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FADE IN: foreshadow of the journey: the snowy freeway in North Dakota.
The Antihero and the Antagonists: the plan, motivation, characters and relationships: Jerry Lundegaard meets Carl and Gaear.
Antihero's Ordinary World [home]: Jerry comes home.
Meeting the Mentor: Jerry doesn't want Wade to stay for dinner.
Developing characters and relationships: Jerry, Jean, Wade and Scott have dinner.
Foreshadow of the First Threshold: "Wade, have you had a chance to look at that deal…."
Antagonists character and relationships developed: Carl and Gaear in the car…."pancakes."
Antihero's Ordinary World [work]: trying to sell true coat.
Foreshadow of the Physical Separation: drive along the icy freeway.
Developing the Antagonists: Carl and Gaear get laid.
Developing the Allies: Scotty ignores Jean.
Pushed to the First Threshold: Wade asks Jerry to come in at 2.30.
Resisting the First Threshold: Jerry tries to talk to Shep Proudfoot and call off the deal.
Antagonists character and relationships developed: Carl and Gaear in the car…."can you stop smoking…".
Time Pressure: on the phone; can't read the serial numbers; that money will be clawed back.
Entering the First Threshold: Jean is kidnapped.
First Threshold Conflict: Jerry meets with Wade and Stan Grossman; they'll only give him a finders fee.
Pre Inner Cave Conflict: a frustrated Jerry cleans his windscreen.
Inner Cave: Jerry comes home and faces the fact of his kidnapped wife.
Physical Separation / Antagonist's threat developed: Carl and Gaear shoot the cop and the passers-by on the freeway.
Hero's Ordinary World: Marge Gunderson in bed; Norm makes eggs; the car needs a jump.
Hero's Status: "hiya Lou…"
Hero's Capabilities: Marge instantly assesses the crime.
Road of Trials:
Antihero Transformation / Trial 1: Norm tries to convince Wade and Stan not to call the cops; Jerry makes the final decision; Stan agrees with Jerry.
Antihero Journey to Transformation / Trial 2: Stan asks if Jerry has talked to Scotty.
Antihero Transformation / Trial 2: Jerry persuades Scotty and tells him not to tell anyone.
Developing the Antagonists: Comedic Element: Jean runs blindfolded in the snow.
Developing Hero and Allies characters and relationships: "what are they, night crawlers…ah hun, you're better than them…"
Hero Transformation / Trial 1: Marge visits the girls at the Lakeside club.
Developing the Antagonists: Carl can't get the TV to work.
Developing the Hero: Marge watching TV; Norm asleep.
Meeting the Oracle and guided to the Sword [hero] / out of her Ordinary World: Marge gets a call from Mike Yanagita.
Antihero Transformation / Trial 3: Carl calls and tells Jerry blood has been shed; they need more money.
Time Pressure: phone call - the vehicle ID's haven't arrived.
Hero pushed toward Transformation / Trial 2 & 3: the officer tells Marge that Shep works in the Twin Cities.
Meeting the Oracle and guided to the Sword [antihero]: Wade wants to deliver the money himself.
World of the Sword: Marge arrives at the hotel in the Twin Cities.
Foreshadow of the Transformation / Trials 2 and 3 [hero]: Marge phones in and locates Shep Proudfoot and is recommended the Radisson.
Foreshadow of the Sword [antagonist]: Carl changes his number plates and doesn't want to pay the $4.
Hero Transformation / Trial 2: Marge convinces Shep Proudfoot to remember who called him.
Hero Transformation / Trial 3: Marge meets Jerry in his office.
Foreboding of the Final Confrontation: Jerry tries to call Shep Proudfoot.
Seizing the Sword [Hero]: Marge meets Mike Yanagita.
Reward: with the escort girl in the nightclub; sex.
Near Death Experience [antagonist]: Carl gets a whipping from Shep].
Time Pressure: Carl calls Jerry and wants the money in 30 minutes.
Atonement with the Father: Carl kills Wade.
Apotheosis [hero]: Jerry finds Wade dead in the car park; goes home; Scotty's voice; Stan Grossman called.
Ultimate Boon: Mr Mohra tells the officer that they're out on the lake.
Apotheosis [Antagonist]: Carl finds £1m in the case; realises what Jerry was up to.
Apotheosis [Hero]: Marge on the phone; Mike's wife didn't die; he never really got married…
Crossing the Return Threshold [Hero]: Marge eats; appreciating her Ordinary World.
Refusal: Marge visits Jerry; "the car's not from out lot.."
Magic Flight: Jerry runs from the interview.
Crossing the Return Threshold: Carl goes back to give Gaear his half of the 80k.
Refusal: Gaear won't accept what he's given.
Magic Flight: Carl leaves and Gaear pursues him.
Rescue from Without: Marge sees the Tan Sierra.
Master of the Two Worlds: Marge finds and shoots Gaear.
Reward: Marge driving the car with Gaear in the back…" don't you know that…"
Freedom to Live [Antihero]: captured.
Freedom to Live [Hero]: Marge appreciates what she's got.
by Kal Bashir