‘Fargo’ Season 4, Episode 9 Recap: And a Little Canine, Too
Shot in black and white, with that startling shift to paint after a twister, the episode follows Milligan and Satchel, who’re positively not in Kansas (Metropolis) anymore. The 2 gap up on the Barton Arms in Liberal, Kan., “the pancake hub of the universe,” for a few days in order that Milligan can discover his bearings and determine the place they need to go from there. As Satchel stays within the room, bonding with a stray canine of Toto-like proportions, Milligan heads again into Kansas Metropolis to retrieve $5,000 in ill-gotten money that he had tucked within the partitions of a feed store. Solely the feed store is now a catalog retailer, and the wall is gone, main Milligan to conclude that the brand new proprietors have his cash.
The episode builds to 2 crackerjack suspense sequences. The primary has Milligan attempting to get his cash from the catalog retailer, which isn’t a scenario he doesn’t have fully in hand. However exterior the store, Satchel faces the rather more harmful prospect of a battle with a white police officer, who principally eyes him for the crime of Sitting Whereas Black. Milligan will get again in time to defuse the scenario, however for Satchel, it underlines a vital distinction between him and his “guardian”: They could each be orphans, however in reference to the monologue concerning the Goldilocks story again on the Barton Arms, Satchel will all the time be the “outsider looking for himself.” He has no dwelling that might ever be thought of secure.
The second set-piece is way showier, touchdown Milligan in the course of a gunfight between one in all Loy’s henchman, Omie Sparkman (Corey Hendrix), and the wraithlike Fixed Calamita. Sparkman has set a lure for Calamita on the solely filling station for miles round — one which occurs to be eight or 9 miles away from the Barton Arms — however when Milligan turns up on the lookout for a deal with for Satchel’s birthday, he will get roped right into a battle. Up to now, solely the Kansas setting, the black-and-white images and the little canine have prompt “The Wizard of Oz,” but it surely’s sufficient to justify the twister that wipes all three characters off the map.
The change from black-and-white to paint after the twister isn’t as revelatory as when Dorothy opens the door to Oz — what may very well be, actually? — but it surely does mark Satchel’s transition to a different world, one the place he’s really orphaned, with out his actual or surrogate father. Maybe some model of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man or the Lion await him on the lonely freeway that stands in for the yellow brick highway, but it surely’s been made completely clear to him, exterior the catalog retailer and contained in the Barton Arms, that he’s not welcome anyplace. He can’t click on his heels thrice. In Kansas, there’s no place known as dwelling.
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Welcome again, Coen references! The Barton Arms is a nod to the Lodge Earle, the purgatorial dump the place John Turturro struggles to script a wrestling image in “Barton Fink.” Touting the pancakes of Liberal, Kan., honors Peter Stormare’s Gaear Grimsrud in “Fargo,” a person who speaks of little however his want for pancakes. (The Coens and Stormare additionally name again to the pancakes throughout his look as a nihilist in “The Large Lebowski.”) And it could be a stretch, however the previous man strapped to a machine on the Barton Arms sounded a bit just like the retired TV author within the iron lung in “Lebowski.” (“He has well being issues.”)
Again to much less anticipated references, the episode encompasses a straight-faced telling of “Yertle the Turtle,” the basic Dr. Seuss story concerning the useless turtle king who makes a throne for himself atop a stack of different turtles. On techniques of oppression, you get your selection of Bertrand Russell or Dr. Seuss. I select the latter.
Love the scenes with the billboard and its maker, who isn’t in a rush to complete up lest he be unemployed. Milligan has no concept what “The Future Is Now” is meant to imply, and it’s particularly perplexing as a result of the billboard’s picture of white suburbia appears up to now faraway from the snow-dusted plains of rural Kansas. However Satchel seems to acknowledge that the longer term isn’t his, at the very least not now.
Apologies to Milligan, however the finders keepers rule does apply right here. When the homeowners of the catalog retailer purchased the feed store, they bought the whole lot that got here with it. “Leaky pipes, bag of cash, what have you ever … that’s the American means.”
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