In the long history of the Italian-American crime families in television and film, the faddas could go down as the stupidest. Totally incapable of putting their house in order, they have forced their rival, The Cannon Limited, to sink to their level – to abandon the scraps of honor that have been passed down through generations of Kansas City organized crime families.
Fargo Step out on the water a bit this week and not watch the most eventful episodes, but the tête-à-têtes between the rivals were very entertaining as always, with crisp dialogue and beautifully lit sets. Let’s trace the key moments from Fargo Season 4, Episode 7, “Law Away”:
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Line of the week: “You know girls are wanted, don’t you?” “Stupid boy, these are girls.”
Zelmare Roulette and Swanee Capps were fun, if somewhat redundant, additions this season, but tonight we saw the reverse. After they had incited Odis Weff, Loy Cannon sent them to Philadelphia because they were no longer of any use as foot soldiers. The girls didn’t like Philly, but Loy threatened to harm Zelmare’s sister Dibrell Smutny if they didn’t leave town. This seemed to get the job done, but the outlaw duo have a history of just listening to each other and I wouldn’t rule out them bursting through a door and firing shotguns before the season is over, especially if Ethelrida is in danger.
Classic ‘Fargo’ moment: the poisoned macaron
Oraetta Mayflower was clearly shaken by last week’s anonymous letter exposing her crimes. Although Dr. Harvard seemed to buy her refusal, she silenced him in ‘Lay Away’ and cooked him a load of macarons with medical gauze hidden in them that made him choke.
And that’s it this week for Oraetta, whose story is being distributed amazingly slowly. Her burgeoning romance with Josto appears to have been put on hold (they haven’t shared a screen since episode four), and we haven’t gotten any closer to understanding how she interferes with the main storyline. There’s still time, and next week she’ll no doubt confront Ethelrida about the letter, but if Oraetta is involved in the bloodshed that ends this season she may stumble upon it (which, in fairness, is pretty) Fargo – you buy groceries for a minute, then BAM!)
The ‘Fargo’ character name: Ebal Violante
The long-suffering consigliere needs a new job. He tried building bridges to the cannons this week only to jump in to Josto on the lie that Satchel Cannon was dead in hopes that Loy would kill his intrusive brother Gaetano in revenge. Except a) this is not exactly an eye for an eye and b) Loy of course saw through Josto’s little plan.
Loy wasn’t tempted to do Josto’s dirty work for him, so instead of killing Gaetano, he released him. Loy will be relieved that Satchel isn’t dead, but even so, lying about the child’s death and using them like a pawn is pretty sick. This led to a race to find the next episode of Satchel, and the fadda’s attack dog, Constant Calamita, has a head start after finding a newspaper clipping in Satchel’s Bible indicating the rabbi’s proposed hiding place for the boy seemed to show (“Uncle Jack’s Feed & Seed”). .
Zombie watch: the haunted by Lemuel Cannon
Our unidentified festering object is back, haunting new characters. I previously wondered if the zombie was a ghost or a curse haunting the Smutny family, but in episode seven it stuck out from a coffin while Lemuel Cannon was in the room. Still no explanation for this random zombie; still doubtful we’ll ever get one.
This week’s biggest question: will Gaetano try to kill Josto?
It is hard to imagine that the answer to this will not be a resounding “yes”, as Loy informed the captive Fadda that Josto wanted to kill him. And since no love was lost between the two brothers anyway, Josto cannot claim that Loy lied with a high chance of success. Gaetano is sure to chase Josto, but with Calamita – the only person loyal to him – gone, it’s hard to imagine how he’ll commit an assassination. Violante swore to ship Gaetano to Italy, but it is more likely that Josto will finally suck it up and kill Gaetano himself.
Will Josto be able to sell this to the New York families in such a way that they send him support? This season of Fargo is pleasant in its clutter, but those vague allusions to New York and Italy are an example of an area that could have used a little more precision as it is never entirely clear what the country looks like in this impending mob war.