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Fargo Season 2 Episode 7 Recap | Did You Do This? No, You Did It!


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Podcast Recap of Fargo Season 2, Episode 7, “Did you do this? No, you did it!”

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By God! That’s Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro) and Jeremiah Panhorst’s (@jpanhorst) music!

The Three Horseman are back this week to see what condition Fargo’s condition is in. And that condition is great! This week’s podcast has everything: Undertakers, angry bears, family matters, Family Matters, wheelbarrows, breakfast royalty, professional wrestlers, and aliens. Oh, and some lovely Coen Brothers tributes from the episode that really tie the podcast together. 

We’d love to know how you feel about all matters natural and supernatural in play here, so please share your take in the comments below or by using our feedback form.


** Alan Sepinwall on This Episode’s Potential Coen Brothers Overload
** Terri Schwartz on the Stylistic Choices in THAT Forest Scene
** The Non-Reginald Val Johnson Incident
** Alan Sepinwall’s Ideas for #FargoSeason3

  • Lance Davis

    Who takes the title of Breakfast King of PSR–Wigler, Mazzaro, or Panhorst? Word on the street is Wigler can slang up a mean Denver Omelet, Mazzaro is on point with his Biscuits and Gravy, and Panhorst’s gourmet French Toast are to die for. Is there any truth to these rumors or is it all just hearsay? Thoughts? Keep up the good work fellas!

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      There is truth to my part!! I am awful with omelettes but bring the power with biscuits and gravy. Kentucky pride. Really my breakfast meat game in general is on point.

      • Josh Wigler

        My wife is allergic to eggs, therefore I stay away from the omelets. Unless a Denver Omelet is code word for pizza, in which case, I am a champ.

  • TrentC

    Haven’t listened to the podcast yet. I have a complaint. Hank says – ‘Guess I should have gone back and checked on her.’ I can’t believe he would leave that house after confronting Dodd and getting sucker-butted by Hanzee.

    Okay then, it’s breakfast and a podcast now.

    • GeekFurious

      Yep… that entire thing seemed like the most contrived plot point in the entire series so far.

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      no comment! (outside of what I said on the podcast)

      • TrentC

        In the very least there has to be something up with Hank. Guys like him and Lou are not that sloppy.

        He tells Peggy to go back into the house while Dodd and another goon are approaching. Then he gets hit from behind and knocked out. Hank is too caring and brave a man to just wonder off from the house and continue right into another drama. I can’t buy the writer is that sloppy either…you don’t create a great setpiece like the encounter at Ed & Peggy’s house and just biff the ending.

        Okay then, I feel better now thanks.

  • sunny

    The last couple eps ive watched in small chunks at a time so im not sure where i missed something… the heck did the cops not catch up with ed as he ran off?? Did they let him go for some reason?

    • dapete

      The plan was to just drive over to his place and pick him up but at the end we got the reveal that Ed is more capable than he’s letting on. So, I assume he was able to evade them.

      • Antonio Mazzaro

        we’ll see what happens, I am actually more surprised that Ed was able to evade Hanzee than Ed evading the (sometimes Keystone) cops. Definitely surprised either way.

        I do like that despite all reasons to the contrary, Ed and Peggy have survived.

  • dapete

    Why did Mike Milligan not take out everyone in the house? Because he is a disciple of Joe Bulo. Get the thing you want for the lowest price. Terrorizing Floyd in her home might get her to call off the war. If you kill her, you most certainly get an angry Bear.

    Unfortunately, the unintended killing of Otto made surrender impossible and Mike was caught in a war of attrition that he didn’t have the manpower for.

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      I’ll have to revisit that scene with Bulo and Milligan where Bulo is preaching about the market. I seem to recall that Milligan had a different if not conflicting view of things.

      Just in general maybe Milligan would rather have Floyd in play than not. She’s probably viewed is more malleable than Dodd or Bear. But, if so, why recklessly shoot up the joint and almost kill her on accident?

      I actually prefer a world where Milligan is NOT an always-brilliant killing machine, and makes mistakes and adapts as he goes. With his talk of being “The Future” maybe this is Milligan Beta and by episode end as his options dwindle down around him, he makes a move to become Milligan Alpha.

      • dapete

        It might also be an analogy for the US policy of restraint with North Vietnam. The thinking was that bombing without ground troops would get them to capitulate.

  • TrentC

    I buy that Lou and Hank are not homicide detectives, so we can excuse them for missing some evidence at the diner crime scene. I don’t think at that point they understood specifically what they were looking for. It doesn’t excuse them however for their recent behavior. Letting Ed, a suspected murderer go (‘we know where he’s going anyways’) and Hank leaving Peggy at home after they were both attacked there. Hank’s early ‘oops’ line with the other cops outside of the interrogation room was tough to watch.

    Antonio’s Pine Bear-rens reference (brilliant) mirrored my thoughts as The Sopranos was at the forefront of my mind watching a certain scene this week. We’ll leave it there as I don’t want to keep cross-talking certain TV shows if other people haven’t experienced them yet. The Simone and Bear scene was sad, defiant and spoke volumes about how the family has to honor certain actions and rules.

    I think Mike Milligan was intending to hit Otto. Stroke or not he’s the old patriarch of the family. In the very least he was after Floyd and could have been satisfied seeing Otto go down. Or it could be like you guys mention, maybe Mike isn’t the great killer we want him to be?

    You were talking about the series giving a good sense of time and place. Again, I was 13 in the late 70’s and my experiences are far from eidetic. Something about the production values for this show really bring back a flood of memories. I have a theory, please Bear with me…. …

    Jeremiah was mentioning a book in Hank’s place possibly being the TV version of the famous book Chariots of the Gods. I saw the movie and read the book. Not trying to sound like your grandfather, but I recall most of the 70’s being very UFO orientated. From about 1975 on, our entire culture had this undercurrent of aliens, visitations and abductions. The success of Close Encounters brought about a resurgence of interest in everything from The Nazca Lines to Betty and Barney Hill.

    Chariots of the Gods in a nutshell spoke about aliens coming here and possibly influencing the construction of the pyramids, Stonehenge and just about any other structure on Earth that was ancient and contained an unexplained element. It spawned countless other books and movies that were all similar to Chariots; somewhat light on facts and heavy on conjecture. I’m looking at a colorful hardcover book right now entitled – UFO Encounters. It’s definitely from that ilk of questionable coffee table books.

    If we surmise that Hank is buying into the visitor idea, he probably thinks that the aliens can also help cure his daughter. Jeremiah brought up the screenshots of the symbols meaning love, disease, family. Coupled with the obvious amount of work Hank has been putting into the theory at his home, is it so far fetched to consider that aliens are an element of their culture, and possibly a very real element of hope for Hank? I don’t think it’s a coincidence that there’s a real newspaper article about the deputy in Minnesota in 1979 who claimed to be part of a UFO encounter. We may yet see a reference to that article in the show.

    That was a verbose and likely a loooong stretch to find some connectivity with some of the alien references. The shots in Hank’s house were there for a reason, my heartfelt apologies to Antonio.

    And thanks to you as always gentlemen, another good podcast discussion and great episode of Fargo.

    • dapete

      Remember Lenord Nemoy’s “In Search Of”?

      • TrentC

        I do and thought of that show earlier tonight.It aired right around the time this season of Fargo is taking place. Cheers to the memory.

    • John Davis

      Well, I was looking for a good reason for Hank to be the one to decorate the walls, and this one does the trick. I don’t see any earlier references in any previous episodes to support this theory but it isn’t any worse than my Molly theory so let’s go with it. Bravo Trent.

  • James Griffin

    I really enjoyed this episode, as well. Another great recap, thank you.

  • Wendy

    This is the source for the title:

    THE PAINTING Guernica by Picasso and his purported exchange with a Gestapo officer
    “Almost as famous for his biting wit as he was for his artistic prowess, Picasso once treated a German Gestapo officer to a sharp rejoinder in reference to the painting’s depiction of the atrocities of fascism and war. When asked by an officer about a photo of the painting, “Did you do that?” Picasso is said to have replied, “No, you did.”

    All of the Fargo episodes this season seem to refer to some artistic work – O Henry, Ionesco, Picasso

  • Zaya Dodi

    Wasn’t it the kitchen brother who says to mike milligan “the undertaker is on his way up”at near end scene in the hotel?? If so,then what did you guys think of this reveal?

  • Steve Davis

    Josh, you made my heart skip when you referred to “The Prolific Alan Sepinwall”, glad to hear what followed after though.

    I don’t think we should give the show as big of a pass for Hank’s slip up with Peggy. If we are going to commend it on all of the great things it does, we need to analyze the bad and hold it to the same standards. That was the SOLE reason he was at Peggy’s house. Actually, one of two reasons, to take Ed into custody and protect Peggy. All said and done, they did NEITHER! Yes he did get hit in the head, but he was still at the house. It’s not like he was on his way over there and just forgot to follow up! He woke up on their porch. He walks in the house and this thing is just about over. On top of that, they have a chance to either grab Ed again right there, OR follow him and get the trifecta, Ed, Peggy, and Dodd! Major foul up on Hanks part, and the writers as well. They could have just written something in that made up for it.

    • TrentC

      This was the only scene that made me stop and say, HEY! It literally took me out of the viewing experience. I enjoy the show so much I try not to be a snob and chalk certain actions up to the imperfection of humans living life. I hope it was something other than the writers needing to carve the narrative a certain way to get Hank out of there and allow for Ed and Peggy to do their thing. He got a bump on the noggin, but Hank is too caring to forget about a woman in possible distress.

  • John Davis

    Hank Larson’s Study. Let’s talk about it. I have three theories about who put the papers up on the wall and why, but I think that the most important reason for this scene is to establish the central connection to Molly Solverson in Season One and the importance of her development and a superb detective. We find the roots of her talent from her mother’s instinctual questioning and crime solving ability in season two but where does she get the ability to articulate them into a provable theory? Maybe from Hank Larson’s room?

    One of the central MacGuffins in season one is Molly’s “whiteboard”. This whiteboard drives her boss the police chief Bill (Bob Odenkirk) crazy and he eventually forces her to remove it from the station where it ends up in the trunk of her “prowler” and eventually on the wall of her study a year later after she marries Gus. This collection of mug shots, video stills, clippings, lines drawn and taped etc is the essential element that drives Gus (Colin Hanks) to murder Malvo in cold blood rather than try to restrain him and wait for his arrest. The timid policeman turned mailman does what he has to do to save his family.

    The question we now want to know is who papered Hank’s wall with the drawings?

    Theory 1 is that Molly did it with her own drawings as an act of organizational creativity. Part art, part visual connection. Basically a red herring in season 2 with important consequences in season one.

    Theory 2 is that Hanzee did it using symbolic drawings to sort out the truth about relationships that will lead to his coming to the conclusion that Dodd is the source of all the problems, and like Gus in season one he ends up murdering Dodd by parking his car on a remote and deserted railroad crossing with Dodd locked in the trunk. Yes, I am wearing a tinfoil hat here but I am convinced that the UFO story will be concluded in this way.

    Theory 3 is that Hank did it and it becomes the source of Molly’s success in solving the Nygard mystery in season one.By linking three generations together in crime solving this will lead to a quest for the origin story of the Solversons and Larssons during prohibition and season three.

    • TrentC

      Good stuff as always John. Question – Didn’t the drawings feature UFO related symbols as the podcasting team mentioned? I hope so, otherwise my 18 paragraph post about Chariots of the Gods was for naught. Admittedly I usually only watch an episode once and try to go from memory.

      *It would be really neat if Molly decorated/organized the room with alien symbology, considering her drawing.

      • John Davis

        Yeah, stupid me, I erased the DVR and have to wait until next week to see it again on demand. My first impression of the drawings were that they were Native American symbols reminiscent of petroglyphs or logographics. One simple UFO drawing caught my eye and it looked a lot like Molly’s so I thought of that angle until I remembered seeing a simple middle eastern petroglyph from the Negev Desert of a camel that could be taken for a UFO if you could put enough aluminum foil on your head. . That’s the thing about symbolic drawings; they mean one thing to the person who draws it but something else to another person that sees it.

        Alphabets and language systems work better, mostly.

        • TrentC

          I have underwear made of tin foil. It saves the awkward questions about hats and always keeps a man safe during those potentially dicey alien situations.

          On second glance, Hank doesn’t seem like a guy who would believe in UFO’s. I think Molly may be the culprit as they went over to Hank’s at one point when he was babysitting her.

          It’s probably a small plot point anyways and hopefully we see more of a massacre and less of ET towards the end of the season.

  • Annie Goldman Liebert

    *every* episode this season has had music from coen bros. movies.

  • Annie Goldman Liebert

    *every* episode of this season has featured music from coen bros. movies… and it’s AH-toe!!!