The title of this episode always makes me laugh because of how melodramatic it is. It just brings me back to all that pre-teen angst that I’ve upgraded from lmao. We’re halfway through the first season, and I was shocked at how fast it seemed to have flown by but then I remember the first season is only eight episodes lol.
But still, consistency. I’m doing it!
This episode is a perfect midseason episode. I like how all of the stories introduced so far continue to progress, no new (major) characters or storylines are introduced and it just delves deeper into everything that’s already been established.
I feel like a lot of shows I watch these days tend to pack as much as possible within a season. They start millions of storylines at a time and rarely go back to finish half of them. It just seems kind of a desperate plea to the networks and viewers where they try to give as many options as possible to hook you but ultimately never giving you what they promised.
I’m about to sound really hypocritical by my next sentence after saying all of that above lmao. While we do learn more about the town of Twin Peaks this episode, last episode ended with Cooper saying that he knew who killed Laura Palmer.
We do not find out who killed Laura Palmer in this episode. And because Cooper wanted the drama of revealing the killer he did not disclose who it was over the phone to Sheriff Truman, so he ended up forgetting who it was. Surprisingly, when Truman and Lucy hears this news they are not angry at all. They just kind of take it in stride. They also don’t react in disbelief at all when he tells them that all of this came to him in a dream. It turns out we only saw a fraction of what Cooper dreamt in the last episode. He also dreamt that Truman and Lucy were there, Sarah Palmer, has a vision of the killer and Deputy Hawk sketches it.
Truman and Lucy both just kind of sit there and look at Cooper in disbelief as he goes about his business in his usual upbeat matter. The only type of overture he makes to assuage their doubts is to say,
My dream is a code waiting to be broken. Break the code, solve the crime.
To assist in the investigation of Laura’s murder, Cooper has called in another FBI agent, Albert Rosenfield. Albert is actually one of my favourite characters even though he is an absolute jerk. He’s abrupt, rude, condescending and arrogant but I live for his deadpan put downs.
We see him fighting with Dr. Hayward as Cooper and Truman enter the morgue. Today is Laura’s funeral but Albet refuses to give up the body as he feels he has not run enough tests on it. He calls everyone and the whole town stupid and backward in so many creative ways, ignoring the fact that the whole town is in grief because he just cares about getting his way. Eventually he pushes Sheriff Truman too far, and he punches Albert in the face.
Before Albert leaves he tells Cooper and Harry about his findings, but not without adding that he most likely could have found more if they had let him have his way. We learn that Laura was tied up twice, in two different places, at two different times. She also had some small bite marks and claw marks on her shoulder and a partially digested plastic fragment with the letter “J” on it. This is kind of morbid to all hear before her funeral but, Albert doesn’t care.
Later on Albert tries to file a report against Harry but Cooper backs him up. Sure it wasn’t the professional thing to do, but morally it was the right thing. In this scene you notice the difference between the two agents. Rosenfield has removed all emotion pertaining to his job, he goes through all the necessary motions to complete his job with absolutely no feeling. Whereas Cooper allows himself to fall in love with the whole town, become friends with the entire police department and wants to find out who killed Laura Palmer, not because it’s his job, but because it’s the right thing to do.
Ultimately, Rosenfield’s method is mentally healthier I think. The fact that he can separate his job, which always deals with evil and gruesome things, from his life saves him from the fate that will befall Cooper…🤐
As we’ve seen before, Benjamin Horne (town rich creep) has tender feelings for Laura that he does not have for his own daughter, Audrey. While he is loafing around the morgue, peering uncomfortably close to Laura’s corpse, (under the pretense of representing the family because Leland is too wracked with guilt.) Cooper manages to get some information out of Audrey.
I love how Audrey was waiting for Cooper to enter the Lodges restaurant, and then as he gets nearer she posts up near the fireplace where she is now backed by lighting and looks so prettily startled as Cooper “happens” upon her.
He invites her to breakfast and casually remarks on her perfume and gets her to sign her name as she’s just dazzled by his presence. Audrey is a total Aries and no one can tell me different. He confronts and confirms that she was the one that sent him the note about One Eyed Jacks.
The rightward slant in your handwriting indicates a romantic nature. A heart that yearns. Be careful.
Audrey admits and seems shock that he knows it was her. (This town is so easily dazzled, I swear.) Cooper begins questioning Audrey about One Eyed Jacks and she gives an accurate summary: “Men go there…women work there.” He then asks if Laura works there, and Audrey replies, “No.” However we do learn that Laura worked at Horne’s department store…at the perfume counter!!
Now as you and I know, the perfume counter appears to be a front for a prostitution ring that’s being run in One Eyed Jack’s. As far as Coop, and now Audrey, knows Ronette also worked at the perfume counter and she also appears to be there with Laura the night she died.
Cooper remarks that he’s surprised Audrey is being so helpful because he thought she and Laura weren’t friends. Audrey replies, “We weren’t friends but I understood her better than the rest.” Before she can elaborate they’re interrupted.
It makes me wonder about all the other people in my life who are just acquaintances or co-workers or familiar strangers and some of the things they may know about me. I don’t pay them any mind so it’s easier for them to catch me in my more vulnerable moments. Or they may have noticed me doing something that one of my friends might not notice because they are blinded by image of me that they have and know.
I do this all the time, sometimes with my friends. We’ll people watch and study their clothes and their little ticks and habits as they walk by or do whatever and from there we try to glean out who they are. I mean, most of it is probably not true but I believe a good portion of it is.
Laura’s funeral looms large over the whole episode. It’s kind of a neat little ending for the first part of the series. The discovery of Laura’s body and how it affects the whole town. Now that they can lay her physically to rest, the rest of the town folk are ready to move on with their own lives and problems, and leave the investigation up to the police. After all, if they did have anything to do with Laura’s death they’re not going to rat themselves out are they?
Leland is taking some kind of sedative before the funeral and I can’t blame him. Losing your child is devastating enough but to know that her final moments were of pain and fear? I don’t blame him for wanting to numb himself to that reality as much as possible.
The soap opera “Invitation to Love” is Twin Peaks show-within-a-show and this Leland is watching the intro and as they introduce the twin characters, Emerald and Jade, (who is played by the same actress.) Laura’s cousin, Maddy, turns up and she bears an uncanny resemblance to Laura.
This will be noticed by various towns folk in the coming episodes, but the actress who does play Laura also plays Maddy. Initially Sheryl Lee was a struggling actress and took this bit part to play a corpse. It resonated so much that David Lynch decided to create the role of Maddy to bring her back! Because of this little piece of meta we can already guess that while Maddy and Laura look alike they are probably as different as Emerald and Jade in the soap.
You can really see how Laura’s death rocked the town. Johnny, Audrey’s brother who Laura tutored, was almost banned from going to the funeral by his father. It’s kind of sad to see him abandoned by his parents because they found it too difficult to care for him. You see how easy it was for Jacoby to persuade Johnny to remove his Native American headdress by gentle persuasion and letting Johnny come to that decision himself. It was touching that at least Johnny had Jacoby to comfort him and they both could share their grief with someone who understood.
I think the pastor summed up Laura quite nicely when he said that,
Laura was impatient. She was impatient for her life to begin and for the world to catch up to her dreams and ambitions.
It’s pretty much a given that there would be some outbursts at a funeral of someone who has affected others so deeply. Bobby kicked the whole thing off by laying Laura’s death at the town’s door.
Everyone knew she was in trouble but we didn’t do anything. All you good people…you wanna know who killed Laura? You did. We all did. […] Save your prayers, she would have laughed at them anyways.
This causes James to attack Bobby. James had been skulking behind everyone else because he initially wasn’t even going to go. It just suits his tortured, boy from the other side image sooo much. 🙄 The boys are quickly pulled apart and now Leland, throws himself onto the casket, the weight is too much for the machine to bear so he ends up riding up and down on the casket as people try to pull him out. Sarah falls to her knees and screams at Leland to not “ruin this too.” I wonder if that has a deeper meaning or if she’s just referring to the picture frame he broke last episode.
Later that night, Dr. Jacoby comes to visit Laura’s grave on his own and is approached by Cooper who was waiting for him and Jacoby seems to be yet another person that had become entranced by Laura.
I’m a terrible person. I pretend that I’m not but I am. Oh I sit and listen to their problems, day after day. These people think of me as their friend, truth is I really don’t care. I thought nothing, no one could ever reach me again. Laura changed all that.
Now that Laura is buried, everyone turns their attentions back to their own individual problems.
Norma Jennings meets with her husbands lawyer and learns that he is up for parole the next day. Hank was a model prisoner that’s why he’s getting out early for good behaviour. The lawyer wants to know what Norma’s going to do to help Hank adjust to life on the outside. There’s a hesitation before she tells him that since she owns the Double R Diner she will give Hank a job there.
When the lawyer asks his last question, how does she keep men from buzzing around her while her husband is in jail? She says that she has a “homicidally jealous husband who is in jail for manslaughter, but hopes to be a productive man of society when he gets out.” This is a surprising answer as she is having an affair with Ed.
There was an instant when she could guarantee that her Hank would be out of her life for at least a few more years. She didn’t have to give him a job at the diner. She could say she was scared of him or whatever. Even though she doesn’t love her husband she doesn’t want to leave him for Ed when it doesn’t seem like Ed is going to leave Nadine anytime soon. It’s so silly to stay with someone you don’t love because you don’t want to be alone, but loneliness is so crippling so I can understand why Norma won’t jump unless Ed is with her.
On Ed’s side of things, it seems like he won’t leave Nadine because she is mentally unwell. He doesn’t want to hurt her and is obligated to stay with her, which is also another sorry reason to be with someone. Nadine is head over heels for Ed at this point in time, and she reminisces about when they were all in high school. How Ed and Norma were the popular couple, happily in love while she watched them from the sidelines and loved Ed from afar. She tells him that she knew if he only got to know her than he would love her and it’s a shame that she can’t see his face as she says this.
Laura’s death is the furthest thing from Josie’s mind as she confesses to Harry that she believes her sister-in-law, Catherine, murdered her husband Andrew and will murder her. Josie also proves that she’s not as clueless as Catherine thinks she is. She knows about how Ben and Catherine want the mill and the land it’s own to build their development.
While she may not be clueless she is a bit careless as she seems to forget that there are intercoms around the house and Catherine can easily listen in. Or maybe she is pretending that also? Dun dun dun…. when Josie goes to show Harry the two different sets of books we learn that Catherine is a step ahead of her. She has moved the second book to her second hiding spot and knows that her husband was the one who let Josie know.
Catherine and Josie seem to inhabit their own tiny world, with poor Pete caught in the middle. While their scenes are small for now, the tension between the two of them is rapidly thickening and it’s like watching two tigers circling each other.
As the town folk go back to their daily lives, the investigation is deepening for Cooper and Harry. Based off of Cooper’s rock throwing method in the last episode, Leo Johnson is of high interest to them. We learn from Harry that while Leo has always been on the radar for general sketchiness they have never been able to catch him red handed. Their questioning goes nowhere which is unsurprising because for someone like Leo who is dealing in a lot of illegal shit he knows how to cover his ass.
It’s not until later in the episode when Harry, Hawk and Big Ed arrange to meet Cooper at the Double R Diner that we see Leo engaging in more shady business. At first Big Ed seems resistant to letting Cooper know ~their big secret, but all he has to do is deduce what’s going on in his love life and they are all so amazed they immediately start spilling their guts lol. I mean, not like it was hard when you catch the side eye she shoots at Ed.
We already know that drugs are being run into Twin Peaks. Bobby, Mike and Laura all dealt it (that we know of so far) and out of the three Laura was the only one with a habit. The small police department has been investigating for the past six months. They know that the drugs are coming over from Canada (what a first, eh*?) and they have been trying to set up a bust for the past six months to no avail. They suspect that Jacques Renaud, the bartender at the Roadhouse, is the middleman.
*I’m Canadian, I get to make these jokes.
Big Ed once again recants the story of how when he was staking out the Roadhouse, he believes that Jacques spiked his drink and knocked him out. Cooper points out that Ed isn’t a deputy or anything and Harry lets Cooper know that they have a secret society of sorts. They’re called the Bookhouse Boys, and it’s their job to defend Twin Peaks.
This is the first time that they really touch upon the mysticism that exists in Twin Peaks. Harry says that the Bookhouse Boys have always existed in Twin Peaks, and will exist after they are gone. The Boys are the first line of defence against the “darkness, or evil” that exists in the woods. He acquiesces that the “very, very strange” presence that takes on multiple forms is the price they have to pay for all the good things that Twin Peaks has to offer. The town feels like a “long way from the rest of the world” and that’s how they like it.
Cooper agrees to join the Bookhouse Boys and help them on their sting to stop drugs from coming into Twin Peaks. Harry brings him over to their clubhouse which is teeming with books, hence the name. There, they find James and other members with a bound and gagged man we learn is Bernard Renaud, Jacques’ younger brother.
Bernard, (who by the way, has the WORST French accent I have ever heard. That shit is not even Quebecois.) He is a custodian at the Roadhouse and just that morning he was caught coming over the border with an ounce of cocaine in his kit. I’ll give it up to Bernie though, he’s not a snitch and claims the whole ounce is his and doesn’t give them any useful information.
We then see Jacques approaching the Roadhouse before stopping suddenly. A small red light on the roof blinks on and off repeatedly, this is a sign for Jacques to not enter and that something has happened to Bernard. He quickly makes his way to a payphone and calls Leo Johnson and asks for a border run. Leo quickly leaves as Shelly comes home which is lucky for her because we learn that she has bought a gun and also has a secret hidey hole of her own where she has also stashed Leo’s bloody shirt.
As small as this act of subterfuge seems I do believe it’s immense for Shelly. Hiding something when you’re in an abusive relationship must put such a considerably large amount of extra anxiety onto you. Not only does she have to tiptoe around and make sure that she does nothing to trigger Leo, she also has to make sure he doesn’t find out about her secrets.
The episode ends with another scene of Leland’s rapidly declining mental state. He has somehow wandered over to Great Northern and at first he’s happy to hear the music and dancing alone, but soon his longing to dance with his daughter takes over him, as he runs around pleading for people to dance with him before breaking down on the dance floor.
It’s sad to see how everyone reacts to him because that level of grief he is expressing makes everyone feel so uncomfortable. Or maybe they’re scared of it, like if they even put so much as a comforting hand on his back his grief will somehow transfer onto them and they will then feel the despair he does. At this point Leland is truly an island onto himself, no one can reach him and a lot of people don’t want to.
I think a lot about how that relates to right now. We’re all so afraid to feel anything, or commit to feeling because we’re scared of the possible consequences of it. It’s scary and I totally get it, but lately I’ve been really tired of being numb and defensive and as scary as it is, I’m trying to get okay with experiencing emotions. This reminds me of a quote I read in passing when scrolling through Tumblr years ago,
If the consequence is only a feeling, go for it.
Favourite Extra Scenes
We learn that the Great Northern has lots of secret little doors and passageways that are ideal for spying. It seems ridiculous to act like only Audrey knows these exist but her dad certainly doesn’t act like he knows they’re there.
Shelly reenacting Leland jumping into the grave for laughs during her shift does strike me as her being callous, but after thinking about it some more I think it really does show how Shelly can live two such drastically different lives. When she’s away from her husband, she’s carefree and makes jokes and is generally a happy person. While everyone in the town must know that he’s a psychotic tyrant, it’s easy for them to forget or ignore the hell she goes through when she’s at home with Leo.
My queen Audrey rules this episode for the #lewks. Starting with her first outfit, I loooove the collar for her shirt. She changed up her usual 50s collegiate girl vibe with this fun shirt because she’s completely smitten. I think it’s kind of sweet, how once you catch some feelings for someone you start to make these little minute changes, hoping that they will notice and in turn notice you.
Audrey once again delivers for Laura’s funeral. Severity, but make it fashion. I love her slicked back hair, because her outfit is playing with exaggerated lengths. She could have just worn the top as a shirt dress, but adding one of her signature knee length black skirts and making the extra length kind of a lengthy peplum? Genius.
While I wasn’t feeling Maddy’s initial outfit appearance; it was everything bad about the 80s look. Her look at the funeral was very sophisticated. The sunglasses with the smaller frames really tones down her look, and lets her curls take center stage.
Honorary mention for my gal Josie Packard, who did not serve any funeral looks but was sporting a very cute black blouse with semi sheer sleeves pointed shoulders and huge bows down the front. Alas I couldn’t get a nice enough screen grab.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read through my recaps! See y’all next Tuesday.