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Fargo Season 4 Premiere Recap: Kansas City Beefs (Plus, Grade It!)



A gang war is brewing as Fargo kicks off its fourth season on FX with an epically ambitious, nearly three-hour (!) premiere — and a very odd arrangement may be the only thing preventing bloodshed.

We meet teen Ethelrida (E’myri Crutchfield) in 1950 Kansas City as she’s hauled into the principal’s office for punishment, a la Raising Arizona‘s H.I. McDunnough. She gets us up to speed with a history report on the city’s criminal underground: Back in 1900, the Jewish crime syndicate brokered a deal with the Irish mob, trading each other their sons in an attempt to keep the peace. But it doesn’t last. The Irish kid sneaks his family in so they can gun down the Jewish gang in an ambush, and his dad hands the kid a pistol to finish off the Jewish son: “It’s time for bears to be bears.” Years later, the Irish gang strikes a similar deal with the Italians, and this time, the Irish boy helps the Italians murder his family, firing the final bullet to kill his own father himself.

Fargo FX Season 4 Premiere Josto DonatelloThat catches us up to 1950, where the Italians — with patriarch Donatello Fadda (Tommaso Ragno) flanked by son Josto (Jason Schwartzman) and “Rabbi Milligan” (the murderous kid from the flashbacks, now played by Ben Whishaw) — meet a new rival: Loy Cannon (Chris Rock) and his African American crime family. Donatello and Loy size each other up, and when Donatello spits in his hand and offers a handshake, Loy pulls out a knife instead. He slices his palm so their handshake becomes a blood oath, and Donatello follows suit, with drops of their blood dripping onto the snowy ground. (Yep, this is Fargo, alright.) They trade sons, with Loy warning his boy Satchel: “If there’s trouble, swing for the balls, then the eyes.”

Fargo FX Season 4 Premiere EthelridaEthelrida’s family runs a funeral home, with her white dad handling white funerals and her Black mom handling “colored” ones. At one funeral, she runs into Oraetta Mayflower (Jessie Buckley), a drug-sniffing nurse with a thick Minnesota accent and a rather blunt manner of speaking. (“Your mother must be quite dark-skinned,” she tells Ethelrida with a grin.) Plus, Ethelrida spots Loy Cannon sitting at her family’s kitchen table one night, so she knows something’s not quite right. And the peace between Loy’s crew and the Faddas is shaky at best: Loy warns Donatello that if they start killing kids, “you’ve got more than me,” while Josto prods his father to go on the attack against those “animals.” (“We’re the goddamn Roman Empire. They were born in huts.”)

The tension is thick as Donatello and Josto’s car stops at a street crossing, with Donatello’s men readying their weapons as they spot a Black man reaching into his coat. (The kids firing off cap guns nearby aren’t helping, either.) The Black man was just getting his cigarettes, but Donatello is suddenly in medical distress, seemingly having a heart attack… before he breaks wind in spectacularly loud fashion. (Hey, is this an homage to the Coen brothers, or the Farrelly brothers?) But soon, Donatello does take a bullet to the neck from an unseen assailant, and Josto rushes him to a fancy hospital, where they’re turned away by a snooty administrator who says they “serve only a certain class of people.” As they leave, Josto angrily tells the guy, “You and me are gonna dance again later” — and we believe him.

While Loy and his right-hand man Doctor Senator get turned away at a white bank while pitching their latest business innovation — Loy invented the credit card! And they don’t even want it! — Donatello ends up at Oraetta’s hospital after losing a lot of blood, with his sons keeping vigil. Josto hits up Oraetta for some “bennies” or “zoomers” to lift his spirits (“I’ve had a world-class day”), and they end up doing lines together, with Josto asking her to take care of his dad, because he’s in a lot of pain. Oraetta responds with a smile… but one that makes us worry a little bit, too.

Fargo FX Season 4 Premiere Nurse OraettaWe were right to worry, it turns out. Oraetta checks in on Donatello late at night while his bodyguard is asleep, adjusting his IV and surprising him by speaking fluent Italian. (“I’m a people person, don’tcha know?”) Donatello starts to struggle, and Oraetta reassures him that “it won’t be much longer now.” Uh-oh. He calls her a “murderess,” but it’s no use. He passes away… and Oraetta takes off his ring, keeping it for herself. What the heck kind of nurse is she, anyway? She takes the bus home, and we see she lives across the street from Ethelrida, staring at the girl’s font porch from her window with an icy glare.

Sunday’s second episode introduces Josto’s beefy brother Gaetano (Salvatore Esposito), fresh off the boat from Italy and eager to take control of the family business, as well as Ethelrida’s aunt Zelmare (Karen Aldridge), who shows up on her family’s doorstep with a pal after they escape from prison, in another Raising Arizona nod. The Faddas try to gun down that snooty hospital administrator, but they miss and kill an innocent woman instead, and we learn they have an OCD-addled detective (Jack Huston) on the payroll snooping around for them. Plus, Oreatta gets fired when a doctor catches her nearly killing another patient, and she bakes an ipecac-laced apple pie for Ethelrida’s family; Gaetano and the Faddas have a tense standoff with Loy’s henchmen over a disputed slaughterhouse; and Timothy Olyphant shows up as a U.S. marshal who kicks down the front door of Ethelrida’s family home just as the episode ends. Anybody else feel like they should be taking notes?

Give the Fargo season premiere a grade in our poll, and then hit the comments to share your thoughts.


The Advantages of Online Casino Welcome Bonuses




When it comes to online gambling, the industry is thriving in 2020. Although casinos are banned in many countries, people still find ways to enjoy their favorite games of chance. However, considering the level of competition on the market, it may be difficult for a beginner to find a good online platform and take advantage of all offers. In this article, you will learn the benefits of casinos’ welcome bonuses.

What Is a Sign-Up Bonus?

As we have already established, the industry is growing rapidly and companies are desperately looking for new ways to attract customers. A welcome bonus is often used by online casinos to get new leads and players in the future. However, the best casino bonuses can be easily used to the player’s advantage. Here are the main reasons you should not neglect this offer.

  1. It saves your money

Quite obvious, right? Well, this is the main reason why you should always use welcome bonuses in online gambling: it is always better to not risk your own money. It is especially true for beginners. Since they have no experience, it is fairly common for beginners to lose their initial investment and be done with gambling for good. However, if you use your welcome bonus as a way of getting the basics skills, the chances of success will rise significantly.

  1. It allows you to try several games

Another common issue beginners face is a lack of understanding of which types of games they want to try: slots, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, etc. If you use your sign-up bonus, you will be able to play several games and choose the ones you like better. Moreover, you can take advantage of a welcome bonus on several online gambling platforms. That way you will try out even more options.

  1. It will make future gambling more profitable

Besides beneficial sign-up bonuses, good online casinos usually have great loyalty programs. For instance, the company may double up to five first deposits on the platform. If you invest 100 USD, you will get 200 USD to your account. More money — more games — more chances of winning.

Although a welcome bonus is a great way of upping your gambling game, there are a few things you should pay attention to. Firstly, a good bonus does not equal a good platform. Before choosing a casino, make sure that the company is legal and trustworthy. Since there are many scams right now, it is essential if you want to save your money. Moreover, check the available deposit/withdrawal methods and their terms.

We hope that this article has shown the true power of online casinos’ welcome bonuses and how you can use them to your own advantage. Follow our tips while choosing a platform and enjoy the best gambling experience.

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3 Key Mistakes to Avoid When Playing Blackjack




Blackjack is the most popular casino game in the world. The card game, sometimes referred to as ‘21’, accounts for an average of 31 percent of all casino table traffic – this is consistent both online and in physical casinos. For reference, the second most popular is roulette (24%) followed by poker (21%).

It’s easy to understand blackjack’s popularity. It’s a simple game to grasp and offers players a mix of luck and skill: luck in the cards that are drawn, skill over how those cards are dealt and a player’s eventual hand. Compare that to roulette, which is based entirely on luck, and poker, which has a huge skill element to it.

However, while the beauty of blackjack is in its simplicity, there are also a number of complexities to the game, and as is the case with almost anything in life, you learn more from mistakes than successes.

With that in mind, here are three key mistakes to avoid when playing blackjack that can significantly increase your chances of winning, while limiting your losses.

Choosing the Wrong Table

Before a single card is drawn, being at the wrong table – whether live or online – is the first mistake to avoid.

First of all, each blackjack table will have different minimum bet requirements so avoid choosing one that is out of your budget. For instance, if you choose a table with a $100 minimum bet and your budget is $200, you might only play two hands.

Secondly, check the payout odds on the blackjack table. These are typically 6:5 and 3:2 and will affect how much gets paid out when you hit blackjack and land other bonus wins. Where possible, choose a 3:2 table as it pays out higher.

Thirdly, choose between a virtual and a live table. This is not so much a mistake to avoid but more comes down to personal preference. Virtual tables allow players to play against an automated computer, so you can play at your own pace, while live tables are usually quicker paced as human dealers are keen to move the game along.

When to Hit and Stand

As a general rule, most blackjack players know to hit when the hand is 12 and to stand when the hand equals 17. However, there are plenty of variables to consider that could influence when to hit and stand. Getting these right can really boost your chances of beating the house, while getting it wrong could prove costly.

One key move to implement is to always hit on a soft 17 – when the two cards are an ace and a six. This means that if you draw a 10 or picture card (jack, queen, king), then you convert your hand into a hard 17. It also gives greater flexibility if you draw a smaller value card as the ace can be used as a one.

While many players adopt a strict ‘never bust’ policy, meaning they always stand when their hand equals 12 or more, this can be ill-advised as it depends almost entirely on the dealer going bust.

Instead, analyze the value of your two cards compared to the dealer’s first card and weigh up the risk factor in drawing another card before the dealer draws their second. As a strict rule, if your first two cards equal 17 or more, then stand – anything else can be hit depending on the situation.

When to Split and Double

If you are playing in a blackjack tournament, either online or live, learning when to split and double can make all the difference to your chances of success. The same also applies to individual games of blackjack.

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Splitting is when you split two cards when dealt the same value cards, so a pair of eights for example. Doubling is when you are given the option to double your bet after being dealt your initial two cards.

While it can be tempting to split and double at every opportunity to increase your winning, doing at the right time is the key.

It is not recommended to split when:

  • You are dealt two picture cards or two 10s
  • You are dealt two 9s
  • You are dealt two 5s
  • The dealer holds a 10 or picture card

It is best to split when:

  • You are dealt two 8s
  • You are dealt two aces
  • The dealer holds a 5 or 6 (as this is the highest probability of a bust)

Similar to knowing when to hit and stand, take a brief moment to assess the dealer’s drawn card compared to your own two cards and determine whether the probabilities are in your favour.

Likewise, knowing when to double down – when not to double down – can change the complexities of your blackjack game. A simple rule to know when to double is if your two cards equal 10 and the dealer’s card is between 2-9. Additionally, if you hold an ace, you can consider a double as these have the flexibility of playing as 11 or 1. But if the dealer’s card is an ace, ignore the double.


Blackjack may be a simple game but there are some important strategies to keep in mind next time you head to the virtual or live table. The game itself is still rooted in luck so there are never any guarantees to long-term success. However, by keeping these three important rules in mind, you can at least avoid making avoidable mistakes.

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Top 5 Entertainment Activities for College Students




The life of college students is sometimes too complicated. They have to face tons of homework assignments that steal their time. Many students get stressed because of continuous learning. They seem to forget how to relax. If you’re a busy student, you should remember that you’re still young and shouldn’t waste this precious life stage. You can undertake some entertainment activities sometimes. Take your friends and organize funny games to unwind and let off some pressure. We asked writing experts from a professional essay service Smart Writing Service to share their ideas and provide you with top-5 entertainment activities for college students you may like. 

Who Are You?

Students, especially freshmen, don’t know each other perfectly. They may be taken by surprise when some of them tell something quite unexpected about their hobbies, preferences, and so on. If you want to know other students better, suggest playing a game called “Who Are You”.

Form at least three teams. If there are many folks, you can form more teams. Choose a speaker of the game. It may be even one of your teachers or professors. All groups will be given topics to discuss. The speaker is supposed to announce a new topic every few minutes. You may discuss and answer the following topics:

  • What is the greatest challenge you are facing?
  • What do you like or hate most about yourself?
  • What is your greatest value in life?
  • What emotions do you express easily?
  • What is the most valuable thing in friendship?
  • Who you want to become in five years?
  • What is your major objective for next year?
  • Is there something you want to improve about yourself?
  • What motto do you try to live by?
  • Where would you like to travel?
  • If you were to study abroad, what country would that be?

Students should write their answers on index cards. The speaker should gather the answers of every student and shuffle them. Afterward, he/she redistributes them randomly to students. Each person should guess whose card he/she is holding. Play this game after you spend some time together and already know at least something about one another.

Sentence Completion

Another fun activity is “Sentence Completion.” Most people like it because it’s commonly accompanied by laughter and good mood. It’s necessary to prepare a list of sentences. Those sentences should have a beginning, but with no end. Every student should finish the sentence he/she gets. Oftentimes, students give funny answers. At times, they are quite serious, and we can learn something important about other students. Here are several sentence beginnings you may choose:

  • Before I came to college, I was interested in…
  • When I was a child, I wanted to become…
  • The best moment I remember most about high school is…
  • My favorite pet is…
  • The things I value most are…
  • Five years from now I hope to be…
  • My greatest personality trait is…
  • My favorite subject at high school was…
  • If I could change one thing in the world, it would be…
  • My greatest fear is…
  • After I graduate from college, I…

The Reception Line

You may likewise try another entertaining activity for college students. It is called “The Reception Line.” Gather all the mates eager to participate. Divide yourselves into two groups. If you form more, it won’t fit the rules of the game. Each person talks to the person in front of him/her until he/she must move. The person at the end of one line goes to the end of the other line. This method makes it possible to meet new people. Thus, students will learn more about each other. You can make shifts every next topic or set a limit. For example, the pair should discuss 5 topics and afterward move to change partners. Here are some interesting topics to discuss:

  • Where would you like to travel?
  • What motto do you try to follow?
  • What is your favorite movie?
  • What music do you like?
  • What is your favorite hobby?
  • Why did you choose this college?
  • What do you like about college life the most?

Take Sides

You can likewise suggest a game, which offers only two options. It’s called “Take Sides.” Create a list of questions with two answers. Students should obligatorily choose one of them. Afterward, you may discuss the answers. Let everyone explain his/her choices. Thus, you’ll learn more about each other, and it will bring you closer. Here are several suggestions:

  • Watermelon or banana?
  • Sweat or bitter?
  • Short trips every weekend or a journey around the world for three months?
  • Partying or hiking?
  • Listen or speak?
  • Rock or pop?
  • Morning or night?
  • Superman or Batman?
  • Robocop or Terminator?
  • Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings?
  • Los Angeles or New York?
  • Liberal or conservative?
  • American football or ice hockey?

My Most Embarrassing Moment

You can likewise tell each other about the most embarrassing moments. It’s important to be honest and don’t imagine a story that never took place. All the participants should agree on this term. Commonly, it is a very entertaining activity. Students tell funny stories they’ve been through. It commonly makes them closer.

These activities for college students are very simple to follow. They are really entertaining. Mind that we have mentioned only 5 of them. However, you can try a hundred activities more. Use our examples to have fun and relax. They may inspire you and your friends to look for other entertaining activities.

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