|“||Well, I think history's proven people of the Germanic persuasion don't surrender easy. But you can kill them||„|
|~ Joe Bulo talking about the Gerhardts|
Joe Bulo is a member of the Kansas City, he is the expert on negotiation tactics and his work is to negotiate a deal with the Gerhardt Crime Family to take control of their territory, he is also the boss and friend of Mike Milligan. He is a major antagonist in the second season of the television series Fargo.
He was portrayed by Brad Garrett.
The Mafia War
After Otto Gerhardt, the leader of the Gerhardt Crime Family from North Dakota suffers a stroke he tells his superiors this is an opportunity to take advantage of them to control their territory so they sent him along with Mike Milligan and the Kitchen Brothers to make a deal with them and to look for Rye Gerhardt the easiest member of the family to convience.
Floyd Gerhardt, Otto's wife and new leader of the family talks to his family and assossiates about the offer, even though his eldest son Dodd wants to start a war, she thinks is better to try to solve this in a pacific way first, but that they will be ready if a war is what they want.
Bulo and Floyd have a meeting, meanwhile Mike and the Kitchen brothers ambush Gerhardts men while they were taking Otto to the doctor, during the meeting Dodd gets very mad and Floyd orders to take him outside, this is when Bulo dares to question her discipline as a leader, Floyd remains professional and presents a counteroffer, when Bulo's men inform him of the ambush, he rejects the offer and threatens on killing every Gerhardt unless the yield to them.
Dodd's bodyguard, Hanzee Dent has been looking for Rye as well, and evetually he discovers he was killed by Ed, a butcher from Luverne (in self-defense), Hanzee informs the family and believeing "The Butcher" is the nickname to a hitman sent by Kansas City, Floyd swears revenge on them, starting a war.
While Bulo and his men are hunting deers in the forest they are ambushed by Hanzee and other men, a shootout happens in the forest that results in Hanzee killing one of the Kitchen brothers, and six men of each side dead, Bulo escapes from the forest but when he thinks he is safe he sees Hanzee waiting for him, later his head was sent to Mike Milligan.