Fargo (2014–…): Season 2, Episode 3 - The Myth of Sisyphus - full transcript

The Gerhardts' search for Rye intensifies, Lou takes a trip to Fargo, and Peggy overhears a new theory about the Waffle Hut shooter.

My husband wants to
thank you for comin'.


We know which side
of the bread gets buttered.

We know how
to butter bread.

You don't have to yell.
He's not deaf.

I... I didn't...

What's wrong
with him, then?

He had a stroke.
A mild stroke.

He can't walk or talk.

For now he can't.

One day, though.

He's still

the same lion inside.

But until he's better,
you talk to me.

That's right.

Talk to Ma.

She's in charge.

Also, we wanna thank you
for your cards and letters.

Are you kiddin' me?
Cards and letters?

We're in a state
of siege and you're
talkin' about cards...


You know about
the offer on the table?

Kansas City?

The money's good, you know.

More than fair.

Sure, but what
they don't tell ya is,
after ya sign,

they take your balls
with a straight razor,

and fatten ya up
like a house cat.

Gimme a break.

I'm sayin',
this is our business.

We built it with
blood and muscle.
It's earned.

And ya can't just
write a check...

This family has been...

Ya can't just write a check!

This family has
been a peacetime
family since Kennedy.

You think we
just out of the blue

pick up our guns
and it's High Noon?

We're talkin' about
the Kansas City mafia.

They're like all
the sharks in the sea.

And we're...
Let's be honest.

We're small-time.

Know thyself.

What are you on about?

It's in the Bible.

I'm sayin' we hit
'em and hit 'em hard.

Otherwise, wither and die.
Right, Pop?

Look, it's not
just the business.
It's the country.

This no-brains Jimmy Carter
with his stupid peanut grin.

And now I gotta wait in line
to fill my tank?

Where does it end?

Enough. All of you.

It may be we have to fight.

And I'm not afraid of a war.

I'm not.

But on my terms,

as a last resort.

So I need to know now,

are you with me?

Well, look.

We talked,

and we're not sayin',
"Yes, we're goin' to war."

But we recognize promises
were made in blood.

Generations ago.


What he's sayin' is,
we're not gonna
make the first move.

But if these Kansas City mooks
come at ya shootin',

we'll cut the goddamn
nose off their face.



Couldn't get the shampoo
out of my hair.

It's soft water.

Say what?

This goddamn northern water.
It's slick to the touch.

Yeah, I thought it
was the shampoo.

Could be that, too.
I always carry my own. Agree.

Agree to what?

That's the brand. Agree.

No additives.
It works, hard water or soft.

Feel my hair.

Yeah, that's nice.

So update's this.
Nothin' on the Gerhardt Frau
as to yes or no.

I didn't expect it,
but still.

Research thinks that
they'll stall, then pass.

So we kill 'em.


If the market says
kill 'em, we kill 'em.

If the market says
offer more money,
we offer more money.

Whatever the pluses
and minuses dictate.

And on the Gerhardt kid,
this Rye?

Get this.
He gunned down a judge,

some small hick town
a couple hours
south from here,

then disappeared.

On the run now,
we're thinkin'.

On the run is good.
On the run, we can use.

Find him.
You, not them.

Then he's leverage
over the Frau,

and maybe turn things
our way without buyin'
a bunch of extra bullets.

Car 18. Over.

This is 18. Over.

I got the Rock County
sheriff on the line.
Hold. Over.

Went by the house.
Betsy says you're up in Fargo.

Yeah. Went to see about
our judge's caseload.

Maybe there's a connection
with our shooter. Over.

Well, I'm calling 'cause
we got a print match

off of that gun you found.

Right index belonged
to one Rye Gerhardt,

which, I looked up,
is the youngest male heir

to that Gerhardt
syndicate out of Fargo.

Ya don't say. Over.

Yup. So there's that.

Okay, well, I'll mention
that to Fargo PD.

Probably be back
late tonight, though.

You wanna tell Betsy
not to wait up for me? Over.

Okay, then.

Sounds good. Over.

Over and out, I guess.

How ya doin'?

Ya know. Waitin'.

Lou Solverson,
Minnesota State Police.

Drove up from Luverne.

Ben Schmidt.
Forensics' inside.

Takin' their time.


Heard the crime
scene was a deal.

I'm workin' things
up here.

Thought, maybe tomorrow,
drive down, take a look.

You're welcome to.

Or I can send ya the photos.
They're pretty thorough.

Three dead,
including the judge.
Fry cook and a waitress also.

Shot multiple times.

Got the prints back
on the gun just before.

Rye Gerhardt?

That bad, huh?

I'm not sayin' your
life would be easier

if it was your own
prints on the gun,

but that's the lines
along which
you should be thinkin'.

Distribution, right?


Dieter, that's Otto's dad,
started runnin'
booze during Prohibition,

ended up buildin'
a truckin' empire.

1951, he gets 19
bullets in the head.

That's when the son,
Otto, he takes over,

which is like,
the good news is,
World War I is over.

The bad news is,
say hello to Adolf Hitler.

And the shooter
is Otto's youngest?

Yeah. Yeah, the runt.

Basically wind and swagger.
Except, I guess he's
more than that now.


You ever heard
of a Mike Milligan
or the Kitchen Brothers?

Out of Kansas City.

Caught 'em sniffin' around
the crime scene.

But nothin' to
hold 'em on, so...

You, uh...
You in the service?

Navy. Two tours. Swift Boat.
I was a lieutenant.

Infantry for me,
outside Da Nang.

And we had a sayin'. Fubar.

Yeah, we had that, too.

So when you put a dead judge,
the Gerhardt family,

and some hitters
from Kansas City
in a bag together,

I go back to thinkin'
it might be best

just to confess to
the crime myself,

go live a long life
in a cell somewhere

with hot and
cold runnin' water.

He got a place
in town, then, your uncle?


Something he
doesn't tell people.

Where he can
do his business?

You mean
nail girls?

Girls, drugs.

I don't know.

I don't.

I mean, maybe.

Okay, maybe I've been there.

With a boy or to
score some weed.

No drugs, your dad says.
Says anyone sells
to you gets the ax.

Jeez. You're all
a bunch of squares.

Sometimes, a girl just wants
to bust a nut, you know?

It's over on 13th somewhere.

Near the train station,
I think.

Not like I memorized
the address.

Show me.

If you know

If you know someone

who's been looking

for true love

Send her to me

Oh, yeah
Send her to me

I'm looking too

It's supposed
to fall out, they say.
With the chemo.

Donna Pearlman
lost hers overnight.

Woke up,
thought there was a dog
sleepin' on her pillow.

Not everyone loses it.

We could just
wait and see.

Part of me thinks
I should just shave it off.
Be bald.

My cousin had a melanoma.

Didn't lose a single hair.
Lost her eyebrows though.

Now that'd be a horror show.

So, I decided.
I wanna do it.

What's that, hon?
The seminar.

I thought about it,
and I think I should.

I'm so happy!
So happy!

What seminar?

It's called Lifespring.
Did it last year in Mankato?



Yeah, and I just...
You know, I wanna be
the best me I can be, ya know?

Good for you.

What did Ed say
when you asked him?

You didn't, did ya?

You naughty girl.

We were busy.


Hi, Dad.

Spoke to your man
on the wireless.

Said to say he's
gonna be late tonight.

Yeah, I thought he might.

Whatcha got there?

Connie, ya mind
if I put one of those up
in your window?


Okay, Mrs. Blaycock.
You can head to the dryer.

Is that him?
The one killed
those poor people?

We think so. Yeah.

City boy, turns out.

Rye Gerhardt. Raised
without the proper
moral fiber, I'm thinkin'.

I mean, to kill
all those people.

And for what?
You know, a little money?

You know,
I was thinkin' last night.

That shoe you
found in the tree?

What if that's got something
to do with the murders?

Somethin' how?

Well, you said
yourself, the shooter left
his vehicle behind?

So, I'm thinkin'
what if he walked out
onto the road

and got himself
hit by a car?

- Like a hit-and-run?
- Yeah.

I mean, you found
glass in the road.

Yeah. Yeah.

And skid marks?

So, I'm thinkin',
what if the killer
goes after poor Denise,

shoots her
in the parkin' lot

and then inadvertently
gets himself struck
by a passin' motorist?

Hey, Peg,
didn't you say that...

I'm sorry, but that
just don't make sense.

I mean, how come
the motorist don't stop?

If they hit a person.
Run 'em over, I mean.

Yeah, I'm inclined
to agree with Peggy.

It's not like you're
gonna just drive home

with a Gerhardt
in your windshield

and, you know,
start supper.

All I'm sayin' is,

maybe rather than
lookin' for a man

you should be
lookin' for a car.

We gotta...
Hiya, Peggy.

Hey, Noreen. Ed, we gotta...
Get your coat.

Hi. What's...


Noreen, hon.
We've got a...

Well, it's a family
crisis is what it is,
so I need to...

Will you tell Bud
I'll have him back
after lunch, okay?


Slow down.
They know.

Know what?

About the accident.

There's a theory.
Betsy Solverson.
She said hit-and-run.

So we gotta deal
with the car.

Okay, yeah.
But, just slow down.

I don't understand
what your...

I can't slow down!
The clock's goin'.

Like I said,
there's a theory,
so we gotta deal with the car.

Now. Today.

Deal how?
It's broad daylight.

Sorry, Officer. Did I...
Am I in a loadin' zone?

Sir, let me see some ID.

Yeah. Is there...

Am I in trouble or...

"Skip"? That's your
Christian name?

Yes, sir.
Skip Sprang.

Carriage Typewriters.
Grand reopening coming soon.


Well, we're still open.
Technically, yeah.

That is, if you're
looking for a classic,
can't do better.

But the new models are...

They'll be in any day.
Beauties. All electric.

They're not just
for women anymore, ya know?

What's got you
here at court today?

Well, sir. Had a hearing,
but it's been postponed.

Hearing on?

Small bother,
uh, back taxes.

Nothin' scandalous.

But time-sensitive,
if you get my...

On account of I need,
you know, cash to cover
the new models, see?

Is that why you went by
Judge Mundt's office?

Did what?

Oh! Uh...

Yeah, I heard what
happened about the...

And, I mean, condolences
to the family and all,

but, like I said,
lives hang in
the balance here.

And time is,
ya know, tickin' down
to get the typewriters,

spaceships really,

outta, ya know, hock.

What do ya think?

He's a squirrelly fella.

Might be worth bringing
him down to the station,
diggin' down.

Yeah, I don't...

I mean, how many cases
she have, our judge?

Can't go diggin'
down on every sad sack.

Exactly. You said it.

A few back taxes.
It's not like I'm even...

Yeah, okay.

Okay, Mr. Sprang.

You have a nice day.

Okay, then. Thanks much.

Spaceships, really?

"They're not just
for women anymore"?


No avoidin' it,
I suppose.


Come on! Open the...

Lemme in!

And here I was,
sittin' on my hands.

Now look what
Santa brought me.

A little man.

Whatcha doin' here,
little man?


I'm lookin' for Rye?

You look like you
could use a drink.


Or at least
watch me drink mine.

Get so lonely
here by myself.

Hell, I may even
dance for ya.

Jeez, who's...

Don't worry about him.

He's boring.

Lemme guess.
You're the partner.


Rye said,
"I got this new deal,

workin' with
a fella downtown,"

so I'm thinkin'
you're the fella downtown.

No, not... I'm...
My name is Skip.

I just come to
pay off some debts.

Gamblin', ponies.

Oh. Okay, then. Pay me.

Well, I don't actually
have the money on me.

I was just...
Come by to say, you know,
I'll have it soon.

So, you came by to
not pay my uncle.

And you a patriot to boot.

Well, I mean, greatest
country on Earth, yeah?

Uh... My tie?

I think you and me
should go for a drive.

Like I said, I... Ya know,
there's some appointments...

Sucks to your appointments.
I say, let's have some fun.

What do you say, red man?
Should we have some fun?

You betcha.

Well, that's
the tree I was thinkin'.

Ya want me to do it?

No. I...
Better me.

You sure about this plan?

It'll work.

Like I said,

my uncle used to
drive his truck
and drink Old Milwaukee,

and, ya know,
insurance don't wanna pay

for accidents
when you're drunk.

So, he came up
with this plan.

Every crackup,
he'd drive his truck

to some deserted
spot till he sobered up,

fake a new accident to cover
the damage he did drinkin'.

Well, it's creative.

So that's what we do.
We cover the damage,
file a report.

And then, I mean,
that should do it.

We got rid of the...

I mean, the guy's
all ground up,

and ya burned his
clothes ya said, so...

Once the car's fixed, it's...

We're free.

You been a real paladin.

What's that?

It's like a knight.

My knight.

Well, I mean,
you're my wife.

Okay, so you
should probably get out.

Ya got the one
shiner already.


Watch your toes now.

I mean,
what are the odds?

Black ice and you
doin' a 180, hittin'
the tree with the back?

You could run that scenario
a thousand times

and never end up
with these circumstances.

Yeah, I got it right
the second time, though.

Yeah, you did.

I think I got the whiplash.

Come on, hon.

If they ask, I backed into
the garage door, okay?

Still going, huh?

Grandma's working it out.

She thinks maybe
we can maybe sell

Kansas City
a piece of the business.

Not all.

Didn't look like fellas
who want to own a half a car.

Need ya to go back
to school tomorrow.
Dunlop'll drive you.

No way.

It's gonna get
inky 'round here
for a while, most likely.

I'd be worried you're
gonna catch a stray.

I can help.

Naw. I promised your ma
I'd keep you out of it.

Get ya good and educated
so you can make
something of yourself.

Am something already,
though, aren't I?

A Gerhardt.

We're not negotiating.

This is a top-down decision.

Grandma agrees.

Uncle Dodd says I...

Dodd's got nothing
to do with it!

You're my son.

He's got his
girls so he decides

what happens to them,
but you're mine.

Like I said,
Grandma agrees.

Main Car 22. Over.

This is Car 22. Copy.

Yeah, Car 22.
Got a situation...

Not too late to
go to the movies.

We can drive
along there if you like.

- Over. Over.
- Copy that.

Gonna need your guns.

I'll hold on to mine.

It's got
sentimental value.

Well, you're not
getting inside with
that on your hip.

Am I the only one
here who's clear

on the concept of
law enforcement?

Is that Ben Schmidt?

Mrs. Gerhardt.

I heard about Otto.

We're beset on all sides.
How's your mother?

Off the crutches, thanks.

Who's that?

Lou Solverson,
Minnesota State.

Up from Luverne.

Yeah, they had some
senselessness there
a few days back,

I'm afraid we're
gonna have to talk about.

What kind
of senselessness?

Three dead,
including a state judge.

Yeah, Judge Mundt?

Everything okay here, Mom?

Not sure yet.

Somethin' about
a dead judge.

Not sure how
it falls to us.

Ma'am, we found
the murder weapon
at the scene.

Prints came back
this mornin'.


We're gonna have
to talk to Rye.

That's not gonna happen.

You need to leave.

Mrs. Gerhardt, if either
of these men draw,

I'm gonna be forced
to shoot some people
and I don't wanna do that.

Now, your son's wanted
in connection
with three murders.

And I'm guessing
that's not the first time
you heard somebody say that.

So however it is
you wanna handle this,
you need to handle it now.

Or it'll get
handled for ya.

Everybody go easy.

You okay, Ma?

Maude Schmidt's
boy here is tryin'

to tell me your
brother killed a judge.

Nobody killed a judge!

We own all the judges.
What'd be the point
of killin' one?

Now, Dodd.

Don't you Dodd me.
We're not friends.

We found Rye's
prints on the gun.

You're gonna find
my boot on your neck,
you keep talkin' like that.

Well, now, to be fair,
I'm the one who found the gun.

So I think you're dancin'
with the wrong girl.

What'd you say?

I says, I'm the one
who found the gun.

So you should
be talkin' to me.

And I'm from outta town,
so forgive me if I
should be terrified,

but in Minnesota,
when a police officer
says talk, you talk.

You wanna dance?

Let's dance.

Ben, you need to teach
your friend some manners.

How about Mike Milligan,
outta Kansas City?

You know where
we can find him?

Pretty sure he's lookin'
for your brother, too.

Uncle Dodd?

Uncle Dodd?
Hanzee called.

Not now.

Said it's real important.
He wants ya to
meet him at the dig.

We're done here.

You heard my son.
We've said all
we're gonna say.

Give him his gun back.
Get him outta here.


Time to go.

Well, we could
get a warrant.

From what judge?
You heard Dodd.
They own most of the town.

Hey, pull over, huh?

The typewriter guy?
Yeah, like I said.

He was squirrelly.

Hey, I gotta get back,
and talk to my boss.

Sure. Sure.

...station's just a few
blocks if you wanna...


Thanks for showin'
me around today.



What are ya,
havin' a baby in there?

Hello. You didn't
tell me your family
was in from outta town.


Gotta ask you
your business here.

Maybe I'm the owner.


Met the owner
this mornin'.

Is that right?
Maybe tell us where he is.
Make a few bucks.

I was gonna ask
you the same.

Say, you wouldn't
by any chance

be Mike Milligan
and the Kitchen Brothers,
would you?

You make us sound
like a prog rock band.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Mike Milligan and
the Kitchen Brothers.

Double whoops.


Minnesota cop.

You do know you're in
North Dakota, right?

Must've got lost on
the way to the lake.

So, where'd you
say you saw old Skip?

At your mother's
house, I think,
goin' in the back door.

I like him.

I like you.

Met another fella
from Minnesota yesterday.

Big guy?
Sheriff, I think?

I liked him, too.

We're a very
friendly people.

No. That's not it.

Pretty unfriendly, actually.

But it's the way
you're unfriendly.

How you're so
polite about it,

like you're doin'
me a favor.

Well, this has been enjoyable,
but I better get goin'.

What did Nixon call it?

Peace with honor.

Somethin' like that.

Naw. You stay.

We've seen everything
there is to see.

I am not a crook.

Rapid fire.

Some round.
Some oval.

What's that, friend?

Circular patterns, unnatural,

bright, hovering in the sky.

You know, they come
only in the odd months.
The visitors.

Always in sets of three.

Such a night was
two nights past.

Reports from
Mankato to Vermillion.

From above.

Some say they take
you to their ship

and probe you in places
ya don't wanna mention.

I believe their purposes
are more benevolent.

As the caretaker to the zoo.

When strange happenings occur,
they are near.

Strange happenings, huh?

I wondered what
was causing that.

You think it worked?

What's that, hon?

I said,
do you think it worked?

Today with the car?

It worked.

I dunno how you
can be so sure.

It worked.

Hiya, hon.

Dad's here.



That's a go.


Let me get you
some divinity.

Won't say no.

Go see the Gerhardts, then?

It's been real
High Noon, my day.

Gerhardts, and ran
into those Kansas City
fellas you pulled over.


And, yeah,
the bathroom brothers. Yeah.

Yeah, ones that don't talk.

We pointed our
weapons at each other

for a bit before
calling it a day.

Maybe two
pieces of cake, then.

Sounds right.


You okay?

Yeah. No complaints.

Playing cribbage
or hold your horses there?


You-know-who's cheatin'.

Who's cheatin'
Dad, huh?

Come on.

By the way,
I looked at your hand...

Hargreaves was
quoted as saying,

"For little green men,
they were very friendly."

Boy, it takes all kinds,
doesn't it?

The cold front will continue
for the next week or so,

with temperatures
well below zero.

Your complete weather,
sports, and news update
coming up this hour...

Get back
in the goddamn truck.

What are you talkin' about?
I got him!

And button up that coat.
You're embarrassin' me.


You wanna hit me again?

Is that gettin' ya hard?

I wanted a boy.
What does God give me?

Four goddamn girls.

Please, sir.
This is a huge...

Shut up.

We know about
the judge and the
typewriters and the taxes.

And we know you
were puttin' ideas
into his head.

And all I wanna
hear outta your mouth
right now is where he is.


If you knew
the day I'm havin'.

Tell him!

Why would I go by Rye's
place, yellin' his name,
if I knew where he was?

You talk to the cops?

In the hole.


Look, I can find him.
I can...

If you gimme a day,
two days...

Lie down.

On the ground?


I'm not the one you wanna...

Talk to Milligan!
They got him.

What'd you say?

Came by yesterday.
Looking for Rye.
Probably they found him.

I'm just...

I could call, make a deal.
I got capital.

You don't know anything.

No, no, no!

You're gonna drive
down to that
shithole Minnesota town

and you're gonna bring
my brother back tonight.

Judge or no judge.

If Kansas City
gets in your way,
if the cops get in your way,

if anybody gets in your way,
you kill 'em dead.