It Wouldn't be Twin Peaks without Conspiracies and Cliffhangers

Kevin Mooseles | 4 Dec 2014 09:00
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In the midst of this, another tale of love and woe is explored through the surprising connection between Deputy Andy and Lucy (the chatty dispatcher). Agent Cooper asks Andy about the status of their relationship, and Andy is surprised that Cooper knows his secret -- even though Cooper has already figured out the supposedly secret relationship status of several other characters. In the midst of their discussion, Deputy Hawk shares a fantastic piece of prose that he wrote for his girlfriend.

Later on, the investigation team is led to search the apartment of Jacque Renault, and happen to arrive right as Bobby is planting Leo Johnson's bloody shirt in the place. Bobby gets away (somehow), and the team quickly discovers the shirt as planned.

When Cooper was questioning Dr. Jacoby, one of the only promising leads he gave was that the night after Laura's death, the doctor spent some time trailing a red Corvette belonging to a person of interest that Laura had told him about. This red Corvette belongs to Leo Johnson, and his car is the initial focus of one of the final scenes in this episode, which is a secret business meeting between Leo and Ben Horne. It's revealed that Leo is Ben's hired thug who will do the dirty work of burning down the mill when the time is right; it is also revealed that Leo is a killer, because he killed the brother of his partner Jacques Renault. (To keep him quiet? To make more drug money? To be clearly painted as an evil character who will murder indiscriminately?)

Then we move on to Donna and James returning to the place where they buried Laura's necklace in the pilot, because Donna was present when Laura's mother shared her vision of the gloved hand digging that necklace up. They find that it's gone (which viewers knew already) and a dramatic musical moment is shared. The episode closes with Pete Martell and Josie Packard (the other side of the Packard Mill group) having some conversation and Josie receiving a disturbing call from Hank Jennings (the recently paroled husband of Norma Jennings who got Leo his job working for Ben Horne and seems to be bad news). So far Josie Packard has been depicted as an innocent in the show, but the fact that she has any kind of business with Hank Jennings raises all kinds of questions for viewers... just as the episode abruptly ends on another cliffhanger.

Bottom Line: The pace is here to stay: no quick resolution to the murder of Laura Palmer is coming any time soon. Meanwhile, other characters are being given more substance and screen time, and the generally unusual nature of the town itself is explored further.

Recommendation: Watching this show is very much like seeing an animated fractal by this point, no matter how deep you go, there are patterns and details at every level that grab your attention. This will either draw you in deeper, or becoming boring (depending on your commitment to the story).

Kevin Mooseles knows (but won't tell yet) who killed Laura Palmer. He enjoys a damn fine cup of coffee, and has been craving doughnuts every day since he started watching Twin Peaks.


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