To Kill a Myna Bird in the Town of Twin Peaks

Kevin Mooseles | 18 Dec 2014 09:00
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Is the testimony of a myna bird really admissible in court? We're not sure, but we bet that bird doesn't have long in this Twin Peaks episode, "Realization Time."

We're re-watching the classic David Lynch series Twin Peaks before it returns to television on Showtime in 2016. Want to join us? The entire series is available on Netflix (or Amazon, if you'd prefer high-definition Blu-rays), and then catch up on our reviews. Now, on to this week's review of "Realization Time."

Last time on Twin Peaks, 30-something FBI special agent Dale Cooper discovered Audrey Horne naked in his bed at her father's hotel, waiting for him. Since she is an 18-year-old high school student, and far outside of his *ahem* jurisdiction, Audrey's bold move posed a problem and was left as a cliffhanger.

This episode starts out right where the last one left off, and Cooper conducts himself like the truly decent human being that he has proven to be so far. He convinces Audrey that she needs a friend more than anything else at that moment, and offers to get them some food so they can talk (and she can get dressed). Crisis (and temptation) averted.

The next morning at the police station starts with Deputy Andy timidly approaching the dispatch desk. Lucy has been distant, even though they have a romantic history, and a timely call from her doctor sheds some light on her behavior (that will be explored more later on). In the conference room, the cops have an eye-witness from the night of Laura's murder named Waldo, who can talk, but won't because he was found nearly starved to death by the police in the cabin last episode. Waldo is a myna bird, which can mimic human words very well and may provide a solid lead for the team. Cooper sets up a voice-activated tape recorder near Waldo's cage to record any testimony he may have.

Shifting over to the Johnson household and we find Shelly freaking out. Why, you ask? She shot her abusive husband in the last episode (and neither she nor her boyfriend Bobby should ever be handling guns). The two of them have talked and plotted to take care of Leo for a few episodes already, but now: thanks to Shelly's actions, all of the talking they have done so far has unfolded into a genuine chain of events, and she has graduated from cheater to killer (even though Leo is a wife-beater, and by far the least likable of the characters).

However, Leo is then depicted very much alive, with a gunshot wound in his arm. He is training his scoped rifle on his own house, waiting for Bobby to step into his sights when he hears Lucy talking about the myna bird on the police band, and Leo decides that he has other, more pressing business at the moment.

Meanwhile Donna, James, and Maddy are listening to cassettes of an audio diary that Laura had made for Dr. Jacobi. They plan their next move when they find that the last tape is missing.

The action then moves to Horne's Department Store where Audrey is working (badly) behind the perfume counter as part of her own investigation into Laura's murder. Laura had worked there with Ronette before being murdered, and Audrey believes there's a connection. She hides in her manager's closet while smoking a cigarette (and not being noticed somehow) to discover that her manager is recruiting girls from the perfume counter to work at One Eyed Jacks, so she decides to infiltrate One Eyed Jacks as the next stage of her investigation.

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