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'Fargo' recap: Spinning the plot forward

'Fargo' recap: Spinning the plot forward

After two creative episodes rife with metaphors and alternative storytelling techniques, “Fargo’s” latest episode is a more grounded return to form.

“The House of Special Purpose” serves to advance the plot in a very straightforward way without the inclusion of animated segments or familiar voiceovers.

The episode begins with a “Fargo” classic: a snowy road. Emmit Stussy’s wife receives a letter for Emmit’s eyes only. She gives into the temptation and finds a tape of Ray, disguised as Emmit, having sex with Nikki.

We are then taken to the shooting of the tape, where Ray tells Nikki how much he loves her. Nikki responds by telling Ray that he is sweet. But Ray is not...