Fargo - Season 2, Episode 2 - Rotten Tomatoes

Before The Law



Critic Consensus: "Before the Law" successfully juxtaposes Fargo's sweeping cinematography with intimate character studies that build tension between the various storylines.

Episode Info

The Gerhardts get an unexpected offer and two surprising murderers try to clean up their mess.


Kirsten Dunst
as Peggy Blomquist
Patrick Wilson
as Lou Solverson
Ted Danson
as Hank Larsson
Jean Smart
as Floyd Gerhardt
Angus Sampson
as Bear Gerhardt
Jesse Plemons
as Ed Blomquist
Zahn McClarnon
as Hanzee Dent
Brad Mann
as Gale Kitchen
Rachel Keller
as Simone Gerhardt
Bokeem Woodbine
as Mike Milligan
Nick Offerman
as Karl Weathers
Cristin Milioti
as Betsy Solverson
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Critic reviews for Before The Law

The show's grandiose and dramatic pronunciations about monarchs and madness seem to emerge from careful character study rather than late-night Nietzche binges. That's how you build an empire: one body at a time.

October 20, 2015 | Full Review…

For all the reasons above and then some, Floyd [Jean Smart] is probably the character to watch in a sea of rich options.

October 20, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Lou Solverson may be getting closer in the murder investigation, and Ed Blomquist is stuck cleaning up the bloody mess, but we're way more interested in Floyd Gerhardt, Betsy Solverson and Peggy Blomquist.

August 31, 2018 | Full Review…

From stolen toilet paper to cancer, everything's either a lie about to be told or a promise about to be broken in this world.

June 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Quick transitions between storylines, some of which intersect, create an entertaining follow-up to the phenomenal season premiere, even if by the end you feel as if nothing has changed.

October 20, 2015 | Full Review…

The relationship between Hank and Lou is wonderfully understated.

October 20, 2015 | Rating: 4.75/5 | Full Review…

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