Fargo S5E10 Recap: “Bisquik” is the Key to Forgiveness (Season Finale)

Dorothy stands in the kitchen holding a bowl where she mixes with a whisk.
CR: Frank W Ockenfels III/FX

The following recap contains spoilers for the Season 5 finale of Fargo, S5E10, “Bisquik” (written by Noah Hawley and directed by Thomas Bezucha)

After watching the season finale, I can say I’m satisfied with the end. There were a few eyeball rolling moments and I’ll get to those, but overall, a great conclusion.

The episode begins with Gator (Joe Keery) still blindfolded and alone. He is trying to find his way home or to help. Eventually, he feels his way to the Tillman dungeon (some underground tunnel) and comes out on the other end near the entrance to the ranch. Gator hears the feds in the distance and signals for help.

I’m not sure why but I was focused on his exit from the dungeon and how he never closed the hatch. I imagine it would be hard to do so since he is blind at the moment (or forever). Later in the episode when Tillman (Jon Hamm) exits that same hatch, it is closed. Who closed it? Anyway, it’s just a little peeve of mine. Moving on…

The feds and military are arming themselves and ready to attack. Tillman on the other hand is looking for Munch (Sam Spruell) when he comes across his father-in-law on the porch. His in-law gives him shit about being soft and that he is about to school him on being tough. As he prepares to fight, Tillman turns around and slits the old man’s throat. Can’t say that he’ll be missed.

Mrs. Tillman happens to be there and witnesses the attack. Tillman begins to chase her but Dorothy (Juno Temple) stands in his way with the rifle. Tillman begins talking his normal rhetoric just before Dorothy shoots him in the stomach. She is ready to put another bullet in him, but Deputy Farr (Lamorne Morris) and his team arrive and stop her. Tillman slithers off like the snake he is.

Dorothy realizes he escaped and Deputy Farr assures her that he will handle it.

Tillman runs off like a coward to that dungeon. Farr follows the blood trail and finds him. Tillman has a knife ready to go and Farr aims his gun. Now, this was another roll my eyes moment because Farr could have shot Tillman here. So. Many. Times.

Even if he didn’t want to kill Tillman, he could’ve shot him in the leg and incapacitated him. He doesn’t do that and Tillman gets the jump on him, stabbing the deputy in the heart. This was such an unnecessary death.

Tillman finally comes out the other end of the tunnel (where the hatch is closed now) and the feds are right there waiting for him. They laugh as they tell him that his son gave him up.

I’m not sure what Tillman’s endgame was meant to be. Did he think he could run and hide? Or was he trying to go back to the ranch and go down with his ship? Either way, I’m glad he didn’t die. Living will turn out to be much more painful for him.

Gator and Dorothy hug it out before he is hauled off to jail and she promises to visit him and bring him cookies. I sort of felt bad for Gator because in the end, he is the way he is because of his father. If he had grown up in a different environment, he might’ve been just a normal kid.

Dorothy returns home to Wayne (David Rysdahl) and Scotty. Lorraine (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is there too and as cold as she can be, expresses how proud she is of her “daughter.”

A year passes and there have been some changes. Olmstead (Richa Moorjani) is still working for Lorraine and is the owner of Farr’s cat, and Dorothy and Wayne are working together and expanding their business. Lorraine pays Tillman a visit in prison and gloats about her connections within the government, essentially letting him know that he will never get out of there. She also informs him about her new program that helps those in prison who have debt. She puts money into their commissaries, basically paying them off to make his life there a living hell. Just like he did to his wives.

Ole Munch Close Up
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Then there Ole Munch. Dorothy and Scotty return home from the store to find Munch chilling with Wayne in the living room. He is there to have Dorothy repay her debt from when she hurt him in that first home invasion. It doesn’t seem like he wants to but after he goes on and on in his riddled language, it appears he has a code.

Between Dorothy’s kindness and Wayne’s joyous personality, I believe he softens a bit. Somehow he ends up staying for dinner and helps to make biscuits. He has another long monologue during dinner and I don’t know if we should take him literally or not at this point, but he speaks about coming from overseas centuries ago and never growing old or dying. It just seems at this point he is tired and has done a lot of things that he hates himself for. Dorothy hands him a biscuit and tells him sometimes the way to wash the taste of sin out of your mouth is to eat something made with love and forgive yourself. He takes a minuscule bite and smiles the ugliest smile of all time before it cuts to credits.

Overall, I think everyone got the ending they deserved (except poor Farr). Munch had some moments this season, but I still don’t think his character served much purpose. Unless his purpose was to be walking vengeance. Would Gator have turned his father in or learned a lesson had Munch not hurt him? I don’t know but I felt the show would’ve been fine without him.

Farr’s death didn’t seem very impactful because he was such a minor character. One can also question if his character was valuable to the show or not.

I wish they would’ve done a little more with Lorraine, only because she was such a badass.

Most important is Dorothy though and she is happy at home with her family and after everything she endured, she deserves all that and more. Let’s just hope no one ever messes with Scotty or else they will have Dorothy and Lorraine to answer to and that’s just terrifying.

Written by Felicia Nickens

Lover of television, film, & the macabre.

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