Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Recap of Episode 19

Season 2 Episode 19

Written by:  Harley Peyton & Robert Engels

Directed by: Caleb Deschanel

Original Air Date: January 12th, 1991

"Who's on the top floor?"

In Ben's office at The Great Northern, Bobby enters in his suit. He calls for Ben and finds him sitting on the floor. Ben tells him in life you need balance. Bobby gazes upon a pile of furniture stacked on top of Ben's desk and wonders if Ben listened to the tape he sent him. Ben answers yes, but says he was surprised that Leo could master the technology to record him. Ben asks what Bobby wants. Bobby looks back at the furniture pile in confusion. Ben asks him who is on the top floor. Before Bobby can answer, Ben says he is. Ben then tells Bobby to follow Hank Jennings. He insists that Bobby show him something he doesn't already know and sends him on his way. As Bobby leaves Ben's office, Lana Milford comes running down the hallway in her lingerie screaming.

"That's Dead Dog Farm."

At the Sheriff's station, Dale looks at real estate listings with a local agent. He flips a coin to decide which listing he should see first. It lands on a seemingly random photo of a deserted property. Dale asks what the property is. The agent tells him it's Dead Dog Farm. She calls the property a puzzle and says no one ever stays there very long. Intrigued, Dale says he wants to see it right away.

"Persistent Random Misfortune."

Dick walks into the station wearing a denim jacket lined with fur and a pair of khaki shorts. He meets with Lucy, Andy and Judy Swain from the Happy Helping Hands organization. Judy sits down with all of them to give them some background on little Nicky. She claims Nicky has been plagued with persistent random misfortune. Dick wonders if his parents were killed. Judy says no one knows for sure. Then Sheriff Truman comes in and tells Andy they have to go, because there's an emergency up at the Great Northern.

"She's a witch!"

In Dougie Milford's room at The Great Northern, Dougie lays dead on the bed. Sheriff Truman, Doc Hayward and Andy all investigate. Andy finds a copy of the Karma Sutra and reads a passage about simulating women, which shocks him. They also find a bunch of other sex play items. The Sheriff jokes, "At least he went out with his boots on." Then Dwayne Milford walks in distraught over his dead brother. He sees the sexual books and claims those are the murder weapons. He tells them Dougie never could say no to a woman. Dwayne then walks out into the hallway where Hawk sits with Lana. He accuses her of murdering his brother and calls her a witch. Lana cries to Hawk that it's true, she's cursed. She tells him a story about how her prom date ended up in the emergency room after he tried to kiss her and the bands on his braces snapped. Hawk tries to comfort her. Lana asks if he's the Sheriff. Hawk stands up, leans against the hotel room door and says when something big goes down he's the man they call. Right then, Andy opens the door and Hawk clumsily falls back into the room.

"Now will you go out with me?"

At the high school, the coach gives a speech about a random black football player who was the first to compete in the old days. Then he says Nadine has the right to compete now. The coach calls Mike over and says Nadine has volunteered to take Mike on in a wrestling match. The crowd begins to egg Mike on. When they start to wrestle, Mike advises Nadine on what to do not to get hurt, but she doesn't listen. She starts asking if he wants to go out later on a date. Then to Mike's surprise, Nadine flips him over her back. Then she somehow picks him up, twirls him around and tosses him to the floor. Mike lays there confused. Nadine asks, "Now will you go out with me?" Later Mike approaches Donna by the lockers. He tells her Nadine beat him up and he wants Donna to pretend she's still his girlfriend. Donna says she's not that good of an actress and laughs him off. Mike thinks he's going to end up in traction.

"Once a fortnight."

James sits in his room at Evelyn Marsh's house when, Malcolm Sloan, Evelyn's brother walks in. He tells James he's Jeffrey Marsh's driver. Malcolm sits down with James and immediately tells him that, "once a fortnight," Jeffrey beats Evelyn up. He says she tries to get even with Jeffrey by breaking his toys. James asks why Malcolm doesn't stop Jeffrey. Malcolm answers that no one stops Jeffrey. 

"The best and worst are drawn to Dead  Dog."

Dale and his real estate agent, Irene, pull up at Dead Dog Farm. She tells him there is a legend that says, "Of all the people in the world the best and the worst are drawn to Dead Dog. Most turn away. Only those with the purest of heart can feel it's pain and somehow in between, the rest of us struggle." Dale looks around and notices that three vehicles have visited recently by tire marks in the driveway. They also find the front door open, which Dale concludes means there was a meeting there in the last few hours. Inside, Dale finds traces of baby laxative in the sink and cocaine on the kitchen seat. Dale smirks and notes, "Irene, we have to notify the Sheriff."

"What if you died?"

Dick tries to fix a flat tire on the side of the road while Little Nicky sits in the driver's seat. Nicky plays with the wheel. Dick asks him to stop doing that because he's trying to concentrate. Then Nicky beeps the horn and startles Dick. He orders Nicky to get out of the car. When Nicky gets out we see he's wearing an identical outfit to Dick. Nicky then asks if Dick is mad at him. Dick assures him he's not. However he looks at him curiously when Nicky laughs that he scared Dick. Dick resumes his attention toward the tire, but the tire jack unexpectedly collapses causing the car to fall. Little Nicky gets scared and runs over to Dick in a panic. He hugs him and asks, "What if you died?"

"The cold war seems like a case of the sniffles."

Dale walks into Harry's office and meets Colonel Reilly, who is heading up the Air Force's investigation into Major Briggs disappearance. Reilly asks if Dale noticed any wild life in the area when he disappeared. Dale mentions seeing an owl and says he knows about the messages their monitoring from deep space. Colonel Reilly says they need to get their facts straight, because the messages that Briggs showed Cooper actually came from the woods in Twin Peaks. He goes on to say that Major Briggs disappearance goes so far beyond national security it makes, "the cold war seem like a case of the sniffles." Dale looks very alarmed by the news.

"Are you afraid of your husband?"

James shows Evelyn that he got Jeffrey's car started in her garage. He also tells Evelyn that he spoke with her brother about her "situation." James wonders if she's afraid of her husband. Evelyn tells him to mind his business. James says he knows what it's like to be alone and kisses her. Right then Jeffrey pulls into the driveway and beeps the horn. Evelyn jumps out of the car and tells James things aren't as bad as she made them out to be. Then she walks over to greet Jeffrey. James watches curiously. Later that night, James hears Evelyn and Jeffrey fighting from his room. Malcolm comes in with a drink in his hand and says he's heard this for four years. Malcolm claims that one day he's going to kill Jeffrey.

"It's Gettysburg."

Audrey playfully grills Bobby when he enters The Great Northern about what he's doing for her father. Bobby is reluctant to show her, but wants to know if they can celebrate together later. Audrey grabs his jacket collar and tells him they should think about doing business together. Bobby tries to kiss her, but Audrey slyly pulls back with a smile. Bobby smiles back saying he likes the way she thinks. Then he walks into Ben's office. Audrey decides to sneak into the wall to listen to their conversation. Bobby finds Ben arranging a model of the battle of Gettysburg on his desk while smoking a cigar. Bobby shows Ben some pictures he took of Hank that please Ben. Ben gives him some cash and tells Bobby to come back tomorrow so they can discuss a full time position.

"Here's to me." 

At the Packard's, Pete and Catherine celebrate with champagne. Pete quotes Yates to her, which Catherine thanks him for. She tells Pete he's very lyrical. Pete informs her that Yates is a poet. Catherine swills her champagne. She tells him she knows, while trying not to look annoyed. Catherine then orders Josie to bring their appetizers over and tells her she'll treat her with all the respect she deserves. Catherine also tells Josie to put on her maid's cap. Pete wonders if Catherine is being to hard on Josie. Catherine is quick to remind him of all Josie's wrong doings. Pete says that's not the Josie he knows. Catherine then proposes a toast to herself for bringing Ben and Josie down. She says, "here's to me." Pete responds, "here's to you Poodle."

"I may be wearing a dress, but I still put my panties on one leg at a time."

In his hotel room, Dale talks to Diane about his latest chess response from Windom Earle. Dale wonders where Windom is and what he's planning. Dale also mentions looking into real estate and says he hopes he could eventually settle down with a family. Dale notes that in Twin Peaks secrets always prevail and he thinks those secrets maybe connected to his trouble at the bureau. Then Audrey knocks on the door. She brings the pictures that Bobby took for Ben and shows Dale. He looks at the photos and sees a group of men chatting outside of Dead Dog Farm. Dale is pleased. He tells Audrey she did good and she may have even saved his life. Audrey hopes that makes them even. 

Then Denise Bryson knocks on the door. Dale greets him with a hug as Audrey watches. Dale introduces Audrey to Denise. She's shocked to learn the FBI has female agents. Then Audrey impulsively kisses Dale on the cheek before she departs. Once alone, Dale shows Denise the pictures Audrey brought him and gives him a sample of the cocaine he took from Dead Dog Farm. Denise thinks it will help his investigation. Denise then changes the subject and wonders how old Audrey is. Dale smiles as he walks Denise to the door. Dale assumed that Denise is no longer interested in girls. However Denise corrects him by saying, "I may be wearing a dress, but I still put my panties on one leg at a time, if you know what I mean." Dale responds, "not really."

At the Double R Diner, Big Ed plays with his slice of pie. He tells Norma he's not all that hungry. Sensing he's upset, Norma reminds Ed that he can talk to her about anything. Ed then confides in her that he's not all that happy with his life. Ed feels like all the plans he made for himself didn't mean a thing. Norma tries to be encouraging and tells him they can make new plans. Unbeknownst to them, Hank is listening to their conversation from around the corner.

"Did you check him for witchcraft?"

Dick comes to the station to talk to Andy about Little Nicky. Lucy tries to listen to their conversation. Dick whispers that he thinks Little Nicky might be homicidal or even the devil himself. Andy envisions Little Nicky in a devil costume in his head. Meanwhile Doc Hayward comes into Harry's office while Dwayne is there. Doc tells Dwayne that Dougie died of natural causes. Dwayne doesn't believe him and asks if Doc Hayward checked Dougie for witchcraft. Doc Hayward says that's not the kind of thing that shows up in an autopsy. Dwayne wants Lana charged with murder and thinks she killed Dougie with sex. Harry says they can't do that. Dwayne blusters that Lana isn't going to get one penny of Dougie's money. Then he walks out.

Nearby Hawk gets warm milk for, "the window Milford" in the conference room. Doc Hayward, Andy, Dick and Harry all seem to become entranced by Lana as Dick recites poetry about Lana's beauty. Lucy watches with disgust. Later Lucy finds the station completely quiet. The phone rings with a call for the Sheriff, but she can't find him. Lucy tries to intercom Harry, but gets no response. She takes a walk around and finds all the men in Harry's office with Lana. The men are all fawning over Lana as she drinks milk and tells them stories about her youth. Seeing Andy fuss over Lana particularly upsets Lucy so she storms off.

"My name is Ernie Niles and I confess, I'm guilty." 

Denise Bryson walks into the Double R and sits down at a booth where Ernie Niles is eating. Denise shows Ernie a picture of him convening with Hank and Jean Renault at Dead Dog Farm. Denise tells him he's in violation of his parole. While sitting there, Denise puts on lipstick and asks for Ernie's help. Later in Dale's hotel room, Ernie looks beleaguered as he sits with Dale and Denise. He says, "my name is Ernie Niles and I confess, I'm guilty." Ernie claims that Jean threatened to kill his family and tortured him into complying. Denise tells him to shut up. Ernie then says Jean has four kilos of cocaine to sell and wanted him to find a buyer. Denise takes Ernie's hand and coyly says he's now looking at the buyer.

"My father is a deeply weird individual."

Original Artwork by @eclecticirie
At the Briggs house, Bobby comes home to find Betty sitting alone in the dark. Bobby realizes that she's upset about Major Briggs. Bobby assures her that he'll be back, but Betty isn't so sure. Bobby lights a cigarette and tells Betty about the conversation he had with Major Briggs at the diner a couple weeks ago about his future. Bobby says his father is a deeply weird individual, but has a lot more going on than most people. Betty cries that at night the Major sometimes runs his fingers through her hair, but doesn't think she notices. Then the lights go off and Garland suddenly appears in the foyer. He's oddly wearing old fashioned aviation attire. The Major then asks how long he's been gone. Betty tells him two days. The Major says that is strange. Then he tells Bobby to put out his cigarette and make him a strong drink. Betty hugs and kisses Garland while asking if everything is alright. The Major replies, "no, not really."

End of show!

After a little break, I'm happy to be back to recapping for Twin Peaks! So much has been happening in the Twin Peaks world lately. I feel so happy to be a little part of this wonderful fan community, especially at such a special time for the show. We finally have a date for new Twin Peaks. On May 21st it all starts anew and I can't wait! I'll be ramping up my recap schedule to fall in line with the new season's debut in the next few months. I'm happy to say that my dear friend, and fellow Twin Peaks fan, @eclecticirie, will be designing some original artwork for this blog. Look for more of her terrific work in the coming months. 

On a sad note, RIP to Miguel Ferrer. We really lost an amazing person, actor and Twin Peaks alum with his passing. May he be free of all chowder heads and blithering hayseeds in Valhalla. 

On to the episode. I definitely find this episode to be on the lighter side. There are several humorous moments to enjoy throughout. I'm quite fond of Ernie Niles and pretty much every minute of Denise Bryson. Given the recent insights into Dougie Milford's life in Mark Frost's, The Secret History of Twin Peaks, I can't help but wonder if there are clues I'm supposed to be focusing on in Lana's scenes. Regardless, it still plays for laughs. I would say the most intriguing moment is definitely Major Briggs return. His aviator outfit certainly suggests he was somewhere interesting during his disappearance. Dare I suggest time travel or another dimension?

Enjoy a clip of Audrey's meeting with Denise below!