Welcome to our biweekly roundtable of Twin Peaks where we are working our way through every. Single. Episode. Some of us are regulars and some of us newbies, but none of our experiences are the same. So get yourself a damn fine cup of coffee, watch along with us, and feel free to chime in on the comments section. Say anything you like, our log does not judge.
Note: The first installment of Twin Peaks is commonly referred to as The Pilot while the second episode aired is considered to be Episode One. We will be designating each episode using this criteria. The fourth installment of Twin Peaks is Episode Three
I have so much to say about the episode. I understood after watching the second episode that this was going to be a weird show but this episode went weird real fast. It wasn’t even a gentle tug into the weird but more like a nosedive in the last ten minutes or so when we’re given a glance into Agent Cooper’s dream.
I have no idea what that was. I’m not even going to speculate. I will only say that I now know who that woman was in the 2016 Twin Peaks Return video that David Lynch shared on Youtube. I love the Sheriff’s department and their relationship with Agent Cooper. They just go along with whatever he says — no matter how strange — because he’s well mannered and an FBI agent. Whereas Alfred Rosenfield (played by Miguel Ferrer!) and his crew of agents are NOT nice, and the sheriff gives them a good old Twin Peaks talking to. This episode definitely offered us two suspects in Laura’s murder: her psychologist and Leo Johnson. I definitely like Leo for the murder but it’s so obvious that I feel like it’s a red herring.
1) I really want to ship Audrey and Agent Cooper so bad but he’s too old, right? This is unfortunate and ultimately for the best.
2) Deputy Andy is adorable.
Ardo, I totally get the wanting to see Coop/Audrey together, but then also not because of the oldness factor. How old is he supposed to be? I’d peg him at his mid-30’s, but maybe he’s a wunderkind and is only in his mid-20’s? And if Audrey is a senior in high school, she could be 18? But it still has an ick factor. She’s in high school. To me, that’s a boundary that shouldn’t be crossed.
“Suddenly, it’s 25 years later.”
I really love Cooper and Audrey’s chemistry. Off-screen, there’s only a six-year age difference between MacLachlan and Fenn, so it’s easy to forget how young Audrey’s supposed to be on the show. And, as I mentioned in our take on the pilot, Twin Peaks teens don’t act or look like recognizable human teens — do we even see the high school again? (I’m sure Bobby’s “dating a married woman and dealing cocaine with her criminal husband” plotline was super relatable to 90s teenagers everywhere.) So, don’t date high schoolers obviously, but I would totally dig a spin-off about Cooper and Audrey drinking coffee and solving mysteries. There’s an openness, a genuine sweetness, between Cooper and Audrey that makes their connection (I won’t use the word “romance”) feel special, which is significant when the relationships between men and women in Twin Peaks are often marred by secrets and deceit. Ah, well. Age won’t be an issue in 2016, so if Fenn and Maclachlan both return, I want lots and lots of Cooper/Audrey in Twin Peaks vol. 3.
In keeping with its title, Twin Peaks is full of doubles. Several characters come in pairs, or have a counterpart: as revealed in Cooper’s dream, there are two different Bobs and Mikes; twins Jade and Emerald appear on the soap opera Invitation to Love; and most importantly, we’re introduced to Madeleine Ferguson, Laura Palmer’s cousin, played by Sheryl Lee in a double role. Maddy’s named after the lead characters in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, which also features a woman in a mysterious double role, but perhaps that’s getting too far into spoiler territory? Anyway, Sheryl Lee was one of the show’s best finds, so it’s great to see her in a more substantial role than a pretty photograph or corpse wrapped in plastic. (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is still a ways away for poor Laura.)
Laura Palmer is laid to rest in this episode, and her funeral is very sad and upsetting. Leland Palmer hasn’t done much in the series so far besides crying, dancing, and crying while dancing, but Ray Wise is so painfully convincing as Laura’s grieving, unraveling father.
Oh! And if Twin Peaks vol. 3 isn’t fantastic enough, show co-creator Mark Frost is writing a tie-in novel, The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks, which will bridge the long gap between the seasons and will be out next year. I can’t wait to review it with ya’ll. 😉
I wonder what Albert could have found if the local yokels hadn’t decided forensic science was less important than keeping the funeral on schedule. That makes everyone seem either suspicious or deeply stupid. TEAM ALBERT.
Cooper is supposed to be around 35, depending on what year we say the show takes place. This isn’t a spoiler, but in the supplemental book The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes, it gives his birthdate as April 19, 1954. (MacLachlan was born in 1959.) And yeah, it makes sense for Audrey to be attracted to Cooper since he’s perfect and wonderful and seems to glow from the inside, but he’s too old to date someone in high school, no matter how supernaturally hot she is.
Laura’s funeral is appropriately fraught. Leland Palmer continues to swing from heartbreaking to funny from moment to moment. Ray Wise is so good.
Bobby Briggs gets to yell at everyone. “We all knew she was in trouble,” he says, but nobody did anything to stop it. There’s a lot of phony innocence and willful ignorance of bad things in Twin Peaks, although not everyone is ignoring it.
Which brings us to the Bookhouse Boys. They’ve known for generations that there’s an evil in the woods, and they’re around to protect the people of the town. Good grief, what would it be like there without them? Do you think they let James in so they can keep an eye on him because he’s too dumb to survive otherwise? But I love the Bookhouse Boys. If I lived in Twin Peaks, I’d insist on being allowed into the group, because the real evil in the woods is gender inequality.
So, newbies: do you have any suspects? Burning questions? I recommend that none of you read anything at all about the 2016 Twin Peaks return because spoilers will abound. So…good luck for the next year while we finish this project!
My long-standing crush on Harry continues. He is too good for Josie! Why doesn’t he see that? *sobs*
But other than that I love this episode because it really begins to peel back the layers of Twin Peaks and its residents. Previous episodes introduced us to all the characters and the roles they would be playing. But this episode explores some of their deeper motivations and emotions. For instance: Bobby. This episode is a great example of why Bobby is one of my favourite characters. He may play the part of dumb pseudo-jock troublemaker but deep down he’s not stupid. His outburst at the funeral proves he’s not as cold and heartless as he wants everyone to think he is and that Laura’s death has affected him deeply.
I also really like that they brought Sheryl Lee back to play Laura’s cousin Maddy. She’s just too good to waste on short dream sequence snippets and dead body shots. Maddy is not one of my favourite characters throughout the show but I do love the effect her character has on others. It would be truly strange to constantly see someone who looks exactly like the person you just buried.
And I too ship Audrey/Coop despite the problem of their ages. You just can’t help it. I blame the music.
This episode’s pie: Pumpkin