Proposed spin-off TV series
The name of character Reilly Diefenbach, heard only on the telephone, is a reference to two of the chiefs of staff serving at the Pentagon, Reilly and Diefenbach.. They are only mentioned by name; neither is seen or heard on screen.
References the old "in and out"
"I can be silent too you know!"
At the hideout towards the end, Grimsrud is watching a soap opera on TV featuring Bruce Campbell. When Grimsrud mentions to Carl that they are supposed to split the Ciera, Carl raves, "How the fuck do you split a car, ya dummy? With a fuckin' chainsaw?" The movie takes place in 1987, the same year that Evil Dead II, starring Bruce Campbell--and a chainsaw--was released.
"In Current Release" segment
The name of the movie that Guy and his date go to see.
Mike: Ice Station Fargo.
Mike: If this were a Coen brothers film, he'd be in the wood chipper by now.
Mentioned in Coffee Talk
A binome version of Chief Marge Gunderson appears.
Mentioned in film.
A movie script is described as being "Leaving Las Vegas meets Fargo."
"Fargo 2" is mentioned in the "Variety Speak" song
mention in the monologue
In his review of "Palmetto" (1998), Gene Siskel mentions two movies that have similar plots, including this one.
In the ice-man's 1996 habitat, a Fargo poster is on the wall.
William H. Macy's character has a discussion on the phone where he complains he cannot read a smudgy fax, and the message should be mailed, not faxed. This is exactly like a conversation his character has in Fargo.
Gene Siskel praises the movie (in an archive clip).
Character is asked if he has seen Fargo
"I didn't realize that was his leg sticking out of the wood-chipper in Fargo."
The final shot of the film, with Cage and Arquette in bed, resembles 'Fargo' very closely.
Paul's roommates laugh at his hat and say "Did the producers of Fargo have a garage sale?"
"Would it... kill you to say something?"
Steve Buscemi's character threatens to put somebody into a wood chipper, which was the fate of his character in Fargo.
Referenced by name
It is mentioned in a newspaper article.
The song that Peter Stormare sings during the closing credits is listed as being performed by "Blonde from Fargo." Peter Stormare played a character with bleached blonde hair in Fargo.
Upon meeting Steve Buscemi Homer says "Hey you're that guy who got fed into the wood chipper in Fargo!".
Debbie Reynolds (Cheri Oteri) talks about Frances McDormand's performance in "Fargo."
This episode's villian, Mike Sorayama is based on the Mike Yanagita character from "Fargo". Aside from sharing similar names, both are Asian-Americans with Minnesota accents who are obsessed with an indifferent woman to the point that they have restraining-orders against them. Furthermore, they are both played by Steve Park.
This title is referenced.
One of the DVDs visible in Mr. Smith's collection
referenced in dialogue
Richard's agent Stan Grossman is a reference to a character in Fargo by the same name, both of whom are responsible for the main character's plans not working out the way they'd like.
incorrect response in "Memorable Movies" category
Stan destroys Melinda's corpse in a chipper
The film features a shot looking over the hotel front desk as Llewelyn runs past it, discovering that the clerk is dead. A similar shot is used in the Coen Brother's earlier film, where Jerry Lundergaard drives past the ticket booth after the botched exchange, to find the clerk dead.
movie on shelf
the episode's title is a reference to a quote from this movie
Mentioned by Claudia
Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) chases and attacks Ted (Richard Jenkins) in a similar fashion to Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare) chases and attacks Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) in "Fargo", albeit the scene is cut short in the later mentioned scenario.
Watching "Fargo" at the cinema
music from the film used
Included in a $16,000 question
The movie refers to "Fargo" many times, from the topic of greed and senseless violence to the character of a pregnant policewoman.
Subject of an $800 clue in the category "Steve Buscemi Films"
Ellen compares this movie to "A Serious Man"
Included in a $2,000 question
mentioned in dialogue
Subject of a $600 clue in the category "McActors"
DVD cover shown.
Roger Deakins, the visual consultant of How to Train Your Dragon worked on this Coen brothers film.
A copy of the DVD is on Mary's bedroom shelf
Jay mentions that Steve Buscemi was in the film
'Heck Gunderson' is a take on Jerry's line "The heck do you mean?" and Frances McDormand's character, Marge Gunderson
Mentioned by John Waters.
Jesse suggests they dispose of the body in a woodchipper, al la Fargo
A still of Steve Buscemi in "Fargo" is shown.
Rizwan Manji says it was his favorite movie
The main character in Rio, Linda Gunderson, is a play on the Fargo characters Marge Gunderson and Linda Kooksey. The story also begins in the small town of Moose Lake, Minnesota, which was the location of the cabin from the famous wood chipper scene.
Mentioned by Mary.
The name of one of Catfish's online aliases, to whom Dee sent some of her hair, is Carl Lundegaard. Carl Lundegaard is a combination of the character names of the two main actors in Fargo, Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) and Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy).
Rarity's parents are based off of Marge Gunderson and Jerry Lundegaard.
Cover seen on shelf in DVD-store
Re-enacts Tree Shredder scene.
Mentioned in dialogue
Referenced by Anthony Crispino on Weekend Update
Video case is shown.
The triple homicide scene in the bar is an homage to the triple homicide scene from Fargo
Amy mentions "Fargo" as one of her top 3 cop movies.
Kumiko seeks the treasure buried by the fictional characters in this movie.
Mike Birbiglia refers to the film as a documentary that doesn't end well
Stavros find a satchel full of cash buried in the snow. This is the same satchel buried by Carl Showalter in the film.
In reference to the television show of the same name, Chelsea mentions putting a dead body into a wood chipper.
The Fargo Syndicate is located in a building titled "The Showalter Block". "Carl Showalter" was one of the original kidnappers in the 1996 film.
Chelsea mentions Fargo and woodchippers.
The music used at the end of the episode is taken from Carter Burwell's score for the Fargo movie. In both cases, it's played over the main characters watching television as life returns to normal.
Danny calls Justin "Fargo".
As Carl and Gaear watch TV with the prostitutes at the motel, the "Tonight Show" theme is heard
Clip is shown in order to spotlight Steve Buscemi.
Clips are shown. Gene Siskel believes William H. Macy should be nominated for an Oscar - even though Siskel doesn't believe it can happen.
Clips are shown. Siskel and Ebert both pick the film as the best of 1996.
This film is #84 on the list.
#4 on Ebert's list.
This film is #93 on the list.
Clips are shown
Marge Gunderson is #33 on the "Heroes" list.
Doco discusses an urban legend connected with "Fargo"
Clips shown in a segment on Marge Gunderson.
Marge Gunderson interviewing two female witnesses in bar
Clip featured in a $3,000 video question
The travel guide "Hats Off to Fargo"
Dot parodies Marge Gunderson in their film "Hooray for North Hollywood".
in the end with the planeticket
Krusty the Klown is killed by being sucked into the wood chipper.