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Burt, Louise, and Jemma

The Canton couple and Jemma's corpses.

Burt Canton is a recurring character in Fargo Season 1. He is a friend of an alter ego that Lorne Malvo takes on in order to hunt down the former's brother.

History

Early life

At some point, Burt met and married Louise Canton. After their marriage, Louise became less interested in sex which Burt saw as an issue. Burt also describes his job at the dentist's office to be quite dull. It isn't until Malvo shows up that things become more enjoyable for him.

Over a year before meeting Malvo, Burt tried to talk his brother out of turning states evidence against a crime syndicate out of Chicago. His brother did not listen, and was eventually forced to go into witness protection. They are still in contact with one another over the phone, despite not being allowed to. (A Fox, A Rabbit, and A Cabbage)

Forming a friendship

Over the course of late 2006, Burt becomes acquainted a co-worker of his, Dr. Mick Michaelson. Unbeknownst to him, Mick is a hitman looking for Burt's brother who has since been in witness protection with a large bounty on his head. Regardless, Burt becomes good friends with Mick after six months or so to the point where they give each other nicknames. (A Fox, A Rabbit, and A Cabbage)

Trip to Vegas

While at the dentist's office, Burt asks Mick if they're still on for golf next week. Mick in turn reminds him to stop by Sunday night for a dinner party, which he seems elated about. Burt arrives at the party with his wife along with wine and a five-layer been dip. He and Mick discuss the latter's recent engagement to Jemma Stalone. In order to celebrate, Burt suggests Mike and Jemma join him and his wife on a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada where they plan to have a "family reunion" with his brother.

At a bar in Vegas, Burt sits at the table with his party while Mick tells a story about a Novocaine shot going wrong, which has the whole table laughing. Burt goes over his plan with everyone for tomorrow to meet his brother, which involves two car changes and not bringing phones. Their discussion is interrupted when Lester Nygaard approaches the table to try to talk to Mick, unaware of their affiliation. Mick pulls everyone away from the table to distract him.

The party gets on an elevator, but Lester follows them on. Lester insists that Mick acknowledges him, much to Burt's confusion. Burt tries to diffuse the situation, but is helpless as Lorne Malvo pulls a pistol out and shoots him in the head, along with Louise and Jemma. (A Fox, A Rabbit, and A Cabbage)

Episode appearances

Season 1

Trivia

To be added.

Season 1 characters
Main Lorne MalvoMolly SolversonGus GrimlyLester Nygaard
Recurring Ben SchmidtBill BudgeBill OswaltBo MunkBurt CantonChaz NygaardDon Chumph
Gina HessGrady NumbersGreta GrimlyIda ThurmanJemma StaloneKitty NygaardKnudsen
Linda ParkLou SolversonMax GoldPearl NygaardStavros MilosVern Thurman
Wally SemenchkoWebb PepperWes Wrench
All characters

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