The Fargo Frozen Five is a weekly countdown of five notable things from FX’s Minnesota murder show, meant to serve as a supplement to our standard recap coverage. It will probably get weird at times. In a way, that’s kind of appropriate.
5. “For Pete’s sake, I’m wearing a hooker wig.”
It’s fun to track how Nikki and Ray got here. Or, at least, how they got to the point they got before the stuff at the end happened, which we’ll get to. The short version goes like this: They tried to steal a stamp, but that went left in a case of mistaken identity and ended with their accomplice getting murdered with a falling air conditioner. They decided to pivot by using disguises to getting the stamp from a safe deposit box, but that failed too because the box contained only the ashes of a beloved family pet, which Ray tasted before realizing what they were. So they pivoted again and dressed up in costumes to make a sex tape with the goal of blackmailing Emmit, but that failed because Emmit’s wife found it first and left Emmit. So they — she, technically — pivoted again and doubled the price to tell Emmit’s wife the truth, but that resulted in her getting beaten half to death because she didn’t realize what deep poo Emmit and Sy are in. They’ve had an eventful few weeks. I didn’t even get to the part about them losing out on a big bridge sponsor because Ray was drinking alone in a bar after getting fired for sleeping with his parolee.
And now they’re getting married. Congrats to the happy couple.
4. “There’s a girl in England…”
Three notes on Gloria Burgle’s investigation:
- She and Lopez already have the whole thing — short of VM Varga — figured out, basically. That’s some good hustle. Their biggest roadblock right now is the new chief, played by Shea Wigham, who really does appear to be playing a more modern-day version of the belligerent cop he played on Boardwalk Empire. I keep expecting Steve Buscemi to show up and rip into him. Which, now that I think about, given Buscemi’s role in the original Fargo movie, and the fact this show seems to live in that same universe, wouldn’t work. Never mind. Shout out to Laura Buxton.
- “Think of Jesus. His actions.” Oh, Ray. Oh buddy. You know your defense is weak when you’re calling on the police to compare your actions — you, a parole officer who was recently fired for sleeping with a parolee, with whom you just made a sex tape in costume as your brother in the hopes of blackmailing him out of six figures and a stamp — in forgiving a yellow Hummer hit-and-run to the events in the Bible. Shoot your shot, I guess.
- I would watch a TNT show titled Burgle & Lopez.
Like Rizzoli & Isles, but in Minnesota. Yeah. Would watch.