Fargo (2014) s02e05 Episode Script

The Gift of the Magi

Erstwhile on Fargo - We need to find Rye, bring him home.
- Yes, ma'am.
You know him, do you? Ed? Oh, yeah.
He's a butcher.
I ran over him.
Hit and run.
His name was Rye Gerhardt, and his family hurts people for money.
If you did something, you made a mistake, you panicked, you maybe covered it up, now is the time to say.
But that window's closin', and you may already be dead.
We're asking you to leave.
Management says acquire the territory, we acquire it.
Whether that's cash down or sending bodies to the morgue, that's up to the krauts.
Joe Bulo says hi.
Your counter has been rejected, and now we're lowering our price by $2 million.
Anything other than unconditional surrender, and we'll wipe every last Gerhardt off the face of the Earth.
My father was a salesman.
Ladies shoes.
It's fair to say during the Depression that he struggled, like a lot of people on the Rock River in Dixon, Illinois.
_ But I've never been one to focus on life's downs.
I was a lifeguard in high school, and where some saw a drowning man, I saw a life to save _ which I did, They put up a plaque after I became governor, and, uh Well, I'd have to say I'm prouder of that than just about anything.
_ I'm gonna call you Chief Wigwam, you bring that thing.
Any man can fire a gun.
The longbow is an art.
Well, you're all set.
Everything okay? Just a little housekeeping.
Let's kill ourselves some deer.
My friends, we have in our lifetime fought harder, paid a higher price for freedom and done more to advance the dignity of man than any people who ever lived on this Earth.
But if you look around, you may not see many signs of that dignity.
Crime is up.
Jobs are scarce.
You have to stand in a line just to fill up your car.
How? Run down in the street and finished off at a second location.
You're sure? Who? Butcher.
- A butcher? - Down in Luverne.
Like the law said, Rye followed the judge, shot up the place.
Got killed after.
By a butcher? That's his name.
Butcher of Luverne.
That's what they call him.
Contract man outta outta Kansas City.
I wanna hear it from him.
Kid was marked probably the day he left.
Butcher ambushed him after the judge tried to grab him, probably.
He got in some licks.
Things went downhill.
- Why? - Ma, it's war.
You said yourself.
They're jackals, came here talking about a settlement.
Meanwhile, the kid is already dead.
I'm asking him.
He's a bargaining chip, yeah? Rye.
Kansas City thinks if they grab him up, then come to you with that leverage, you'll sell for sure.
Instead, they kill him, they panic, cover it up, knowing once you find out, sale's dead, no question.
See? The citizens of this great nation want leadership, yes, but not a man on a white horse, demanding obedience to his command.
They want someone who believes they can begin the world over again I'm saying, the age of the local mom and pop is over, and what comes next, Commissioner, the era of big business, is gonna make a lot of people very rich.
Oh, I like the sound of that.
And you're saying you can deliver leaders on the state and local level? Joe, there's not a politician in this state wouldn't take my call in the middle of dinner.
Well, then, you and me are really gonna be pals.
a leader who will unleash their great strength and remove the roadblocks government has put in their way.
Watch and learn, Joe.
I believe this nation hungers for a spiritual revival Watch and learn.
Uhh! Move! Gerhardt! that we, all of us, hunger to, once again, see honor placed above political expediency to see government once again the protector of liberties, not the distributor of gifts and privilege.
Government should uphold and not undermine those institutions which are custodians of the very values upon which civilization is founded Religion, education, and above all, family.
Aah! Wait.
Uhh! Uhh! We, who are privileged to be Americans, have had a rendezvous with destiny since the moment in 1630 when John Winthrop, standing on the deck of the tiny Arbella off the coast of Massachusetts, told that little band of pilgrims, "We shall be as a city upon a hill.
" A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny, that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and above all, responsible liberty for every individual That we will become that shining city on a hill.
My friends, I believe that you and I together can keep this rendezvous with destiny.
Thank you.
God bless you.
Thank you very much.
Thank you very much.
Thank you.
God bless you.
Okay.
Okay.
Son of a bitch is charismatic, I'll give him that.
But I'm not shaking his hand.
Why not, Karl? Because, Sonny, the man made a movie with a monkey.
It wouldn't be dignified.
- Well, hello.
- Oh, hey.
- I loved you in "Cattle Queen Of Montana.
" - Well, thank you.
Not many people liked that film.
Hello, little girl.
Governor, I'll be escorting your bus to the next stop, - so whenever you're ready.
- Well, all right.
- Ya got drafted? - Yeah, Captain called.
I offered we had murders to solve, but-- He knows best, probably.
Said he did, anyway.
Anyway, just gotta take him as far as the state line, - so be home by dark.
- Okay.
Bye.
Mwah! - Bye.
- Bye.
If you get the chance, ask him if it's true that Joan Crawford had crabs.
Yeah, I'm not gonna do that.
We got 'em.
Bulo, too? Oh, yeah.
Milligan? No, he wasn't there.
You can bet they're gonna come back at us hard.
I thought they'd negotiate.
That's the feminine side, Ma.
It was always gonna be war, them knowing Rye was dead.
Killing him, I mean.
I want this butcher dead.
In Luverne.
No mercy.
I'm sending Virgil.
Hon? Hon? Sorry.
Are we are out of coffee? - What? - What? Uh Did you You weren't in bed, so I-- I know.
I was just thinkin'.
What? What we should take.
Take where? When we go.
Where are we going? To California.
What are you-- What are you talking-- When we run, I mean.
You heard what Lou said.
I-I mean, if we've just messed things-- if I've just messed things up from the start, if-- if this is still not over, just the tail of the snake What-- what are you sayin'? I mean, what was he even doin' in the road, for shit sake? That fella.
All those dead people, and and he had a car, so why was he standing in the road? I-I don't know.
- But - Constance saw.
Saw what? The car, after you cleaned it, but before we crashed it again.
She knows about the accident.
She drove me home the night I The night you got rid of the And, uh, had to use the bathroom.
I was gonna walk her right out, but then I heard music coming from the garage, and she came up by me and saw.
Well, I mean, what did she say, though? I I don't think she'll tell, but how can we know for sure, ya know? And plus now with the law enforcement askin' questions, suspectin'.
And-- and these ghouls on the come, Lou said.
Hon, we can't stay here.
No.
Hon? No.
You said.
We agreed.
Clean it up, and everything'd be-- - I know.
Hon? - No.
We-- we did this for a reason, Peg.
For the shop and the kids.
For a reason, so we could stay.
That's the only-- Hon, you got-- you gotta be realistic.
No, no.
I-- We're stayin'.
That was Whatever comes, we'll deal with it, or it'll deal with us.
But I'm buying the shop, and we're starting a-a family.
But how? It's too late to get the money back for the course.
And-- and-- and you said bud had to have it by Friday.
We'll figure it out.
That's what people do.
They figure things out, stay together, make it work.
- I can help.
- Do your chores, kid.
I'm serious.
Playtime's over.
I can do it.
You saw.
Luverne, Minnesota, Ed Blumquist.
He's posing as the town butcher.
This is baloney.
I'm not just some crippled kid can't shoot straight.
Ask your dad.
If he says you can go, you can go.
It should be us.
A Gerhardt.
He killed a Gerhardt, so it should be one of us.
A real boss'd know that.
You're taking the kid.
You're the boss.
You walk him in, he pulls the trigger.
Anything goes wrong You fix it, you understand? - Where do you think you're goin'? - Got an errand.
- Send one of the boys.
- I can run my own errand.
It's not safe.
Goddamn it! some people are made of plastic you know some people are made of wood - Whoa.
- some people have hearts of stone - some people - some people are up to no good oh, but, baby I'm for real I'm as real as real can get if what you're looking for is real loving then whatcha see is whatcha get - ha! whatcha see - whatcha see is whatcha get is whatcha get Yeah? - And? - is what you get is what you get - I said, whatcha see - whatcha see is whatcha get It's gettin' ugly out there.
You okay? My mother could find the cloud in every silver lining.
That's cute.
Mine smiles all the time, like some ghoul.
I think it's 'cause dad hits her when she looks sad.
I see thing one.
Where's thing two? Dead.
Your Indian killed him.
Killed a lot of people.
I didn't know that was happening.
Nobody told me.
You believe me? Right? What are we, in your mind? Romeo and Juliet? No.
I don't know.
She was a true gloom, my mother.
We used to eat in the dark.
For a laugh, I wrote on her tombstone, "Here lies Barbara Milligan, happy till the end.
" Me, on the other hand, I'm an optimist.
So when I see this Ugh! Oh! Oh! I don't think the sky is falling.
I think that, sir, is the sound of opportunity knocking.
Not so much, my young friend.
It's not my fault.
They had a meetin' without me.
I woulda said.
If you want me to take you seriously, you have to be a serious person.
Have a beer, do a line, blow your load.
All that's fine, but it's not the point.
What's the point? I wanna know what they're gonna do before they do it.
Every time.
Otherwise, you can die with the rest of them.
State Car 1-8, come in, over.
This is 1-8.
Go ahead.
I got Fargo PD on the line looking for ya.
Yeah, okay.
Patch it through.
Hey, how's your day then? Uh, peachy.
You? Oh, it's a shit sandwich up here.
Got 12 dead in the woods-- half Gerhardt, half Kansas City, plus the local zoning commissioner with half his face in the bushes.
Good Christ.
Yeah, this thing's gonna get worse before it gets better.
Well, on my end, we think we know what happened to Rye Gerhardt.
Run over by a local beautician.
Got stuck in her windshield.
We think, uh, she and her husband panicked and dumped the body someplace.
Meanwhile, we've got visitors from both factions most likely looking for revenge, so little like the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Well, my Captain thinks I should try to intervene, seeing as how my mom knows Floyd, and maybe cooler heads can prevail, et cetera, which, well, you saw how well that went over last time, huh? Sounds like maybe I should come up.
I wouldn't mind the company.
Well, I'm stuck in this Reagan detail today, so assuming we survive the night here, I'll, uh, drive up first thing.
Thanks.
Okay, I'll try to keep the pot from boiling over in the meantime.
Yeah.
Over.
No, I-- Yeah, that's, uh, I understand.
It's a-- it's a recession.
No, I-I appreciate it, and Okay.
Okay, say hi to Aunt Velma for me.
Nothin'? Personally not sure why you're makin' all this effort.
Gonna buy the shop, be my own boss.
- And? - And what? That's the American dream.
What's the point? Just gonna die, anyway.
What do you mean? Camus says knowing we're all gonna die makes life a joke.
So what, you just-- you just give up? You could kill yourself, get it over with.
Okay, that-- that's not I-I mean, come on, you gotta-- you gotta try.
No.
You go to school, you get a job, you start a family.
- Die.
- That's-- Would you please stop saying that? I'm gonna live a long, long life.
My-- my grandpa was 96.
At which point he did what? - Died.
- Noreen.
Well, okay, uh I'm gonna go in the back now, away from this nonsense.
Would you please let me know if Bud's back? I will.
Unless I'm dead! What are you waiting for? You want that I should carry you over there? No, I-I just, uh Well, do I, uh you know, shoot him in the head or in Don't overthink it.
Just point and shoot.
If he keeps moving, you shoot him again.
Simple.
Kid? One more thing.
No witnesses.
Oh.
Sorry.
I didn't hear ya.
Uh, what kind of meat do you want? We got pig meat, cow meat, chicken meat.
Um, Bud won't let us sell fish, even though Jesus says eat it on Fridays.
Uh, the, um Looking for the butcher.
Blumquist.
Yeah.
He's not the butcher.
More the assistant butcher, though that's gonna change, I think.
Buying the place.
Uh, you need to He's in the back.
Buzz him for you.
Oh, hey.
I read that.
Oh, yeah? Last year.
It's pretty depressing.
Really? See, I think it's beautiful.
But then, everyone always says, "Noreen, you're morose.
" Halloween is my favorite holiday.
I like Easter.
Of course.
The Resurrection.
It's like why everyone loves Rocky, even though it's a boxing picture.
The comeback.
Except he loses in the end.
Well Now you ruined it.
Sorry.
Just kiddin'.
Oh.
Here's Ed now.
Sorry.
Was just in the middle of a hog.
So what can I do you for? let's find each other tonight everything will be all right don't hesitate now let's find each other tonight if you need some company mama, take a chance on me don't hesitate now let's find each other tonight you don't wanna be those other dreamers that dream about love and ever love if you wanna be a screamer so, honey, I'm hopin', honey, I'm hopin' if you need some company mama, take a chance on me don't hesitate now let's find each other tonight Hey, Peggy.
I just-- I'm here for my car.
Yeah? So, she's all fixed, front and back.
Put a new windshield on her.
She's a sweet car, really.
Okay.
- So is that gonna be cash or-- - I wrote out a check.
Maybe don't cash it till the end of the week, though, huh? - Payday.
- Oh, yeah, that's no problem.
You, uh, you goin' somewhere? Well, I guess so.
You know, for the best.
Best what? Just Wait till the end of the month to cash that check, okay? Yeah, sure thing.
You take care.
You wanna buy my car? What do you mean? Well, you said it was sweet, and you know, we gotta buy the shop, the butcher shop, so we could use the money.
What about your trip? Decided not to go.
Just now? Moments ago.
Well, I couldn't give you any more than $700 for it.
Okay.
Are you sure? It's-- it's worth at least $1,400.
Yeah, well, $700 today is better than $1,400 tomorrow.
So, can we do it now? Like, right away? wash away my troubles, wash away my pain with the rain in Shambala wash away my sorrow, wash away my shame with the rain in Shambala ahh, ooh, yeah yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah ahh, ooh, yeah How'd it go this mornin'? Killed a few, lost a few.
But you delivered the message? I wanna thank you for your service to this family.
Me and mom.
Ever since my dad took you in you never complained or made demands.
It might not feel like it all the time-- to me you're part of this family.
Not that Dodd would ever tell you that.
Which, I know you're mostly his guy, but I just want you to know, there's a place for you at our table, with or without him.
All you gotta do is be straight with us.
Am straight.
Well, of course, it's just We just escalated this war On account of what you The information you found out about Rye.
Mom's real upset, but I have to just double check the veracity of Before it's too far over the breach.
My daughter back? What the hell are you doin'? Get back to work.
That's my man.
You need to talk to him, you talk to me first.
Last time I checked, everyone here worked for one person-- Ma.
You actually like it, huh, taking orders from a woman? Was that how it was in the bedroom with Kathy? Don't you talk about her.
She strap one on, bend you over the bed, and show you who's boss? There's gonna be a reckoning one day, brother.
All souls are called to account for their actions.
In the end, we all get what we deserve.
You keep telling yourself that.
The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause him to withdraw his presence him from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world.
A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us.
My friends, I believe that you and I together can keep this rendezvous with destiny.
Thank you.
God bless you, and God bless America.
Ooh.
Ooh, that's good.
Been holding it since Ortonville.
My wife puts this potpourri in the bus toilet.
Can barely breathe in there.
They do like their scents.
Where'd you serve, son? Um, Mekong Delta.
Swift boat patrol, two tours.
Well, I sure appreciate your service.
Every generation has their time.
I remember back in '42, America just joined the war.
I was working on, uh "Operation Eagle's Nest" for Paramount.
I got dropped behind enemy lines trying to rescue Jimmy Whitmore and Laraine Day from this SS commando.
Bob Stack was on loan from Selznick.
That Nazi bastard had us cornered.
We were done for, but in the end, with a little American ingenuity, we managed to, uh Oh, no.
No, no, wait a minute.
Um Come to think of it, I don't think we made it out of that one.
Or did we? Oh, shit, I can't remember.
Well, either way, it was a fine picture.
Um Um Governor, I don't mean to, uh What we did over there, the war? Um and now? My wife's got lymphoma.
Uh, Stage III.
And, uh, lately, the state of things, uh Well, sometimes, I late at night I wonder if maybe the sickness of this world, if it isn't inside my wife somehow.
The-- the cancer.
I don't-- I don't know what I'm saying, except Do you really think we'll get out of this mess we're in? Son, there's not a challenge on God's Earth that can't be overcome by an American.
I truly believe that.
Yeah.
But how? _ - Mommy.
- Sorry.
Poppa's here.
- Your dad is - No.
Saw Molly in the window.
I knocked.
You, uh, you didn't hear? No.
Well, got worried, so I let myself in.
Mm.
You feeling okay? Oh, sure.
Yeah.
Just talked to Lou.
Probably got another two hours - on this Reagan detail - Oh? So I thought maybe I'd just stop by and make a nuisance.
Are you-- are you hungry? I-I can fix you somethin'.
You're sweet.
I'm just now trying to decide if I'm hungry or if I want to throw up.
Don't normally confuse the two.
Well, nausea's a side effect of this drug they gave me.
Which would mean they actually gave me the drug and not candy.
There's candy? Eat something green, and we'll talk.
So, we're, uh, rooting for nausea there, huh? Well, okay.
Um I'm just all left thumbs when it comes to this stuff.
- Mm, you're doing great, Dad.
- No, I don't know about that.
Your mom were here, she'd know just what to say.
Me? I can fix the toaster.
Well, maybe just, uh Do you think maybe you could watch Molly for a bit? I just don't-- I'm not sure - if I can keep my eyes open right now - Okay.
For some reason.
Watch who? Me! - Who? - Me! Well, what the heck? Thank you, Dad.
Hmm.
Yeah, sure.
You get some rest.
We'll just be here, uh, eatin' sugar cereal and playing with my service weapon.
What the heck is that? A rhinoceros? Yeah, it's Charlie.
I'm looking for dad.
Well, is he-- When's he coming back? No, that's-- Just tell him that I'm-- I'm ready for school, to go back.
I want to go, like he said.
Okay, then.
_ Ed! Ed! Oh, no! No! Uhh! Noreen.
Noreen, you okay? You okay? Come on.
Come on.
Ed! Ed! Ed! Ed! Come on! - Leave him.
- No! No, he's still alive.
We gotta take him.
- Ed, please.
- Okay.
Call the fire truck! Ed, what happened? I saved the kid, didn't I? Didn't I? Yeah.
And he shot first.
Can you tell the cops that? And the big guy, he came at me, and it was self-defense? - Yeah.
- Yeah? Okay.
Of course! But But Ed! Ed! Where you been? I just met a-a friend.
Mm.
You think you're grown, is that it? What? With your clothes and your hair and no bra? Like you know somethin' about the world? Being grown's got a price.
Kid gets slapped when he's bad.
When you're grown, you get the fist.
Or the knife.
Son.
You let that girl alone.
Get upstairs now, darling.
- Hon? - Hon? Hon, where's the luggage? We need to pack.
Hon? - Hon, we-- we - Hon? Yeah, we-- we need-- I got a surprise for ya.
That's-- o-okay, but we need to go.
No, we don't gotta go, no, listen, I wanna talk to ya.
I been thinkin' a lot about what you said and how I've been, and-- and sit, sit.
No, this is important.
What I'm trying to say is, you were right.
I mean, we were both right, but-- but you also is what I'm-- Not just me, in other words.
And-- and what you said about the shop and the money, that was-- It was selfish of me to Without even askin'.
And also, we-- we gotta fight, fight for what we want.
- Okay, but-- - You know, and I can see that now, so Hon, hon.
Ta-da! - I - I sold the car.
- What car? - My car.
I-I went to the shop, and-- and-- and Sonny, you know, he said how much he loved it, and so I And I-I know that, um, I could have gotten more for it, but it's enough is what matters.
Enough to buy the shop Because you were right.
This was our dream, you know, and so now now we can do it.
The shop burned down.
What? And I killed another fella, maybe two.
And Lou Lou was right.
They came.
They came.
The other fella that you hit, his family? They-- they came.
- Oh.
- So this is That's great.
You know, thank you.
But we gotta go.
You need to pack.
Okay? Okay? Okay, okay.
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