Fargo recap: The Making of a Monster

Lester crosses Malvo's path once again, while a new investigation leads Molly to familiar questions.
Ep. 09 | Aired Jun 10, 2014

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Malvo methodically takes out a gun and shoots all three bystanders in the head. No mercy, very slowly. Lester is breathing heavily, unable to believe what just happened. "Oh my," he says, blood spattered across his face.

"That’s on you," says Malvo, calm, like this kind of thing happens every day (in his world, it does). The doors open; Malvo peeks around the corner and sees an open, empty hallway. Malvo is once again in killer mode. He pushes a button and stares down Lester, explaining that he just wasted six months working on Burt – not to mention all of those "sewer mouths," and all for naught. He laments losing his $100,000 bounty, but the look on Burt's face when he pulled the gun was pretty classic, huh?

Lester is appalled. The elevator doors open to a lower level, a basement maybe. Malvo instructs Lester to grab the fat guy's feet so they can throw him in the Dumpster, but as Lester turns to comply, he hits Malvo over the back of the head with his trophy instead. Malvo is stunned – not just that he got whacked in the head, but that one of his minions, a good one at that, has turned tail. Lester runs down the long corridor away from Malvo. "See you later, Lester," the master calls after his newfound enemy. "See you soon."

Lester, rightfully panicking, begins throwing clothing into his suitcase, hangers and all. The commotion wakes up Linda, who goes along with her suddenly frantic husband and prepares to leave. It's a long, paranoid walk down the hallway to the elevators, echoing the anxiety and anticipation of that scene right before Malvo kidnapped the soon-to-be naked fella in St. Paul. Until this ends, Lester will live in a permanent state of dread.

They make it back to Minnesota, where Lester expects to see Malvo in his rearview mirror, in the woods behind his house (because Lester and Linda have moved into a new home outside of town), inside of his house. Lester tries to brush off their rushed departure from Vegas as wanting to "strike while the iron's hot" and hit up all of the new contacts he made. He says he'll make it up to Linda by taking her on a trip anywhere she wants to go. How about Acapulco? How about tonight? Lester just needs to stop by the office, buy the tickets, and get their passports before they can run away together. "Heck, we might never come back," he says. And he means it.

Inside, Lester digs out a gun from a box labeled "Chazz's hunting gear" and stuffs it into the back of his pants. He grabs his bright orange puffer jacket and is about to walk out the door – they can catch the 11 o'clock flight out of Minneapolis, but they should be on the road by 6 – when Molly arrives on their doorstep.

Of course she scared the bejesus out of him, because any stray movement could be Malvo. She introduces herself, as if Lester has forgotten the only person who suspects he was involved in the murder of his wife and the chief. Molly has arrived with more bad news: She got a call from Las Vegas Police that Lester may have been a witness to three murders. She needs to question him.

Linda comes over, wondering if everything is OK. Molly says it's a routine inquiry; Lester tries to push it off til the afternoon. Fine, but Molly is super pregnant and needs to pee every five minutes so… she's invited inside and gets her interview. Nice work there, Molly (and baby).

Lester gives his account of what happened after Linda went up to the hotel room: he chatted with the bartender, one drink, back to his room. So what happened in the elevator? "Nothing," Lester says a little too quickly. "I mean, it went up."

Everyone was alive in the elevator when he got off, he insists. You know, Friday night in Vegas. He and Linda had never been there before, he says. She likes the fountains and that you can gamble at the airport.

Speaking of the airport, Molly wonders why they changed their flight at the last minute. Linda jumps in to save her husband. "That was me," she says, touching his hand. "That was my idea. I just, I got home sick you know? I was ready to go home."

Lester easily slips back into lying mode. The room was paid for through Sunday, but Linda was adamant about leaving. "I tend to get my way," Linda says. Bet she’ll get her way after this incident.

Whether or not Molly is satisfied with their answers, she's finished her query. But she warns Lester not to go anywhere – Vegas PD is going to send over some security footage and she may have more questions. Linda begins to protest and almost spills that they were going to go on a trip. Lester puts an arm around her shoulder. "Absolutely, we’ll be right here if you need us," he says.

Molly heads to her car, where she's being paged on her radio – a couple of FBI fellas came by to talk to her. Agents Budge and Pepper intercepted her note when the agent who took her call about the Fargo crime syndicate slaughter was trying to file it. Still stuck in the filing room, they're hungry for action – and they better be hungry, because dispatch sent them to Lou's, where Molly is heading to meet two men who will finally believe her theories.

But before Molly and the FBI agents arrive, Malvo pulls up to Lou's for one very intense conversation over coffee and pie. Malvo is in Bemidji searching for Lester, of course, and after a failed attempt at finding him at the old address (where he undoubtedly gave the new residents nightmares about the murders that took place there), he stops by the diner hoping for a new way to locate him.

Malvo fingers Lou Solverson as a former cop right away. He says he spent some time with the Tampa DA himself, not as a lawyer, but "something like that." Malvo says he's passing through, hoping to surprise his old pal Lester, but didn't realize he moved. Lou is reluctant to give out personal information. It's at this point Malvo looks above the counter and notices a picture of Molly and Gus from their wedding day. "They look happy," Malvo says, recognizing Gus as the Duluth officer who knew his true identity, perhaps adding another man to his Bemidji to-kill list. It doesn't help that, along his mail route, Gus spotted Malvo driving into town and thought he recognized him. Are these two now on a collision course again?


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