FX’s Fargo season three episode nine is titled ‘Aporia’ which seems like the perfect title for this season’s penultimate episode. Episode nine begins with Marvin Stussy of St. Cloud, Minnesota quietly going about his morning routine, fetching his newspaper, and preparing his breakfast when he’s stabbed to death by Meemo (Andy Yu) while looking in his refrigerator.
Meanwhile, Emmit (Ewan McGregor) has turned himself in and prepares to be interviewed by Deputy Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon). Although three police stations are closer, he wants to speak with Gloria because she gave him her card. He begins by telling her anyone who claims to be his lawyer should not be let in. He doesn’t want to speak with anyone and says, “Don’t trust anyone who comes, if they do, which they may not.”
Emmit admits Ray was right and that he did trick him out of a fortune. Their dad played tennis every Saturday and on one such day Emmit was in the driveway throwing a ball against the house and Ray was inside eating. Their dad returned home, stepped out of the car, and fell to the ground, dead. Emmit attempts to keep his emotions under control as he tells the story. He then blurts out that he killed Ray.
“First, I tricked him. Then, I killed him,” says Emmit. Even though there were years in between the events, it was like no time had passed when he killed Ray in his apartment. Emmit asks Gloria if she believes there’s a special level of hell for those who kill loved ones on Christmas Eve and she doesn’t respond. He reveals that at 17 he wanted his dad’s stamps, not his red Corvette, and he hinted to his chubby brother that he’d get laid (for the first time) if he had the car. Ray begged Emmit for the car, as if it was his idea. Emmit feels horrible for tricking his brother and for cutting his throat, leaving him to bleed out on his floor.
Gloria asks for more details and Emmit explains he sold all but the 2-cent stamp to start and fund his business. He framed the 2-cent stamp, but knows that stamp was “like a stick in the eye” every time Ray saw it. It meant Emmit won and Ray lost. He recalls the events of the night Ray died, beginning with how he brought the stamp to Ray and apologized. Emmit wanted to settle the feud once and for all, but Ray was still mad and that’s when the frame broke and the glass pierced Ray’s neck. Emmit says he didn’t mean to do it, and he didn’t hit him with the frame. It just happened. But, Emmit’s not saying it wasn’t murder as he believes he’s been slowly killing his brother for 30 years.
Meanwhile, Meemo meets with Varga (David Thewlis) in the 18-wheeler parked in a Stussy lot. Varga reminds him what matters is that Emmit sign the papers. They also have to get Emmit out of the police precinct ASAP.
Varga takes off and Meemo, accompanied by a small assortment of goons leave the lot, drives the 18-wheeler. Meemo’s in the 18-wheeler with one associate while two others follow close behind in a car. They’re stopped at a red light when suddenly the passenger side window crashes in and Nikki’s standing right outside the door, tossing in a grenade. Meemo leaps from the truck and takes cover in a nearby pickup while Mr. Wrench (Russell Harvard) opens fire on Varga’s men in the car.
Nikki jumps into the truck’s driver’s seat and she and Mr. Wrench drive away with it after she tosses the fake grenade (which is actually a paper weight) out the window. They drive the truck to what looks like a salvage yard and then check out what’s in the back. Varga’s complete monitoring setup is there, with its computers, cameras, etc. Nikki doesn’t say anything as they look around inside, grabbing a briefcase, books, and hard drives before leaving. They get into a car mere feet from the truck and take off, leaving the backdoor of the truck wide open. (Nikki meticulously planned out this attack!)
Meemo makes it back to the Stussy Lots office just as Varga receives a call from Nikki. He quickly figures out who he’s talking to and in response she calls him by the name of one of his Cayman Island account numbers, and then lists off one more account number. He’s briefly shocked but recovers enough to tell her numbers mean nothing without passwords and the answers to six security questions. She demands to know what his initials, V. M., stand for and then tells him she wants $2 million to be delivered to the lobby of the Clarion Hotel, reminding him to come alone.