In the matter of Fargo, I’ve always regarded the awkward Radisson Bar scene between Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) and Mike Yanagita (Steve Park) as kind of an odd “ick.” As in “what’s wrong with this fucking guy? He’s so emotionally anxious and desperate to get laid, and he can’t even play his cards semi-honestly…and he keeps saying ‘oh, noooo.’ Plus he’s lying about his wife having passed from lukemia.”

Time and again I’ve asked myself “why is this bizarre scene even in the film?” It’s obviously not an essential component in the kidnapping plot or Marge’s investigation of same.