Saturday, May 20, 2017

Recap of Episode 29

"How's Annie?"


Season 2 Episode 29


Written by: Mark Frost, Harley Peyton & Robert Engels

Directed by: David Lynch

Original Air date: June 10th, 1991


"Fire Walk With Me."

Andy and Lucy put their heads against each other at the Sheriff's station. Andy asks if she's afraid. Lucy tells him about being on stage at the Miss Twin Peaks contest when the lights when out. Lucy wonders what would happen if the lights went off at the hospital when she has her baby. Andy tells her he'd help her have that baby in front of God and everybody. Then they kiss. Meanwhile in the conference room, Dale studies the blackboard while Hawk stands near. Harry walks in and tells Dale he's got everyone looking for Windom Earle. Dale says the only hope they have of finding Earle is on the Owl Cave map. Dale carefully gazes at the blackboard and repeats the phrase, "Fire Walk With Me." 

Pete storms in saying that the Log Lady stole his truck. Dale informs him that The Log Lady didn't steal his truck, because she'll be here in one minute. Pete continues to rant saying he had 12 rainbow trout in the back. It makes Harry think. Then he says there are 12 Sycamore trees up at Glastonbury Grove. Dale's eyes widen. He replies that Glastonbury Grove is the legendary burial place of King Arthur. Pete insists that King Arthur is buried in England. Then the Log Lady shows up with oil in a jar. Dale asks what her husband said about the oil. Margaret tells him he said the oil is an opening to a gateway. They smell the oil and Harry thinks of Dr. Jacoby saying he smelled scorched engine oil. Dale has Hawk bring in Ronette Pulaski. She smells the oil, gets scared, and says she smelled that the night Laura Palmer died.

"An appointment at the end of the world."

Windom Earle brings Annie into the woods and drags her the circle of Sycamore trees with a flashlight. Annie is afraid and starts reciting verses from the Bible. She asks Windom what they're doing there. He tells her they have an appointment at the end of the world. Then she asks why he's doing this to her. Windom says Dale will come for her, because the same thing happened before when he fell in love with his wife. Windom forces Annie into the circle. She screams, but then seems to fall into a trance. After red curtains appear, and Windom walks Annie through them.

"Thirty-five, you moron!"

At Big Ed's house, Nadine and Mike sport intense head bandages from their accidents at the Miss Twin Peaks contest. Mike tells Nadine he loves her. Nadine starts to freak out and claims she doesn't know him. Doc Hayward, Norma and Big Ed watch as she yells. Nadine looks at Norma and asks why she's there. She doesn't think it's fair. Then Nadine runs around screaming about her drape runners. Ed grabs her and asks how old she is. Nadine screams, "thirty-five, you moron!" Mike stands up and humbly tells Ed he's sorry, because he thinks he let things go too far.

"You're my Daddy!"

Eileen and Ben Horne wait for Donna downstairs. She comes downstairs in tears and asks who her parents are. Ben claims it felt so good to tell the truth after all these years. Doc Hayward walks in and orders Ben to get out of his house. Then Sylvia Horne comes in and asks Ben what he's trying to do to "this" family. Ben asks Doc if he can forgive him. Donna cries to Doc, "You're my daddy, you're my daddy, you're my daddy!" Doc Hayward seethes, "leave my family alone!" Then he punches Ben. Ben's head smashes into the fireplace. He collapses unconscious or possibly dead, it's not clear, and Doc drops to his knees screaming. Meanwhile at the Packard's, Pete catches Andrew stealing the key from the cake saver. He groans, "Oh Andrew." Andrew casually says goodnight and walks off.

"I have to go on alone."

Dale and Harry go to Glastonbury Grove in Harry's police cruiser. They venture into the woods together. However Dale seems to hear a psychic call and tells Harry he has to go on alone. Harry asks why, but Dale walks off. Harry follows him. As Dale makes his way to the circle of Sycamore trees, he hears the call of an owl. Dale then enters into the circle, strolls around it in a particular way, and then he sees the red curtains. From a far, Harry watches Dale walk through as the curtains disappear. It shocks Harry. He whispers, "Oh my god."

"Sycamore Trees."

When Dale enters The Black Lodge he hears music. Watch here --> Sycamore Trees. He walks into the waiting room and sees the Little Man come dancing through the curtains. Jimmy Scott performs as Dale watches in terror. Meanwhile Andy finds Sheriff Truman waiting near the circle outside. They wait together on a large log for 10 hours. Harry can't take his eyes off the Sycamore circle. Andy quietly asks if Harry wants a thermos of coffee and a plate special with dessert. Harry can only answer, "yeah."

"Oh Shi...!"

At Twin Peaks Savings and Loan, an elderly New Accounts agent soundly sleeps as Audrey strolls in. She is greeted by Dell Mibbler. She tells him to call the Twin Peaks Gazette. Audrey then chains herself to the bank vault in protest of their financial ties to the Ghost Wood development project. She also asks him for a glass of water. Dell walks off to get her water, and after he's shocked to see a very much alive Andrew Packard walk in with Pete. Andrew shows him Eckhardt's key, which Dell says is one of their safety deposit keys. However Dell tells him there might be a problem opening the vault. Andrew and Pete walk over to Audrey. Andrew quotes Marcus Aurelius in appreciation for Audrey's protest. He tells Dell there won't be a problem. Audrey moves aside so Andrew, Dell and Pete can get inside. Dell locates the appropriate box and walks Pete and Andrew over to it. Andrew proceeds to open the box. Waiting inside is a bomb with a note from Thomas Eckhardt that says, "Got you, Love Thomas." Andrew yells, "Oh shi...,!" as the bomb explodes. All we see after is Dell's glasses flying into the trees outside as money rains down in the street.

"Too busy jump starting the old man...again!"

At the Double R, Major Briggs and Betty snuggle in a booth. At the counter, Shelly and Bobby cozy up together. Bobby says they should get married. Shelly reminds him she's still married to Leo. Then Heidi walks in late for work with a bloody nose. She tells Shelly she couldn't get her car started. Shelly teases her, "too busy jump starting the old man," Bobby chimes in and they both laugh, "again!" Heidi giggles and walks away. After Bobby tells Shelly that Leo is likely having the time of his life in the woods. We get a flash of Leo struggling with the rope tied to a cage of spiders in Windom's cabin. Then Dr. Jacoby and Sarah Palmer walk in. They see Major Briggs so Jacoby walks her over and tells him Sarah has a message for him. Sarah sits down and looks at the Major with an odd expression. A scary voice, other than her own, begins to speak through Sarah. It says, "I'm in The Black Lodge with Dale Cooper." We flash to shot of the The Black Lodge hallway, red curtains, chevron floor with a slow pan as the voice continues, "I'm waiting for you."

"Coffee."

Dale sits with the Little Man. The Little man tells Dale, "When you see me again, it won't be me." Then he explains to Dale that they're in the "waiting room," and asks if Dale would like some coffee. He also tells him that some of Dale's friends are there. Laura Palmer walks out and says, "Hello Agent Cooper." She snaps her fingers and tells him, "I'll see you again in twenty five years." Then she poses her hands around her face like a statue and says, "Meanwhile," then she disappears. After the room service waiter from The Great Northern appears and says, "Hallelujah," with the Little Man. The waiter then shimmies over to Dale offering coffee. He appears to transform into the Giant, who sits down next to the Little Man and tells Dale, "one and the same." Then the Giant disappears.

"Doppelganger."

After the Little Man rubs his hands together and makes Dale's coffee completely hardened. When Dale looks again it's back to normal, when he looks a third time, it's like sludge. The Little Man recites, "Wow Bob Wow, Fire Walk With me." The lights go off and Laura can be heard screaming. A Strobe light begins to flicker as Dale walks into another hallway and into another identical room. He decides to go back to where he was, but the Little Man tells him, "wrong way." Dale goes back to the next room and finds the Little Man's doppelganger groaning, "another friend." Then Maddy Ferguson walks in and tells Dale, "I'm Maddy, watch out for my cousin." Dale goes back to the waiting room, but finds it empty, devoid of furniture. The Little Man's doppelganger dances beneath him and says, "doppelganger." Then Laura Palmer's doppelganger appears and yells, "doppelganger." She begins screaming incessantly. It frightens Dale so he runs back to the other room.

"I saw the face of the man who killed me!"

When he enters his stomach begins to bleed from a puncture wound. He stumbles into another room and sees himself dead on the floor next to a woman. Dale thinks it's Carolyn, but then realizes it's Annie as she sits up. Dale calls out for Annie repeatedly. His wounds then instantly heal as he walks into another room. Annie is standing there and tells him she saw the face of the man who killed her. Dale is confused. She tells him it was her husband. He calls her Annie, but she asks who Annie is. Then he sees Carolyn. She then becomes Annie again and tells him he's mistaken, because she's alive. Laura Palmer's doppelganger appears in front of him again and begins screaming. Then Windom Earle appears with an evil smile. Annie appears to Dale a final time before disappearing again.

Windom begins laughing and tells Dale if he gives him his soul, he'll let Annie live. Dale agrees so Windom stabs him. However then the room bursts into flames. Windom's stabbing of Dale is reversed, and Bob is heard yelling. Bob grabs Windom and orders him to, "be quiet!" Then Bob tells Dale to go, because Windom is wrong and can't ask for Dale's soul. Bob says he will take Windom's instead. Windom screams as fire explodes from his head. Bob laughs maniacally as Dale leaves the room. Then Dale Cooper's doppelganger runs up behind Bob and they start laughing together.

"I did not kill anybody."

Dale walks into the hallway and runs into Leland's doppelganger. Leland says, "I did not kill anybody." Dale walks away as his doppelganger enters the hallway. Dale's doppelganger has a laugh with Leland, and then begins chasing Dale through the various rooms of The Black Lodge. Dale runs in fear trying to escape. His doppelganger appears to catch up to him and grabs him. Then we see Bob's face get in front of the camera with a smile.


"How's Annie?"

Harry sees Dale and Annie appear on the ground by the circle of Sycamore trees. He screams their names as they lay unconscious. Later we see Dale wake up in his hotel room with Harry and Doc Hayward watching over him. They think he was asleep, but he flatly says he wasn't. He immediately asks about Annie. Harry tells him that she's at the hospital and will be okay. Dale sternly tells them he needs to brush his teeth. He gets up and then turns back to Harry and says again that he needs to brush his teeth. Harry tells him it's a good idea. Dale goes into the bathroom and oddly begins playing with the toothpaste by squeezing it into the sink. Then he looks into the mirror with a sinister smirk and smashes his head into it. Bob can be seen looking back at him through the broken glass. Harry and Doc get concerned and call for him. Dale, or his doppelganger, begin laughing as he looks to the side and repeatedly laughs, "How's Annie?"

End of show!

Wow, not only is this a completely mind blowing episode, and arguably one of the best in the series, but for me personally, I'm at the end of the line with my recaps for this blog. When I started this blog in October of 2014, I had a loose plan to revisit the series in my own way. Seventy something posts later, I feel like I accomplished something in tribute to my beloved, Twin Peaks. The last few recaps have been a little rushed, which I wasn't happy about. I was in a hurry to get them done prior to "The Return." I had wanted to post an in-depth review of Fire Walk With Me before the new stuff aired, but I've decided not to rush that. In August, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me will celebrate it's 25th Anniversary, so I will wait until then to discuss FWWM. I hope to accompany that post with some new artwork from The Blue Rose artist, Geneva Rougier. I also want to see how, if at all, the new episodes will play into FWWM.

In the meantime, I won't be doing recaps for new Twin Peaks on this blog. I may continue that down the line once it's all over and I can fully digest the new material. I will be making regular posts on this blog all summer, on my first impressions, favorite characters, burning questions, etc. on the The Return. I will only promote those posts on my Twitter feed and Facebook page, as not to spoil anything for those who use the forums, Reddit and the various Facebook groups. I hope you return to this blog and share your thoughts on the new material with me. I also hope to finally start working on a new, somewhat secret, writing project that I've been wanting to get started on for awhile. Finger's crossed.

Onto the finale, it really turns everything on its axis, doesn't it? This episode offers an amazing look into The Black Lodge, and leaves us with the mystifying question of what happened to Dale Cooper. It's always been my take that the, "Good Dale," gets trapped in the lodge, because he didn't face his doppelganger with courage. The person or entity, whichever you prefer, who laughs, "How's Annie?" is Dale's doppelganger. I don't see it as a possession like Leland was. So it begs the question, has evil doppelganger Dale been causing havoc in Twin Peaks for twenty-five years? And what about Windom Earle? It seems he unleashed something in Owl Cave when he inverted the owl symbol. If you factor in the curious nature of Mark Frost's book, The Secret History of Twin Peaks, is it possible that time itself was altered? Or that Twin Peaks got stuck at a point in time?

Who do you think is channeling through Sarah Palmer when she tells Major Briggs, "I"m waiting for you,"? It sort of feels like those who are "gifted", meaning they have certain abilities to "see" the true faces of the doppelgangers or into the future, are being collected by the spirits of The Black Lodge, thus also making them the, "damned." I've also wondered if on a larger scale part of this is someone's dream, but clearly there is a question of time, alternate dimensions or even alternate realities in play. I don't know what I'm going to see when new Twin Peaks premieres, but I hope to have my mind completely blown. 

On a finale personal note, I fell in love with Twin Peaks as a kid. It had a profound impact on me, helped mold whatever interest I have in film, and definitely inspired me creatively. I loved Twin Peaks alone for decades. It was my private world, and even though I knew on a conscious level that Twin Peaks had a devoted fan following around the world, it wasn't until I started this blog that I realized just how voracious the fan community truly is. It's a community filled with highly intelligent, talented and faithful people. I've learned so many things about the behind the scenes elements, insider factoids, and I've been fortunate enough to make what I hope will be some life long friendships all because of Twin Peaks. 

Looking ahead, of course I'm incredibly excited to see what's next. Change is inevitable, and good for the soul, but the end of anything also comes with some sadness, like the Log Lady says in her intros. I hope Twin Peaks will return with a bang that will knock the entertainment business on its proverbial ass, but selfishly I also hope it will take me back. Back to a time when my canvas was clean, my mind was unvarnished, and my enthusiasm was unscathed. I just want to be a fan again, lost in the beauty of a world created by a true auteur. Mostly, I just want to fall in love with Twin Peaks again, utterly and completely, because going forward things will never be the same again.

Watch the "How's Annie?" scene below!



Recap of Episode 28  <----> Twin Peaks Returns: Thoughts on Parts 1 to 7





Sunday, May 14, 2017

Recap of Episode 28


Season 2 Episode 28


Written by: Barry Pullman

Directed by: Tim Hunter

Original Air date: June 10th, 1991


"I have a new game for you."

At Windom's cabin, Leo has one hand chained to the ceiling while Major Briggs sits half conscious next to him. Leo manages to use his free hand to unlock the chain around the Major's ankle. Leo tells him to, "save Shelly." Major Briggs struggles to get up, but makes his way out of the cabin. Leo gazes at the picture of Shelly on the Queen of Spades card. Later Windom returns wearing a suit and some white faced makeup with blackened teeth. He tells Leo that he has a new game for him and waves a burlap bag in front of him. Then Windom pulls the bag aside and reveals a frightening smile. 

"A good day for healing."

Norma shows Annie and Shelly at the diner the pies she made for the Miss Twin Peaks contest. Norma hopes to see one of them as the winner. She also notes that it will be a good day for healing, especially after what happened to Laura Palmer. They ask Norma how she feels about winning the contest twenty years ago. Norma tells them not to remind her, but Annie and Shelly say she would still win. Norma teases that they're just buttering up the judge. Annie and Shelly tease her back and wonder which one of them Norma will vote for. 

"From the bottom of my heart, I don't want to be the town bathing beauty."

Ben walks into his office and finds Audrey sitting in front of the fireplace. He's carrying a bunch of philosophy books, as well as the Quran. He says inside these books are the answers to him being a better person. Then Ben notices that Audrey is upset over John Justice Wheeler. Audrey says it's only been a few days and she hopes it doesn't hurt this bad in a week. Ben tries to console her. Audrey resiliently changes the subject to her trip to Seattle. She says the Packard's are using Twin Peaks Savings and Loan to fund cash to the Ghost Wood project, and they don't want bad publicity. Ben says in that case bad publicity is exactly what they're going to get. Then he asks if Audrey thought more about entering the Miss Twin Peaks contest. Audrey replies, "Daddy, from the bottom of heart, I don't want to be the town bathing beauty." However Ben convinces her to win the contest so she can use her influence to help their cause. 

"Fear, my favorite emotional state."

Andy studies the blackboard with the Owl Cave petroglyph in Harry's office curiously. Dale asks if Andy's taken his eyes off it yet. Harry tells him no and Hawk is looking for Major Briggs. Dale then proceeds to tell Harry that Windom's been looking for The Black Lodge since as far back as 1965. Meanwhile Windom Earle listens to their conversation through the Bonsai tree. Dale explains to Harry that he thinks fear killed Josie and after her death he saw Bob. Dale says he thinks fear attracts Bob. Dale also thinks Bob comes from The Black Lodge. He explains that The Black Lodge is possibly what Harry has referred to in the past as, "the evil in these woods." Dale thinks there is a source of great power there. 

In Windom's cabin, he listens and screams, "Eureka!" He realizes fear is the key and notes it's his favorite emotional state. Windom rants to Leo that he hasn't been this excited since he punctured Carolyn's aorta. Then he tells Leo he's enjoyed their time together and Leo has been a faithful companion. However, he says he's disappointed that Leo let Major Briggs go. Windom smiles at Leo's unseen condition and says he'll have plenty of time to think about what he did. Then we see Leo is holding a rope in his teeth that is attached to a cage full of tarantulas. 

"By George, I think you've got it."

At the Roadhouse, Mr. Pinkle rehearses with all the ladies entered in the Miss Twin Peaks contest. He encourages the girls to bend over while he gazes at their cleavage. Lucy asks what the point of this is, but he snaps that you should never question the vision of your choreographer. Nearby Norma asks her fellow judges, Dick and Mayor Milford, what qualities best represent Miss Twin Peaks. While they are standing there and stagehand struggles by holding a fake deer against his groin. After Lana approaches Dick and asks if he can help her with something in the storage room. She flashes Mayor Milford a devilish smile. Once inside the storage room, Lana toys with Dick by turning the flashlight on and off. He asks what she's looking for. Lana turns off the light once again and says she thinks she found it. Dick stammers saying, "By George, I think you've got it."

"Your forest is beautiful and peaceful."

Dale talks to Diane in his room and tells her that he's just completed his afternoon mediation, shares thoughts on the Windom Earle case, and then talks about Annie Blackburn. Right then someone knocks on his door. Dales answers and finds Annie standing there. She tells him she needs his help to write her speech for the Miss Twin Peaks contest. It leads to a metaphoric discussion about their relationship. Dale says her forest is beautiful and peaceful. Annie replies that part of it has been damaged and every forest has its shadow. She also says she can see half her life's history in his face. Dale kisses her and says he wants to make love with her.

"I pinned him in a minute five."

Nadine has a slideshow at home in front of Mike, Norma, Big Ed and Dr. Jacoby of all her wrestling wins. She's especially proud of pinning a contender with, "quads like bridge supports," in a minute five. After Dr. Jacoby says he wants everyone to talk about their feelings. He has Nadine start first so she says that her relationship with Mike is hot and she's very happy, which makes her worry about Ed being sad. Then Ed speaks up and tells her that he's going to marry Norma. Nadine looks intense, squeezes Mike's hand and says they're getting married too. She squeezes Mike's hand so hard that he screams in agony. 

"Garland? Odd name. Judy Garland?"

Major Briggs makes his way out of the forest just as Hawk is driving by. He's disoriented, and asks Hawk which way is the castle. Later in the Sheriff's station, the Major sits confused while Dale and Harry try to talk to him. When Dale calls him by his name, Garland, Major Briggs shakes and replies, "Garland? Odd Name," then questions, "Judy Garland?" Dale asks him if Windom Earle did this to him. The Major says it was God he supposes. Then he says he was taken to the woods, but the King of Romania wasn't able to attend. Dale thinks the Owl Cave petroglyph is pointing to a place in time and they have to find the entrance at exactly the right moment. Andy walks in and begins staring at the blackboard again. He asks if the 4-H Club could have anything to do with it. Harry says it's doubtful. 

"Fear and love open the doors."

Later Dale gets excited when he realizes that what Andy mistook for the 4-H Club was actually the planets, Jupiter and Saturn. He deduces that when Jupiter and Saturn align the door to The Black Lodge will open. Major Briggs starts yelling, "Fear and Love open the doors." Dale thinks Love opens the White Lodge and Fear opens the Black. Briggs insists that they have to protect the Queen. Dale realizes that the winner of Miss Twin Peaks is in trouble. Andy realizes something and starts calling to Agent Cooper, but Dale is distracted. Andy then runs over to him and knocks the Bonsai plant over in the process. When it breaks, Windom's listening device is exposed. Dale takes a look and says Windom is way ahead of them. 

At the Packard's house, Pete and Andrew struggle to open Eckhardt's last metal box. Catherine watches with a smile. Andrew gets frustrated and shoots the box open with his gun. Inside, is a key. They decide it needs to be kept out in the open. Catherine decides to put it the cake saver. Meanwhile Donna comes downstairs at her house dressed up for the contest. She asks her parents what is going on with Ben Horne. They won't talk to her so she says she's going to find out from Ben Horne for herself. Then Donna storms out in anger. 

"Did you bring your whole family with you?"

At the Miss Twin Peaks contest, the girls preform a group number with umbrellas for the audience. They attempt a Rockette's type number, although a bit sloppier. After Doc Hayward hosts the show. At the bar, Mr. Pinkle tries to flirt with The Log Lady. Lucy performs the first talent portion and does a bold dance number that ends with a daring split. Backstage, Bobby notices The Log Lady is at the bar and standing backstage with him. He walks over to the The Log Lady backstage and asks if she brought her whole family with her. However it's actually Windom Earle in costume. He proceeds to smash Bobby unconscious with his log. 

"Contortionistic Jazz Exotica."

Dale and Harry arrive at the contest. Dale says whoever wins needs 24 hour guard. Then Doc Hayward introduces Lana's performance called, Contortionistic Jazz Exotica. She's dressed in an a belly dancer costume, and proceeds to do a sexy dance. Dick is quite taken with her. After the ladies give their speeches. Audrey goes first and says if something you love is in danger, you must fight to save it. Dale listens intently. Backstage, Donna approaches Ben Horne and asks what's going on with her mother. Ben says he wants to do the right thing. He starts to tell her that her mother and him had a past, but Donna interrupts him and asks with disgust, "You're my father?" Then she runs off.

"It's not a puzzle at all, it's a map!"

Annie gives a strong speech while Windom Earle climbs through the rafters. Lucy takes Andy and Dick backstage and tells them that she's decided, regardless of biology, that she wants Andy to be her baby's father. Dick takes it well and rushes off to cast his vote as judge. Andy tells Lucy he promises to be a great father, but right now he has to find Agent Cooper.

Doc Hayward then announces that Annie is the winner of the Miss Twin Peaks contest. Lana is quite upset. Dick tells Mayor Milford that Annie gave a beautiful speech. Annie is crowned and given flowers. Right then the lights off, a strobe light goes haywire, and the crowd begins to scream and panic. Nadine gets knocked out. Dale spots Windom onstage dressed at The Log Lady, but Windom sets off a bomb to stop him from coming closer. Then Windom gags Annie and drags her off stage. Finally the lights come back on. Dale tells Harry that Windom got Annie. Harry rushes off to find her. Andy stops Dale and tells him finally figured out what the petroglyph means. He says, "it's not a puzzle at all, it's a map!"

End of show!

Overall there is a lot of good stuff jammed into this episode. It also plays for a lot of laughs. For me, I think Bobby getting his head smashed by Windom's log takes the cake. Andrew shooting Eckhardt's metal box is pretty fun to watch as well. Leo's fate is unfortunate, but there must be some way out of it. Maybe we'll find out when Twin Peaks returns!

Windom Earle certainly makes a pretty scary, yet amusing Log Lady. I love how he manages to create complete chaos at the contest. You'd think after the Little Pine Weasel disaster the people of Twin Peaks would have learned not to attend, or at least not to panic, at public events. Either way, it was definitely entertaining to watch. 

Annie's fate is quite important going forward, and probably the most important aspect of this episode, especially if you're familiar with The Missing Pieces. You can read my review of The Missing Pieces in Issues 1 & 2 of The Blue Rose MagazineFinally I think Lana's unique dancing stole the show at the contest, watch below!



Recap of Episode 27 <-----> Recap of Episode 29





Sunday, May 7, 2017

Recap of Episode 27


Season 2 Episode 27


Written by: Harley Peyton & Robert Engels

Directed by: Stephen Gyllenhaal

Original Air date: April 18th, 1991


"Styrofoam never dies."

At the park, the police struggle to get Windom's deadly chess piece out of the Gazebo. Nearby Harry and Dale talk to a friend of Rusty Tomaski aka Heavy Metal Youth. He explains to them how Rusty met Windom. His friend gets choked up, as does Andy. Dale tells Harry that he thinks Windom is playing off the board now. After they head to the station, Lucy calls Andy aside and asks him what he knows about saving the planet. Andy answers that he knows it's in trouble. Then Lucy says in 24 hours she's going to decide who the father of her baby is. Lucy tells him she wants to win the Miss Twin Peaks contest for the money, and needs help writing a speech. Andy advises her that Styrofoam never dies and people have to stop sinking their beers cans in the lake.

"Goodness in you is like a time bomb."

Doc Hayward examines Ben in his office at The Great Northern. Doc tells him to stay away from Eileen. Ben tells him he can't as long as the lie survives. Doc says goodness in him is like a time bomb, and he shouldn't ruin lives. Then John Justice Wheeler walks in. Doc Hayward advises Ben to be careful before walking out. John then tells Ben that he needs to see Audrey. He explains that a friend of his has been murdered and he needs to leave town. They talk further and Ben realizes that John isn't coming back. Ben fears his efforts to be better will be lost without him. John assures him he'll be fine and hands Ben a letter for Audrey.

Donna looks at her birth certificate in the attic of her house. She sees that there is no father's name listed. She also finds old pictures of her mother with Doc Hayward and Ben Horne. Then Eileen calls to her saying Deputy Hawk is on the phone and needs to speak with her. Meanwhile Audrey returns to The Great Northern and collects her messages. Hawk approaches her and says Dale needs to see her at the station as soon as possible.

"Perhaps a walk in the woods will clear my mind."

At the Station, Major Briggs works with Cappy, a bookhouse boy, and advises him to look for any curious nomenclature. Harry and Dale walk in. Briggs tells them that he discovered that Earle became obsessed on Project Blue Book when his work began involving Twin Peaks. The Major shows them a video he found of Windom Earle talking about evil sorcerers called Dugpas. On this video, Windom says that the Dugpa use a place called The Black Lodge to harness their evil. Dale seems concerned. Then he tells Harry and Major Briggs that he thinks Windom Earle has engaged them in red herring, which is a fish he doesn't particularly care for. Dale thinks Windom has been after The Black Lodge all along. Then he says they need to find out what The Black Lodge has to do with the Owl Cave petroglyph. Dale advises Cappy to find out everything he can about the Dugpa. Then he tells Briggs to get some rest. The Major says he'll take a walk in the woods to clear his mind

"If you were outside you'd have trouble with pigeons."

Meanwhile Windom Earle listens to their conversation via the Bonsai tree and laughs about how lost Dale is. He sits at his computer and studies the Owl Cave petroglyph. Windom says he'd like to speak with Major Briggs, and suggests that he and Leo go take a walk. While Windom's not looking, Leo takes the zapper remote for his electric collar. Windom then orders him to stop dawdling and notes, "if you were outside you'd have trouble with pigeons."

"You've been pretty crumby."

At the diner, a patron at the counter eats pie and suddenly is struck with a shaky hand. Nearby Bobby and Shelly go over the speech he wrote for her to give at The Miss Twin Peaks contest. Bobby gets serious for a minute and tells her he realizes he's been acting like he's more important than everyone else lately. Shelly agrees and says, "you've been pretty crumby." She tells him she misses him. Bobby admits that when he saw her kissing "that guy" (Gordon Cole) he realized what's important. Bobby says he loves her. Shelly likes what she hears and they kiss. Then Shelly gets a call from Agent Cooper and has to step away.

"Stop it you, vixen you!"

Mayor Milford goes to the Roadhouse and tells Lana he's got great news. He says Norma and Dick are the other judges so her winning the contest is a sure thing. The Mayor thinks if Lana gets Dick alone, puts on a sexy dress, and let's him smell her French perfume, she'll win him over. Dwayne looks into Lana's eyes and they kiss. Then he tells her, "stop it you, vixen you!" He asks why they can't just elope. Lana says she will only marry him when she wins the contest. He moans and cries that she's so strict.

"Shelly wins Miss Twin Peaks, Shelly dies!"

Dale talks with Audrey, Donna and Shelly at the station and asks if they've met any unusual strangers lately. They all mention their various experiences. Dale asks Shelly if she recognizes the handwriting on the poem, which she does as Leo's. Dale tells them to very careful, because they're all in danger. Meanwhile in Windom's cabin, Leo notices a playing card with Shelly's picture on it. He whispers, "Shelly." Windom laughs that she has some modern views on fidelity, but claims she's still fit for a queen. He asks if Leo would mourn her passing. Windom tells him, "Shelly wins Miss Twin Peaks, Shelly dies." Leo gets upset, says he loves Shelly, and pulls out the zapper. Windom pretends to be afraid as Leo zaps himself. Then Windom starts laughing maniacally, pulls out a collar, and tells Leo he needs to learn the value of hate.

"Josie I see your face!"

At The Great Northern, Audrey passes Pete in the foyer and says hi to him. Pete seems impressed with her and smiles. Then Audrey walks into Ben's office. She wants to know where John is, but Ben tries to talk her into entering the Miss Twin Peaks contest. She's insistent that she wants to see John so Ben gives her John's letter. Audrey decides to take off after John. Right after, Ben appears to be startled by something unseen. Audrey heads back out to the lobby, where Pete is talking to the mantle saying, "Josie I see your face!" Audrey grabs him and asks for a ride.

"Hello Wilbur!"

In the police station conference room, Dale tells Andy and Harry that he thinks the Owl Cave petroglyph symbols suggest a time. Then he asks where Major Briggs is. Harry tells Andy to call Mrs. Briggs to see if he's home yet. Cooper looks through the blinds on the window and tells Harry he's thinking of Annie Blackburn. Harry seems a bit saddened by the talk of love. Then Dale's hand spontaneously begins to shake. Meanwhile Major Briggs goes walking in the woods. He stops to admire a tree and then appears to feel a pain on his neck where his marking is. He turns and sees Windom coming toward him in a cow costume saying, "Hello Wilbur!" Then he takes out a stun gun and shoots the Major. Windom starts laughing. He removes his cow mask as the Major falls to the ground. Then Windom laughs looking at the back end of his costume and says Leo finally found his calling.

Dale heads to the diner and chats with Annie. He suggests that she enter the Miss Twin Peaks contest. Annie says maybe next year. Then she gets him coffee and asks if he wants to talk about what's troubling him. They both admit that they've been distracted thinking of each other. The camera starts to slowly pan out as they talk, suggesting trouble ahead. Dale notes that attraction is chemical. Annie says she has faith in them. Then she tells him, "what we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning." Dale seems impressed and responds, "Heisenberg!" Then he asks her to go dancing with him. Annie agrees and they kiss. As they do, some dishes break on the floor next to Annie. 

"I'm a virgin."

Audrey has Pete haul ass to the airport and drive up on the runway. She manages to get John Justice to stop his plane. When John steps out, Audrey runs to him. She tells him she loves him, and that she's a virgin. She tells him she wants him to make love with her. John is taken aback, but Audrey reminds him that it's his jet. John smiles, "thank god for that," and they go into his jet together. Pete watches them and gets teary eyed. Then his hand begins to randomly shake. Later after dark, Audrey emerges as John flies off. She tells Pete that love stinks. Pete offers to take her fishing, since John had promised to and now is gone. Audrey tears up. Then she smiles and agrees to go with Pete. 

"The possibility that love is not enough."

At Windom's cabin, Major Briggs is awkwardly tied to a large bullseye. Windom starts asking him about the meaning of the Owl Cave petroglyph. The Major refuses to answer him so Windom shoots darts next to his head. When that fails to get him to open up, Windom injects Briggs with truth serum. Once it takes effect, Windom asks Briggs what he fears the most in the world. The Major answers, "the possibility that love is not enough." Windom laughs at his response, then he starts asking more about the petroglyph. Briggs tells him he first saw it in dreams. He also says there is a time and place where if Jupiter and Saturn meet, "they will receive you." 

Catherine and Andrew look over the box from Thomas Eckhardt and wonder what it means. Andrew tries to touch the moon phases in such a way to open the box. He tries entering the date when the gift arrived and the box pops open. It reveals a smaller black box, which Andrew smashes with a rolling pin. Inside that is an even smaller metal box. Catherine wonders what it is. 

"A map to the Black Lodge."

At the Roadhouse, Dale gets a nervous Annie to dance with him in front of the Miss Twin Peaks stage. He tells her to follow him and notes her body feels nice against his. Annie kisses him, but Mayor Milford interrupts them by practicing his speech for the contest. He bungles it which distracts them. Annie ends up telling Dale that she's not afraid anymore, and she thinks maybe she'll enter the contest afterall. She notes it's like a fairy tale. Dale says, "And you're the queen." Then he has a sudden vision of the Giant on stage, waving his hands while silently mouthing the word,"no!"

Back at Windom's cabin, Leo and Major Briggs struggle while Windom studies his computer. He determines that the Owl Cave petroglyph is a map to The Black Lodge. Then we flash to the woods and see the circle of sycamore trees. Bob's hand emerges from the light and a reflection of red curtains can been seen in the oil in the middle of the circle.

End of show!

This episode is full of great moments. It also provokes some interesting questions. The first thing that comes to my mind is Pete talking to Josie in the mantel at The Great Northern. Could he have really seen her there? Next question I have is, why is everyone's hand shaking? There seems to be a collective energy askew in the town. My guess is that it has something to do with Windom inverting the owl symbol in Owl Cave. By the end of the episode we learn that there is a time and place where "they" will receive you at The Black Lodge  Perhaps Windom inverting the symbol released or opened some sort of door. 

On the cover of Mark Frost's book, The Secret History of Twin Peaks, is a grid. The moment I bought the book it intrigued me. Last year when Mark Frost did a Q&A on Reddit, I asked if the lines on the cover (the grid) had any relevance. He answered that it did. Of course he could have just been nice, and I know he couldn't reveal anything, but then when I saw the cover of his upcoming book, The Final Dossier, there was the grid again. If you're familiar with what ley lines and the world energy grid are, it would seem that is exactly what is being portrayed on the covers. If Twin Peaks were to be sitting at a point on the planet where these lines intersection, it is said that great power or energy could theoretically be harnessed there. 

In Twin Peaks lore, it makes some sense that The White & Black Lodges could get their power from that very energy. Of course this is just my opinion, and I admit that I'm partial to this type nerdy scientific theory, but still so much of these recent episodes has me feeling like Windom definitely altered something significant in Owl Cave. Also given that Briggs is the Archivist in Mark's book, it makes his relevance seem even more important in this episode.

Watch the scene of Windom questioning Briggs below!




Saturday, May 6, 2017

Recap of Episode 26


Season 2 Episode 26


Written by: Mark Frost & Harley Peyton

Directed by: Jonathan Sanger

Original Air date: April 11th, 1991


"Where's the beer?"

Hawk, Andy, Harry and Dale return to Owl Cave and discover the inverted owl symbol. Hawk notices foot prints, which Dale deduces belong to Windom Earle. Then Dale tells Andy he needs a large scale rendering of the wall petroglyph. He also tells Harry to get Major Briggs on the horn. Meanwhile in Windom's cabin, Windom regales Leo and a Heavy Metal Youth, aka Ted Raimi, with stories of the White and Black lodges. He claims that he's going to find the entrance to the Black Lodge. The youth says the story is cool, but Windom promised him beer. Windom promises in the beer will come in time. Then we see Windom has the Owl Cave petroglyph image on his computer.

"This could take years."

Pete practices his chess game at The Packard's and recites a poem about Josie. He starts to get choked up, but Catherine comes in and tells him to stop whining. She demands that he help her open the box that Jones' left for her. Pete studies it and determines it's a puzzle box, which he saw before with the "Do Little Twins." Catherine asks how long it will take to open the box. Pete answers seriously, "This could take years."

"I wanna win the Miss Twin Peaks contest."

At the Double R, Bobby tells Shelly that he realized from watching TV that beautiful people get everything they want. He tells Shelly that she's beautiful and he wants her to enter the Miss Twin Peaks contest. Shelly laughs and tells him to dream on. Bobby snaps at her and says, "Bobby's in charge, understand?" Nearby Lana sits with Mayor Milford and tells him she wants to win the Miss Twin Peaks contest. She wants him to use his influence as a judge in the contest. At first he says it would be wrong, but Lana insists to him it would be love.

"Would you accompany me on a nature study?"

Dale comes into the diner and asks Annie to get him coffee and donuts for the hungry lawman waiting out in his police cruiser. Then he asks her to accompany him on a nature study later that afternoon. Annie agrees and Dale notes that she gives him a tingling sensation in his toes and stomach. Bobby walks by and reminds Shelly that she should use her beauty to her advantage. Shelly looks dismayed and recites the poem she received. Dale hears her and asks to see the poem immediately. Shelly shows him and tells him how her, Audrey and Donna all received a piece of it. Dale looks troubled and says he needs to keep it. Annie returns with his coffee and donuts. Dale nearly leaves without saying anything to her. Annie asks him about their nature study. Dale smiles and says he'll meet her at 4 o'clock sharp. 

At the station, Dale shows Harry Shelly's third of a poem and tells him it's from Windom Earle. Dale also tells Harry that the poem is something he once sent to Carolyn. Harry thinks they better talk to Donna, Audrey and Shelly as soon as they can. Then Hawk walks in with Donna's third of the poem and says Audrey is out of town. He also tells him that Major Briggs is in the conference room. Dale takes a look at Donna's piece and says he wants to see Leo Johnson's arrest report. 

"I've seen it before or dreamed it."

In the conference room, Andy works on drawing the Owl Cave petroglyph on the blackboard while Major Briggs watches. The Major tells him to adjust his lines, which makes Andy curious how he knew that. Then Dale walks in and asks for Major Briggs help. Dale says he thinks Leo, Windom Earle and Owl Cave are somehow connected. He asks if Major Briggs can access Windom Earle's files pertaining to Windom's work in Project Blue Book. Briggs answers that there is a moral concern, but wonders if it will help save future loss of life. Dale thinks it will. Briggs looks over the blackboard again and says he's seen the petroglyph before, or dreamed it. Then we see a flash of the petroglyph, which is whited out as a cloaked figure appears behind it. Within the cloaked figure is an image of the stars, which leads into a flying owl, followed by a flash of fire. Briggs seems to have seen this in his mind, and then tells Dale he will help him. Hawk walks in with Leo's arrest report. Dale takes a look at Leo's signature and determines that Leo transcribed the poem Windom sent. 

"Yes, capital!"

At The Great Northern, Dick touches the bandages on his nose from the Little Pine Weasel incident. He watches for Ben and asks him where Audrey is for the upcoming wine tasting event. Ben tells him Audrey is in Seattle and the concierge can help him. Dick responds, "yes, capital." Then Ben asks about his nose and offers to pay for his medical bills. Dick hints that worker's compensation should be included. Ben begrudgingly agrees. Dick smiles and says, "I'll alert my attorney." After Ben says out loud to himself that the urge to do bad is nearly overpowering.

"Odium and Obscurity."

In Windom's cabin, Heavy Metal Youth is encased in a giant paper mache chess piece. Leo gives him beer to drink while Windom tells him that he's lived his life in odium and obscurity, and now he will step upon the larger stage. The youth says he's pumped and asks how he gets out of the chess piece. Windom tells him that he doesn't. Then he orders Leo to fetch him an arrow. Leo says no so Windom zaps him a few times. Leo decides to get the arrow afterall. The youth asks what he's doing while Windom loads the arrow in his crossbow. Windom gives him a speech and says he'll now get to find out what happens in the next life. He then shoots the youth dead. Later, Windom thinks of Owl Cave.

"The celebration of the totality of a woman's qualities."

At the Roadhouse, Ben addresses Dwayne Milford, Pete and Doc Hayward as the judges of the Miss Twin Peaks contest. Ben pitches them and says the, "giggle fests," of the past should now celebrate the totality of a woman. He thinks the theme for the contest should be to save the forest. Pete notes that might have something to do with his Stop Ghost Wood campaign. Doc Hayward tells him they will take it under advisement. Then Ben approaches Bobby, Shelly and Donna sitting at a nearby table. He tells Bobby to pick up his dry cleaning, and then shoots Donna an odd look. 

"WHOA!"

After Shelly notes how nervous the idea of making a speech makes her. Mike and Nadine walk in and Nadine says she's entering the contest as well. Bobby takes Mike aside and says his relationship with Nadine seems, "very scary." Mike says it's not what Bobby thinks. Bobby asks him to explain. Mike asks him if Bobby has any idea what a combination of sexual maturity and super human strength can result in. Then he whispers something into Bobby's ear, which makes Bobby yell out, "WHOA!" Mike and Nadine look at each other, smile, and exchange knowing winks. 

"Butterfingers!"

Harry goes to see Catherine and asks her to help him understand Josie's true nature. Catherine thinks Josie changed herself to make individuals happy in the moment, and her lies might not have even seemed like lies to her. Catherine says she's surprised that she doesn't hate Josie, despite everything she did. Harry notes that Josie was, "so very beautiful!" Then Catherine shows Harry the box Eckhardt left for her. Pete strolls in talking about the all the "beauties" at the Miss Twin Peaks contest. He sees them looking at the box and grabs for it. The box slips and drops to the floor. Catherine snaps, "butterfingers!" However when Pete looks down, he sees the box opened and revealed a smaller box inside with the phases of the moon on the front of it. Catherine snatches the box back up and hands it to Harry. 

Annie and Dale chat while sitting in a boat on the lake. She tells him a bit about swimming in the lake every summer during her childhood. Annie shares that she was a loner. Dale asks if she ever had any boyfriends. Annie answers just one in her senior year. Dale wonders if that had anything to do with why she went into the convent. Annie says she doesn't want to talk about it, but then tells him she needed to face her fear by coming back to Twin Peaks. Dale tells her he can understand, because something similar happened to him. Then he kisses her. Annie tells him her instincts are telling her to trust him. Unbeknownst to them, Windom Earle watches them with binoculars from a distance wearing a fisherman's disguise.

"There are also white wines and sparkling wines."

Dick hosts a wine tasting event at The Great Northern to benefit The Stop Ghost Wood project. Lana and Lucy help pour the wine for all the guests. Dick starts them off with red and jokes that some people only think red wines count. Andy raises his hand and announces, "there are also white wines and sparkling wines." Dick looks at him off put. Andy goes to take a sip, but Dick scolds him not to and orders him to spit it out. Then Dick shows everyone how to sniff the wine's bouquet after Lana answers his question of how to accomplish that. She says, "by smelling it." After everyone takes a sip. Dick has them roll the wine on their tongues and upon Dick's orders, they spit the wine back out. Dick asks what flavors they tasted. Lucy said it tasted woody, but Dick disagrees. Lana says she tasted banana. Dick smiles and agrees. Lucy gets annoyed and rolls her eyes. After Lucy spits her wine out on Dick and reminds him she can't drink while pregnant. 

"You take one more step and I will ventilate you."

Gordon tells Shelly a story about how he once said to a culprit, "you take one more step and I will ventilate you." Shelly asks what happened after that. Gordon answers it was short funeral. Then Dale and Annie walk in. Gordon notes that Twin Peaks is filled with beautiful women, but then looks to Shelly and says only one he can hear. He asks Dale to join them for pie, which they do. The waitress brings over three pieces of pie each. Gordon then tells Shelly she's a goddess and meeting her has touched his heart. Gordon says if he doesn't kiss her he'll regret it the rest of his life. He goes in for a kiss and then Bobby walks in. Bobby demands to know what's going on. Gordon tells him to take a good look, because it's gonna happen again. Then Gordon kisses Shelly.

"Love is hell."

Dale sits by the fireplace at the hotel drinking milk. John Justice Wheeler sits down next to him and randomly states, "love is hell," while sipping a shot. Dale tells him that Hindu's believe love is a ladder to heaven. John says they also take walks on hot coals. Dale responds, "discipline." John thinks discipline and love don't mix together well. Dale thinks when your in love it's the best feeling in the world. They commiserate about feeling in love and Dale says he's ready, because his heart has been locked away long enough. They share a toast, and after John gets a message that calls him away.

Donna has dinner with her parents, and asks her mother why she went to see Ben Horne yesterday. Her mother claims it was for one of her charities. Donna doesn't seem to believe her and says that must be who sent her roses. She snarks that roses are really romantic. Then Donna tells them she entered the Miss Twin Peaks contest to win the chance to study overseas.

"Next time it will be someone you know."

The police are called to the park to investigate a giant box inside the Gazebo. Dale tells Harry he doesn't know what Earle is up to. He orders everyone to stay back and then from a distance shoots the box open. Inside is Windom's latest victim, who is dead, and trapped within Earle's finished chess piece. Attached is a note that says, "next time it will be someone you know."


End of show!

I know Audrey Horne is lovely and intoxicating, but doesn't John Justice Wheeler seem just a little too certain he's in love after only knowing Audrey for a couple of days? His dramatic, "love is hell," sigh comes off to me as a bit over the top. Aside from John Justice, I'd say this episode is overall very enjoyable. Bobby returns after a short absence in the previous episodes. Despite his controlling attitude toward Shelly, I always get a laugh from his reaction to what Mike whispers in his ear about Nadine. What do you think Mike said to him?

Major Briggs vision of the cloaked figure intrigues me. He definitely seems key to the mystery of Owl Cave, and I'd guess there might be a Briggs recast in the new season, RIP to Don Davis. I can't wait to see how his character is handled in The Return! 

Random thought, what happened to Harriet and Gersten Hayward? They're mysteriously absent during the Hayward's dinner scene. Otherwise, Windom's dialogue in this episode was terrific. I'm especially fond of the speech he gives to Heavy Metal Youth before killing him.

Watch below!