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'Fargo' recap: A trip to Los Angeles offers vacation from show's formula

'Fargo' recap: A trip to Los Angeles offers vacation from show's formula

This week’s episode of “Fargo,” titled “The Law of Non-Contradiction” is brilliant — no two ways about it. Weaving together three loosely related stories, connected through the theme of existentialism and the absurdity of life, the episode takes a break from the formula the show has perfected by telling a one-off story only connected to the larger plot in the slightest way.

It begins with a flashback featuring the elusive mystery character Thaddeus Mobley, the award-winning science fiction author of the books that Gloria found in her stepfather’s basement.

Thaddeus has a conversation with a producer, Howard Zimmerman, about turning his book into a movie, to which Thaddeus...

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