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Fargo: The Crocodile's Dilemma

A meek, mild insurance salesman meets an intriguing stranger in the hospital, which initiates terrible and gruesome events that will change the salesman's life forever.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: XFO01001
Airdate: Tuesday April 15th, 2014

Director: Adam Bernstein
Writer: Noah Hawley

Alternate Airdates:

CA (FXX Canada) Apr 15, 2014
UK (Channel 4) Apr 20, 2014
AU (SBS ONE) May 01, 2014

  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (13 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Bob Odenkirk
As Deputy Bill Oswalt
Keith Carradine
As Lou Solverson
Kate Walsh
As Gina Hess
Joshua Close
As Chaz Nygaard
Joey King
voiced Greta Grimly
Shawn Doyle
As Chief Vern Thurman
Brian Markinson
As Bruce Gold
Kelly Holden
As Pearl Nygaard (as Kelly Holden Bashar)
Tom Musgrave
As Bo Munk
Julie Ann Emery
As Ida Thurman
Rachel Blanchard
As Kitty Nygaard

Co-Guest Stars
Atticus Dean Mitchell
As Mickey Hess
Liam Green
As Moe Hess
Dave Trimble
As Naked Man (as David Trimble)
Andrew McKenzie
As Young Man
Amanda Guenther
As Young Woman
Karen Johnson-Diamond
As Motel Owner
Lori Ravensborg
As Paprika
Spencer Drever
As Gordo Nygaard
Sam Duke
As Teen
Susan Park
As Linda Park
Kevin O'Grady
As Sam Hess
Brian Jensen
As Mr. Rundle
Michelle Thrush
As Sue Roundtree
Darrell Orydzuk
As Broker #1
Ben Wong (3)
As Broker #2
Lydia Lau
As Maid

Chantal Perron
As Cindy
Carolyn Bridget Kennedy
As Police Officer
Main Cast
Billy Bob Thornton
As Lorne Malvo
Allison Tolman
As Deputy Molly Solverson
Colin Hanks
As Deputy Gus Grimly
Martin Freeman
As Lester Nygaard


Lorne Malvo is driving across a snowy highway when he hits a deer. He spins off the road and a man wearing only underwear escapes from the trunk. The naked man runs away as Lorne walks over to the deer...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.65 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Crystal MethodTrip Like I DoAt the strip club
Lee SilverIn the Valley of the SunAt Rundle Realty
Patsy ClineSweet DreamsChief Thurman arrives home after finding dead body

Episode Quotes
Lou: Warm ya up hun?
Molly: Thanks dad.
Lou: What are ya looking at?
Molly: Murder file.
Lou: Oh yeah?
Molly: Yeah. Sam Hess got himself killed last night over at the Lucky Penny.
Lou: You don't say.
Molly: Knife in the head. You didn't hear that from me.

Lorne: I tell you it's not my car, that I borrowed it, see where things go from there. We could do that. Or you could go get in your car and drive away.
Gus: Now, why would I do that?
Lorne: Because some roads you shouldn't go down. Because maps used to say, "there be dragons here." Now they don't. But that don't mean the dragons aren't there.

Lorne: A guy insulted me once. I pissed in his gas tank. Car never drove straight again.

Chaz: You know guys at work they talk about how they look up to their brothers. Their older brothers. Sometimes I tell people you're dead. I mean, heck, Lester, you're 40 years old. When are you gonna get your act together?

Cultural References
Minnesota Vikings: Gus talks to his daughter about the football game score while he's on duty.

The Minnesota Vikings are an American football team from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Here Be Dragons: After being pulled over, Lorne says "because maps used to say, there be dragons here."

Here be dragons means dangerous or unexplored territories.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerGeyer Kosinski  |  Noah Hawley  |  Warren Littlefield  |  Joel Coen  |  Ethan Coen  |  Adam Bernstein
Co-Executive ProducerJohn Cameron (2)
ProducerChad Oakes  |  Kim Todd  |  Michael Frislev
Co-ProducerPeter Chomsky
Consulting ProducerRobert De Laurentiis  |  Steve Blackman (2)  |  Matt Wolpert  |  Ben Nedivi
Associate ProducerAndrea P. Stilgenbauer
Production DesignerJohn Blackie
EditorSkip MacDonald
CastingRachel Tenner  |  Jackie Lind  |  Stephanie Gorin
Unit Production ManagerPetros Danabassis
First Assistant DirectorPhilip Chipera
Second Assistant DirectorLorie Gibson
MusicJeff Russo
Music EditorSkye Lewin
Music SupervisorMichael Perlmutter
Costume DesignerCarol Case
Key GripJohn Adshead
Set DecoratorPaul Healy
Location ManagerDennis Penney
Transportation CoordinatorMax Radford
Property MasterKen Wills  |  Justin Onofriechuk
Construction CoordinatorAlf Arndt
Production Sound MixerMichael Playfair
Script SupervisorSabrina Paradis
Production CoordinatorKim Goddard-Rains
Assistant EditorCurtis Thurber
Post Production SupervisorGarfield Whitman
Re-Recording MixerMark Server  |  David Raines  |  Chris Philp
GafferMartin Keough
Director of PhotographyMatthew J. Lloyd
Stunt CoordinatorGuy Bews
Art DirectorBill Ives
Assistant Production CoordinatorCameron Chapman
Makeup Department Head Gail Kennedy
Visual Effects SupervisorBill Kent
Production AccountantLeslie Maynes
Extras CastingAlyson Lockwood
"A" Camera OperatorDaryl Hartwell
Sound SupervisorFrank Laratta
AssistantChristine Solberg
Casting AssociateCharlene Lee (2)
Post Production AssistantMiguel Calvento
Visual EffectsFuseFX
Assistant To The Executive ProducerJay Osterman  |  Ryan Duffy  |  Davy Perez  |  Kyla Robinson  |  Patty Mann
Special Effects CoordinatorJason Paradis
Hair Department HeadChris Glimsdale
Assistant Art DirectorCathy Cowan  |  Craig Humphries
Digital Imaging TechnicianRyan McGregor
"B" Camera OperatorTanzin Lhalungpa
Paint CoordinatorCrystal Husum
Final ColoristSean Coleman
Head GreensTom Yaremko
Security CoordinatorBill Walton (2)
Post Production ServicesPLP Post Inc.
Sound DesignerJohn Peccatiello
Hair & Make Up ArtistKeith Sayer
Created For Television ByNoah Hawley
Post Production Sound Provided ByPropeller Studios, Inc.
Co-supervising Sound EditorKevin Buchholz
ChefVance Wagner
Assistant To The ProducersJay Daniel Beechinor
Assistant To The Executive ProducersAshley MacMillan
First AidRachel Viszmeg
Dailies ServicesBling
Ditv ServicesEncore Hollywood
Warning: Fargo season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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