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The Law of Non-Contradiction 

Gloria revisits her stepfather's past to try and find some answers.


John Cameron




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Android Minsky's Scientist Companion (voice)
Carrie Coon ... Gloria Burgle
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Nikki Swango (credit only)
David Thewlis ... Robot (voice)
Thomas Mann ... Thaddeus Mobley (as Thomas Randall Mann)
Fred Melamed ... Howard Zimmerman
Francesca Eastwood ... Young Vivian Lord
Rob McElhenney ... Officer Oscar Hunt
Frances Fisher ... Vivian Lord (as Francis Fisher)
Ray Wise ... Paul Marrane
Scott Hylands ... Ennis Stussy
Mark Forward ... Donny Mashman
Roger V. Burton ... Old Howard Zimmerman
Nikolai Nikolaeff ... Drug Dealer
Keith Blaney ... Photographer


Gloria revisits her stepfather's past to try and find some answers.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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"Paul Marrane" is one of the names attributed to the legendary figure the Wandering Jew, a witness to the crucifixion of Jesus who, for mocking Jesus, was condemned to wander the Earth until the Second Coming. The name ties into the themes of Jewish mythology, history and lore that have been explored throughout the season.

Coincidentally or not, the first two syllables sound like "Palmer". Ray Wise, who plays Paul Marrane, is probably best known for playing Leland Palmer on Twin Peaks (1990). See more »


Ennis Stussy was 82 years old when he died in 2010, but mysteriously his character in 1975 is in his mid-20s. Thomas Mann was born in 1991, making him only 25 years old (20 years too young) when he portrayed the young Ennis Stussy. See more »


Donny Mashman: So, what do you want me to tell the new chief?
Gloria Burgle: Tell him I saw the ocean and it was wet.
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References Fargo: Waiting for Dutch (2015) See more »


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User Reviews

A passable episode

As someone who has been unimpressed by both Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis so far this season, it was great that they were absent here (though I think McGregor had a voice "cameo" as the astronaut in the short animation). This episode focused on Carrie Coon's character Gloria, and I'm delighted as Coon can easily run rings around any actor/actress she's put in a scene with.

The flashback scenes are great - Mann delivers a brilliant performance as the awkward Thaddeus and Melamed is superb as Zimmerman. The dialogue was tight. The direction sometimes was a bit lacking, but the cinematography was well done. Jeff Russo's music was sublime, as per usual.

I almost don't look forward to next week, as I know McGregor and Thewlis will be back, but at least that means Nikki Swango will return. So far, in my opinion, this season is just behind S2, and far away from S1.

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Release Date:

3 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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