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Fargo Season 2 Episode 1 Recap | Waiting For Dutch


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Whether you’re hungry for waffles, chops, or hot takes on FARGO, you’re in the right place.

Josh Wigler (@roundhoward), Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro) and Jeremiah Panhorst (@jpanhorst) kick off their ongoing coverage of FARGO season two, digging into the premiere episode, called “Waiting for Dutch.” They talk about the new setting of 1979, earlier versions of Lou and Molly Solverson, the plight of Rye Gerhardt and the rest of his crime family, the big blunder by beautician and butcher Peggy and Ed Blomquist, and much more.

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  • dapete

    RE the UFO: I’ll bet it was late, the writers were having trouble getting him into the street to get hit without noticing the oncoming car, someone suggested a “close encounter” and they just went with it.

    • Chlsea_1905

      That part really caught me off guard just like last seasons fish from the sky. The fish was later explained so I’m hoping this will too even though the only witness is now dead.

      • Gal Baum

        UFOs are real.

        • Chlsea_1905

          something that’s not identified, sure. Extra terrestrials, IDK about that. Seems pretty stupid for an advanced civilization to just be flying around remote parts of our world and getting spooked so easily. I’m not saying there isn’t life out there but if they could reach us they wouldn’t be d**king around like that. Either make overt contact and show yourself to be friendly or hostile, or leave us alone. It doesn’t take years to get a good sense of how a species behaves and operates especially when they would have to be to some extent superior to us.

          • Chlsea_1905

            I probably shouldn’t have posted all this on a Fargo discussion page so I think I’ll leave it at that.

  • Steve Davis

    So do you think Dunst’s character is having an affair? The fact that she was not really into starting a family was the first red flag. Then we have a late night drive in a time where women were usually home early at night. I don’t think we had a sense of what time it was. That would be a reason for not wanting to get spotted, even if the guy ran into the road. She also has this “Lifespring” story/alibi for the following weekend. She is definitely hiding something.

    • TrentC

      To address the time, Kirsten’s hubby got home after her and he works in a family run butcher shop. That implies to me she was home relatively early. I agree that she is hiding a little bit more than the secret in the garage.

      Loved the production values, really captured the time. Kirsten’s outfit and hairstyle was spot on. When they mentioned the recipe cards, I remembered the advertisement for them on TV! As someone who was a tween during the late 70’s, the show is already kicking up some great memories.

      I hope the Reagan film prologue ties in at one point, I puzzled over that choice too. Two big thumbs up from a fella who lives in de cold, okay then.

    • Charles Bikle

      Here’s a really crazy theory:

      Kirsten’s character actually IS an extraterrestrial spy and she was reporting to her “contact” (The UFO); she saw that Lil’ Gerhardt noticed the UFO and she INTENTIONALLY ran into him to cut a loose end.

      That’s also the reason why she won’t let herself get porked by Fat Damon – their species are incompatible.

    • homertownie

      The Dunst character was at the Waffle House, where a single female judge was there waiting for her? That would tie together two loose ends.

  • Gal Baum

    There was a flying saucer in the Coens’ brothers The Man Who Wasn’t There.

  • C05EDEN

    Thank goodness you two are reviewing this!

  • Charles Bikle

    Wonder if Offerman’s character has any conspiracy theories related to the UFO ?

  • homertownie

    Regarding the UFO in the show — there was a famous UFO incident in 1979 involving a police officer near the Minnesota/ND border that got national publicity. It may be why they picked that year for the second season.

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      good looking out

  • Chris Burton

    Have you guys seen Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter? It’s a nice little bonus for Fargo fans.

  • Tom Polite

    A solid premiere. Laying the groundwork for what will hopefully be an interesting and Fargo-ian season.