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Fargo Season 2 Episode 4 Podcast | Fear And Trembling

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Cattle prods, donuts and butts, oh my! It must be another episode of the FARGO podcast!

Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro), Jeremiah Panhorst (@jpanhorst) and Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) are back together discussing the fourth episode of FARGO season two, “Fear and Trembling.” The panel talks about a wide gamut of topics including parenting, marriage, war, aliens, baked goods, Ronald Reagan, and so much more. We promise, there’s plenty of FARGO talk in here, too.

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  • Peggy Blomquist keeps getting more and more evil. Running down a man with a car and covering it up is bad, but secretly going out of your way to crush all of your husbands hopes and dreams, that’s somehow even worse.

    • stephanie wanamaker

      I am with you ian Peggy is evil knew how much the shop meant to him but took money anyway

      • Not only that, but while listening to him talk about how much he wants kids she is secretly taking birth control, that’s cold, lol.

        • dapete

          She just wants to get to California. Is that so wrong?

        • stephanie wanamaker

          very cold she sees the look of bliss on his face and him saying that one will stick for sure but just selfishly thinks of herself

    • Chris Burton

      I hope Peggy has a big Lester Nygaard type arc, as opposed to getting bumped off in the next couple of episodes. She definitely has some Sociopathic qualities. I’d love to see her really let her hair down and wreak some havoc before that happens.

  • @Wharfrat1625

    I distinctly remember my Grandfather using me as a lookout while he was trying to steal antique farm equipment from a dilapidated barn when I was like 8 years old. I have to ask if any of you guys had an experience similar to Dodd and I where an irresponsible relative involved you in an illegal and potentially dangerous situation like that when you were kids? Is that where the road to Upstate NY started for you boys?

    Was the stilted broken communication between Ed and Peggy after he finds out she spent the $500 supposed to be indicative of the interaction between spouses in that part of the world 35 years ago, or more specifically just an illustration of how superficial and disjointed their relationship is with one another?

    Is it just me or did Michael Hogan do a fantastic job given his restrictions as a wheelchair bound stroke victim in the parking lot scene? Shades of Mark Margoles Tio Salamanca from Breaking Bad.

    Finally whats the over under on how many episodes before Peggy is the best Peggy she can be while she ruthlessly murders her mentor and co-worker Constance?

    -R Filly

  • Lee Whitten

    Okay, so the initial inspection of the Waffle Hut crime scene was not handled very well, right? I mean first Betsy finds the murder weapon in the snow, and then Hantzee finds the piece of the headlight. These are both things that Lou and Hank should’ve been able to find either the night of the murders or shortly thereafter when the place was still an active crime scene. So I guess my question is, was this simply a case of lazy writing or are Lou and Hank bad at their jobs?

  • Steve Davis

    That must have been an expensive seminar (Knitting Class) or one really cheap down payment for a butcher shop. You wouldn’t think paying for a seminar would prevent you from buying a shop #insufficientfunds

    • stephanie wanamaker

      Good point !

    • John Evans

      It’s only a deposit, as far as I recall.

  • Steve Davis

    We got some serious Sherlock Hanzee during the episode. Was this more a trained investigator following the clues or contrived writing around the character to create some tension. Yes it’s a small town but I doubt all of those clues would still be sitting there

    • @Wharfrat1625

      I did have a strange moment where I questioned the racial sensitivity of having the Native American character track down these people with seemingly preternatural abilities. But the scene in the garage where he talks about his experience in the war left me with the impression this guy has extensive experience hunting down human beings.

  • dapete

    Gotta love Ron Swanson bringing a gun to a knife fight.

    • stephanie wanamaker

      yep! best part of the show! and his line for gods sake where do you keep the plunger?

  • dapete

    Quote of the show: “It’s not a war on you. It’s a war against your body.”

    and as usual, met with some fantastic eye acting.

  • dapete

    Was there a time shift between the 7:05 in the hut and the 9:05 in the road?

  • Chris Burton


  • Michelle Forbes

    These are old fashioned donuts….kind of a thicker batter,,,,,comes plain or frosted,,,

  • Gal Baum

    Love the Frago map!

    • stephanie wanamaker

      love it! this is a truthful map

  • Major duke lacrosse

    Movie is “the man from planet x”

  • ryan

    If Ed tells the truth won’t they still die?

  • John Davis

    Relax boys, the UFO is a MacGuffin.

    Hanzee Dent was a “Tunnel Rat” during the Vietnam War, the most dangerous and stressful job during the war and he is not easily distracted. Remember his reaction to the magician in the flashback to his youth? The filmmaker is playing a magic trick on us the audience by making us believe that the flashback was about the white rabbit and its heart in some sort of native American mysticism. But the importance of the scene was about Hanzee’s mistrust of illusion and sleight of hand and lying and prejudice in the white man’s world. Remember his story about rooting out the Viet Cong in the tunnels and how the other soldiers forced him to do the job because he was an “Indian”.
    Flash forward to Episode 4 and watch carefully as Hanzee investigates the crime scene at the diner. Outside, he looks at the sky and observes the atmosphere, sees lights and then checks his watch. Listen carefully and you will hear a train horn in the background.

    Now go back to episode 1 and watch carefully as Rye Gerhart stands outside the diner after shooting the waitress. Listen for the train horn and the appearance of the mysterious lights. Rye lives in a world where the existence of UFO’s is accepted but also where extraordinary illusions are created on stage by magicians. In this world his mind accepts the illusion of a UFO something easily created by a powerful train light, atmospheric conditions and an approaching car.

    Hanzee also wonders why Rye would be standing in the middle of the road when he should have run back to his car in the parking lot and flee. But he doesn’t. The scene we see of Hanzee looking at the sky, seeing lights and hearing a train horn is a cinematic reconstruction of the scene of Rye’s death, just as he looks at the days old crime scene and imagines the judge laid out on the table and the waitress on the ground. These too were cinematic image crime scene reconstructions. I imagine the time on his watch, (an old railroad pocket watch by the way), reflects the time of the crime not the time of the day when he is picking up the piece of headlight.

    The existence of the UFO’s in this film is a beautiful homage to the classic film MacGuffin and we the audience are being tricked just like the magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

  • You guys never did Season 1?

  • John Evans

    Wow, where can I get a print of that map? Been looking everywhere for something like that.