I have a revelation for you.
I am literally watching one episode of Twin Peaks per week, not just writing about one per week. This way, I can pretend it is 1990 and I am watching this on television as it is airing. It is a difficult mental exercise for me, looking beyond my laptop screen and sleek, modern (IKEA) furniture to become part of a simpler time, a time when we only knew one President Bush and we could all envy and aspire to the voluminous hairstyles featured on Rolling Stone’s Ladies of Twin Peaks cover.
It’s difficult, but someone’s got to do it. Anyway, here we are at episode four, halfway through this eight-episode first season. I feel like this episode doesn’t have any extra huge secrets revealed, rather a steady stream of occurrences that will be amount to something later, perhaps. I mean, probably.
Episode 4: Rest in Pain
Open to Audrey creepin’ beside a decorative pillar at the Great Northern, waiting for Agent Cooper to walk down the hall so she can pounce. While it is unclear if he appreciates her casually stalking him or he actually believes their meeting here in this hallway is coincidental, he does invite her to join him for breakfast. She feigns being too busy (with what, even?), but of course accepts. As they sit at their table, we the viewers get to know Audrey a little better. She seems less spaced out today, and after Agent Cooper states in his matter-of-fact way that she left the note for him about One-Eyed Jack’s, Audrey admits it was her. She and Laura weren’t friends, Audrey tells Coop, but she wants to help Laura because she understood Laura better than most. “Troubled chicks gotta stick together,” Audrey does not say.
Audrey kind of delicately tells Coop what One-Eyed Jack’s is. I wonder if Audrey is more worldly than most or if I was a more sheltered teen than most, because A.) I am not sure in high school I would have been aware of any brothel/casino near me even if my dad frequented it and B.) why would I want to have breakfast with anyone in real life when I could have been eating cereal and playing on Neopets alone? Different strokes for different folks, as they say. Anyway, Coop asks if Laura worked up there, but Audrey doesn’t know. She does know, however, that Laura worked at the perfume counter at Benjamin Horne’s department store JUST LIKE RONNETTE PULASKI OMFG WOW. A clue! Jinkies!
Then Lucy and Sheriff Truman approach, so Coop tells Audrey to scat. Turns out Coop does not technically know the name of Laura’s killer, but he did have a dream about it. Lucy and Truman listen as he describes the dream, including all cryptic happenings and phrases uttered in the Red Room. He knows there is a code in there, he just needs to figure it out. Not-Laura in the dream even told him who killed Laura; he just can’t recall what she said.
Andy calls them to say there is a fight at the morgue! We flap on over there prior to Coop and Tru’s arrival. At the morgue, Dr. Hayward and Albert are fighting about conducting tests on Laura’s body vs. taking her to the cemetery for her funeral. Benjamin Horne is there too for some reason, and he steps in to insist upon respecting the feelings of the Palmer family and burying the body.
Albert dresses him down, saying they can have a funeral whenever the fuck, so they gotta do the tests right now, then as Albert tries to drill into Laura, Dr. Hayward unplugs the drill. The fight is pretty amusing. Albert is just such a dick. Tru and Coop show up, and Albert seizes this chance to snipe at Truman again. Truman punches Albert so hard he falls on Laura’s body. Coop tells Albert to release the body to the family and get whatever test results to him by noon.
A brief check-in with Leland Palmer: He is watching a daytime soap when a new character is introduced… Cousin Madeleine! Hahahaha, I had forgotten about her.
Next up… Coop and Tru are having a romantic date walking around Leo Johnson’s yard. He has a neat body of water by his place with some cute ducks. We see some of it. If he would finish up that house and also not be such an awful person, he would have a really nice set-up. In the backyard, Leo chops wood angrily and doesn’t seem interested in answering their questions about Laura, before or during murder. He says he was out of town the night of, which Shelly can back up.
Bobby and his father have a pre-funeral pep talk. As is typical, Pa speaks frankly and attempts to mold Bobby into an upstanding citizen and then Bobby starts shouting, after which Ma chirpily asks if everyone is ready.
At the sheriff’s department, Agent Cooper and Sheriff Truman get test results from Albert, basically confirming what they already figured and lining up with what was found in Ronnette’s examination, except Laura had a small piece of plastic in her stomach, seemingly with a J on it. After the results, Truman steps out and Albert tells Cooper he wants him to sign an incident report about Truman punching him in the face. Coop refuses, saying Twin Peaks is extra swell and super great so Albert needs to stop being so hateful unless he wants Coop to send in a bad report about him. Albert leaves in a huff. I bet he won’t attend the funeral later.
Over at Ed and Nadine’s, Nadine is still very into Ed and Ed is still very not into Nadine. Turns out they knew each other in high school and Ed used to date Norma! Townie love triangle. James comes busting into the house. Ed asks if he’s ready to head out to the funeral, and he says he isn’t going and storms right back out of the house. Why did you even come over, James?
Once we all make it to the funeral, everything looks pretty standard. The casket is in the grave, ready to be lowered. A religious leader of some Christian denomination talks about Laura. Agent Cooper’s hair looks very greased and shiny. He notices James lingering by a tree nearby, because of course he came anyway. That boy loves drama. The priest or whatever wraps up, then Bobby makes a scene, yelling and telling everyone they’re all hypocrites because everyone knew Laura was in trouble but no one did anything, killing her with inaction.
James and Bobby suddenly run at each other and start scrappin’. People pull them off of each other in slow motion, while Leland cries and throws himself on the coffin, and is then lowered into the grave with her. The coffin lowering situation bounces up and down with weeping Leland on it. Sarah kneels and wails, “Don’t ruin this too.”
That night, after the funeral, we meet at the Double R. Shelly recounts the coffin tale with comedic effect to some old dudes at the bar. Her irreverence makes me like her more, plus she looked very cute at the funeral in her not-waitress clothes. Ed, Hawk, and Truman are at a table, then Coop comes in too, seemingly invited. He immediately picks up that Ed is in love with Norma. Coop just senses this stuff.
Ed, Hawk, and Truman gradually reveal they are part of a kind of secret society called they Bookhouse Boys, formed to keep Twin Peaks the peculiar good way it is most of the time by combating the old, strange evil permeating the woods around town like Pacific Northwest fog. Agent Cooper accepts this, as he has sensed how different from other places Twin Peaks feels. The Bookhouse Boys’ current project is investigating Jacques Renault in connection with whoever is selling all these drugs to high school kids. Over at their hideout, the eponymous Bookhouse, fellow Boys James and Joey Paulson have tied up Jacques’ baby brother, Bernard. They try to interrogate him, but he doesn’t give up much information.
Over at the Johnson household, Leo gets a call from Jacques to come pick him up because Bernard has flipped on a red light at the Roadhouse, meaning trouble with the law/whoever would get in the way of dirty deeds. This wouldn’t be too important to me, but I wanted to note what Shelly gets up to as soon as Leo leaves the house.
At the Martell house,Truman and Josie hang out. Josie feels weird about Catherine and Benjamin, like maybe they are working on something shady and bad. Shady and bad Catherine listens over an intercom as Josie says she overheard them on the phone saying no one would suspect them, just like in Andrew’s “accidental” death. Now, I think Andrew was Josie’s husband, maybe Catherine’s brother? They’ll actually state it at some point, I am sure. I approach this show with the mindset that if they don’t let me know about it or give enough information that a reasonable person could put together context clues over time, knowing must not be very important.
Josie tells Tru about the two different books with different numbers. They go to take a peek at the two books… but now there is only one. Catherine already retrieved her cooked one and hides it in a false-bottomed drawer in her dresser/vanity thing. She tells Pete to ask her to her face next time he and Josie want to go poking through her shit. This lady is on fire tonight, wow.
Josie and Truman continue discussing her potentially being in danger. Really, Josie talks and Truman listens. She thinks Benjamin and Catherine want to take the mill so Benjamin can have the land, which probably means killing her like they probably killed Andrew. Truman promises to keep her safe. They kiss and such, as most people do in this town. People love to kiss around here. Maybe it’s the same everywhere and I just don’t get out much.
In the cemetery, Agent Cooper hangs out, spying on Laura’s grave from behind a tree, just to see who drops by. Dr. Jacoby comes by, wearing a crazy coat and weird hat. Maybe this is normal style for the time, but it looks very weird. Coop approaches and they talk. Jacoby says he is a terrible person for listening to people as a psychiatrist but not caring about them… but he did care about Laura. He couldn’t come to the funeral today because he was too upset.
We spend our last few minutes of the episode at the Great Northern, same as we started the episode. Hawk and Cop discuss souls on the edge of the dance floor. Leland Palmer is an awkward, distressing wreck out there, intermittently dancing and weeping and pleading with people to dance with him. Then he crumples up and cries right on the dance floor. Hawk and Coop come fetch him. The music has stopped and everyone is just watching this sad sight now. Coop and Hawk walk him out. The show ends on a red traffic light in town.
There you have it! Agent Cooper really became entrenched with the locals in this one, even taking their side over FBI coworker Albert and getting in on their secret club. Bobby and James’ simmering feud exploded into blows at a funeral, and Shelly has that gun now. I bet Bobby and Leo will both end up dead somehow. I wonder what Donna was up to this episode. Maybe being distraught over the funeral? Coming up soon, we will be seeing a lot of Donna, James, and mysterious newcomer/Laura clone Madeleine, plus getting into decoding Agent Cooper’s Red Room times.
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