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TV Review: FARGO: Season 1, Episode 9: A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage [FX]

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FX’s Fargo A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage TV Show ReviewFargo: Season 1, Episode 9: A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage brings the mini-series one very bloody step closer to what should be a harrowing and violent conclusion.

After an unexpected leap forward by one year in last week’s episode, things have changed a bit for our cast of characters. The psychotic killer Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) is now a white-haired dentist content with mundane living, and has even settled down with a fiancee. Well, sort of. As the past has proven, there is more to Lorne than his appearance.

Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) has completed his transition into becoming a new man, accepting the Insurance Salesman of the Year Award in Las Vegas with his new wife. Lester’s newfound confidence leads him to confront Lorne when he spots him in the same bar with his run-of-the-mill friends. Of course, this leads to nothing good.

A very-pregnant Deputy Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman), now married to former Officer-current postal worker Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks), has made a nice little family but still finds herself preoccupied with trying to solve this year-old case. When an unexpected and unrelated event occurs, Molly may finally catch the break she’s been hoping for.

With things winding down going into next week’s finale, A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage presses the audience under its thumb and doesn’t let up. The suspense is dialed up to 11 and we legitimately don’t know when the next bullet is going to fly into frame. This is also one of the more humorous episodes of the series, making it the closest to the actual Coen Brothers product of the same name. It has us laughing one moment, and then enduring a punch to the gut next.

It’s been a lot of fun discovering these characters and seeing how they cleverly navigate these impossible scenarios. We are now left vibrating with anticipation of next week, when this physically exhausting story comes to a close.

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Nick DeNitto graduated with Honors from Adelphi University. He began writing movie reviews in middle school and has worked tirelessly to mold his own unique critical voice. He is currently affiliated with the National Board of Review and hopes that one day he is remembered as “The People’s Film Critic.”

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