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For crying out loud, what a fest that was! Tim did his 4 Episode Test review (which was spot on) but I'd thought I would break down this episode a little bit more because loads of fun stuff happened.

What a way to give a nod to the original work in the opening scene! We've got the answer as to where and how Starvos Milos got his money (from Steve Buscemi) and his commitment to God. It took a bit for me to realize that Lorne is using the plague's to put the fear of God in Milos. The crickets seriously creeped me out. My skin is still crawling!

It takes one twisted individual to enact that kind of plan and I'm not sure how much longer anyone could take that kind of torture. I'm almost rooting to see how Lorne will do boils. Almost. Is this all necessary for a confession?

When Gus showed up at Milos house and caught Lorne outside, I could see Lorne's wheels turning to think of his plan. He called for a package, wonder what's going to be in it or who may answer. Maybe he called too soon because he brilliantly maneuvered his way out of the law's hands. I'm sure he knew of all the evidence the police did or didn't have and also he probably knows how intelligent they are. Oh heck I bought his alter ego Frank Peterson hook, line and sinker. What I didn't buy was Bill's blatant blindness of how Frank wasn't Lorne. It sure seems he is purposefully going out of his way not to solve Verne's death. Gus Grimly seems to be a lucky guy in that he has had Lorne twice in he grip and has survived. I'm not sure what Lorne's play with him will be. It's as if Lorne enjoys the challenge, he is a predator after all and Gus will easily become his prey if he isn't careful. Gus isn't going to back down (even being suspended), he just has to get his evidence together and with Molly.

Molly was put on the back burner this week by Bill, AGAIN. She was ready to head out to Duluth when Gus told her the news that he had their guy but Bill marked his territory on that mighty quick. She needs to start using her smarts and lie to Bill. Stop saying Lester's name and just say naked fella. She did try and swing it that way but as soon as she said Lester she was sat on the bench and Bill went to hit the ball. Even though she didn't get to go Duluth she still dug deeper into Lester's phone records. She found a connection interviewed the clerk at the hotel where Lorne stayed. The clerk showed Molly what her mystery man's name is, Lorne Malvo.

Now the consensus seems like Lorne is everyone's favorite character to watch, however Lester is growing on me. He has been pushed around all his life and with Lorne's little push maybe he is gaining some empowerment. Lester's path is an interesting one and he is starting to figure out how walk down it. I feel for him every time he tries to get the buckshot out. His hand is festering and obviously painful unfortunately he keeps getting interrupted in trying to "fix" it. The wound will possibly lead to a discovery but I think I may want him to get away. He is starting to get a little inventive in trying to weasel his way out of his predicaments. The taser and punching that cop to get away from Numbers and Wrench was goofy but it did the trick. Looked like he was about to get cozy and feel safe in that jail cell when Numbers and Wrench showed up. They got arrested for a bar fight and Number's sly smile definitely said, "Two can play this game."

Some Thoughts

Bill
-There is no way he can be that dumb. Can he? This is the 3rd episode for him to outright ignore evidence.

Lorne
-Is Lorne Malvo his real name?
-How honestly sweet was Frank Petereson?
-Boondoggle! Where'd he come up with that!?

Molly
-She is super smart in knowing the reason why we see more shades of green than any other color. I had it on my list to google the answer.

1987 Starvos
-Did he tell original wife about the money? Where is she now? Buried in the snow? It's not the same wife he is divorcing now, right?

Travel
-I googled the travel time between Bemidji and Duluth it's 2hrs and 45mins that seems like a lot of back and fourth and with snow it's got to take longer!

Numbers and Wrench
-THANK YOU FOR SOME SUBTITLES!!!!!!!! I was getting ready to track down someone who knows sign language. Do we like them? Are they crazy in thinking that Lester killed Hess?

Lester
-How much longer can he hide his hand?
-CLEAN YOUR HOUSE

This episode highly entertained me. lots of things made me smile and laugh. The actors are bringing more life to their characters and it is truly becoming a great show. Let's discuss. GO!

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Pretty good ep. 10 plagues was pretty obvious but are out of order, water into blood is first, locusts is 8th and death of livestock is 5th (I interpret killing the dog as this).

Also did Wrench and Numbers got arrested on purpose? I'd say "yes".

Also I think Bill is incompetent and has some understanding he is incompetent but doesn't want anybody, specially not Molly, to see it. Which is why he is so hung up on anything-but-Lorne theory on murders. If it turns out Lorne did it then Molly was right and he was wrong which would prove to everybody she is better at her job than he is.

But Lorne, damn! That guy is super creepy, super sociopathic but also higly intelligent.
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It's not so much that Bill is dumb. He is in over his head and tries to pretend that he is on top of everything, so no one will notice. Which is pretty dumb, I guess. He really wants to be sheriff and bullies Molly because he realizes that she is much more qualified for the job than he is. I don't think he is involved with the bad guys, he just doesn't want the boat rocked too much, he is afraid he'll fall flat on his face, to mix a few metaphors.

I doubt Lorne Malvo is his real name. I think it more likely that Frank Peterson is his real name. He might even be a minister and moonlight as a hitman. I mean, there is no doubt that he is a psychopath.

Is it real sign language? The gestures seem very short for the amount of text in some of the subtitles.
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No more for me.

This show is slow and boring.
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Really missed up city... LOL
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Oh, I think Bill is involved with the same mob sort of connections that Numbers and Mr. Wrench work for and that Hess worked for
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Thanks once again for your thoughts!

You're right about Molly needing to be smarter around Bill. She's knows by now he's doesn't want her near the case, so why go out of her way to tell him about it? It's not like she hasn't gone over his head before, and even if there were consequences for that, the pleasure of having Verne's killer behind bars would be worth it. So yes, I definitely agree that she should start saying naked fella when she's really referring to Lester, that way Bill will think she's actually investigating the case he put her on.

Frank Peterson was definitely a fun persona of Lorne's to watch, I wonder if he has other persona's he re-uses and whether we'll get to see more? The only question I have is how were so many people able to confirm Frank's position and vogue for his integrity when the police starting calling? I know Lorne would often need an alibi for the jobs he undertakes, but the one used here was a tad unbelievable for me.

I don't even remember what Stravos' wife looked like from the first episode, so I can't tell you if the woman in the car was the same one. I doubt he told her about the money either way, though.

That's a very interesting fact about the travel time between Bemidji and Duluth, thanks for that! This information sort of adds some extra emphasis on how willing Molly and Gus are to go out of their way for their jobs, or maybe how willing Gus is to see Molly...

I'm glad there were subtitles with Numbers and Wrench this week, but it sort of feels weird having them start now, y'know? After not having them for so long now it feels out of place. Why not have had them from the beginning?
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Molly told Bill about the case because she is concientious and goes by the book. I think she knew that telling Bill was a bad idea, but couldn't make herself not do it.
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Thanks for your comment! Before I answer back I want to say 2 things: I LOVE YOUR Screen name and I love your profile picture! Ok...

I've got 2 theories with Lorne's alibi checking out:
1) He is using a real person and checks in to see the happenings. It would be easy for the Duluth P.D. to ask if the preacher was at bingo and for someone to say, Oh yeh. I'm sure the conversation wasn't more than that because the law enforcement is as incompetent as the FBI on The Following (except for Molly and Gus).
2) Maybe when Lorne called for his "package" his home office somehow routes the call to them so they can verify.

When I saw the subtitles I was quite happy but also thought why now. I think when they are speaking in front of other people it's to make us feel apart of the scene. If the outsider isn't suppose to understand than neither are we. It's quirky but this show is quirky itself.

Also what are your thoughts on Bill. Is he invovled somehow?


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Thanks :)

Either of those two things could work for Lorne's alibi, I guess I didn't think of them!

i don't know about Bill. I know a lot of people are speculating this, but I'm honestly still of the thought that he's just incompetent. He can't possibly be involved with Lorne, but I could see him having ties to the Fargo group and Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench if the writers did take that route.
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I prefer episode one and three but this one is still okay better than episode two. My favorite is again Billy Bob Thornton. I loved Frank Peterson...ha!

I now learn about shades of green:-)

I was thinking Starvos 1987 was perfectly cast and the wife is miscast unless it was not the wife he is divorcing now. Anyway, who else think the son is what he is today because of Starvos leaving him in the car for so long?
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Yes 1987 Starvos was great but I was a little confused with the casting choice of 1987 Wife, she didn't resemble the current one. We will have to see . As for his son being the way he is.....something could have happened to make him that way. The way Starvos treats his son doesn't seem right. He should be nicer and have understanding if it is his fault. So, not sure what is up there......
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I don't think Starvos has ever been particularly nice to his son, but his anti-anxiety meds have been replaced with amphetamines so he's going to be a little more tense and irritable then normal
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That's right! I forgot about the pill switch.
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I need an edit button! I should add that he should treat his son better no matter what the circumstances. Oh and it seemed that 1987 Starvos was a different person than the person who he is today.
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you could then also edit Starvos to Stavros ;)
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Malvo is definitely the Man in this series. Molly is a strong character also.


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How could Malvo's background checkout when brought in by Gus? Bill will be replaced by Molly one day to be the leader in Fargo movie. Maybe she and Gus marry?
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Frank Peterson might be his real name. He could just be moonlighting as a hitman.
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They probably called where he said Frank Peterson was from and didn't ask for verification on looks. Also Malvo knows his "character" inside and out. As for Gus and Molly I'm not sure if Gus going to make it.....
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