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Recap / Fargo S 02 E 08 Loplop

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Once Ed arrives home, he and Peggy put Dodd into the trunk of his car and hide out in a relative's hunting cabin in South Dakota. Hanzee is pursuing the Blumquists.

At a gas station, Ed makes several phone calls to bargain with the Gerhardts for Dodd's freedom. All seem uninterested. He finally comes to an agreement with Milligan and prepare to meet at a motel in Sioux Falls the following morning. Dodd however gets loose, incapacitates Peggy, and hangs Ed upon arrival. Peggy knocks Dodd unconscious in time to save Ed.

A manhunt for Hanzee is organized after he shoots five individuals at a bar. He finds Constance (Elizabeth Marvel) in her hotel room at the seminar, and forces her to lure Peggy to reveal her general whereabouts, to no avail. Hanzee strangles Constance thereafter. A gas station attendant calls the police after he recognizes Hanzee in his shop. Hanzee finds the cabin and holds Ed and Peggy at gunpoint and asks for a haircut from Peggy before shooting Dodd in the head. Lou and Hank burst through the rear door and exchange gunfire with Hanzee as Peggy stabs him in the back with the scissors. Hanzee flees out the front door.



  • Ambiguous Situation: Whatever Hanzee does to Constance is not shown on screen. It's revealed in the next episode that she was indeed killed.
  • Asshole Victim: Dodd Gerhardt, as well as the four people Hanzee killed at the bar.
  • Blatant Lies: When Ed comes home to find Dodd tied to a chair in his basement, Dodd claims he's just a concerned citizen who heard Peggy losing her mind and stopped by to help. Of course, not all of that might be a lie...
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: As mentioned below, Dodd comments on Peggy crawling towards him with a knife instead of just killing her while Ed is indisposed.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Dodd goes.
  • Bullying the Dragon: Dodd mocks Hanzee as a "half-breed" and "mongrel", which leads to Hanzee shooting Dodd in the head.
  • Character Death: Dodd and Constance (though the latter is not shown).
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  • Character Development: A hallucination of her motivational speaker after taking out Dodd makes Peggy "fully actualised". From then on, she's is considerably more decisive, brave, and violent, as well as supportive and loving to Ed.
  • Death by Racism: The men at the bar who Hanzee only decided to kill due to their insistence to heckle him. Later on, Dodd throws some slurs at him before Hanzee decides to shoot him in the head.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Dodd opines that the devil is a woman.
    Dodd: Son, you got yourself a woman problem. How I know is they've been plaguing me my whole life. What's the joke? Can't live with them, can't turn them into cat food. Personally, I don't see the value in all that talking and the mood swings and the lack of rational thinking, which, brother, your bitch has got that in spades. See, the male of the species has got the potential for greatness. Look at your kings of old. Napoleon, Kublai Khan, Samson. Giants made of muscle and steel. But these women, even in those Bible movies, you see a Delilah and, uh, Scheherazade. I want to tell you my own private belief here. I think Satan is a woman. Think about it.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Dodd complains to Ed that women lack the ability to think rationally. All the while he's engaging in some major Bond Villain Stupidity by not either getting the hell out of there or finishing off Peggy.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Dodd isn't wrong that when he says Peggy lacks rational thinking.
  • Killed Offscreen: Constance through an Ambiguous Situation resolved in the next episode.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Two of Dodd's most glaring character flaws are his contempt for women and his tendency to treat his own men like garbage. The former results in his costly decision to take Peggy Blumquist lightly, and the latter results in Hanzee putting a bullet in his brain.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: Despite Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst having top billing, and Jeffrey Donovan as Dodd being a Fake Guest Star up until this point, "Loplop" focuses almost entirely on the Blumquists' struggle to contain Dodd during the events of "Did You Do This? No, You Did It!" while Hanzee searches for them. The only part to take place after the previous episode is the very end, where Hank and Lou show up.
  • Made of Iron: Dodd proves himself to be extremely durable over the course of this episode.
  • Mutilation Conga: Dodd is repeatedly tasered, stabbed twice in the chest, stabbed through the foot, hit so hard over the neck with a firepiece tool that he's apparently crippled, all before being shot in the head by Hanzee.
  • Previously On: Contains another "Erstwhile on Fargo" segment due to being a partial Lower-Deck Episode of "Did You Do This? No, You Did It!"
  • Wham Episode: Dodd is killed and Hanzee is revealed to be the true Big Bad of the series. Also the Blumquists are both finally caught by Hank and Lou.


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