The Law of Non-Contradiction
Season 3, Episode 3
Episode Information
Air Date:

May 3, 2017


1.17 million

Written by:

Matt Wolpert
Ben Nedivi

Directed by:

John Cameron

Episode Chronology
Previous Episode:

The Principle of Restricted Choice

Next Episode:

The Narrow Escape Problem


The Law of Non-Contradiction is the third episode of Season 3, and the twenty-third episode overall. It premiered May 3, 2017.


Gloria revisits her stepfather's past to try and find some answers.


In Los Angeles in 1975, Thaddeus Mobley meets film produced Howard Zimmerman. Zimmerman wants to adapt Mobley's novel, The Planet Wyh, and also introduces him to actress Vivian Lord. Vivian seduces Mobley into funding the film. Mobley then learns he has been conned, and goes on to beat and cripple Zimmerman.

In 2010, Gloria Burgle checks into Mobley's former hotel room, and visits both Zimmerman (who is hospital-bound), and Vivian who is a washed-up actress. Both deny knowing Mobley, but Vivian eventually reveals that they conned him.

In parallel, the two timelines show Mobley and Gloria preparing to leave. They both bend down near the toilet (Mobley to throw up, Gloria drops her make-up) and see the name of the manufacturer – Dennis Stussy with a faded "D."

In Eden Valley, Minnesota, Gloria's partner, Donny Mashman tells her that the fingerprints were identified as Maurice LeFay but that he is now dead. Both are suspicious of the circumstances, and resume the investigation into Ennis' murder.


Main Cast

Guest Starring





  • Guest star Rob McElhenney co-starred with Season 1 alumn Glenn Howerton on the TV series It's Always Sunny in Philadephia that once aired on FX before moving to sister channel FXX at the start of the ninth season.
  • Yuri Gurka (Goran Bogdan) did not appear in this episode, however he was still not credited along with the other main cast members.
  • Francesca Eastwood played the younger version of Vivian in the flashbacks while the present Vivian was played by her real-life mother Frances Fisher.
Season 3 episodes

01. "The Law of Vacant Places"
02. "The Principle of Restricted Choice"
03. "The Law of Non-Contradiction"
04. "The Narrow Escape Problem"
05. "The House of Special Purpose"

06. "The Lord of No Mercy"
07. "The Law of Inevitability"
08. "Who Rules the Land of Denial?"
09. "Aporia"
10. "Somebody to Love"

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