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Buridan's Ass 

Malvo executes his master plan, while Lester attempts to craft one of his own. Gus and Molly team up in Duluth.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Don Chumph
Chaz Nygaard (as Josh Close)
Wally Semenchko
Kitty Nygaard
Ben Schmidt
Deputy Knudsen
Gordon S. Miller ...
Dmitri Milos
Gordo Nygaard


Malvo executes his master plan, while Lester attempts to craft one of his own. Gus and Molly team up in Duluth.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller



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Release Date:

20 May 2014 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Buridan's Ass refers to an old philosophical puzzle by Jean Buridan, a French philosopher in the 14th century who used the idea of a mule situated equidistantly between two bales of hay as a way of examining free will. Buridan wondered if a mule would starve if it couldn't decide between two equivalent choices, since both choices were the same and one had no more appeal than the other. If the mule did choose one of them, the question would be what factor lead to the mule's choosing, and was that actually an exercise of free will. See more »


When Lester escapes the hospital, he steals Creech's boots and jacket to do so, and he's able to steal Creech's vehicle because the keys are in the jacket. After a stop at his own house, he's then shown entering his brother's garage. Lester would need his house key and his brother's garage door opener to do these things, but he wouldn't have either with him when he left the hospital wearing only a gown and a stranger's jacket, and under police guard to boot. And while it's possible he entered his home using the spare key under the mat, it's implausible that he similarly found and used a spare garage door opener to enter his brother's garage. And if he had, he would certainly need to return the opener before heading back to the hospital, or run the risk of others discovering that he had access to the garage. All of that running around seems unlikely considering that he needed to get back to the hospital quickly before his absence was noticed. See more »


Mr. Tripoli: [during lunch as Jergen tells the others a story and Carlyle reads him reports, out of nowhere] Sam Hess.
Mr. Carlyle: [Jergen stops talking, all eyes are cast on Tripoli, and Carlyle quickly looks up the progress on Hess] Assets deployed, Mr. Wrench and Mr. Numbers - three days, plus lodging, plus mileage.
Mr. Jergen: [Tripoli looks over at Jergen, who looks slightly nervous] You want the, um...? Bottom line, they don't think... our guys... they said, doesn't look related to the business. Could be extramarital on the ...
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Numbers and Wrench
Written by Jeff Russo
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1 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is only going to be a brief statement and less of a review, but I feel nothing more needs to be said. This episode is the best TV episode I have ever seen in my life. I watch a lot of TV, I have seen pretty much the whole of Breaking Bad, The Wire, Dexter, Boardwalk Empire, Sherlock, Mad Men, some Sopranos and more... basically everything except for the West Wing. Buridan's Ass exceeds every single episode that any of those great shows have come out with, and there have been some stunners. I know it is a big statement, and perhaps there are some other TV dramas I have yet to catch up with but I honestly believe it to be so. Flawless, majestic, unsurpassable.

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