The Narrow Escape Problem



Critic Consensus: "Narrow Escape Problem" savvily sets the table for subsequent episodes with strong performances, compelling characters, and a satisfying, unexpected callback to Fargo's past.

Episode Info

Emmit and Sy try to figure out what they've gotten themselves into; Nikki and Ray track down some collateral; and Gloria learns more about Maurice.


Carrie Coon
as Gloria Burgle
David Thewlis
as V.M. Vargas
Ewan McGregor
as Emmit Stussy; Ray Stussy
Mark Forward
as Donny Mashman
Scoot McNairy
as Maurice LeFay
Jim Gaffigan
as Donny Mashman
Shea Whigham
as Moe Dammick
Karan Soni
as Dr. Homer Gilruth
Fred Melamed
as Howard Zimmerman
Thomas Mann
as Thaddeus Mobley
Hamish Linklater
as Larue Dollars
Olivia Sandoval
as Winnie Lopez
Goran Bogdan
as Yuri Gurka
Graham Verchere
as Nathan Burgle
Andy Yu
as Meemo
Mary McDonnell
as Ruby Goldfarb
Ray Wise
as Paul Marrane
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Critic Reviews for The Narrow Escape Problem

Now we're ready to see the fireworks. That's a lot of pressure for Episode 5, but we still feel safe in Noah Hawley's hands.

May 11, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It is a nice touch to have this episode narrated by the constantly world-weary voice of Lorne Malvo himself, Billy Bob Thornton, reading excerpts from Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.

May 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Fargo returns to business-as-usual after last week's entertaining sojourn to Los Angeles, and things finally start coming together as Gloria is drawn towards the Stussys, while Emmit begins to feel the pinch from Varga and his lofty ambitions.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Fargo is an expect-the-unexpected kind of show - how else would you describe the opening of this week's episode, "The Narrow Escape Problem."

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Don't know much about biology? Then this week's episode of Fargo is the metaphor you need.

Oct 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Fargo seems to struggle in finding a meaningful connection between the numerous plot threads that comprise the third season, but the fourth episode easily demonstrates each thread's individual strength in characterization, depth and emotion.

May 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Brilliant. I can't get over how flawlessly Ewan McGregor differentiates the two characters.

May 11, 2017 | Full Review…

I could watch these vibrant characters and this show's strong visual language sans quick plotting and still be pretty satisfied.

May 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Terrific introduction to Olivia Sandoval as Officer Winnie, who picks up on the related thread of Sy smashing up Ray's car - and, more damningly, a stranger's bumper - with the company Humvee.

May 11, 2017 | Full Review…

It was very cool and fun and when I recognized that it was Billy Bob -- Lorne Malvo himself, back from the dead, kind of -- I started smiling from ear to ear.

May 11, 2017 | Full Review…