Sunday, April 30, 2017

Recap of Episode 25

Season 2 Episode 25

Written by: Harley Peyton & Robert Engels

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

Original Air date: April 4th, 1991


At the Book House, Harry gets a surprise awakening from Jones. She slips into bed with him and starts to seduce him while he's passed out. She dabs some of Josie's perfume across his lips and hers. In Harry's drunken haze he thinks it's Josie, and starts to imagine her in Jones' place. Then Jones pulls wire from her bracelet and tries to strangle Harry. He wakes up and immediately begins fighting for his life. He manages to knock her out. When he gets a good look, he seems surprised to see a woman.

"If you're gonna bring a hammer, you better bring nails."

Audrey brings John Justice Wheeler room service at the hotel. She's happy and bubbly with him. John says his uncle used to tell him, "if you're gonna bring a hammer, you better bring nails." Audrey asks what he means. He says the next time she comes to his room she better be ready to finish whatever she started. Audrey replies, "what if I'm ready now?" John tells her to be herself as he goes to kiss her. Audrey backs away and heads for the door. John says he stands corrected, because she's a beautiful and intelligent woman. Then he asks her to go to dinner with him later. Audrey answers yes and tells him if he brings a hammer, he better bring some nails.

"That should do it!"

Harry talks to Dale at the station about Jones' attack on him. He wonders why Eckhardt would want him dead. Dale responds, "sexual jealousy." It makes sense to Harry, despite feeling extremely hung over. Dale pats him on the shoulder and says it's good to have him back. Then Dale tells Harry the "sure-fire" cure for a hang over. Dale explains, "You take a glass of nearly frozen, unstrained tomato juice, you plop a couple of oysters in there, you drink it down, breathe in deeply. Next, you take a mound, and I mean a mound, of sweetbreads, saute them with some chestnuts and some Canadian bacon. Finally, biscuits, big biscuits, smothered in gravy. Now, here’s where it gets tricky, you’re gonna need some anchovies." The details make Harry nauseous so he runs into the bathroom. Dales watches him with a smile and notes, "that should do it."

"The word linkage reminds me of sausage!"

Doc Hayward studies a miniature Bonsai tree in Harry's office. Dale holds up a glass full of, "bicarbonate of soda," which he says is the ultimate digestive aid. Harry walks in so Dale hands him the soda. Then Harry sees that the Bonsai tree is from Josie. Doc Hayward gives him the gift Windom left for Donna. Then Gordon Cole loudly enters the room with a dossier on Windom Earle. Meanwhile we see that the Bonsai tree is actually a gift from Windom, who is using it to listen to their conversation. He tells Leo that it's, "galling" that Dale refuses to play fair. Gordon then tells Dale, Harry and Doc Hayward that Earle was taking Haloperidol, the same drug as the one armed man, and Earle had been working on Project Blue Book. Dale seems concerned and says those are some curious linkages. Gordon remarks that the word linkage reminds him of sausage, but he always preferred patties to sausage links. He suggests they get some breakfast.

Then Gordon screams, "Bonsai!" into the Bonsai plant, which hurts Windom's ears. Gordon also tells Dale to put back on his FBI suit and hands him a new gun. Gordon assures him they will pursue, capture and incarcerate Windom Earle. Back in Windom's cabin, Windom plays cards with Leo where Shelly, Audrey and Donna's pictures are on the Queen's and Dale's face is on the king. However Windom needs one more woman for the face of the Queen of Hearts. He says the winner of Miss Twin Peaks will get to die while Cooper watches. 

"I want to hold you."

Donna follows her mother to see Ben Horne at The Great Northern. Nearby Mike and Nadine check out of the hotel saying what a great night they had. After Donna asks Audrey if she knows of any reason why her mother is visiting her father. Audrey asks if she's here now. Donna say they're in Ben's office. Audrey smiles slyly. Meanwhile Eileen and Ben talk in his office. She wants to destroy his letters from the past. Ben says he's been wrong all these years and he wants to make up for it. Ben caresses her face and says she should have been the best thing that ever happened to him. He gropes her saying he wants to hold her and go back to that night. Then we see Donna and Audrey are listening through the wall. They hear Eileen tell Ben he has to stay away from "her", which makes Donna determined to find out what they're talking about.

"Holy smokes, who is that?"

Harry, Gordon and Dale walk into the Double R while Gordon recounts his own distasteful cure for a hang over. Listening to it makes Harry nauseous again so he heads to the bathroom. Dale and Gordon take a seat at a booth. Gordon says he's in the mood for a steak so rare they could sell it at Tiffany's. Gordon notices Shelly at the counter and yells to Dale, "holy smokes, who is that?" Dale loudly replies, "Shelly Johnson!" Shelly hears them and looks confused. Dale waves to hear. Gordon says Shelly reminds him of the statue Venus de Milo, and she's the kind of girl that makes you wish you spoke a little French.

"Would you like some pie?"

Gordon decides to go talk to Shelly. He says seeing her beauty makes him feel like his stomach is full of a team of bumble bees. Shelly laughs, but asks him not to shout. Gordon is awestruck and claims he can hear her perfectly. He pulls out his hearing aid and says for some reason he can hear her and it's a miracle. The Log Lady is sitting nearby and asks what's wrong with miracles. Gordon immediately screams, "what's that?" The Log Lady responds sharply, "this pie is a miracle." He looks to Shelly so Shelly tells him she's talking about the pie. Gordon is amazed that he can hear her again. She asks if he wants pie with his coffee. Delighted, Gordon replies, "massive, massive quantities, and a glass of water sweetheart, my socks are on fire."

"A chickadee on a Dodge Dart."

Back at the booth, Dale and Harry debate whether they see a chickadee on a Dodge Dart or not. Annie comes over and agrees with Dale that it's a chickadee on a Dodge Dart. Then she goes on to innocently flirt with Dale. Harry watches them with a smile. Then Cooper tries to tell Annie a joke, but she has to step away. In private, Harry asks how long Dale's been in love with her. Dale smiles and asks how he can tell. Harry answers because he tried to tell her a joke. Annie comes back and asks Dale to finish his joke, which she laughs intently about. Over at the counter, Gordon has cherry pie stains on his lips and tells Shelly he's going to write an epic poem about the pie. Then Annie notices a doodle Dale drew on his napkin. She says it looks like the symbol at Owl Cave. Harry takes a look and agrees. Dale tells him that he combined Major Briggs and The Log Lady's markings into one. Dale insists that he has to see Owl Cave.

Donna reads a postcard from James at her house. He says he'll be back with millions of stories. Then Doc Hayward approaches her and agrees that James will be back. Donna asks why her mom would be visiting Ben Horne. Doc insists it has to do with the save the planet "thing", but Donna doesn't seem convinced. Then flowers arrive for Eileen without a card.

"You look very much like a Queen."

At the library, Windom Earle approaches Audrey disguised as a pipe smoking professor named Mr. Perkins. He claims poetry is his expertise. Audrey says she got a poem in the mail, but doesn't know what it is. Windom asks her to read it to him. Audrey plays along. While she reads he stares at her oddly. Then he says watching her recite the verse of Shelley makes her look very much like a Queen. Audrey is off put and walks away.

"I'm not even remotely interested."

At the diner, Annie looks at a flyer for the Miss Twin Peaks contest. Shelly asks if she's going to enter, but Annie says she can think of better things to do than parade around on stage in a bathing suit and heels. They briefly talk about life inside the convent vs. life outside the convent. Annie says the weirdest thing about being out is being near men. Then she asks about Dale Cooper. Shelly smiles and asks if she's interested. She thinks Annie's got an opportunity with him. Annie denies having an attraction by saying, "I'm not even remotely interested." Shelly clearly doesn't believe her.

At the station, Andy practices rope climbing in front of Lucy's desk. Hawk puts something down in the lobby, looks at Andy and walks away. Lucy thanks Andy for helping out during the, "weasel riot," which she says Dick failed to do. Lucy asks where he's going with all his gear. Andy replies, "spelunking." She asks him to promise her that he'll be careful, which he does before dropping to the floor.

Dale enters Harry's office with his climbing gear on and asks if he's ready. Harry tells him that Pete just called in their next chess move for Windom Earle, and he stills feels hung over. Dale thinks a descent into a cave will help. He also says Gordon isn't coming, because Shelly is taking him to get his ears checked. Dale says it's the, "old tuning fork test."

"Daddy, I'm your man!"

In Ben's office, Ben watches Johnny playing Indian outside from his window. Then he talks to Audrey, who is sitting on the couch. Ben says he thinks Audrey is the, "best man," to be his right hand man. Ben also tells her that he knows he's been a bad father and he wants to make up for the mistakes he's made. He asks Audrey to help him achieve that. Audrey shakes his hand and says, "Daddy, I'm your man!" Ben is pleased and surprises Audrey with an impulsive trip to Seattle to help the business. John Justice Wheeler comes in and learns that Ben is sending Audrey out of town, which means their date is off. After, Ben and John talk. Ben eats a carrot and tells John he feels great, but he doesn't know how to be a good man. John advises him to always tell the hardest truth first. Then John tells Ben he's falling in love with Audrey. Ben smiles and offers him a carrot.

"A place both wonderful and strange."

Andy, Dale, Harry, and Hawk enter Owl Cave. Andy falls making his descent, but says he's fine. They all use their flashlights to look at the wall and find the symbol matching Dale's drawing. Dale thinks this must be the answer. An owl watches, starts making a call and then impulsively flies over their heads. Andy takes a swing at it, but misses and get his ax stuck in the wall. It somehow releases a piece of the rock. Behind it is a petroglyph with an owl symbol on the front of a rod. Dale is fascinated. He thinks fate and coincidence play largely in their lives. Then he tells Harry he has no idea where this will lead them, but he has a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange. After we see the owl fly out of the cave opening.

"Some people think I'm strange."

Annie goes to the bar at The Great Northern, unsure of what to order. The bartender says the ladies like rum so she says she'll try that. Dale walks in and sees her. He decides to approach her and they have a nice conversation about how everything is new for Annie since being free of the convent. She smiles while telling him about all the things that excite her about the world. He notices her wrist scar again and Annie sees him. She tells him she failed before and is afraid it might happen again. Dale says he might be able to help. Annie tells him she's stubborn and that some people think she's strange. Dale can relate so she accepts his offer. Meanwhile, Windom Earle heads to Owl Cave and sees the petroglyph that Andy released from the wall. He spots an inverted drawing on the ceiling of the owl symbol and decides to turn the owl petroglyph in the wall upside down. Upon doing so, it causes the cave wall to shake as dust starts to come down.

End of show!

This episode, in my opinion, is a vast improvement over the last few. Gordon Cole's return is so much fun, and I thoroughly enjoy the owl cave expedition. Not to mention, it's great to see Dale back in his suit.

J.J.W. certainly knows how to prey on younger women, doesn't he? He says all the right complimentary things to swoon Audrey, and even wearing that hideous sweater, he still got Audrey to agree to go to dinner with him. In the earlier days of this blog I had written a satirical holiday post about the ugliest sweaters in Twin Peaks. Take a look ---> Ugly Sweater Party

I love Dale's "sure-fire" hangover cure too, his pleased smile says it all.

Could Windom's turning of the cave petroglyph have somehow messed up the cosmic order of things? It seems interesting to me that Dale would say that fate and coincidence play largely in their lives and then at the end, Windom inverts a rod in Owl Cave. Is Twin Peaks in the upside down world Stranger Things fans? Just a thought. Could Owl Cave have reset time in some way? 

Watch the owl cave scene below!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Recap of Episode 24

"Get outta here...go!"

Season 2 Episode 24

Written by: Barry Pullman

Directed by: James Foley

Original Air date: March 28th, 1991

"It's a pretty simple town."

At the bookhouse, Harry drinks and pines for Josie while having memories of some of their moments together. Hawk brings him breakfast from Norma. Harry says maybe he'll eat later. Then he asks what's happening at the station. Hawk answers that Windom's chess game is the big concern. Harry says they can handle it because, "it's a pretty simple town. Or at least it used to be." 

Annie Blackburn, Norma's sister, walks into the Double R. Norma hugs her and introduces her to Shelly. After they briefly chat about their mother. Annie says they can talk about her or they can feel good about things. She also tells Norma that it's weird being out of the convent, and she doesn't want any charity. Norma promises to work her until she drops. Nearby, Major Briggs eats a piece of pie at the counter. When Shelly leaves him his check he describes the pie as, "compelling." Shelly gives him a bewildered look before walking away. After, the Log Lady approaches him. She notices the marking on his neck and touches it with her fingers. She seems concerned and sits down next to him with her log.

"We better whistle on our way past the graveyard." 

Hawk and Cooper talk in Harry's office. Hawk says he hates paperwork and is fine with Cooper taking the lead in Harry's absence. They discuss Josie's autopsy report. Cooper tells Hawk she was only 65 pounds when she died. Hawk asks how that's possible. Cooper thinks it might have something to do with what he saw right after she died. Hawk looks worried and notes,"maybe we better just whistle on our way past the graveyard." Then he asks about Windom Earle. Cooper replies that the trail is still cold.

In Windom's cabin, Leo fetches Windom's slippers and smoking pipe while Windom notes that country life is tonic. Leo then brings him the newspaper. Windom checks on Dale's latest chess move. He realizes that Cooper is playing a stalemate game, and angrily deduces that Cooper is getting outside help. Windom impulsively hits Leo in the arm with his flute a couple of times before calming himself. Then he seethes that many people will regret this. 

"What's a Pinkle?"

At The Great Northern, Audrey and Dick Tremayne prepare for the Little Pine Weasel banquet. Dick asks some of the women if they want to smoke. One busty blonde tells him she likes to keep her lungs clear. Dick glazes at her chest while saying something about the great god of fitness. After Audrey suggests that Dick partner up with Mr. Pinkle. Dick asks, "what's a Pinkle?" Then Mr. Pinkle walks in. Dick takes one look at him and snarks, "you must be dreaming."

Then Audrey runs into John Justice Wheeler. They decide to go on a picnic together. Nearby Dick mocks Mr. Pinkle's stuffed Pine Weasel saying it works against the cause they're supporting. Later Audrey and John Wheeler enjoy their picnic by the lake. He awkwardly sings to her. Audrey seems to like it, but then confides in him that no one really knows her. 

Cooper goes to the Bookhouse to speak with Harry. He tells Harry that he received Josie's dossier from Interpol. He says she's wanted for multiple murders and has two prostitution arrests. Dale thinks it will be easier for Harry in time to know she was a hardened criminal. Harry doesn't want to hear it and screams, "get outta here...go!"

Catherine gets a visit from Eckhardt's assistant, Jones, who claims she came to give Catherine a gift. Catherine is suspicious and pulls a gun on her. She tells Jones to hand it over slowly. Jones then places a black box on the desk. She also says she will be leaving that night and wishes Catherine luck.

"I hope to see you later, Donna."

Donna gets a visit from Windom Earle, dressed as a colleague of Doc Hayward's named Dr. Craig. Donna lets him in and offers him a pop. He turns her down for the pop, but tells Donna a phony story about knowing her father from medical school. He charms Donna and gives her a gift for Doc Hayward, and a number where he can be reached. Then he says he hopes to see her later before leaving.

Later Doc and Mrs. Hayward come home. Donna tells them about her visit with Dr. Craig. Doc Hayward is surprised and says Gerald Craig died when he was in school. Mrs. Hayward calls the number Donna was given and learns it's a cemetery. Then Doc looks at the gift he gave Donna. Inside is a chess piece with move tied to it, Knight to Kings Bishop 3. He looks very concerned and warns Donna not to let him in the house again. Then he takes off to see Dale. After Ben Horne comes to see Eileen Hayward and shares an intimate exchange with her in the doorway. Donna watches them from the staircase curiously.

Pete practices on a variety of chess boards at the station. He tells Dale he's been through every stalemate game in history and he can't find any where no pieces are removed. Dale tells him to do the best he can, and to protect the queen. Andy and Lucy play a game by her desk, but Lucy complains that Andy didn't do, "the little hook thing." Pete reminds Andy that it's a privilege to make that move, and says he has to do it every time.

"A flash of light."

Major Briggs and the Log Lady walk into the station looking for Dale so they all go into the conference room. Major Briggs talks about the symbol on his neck. The Log Lady shows Dale a marking she has on the back of her leg. Then she tells him that when she was 7 she went missing for a day. All she recalls was a flash of light. Major Briggs also recalls a light when he disappeared, which Dale remembers as well. Margaret says she also remembers the call of the owl. She notes that she only heard that call before when her husband died in the fire. Dale stares at the board after drawing both their symbols on it. Major Briggs says he's connecting something. Dale agrees and studies it intently.

"These are the dating years."

Dr. Jacoby speaks with Nadine and Big Ed at their house about breaking up. Ed is concerned that Nadine doesn't understand what is really happening. Nadine says she understands it's a final breakup. Ed thinks it's a little more than that. Nadine tells him he's so serious. She says. "these are the dating years." Jacoby explains that Nadine will start to remember things when her mind feels safe enough. He compares her troubles to scar tissue. Ed asks how long it will take. Jacoby answers he doesn't know, because the scar tissue is packed in there pretty hard. Then Dr. Jacoby tells Nadine she's getting a divorce. Nadine gets a shocked look on her face, puts her hand to her patched eye and gasps that she thinks she's blind in one eye.

"You're very pretty."

At the diner, Norma shows Shelly a flyer for the Miss Twin Peaks contest and says Shelly should enter. Shelly makes a joke of it and mocks a fakes acceptance speech referring to herself as Miss Double R Diner. Then she brings a customer, aka Windom Earle dressed in a biker ensemble, his burger and fries. He asks what she was dancing around about so Shelly tells him her friend suggested she enter the Miss Twin Peaks contest. He responds by saying she is very pretty and should enter. Then Dale walks in and takes a seat at the counter. Annie comes up to him and asks what he wants to drink. Dale takes a look at her and seems quite taken. Windom Earle watches. Then Annie pours Dale coffee saying she made it strong. He notices scars on her wrist, but says nothing about it. Dale takes a sip of coffee and smiles, "it's perfect." Then he looks in Windom's direction, but Windom is already gone. Dale's expression changes, as if he got a weird feeling. After Hawk shows up and tells him they have a problem at the Book House.

"She came to me and made everything better."

Dale tries to talk Harry down at the Book House while he drunkenly rants. Harry says he never went anywhere, Josie came to him and made everything better. Harry gulps that he loved her and thinks she didn't have to die. Dale decides to give Harry a hug. Later Hawk and Dale let Harry pass out, and after they talk about what a good man he is.

Mike and Nadine check into The Great Northern in disguises. Two girls from school notice Mike, which seems to embarrass him. Nadine gets upset and smashes the bell on the front desk. She fiercely demands, "the room please!" When the concierge looks down at the bell, he sees it's completely smashed in.

"Oh please, Mr. Pinkle!"

In the dining room of the hotel, Ben gives an opening speech for the Little Pine Weasel banquet. He has Dick host a fashion show. Lucy models a 'plethora of plaid' as does Andy in a lumberjack version. Andy is quite nervous about being on stage. By the bar, Catherine approaches Ben. She asks him to level with her about what he expects to gain. Ben answers,"a first scrubbing on one of the dirtiest conscience's in the Pacific Northwest." Ben says he's learning that giving is the only thing worth doing in life. Catherine smiles and says he almost sounds like he means in. Ben says she should write him a big check to help stop Ghost Wood. Catherine laughs hardily. 

Then Mr. Pinkle takes the stage with a live Pine Weasel and stands next to Dick. He claims the weasel is attracted to very cheap cologne and wants to give Dick a kiss. Dick is clearly uncomfortable and snaps, "Oh please, Mr. Pinkle." However he reluntantly agrees to play along so Dick leans in toward the weasel. The weasel bites his nose. Dick begins to yell and wildly thrash about. He tosses the weasel onto a nearby table. The entire room begins to panic. Everyone starts screaming and running around. Audrey takes the stage and asks everyone to calm down, but gets pushed off the stage. John Wheeler appears and miraculously catches her. They end up kissing while a nearby woman screams in terror. 

Back at The Book House, Jones sneaks inside while Harry is passed out. She knocks out the guard keeping watch over him and begins to undress. Then she slips into bed with Harry.

End of show!

When Nadine smashes the bell at the front desk I always laugh. There is something so charming about her romance with Mike, no matter how comical it may be. 

Major Briggs and The Log Lady discussing their markings, especially Margaret discussing her childhood disappearance, was particularly interesting to me. I know I've been saying this every recap recently, but this recent arch of episodes is clearly a point of inspiration for Mark Frost's book, The Secret History of Twin Peaks. In fact, the scene with Cooper, Margaret and Major Briggs is the only true moment of mythology in Episode 24. It would have been great to see more scenes with these three, and to have explored more of the mystery of Owl Cave. Perhaps in New Twin Peaks or The Return, whichever you prefer, we'll get to that. It won't be the same without Don Davis though, may he rest in peace. 

Windom Earle and Donna's scene together has my vote for best, 'Windom in costume' moment. Windom's many costumes have always amused me, but some are sillier than others. I think his conversation with Donna was genuinely unsettling, and I loved how concerned Doc Hayward was when he opened Windom's gift.

It goes without saying that Harry and Dale's friend hug is a special moment. Their bromance was always a highlight for me. Annie's arrival in town isn't the most exciting, but I do like Heather Graham. I don't think Annie was her best role, but I am interested to see how, if at all, her character is addressed when the series returns. Finally, the Little Pine Weasel, well...what can I's pretty funny. It's also completely ridiculous, but still it's funny. Ian Buchanan is a terrific actor!

I found so many fun pictures from this episode, but unfortunately I couldn't use them all in my recap. So, I put together a little picture collage below. 


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Recap of Episode 23

Season 2 Episode 23

Written by: Tricia Brock

Directed by: Lesli Linka Glatter

Original Air Date: February 16th, 1991

"She was the love of my life."

Dale listens to Windom's tape recording in Harry's office. On the tape, Windom insists that Dale print his next move in the newspaper. After they finish listening, Harry says he's not letting Dale out of his sight. Dale thinks they better call Pete so Harry tells Lucy to get Pete on the phone. Carolyn's death mask sits on Harry desk, which Dale stares at mournfully. Harry senses his distraction and notes that Carolyn was very beautiful. Dale softly replies, "she was the love of my life, Harry."

"Poor Josie."

At the Packard's, Pete tells Lucy over the phone he'll come right down to the station. After he hangs up, Pete serves Catherine and Andrew breakfast. He makes a funny face out of Andrew's food, which Andrew loves. Catherine looks on annoyed. Once Pete leaves, Andrew tells Catherine he hoped time would ease her inner rage. Catherine just wants to know about his plans for Ghost Wood Estates. Andrew tells her he's meeting with the investors later. Then Josie walks in. When she sees Andrew she promptly passes out in shock. Andrew and Catherine laugh hardily as Catherine comments, "poor Josie."

"Get em' outta here!"

Hawk brings Hank, who's on crutches, into Harry's office. Harry is ready to throw the book at him so Hank offers to be witness for him. Harry firmly replies, "no deal." Then Hank makes a comment about Harry sleeping with the prime suspect in Andrew Packard's murder. Harry looks offended. Hawk then kicks Hank's crutch out from under him forcing Hank to fall into Harry's desk. Harry yells, "get em' outta here!" Meanwhile Albert tells Cooper in the conference room that Josie is the one who shot him. Cooper says he doesn't take it personally.

"I look forward to your stint in housekeeping!"

At The Great Northern, Audrey approaches the concierge, Randy, saying she's doing a stint in every department while learning the business. Randy isn't pleased and snarks that he looks forward to her stint in housekeeping. Then he walks away annoyed. Audrey is off put and fumbles with her binder and name tag. Some twangy guitar music begins to play in the background as a man approaches her. At first Audrey is abrupt with him, but then softens when she looks at him. She asks how she can help him. He says he needs assistance transporting equipment from his jet. Audrey jokes and calls him Mr. Rockefeller. The man smiles and then recalls Audrey playing Heidi in a play when she a little girl at the hotel. She seems flattered and remembers she was ten years old at that time. However when she looks back up, he's already walking away. After Audrey receives a note asking her to go to the Roadhouse at 9:30, along with a torn piece of paper with a poem on it.

"We're breaking up."

Nadine comes home in a somber state and tells Ed that she's in love with Mike. She claims they had a magical night together on their wrestling trip. Ed asks what this means. Nadine says they have to call a spade and spade. She says, "we're breaking up." Then she hugs him and apologizes. Ed looks befuddled, but pleased.

"I think I'm going mad!"

At the Packard's, Dale tries to get Josie to talk to him. Catherine eavesdrops on their conversation. Josie won't speak so Dale tells her this is the end of the line. He asks her to think of Harry, and tells her to meet him at the police station later. When she's alone again, Catherine walks in and torments Josie by saying Thomas wants to see her later that night as well. Josie is panicked. She says she's going mad and asks Catherine to help her. Catherine says Josie has to face Thomas. Then she discretely shows her a gun hidden in the bookshelf. Josie grabs the gun and clutches it to her chest.

"Incredible Roasted."

In Ben's office, Ben asks Bobby to join him for a meeting with Audrey and Jerry. Ben eats some celery and says today is important. Then John Justice Wheeler, the same man Audrey had an encounter with earlier, walks in. Ben is happy to see him and introduces him to everyone. Ben refers to Bobby as his Executive Assistant, Bob Briggs, and then everyone sits down. Ben begins to speak with them about the hard times they've fallen on. He shows them a picture of the Little Pine Weasel. Jerry is quick to say that they're, "incredible roasted." Ben explains that the Little Pine Weasel is nearly extinct and he wants to cleverly stop the Ghost Wood project to save the weasel.  

"I'd rather be his whore than your wife."

Windom Earle drops off a note for Shelly at the diner. Right then, Norma gets a call from her sister, Annie, who is coming to Twin Peaks from a convent. Norma says when Annie was little it always seemed like she was from another place and time. Then Shelly finds her note, which also asks for her to come to the Roadhouse at 9:30. Norma thinks its sounds intriguing, but dangerous. Then Ed walks in and comes behind the counter. He grabs Norma and asks Norma to marry him. He says it's their turn to be happy and kisses her. Shelly walks away with a cute smile to give them privacy.

Later Norma goes to see Hank in jail and asks him for divorce. Hank tries to sweet talk Norma, and asks for her help to get out of jail. However Norma refuses. Hank gets upset and threatens her. Then he calls Norma, Ed's whore. Norma responds, "I'd rather be his whore than your wife."

"Let's bust this bitch!"

Leo carves wooden sticks outside of Windom's cabin. Windom sings and then talks to Leo about how nature is cruel. We see him pull out an arrowhead and place it on top of the wooden stick. Meanwhile at the station, Pete stalemates Windom's game for Dale. Harry then calls it into the paper just in time. Albert walks in looking to talk to Cooper so Cooper steps outside with him. Albert says Josie is guilty and he's ready to, "bust this bitch!" Cooper is hesitant to make a move on her. Harry then walks out and watches them with concern.

"We won't speak again."

Andrew brings champagne to Josie's room for one last time at the Packard's. They briefly wax nostalgic about their past. He tells her that the police are closing in on her and the only solution is for her to see Thomas. Andrew says Thomas can get her out of the country, because he doesn't know he's alive. Andrew walks out saying they won't speak again. Later Catherine is reading a book with Pete sitting next to her when someone knocks on the door. She refuses to get up so Pete halts what he's doing and answers the door. Harry is there looking for Josie. Catherine and Pete tell him that Josie is meeting with Thomas at the hotel.

James meets Donna for a picnic in the woods. He tells her that he's going to be a witness in Evelyn's trial. James notices that Donna is wearing the ring he gave her. She says she knows about Evelyn, but she doesn't want him to worry about her. At first Donna asks for him to come home with her, but then she realizes that James needs to go have great adventures. James says he loves her and promises to come back one day.

"I'm Alliivvee!"

Andrew surprises Thomas Eckhardt in the elevators at The Great Northern. He tells him that, "I'm alliivvee," with an exaggerated groan. Andrew says Josie is the one who warned him of Thomas' plan years ago, thus allowing him to live. Thomas seems upset, but insists that Josie belongs to him. Andrew says he should be careful if Josie is coming back to him.

"What does that have to do with the price of eggs?"

In The Great Northern dining room, Ben tells John Justice Wheeler that he needs his expertise to be a better person. Audrey sits with them and nearly chokes when Ben refers to needing John to scribe his goodness on Ben's 'virgin' pages. John explains to Audrey what he does for a living, which is buying bankrupt companies. Ben jumps in to say that when John is done with a project the air is cleaner. Then Ben is called away, due to the chef trying to stab Jerry. Once alone, Audrey questions John's motives. He thinks she doesn't like him. Audrey says the Horne's might be in trouble, but can stand on their own. They end up having a brief, but intimate conversation where he tells her that it's glorious out in the world, and Audrey tells him she's only 18. John asks what that has to do with the price of eggs. 

Donna bumps into Shelly at the Roadhouse and they compare their torn notes. Audrey shows up, shows her torn note, and they all put the letter pieces together. Then we see Windom Earle is watching them from the end of the bar, dressed in a trucker disguise, as they read the poem he sent them.

"Put it down!"

Dale practices fly fishing in his room when Catherine calls him to say Josie is at the hotel with Thomas. Dale takes his gun and goes to Eckhardt's room. He hears yelling from outside the door, then he hears a gunshot so Dale bursts in. He sees Thomas and Josie in bed together. Thomas stumbles out of bed with blood on him and falls to the floor. After Josie pulls a gun on Cooper and tells him that she only shot him because he came to town. Harry bursts in with his gun pointed and screams for Josie to, "put it down!" Josie appears to loose her breath. starts to shake, and then falls dead on the bed. Harry runs to her, checks her pulse and realizes she's gone. Right then Dale sees Bob start to crawl over the bed and yell to him, "What happened to Josie?" Then the little man from another place appears and begins dancing on the bed. Dale snaps back to reality and sees Harry crying while holding Josie. At the end, we see Josie's face is somehow transposed in the wooden knob on the nightstand. She seems to be trapped in the wood and screams out in pain.

End of show!

I love that Ed and Norma seem to finally get to a happy place in this episode, at least for now. I also enjoy the fun banter between Pete and Andrew, and seeing Ben eat celery always makes me laugh. This episode marks the end for Hank, James, Thomas Eckhardt and Josie, and it also marks the beginning of John Justice Wheeler. There is nothing quite like Billy Zane's portrayal of J.J.W., is there? 

It's interesting that Norma says Annie always seemed like she came from another time and place, don't you think 'The Secret History of Twin Peaks' fans? Another bit of dialogue that might have influenced the very clever Mr. Frost.

It's always nice to see Bob, even if his appearance doesn't make much sense. Josie's death is a bit inexplicable, as is her transformation into a wooden knob, but it did make me feel upset for Harry. Their relationship has been a slippery slop to say the least. Watch below!

Recap of Episode 22 <-----

Recap of Episode 22

Season 2 Episode 22

Written by: Harley Peyton & Robert Engels

Directed by: Diane Keaton

Original Air Date: February 9th, 1991

"I just want it over with."

We open to slow pan of a giant chess board. Then Evelyn appears sitting on her staircase. She's dressed in all black. Malcolm stands by the doorway talking to some local police officers about James. She's clearly disenchanted with the lies he's telling, but plays along. Once the officers leave, Malcolm puts his hands on her throat and warns her to be careful. Evelyn says she just wants this over with. Meanwhile at Wallie's Hideout, Donna pulls James into the corner. A group of random sailors sit at the bar. The bartender is pushy about offering Donna a drink. Then James says he's being set up, and he thinks he should talk to Evelyn. Donna doesn't know if it's a good idea, but James is convinced that Evelyn will listen to him. Donna asks why in a solemn voice, almost as if she knows something transpired between them. Then she goes to call big Ed, but pretends to be on the phone with her friend, Annette, when a police officer walks in. 

"Get a life, punk!"

At the Sheriff's station, Dale and Harry question Bobby and Shelly about Leo's awakening. Bobby tells them that he and Shelly have been together for a long time. Dale looks at a chess board nearby and asks Bobby where he was the night the mill burned. Dale wonders if Bobby shot Leo that night. Bobby cops an attitude. Harry tells him to "button it!" Bobby then says it was Hank who shot Leo. Harry promises Shelly they will protect her. Bobby mockingly says he feels so much safer now. Then they go to leave and bump into Albert on their way out. Albert takes a good look at Bobby and snarks, "Get a life, punk!" 

Albert enters the conference room with his briefcase and a smile. Albert and Harry embrace for a bear hug. After Albert exchanges a hardy handshake with Dale. Then he tells Dale and Harry that he's back in town because of Windom Earle. Albert shows them a map of places where Windom has been sending pieces of wedding clothing to different police stations around the country. Dale looks at the pictures of the items and realizes their Carolyn's. Albert then explains how Windom manipulated the dead vagrant's fingers on the chess board in the Harry's office. Dale tells him good work, but then he looks out the window in deep thought. Albert walks over to him and notes that Windom's making his move. He also compliments Cooper's wardrobe change from his FBI suit to a flannel shirt. Albert thinks it would be fashion suicide for most people, but says it works on Cooper.

"Leo the Lion, Roar!"

In Windom Earle's cabin, he wears a dirty onesie and plays the flute. Then he wakes Leo up and begins to read Leo's rap sheet. Leo tries to walk away, but Windom slams his flute into Leo's legs. He gets the better of Leo and yells, "Leo the lion, roar." Then Windom puts an electric collar around Leo's neck. Leo tries to get up so Windom shocks him with an evil smile. After Windom feeds Leo some gruel.

"I turned all my Christmas' into a week full of Monday's."

Norma and Big Ed have pillow talk in his bedroom about all the years they lost. Norma talks about keeping the diner open all the time so she didn't have to have another life. Ed says he turned all his Christmas' into a week full of Monday's. They kiss and discuss starting a new future together. Then Nadine comes crashing in with her 2nd place wrestling trophy. She awkwardly hops into bed with them and apologizes to Norma for beating Hank up. Norma is clearly uncomfortable, but thanks her. Then Nadine goes to leave. Before walking out she says that she's okay with them being together, because she's very serious about Mike.

At the Packard's house, Dale and Harry question Josie about Cousin Jonathan/Mr. Lee's death. Harry pleads with her to tell the truth. Josie hesitates to communicate, but grabs Harry's hand under the table. Dale decides to get some more coffee. While doing so, Pete comes in with story and a ton of dry cleaning. Dale takes the dry cleaning so Pete can answer the phone. Once alone, Dale takes a sample of Josie's vicuna coat and gloves. Meanwhile Thomas Eckhardt calls Josie and taunts her. Catherine listens on the other end with a sly smile.

"Implement the 'Appomattox' scenario."

Ben continues his descent into the Civil War in his office at The Great Northern. Dr. Jacoby, Johnny Horne and Audrey stand nearby. Jerry debates with Audrey about leaving Ben in his current condition. Audrey firmly reminds him that she'll get everything if Ben is incapacitated. Jerry then changes his position and says they should help Ben after all. Audrey asks Dr. Jacoby to bring Ben back to the real world. Dr. Jacoby says it's time to implement the, "Appomattox," scenario. Bobby then walks in wearing his Civil War uniform. He joins Ben in a choppy rendition of Dixieland with Johnny Horne and some of the other hotel workers.

Later, Audrey, Jerry, Dr. Jacoby and Bobby reenact, with a fair amount of hilarity, the end of the Civil War on Ben's behalf, but with a twist. They declare the South the victor. Upon signing over the 'Article' which supposedly makes the victory official, Ben passes out. When he wakes up, he tells them he had the strangest dream, but says now he feels terrific. Ben asks what they're doing in costume. They all laugh and rejoice in response.

"You don't get it, do you? I'm talking about our lives."

Donna finds Evelyn drunk at Wallie's Hideout. She asks why Evelyn is doing this to James, especially when he's such a good person. Evelyn responds, "he was good at two things: the car and me." Donna oddly replies, "you don't get it, do you? I'm talking about our lives." Then Evelyn gives Donna a dose of her negative realism about life. Malcolm walks in so Evelyn stumbles off. He grabs Donna's neck and threatens to kill James if he sees her again. Malcolm then walks out as Donna cries for them not to do this to James.

"Our Sheriff's got a serious problem with his girlfriend."

Back at the station, Albert and Dale look at some slides while discussing Josie. Albert has compared the fibers found outside of Dale's room when he was shot to Josie's vicuna coat. Albert thinks she's guilty. He also says that the police in Seattle are looking for a beautiful Asian woman in connection to Jonathan's death. Albert notes that Harry has a serious problem with his girlfriend. Dale doesn't want him to say anything until they're certain. After Dale goes into Harry's office. Harry tells him the name of the dead body was Powell. Dale says that's Carolyn's maiden name. Dale is worried. He explains that every time Windom takes a piece from the chess board someone will die. Dale says he's never beaten Windom at chess. Harry tells him not to worry, because they have an expert Chess player right in town.


At the Double R, Pete checkmates, Toad, Dale, Harry and Doc Hayward while they all laugh. Dale is impressed. Pete says he owes his skill to the great Jose Raul Capablanca. Then Dale says he needs Pete's help to play a stalemate game.

Nearby Shelly goes into the kitchen to speak with Norma. Shelly wants to come back to work. Norma takes her back gladly and they hug. After Harry speaks with Norma and tells her Hank's going to jail for a long time. Norma is pleased to hear it.

Thomas Eckhardt comes to dinner at the Packard's and nearly gives Josie a heart attack. Catherine makes Josie serve them while she and Thomas exchange terse banter over Andrew's supposed demise. Thomas claims he killed Andrew for love. Josie comes to pour them wine and Catherine remarks on Josie's lovely hands. Thomas takes Josie hand and kisses it. Josie pulls away in disgust. He seems rebuffed. Then he negotiates with Catherine over Josie's fate. Josie listens nervously, and then serves them a pig's head for dinner.

"Don't hurt him!"

Evelyn makes smoke rings at her house while stewing on the couch. James suddenly opens the door and asks, "why'd you do it?" He gets in her face and pushes her down on the coach. Evelyn admits that she doesn't have a hidden heart of gold, and says she did it all for the money. However she also claims that at times she really wanted James for the good and honest way that he tastes. James says he likes the way she tastes too. Malcolm then appears and knocks James out. He manhandles Evelyn and recounts a made up story for her to offer the police when they kill James. Later Donna bursts in screaming for them not to hurt James. Malcolm grabs Donna by the hair. Donna pleads with Evelyn to help James. Evelyn musters her courage and ends up shooting Malcolm. Donna screams as a "Bob-like" echoing is heard in the background. Evelyn falls to the ground with Malcolm's body, and manically babbles about the story she will give to the police.

"It's your move!"

In Windom's cabin, he tries on a disguise and monitors Leo as he tries to write a letter. Windom doesn't like Leo's handwriting and zaps him a couple of times. After he soothes Leo by giving him a treat. Windom then shows Leo a picture of Audrey, Shelly and Donna. He says, "pretty words for pretty girls." Then he makes Leo lick an envelope for him. Leo seems resistant and whines, "no!"

Later Dale goes to the hotel and unknowingly passes Windom in disguise on the elevator. Windom then leaves a message for Audrey at the front desk. Meanwhile Dale goes into his room and sees Carolyn's death mask laying on his bed. He's clearly troubled by the sight. When he picks up the mask, a recording of Windom's voice goes off. Windom remarks that Carolyn was beautiful, and claims he still loves her. Then he firmly tells Dale, "it's your move!"

End of show!

For some reason I've always marked this episode as the worst in my mind, but watching it now, I find myself liking it a little more. There is no way around Evelyn's awful dialogue. Nor can James' acting be called good, but I don't think this is the worst episode of the series any longer. I like the Windom Earle's scenes a lot. I also love the chess scene with Pete, Toad, Harry, Dale and Doc Hayward. Give me Toad and I'll give you a smile. 

Here's what's bad about episode 22:

The random sailors at Wallie's hideout, hammy policeman talking with Malcolm, Evelyn, James, and Donna all struggling with the poor dialogue, Thomas Eckhardt (despite sharing some good banter with Catherine), and Bob-like roaring sounds as Malcolm dies. 

Here's what's good about episode 22:

Ben makes it back to reality, the Evelyn/James subplot finally ends, Shelly goes back to work at the diner, Norma, Ed and Nadine have a great moment together, we learn who shot Dale Cooper, Windom and Leo are a lot of fun to watch, and Albert makes some great comments about Dale's flannel shirt. 

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Recap of Episode 21

"My name is Windom, Windom Earle!"

Season 2 Episode 21

Written by: Scott Frost

Directed by: Uli Edel

Original Air Date: February 02, 1991

"Windom is a genius!"

In Harry's office, Doc Hayward, Cooper, Andy and Harry investigate the dead body left by Windom Earle. In the victim's mouth is a chess piece. Cooper tells Doc Hayward to look under the victim's shirt to check for a puncture wound, which will have likely severed the aorta. Doc does so and sees Dale is right. Harry realizes that Dale has seen this before. Then Hawk enters and tells them that he found boot prints outside, which were heavier on the way in versus going out. Cooper recounts what he thinks happened. He says Windom probably recently befriended the dead man. Then he thinks Windom created a diversion by knocking out the power so he could get the body in Harry's office. Dale goes on to say that Windom is a genius, and he's just taken the first pawn in a very sick game.

"What about Shelly?

Audrey tells Bobby at The Great Northern that she learned from Ben that a business relationship is like a sacred pact. Then she asks if he wants to get rich. Bobby smiles and replies, "immediately." Audrey grabs his chin and says from now on she's the one he sucks up to. Bobby asks, "What about Shelly?" Audrey responds flatly, "What about Shelly?"

Meanwhile Shelly fearfully calls out for Leo in the darkness of her kitchen. Leo tosses a jar of sauce at her and it smashes next to Shelly's head against the refrigerator. She makes a run for the front door, but finds it locked. Outside, an owl hoots. Then Shelly tries to run out of the kitchen door, but trips. Leo comes out of the shadows and whispers, "bad girl." Then he tosses some soap in a sock at her. Shelly grabs a knife, says she'll kill him and then tries to slash her way through the plastic in the kitchen. Leo grabs her and tosses her to the floor. He then comes at her with an ax. Bobby shows up right then, hears Shelly screaming and runs to rescue her. He and Leo end up struggling with the ax. Leo gets the better of Bobby and chokes him with the handle. Shelly searches the floor for her knife. She finally finds it and proceeds to stab Leo in the leg. Leo then runs from the house while yelling out in pain. Bobby and Shelly are traumatized from the frightening encounter and cling to each other.

"Harry, I want it!"

Back at the station, Harry brings Dale coffee as the police run forensics in Harry office. Harry says Dale was right and they didn't find anything to connect Windom Earle to the incident. Harry offers Dale the case as his deputy. Dale says he wants it. Then Hawk comes to tell them that he booked Hank for parole violations, and that Shelly called to say Leo woke up and attacked her. Meanwhile Andy tells Lucy by her desk, that he and Dick think Little Nicky murdered his parents. Lucy gets upset. She doesn't believe him and is determined to get to the bottom of it.

"Love isn't wrong, James!"

Jeffrey Marsh approaches James in his garage. He says he heard James does fine work from Evelyn. Then Evelyn comes over and stares at James while Jeffrey gushes about his love of cars. Evelyn says she wants James to stay, because she can find plenty for him to do. James replies sure, but seems uncomfortable. Jeffrey then decides to take the Rolls Royce for a spin. When he drives off, Evelyn hears the sound of a crash in her head. Later Evelyn finds James packing his bag. He tells her he's leaving so she tries to seduce him. However James pushes her away and spouts, "what's wrong?" Evelyn answers, "love isn't wrong, James!" She asks James not to leave her alone with Jeffrey. James doesn't know what to do so he walks out saying he's going to check on his bike.

"People will find out."

At the Double R, Big Ed tells Doc Hayward he's worried about Nadine because she wants to start dating. Doc asks if she's sexually active. Ed makes a funny face and replies that he wakes up every morning feeling like he's been hit with a timber truck. Doc says it's the extra adrenaline. He advises Ed to tell Nadine to be home by 9 o'clock. Then Norma comes over and Doc notes a smile between her and Ed. Doc Hayward asks if he should be worried about Donna going to look for James. Ed doesn't think he should be so Doc leaves. After Norma sits with Ed. He tells her about Hank jumping him and Nadine beating Hank up for it. Norma thinks it's time for her to make some changes with her martial status. Ed suggests they get some wine and venison steaks to celebrate. Norma smiles, "people will find out." Ed smiles back, "let em!"

"Windom's mind is like a diamond."

Harry asks Dale at the station how chess figures into his strife with Windom Earle. Dale says they played a game every day for three years, but he never beat Earle. Dale also says he published his response to their current game in the Twin Peaks Gazette. He ends up telling Harry that Windom was his partner and taught him everything he knows about being an agent. Dale says four years ago he met a woman named Carolyn, who he was supposed to protect as a material witness. Dale confides in Harry that he fell in love with her, but one night he failed and she was killed. He explains that she was stabbed in the same way the dead body in his office was. Dale says it's because Carolyn was Windom's wife. Dale thinks Windom killed Carolyn, and that he committed the crime she originally witnessed. He compares Windom's mind to a diamond and says he's capable of anything.

"Just You and I"

Donna heads to Wallie's Bar looking for information about James. She asks the bartender if he's seen James. The bartender answers no. Evelyn happens to be there and decides to approach Donna. She tells her that James fixed her husband's car, but he left yesterday saying something about going to the beach in Mexico. Evelyn then advises, in a condescending tone, for Donna to go home, because she thinks James will be back. Donna appears upset by the conversation. Then the song, Just You and I, starts to play. A montage scene begins of James struggling with his inner turmoil back at Evelyn's place.

"Dixie Land"

In Ben's office, an elaborate Civil War set has been arranged with precision. Ben looks over everything carefully. Then Audrey and Jerry walk in. Jerry is shocked by what he sees. Dr. Jacoby sits nearby observing Ben. He tells Jerry that Ben is marching on Washington. Ben thinks Jerry is General Jeb Stuart. Dr. Jacoby tells Audrey and Jerry that Ben needs to have a Confederate victory in order to resolve his inner issues. Ben then turns on the fan, grabs his confederate flag and begins singing, I wish I was in Dixie. Jacoby chimes in with him enthusiastically.

"I'll be in the shadows."

Major Briggs stumbles into the station and tells Lucy he needs to see the Sheriff. Then he collapses. Awhile later in Harry's office. Lucy gives the Major some water. He re-hydrates himself and ends up confessing to Harry and Dale that he believes he was taken to the White Lodge during his disappearance. The Major says he fears his superiors aren't altruistic in their motives for locating the White Lodge. He also fears that there is much trouble ahead. The Major tells Harry and Dale he will be in the shadows until the time comes.

Later Andy asks Dale and Harry to come with him. They go into the conference room and meet up with Hawk, Dr. Jacoby and Lana. Dr. Jacoby explains that Lana has a heightened sexual drive that few man have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Dale and Harry seem excited by the information. Jacoby feels that Lana is innocent of any wrong doing in Dougie's death. Dale congratulates her. Lana then leaves with Dr. Jacoby for a night of bowling.

"We've decided to adopt a child."

On their way out, the Mayor shows up with a shotgun. He accuses Lana of killing his brother. Dale suggests that the Mayor and Lana talk alone for a moment, which the Mayor grudgingly agrees to. Dale puts the two of them in the conference room, and then tells the men outside they need to wait. One commercial break later, they finish waiting and check on Lana and the Mayor. They find Lana sitting on his lap planting red kisses all over him. The Mayor says they've decided to adopt a child. Lana claims he's just like Dougie, and she feels like her husband has been brought back to her. 

"Like a rate to a piece of cheese."

At the Packard's, Pete looks over his shopping list and realizes he forgot the hot dogs. More to the point, he says he forgot the weenies with the skin on them. Catherine makes a bold entrance and tells Pete she has something to show him. She takes him into the other room and asks if Pete ever wondered how she survived after the fire. Pete replies yes. Then Andrew Packard walks out very much alive. He explains to Pete that a man named Thomas Eckhardt tried to kill him with Josie's help. Andrew says it was because he got the better of Thomas in a business deal. Andrew also thinks that Thomas will come for Josie like a rat to a piece of cheese. Meanwhile over at The Great Northern, we see that Thomas Eckhardt and his associate, Jones, are checking into the hotel.

Harry shows Dale a picture of Mr. Lee/Cousin Jonathan that came through the wire at the station. It says, 'Asian Man Killed.' Harry notes that Josie told him she got away from him. He asks Dale to look into it for him. Meanwhile Doc Hayward comes to the station and calls Dick and Andy into Harry's office. Doc tells both of them a sad story about Little Nicky's background. He says his mother was a chamber maid who conceived Little Nicky from being raped. Unfortunately, she died in child birth thus causing Little Nicky to be shuffled from family to family until he finally found a forever home. However there was a fatal crash that killed his parents, despite six year old Little Nicky pulling their bodies from the wreckage. Doc observes that then Little Nicky was alone again, as he is today. Lucy snipes that she told them so and smashes a fly dead with her swatter. Dick and Andy get choked up from the information and both start crying. 

"You set me up!"

Evelyn finds James once again packing in his room. He yells at her that, "it's wrong!" She asks if it's because she's married. James says yes. Evelyn tells him she loves him, and claims she never said that to anyone before. Then the police pull up in the driveway. Evelyn says there was an accident. James realizes that she killed Jeffrey. He seethes, "You set me up!" Evelyn tells him it was Malcolm's idea and he's not her brother. She yells for James to go and find that pretty girl who loves him. James sneaks outside and sees Donna waiting for him. Donna tells him to come with her and they run away from the police together.

"Come in, I'm a friend."

Leo finds himself alone in the woods. He's wounded, weakened and appears confused. Then a giant owl flies overhead startling him. Leo continues to walk forward and stumbles upon a cabin in the woods. He makes his way inside and finds a man in suit standing in the shadows. He has a flute in his hand, which he puts down and replaces with a handgun. The man then tells Leo to come in, saying he's a friend who will help him. He asks his name so Leo tells him. The man then steps into the light and sits in front of a chess board. He smiles and replies, "You can call me Windom, Windom Earle."

End of show!

What I think is the most interesting element in this episode is the introduction of Windom Earle. In addition to the backstory of his relationship with Dale and Dale's relationship with Carolyn. Learning more about our dashing, yet flawed, leading man is always interesting. I also liked the battle between Shelly, Leo and Bobby. I thought it was pretty intense and well done. Nobody wants to see Leo coming at them with an ax, but I always love a little sprinkle of horror in Twin Peaks.

I was also happy to see a nice moment between Norma and Ed. It's impossible not to root for them as a couple. Plus Major Briggs offered some intrigue with his thoughts on being taken to the White Lodge. I hope that in new Twin Peaks we learn a bit more about the White and Black Lodges. I should also note that I liked Andrew Packard's return from the dead. Although Catherine does seem to be a bit too enthralled with him for my taste. Just as Andrew predicts, Thomas shows up in Twin Peaks and gives us a fire reflection in his sunglasses. Is this fire equal to his burning passion for Josie? His desire for revenge? Either way, this picture looks like it should be on the cover of a romance novel.

As for the weaker moments, I don't really enjoy the scenes between James and Evelyn, but I did get some laughs from them. I really think James's montage to Just You and I, is hilarious, even though I know I'm supposed to feel something else. The dialogue in their scenes together is very campy and not well executed, but that's just my opinion. Ben and Jacoby singing, I wish I was In Dixie, was funny, but not Ben's finest hour. Episode 21 also marks the end of the Little Nicky storyline, which I think is for the best. It was amusing to see Andy and Dick's reactions when Doc Hayward told them about what really happened to Little Nicky though.

Overall I think this episode should be viewed as a transitional one. It kind of went by quick. It had some interesting moments, a few over the top moments, and concluded with a creepy introduction for Windom Earle, which I enjoyed. The owls are always watching, aren't they? Both outside of Shelly's house when she was attacked and while Leo was wandering in the woods. 

The log lady intro probably sums it up the best, as this episode does seem to center around dilemmas of the heart.

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Recap of Episode 20 <------