The Principle of Restricted Choice
Season 3, Episode 2
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Episode Information
Air Date:

April 26, 2017


1.06 million

Written by:

Noah Hawley

Directed by:

Michael Uppendahl

Episode Chronology
Previous Episode:

The Law of Vacant Places

Next Episode:

The Law of Non-Contradiction


The Principle of Restricted Choice is the second of Season 3 of Fargo, as well as the twenty-second episode overall. It premiered on April 26, 2017.


Gloria deals with the aftermath of the crime; Varga makes a move; Ray and Nikki move on to their next plan


Emmit Stussy asks his lawyer to investigate V.M. Varga, which leads to the lawyer's computer crashing and then him being thrown off a parking garage by Varga's men. Varga then moves into a wing of Emmit's offices that are not in use.

Gloria Burgle has to deal with the arrival of a new police chief, Moe Dammick, and arranging Ennis' funeral. She learns that her stepfather wrote science-fictions novels under the name Thaddeus Mobley. Her investigation into Maurice LeFay shows that he stopped at a gas station and took a phonebook page with Ennis' information on it.

Nikki suggests that Ray makes peace with his brother while she steals the stamp. Ray visits Emmit at home and the two reconcile while Nikki searches his home office. However, as Emmit has put the stamp in a safety-deposit box, she cannot find it and instead leaves a used tampon in one of the desk drawers.

Emmit finds Nikki's gift and confides in Sy Feltz that the stamp is in the box because he is replacing the frame. Visiting Ray, Sy tells him that he cannot contact his brother again, ramming Ray's corvette twice.


Main cast

Guest Starring




  • First appearance of Yuri Gurka.
  • First appearance of Meemo.
  • First appearance of Moe Dammick.
  • First appearance of Donny Mashman.
  • First (and last) appearance of Irv Blumkin.
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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