Episode 7 of Fargo begins with Gus looking guilty in a hospital while the other inhabitants move backward to the sounds of Lester’s brother talking to his son Gordon; before the show ends viewers can breathe a sigh of relief and Malvo strikes again increasing the body count significantly.
Before the final credits roll, the show follows the results of Lester’s “escape” from the hospital when he planted evidence pointing to Chaz as the murderer of his sister-in-law and the chief of police. The new chief, Bill Oswalt, buys Nygaard’s story hook, line and sinker and sits in teary horror listening to what Lester tells him.
Things are moving exactly as Nygaard intended, remember that self satisfied smile at the end of last week’s episode, and now the table has been turned on his judgemental brother who was ready to see Lester “hang” for the double murder. This week viewers can see the same self satisfied grin as Chaz yells Lester’s name over and over.
After a commercial break, last week’s short gunfight in the white-out between Molly, Gus, Malvo and Mr. Wrench is played out revealing just what really happened. It is with a sigh of relief that the audience discovers that Deputy Solverson did not not die at Gus’s hand although it is frustrating to see that Malvo got away by the skin of his teeth. Lorne goes on to strike again in episode 7 of Fargo.
The gently coming together of Gus and Molly continues while he is filled with guilt and remorse after shooting his new “partner.” This lovable “almost-couple” still have the best interaction of any other characters in the show and just as their coming together is slow and gentle, so is the comic interaction between the two.
Lester tries to hire some crime scene cleaners and Lorne is tracking down answers as to why Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench were sent from Fargo to kill him. Malvo goes to Reno to speak with his “go-between” to find out who he needs to see in order to make this problem go away. He also wants to know if the men were sent by the go-between.
Molly goes to see Mr. Wrench, who is recuperating from the two rounds she put in him, to try and tie up the loose ends of Lester and Malvo. She discovers that the surviving hitman is deaf and the audience learn that Wrench was emotionally attached to Numbers. The silent assassin refuses to tell Molly about Lorne. Malvo himself is busy taking care of the Fargo problem.
Deputy Solverson is putting all the pieces together on her hospital room window when Gus stops in for a visit. Molly’s dad comes in to take his daughter home to recuperate. Grimly is a little upset that the object of his growing affection is leaving, but he is uplifted by the fact that Molly wants to take home the flowers that Gus gave her. Not to mention the pep talk she passes on before leaving.
Malvo makes his way to Fargo and into the heart of the dragon’s den to remove the men who want his head on a plate for the murder of Sam Hess. Taking out an automatic rifle literally in front of the two FBI agents who are shadowing the men in the building, Malvo goes in and massacres everyone, it seems, in the place.
The bloodshed takes place behind closed, and reflective, windows and only towards the end of his wholesale murder spree does he let the rest of the world in on what he has been doing. A body crashes out of a window and lands on the sidewalk and as police and the Feds go to search the building, Malvo walks calmly away.
Fargo episode seven allows viewers the chance to breathe a sigh of relief at Molly’s surviving Gus’ shooting her, while Malvo strikes again. As the series moves on and Lorne proves not only impossible to kill but deadly to the nth degree, it does seem that he may indeed be the devil and Lester, who takes possession of Hess’s widow at the end of the show could be his newest recruit.
By Michael Smith