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“Deafy” (Timothy Olyphant) visited Loy Cannon (Chris Rock) to ask where the two fugitive women went. Loy refused to tell him, saying he was “accountable” for them, since he had given the pair his word. The smiling Marshall, the man with an aversion to vulgarity and a proclivity to quote scripture, accurately pointed out Loy’s hypocrisy and pulled out a gun. All part of his not-so-polite polite tactics. “I like you,” said a calm Loy.
“We Mormons are very friendly people,” answered Wickware with a smile.
“No, pretty unfriendly really. But it’s the way you’re unfriendly. Like you’re doin’ me a favor.”
That exchange was almost verbatim a conversation Mike Milligan (Bokeem Woodbine) had in season two with state trooper Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson). During a tense but jovial armed standoff, a calm Mike told Lou, “I like you.”
“We’re a very friendly people,” said Lou with his charming Minnesota accent.
“No, that’s not it. Pretty unfriendly actually,” answered Mike. “But it’s the way you’re unfriendly. How you’re so polite about it. Like you’re doin’ me a favor.”
We already think 1979 Mike Milligan is really Loy Cannon’s son Satchel, the son Loy traded to his enemies in 1950. Satchel is currently in hiding with his protector, the Irishman Rabbi Milligan, and was not around for this conversation. But even if Satchel never did—or never will—hear his father talk about how people can be polite but unfriendly, these parallel scenes will serve as a great bridge between the two characters. It connects them by their similar world views. Two Black men, seeking power in a white world, and with a “friendly” cop pointing a gun at them, realize how things really work.
And how things really works is a major theme of the
Lou Solverson and “Deafy” Wickware were serving a defendable purpose in each case, but they also represent the fine line between good and evil
But people in power benefit from pretending nice and good are the same. It allows them to feel like your oppression is really what’s best for you. Like they’re doin’ you a favor, even when they’re pointing a gun at you.
Because what Loy and Mike both know is that