Last week, we finally got the link between the film and the series .
We finally know what happened to the money Steve Buscemi’s character, “Carl Showalter” stashed away on that frozen highway before meeting his grizzly end at the hand of his partner. In a wood-chipper.
A younger Stavros Milos, apparently trying to get a new start with his wife and child and broke, finds Showalter’s stash buried under the snow with the ice scraper the only indication marker.
This, he believes, is a sign from God.
And Malvo is using that thought process to convince Stavros that he has betrayed a promise he made to God.
These two episodes are pretty interesting. We have Lester having problems with the thugs from Fargo, N.D. and now they are onto Malvo’s trail. But Lester still has Molly on his back, too.
Molly, getting a pseudo-confession from Lester as he is ill from his hand wound, is now going beyond the rules. She is in fact breaking the rules. It seems to her that the ends justify the means. I think this may actually harm the investigation down the road.
And Gus is having an existential crisis with the investigation. He wants to help, but also fears for his family too.
We have five more to go. It will be interesting what’s left to come.
Observations in Episode 4.
* Glad the ice scrapper was more than a nod to the film. Stavros kept it after he found the loot.
* The link to the film was done very well. Didn’t even use footage to explain when Showalter hid the cash. Left it up the the audience to deduce. Well played.
* Thornton’s Minnesotan accent was hilarious.
Observations from Episode 5.
* Malvo’s issue with “The Jungle Book.” “The kid was raised by wolves, then befriends a bear and cougar? I don’t think so.”
* Gus’ neighbor is pretty deep. Also, he’s so far the only character that I think is smarter, or on the same intelligence level, as Malvo.
* Lester’s wife says he’s the only one she knows who could accidentally shoot himself with an unloaded gun.
* Molly searched the dryer, and the hammer is missing.
* Gus is now in Malvo’s sights. This can’t be good.