Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Recap of Episode 17

A Dugpa or perhaps The Watcher in the Woods?

Season 2 Episode 17

Written by: Tricia Brock

Directed by: Tina Rathborne

Original Air Date: December 8th, 1990

Three Days Later

At the Palmer's house, Sarah refuses to take a sedative from Doc Hayward prior to Leland's funeral. She says she needs to be there for both Leland and Laura. Sarah sadly notes, "today I bury my husband, next to my only child." Dale Cooper sits with her and says that there are things dark and heinous in this world; things that are too horrible to tell your children about. He explains that Leland fell victim as a child to one of those things. Sarah concurs and thinks of her vision of Bob and his disgusting hair. Dale assures her that Bob is gone. Sarah replies, "so is everything I loved." Dale tries to comfort her by explaining that in Leland's last moments he was sorry and saw Laura. Dale believes that Laura forgave him and Leland died at peace. His words seem to soothe Sarah. Dale then says he'd be honored to drive her to the funeral. Sarah smiles, but then realizes she's missing an earring. She says, "Leland always found the other earring."

After the funeral, a reception is held at the Palmer's house with loads of food. Nadine stands against the wall and looks into her black patent leather shoes. She sees her own reflection. Nearby Hank piles a bunch of food on a plate and brings it to Sarah as she sits with Audrey and Eileen Hayward. Seeing Sarah is overwhelmed by the plate, Audrey takes it from her and Eileen notes that in times of trouble people come together. Meanwhile Donna walks up to Big Ed and talks about James. She wonders if two people in love could have caused all this trouble, thus James' need to leave town. Big Ed assures her that James will come back.

"Would you care to join me for an incredibly pleasant evening of night fishing?"

Major Briggs walks into the house and is greeted by Dr. Jacoby, who says the restorative powers of Honolua Bay helped him recover from his injuries. Harry and Dale stand close by. Major Briggs asks Dale what's next for him. Dale says he's got some vacation time saved up so Major Briggs asks, "would you care to join me for an incredibly pleasant evening of night fishing?" Dales replies, "aces!" Nearby Mayor Milford and his brother, Dougie, begin to argue. Meanwhile Nadine asks Big Ed in front of Donna if he can see her underwear in the reflection of her shoes. She wonders if boys are looking up her dress. Donna immediately looks down in surprise. Big Ed assures Nadine he can't see a thing. Over on the couch, Sarah shares with Audrey and Eileen a moment between Laura and Donna that they shared as children when they promised to be best friends forever. Sarah says she needs to remember all those moments. Right then, Dougie and Mayor Milford begin to fight so Ed and Harry have to pull them apart. 

"Harry, I'm really gonna miss this place."

Doc Hayward and Pete explain to Dale that the brothers Milford have had a long standing feud that might have started with a woman. However they say no one knows for sure. Then Pete explains that Dougie Milford runs the newspaper and he's engaged to be married to a "babe" who is still in her teens. Doc Hayward then recalls as Harry helps him remember the year, that in 1962, Dwayne ran for Mayor unopposed and Dougie Milford wrote an editorial against him in the paper. They all share a laugh at the memory. Dale listens with a smile and then says, "Harry, I'm really gonna miss this place." 

"Friendship is the foundation of any lasting relationship."

At the Great Northern, Dale packs his suitcase in his room when he gets a visit from Audrey. She asks when he's leaving. Dale says he's going fishing first and leaving after that. She looks sullen and remarks, "So this is it? You save my life then break my heart?" Dale once again explains his personal policy about getting involved with someone who was part of a case he's worked on. Audrey realizes that Dale must have been hurt very badly by someone. Dale corrects her and says someone got hurt by him. He explains that the woman he lost and loved died in his arms years ago, after a case he'd been working on with his old partner, Windom Earle. Dales explains that Windom went insane thereafter. Audrey is understanding and quotes Dale by saying, "friendship is the foundation of any lasting relationship." Then she tells him that one day she'll be grown up and on her own and he better watch out. Before leaving, Audrey tells Dale the only problem with him is that he's perfect.

At Leo and Shelly's house, Shelly watches as Bobby tries on Leo's business suit in preparation for his meeting with Ben Horne. She encourages him by saying he looks great. However Shelly looks sullen as she leans against Leo's wheelchair. Then she asks Bobby to take her out later. She wants to get all dressed up. Bobby replies that someone needs to watch Leo. He then says once his deal with Ben goes through they will be on easy street and he'll take her anywhere she wants to go. Bobby walks out and leaves Shelly looking depressed. 

"I ran out of tuna fish."

At the Sheriff's station, Harry finds Catherine waiting for him in his office. He's surprised to see her alive and asks where she's been the last two weeks. Catherine is dressed in hiking attire and tells Harry that she believes an angel saved her life. She explains to Harry how she ended up at the drying shed the night of the mill fire. Catherine claims that after she found herself alone in the woods and afraid. Harry listens intently as Catherine recounts being flooded with memories of her childhood. She says she ended up at her summer home in Pearl Lakes after walking for miles in the night. Catherine explains that she waited with a loaded gun by her side for whoever wanted to kill her to finish the job, while eating a can of tuna fish. Harry asks what made her come back. Catherine replies, "I ran out of tuna fish."

"Morals and manly behavior."

Dick Tremayne walks in the station as Lucy is standing on a ladder trying to change a light bulb. She asks what he's doing there so Dick climbs the ladder with her. Andy overhears and listens to their conversation. Hawk sees Dick and shakes his head before walking up to Andy. Dick drones on about how he's liking the idea of parenthood the more he thinks about it. He ignores Lucy as she struggles with the light bulb. Hawk encourages Andy to jump in so Andy walks over just as Dick is oddly trying to kiss or sniff (I'm not sure which, you decide) Lucy's stomach. Andy makes an announcement as he also climbs up the ladder to meet Lucy's face. Andy calmly declares that they should all be friends, because he remembers his mother always said she couldn't have fussing and fighting around her when she had a bun in the oven. Lucy is obviously charmed by Andy's rational approach. Then Andy puts his hand out for Dick to shake. After Andy returns to Hawk, who thinks Andy is crazy. Andy says he knows Lucy and she likes morals and manly behavior, but then he gets insecure and asks Hawk, "Do you think I went too far?"

"I'm honored beyond my ability to express myself." 

Dale walks into Harry's office to say goodbye before he goes to meet Major Briggs. Harry hands Dale a crumpled brown paper bag. Dale takes it and pulls out a hooked Green Butt Skunk. Harry explains that when steer fish are heading up stream all they can think about is sex, but a Green Butt Skunk breaks their concentration. Harry says he tied it himself, like his father taught him and his father's father taught him before that. Dale clearly loves it. Then Harry gives Dale an official bookhouse patch and says everyone agreed that Dale is one of them now. Dale is moved and humbly responds, "Harry, I'm honored beyond my ability to express myself." Harry puts his hand out and says if Dale ever needs them, the bookhouse boys will be there. After Dale walks into the lobby and begins to say his goodbyes to Hawk, Andy and Lucy, however he's interrupted by Special Agent Roger Hardy, a fellow agent of Dale's, and a Canadian Officer named Preston King. They two inform Dale that he's now suspended from the FBI. After Dale, Harry, Agent Hardy and Preston King convene in Harry's office. Dale knows what's happening and explains to Harry that rescuing Audrey from One Eyed Jacks was technically unlawful of him in the eyes of the FBI.

"School numbs my buns, how about you?"

Bobby waits impatiently outside of Ben's office to get a meeting, but he's rejected by Ben's receptionist. Audrey sees him and asks what he's doing there. Bobby asks why she's not in school to which Audrey replies, "School numbs my buns, how about you?" Bobby tells Audrey that he's trying to get a meeting with her father. Audrey knows he's up to something, but helps him out nonetheless and gets him in to see Ben. However Ben quickly has Bobby tossed out by his body guards. After Audrey stops the guards from kicking Bobby out of the hotel. Bobby asks how he can help her in return. Audrey suggests ice cream so Bobby asks, "Cup or cone?" Audrey replies, "Cone. I like to lick." 

Back at the station, Agent Hardy and Preston King question Dale about Jean Renault's disappearance. Officer King informs Dale that he was working on a sting operation at Jacks and claims Dale's inference allowed Jean to escape. Agent Hardy says Dale has to prove that he wasn't involved in the drug operation there and says the DEA is now looking into the situation. Then he forces Dale to turn in his badge and gun. After Agent Hardy excuses Dale so he can question Harry. However Harry doesn't want to cooperate. Harry says they need a subpoena to question him and tells them to, "stuff it!" Harry says Dale is the finest law man he's ever known and then advises them to see themselves out. 


At the high school, Doc Hayward and Big Ed talk to an astonished Assistant Principal about allowing Nadine to be enrolled back in high school. Later Nadine tries out for Cheer leading and does some amazing tumbling for the coaches. Then she screams, "corkscrew!" and literally tosses one of the jocks into the air. He screams and then lands on a nearby volleyball net. Meanwhile over at Shelly's place, Shelly ignores the telephone while brushing Leo's teeth. She assumes it's Bobby. When she finally answers, Shelly gives Bobby the cold shoulder. Then Shelly tells Bobby she wants a life more than money and she thinks they should put Leo in a home. While she's on the phone, Leo moves his wheelchair on his own.

"I'm Your Man!"

Norma removes her fancy table clothes at the diner while her mother watches. Norma is down in the dumps because she received a bad review from MT Wentz. Vivian ends up admitting to Norma that she is MT Wentz and says the diner is just not a good restaurant. Norma is upset and kicks her mother out of the diner and out of her life. After Vivian walks away, Norma breaks into tears. Meanwhile up at One Eyed Jacks, Ernie and Hank play with some of the girls as they walk into Blackie's old office. When the girls leave, Ernie tells Hank he doesn't want to steal Vivian's money and the men start to wrestle. Then Jean Renault walks in smoking a cigarette. Hank introduces Ernie to Jean and says Ernie is a wizard with numbers. Jean is happy to hear that, because he says One Eyed Jacks is having some cash flow issues. Ernie begins to sell himself and says he's definitely the man for the job. After Preston King walks in with a briefcase full of drugs. Jean insists that Ernie go do some gambling with Hank so Hank and Ernie leave. Once alone with Officer King, Jean tells him that he wants to put the last nail in Cooper's coffin. Preston explains that he's going to plant drugs in Cooper's car. Jean says he wants Cooper, "crucified." 

"Have you ever heard of the White Lodge?"

Harry is woken up at his house by strange noises outside. Then he sees a shadow pass across his window so he grabs his gun. When Harry opens the door, Josie is there and falls into his arms crying. They fall to the floor together and begin to passionately kiss. Meanwhile, Dale and Major Briggs talk in the woods while roasting marshmallows by their campfire. Cooper says he's been thinking a lot about Bob. Major Briggs says he has been thinking about it too. The Major thinks it's some men's fate to face great darkness. He thinks if they do so with fear, it leaves those men vulnerable. The Major also thinks Dale has been blessed with special gifts and asks if he's ever heard of the White Lodge. Dale says no. Right then, we see something is moving in the woods toward them. Dale excuses himself to "urinate in the open air" and says he wants to hear about the White Lodge when he returns. As Dale urinates against a tree, an owl hoots from a branch above him. Then a bright white light engulfs the area. Major Briggs looks up and sees a mysterious hooded figure amongst the trees. He screams for Cooper. Dale rushes to help him, but by the time he gets back Major Briggs is gone and the white light turns off like someone flipped a switch.

End of show!

It has been awhile since I watched this episode. Doing so with the intention of recapping for the blog, I was anticipating all the lighter, sillier moments. I didn't expect to feel sad. When we think of the Palmer family it's often Laura's pain and Leland's demise that is the focus. However Sarah was a victim too. She was the only one left standing and was mostly in the dark about the true nature of her household. Thinking of her loss and ultimate loneliness makes her first scene in this episode particularly heartbreaking to me. Also since this is the last we will see of Sarah Palmer for quite awhile, it also feels like a goodbye, like the end of something great. 

It should be noted that Agent Roger Hardy, who is played by Clarence Williams III, was also Peggy Lipton's costar in the 60's television show the Mod Squad. Unfortunately I can't say I like his character too much, nor do I care for Preston King. It was good to see Jean Renault return though. I always enjoy Michael Parks and any scenes with Ernie Niles is a fun bonus for me. 

Nadine's corkscrew scene is as humorous as it is ridiculous, as was her wondering about boys looking at her underwear in the reflection of her shoes. However after all these years of watching, I also find those scenes very endearing and of course I always laugh at them with love. It was also very nice to see Dr. Jacoby return as well as Bobby and Shelly, who hadn't been in much of the prior few episodes. 

It would seem that this episode was perhaps a big influence on Mark Frost when coming up with ideas for The Secret History of Twin Peaks. (Spoiler Alert) For those who have read the book, the final scene of this episode almost makes me wonder if the hooded figure might just be Major Briggs himself in some time loop. I might be geeking out a bit too much there, but I find that thought intriguing. Also who knew after years of watching that now hearing Doc Hayward and Dr. Jacoby discuss Dougie Milford running the town newspaper would end up feeling extra important? 

I think the most touching/sweet scene of the episode is when Harry gives Dale the Green Butt Skunk and bookhouse boy patch. I've always loved their friendship. Watch below!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Recap of Episode 16

You may think I've gone insane, but I promise I will kill again!

Season 2 Episode 16

Written by: Mark Frost, Harley Peyton & Robert Engels

Directed by: Tim Hunter

Original Air Date: December 1st, 1990

"Stand on the rim of the volcano, stand alone and do your dance."

After discovering Maddy's dead body, Albert, Cooper, Truman and Hawk take a walk in the woods and discuss the case. Albert shows them the letter O from under Maddy's nail and says there was white fur from a dead animal clutched in her right hand. Harry wants to contact Maddy's family, but Dale asks for 24 hours to finish his investigation. Albert pulls Cooper aside and tells him that he's the only one with the coordinates in his hardware to find the killer. Albert takes Cooper by the shoulders and says, "Stand on the rim of the volcano, stand alone and do your dance." He advises Dale to take whatever vision quest he has to. Then Albert walks away. Cooper sighs and says he doesn't know where to start. Hawk assures him that he's already on the path and he just has to follow it. 

"J'ai une âme solitaire"

James meets Donna at the Double R and Donna tells him that she could sing about, "last night." He gives her a diamond ring and says he thinks they should be together all the time. Donna thinks that sounds perfect. Nearby Vivian, Norma's mother, spits out her breakfast eggs and claims that she was afraid she'd run into a thumb tack. Norma gets offended and doesn't understand why she can't ever say anything nice. Vivian notes that the menus are very presentable. Meanwhile Andy sits at the counter as well and repeats the phrase, "J'ai une âme solitaire," to himself. Donna hears him and asks what he was saying. Donna asks if he heard it from Mrs. Tremond, but Andy explains it was in Harold's suicide note. Something seems to click in her mind so Donna takes off saying she needs to find Sheriff Truman. 

"Somebody has to stop Bob!"

Donna takes Andy and Dale Cooper to Mrs. Tremond's house and explains that she thinks Harold's suicide note is a message. When she knocks on Mrs. Tremond's door a woman Donna doesn't recognize answers. She then tells Donna that she's Mrs. Tremond. Donna insists to Dale that Mrs. Tremond was an older woman with a grandson. The woman then says she found a note in her mailbox for Donna. When Donna opens it she sees it's a page from Laura's diary. Dale tells her to read it. Donna starts to read out loud about a dream Laura describes having about being in a red room with a small man and old man sitting in a chair. Laura says she whispered the secret in the old man's ear. Then Laura says that somebody has to stop Bob and that Bob is only afraid of Mike. The next entry is dated before Laura dies. Laura states, "tonight is the night that I die." Donna gets teary eyed reading that Laura knew she had to die so Bob couldn't hurt her anymore. Dale realizes that he and Laura had the same dream and asks Andy to take Donna home.

"That milk will cool down on you, but it's getting warmer now."

Cooper goes to see Philip Gerard/Mike in his hotel room. Doc Hayward looms over imploring Cooper to give him his medication. Dale holds off and asks Mike to explain how he and Laura could have had the same dream. Mike explains breathlessly that he and Bob killed perfectly together. He describes it as appetite meeting satisfaction and says it was like creating a golden circle. Dale thinks of his ring and says he gave it to the Giant. Mike confirms that the Giant is real and says he can help Dale find Bob. Dales asks how. Mike says, "you must ask him first." He tells Dale to look inside himself before passing out. Dale walks out into the hallway and is clearly searching for answers. Then he sees the elderly waiter who is holding a tray with a glass of milk on it. He gives Dale the thumbs up and smiles, "that milk will cool down on you, but it's getting warmer now." After Dale goes to Ben's office while Truman, Albert and other officers search it. Dale stares at a stuffed fox on Ben's table looking perplexed. Harry shows him Ben's telephone records showing that Ben called Laura the night she died. Truman is convinced Ben is guilty. Albert then shows them Ben's blood test results.

"We've spend our entire adult lives lying to each other, why spoil it with the truth now?"

At the Sheriff's station, a maintenance man checks the sprinkler system. Andy approaches Lucy and wants to talk about her baby. The maintenance man listens as Lucy explains that it's a 50/50 proposition whether Andy or Dick is the father. Andy decides to call Dick. Lucy seems excited that the men could argue over her. When Dick gets on the phone Andy says they need to speak sternly, but then backs off and says that's if Dick's not too busy. Meanwhile down in his jail cell, Ben gets a visit from Catherine dressed as Mr. Tojamura. She holds the Ghost Wood contracts in her hands. Ben tries to stall by explaining that because he's in jail, he can't sign the contracts. She ends up taunting him by showing him her red toenails and then uses her own voice to say she's going to make his life a living hell. Ben gets excited that she came and begs Catherine to clear his name. She asks him to sign the contract. Ben agrees, signs and then remarks how brilliant her disguise was. He pleads with her to go tell the Sheriff she was with him the night Laura died. Catherine responds by saying, "We've spend our entire adult lives lying to each other, why spoil it with the truth now?" Then she walks out. Ben screams her name while manically cleaning the cell bars with his handkerchief. 

"James don't leave me!"

Donna goes to the Palmer's house wearing Laura's sunglasses. Leland/Bob stares at her intently. She gives him a tape that she and James made for Maddy and asks him to mail it to her. He stares more and asks about the glasses. Donna explains that they were Laura's. She lights up a cigarette and tells him that Laura had an extra secret diary that she gave to Harold Smith. Leland looks shocked and says he had no idea. Then the phone rings. Leland picks it up and speaks with Maddy's mother, Beth. Donna listens to his end of the conversation where he says he dropped Maddy off at the bus station and will call her back as soon as possible. He hangs up and tells Donna that Maddy never made it home. Donna looks very disturbed by the news. Leland/Bob then chews a piece of gum and fixes his tie in the mirror. We see Bob is looking back at him in the reflection. 

After Leland approaches Donna from behind and plays with her hair. She looks at photos of Laura on the mantel and whirls around surprised at the sensation of her hair moving. He hands her a glass of lemonade and assures Donna that Maddy will be okay. Then he decides to put on some music. As he looms over the record player, we see that Bob is there. Donna doesn't see his true face, but knows something is off. Leland starts dancing toward her and takes Donna's hands. He impulsively grabs her into an odd hug. Donna struggles to get free, but thankfully for her the doorbell rings. It's Harry who says there has been another murder and he needs Leland's help. Leland agrees to assist and leaves with Harry. Donna ends up walking to the lake in tears. Shortly after James rides up on his motorcycle. Donna tells him that Maddy is dead and it was the same killer as Laura. James gets upset and says, "this is no good!" He thinks nothing they do matters and decides to take off on his bike. Donna screams for him not to leave her, but he takes off anyway. 

"That gum you like is going to come back in style."

At the Roadhouse, Cooper waits with Albert at the bar. Ben sits in a booth nearby eating nuts. Then Harry walks in with Leland. Cooper walks up to Leland and Leland asks if they're there to catch the killer. Big Ed then strolls in, followed by Hawk, Bobby and Leo. Cooper has them all clear the room. Then he explains to the group that he believes the killer in his the room and says he needs a little magic to help identify the individual. Harry asks, "now what?" Dale says he isn't sure and thinks someone is missing. Right then Major Briggs arrives with then the elderly waiter. The waiter gives Dale a piece of gum. Leland smiles and tells the waiter that gum is his most favorite gum in the world. The waiter replies, "that gum you like is going to come back in style." Dale flashes to his dream and remembers that Laura whispered, "My father killed me," in his ear. Then the Giant appears with Dale's ring in his palm. As he disappears again, the ring falls to the floor. Dale puts the gum in his mouth and looks down. He sees his ring, picks it up and then tells Ben to come to the Sheriff station with him and to bring Leland Palmer as his attorney. Before walking out, Cooper turns to look at the waiter and gives him the thumbs up. 

"That's not Leland!"

When everyone arrives at the station, Dale says they should bring Ben down to interrogation. Leland asks if Ben is going to be charged. Dale says yes, but then whispers something to Harry when Leland walks away. When they all get to the interrogation room, they end up pushing Leland into the room instead and shut the door. Leland begins to yell and throw himself against the wall. The men look in at him through the door's window and Dale orders Ben to be released. Ben can't believe his eyes and questions, "Leland?" Hawk sharply responds, "that's not Leland!" Harry then asks how Dale knew Leland was the killer. Dale says Laura told him in a dream. Harry thinks they need stronger evidence than that. Dale asks if a full confession will do. After Dale, Harry, Albert and Hawk handcuff Leland and sit him in a chair. Dale asks if he killed Laura Palmer. Leland howls and then says that means yes. Hawk looks extremely concerned and keeps his gun pointed at him. Then Bob says that Leland has been a good vehicle, but now it's time to shuffle off to Buffalo. He claims Leland won't remember what he did until he leaves him and pulls the ripcord. Upon hearing him, Harry says that will do and they all leave the room.

"Got a light?"

Lucy takes Andy and Dick into the conference room at the station. She tells them that she's decided to keep her baby and it's not open to discussion. Dick looks irked and pulls out a cigarette attached to a giant cigarette holder. He asks Andy for a light and laughs when Andy pats himself down for one before firmly answering, "no." Dick then pulls out a lighter from his other hand. Lucy explains that she can't take the test to determine the father until after the baby is born and she wants their cooperation in the meantime. Dick's cigarette smoke drifts up to the fire alarm as he tells Lucy whatever she wants is fine with him.

"Look to the light."

Meanwhile outside the interrogation room, Hawk watches Leland from the door's window as Dale explains to Albert and Harry that Ben's blood type didn't match. Dale feels the answer was in front of him the whole time. Dale recounts all the clues from his dreams, including those from the Giant and concludes that the letters under the fingernails was Bob spelling his name. Dale thinks Leland killed Laura for writing about him in her diary and Maddy because she either reminded him of Laura or she found out about Bob. Harry asks if Dale thinks Leland's just crazy, because he thinks Bob can't be real. Before Dale can answer, Leland starts yelling from inside the room about how the magician longs to see, he'll catch them with his death bag and how he will kill again. 

Then the sprinklers go off throughout the station. Leland/Bob starts screaming and then begins banging his head against the door. Dale and Harry struggle to get the door open to stop him. When they finally do, Leland is badly injured. It appears he's now his true self, absent of Bob, and begins to remember his horrid actions. He sobs that he killed Laura and explains that he saw Bob in his dreams as child and he let him inside. Leland claims he didn't know when Bob was there and he couldn't remember when Bob was gone. Leland tells the men that "they" wanted Laura's soul, but Laura was strong and wouldn't let them in. Leland also admits to killing Teresa Banks and says "they" made him kill Laura. Leland asks God to have mercy on him and cries that he loves Laura with all his heart. Dale realizes that Leland is dying, so he offers words of comfort to Leland and tells him to look to the light. Leland cries that he sees the light and can also see Laura there waiting for him. Then he sadly dies in Dale's arms and the sprinklers finally turn off.

"The evil that men do."

Later Dale, Harry and Albert meet Major Briggs in the woods and they discuss the events. Harry thinks Leland was completely insane. Albert says that people saw Bob in visions and dreams, like Maddy and Sarah. Major Briggs astutely quotes Shakespeare by saying, "Gentlemen, there is more in heaven and earth than is dreamt of in our philosophy." Cooper smiles and says, "amen." Harry can't wrap his mind around it. He says he's seen a lot of strange things, but this is way off the map and he's having trouble believing. Dale asks if it's more comforting to think of a man raping and killing is own daughter. Harry answers no. Major Briggs asks if it matters, when the evil is that great, what you call it. Dale answers yes, because they have to stop it. Albert notes, "maybe that's all that Bob is, the evil that men do." Then Harry wonders if they had Bob and he got away, "where's Bob now?" Right then we cut to shot of something moving through the woods leading up to a bright light. Finally an owl appears against the backdrop of light and spreads it's wings to fly away.

End of show!

It appears Bob is the owl flying away for the time being thus concluding the storyline of who killed Laura Palmer. This episode is full of powerful moments and I think for the most part fulfills answering the show's core mystery. In hindsight maybe some elements are wrapped up a bit too neatly, for example Leland being absolved of responsibility for his behavior, which Fire Walk With Me contradicts quite a bit. However overall I think it's a terrific episode and has a satisfying end to Laura's murder. 

I remember when I first saw this episode on my old VHS set I was chilled by Dale remembering that Laura whispered, "my father killed me," in his ear. I also love how Harry, Albert, Major Briggs and Dale discuss Bob at the end with all their varying takes on the events. I can't help but wish that in the proceeding episodes the question of, "where is Bob?" was the focal point, given how poignant their collective conversation was. In that sense, this episode also marks the end of this chapter of Twin Peaks and you could argue the show could have ended right then. 

The scene with the most emotional impact is definitely Leland's death, in my opinion. I suppose it does help ease the sorrow of what he did to know that he was truly sorry for it in the end. All of the men seemed exhausted and haunted by the experience as well, which I think adds to the intensity. I'm not a big fan of "into the light" death scenes in television and film, but Twin Peaks did it well and certainly made Leland's final moments unforgettable. 

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