Fargo script
Fargo  Episode #Pilot (2014)
Synopsis: Fargo is an American black comedy–crime drama anthology television series created and primarily written by Noah Hawley. The show is inspired by the 1996 film of the same name written and directed by the Coen brothers, who serve as executive producers on the series. It premiered on April 15, 2014, on FX. Each season follows an anthology format, being set in a different era along with a different story, cast, and set of characters.

PEARL:

You make your own wins. That’s

what Kitty said Ron told her.

Salesmen make their own wins. You

gotta try harder, hon. Smile, for

Pete sake. Maybe wear a nicer tie.

LESTER NYGAARD:

(looks down)

You gave me this tie.

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PEARL:

Well, if you were a better

salesman, I’da bought you a nicer

tie.

The sound of the washing machine takes on a new urgency.

PEARL (CONT’D)

At least take a look. I keep

thinking maybe it’s the settings.

Kitty said Ron fixes things around

the house all the time. Says he

took the toaster apart over the

weekend. Good as new now. Browns

to beat the band.

Lester’s jaw is tight. He opens the door to the basement.

CUT TO:

INT. BASEMENT. NYGAARD HOUSE - DAY

Lester stands at the bottom of the stairs. The washing

machine is acting like a caged animal, roaring and bucking.

Lester stares at it, hypnotized. We get the sense he’s

looking at his own trapped heart.

CUT TO:

INT. INSURANCE AGENCY. SAINT CLOUD, MINNESOTA - DAY

Lester Nygaard sits across from a YOUNG COUPLE.

LESTER NYGAARD:

So, that’s -- like I said, there’s

two kinds of policies you should be

thinking about. You got your Whole

Life and your Whole Life Plus.

Which is -- has all the benefits of

Whole Life -- plus a heck of a lot

more.

YOUNG MAN:

We just came in to get Charline on

my health care.

YOUNG WOMAN:

On account of I’m having a baby.

YOUNG MAN:

Ya. A boy we’re hoping.

YOUNG WOMAN:

Or a little girl.

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YOUNG MAN:

But definitely one or the other.

YOUNG WOMAN:

Ya. I’d just about hug the pants

off a little girl.

LESTER NYGAARD:

Oh ya? Even more reason to -- all

the more --

He digs through his desk, pulls out a brochure.

LESTER NYGAARD (CONT’D)

-- because, I mean, what happens if

you have an accident at your job?

YOUNG MAN:

I work at the library.

LESTER NYGAARD:

Well, what if you’re in a car crash

and you go out the windshield? Or

say you’re on a ladder cleaning out

the gutters and fall off the darn

thing and break your neck. These

things happen every day. People

fall asleep smoking in bed and burn

ta death. What I’m saying is the

morgue is full of guys thought they

didn’t need life insurance.

The young couple stares at him, horrified.

LESTER NYGAARD (CONT’D)

(losing steam)

-- for peace of mind, I’m saying.

To know that your little boy --

YOUNG MAN:

Or girl.

LESTER NYGAARD:

Right. Or little girl is taken

care of.

YOUNG WOMAN:

(beat, creeped out)

We’re supposed to be at my mom’s by

four.

YOUNG MAN:

Ya, so we’re gonna --

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They stand, head for the door.

LESTER NYGAARD:

Oh. Okay, well -- at least let me

give you a brochure. Or I got

these nifty pens. Look at that.

Black and red ink. You just click

the -- Okay, well, come on back if

you --

The couple exits. Nygaard sits for a moment.

LESTER NYGAARD (CONT’D)

Well, heck.

CUT TO:

EXT. APPLIANCE SHOP. SAINT CLOUD, MINNESOTA - DAY

Lester stands outside the store, staring in through the plate

glass window at a brand new washer dryer set. He’s wearing a

puffy orange coat and a wool hat with ear flaps.

An SUV pulls up down the block. SAM HESS, 40, climbs out

with his TWIN SONS, MICKEY and MOE, 15. Hess is a big guy,

intimidating. His boys look like two identical blocking

sleds.

SAM HESS:

(to the driver)

Circle for a bit. I’m gonna feed

the boys.

The SUV pulls away. Hess and sons walk towards Lester.

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Noah Hawley

Noah Hawley (born c. 1967) is an American film and television producer, screenwriter, composer, and author, best known for creating and writing the FX anthology television series Fargo. Hawley was a writer and producer on the first three seasons of the television series Bones (2005–2008) and also created The Unusuals (2009) and My Generation (2010). He wrote the screenplay for the film The Alibi (2006). more…

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