midst of the turf war chaos, Lou sends Sonny and Karl (the King of Breakfast) to keep Betsy company/keep an eye on Betsy. In a truly heartbreaking scene, Betsy reveals to Karl that she was provided the placebo as part of the clinical trial to test a new cancer drug. Betsy tasks Karl with looking after Lou and Molly, which Karl answers with a really big hug. We later go from heartbreaking to mind-breaking when Betsy goes to her dad’s house to check on his cat, only to find a hidden room with countless pieces of paper hung up everywhere. Printed on the paper are strange runes and symbols. And, we’re just gonna leave this one alone for now.
Anyway, what a strange title for a TV show episode. The title references an alleged exchange between Pablo Picasso and a German officer over an anti-war painting Picasso did titled Guernica. Guernica (en.wikipedia.org) is a work that depicts the suffering caused by war, and was done in response to the bombing of a Spanish village by German and Italian forces in 1937. The German officer asked Picasso, of the painting, “Did you do this?” and Picasso replied “No, you did.” So. Who is responsible for causing the suffering experienced in the Fargo turf war? Was it Peggy and Ed Blomquist for killing Rye Gerhardt and disposing of his body? Was it Joe Bulo for ordering the attack on Otto’s entourage? Was it Hanzee for killing and beheading Joe Bulo? Was it porcupine Dodd Gerhardt for attacking K.C. soldiers in the donut shop? Was it, as Bear says, Simone Gerhardt for being a double agent? Was it Mike Milligan for killing Otto?
Bear had to kill Simone, right? I know we didn't hear a trigger but I figured the music was indicator enough.
I can't be the only one who wasn't hoping for a Mark Calloway cameo. Still, that was an amazing sneak attack by Milligan. Gotta love the pistol up the sleeve. (Maybe I've played too much Tales From the Borderlands recently.)
I'm confused a little about the time frame on this. They were burying Otto the day after the raid? And how did Floyd and Simone survive that? And where did that window washing killing happen? Was that in KC the next morning?
I loved the scene with Karl and Betsy. Although when Betsy went to Hank's house, I completely expected Dodd to be there. Is Hank trying to learn Norse runic mythology or something, or is Hank somehow connected to the aliens?
(Are the aliens going to abduct Hank, only to bring him back in 30 years, so we can get Ted Danson and Keith Carridine teaming up to help Alison Tolman in season 3?)
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