Fargo season 4, episode 8 recap – “The Nadir”

November 9, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

“The Nadir” isn’t shy about pulling the trigger, resulting in several major developments, lots of death, and the best episode of the season thus far.

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Summary

“The Nadir” isn’t shy about pulling the trigger, resulting in several major developments, lots of death, and the best episode of the season thus far.

This recap of Fargo season 4, episode 8, “The Nadir”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


Being in a relationship is difficult enough, so you have to spare a thought for Josto, who is trying to juggle two in “The Nadir”, which opens with a reminder of both his pending nuptials and his sinister dalliances with asphyxiation enthusiast Oraetta. That’s an especially difficult scenario to navigate — he can’t even step out on his convenient wife without being smothered by a pillow. When Josto goes to the bathroom, Oraetta calls the hospital to inquire about the wellbeing of Dr. Harvard, and discovers, much to her horror, that he has made a full recovery. She’s so preoccupied with the news that she isn’t even interested in hearing Josto’s tales of abuse at the hands of the Irish during the long-ago son trade. When he says he loves Oraetta she throws him out in a rage.

Josto doesn’t seem too put out by this development — in fact, he’s quite chipper until he returns to Fadda HQ and discovers Gaetano alive and well. His big brother immediately and violently sets about him. When he wakes up after the beating, face down on a floor covered in blood and money and broken glass, Gaetano lets on how much he knows about Josto’s efforts to get him killed, which have apparently made Gaetano rather proud, even if he does have a funny way of showing it. But he has figured out that him murdering his brother is exactly what Loy wants. Gaetano sees himself as the bull, the muscle, and Josto as the chameleon, the strategist. He kneels before Josto and vows to safeguard him and do his will, which is bad news for Loy. Josto tries to salvage some of his reputation in his acceptance of this offer, while Ebal looks on, visibly anxious.

This news is reported back to Loy, who has one word when asked what they should do: “Fargo.”

Elsewhere, Buel visits Dibrell for a chat, still believing that Satchel is dead. The two women have similar backgrounds and are both parents of daughters, which helps Dibrell to make a case for her and her husband being given a fair shake. Buel, by way of response, asks Dibrell to hold the funeral service for Satchel, which she claims would be her honor. But all isn’t fine and dandy in the household, despite Ethelrida bonding with Lemuel over their mutual appreciation for jazz. When Dibrell interrupts this conversation, she reminds Ethelrida that he is her captor, not her friend, while Lemuel sees his mother, one assumes to be informed of Satchel’s “death”.

At the hospital in Fargo season 4, episode 8, Oraetta learns that Dr. Harvard has been transferred to a hospital specializing in poisons, and the authorities believe what happened to him was attempted murder. He’s being moved out of state until he’s in a position to give evidence against his assailant, which, understandably, his assailant isn’t thrilled to hear. She races home and begins packing her stuff, but in the process, she finds Ethelrida’s journal and matches the handwriting in it with that of the letter she sent to Harvard. Uh-oh.

When Opal drives Loy home, he’s confronted outside by Deafy, who believes that there’s no power on Earth that can keep a U.S. lawman from the execution of his duty. That suitably bamboozles Opal, and Deafy’s able to head inside and speak with Loy himself. He’s looking for Swanee and Zelmare, obviously, who have been promised protection by Loy, which is mostly just a good excuse for Timothy Olyphant to wax poetic about love and loyalty — and hypocrisy, as it happens. Deafy points out that Loy only embodies traditional family values when it suits, and a family man wouldn’t trade his youngest son for power. If that’s the kind of exchange he’s willing to make, then offering up two fugitives should be a small affair. That turns out to be true, and Loy lets on that they’re on the 10 pm train to Philadelphia — though he didn’t hear that from Loy, obviously, who warns Deafy not to return to Kansas City once he crosses the state line.

With this news, Deafy prepares his men to arrest Swanee and Zelmare, with a supporting prayer for good measure. He then confronts Odis about the highly suspicious phonecall he just made, which he claims was to Loy, who is eager for Deafy to catch his crooks. Odis opens up about his twitchiness and anxiety, and how he joined the force as an attempt to medicate that condition. But the stress of the job only worsened it, which compelled him to play both sides, to give up power in exchange for less risk. Deafy considers this an honest confession and allows Odis to join him on the raid.

“The Nadir” catches up with Swanee and Zelmare at Union Station. Deafy and Odis and the rest of the cops arrive outside, and after a supposedly wise rhyme for inspiration, the raid begins, with Odis left behind in the car, rendered immobile by his anxiety. The police make their approach, but Swanee and Zelmare are able to spot them in the crowd, leading to a kiss, a shootout, and a massacre. It’s carnage as civilians attempt to flee, but we rejoin Odis outside before we see the worse of it. After finally plucking up the courage to go inside, he shoves past fleeing bystanders and finds the dead and dying everywhere. Following the sound of gunfire, he finds Deafy having cornered Swanee and Zelmare, who ran out of bullets. He hands Odis the cuffs, but instead of arresting them, he shoots Deafy and Swanee. Zelmare, though, catching another glimpse of the ghost, flees, causing Odis to miss his shot. She gets away.

“The Nadir” concludes with another big development. Josto and Gaetano drink in the family garden, where Josto reveals that Calamita is searching for Rabbi and Satchel. This impresses Gaetano even further since there seems to be no end to Josto’s python-like cunning. Their mother summons them inside, but they good-naturedly refuse. This is a problem, since at that moment Mort Kellerman and his Fargo gangsters arrive and open fire on the Italians. Gaetano is able to return enough fire to send them running, but all the Fadda’s men are dead — and so is their mother.


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