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Before the Law 

The Gerhardts receive a surprising offer, while two unlikely murderers do their best to clean up their mess.


Noah Hawley


Noah Hawley, Noah Hawley (created for television by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kirsten Dunst ... Peggy Blumquist
Patrick Wilson ... Lou Solverson
Jesse Plemons ... Ed Blumquist
Jean Smart ... Floyd Gerhardt
Ted Danson ... Hank Larsson
Cristin Milioti ... Betsy Solverson
Jeffrey Donovan ... Dodd Gerhardt
Bokeem Woodbine ... Mike Milligan
Brad Garrett ... Joe Bulo
Mike Bradecich ... Skip Sprang
Elizabeth Marvel ... Constance Heck
Kieran Culkin ... Rye Gerhardt
Zahn McClarnon ... Hanzee Dent
Angus Sampson ... Bear Gerhardt
Michael Hogan ... Otto Gerhardt


The Gerhardts receive a surprising offer, while two unlikely murderers do their best to clean up their mess.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller



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19 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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The campaign poster in the town has Bruce Campbell's face but he's uncredited in this episode. He was also uncredited in the movie version of Fargo (1996) playing a character in the soap opera that was usually playing on someone's TV. See more »


When Lou Solverson and Hank Larsson are swapping war stories on the steps of the diner, Lou tells of his witnessing the combat death of a comrade while on a patrol boat in what is presumably Vietnam in 1974. Most US ground/sea forces were withdrawn after the ceasefire in 1973. Any remaining personnel would not have been witness to, or involved in, any combat situations by 1974. See more »


Hanzee Dent: Is he listening to me? I cut off his ears.
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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »


Performed by Bobbie Gentry
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The Gang's All Here!
20 October 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

With the stroke, the Geahardts are looking for someone to lead them. Mom is the one who decides to be it, but the eldest son thinks otherwise. They have been visited by the Kansas City mob who have made an offer, an offer which means taking the money or becoming targets. Of course, one of the boys is in a freezer after committing multiple murders in Luverne where the the butcher's assistant and his wife are trying to cover things up. Representing Kansas City is a cold young black man and his two partners who look like a couple Amish guys (they are practically twins). There is one of those scenes where the sheriff (Ted Danson) stops these guys and as he tries to do his job. The talk leads to an incredible tension among them where every movement is filled with potential violence. That is matched by Ed's late night trip to the butcher shop and the arrival of Lou, who sees the lights on and Ed's pickup. He buys some bacon to take home in another one of those scenes where discovery is a possibility. Watch for the search for the quarter. Masterful directing, to say the least.

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