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The Heap
Season 1, Episode 8
Episode Information
Air Date:

June 3, 2014

Written by:

Noah Hawley

Directed by:

Scott Winant

Episode Chronology
Previous Episode:

Who Shaves the Barber?

Next Episode:

A Fox, A Rabbit, and A Cabbage


The Heap is the eighth episode of Season 1 of Fargo. The episode premiered on June 3, 2014.


Molly faces pressure to close the case, while Lester starts to feel like a new man.


Lester Nygaard cleans his house and installs a new washing machine that runs smoother and quieter than his old one. His sister-in-law Kitty visits him and updates him on her husband and son: Chazz is about to go to trial, and Gordo is in a juvenile detention center, pending probation. She expresses minimal upset at Chazz being gone (although she is more upset that he cheated on her with Pearl and not that he is accused of killing her) and gives Lester Chazz's old hunting gear, telling him he deserves only good things. Lester gathers all of Pearl's things after Kitty leaves and throws them in the trash.

Molly Solverson prepares an evidence board to show to Bill Oswalt, but before she can show him it, he apologizes to her for his misconceptions of the Nygaard case, despite still having it wrong. Despite having most of her information right, Bill insists the case is closed and that Chazz murdered Vern Thurman and Pearl, telling her to let it go. The Sam Hess case is still open, but is being looked into by a reportedly incompetent officer.

At work, Lester is flirted with by his coworker Linda Park until he is interrupted by Gina Hess, who storms in furious that Lester manipulated her for sex despite her never being able to get an insurance payout. When she demands a two million payment and orders her sons to beat Lester up, he confidently dispatches them with a stapler. The Hesses leave, and Linda is in awe of Lester's display of dominance. Bill Budge and Webb Pepper are demoted to working in the Fargo FBI office's file room after not doing anything to stop Lorne Malvo's massacre of the Fargo Crime Syndicate. Determined to get their jobs back, Pepper puts a picture of Malvo leaving the scene captured on an ATM camera up on the wall.

Malvo himself breaks into Wes Wrench's Duluth hospital room after killing the officer guarding him and taunts Wrench, telling him he was the one that killed Grady Numbers and the Syndicate. He tells Wrench that he and Numbers were the people who have come the closest to killing him and gives him the key to his handcuffs, telling Wrench to come find him and try again if he still feels angry at him. Molly has a party thrown for her at her father's diner for "solving" the case. Ida Thurman notes that Molly has been receiving a lot of flowers, and she does not answer who they are from when asked. Ida thanks her for "catching" Chazz, and Molly chooses not to tell her they caught the wrong person. She leaves, her evidence board in the trunk of her car, and passes by Lester's workplace on the way home. The two lock eyes, and he waves at her but she does not wave back.

Gus Grimly calls Molly while on patrol. He talks about his day so far and tells her his hearing is the next day. She encourages him to tell the truth, minus the part where he shot an officer. He invites her to go to an upcoming logging festival with her and Greta, to which she accepts.

One year later, Gus, now a postman, and a pregnant Molly are married and Greta has accepted her as a mother. He brings dinner home to the family and Molly reminds him that they are going to Ida's on Saturday for the anniversary of Vern's death. Staring at the massive poster board detailing the multiple murders of 2006, she calls the FBI to ask about the Fargo Crime Syndicate massacre's case, but is told the case is still closed. Working late, Molly crosses paths with Bill and his Sudanese foster son Tahir El Kachief. Tahir tells her of how, after the massacre of his village, he was sent to America but had his luggage stolen at the airport. With Bill's information gone, Tahir ended up being forced to steal food from one of Stavros Milos' supermarkets for three months until Bill happened upon him by chance. Bill explains that the moral is that sometimes, things just work out. Molly returns home to find her husband half asleep. She gets into bed with him and muses aloud that they are doing good and have everything they need.

In Las Vegas, Lester wins the 2007 Insurance Salesman of the Year Award. He vaguely references the events of 2006 in his acceptance speech and thanks Linda, now his wife. After a celebratory dinner, Lester notices a group of women eyeing him and chooses not to go back to the room with Linda, instead sticking around for a drink at the bar. He grins at the women, and then sees something that makes him revert to the twitchy man he once was: Lorne Malvo, now with white hair, out to dinner with a group of friends.


Main cast

Recurring cast



  • Unnamed Duluth police officer


  • First appearance of Burt Canton.
  • First appearance of Louise Canton.
  • First appearance of Jemma Stalone.
  • The title refers to the sorites paradox, also known as "paradox of the heap". A typical formulation of this paradox involves a heap of sand, from which grains are individually removed. Under the assumption that removing a single grain does not turn a heap into a non-heap, the paradox is to consider what happens when the process is repeated enough times: is a single remaining grain still a heap? (Or are even no grains at all a heap?) If not, when did it change from a heap to a non-heap? This paradox is referenced by Bill Budge when questioning if the file room is still a file room if you keep removing files from it.
Season 1 episodes

01. "The Crocodile's Dilemma"
02. "The Rooster Prince"
03. "A Muddy Road"
04. "Eating the Blame"
05. "The Six Ungraspables"

06. "Buridan's Ass"
07. "Who Shaves the Barber?"
08. "The Heap"
09. "A Fox, A Rabbit, and A Cabbage"
10. "Morton's Fork"