Specifically, it was the moment that he found a suitcase full of cash in the middle of nowhere, buried under snow and marked with an ice-scraper.
This is the same satchel full of ransom money that cranky kidnapper Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) hid at the end of the motion picture – effectively planting the seeds for an entirely new screenplay, in another medium.
Some are specific, while others fall into more general categories.
All together, they illustrate how what started as an adaptation of one motion picture became Hawley's interpretation of the entire Coen-verse.
As the episode flashes back to Nikki at a police station, getting booked and photographed, fans of filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen might experience some deja vu.
The situation, the way it's shot, and even the way the crook gets yanked around by the authorities – it's all right out of the Coens' 1987 comedy Raising Arizona.
The show's particularly drawn to the character of Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), a remorseless hitman who rages through the film like a supernatural force of destruction.
The Unstoppable Killer Next to Fargo itself, the Coen brothers picture that Hawley borrows from the most is their Oscar-winning 2007 adaptation of Cormac Mc Carthy's No Country for Old Men.
The show even uses similar language to describe the mindset of the kidnappers, as an innocent bystander who encounters them says they're restless and bored …
or, "Going crazy out there at the lake."The White Russian Coen brothers devotees weren't entirely sure what to expect from the TV series when it started, but one of the earliest indications that it'd at least be filled with fan-friendly Easter eggs came in the very first episode, when Martin Freeman's Lester Nygaard walked into a restaurant advertising a special on White Russians – the drink of choice for The Big Lebowski's "Dude." (Lester didn't order one though, so we'll never know how well this small town dive can mix "a Caucasian.")The Hotel/Motel Hotels and motels are such standard-issue settings for big- and small-screen action, so it'd be a stretch to call any scene that takes place at one an unmistakable homage.
On the show, Jesse Plemons' Ed Blumqist prefers his butcher shop's meat-grinder.
The effect is the same: a grim, gory method of destroying evidence.