fargo-rooster-prince-FX-adam-goldberg.jpg“Fargo” executive producer Noah Hawley has said that he’s not sure anyone will be redeemable by the end of the series, so with that in mind, in lieu of a blow-by-blow recap each week, we’d like to bring you instead a look at who’s in need of redemption, who’s trying to get it and who just doesn’t seem to care.

The “Fargo” morality index, week two:

1. Molly Solverson (last week No. 2): She’s dogged as she tries her best to investigate Vern’s murder and get justice for him and his widow Ida, but so far, she’s being thwarted by her new boss and her own lack of self-assurance. We have faith in you, Molly. You’ll get there.

2. Gus Grimly (last week No. 4): Grimly still doesn’t exactly know that he let a murderer go at the traffic stop with Lorne Malvo, but he’s beginning to suspect there was more to it than just him being intimidated by a threatening man. The conversation with his daughter was a little heavy-handed, but obviously Gus is starting down his path of making things right after letting Lorne go. We’re chomping at the bit to get him together with Molly — for sure professionally, since they should make a good team of investigators, and maybe romantically, since he is obviously lonely at home (hello, sexy neighbor peep show).

3. Don Chumph (last week N/A): “It’s Always Sunny’s” Glenn Howerton makes his first appearance, which is a lot of fun. This week he’s an innocuous trainer, but there’s something twitchy about him. He’s one to keep an eye on. Do you think he’s sleeping with Stavros’ wife Helena?

allison-tolman-fargo-FX.jpg4. Stavros Milos (last week N/A): The only thing Stavros is
guilty of this week is being a class A d-bag who calls himself “El
Mercado Rey,” but since he’s being blackmailed, presumably over how he
got the money to start his grocery store chain, it’s probably a safe bet
that he’s up to no good.

5. Bill Oswalt (last week No. 3): Is he the worst of the best or the best of the worst? Either way, Bill is a terrible new chief, convinced that the Nygaard crimes were the product of a home invasion gone wrong. He has next to no interest in investigating, but even worse, he actively discourages Molly from following her instincts and takes her off the case. Is he just lazy and stupid or is there something more nefarious going on here? Time will tell.

6. Lester Nygaard (last week No. 7): He’s at least remorseful about what he did to Pearl, crying into her sweater and admitting that he keeps asking himself, “Who could have done a thing like this?,” though obviously the cops don’t know he means himself. But that doesn’t change the fact that he’s lying about what happened. We’re looking forward to the tell-tale wound on his hand starting to fester.

7. Lorne Malvo (last week No. 8): We enjoy watching Lorne wind up the unsuspecting local color, like the postal worker and Stavros’ bodyguard. We really want to just enjoy Lorne, but he did shoot Vern, who was the best person on the show. But this week, no dead bodies, so that’s a plus.

8. Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench (last week N/A): These two organized crime thugs come to town to investigate who killed Sam Hess. The stripper Sam was engaged in relations with when he was killed points the muscle to a guy named Lenny. Even after Hess’ right-hand man says that Lenny is not the guy who came looking for Hess, they drop a still-alive Lenny through a small hole into a frozen lake, which is … yikes. What a terrible way to die.

Dropping of the index: Vern Thurman, Pearl Nygaard and Sam Hess have all dropped off the index because, well, they’re dead.

Best Lines:

Postal worker: “This is highly irregular.”
Lorne Malvo: “No, highly irregular is the time I found a human foot in a toaster oven. This is just odd.”

Molly: “Bill’s a big believer in coincidence, apparently.”
Lou: “What he lacks in common sense he makes up in self-esteem.”

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Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."