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  • The way Showalter reveals he really doesn't know what he's talking about when he and Grimsrud enter Minneapolis:
    Showalter: That's the IDS building, the big glass one. The tallest skyscraper in the Midwest, after the Sears in Chicago, or John Hancock Building, whatever.
    • Then Showalter gets on Grimsrud's case about not contributing to the conversation:
    Showalter: Have you ever been to Minneapolis?
    Grimsrud: Nope.
    Showalter: ...Would it kill you to say something?
    Grimsrud: (annoyed) I did.
    Showalter: "No"? That's the first thing you've said in the last four hours. Thats a fountain of conversation, man. That's a geyser. I mean, whoa, daddy. Stand back, man. Shit. I'm sittin' here drivin', I'm doin' all the drivin', whole fuckin' way from Brainerd, just tryin' to chat, you know, keep our spirits up, fight the boredom of the road, and you can't say one fuckin' thing just in the way of conversation? Oh, fuck it. I don't have to talk either, man. See how you like it. (Beat) Just total fuckin' silence. Two can play at that game, smart guy. We'll just see how you like it. (Beat) Total silence.
  • Showalter in a ski-mask, trying to look through the house windows even through his ransom victim is right in easy view.
    • Matched by said victim just staring curiously at the stranger instead of reacting.
    • Technically, Showalter is actually trying to find the doorknob so he knows where to break the glass with his crowbar.
  • After Jerry gets home and sees the aftermath of the kidnapping, he practices how he’ll tell Wade about it. Then when he actually picks up the phone and dials the number, he simply tells the operator “Wade Gustafson, please,” as if he’s making a regular call.
  • Shep choking and beating Carl with a belt. The dialogue, the sight gags, all of it.
    • In the same sequence Shep throws a naked Carl over a couch.
  • The scene where Officer Olson interviews Mr. Mohra, a bartender who had a brief encounter with Showalter: It's just very funny to hear Showalter's loudmouthed, profanity-laden dialogue as filtered through a Minnesota Nice character who refuses to use the same sort of language:
    So he angrily says, 'Oh I get it, so you think I'm some kinda crazy jerk for askin'!' only he doesn't use the word 'jerk'... And then he calls me a jerk, and says that the last guy who thought he was a jerk is dead now. So I don't say nothin', and he says, 'What do ya think about that?' So I says, 'Well, that don't sound like too good a deal for him, then.'
  • "Oh for Pete's sake! He's fleeing the interview, he's fleeing the interview... how do I get an outside line here?"
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  • Showalter entering the cabin he and Grimsrud are hiding out at, with a very visible gunshot wound to his cheek.
  • Doubles as a CMoA, when Marge finally has Grimsrud in her sights and tells him to freeze, she points to her badge... not her actual badge, the badge emblem on her hat.
  • The pitiful baby-man noises Jerry makes as the state troopers finally track him down and arrest him.
  • The scene where Mike Yamagita starts sobbing uncontrollably after being turned down by Marge, wailing about how lonely he is. It's extremely awkward, especially due to them being in public.
  • Grimsrud looking the medicine cabinet for cream to put on the bite Mrs. Lundergaard gave him. In the middle of the kidnapping.
  • Grimsrud, emotionless, stone-cold killer, dropping his fork in shock at a plot twist in a soap opera.
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  • "I'm not sure I agree with you a hundred percent on your police work there, Lou." Such a perfect usage of a litote!
  • "He wasn't circumcised". Marge's brief, frozen-smiling pause is majestic.
    Marge: Was he funny lookin' apart from that?

The series


  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead's Twitter response to a fan who suggested the impressive posterior shown in the bathtub scene of the first episode of season three was a butt double.
    Winstead: Please. I did not do those squats for nothing!

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