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Buridan's Ass 

Malvo executes his master plan, while Lester attempts to craft one of his own. Gus and Molly team up in Duluth.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Don Chumph
Chaz Nygaard (as Josh Close)
Wally Semenchko
Kitty Nygaard
Ben Schmidt
Deputy Knudsen
Gordon S. Miller ...
Dmitri Milos
Gordo Nygaard


Malvo executes his master plan, while Lester attempts to craft one of his own. Gus and Molly team up in Duluth.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller



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20 May 2014 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Buridan's Ass refers to an old philosophical puzzle by Jean Buridan, a French philosopher in the 14th century who used the idea of a mule situated equidistantly between two bales of hay as a way of examining free will. Buridan wondered if a mule would starve if it couldn't decide between two equivalent choices, since both choices were the same and one had no more appeal than the other. If the mule did choose one of them, the question would be what factor lead to the mule's choosing, and was that actually an exercise of free will. See more »


After moving Mr. Creech into his bed, Lester starts bandaging his head, starting at his forehead. Later, when he removes it, the bandage end is at the back of his head. Also during the different takes where he appears bandaged, there are clear differences in the bandaging. See more »


Mr. Tripoli: [during lunch as Jergen tells the others a story and Carlyle reads him reports, out of nowhere] Sam Hess.
Mr. Carlyle: [Jergen stops talking, all eyes are cast on Tripoli, and Carlyle quickly looks up the progress on Hess] Assets deployed, Mr. Wrench and Mr. Numbers - three days, plus lodging, plus mileage.
Mr. Jergen: [Tripoli looks over at Jergen, who looks slightly nervous] You want the, um...? Bottom line, they don't think... our guys... they said, doesn't look related to the business. Could be extramarital on the ...
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References Magnolia (1999) See more »


Litany: Litany
Performed by Benedictine Nuns of the Abbey of Notre Dame Argentan
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Among the best episodes of any TV Series ever
16 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

I really liked Season 1 of Fargo, but I felt I needed to go back and review this particular episode, because it simply consists of some of the best 60 minutes I've spent in front of a screen. Everything about this episode is magnificent. There are three different story-lines going on, and each one of them is intelligent, moving and poetic. Martin Freeman's character surprises us all by showing how amazingly smart he gets once he's really up against the wall. Meanwhile, the Greek deals with his demons and his gods in a very emotional story. Finally, what really makes this episode the masterpiece it is: Billy Bob Thornton's genius evil plan. It doesn't get much better than this when you're in front of a screen watching something. I'd also like to highlight Glenn Howerton's participation. I'm a big fan of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, so I admit I was very happy to see him in something different, and I may not be 100% objective on this. But I think his performance was so incredible that it wouldn't have been possible to achieve such greatness without him. It's a difficult and unconventional performance that was required, but he pulled it out like a truly great artist, which I think he is. In conclusion, Fargo's first season is very good, and I would recommend everyone to see it. But it is this particular episode that really stands out as something memorable and unforgettable.

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