Monday, December 28, 2015

A 2015 Twin Peaks Year End Wrap Up

Trust in Lynch & Frost
With the new year on the horizon I thought it seemed like an appropriate time to reflect on the Twin Peaks fanfair of the last year or so and give thanks for the happy place we're in right now. Many first wave fans remember the long, long road to the possibility of Twin Peaks living again. Yet it is happening again. The hype has never been more feverish and likely never will be again once all this is behind us. The ride has been a bit bumpy though. There's been some sadness, periods of stillness, at times a feeling like if we shut our eyes we'd burst into flames, a lot that couldn't be revealed, but thankfully through the grace of David Lynch and Mark Frost we're finally purified. In 2017, we're getting 18 new episodes written and directed by Lynch & Frost. With that in mind, let's review some of the best and worst moments of 2015 for TP fans.

The Lows of 2015

  • The lowest low has to be the death of our beloved Log Lady, Catherine Coulson. Not only is the character of the Log Lady at the heart of Twin Peaks, but Catherine seemed to be a lovely person (although I never met her) and was beloved by fans. Her presence will be sorely missed in 2017. RIP - we will miss you, but never forget you!
  • Another low of 2015 (spoiler alert) was the news that, Michael Ontkean aka Sheriff Truman, will not be reprising his role in 2017 and might be recasted by Robert Forster. Now this might be a red herring, because I have trouble believing that the TPTB would recast Harry S. Truman. My guess is that if Robert Forster is in new Twin Peaks, it will be as a completely new character. I really like Robert and could definitely see him fitting into the world of Twin Peaks. We'll see, I'm still holding out hope for Michael Ontkean's return, at least for a cameo. Fingers crossed!
  • When David Lynch announced Twin Peaks might not be coming back after all in March of 2015 that was also a terrible low for 2015. I think there was a collective gasp amongst the fan world. That was possibly the most disappointing news for Twin Peaks fans since its original cancellation. 
  • An unfortunate low of 2015 was the Twin Peaks social media controversy over spoiling vs. not spoiling. The fact that Lynch/Frost had to ask fans to respect their privacy during filming is a shame. However some of what was being deemed a "spoiler" didn't really give anything anyway and felt a little like much ado about nothing. Regardless, the fan world seems to have settled down for now and appears to be chugging along peacefully.

The Highs of 2015

  • Hooray! A huge high came in May of 2015, when David Lynch, Mark Frost and Showtime all confirmed that Twin Peaks is good to go for 18 new episodes, written and directed by Lynch & Frost. I think the social media outpouring definitely helped and bonded many fans. At least for me, there was a sense of victory!
  • Another high time for TP fans, although I wasn't at either (shame on me), is that the Twin Peaks US festival in July of 2015 was a great time for all and bigger than ever, as was the UK festival in Oct 2015. Based on all the videos, podcasts, pictures and status updates I saw from those who attended, it seemed like a wonderful experience. I have a feeling that the festivals over the next few years are going to be amazing!
  • Confirmation that Mark Frost's book, The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks, will be coming out in 2016 and the new episodes of Twin Peaks will debut in 2017 was a solid high for 2015. Yes we have to wait a bit longer, but at least we know when now. Let the anticipation commence!
  • We know for certain that Kyle Maclachlan is coming back and that's a must have high. Also Dana Ashbrook & James Marshall recently hinted in November of 2015 that most of the original cast will be making an appearance. (Spoiler Alert) Read here - > It's Gonna Be Good!
  • On December 18, 2015, David Lynch gave fans another amazing high for 2015 by releasing an official teaser for 2017. Watch here --- > Location Sometimes Becomes a Character I'm pretty sure that's Mr. Lynch himself at the end of that video or perhaps Gordon Cole!

My log does not judge.
Special Thanks

On a personal note, I'm very thankful for those who have been supportive of this blog. When you put yourself or your creative interests out there for others to see, you inevitably open yourself up to both positive and negative feedback. I think the negative keeps you honest and the positive keeps you going. I appreciate beyond my ability to express myself all the likes, shares, retweets, podcasts, comments, private messages and conversations about this amazing show. 
  • I'd like to give special thanks to Twin Peaks Unwrapped for inviting me to speak on their Mulholland Dr. podcast episode this year and for regularly retweeting me, featuring me in their online newspaper and in general being fun and supportive. You guys are awesome! Listen to these two if you haven't, they're doing a great job!
  • I'd also like to thank Red Room Podcast for generously featuring my articles, pictures and posts in their online newspaper. Since I started my blog, Red Room has been super kind and their podcasts are highly enjoyable, thank you and like I've said before, you rock!
  • Also thank you to Joel Bocko whose 'Journey Through Twin Peaks' video series amazed me this year. If you haven't, watch Joel's video series! 
  • Thanks to Rinaldo Zoontjes for regularly tagging me in his awesome digital art, this guy is super talented folks, check him out! 
  •  Twin Peaks Italia thank you for your continued support on Twitter and Facebook -  I always enjoy your posts! 
  • Thanks to Live From the Roadhouse for inviting me to record for their Wild at Heart podcast.
  • A little thanks for the ladies as well. I advise others to check out the Log Ladies Podcast. I believe they are the only girls only podcast going for Twin Peaks and especially great for new fans!
  • Also check out The Blue Rose UK blog, which is another female blog for Twin Peaks. Keep up the great posts!
  • In addition, I'd like to specifically thank all of you on Facebook and Twitter who have reached out to me directly, commented, shared fun videos, art, writing and your insights regarding Twin Peaks. It's really made social media fun for me in 2015.
Truthfully I am in awe of others devotion, creativity and talents when it comes to the fanfair surrounding Twin Peaks. I have learned so much from you and it's expanded my Twin Peaks experience in a wonderful way. I think 2016 will be a great time to keep the fire smoldering for TP fans. I'm looking forward to seeing all the amazing things the other fan groups will be up to this year. I have a few fun new posts that I'm cooking up for the new year and I will begin to recap Season 2. As you can imagine, I can't wait for the Evelyn episodes. ;)

Cheers everyone!

Happy New Year! 

May the wind always be at your back! 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Recap of Episode 7

I'm curious about the chip, how'd that happen?

Season 1 Episode 7

Written & Directed by: Mark Frost

Original Air Date: May 23, 1990

"My Little Coconut."

At Dr. Jacoby's office, Donna and James search for answers about Laura. They find a box of drink umbrellas that Dr. Jacob collected over the years in his desk. Donna reads one that says, "1974 - I first lay eyes on Mimsi." Then Donna turns a switch on the wall that plays Hawaiian music. She panics when she can't turn it off so James turns the volume down. After Donna sees a little coconut hanging over Jacoby's hammock. Looking at it she remembers what Laura's last tape said and remarks aloud, "my little coconut." When they look inside the coconut they find Laura's broken heart necklace and another tape. After they take off on James' bike while Bobby watches from afar. Bobby makes his fingers into a gun and pretends to shoot at them. Meanwhile over at Easter Park, Dr. Jacoby sees Maddy dressed as Laura by the Gazebo. He tries to go toward her, but he ends up being viciously attacked by a masked man. Maddy hears some commotion in the distance, but then Donna and James drive up and they all take off together. Dr. Jacoby lays helpless on the ground and watches as they drive away. Then he rolls over on this back and slips into apparent unconsciousness. 

"Pick a card."

Dale plays poker with Jacques Renault at One Eyed Jacks. After turning down a alluring offer from a hospitality girl, Dale shows Jacques the broken chip he found in Jacques' cabin and says he's a friend of Leo's. Meanwhile in Blackie's office, Audrey walks in dressed in lingerie for her first night of work. She notices Dale on Blackie's security camera monitors. Blackie interrupts her gaze and tells Audrey the owner is coming. Blackie explains that he likes to meet all the new girls. Audrey asks who he is, but Blackie tells her no names are allowed and not to ask. Then Blackie spreads her card deck across her desk and tells Audrey to pick a card. When Audrey does so, Blackie places her hand atop of Audrey's and gives her a suggestive look.

"Bite the bullet, baby!"

Outside in a van, Hawk and Big Ed listen as Dale has a private chat with Jacques inside of One Eyes Jacks. Dale tells Jacques to look at the chip and claims that Leo told him all about their night up at the cabin. Dale mocks Waldo by saying, "Laura, Laura", which makes Jacques want to bolt. Dale stops him by explaining that he's the money man in Leo's operation. He offers Jacques 10K to do a job for him across the border. Jacques agrees and after Dale asks him to explain how the chip got a missing piece in it. Jacques tells him about a night up at his cabin where he, Laura, Ronette and Leo were partying. He says Laura was tied up and liked it that way. Jacques explains that Leo let Waldo out of his cage and Waldo started pecking at Laura's shoulder while Leo was having sex with her. Laura was upset so Leo put the chip in her mouth and told her to "bite the bullet, baby!" Dale looks sickened as Jacques recounts the experience. Then Jacques walks off and Dale whispers to Hawk on his microphone that they have a trout on the line. 

"You better call that ambulance."

Harry and Andy wait in their police truck at the spot where Dale told Jacques to meet him across the border. Harry asks Andy if Lucy has spoken to him yet. Andy responds, "It's a cold trail." Harry grunts, "Aww...women!" Then Hawk tells them on the radio that the trout is nearing them. They continue to speak in fishing terms about their sting operation until Jacques pulls up in his El Camino. Right then the police converge on Jacques and place him under arrest for the murder of Laura Palmer. Harry walks away as a deputy handcuffs Jacques. However Jacques manages to pull free and grabs for the deputy's gun. He then tries to shoot Harry, but out of nowhere Andy fires at Jacques and shoots him in the shoulder. Harry and Andy both look stunned at Andy's accuracy. After that, Andy flatly tells Harry, "You better call that ambulance."

"Isn't sex weird?"

Donna plays the new tape they found in Jacoby's office at her house with Maddy and James. They listen to Laura talking on the day she died, Thursday the 23rd. She remarks that James is sweet, but so dumb. She says she can only take so much of sweet. Then Laura talks about a mystery man in a red corvette who really knows how to light her F.I.R.E. She says she thinks he tried to kill her a couple of times, but says she really got off on it. Laura's voice is intense as she asks, "Isn't sex weird?" Then Laura whispers that her mom is coming with milk and cookies and tells Jacoby she has to go. Then the recording ends. After Doc Hayward comes downstairs saying he's got an emergency at the hospital and has to leave. Donna hugs James in sympathy over Laura's cold words, but James says he was glad he heard what Laura had to say. He looks at Maddy and apologizes to her for having to hear Laura's tape. Maddy seems shaken, but says she's okay. James remarks that he thinks Dr. Jacoby is innocent and was likely trying to help Laura. Donna questions that and wonders how Jacoby got Laura's necklace. 

"You broke my heart!"

Shelly decides to wash her hair in the kitchen sink at her house. She keeps her gun and a towel nearby. As she washes, Shelly gets soap in her eye and reaches for her towel. However she finds it suspiciously out of reach so she instinctively grabs for her gun. Right then Leo grabs her, puts his hand over her mouth and tells Shelly that she made him do this. Later at the Packard Saw Mill, Leo ties Shelly up in the drying shed and prepares to burn the place down. He sets a timer and tells Shelly she has one hour to think about what she did to him. He says Bobby will be dead by then too. Then Leo walks out and screams, "You broke my heart!" 

"We had an agreement."

Hank puts pressure on Josie at the Packard's house about getting more money for his part in Andrew Packard's death and for the subsequent jail time he served. He gives her quite a speech about his market value, but Josie stands firm saying, "We had an agreement." Hank decides to show her how they commence business dealings in prison by cutting her thumb, followed by his own thumb. He forces her to rub their thumbs together, making a blood oath. Then Hank remarks that once you're business together, you're in business for life. After he walks out leaving Josie to oddly run her bloody thumb over her lips.

Pete finds Catherine furiously rummaging through files in the office at the Mill. The mill workers watch her from outside the doorway in confusion. Pete steps inside, closes the door and asks her what's going on. Catherine asks where the account ledger is and wonders if Pete took it to help Josie pull something. Pete closes the blinds in the office so the workers can't see them and tells her that's not the case. Catherine asks for the sake of what they once were to each other if Pete will help her now. She reminds him about the summer when they first met. She recalls how Pete was a lumberjack who used to scamper up a tree like a cat. Then Catherine explains that she's in trouble and doesn't have anyone else to turn to. Pete gets emotional and grabs her into a big bear hug. Catherine looks exasperated, but plays along and pats Pete on the back in return. 

"James Hurley is an Easy Rider!"

At the sheriff station, Big Ed and Hawk tell some of the deputy's about how Andy saved the day and Harry's life during Jacques' arrest. Andy acts out the shot he took as Lucy listens and waters plants nearby. Seeing that Lucy is smiling at their story, Hawk urges Andy to try and talk to Lucy again. Andy follows Lucy into the station's kitchen and plants a kiss that is at first awkward, but then turns sweet on Lucy. Swept up in emotion, Lucy finally reveals to him that she's pregnant. However Andy looks terrified and can't speak in response. Seeing his reaction, Lucy turns cold. After Andy walks out and passes Big Ed and Hawk in a daze. Then Lucy comes out of the kitchen and snaps at them that there is fresh coffee. The station's phone rings so Lucy answers in a huff. Bobby is on the other end pretending to be Leo Johnson. He tells Lucy to tell the Sheriff that James Hurley is an easy rider. 

"He's too stupid to lie."

In the hospital, Sheriff Truman and Dale question Jacques Renault in his room. They ask about the night Laura was killed. Jacques explains that the night Laura died he was knocked out by Leo and he doesn't know anything about what happened in the train car. He says when he woke up Leo, Ronette and Laura were gone and he had to walk home. After Harry asks Dale if he thinks Leo took the girls to the train car alone. Dale thinks Jacques is too stupid to lie, but he doesn't appear convinced. Harry thinks Jacques can testify and they can get a conviction against Leo. Nearby Doc Hayward looks in on Dr. Jacoby and talks to another doctor about the incredible things Jacoby was saying when he was brought in. Later Doc Hayward speaks with Dale and Harry outside and tells them that Jacoby claims he saw Laura Palmer by the Gazebo in Easter Park. 


Catherine and Pete look for the account ledger in their house, but Pete gets distracted when he stumbles on his high school year book. He nostalgically sighs at a picture of a girl named Midge Jones. Then Catherine gets a call and ushers Pete out of the room. It's Hank on the other end, although Catherine doesn't recognize his voice. He tells her what she's looking for is in drying shed three back at the Packard Saw Mill.

Over at the Double R, Hank attempts to make nice with Norma. He asks if Norma still has her feather bed and says he dreamed about her on that bed in prison. Then Hank pretends to be frustrated from poorly expressing his feelings to Norma so he throws a hand towel on the floor and spouts, "Heck!" Norma tells him to say what he wants to say. Hank tells her that he learned from his counselor inside that he always talks to big, but he really wants their marriage and their business to soar. Hank asks Norma to give him time to make her proud of him and then he kisses her. Norma looks uncertain and stays quiet. 

"Stay with me!"

At Big Ed's house, Nadine spreads a blanket out on the floor of the living room and prepares for her final moments. She sits down in a pink party gown, pours a ton of pink and yellow pills in a bowl and places a note and a glass of water nearby. Then she solemnly whispers, "Goodbye." Later Big Ed comes home and calls out for Nadine. He walks into the living room, sees her on the floor and tries to wake her up by slapping her cheeks. Then he calls for an ambulance, cradles Nadine in his arms and pleads, "stay with me!"


Back at the Sheriff's station, Lucy tells Dale and Harry that Leo Johnson called saying that James is an easy rider. She also says she heard what sounded like the clock at Easter Park striking in the background. In response, Dale tells Hawk to set up surveillance at Easter Park. Then James walks into the station. Dale tells Harry to investigate the "easy rider" tip and says he'll take James in the conference room. On his way outside, Harry is approached by Leland demanding to know if the man they arrested is truly the man who killed Laura. Harry tells him they can't give out any details and walks out. Doc Hayward sees Leland and tells him to head home to Sarah. Leland asks if Doc Hayward is going back to the hospital, but he answers that he's headed home. After Leland gets an intense look on his face and whispers to himself, "Hospital."

In the conference room, James hands Dale Laura's latest tape and tells him the man he's looking for drives a red corvette. Dale informs James that Dr. Jacoby is in the hospital from a heart attack. Dale uses a firm voice and asks what game James is playing. Then Harry walks in with a bag of cocaine. Dale then tells James that he has been patient with him, but now he needs answers as to why there was a bag of cocaine in the gas tank of his bike.

"Is there something I can help you with?"

At One Eyed Jacks, Ben gets the Icelanders to sign the contracts for Ghost Wood Estates. He gets a call during the signing from Hank, who tells him its time to "BlackFlag" that housefly. Ben smiles and tells Hank to proceed. After Ben celebrates the closing of the deal with a cigar. Then he tells Blackie he wants to have a look at the new girl. Meanwhile Audrey waits in one of the bedrooms to meet the owner, while being primped by a homely seamstress. Then a knock wraps on the door. As it opens, Audrey is horrified to hear the sound of her father's voice. Then she sees his reflection in the mirror as he begins to walk into the room.

Bobby goes looking for Shelly at her house, but Leo is there waiting for him with an ax instead. Leo mocks him in a crazed tone. He tells Bobby that Shelly isn't home and asks, "is there something I can help you with?" When Bobby sees Leo he pretends to really be there for him, but Leo screams that he's a liar. Then Leo says Shelly is dead and pushes Bobby into the TV. He raises the ax to strike, but a shot comes through the window and hits Leo. Bobby looks out and sees Hank standing in the driveway. Leo falls onto the couch bleeding and after Hank leaves, Bobby makes his exit. As Leo lay dying, he watches Invitation to Love playing on the television. Leo stares at the screen dazed and sees that Montana gets shot by Chet. 

"She's still my wife!"

Over at the Mill's drying shed, Shelly is terrified of her impending doom. To her relief, Catherine shows up just as Leo's timer goes off and the shed goes up in a sudden blaze. Catherine frees Shelly and they run from the flames together. Later Pete shows up outside and gets news from the workers that Catherine hasn't been found yet. Pete heroically decides to try and save Catherine. He says, "she's still my wife," and then boldly runs into the shed looking for her. 

Meanwhile Leland heads to the hospital and pulls the fire alarm. Then he makes his way to Jacques' room, tapes his wrists to the side of the bed and puts a pillow over Jacques face. Jacques struggles and grunts furiously, but ultimately dies. After Leland removes the pillow and appears distraught at the sight of Jacques dead. However Leland immediately snaps out of it when the fire alarm stops blaring and quickly exits the room. 

"My Special Agent"

Dale heads toward his room at The Great Northern. While he walks he leaves a message for Diane. He tells Diane that he's pleased to hear that it's quiet on his floor. Dale also tells her that he received the ear plugs she sent and will use them as a precautionary measure in case the Icelanders return. Then he notes that he ordered room service and eagerly awaits a good night's sleep. Dale enters his room and is pleased to see a note on the floor titled, My Special Agent. Right then his telephone rings so he puts the note down and answers the phone. It's Andy calling to tell him they found Leo Johnson, but then Dale gets a knock on the door. He assumes it's room service and puts the phone down. When he answers the door, Dale is greeted by an unseen gunman who shoots him several times in the chest. As the screen goes to black, we hear the sound of Dale's body dropping to the floor with a thud.

End of show!

That wraps up Season 1 leaving a cliffhanger for pretty much every character. Mark Frost has said in interviews that he wrote it that way in an attempt to ensure a Season 2 pick up and it obviously worked. Like most of Season 1, this episode has a somewhat procedural feel to it, in addition to the usual enjoyable quirky aspects of the characters and the town. Personally I think Ben coming to see Audrey as the "new girl" is the creepiest element of the episode and really framed Ben to appear as a likely suspect for Laura's killer. However knowing who the killer is, (spoiler alert) I think Ray Wise is masterful in Jacques' death scene. The combination of tears and calculation clearly demonstrates the duality struggle within him. As for Cooper getting shot, I remember when I watched this episode originally as a kid I thought he was probably wearing a bullet proof vest. Even then, there wasn't much worry about him not coming back. Regardless, it's a terrific episode that's paced well, full of drama, humor and loads of cliffhangers!

I always found the up close shot of Jacques mouth quite disturbing, as I assume most fans do, but his collection of scenes encapsulates this episode well, watch below!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Windom Earle - Master of Disguise

You can call me Windom, Windom Earle!

Outside of BOB, Windom Earle has got to be Twin Peaks' most intriguing villain. Played by the very talented, Kenneth Welsh, the character always reminded me a little of Batman's the Joker. He's one part disturbing and one part hilarious. Windom seethes with anger while delivering some very humorous dialogue. Despite playing a pivotal role in getting Dale Cooper into the Black Lodge and being a terrific flute player, I think the most interesting thing about Windom was the many costumes he wore throughout his run on the series. Windom Earle appeared to be loaded with an array of disguises and voices, which served to confuse the towns folk while cracking the audience up. With that in mind, I decided to review some of Windom's best wardrobe moments and have a little fun at the same time. 

The Pajama Flutist

Leo definitely got his comeuppances during his time with Windom Earle. After racking up an extensive list of crimes in Season 1, which Windom reads off to him irreverently, Leo was reduced to a helpless child in the care of Windom Earle. Can you imagine waking up and seeing this guy next to you? Not to mention his playing the flute, wearing that dirty onesie and calling you Leo the Lion...ROAR!

Plaid Attacks

Windom wore this jaunty plaid ensemble to the Great Northern for the purpose of leaving his dead wife Caroline's death mask on Dale Cooper's hotel room bed. The disguise made him unrecognizable. Even Dale failed to notice him when they passed each other by the hotel elevators. However I'm pretty sure even in the early 90's this bizarre get up should have drawn more attention. Then again Windom probably would have fit in well with the fashions Andy and Lucy modeled at The Little Pine Weasel fashion show.

Paper Mache Killer

Windom's chess piece victim aka Heavy Metal Youth was unfortunately terribly clueless. At least he got some good afterlife philosophy from Windom before taking an arrow in the chest, which resulted in his instant death. Life lesson of note, the promise of beer and a party aren't worth stepping into a giant pile of paper mache. Watch here --> Chess Piece

The Hippy Biker

Ur very pretty!
In this scene Windom managed to give Shelly some advice about signing up for the Miss Twin Peaks contest at the same time as he managed to sneak a peak at Dale flirting with Annie at the diner. You'd think Dale would have spotted him immediately, but I suppose given Toad's regular presence at the Double R, Windom blended in well here. 

Creepy Pipe Smoking Scholar 

This was an uncomfortable encounter not only for Audrey, but also for the viewers. At first Windom approaches Audrey like a harmless old man and manages to get her to recite the poem Love's Philosophy by the famous poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. However when he references that Audrey looks like a queen, warning bells go off and she quickly leaves. Smart girl, because the way Windom leers at her always gave me the creeps. 

The Dubious Colleague

This scene is arguably one of the spookiest Windom encounters and one of Donna's better scenes from season 2. Although it's not clear why Donna wouldn't have been more skeptical of him given that her best friend was brutally murdered only weeks before, as was Maddy. Still this scene delivers as Windom charms his way into the Hayward's house in an effort to leave a taunting chess piece clue for Dale via Doc Hayward. If Donna does return for Twin Peaks 2017, let's hope she's gotten over the naivete problem. 

Truck Stop Rapist

Watch out ladies this is the guy who put the GHB in your drink. Well actually in Windom's case,  the one who eagerly awaits your reaction to piecing his poem together. Either way, Windom ranks high on the pervy scale in this scene. How Audrey, Shelly and Donna didn't notice this weirdo grinning at them I'll never understand. Dare I suggest that Windom has some issues with women?

Random Milking Cow

Hello Wilbur! I suppose given Major Briggs unusual experiences and disappearances it didn't strike him as odd when a man dressed in a milking cow costume approached him in the woods. Or maybe he was just having an off day. Either way, he managed get himself kidnapped by Windom Earle and Leo found his calling as the costume's ass. Watch here --- > Leo's Calling

The Lurking Fisherman

Cooper couldn't even take Annie for an afternoon boat ride without Windom creeping about. This time in a motley fisherman's outfit. Windom came fully equipped with binoculars for an ideal round of stalking. I guess Annie's beauty and perhaps the mystery of ducks on the lake were distracting enough that Dale failed to notice the nut case peering at them from land side. 

Gender Bending Log Lady

Windom certainly added a lot of villainous fun to Twin Peaks, especially when he pretended to be the Log Lady in an elaborate ruse to kidnap Annie at the Miss Twin Peaks pageant. Along the way he knocked out poor Bobby with his faux log (pretty damn hard I might say, let's hope Bobby didn't suffer any brain damage. See awesome gif --> here). He also created a ton of chaos with strobes lights and dry ice and then he managed to steal Pete's truck. Based on the mayhem he ensued alone, I'd say this might be Windom's best disguise. 


Yet another moment when Leo was tormented by Windom's odd cruelty. This time with a bag of tarantulas. As for what to call this look...I couldn't really think of anything clever. At least Windom dressed up in his FBI suit before entering the lodge; might as well look official for a soul reaping.

Chief Burning Head

Windom's demise in the Black Lodge does raise some interesting questions. In My Life, My Tapes there are many references that insinuate that Windom may have fallen under the spell of Bob or like spirits from the Black Lodge long before he came to Twin Peaks. Also that Bob might have been trying to get Dale's soul since the time he was an adolescent. Which makes me wonder if possibly Windom's actions in Twin Peaks were being directed by Bob all along. However since the show makes it clear that Windom overstepped once inside the Black Lodge by asking for Dale's soul, thus driving Bob to set Windom's head on fire, I guess the above scene is likely the end of Windom Earle. I don't know if the mythology proposed in any of the Twin Peaks books will truly count in the new episodes. If there is a chance Windom appears in 2017, perhaps he'll be roaming the halls of the Black Lodge tormenting the good Dale. 

Do you want to see Windom Earle in 2017?

Enjoy this clip of Windom describing The Black Lodge!

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Recap of Episode 6

Laura...Laura...hurting me!

Season 1 Episode 6

Written by: Harley Peyton

Directed by: Caleb Deschanel

Original Air Date: May 17, 1990

"Tell me all your troubles."

At the Great Northern, Agent Cooper explains to Audrey all the reasons why he can't make love to her. He tells her she's beautiful and desirable, but he knows she really needs a friend and he took an oath to uphold his values when he joined the FBI. Dale offers to get them two malts and french fries so they can talk about all her troubles instead. At first Audrey is a little sad, but then she accept his offer of friendship. Audrey says she can't tell him all her secrets and asks if Dale has any. He flatly answers no. Audrey makes note that Laura had a lot of secrets. Dale says it's his job to find those secrets out.

"I don't like birds!"

Over at the Sheriff station Andy tries to talk to Lucy, but she coldly blows him off again and refers to him as officer Brennan. Andy slinks away feeling rejected when Lucy takes a call. It turns out to be her doctor who gives Lucy some upsetting news, which we don't get to hear. Then Dale walks in and joins Harry and Doc Hayward in the conference while they're trying to get Waldo the bird to start talking. Doc explains that Waldo is weak, but his urge to mimic should return with his good health. He asks if Dale would like to feed Waldo, but Dale says he doesn't like birds. However Dale thinks Waldo could be a witness for them once he starts talking again. After Hawk brings Dale and Harry a forensics report from the stuff they found in Jacques' cabin. They find a picture of Waldo sitting on a blonde haired person's shoulder, which Dale concludes is Laura Palmer. Then Dale places a voice activated recorder near Waldo's cage and hopes they get something as soon as Waldo is ready to talk. After Dale suggests that The Book House boys do some undercover investigative work at One Eyed Jacks.

"I shot him, Bobby!"

Leo spies on his house from a safe distance with binoculars and his rifle. He spots Bobby going to visit Shelly and realizes he's who Shelly has been fooling around with. Leo readies his gun to kill Bobby and waits for Bobby to exit the house. Meanwhile inside, Shelly tearfully recounts to Bobby how she shot Leo the night before. Shelly is terrified that Leo is going to come back to kill her, but Bobby promises that he will protect her. He says he'll take care of Leo, James and everyone. Then they kiss. Outside Leo hears Lucy talking about Waldo on the police scanner in his truck. He decides to forgo his plan to kill Bobby and takes off.

"Maybe he gets a call from Laura."

Maddy, Donna and James listen to the tape that Maddy found in Laura's bed post at the Hayward's house. They hear a sexy recording that Laura made for Dr. Jacoby where she talks about how much she knows Dr. Jacoby likes her "naked" secrets. Laura also wonders why its so easy to make men like her. Donna looks disturbed by Laura's words. Then Laura starts to say that if it were harder to make men like her things might be different for her, but James gets upset and turns the recording off. Maddy finds an empty cassette case dated the night Laura died. They start to wonder if Dr. Jacoby might have killed Laura. James thinks they need to get Jacoby out of his office and search it for clues. They girls ask how they could pull that off so James says Jacoby should receive a call from Laura. He rewinds the tape back to Laura saying, "What's up Doc?"

" Call Black Rose."

Over at Horne's department store, Audrey tries to help a customer with some "fruity" smelling perfume. However at the same time she notices Emory Battis asking Jenny, Audrey's coworker, to meet her in his office. Audrey cops a sarcastic attitude with the customer to drive her away. Then she tells Jenny she's going to the bathroom. Instead Audrey goes over by Emory's office and tells a stock boy there's a bad accident outside to get him out of the way. Then she coolly walks into Emory's office, lights a cigarette and hides in his closet. Emory and Jenny come in and Audrey watches while smoking in the closet as Emory gives Jenny a unicorn charm as a gift. Emory tells Jenny she was well liked at One Eyed Jacks and offers her a chance to work as a "hospitality" girl. When Jenny asks what that is, Emory explains that hospitality girls attend to rich VIP men in need of company. Jenny says it sounds cool as long as the guys are rich so he gives her a business card and tells her contact Black Rose. After they head off to get Jenny an evening dress. Once alone, Audrey steps out of the closet and looks through Emory's black book. She sees that Ronette Pulaski's number is in there. After Audrey pockets the unicorn Jenny left on Emory's desk and walks out. Later Audrey finagles the number for Black Rose from Jenny and puts in a call. 

"Every day, once a day, give yourself a present."

At the Double R, Hank tells Shelly about his humbling experiences in jail and then inquires about Big Ed. Shelly steps away to pick up an order and when no one is looking, Hanks swipes a customer's lighter off the counter. Then Harry and Dale walk into the diner and Harry is quick to remind Hank to keep his nose clean. After Shelly offers them coffee. Dale happily accepts, but Harry says they're short on time. Dale advises him that every day, once a day, he should give himself an unplanned present so they sit down and enjoy some black coffee.

"Rejected, that's what he said!"

Nadine sadly watches Invitation to Love on the couch at her house. On the television Nadine sees Chet shoot Montana while she eats Bonbons. She speaks to the TV and says, "You show em' Chet!" Then Ed comes home and Nadine vents to him about all the things she wanted to do with her drape runner money. She says she even looked at a motorboat. Ed tries to encourage her and says they just have to find a patent attorney who understands drape runners. Nadine remains discouraged and says, "Rejected, that's what he said and no one else is going to say anything different!" Ed gets a look of concern across his face. Then he hugs Nadine and tells her not to dare give up.

"Ooohh, Harryyy!"

At the Packard's house, Pete shows Harry his freshly mounted fish from Tim & Tom's taxidermy. Pete thinks it doesn't look as big as it did when he caught it, but Harry tells him it's a fine looking trophy. Pete jokes that size isn't everything. Then Josie comes out and kisses Harry, however Harry is in a serious mood. He asks what she was doing at the Timber Falls motel two days ago. Josie tries to avoid the subject, but Harry insists that she can tell him anything. Josie groans, "Ooohh, Harryyy," feigning fear, but ends up telling him she followed Catherine and Ben and took pictures of them. Josie shows Harry the pictures and says this is the proof he wanted. Then she tells him that she heard Catherine talking on the phone about a fire at the Mill. Josie gets emotional and swears she's not going to let this happen. Harry hugs her and says he won't let it happen either. 

"I love her and she's in trouble!"

Dale meets Sheriff Truman and Big Ed in his tuxedo at The Great Northern. Ed is dressed and ready so Dale shows them he's got $10k and says he always likes to bring back an extra 10% when gambling with the bureau's money. After Ed steps away to give Harry a moment alone with Dale. In private, Harry tells Dale he's worried about Josie and explains that Josie just found out about Catherine and Ben's affair. He also says that Josie thinks they're planning on burning down the mill and going to get rid of her too. Dale asks how much Harry knows about Josie and says getting to the truth is his job. Harry responds that all he knows is that he loves Josie and she's in trouble. Dale says that's enough for him and agrees to look into it with him. Then they talk about the upcoming operation at One Eyed Jacks. Harry says he got the Cadillac Dale wanted and Dale explains he's going undercover with Ed as oral surgeons from the Tri-counties. Meanwhile Audrey misses Dale as he leaves the hotel so she leaves an urgent message for him at the front desk. Later Audrey packs a bag and heads out of the hotel after slipping something under Dale's door. On her way out, she looks curiously as an Asian man checks into his hotel room.

Catherine gets a visit at the Packard's house from an insurance agent who is anxious to get her signature on her new life insurance policy. Catherine is confused and clearly doesn't know what he's talking about, but she plays it cool. The agent says that Mrs. Packard and Ben didn't give him the impression that anything was irregular, but he wanted to make sure just in case. Catherine looks at the papers and sees that Josie is the beneficiary. She tells the agent that she needs to review some changes with her attorney and will get the signed documents to him tomorrow. The agent tells her he can help her with anything she might need. Catherine asks if he's an ambitious man to which he answers, "One likes to think so." After he sees himself out. Then Catherine goes looking in her desk for her ledger and sees that its missing. 

"Poor Waldo!"

Over at the station, Hawk helps Dale and Ed with the wires they're going to wear to One Eyed Jacks. Ed looks at the wig he's supposed to put on and wonders if it will fit his big head. Meanwhile the voice activated recorder goes off in the conference room as Waldo starts to talk. Then a shot rings out and we see Leo hop in his truck in the parking lot and drive off. When Dale, Hawk, Harry and Big Ed go to investigate they see that someone shot and killed Waldo, spilling his blood and feather's all over conference room table and on Lucy's donut spread. Then Andy and Lucy walk in and Andy cries, "Poor Waldo!" Dale listens to his recorder and they all hear Waldo saying, "Laura, Laura, don't go there, hurting me, hurting me, stop it, stop it. Leo no, Leo no!"

Later at One Eyed Jacks, Dale and Ed arrive and get introduced to Blackie. She shakes their hands and Dale tells them their names are Barney and Fred. Blackie asks Ed what his line is and he impulsively says, "I own a gas station," Then Dale shoots him a knowing smile. Remembering he's undercover, Ed quickly covers and manages to impress Blackie. Then Ed goes to play Craps as Dale goes to play Black Jack. A while later, Jacques Renault comes to deal at Dale's table. Nearby Audrey goes to see Blackie in her office as a would be "hospitality" girl named, Hester Prynne. Blackie calls her bluff and says she read the Scarlet Letter in high school. She asks Audrey to give her a reason why she shouldn't kick her out. Audrey decides to take a cherry from Blackie's drink and ties the stem into a knot with her tongue. Blackie likes what she sees and offers Audrey a job.

"The trees Ben, they worship them!"

In Ben's office at the Great Northern, Jerry and Ben entertain the Icelander's with singing and beer as Ben eats ice cream. Ben suggests they all meet up downstairs and takes a moment alone with Jerry. In private, Jerry says Ben should have seen the Icelander's during the tour of the Ghost Wood Estates site. Jerry remarks, "the trees Ben, they worship them!" Ben brings him into focus and asks when the Icelander's are going to sign. Jerry says they want more fun. He explains they want a signing party at One Eyed Jack's. Ben asks who told them about Jacks. Jerry sheepishly takes credit so Ben tells Jerry to get the Icelander's back on the van. Then Ben calls Josie to ask if Catherine is at the mill yet. Josie promises him she will get Catherine there. Then we see that Josie is hanging with Hank at the Packard's house.

"Meet me at Sparkwood and 21!"

At the Palmer's house, Maddy sneaks out as Leland sits in the dark in the living room. He appears trance-like, but looks her way as Maddy walks out the door. Later She meets up with Donna, who fixes her up to look like Laura. Then they meet up with James near the gazebo at the park. When James sees Maddy looking like Laura he's clearly moved. Meanwhile Dr. Jacoby is catching up on Invitation to Love in his office when he gets a call from Maddy pretending to be Laura. She tells him to go to his door, because there is something waiting for him. Dr. Jacoby is suspicious, but grabs his gun and heads to his door anyway. He finds a video tape there. When he plays the tape he sees Maddy, dressed as Laura, holding a copy of today's newspaper. Dr. Jacoby gets back on the phone and Maddy tells him to meet her at Sparkwood and 21 in ten minutes. After Jacoby reviews the video again and realizes "Laura" is really at the gazebo and not Sparkwood and 21. Meanwhile Bobby spies on James, Donna and Maddy by the gazebo. Nearby a heavy breathing unseen person spies on Bobby spying on Maddy, James and Laura. Bobby then follows James and Donna to Jacoby's office and puts cocaine in James' gas tank. Back at the park, the unseen person watches Maddy as she stands alone near the gazebo.

End of show!

This episode is definitely one of my favorite's from season 1. Lots of plot movement, mystery building and laughter mixed together to make for a fully enjoyable viewing experience. Of course I hate that Waldo got shot, but at least he spoke some final words before his demise. The look Audrey gives the Asian man as she heads out of the Great Northern, accompanied by the foreboding music, always stuck me as odd. Otherwise episode 6 is pretty fantastic. It's interesting that Dale said he doesn't have any secrets to Audrey, because we come to learn later in the series that he does in fact have a secret or two. All in all, this is a damn fine episode!

Recap of Episode 5 < ------- > Recap of Episode 7 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

"This Is The Girl" - Thoughts on Mulholland Dr.

Nightmares, betrayal, twisted romance, murder and a Hollywood dream deferred - all concepts of Mulholland Dr., one of David Lynch's most hypnotic and darkest films. In addition to being one of my personal favorites from David's collection, Mulholland Dr. also embodies, in a deeply mysterious and haunting way, the tragic pain of having your hopes crushed by the Hollywood machine. Sprinkled with moments of levity and visual panache, Mulholland Dr. takes the viewer on a journey that is both strangely beautiful and wonderfully disturbing.

I had the pleasure of being invited by --> Twin Peaks Unwrapped to discuss this terrific film, which is the inspiration for this post. You can listen to the podcast here --> Podcast 21 Mulholland Dr.

My Thoughts on Mulholland Dr:

I was fortunate to see Mulholland Dr. in a great little independent film theater near where I live when it first came out. At the time I wasn't sure what I was in for. In fact during that first watch I don't think it fully hit me. I was lost in each scene, in a good way, and I'm not sure the dream logic fully resonated at first. However I watched it again some months later when it came on DVD and then it hit me all at once. Once the film connected in my mind, I remember thinking how brilliant I thought it was. 

 I feel confident saying now that I think roughly 70% of the film is a dream that Diane is having after having decided to kill her ex girlfriend. I believe her dream represents an idealized version of her romance with Rita/Camilla as well as her subconscious struggling to come to terms with her murderous behavior. After the opening credits role, which plays along a cryptic jitterbug dancing scene, the camera pans across a bed and leads up to a pillow. You can hear someone breathing and then there is darkness. I think this clearly demonstrates someone falling asleep. From there the viewer is transported into Diane's mind where she becomes Betty, a different and arguably better version of herself. 

In Diane's dream, Betty arrives at LAX ready to become a star and is full of hope. She has a plan to stay at her aunt's charming apartment and even an audition arranged for her to read for a film role. Betty comes to California full of optimism and is accompanied by an elderly couple who chatted with her on the plane. They wish her well and then she takes cab to start her new life. When she gets to the apartment, Betty finds a naked woman in the shower and assumes it's her aunt's friend. However it turns out that Rita, a name she chooses after seeing a picture of Rita Hayworth on the wall, is actually a victim of a car accident who took refuge in fear when she lost her memory. Rita is confused and distraught so Betty takes pity on her and decides to try to help her figure out who she really is. Along the way they become intimate and Betty falls in love.

Paralleling the girl's story is Adam, a promising young film director whose latest project is coming under a bizarre mob-esque influence to choose a specific girl for the lead role. At first Adam is quite resistant, but after finding his wife in bed with another man (Billy Ray Cyrus) and having his finances frozen, followed by a strange encounter with a man known only as "The Cowboy" Adam changes his mind. Betty and Adam's story connect when she sees him at the studio. Adam has just chosen the correct girl, named Camilla Rhodes, right as Betty finished an intense audition where she acted her heart out. Betty sees Adam from across the studio and they lock eyes. From there Betty goes to get Rita and they go exploring the apartment of Diane Selwyn. After breaking into the apartment, Betty and Rita discover the rotting corpse of a dead woman. The sight traumatizes Rita. She then becomes afraid to go outside without a blonde wig on as a disguise. Later that night the girls end up making love and Betty tells Rita she's in love with her. After they fall asleep. At 2 am, Rita awakes from an apparent sleep trance yelling, "Silencio!" Rita then insists that Betty come with her somewhere.

The girls take a cab to a mysterious theater called Silencio, where all the performances are an illusion. They watch intently as a variety of acts dazzle them with musical tricks referred to as No Hay Banda, which means there is no band. It leads to the final act, also my favorite scene from the film, where a woman lip syncs in a powerful performance before collapsing. The girls are overcome with emotion at the scene. Watch here -- > Llorando After Betty takes the blue box out from her purse. Later Rita, sporting her blonde wig, takes the blue key from her bag of money (we later learn this bag of money was used in Diane's real life to pay off a hit man) Rita then uses the key to open the box. I think it's significant that she is alone in this scene, because when she turns the key there is only blackness inside the box. I think by the time Rita begins wearing the blonde wig her identity is melding with Betty's, because I think in Betty's dream the dead body in Diane Selwyn's apartment is actually a representation of Camilla. The act of turning the key and opening the box essentially suggests that having Camilla killed is going to lead Diane to destruction. Then Rita drops the box on the floor and the film cuts to a scene of the Cowboy telling Diane that it's time to get up.

Upon waking we get a whole different perspective on Diane's true Hollywood story. We learn that her truth was much uglier than the dream place she'd just been in. There is a blue key on her coffee table, which we later discover was a sign that the hit on her former lover Camilla aka Rita was complete. We also learn that she'd had an apparent fling gone bad with a watered down version of Camilla with whom Diane had switched apartments. Then through a series of memories and hallucinations it is revealed that Diane had come to California after winning a jitterbug contest and had been left some money from her aunt. Diane had an affair with Camilla after meeting her on the set of a film where they had read for the same role. Camilla ended up getting the lead role and there was an indication she likely accomplished that with the help of the casting couch, despite Diane being a better actress. It also seems that unlike the tender more romantic love affair Rita and Betty have in her dream, Camilla and Diane's real life affair was more lurid and Diane was ultimately used by Camilla. 

Sexual jealousy leads Diane to a dark place. Personally I think the most important aspect of Diane's struggle is her love for Camilla. Heartbreak is essentially what broke her. She was in love with Camilla and intensely sexually attracted to her. Camilla knew this and rubbed her exploits in Diane's face. I feel this is evident in the party scene when Camilla and Adam announce their engagement in front of Diane followed by a kiss Camilla gives to the fake Camilla Rhodes from Betty's dream. There is an impression that Diane was replaced by a newer version in the weird game Camilla and Adam were playing. It seems this final act of humiliation is what pushes Diane over the edge and drives her to want Camilla killed. The name Betty is later revealed to be the name of the waitress at Winkies diner, who served Diane when she was putting a hit out on Camilla. 

Betty's audition might reveal a bit about Diane's real life past and hints that she might have been a victim of sexual abuse. This rather intense scene not only showcases that Diane was a strong actress who was overlooked, but it also seems to be a clue about a trauma from her past. Perhaps the reason why she'd ended up having an affair with a woman, as she states in her dream that she'd never been with a woman before. However this is just my impression and very much open for debate. For more thoughts on this subject check out -- > Laura Walked With Me.

Are these two Diane's parents or her Aunt & Uncle or are they simply a symbol of her failure? I guess that is up for interpretation, but either way the sight of them tormenting Diane in her hallucinations was the final straw. Overcome with terror she decides the only way out is by putting a gun in her mouth.

This is the price of losing yourself. The woman who Diane switched apartments with tells her after she wakes up that the police stopped by again looking for her. From that point on the rest of the film fills in the gaps of Diane's real life through her memories and hallucinations. She makes coffee and imagine's Camilla is there. She has an erotic memory of being sexually rejected by Camilla on the couch. She recounts Camilla letting her stay late on one of Camilla's movie sets. Diane then seems enraged at the sight of Adam kissing Camilla in front of her. She vividly flashes to the party where Camilla once again humiliates her and fuels Diane's jealousy, first by making an over the top engagement announce to Adam and then by kissing another woman in front of Diane. 

These experiences stir Diane's anger and jealousy. She masturbates while crying furiously. She appears to hate herself for still being attracted to the person that hurt her the most. Plus she knows the police are likely closing in on her and mostly importantly, she's guilt ridden. After all Diane loved Camilla. She remembers making the arrangements to kill Camilla, where she sees Dan looking at her and "Betty" the waitress serves her. Finally she has a terrifying vision of the elderly couple, possibly her parents or Aunt and Uncle, chasing her through her apartment as she screams in terror. Whomever they are supposed to be, I believe they represent ultimate failure to Diane. It drives her mad and she shoots herself.

Is the blue box actually a reference to Diane's soul? Throughout Betty's dream, the blue box appears to represent the fate of Diane's soul or her worst fear. This is only my opinion, but it was my sense that since in real life the blue key meant Camilla was dead, in Betty's dream the blue key that opens the blue box leads to nothingness and death. Once she opens the box her dream is essentially over and Diane's fate is sealed.

The Cowboy gives Adam some solid advice and warns him that a man's attitude determines the fate of his life to a large extent. I love this scene! Watch here --- > The Cowboy All I can say about the Cowboy is that he was at the party when Camilla and Adam announce their engagement. In fact Betty sees him right as the two are obnoxiously gloating. My best guess is that his look stood out so in her dream logic he became the reason Adam chose Camilla to be in his film. What do you think the Cowboy represents?

In Betty's dream, I think Dan represents her subconscious fear of her own demise. So in thinking that, I think it's fair to assume that in Betty's dream, Dan is Diane or a variation of herself that is afraid to face the consequences of what she has done. I believe he took form in her dream, because she saw him looking at her in Winkies as she was making the arrangements to have Camilla killed in real life. Watch here --- > Dan's Nightmare

Could this person be a representation of the devil or a symbol of death? If the box is Diane's soul and this person is death, then the final scene of the movie makes a profound kind of sense. Diane killed someone and killed herself, the consequences of which equal the bleakness of your soul rotting in a paper bag next to a garbage dump, metaphorically speaking. Of course this is just my opinion and I think a lot of interpretations can be drawn.

I've always felt that the Adam character is a representation of how David Lynch has felt about outside influences on his work. Maybe I'm stretching, but that was always my impression. Outside of that, in Betty's dream, Adam is forced to choose Camilla Rhodes as the lead in his film. I think Betty dreams it this way, because its a softer kinder version as compared to what really happened in Diane's life. In real life it appears that Adam chose Camilla because they were fooling around and he was self absorbed. However in Betty's idealized dream, Adam is a victim of circumstance and the situation was out of his control.

In a final thought, when it comes to watching David Lynch movies I've always tried to be flexible with adhering a literal meaning to every aspect. I try to take it all in and think it through after. I also like to go with how a film makes me feel and although I am probably an analytical person by nature, I don't need to understand everything to enjoy Lynch's work. With that said, I think the core of Mulholland Dr. is probably one of his more linear films. Compared to Lost Highway and parts of Fire Walk With Me, I think Mulholland Dr. makes a fairly clear statement. California has always represented a place where dreams come. From the Gold Rush to the magic of Hollywood and everything in between, California symbolizes hope and magic for many people. Hollywood, in particular for young people, holds the allure of fame, fortune and adoration. However in reality most dreams are crushed and for some people such as Diane, it ultimately breaks them. I might be wrong with every theory I have about this movie. but if it wasn't so good, I wouldn't care to think about it at all. I love Mulholland Dr because to me what makes it horrifying isn't so much that it's a scary movie, it's the way David Lynch takes you into Diane's mind so you feel her bleakness. The concept is very dark, but yet I find it to be a beautiful masterpiece.


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