The House of Special Purpose



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Episode Info

Nikki and Ray's retaliation has consequences for Emmit while Gloria and Winnie start connecting the dots.


Carrie Coon
as Gloria Burgle
David Thewlis
as V.M. Vargas
Ewan McGregor
as Emmit Stussy; Ray Stussy
Mark Forward
as Donny Mashman
Jim Gaffigan
as Donny Mashman
Scoot McNairy
as Maurice LeFay
Shea Whigham
as Moe Dammick
Karan Soni
as Dr. Homer Gilruth
Fred Melamed
as Howard Zimmerman
Thomas Mann
as Thaddeus Mobley
Olivia Sandoval
as Winnie Lopez
Hamish Linklater
as Larue Dollars
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 House of Special Purpose

If "The House of Special Purpose" is any indication things are plenty agitated already, and we're guaranteed to hear the pain before we see the results. First the poooooft, and then whatever deflated mess is left in the oven.

May 18, 2017 | Full Review…

It finally happened. After four weeks of relatively harmless fun - save for the comically killed Maurice LaFay (Scoot McNairy) - Fargo took us to the emotional woodshed.

May 18, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

"The House of Special Purpose" marks the mid-way point of Fargo's third season, and in many ways feels like a transitory episode, nodding towards the potential dark ends down the road for many of these characters.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

God bless the silence, restraint, and deliberately painstaking pacing of crime shows like Better Call Saul and The Americans, but there's something cathartic about watching everything collapse as quickly as possible.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The various plots are beginning to condense and intertwine on Fargo Season 3 Episode 5, the midway point of the season.

May 18, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Pressure is coming from all angles, and it makes this the most eventful episode of the season.

May 18, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Aside from a few clunky moments, Fargo's third season improved greatly this week as things escalated to violent levels after the Stussy brothers' feud finally began to yield dire consequences for members of the main cast.

May 18, 2017 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…

This episode does progress things in a positive way, adding the emotional stakes that have been mostly missing so far.

May 18, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

While it still suffers from some of the sluggishness that's been dragging down the season as a whole, "The House Of Special Purposes" takes steps toward bringing the larger thematic concerns of the tale of the Stussys and Gloria Burgle into clearer focus.

May 18, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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What Fargo seems to be poking at is the little compromises we all make with ourselves to justify our indiscretions.

May 18, 2017 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…