Following from last week’s rather tame episode, Fargo forgoes the metaphorical frying pan, in favour of throwing everything straight into the fire to heighten the tension. Not unlike the fish in the opening scene.
Lester is in a similar predicament, albeit dealing with it with a much less rational approach in comparison. His convoluted plot to escape the hospital feels like it would only work in the fictional world of film and television, with several people holding the proverbial idiot ball for such a feat to be successful. It rivals the majority of the Bemidji police force in terms of stupidity and dumb-luck (although a lot of police officers were likely carrying the aforementioned idiot ball to let the incident happen). Ultimately, despite the thrill of him possibly being discovered, the entire adventure seems to meander slightly, although there is a theory that Lester may have done more than just attempt to exonerate himself during the snowstorm. But that’s for another time.
Overall, the episode is a fantastically tense, well written and acted delight. There are one or two points that require a small suspension of disbelief, but nothing that ultimately doesn’t seem too unbelievable.