A poem as lovely as a tree: As the night wind blows, the boughs move to and fro. The rustling, the magic rustling that brings on the dark dream. The dream of suffering and pain. Pain for the victim, pain for the inflicter of pain. A circle of pain, a circle of suffering. Woe to the ones who behold the pale horse.”
This is one of the most pivotal and scariest episodes of Twin Peaks. Although David Lynch didn’t want to reveal Laura’s killer so early, we learn his true identity.
The team is ready to the go to The Great Northern to find Laura’s killer, with Mike in tow. Before Gordon goes back to his office, he tells (yells) Cooper that bloody diary pages were found by the train, where Laura’s murder took place. At the Great Northern, Mike sits in the lobby amid endless bouncing balls and chatter, shaking his head to everyone that is presented to him. He can’t seem to find BOB. But suddenly, Benjamin Horne walks into the lobby and Mike falls out of his chair, convulsing and having a general wiggins.
Although they don’t’ trust Donna’s lead, they send Hawk to Harold’s to collect her real diary. At Harold’s, we see broken flowerpots and discarded soil all over the floor. Once Donna and Maddy escaped, it’s clear Harold did not handle the situation well. Hawk doesn’t get an answer when he knocks and to him. And then we see it: Harold’s legs swinging. When the rest of the team arrives on the scene, Cooper pulls a note of him that translates to: “I’m a lonely soul.” Hey, that’s the name of the episode. They may have lost Harold, but at least they have Laura’s diary.
Maddy shares morning coffee with Sarah and Leland Palmer as “What a Wonderful World” plays on the record player. This scene is shot in an interesting way. We’re rather removed from the Palmers, seeing it from the couch and Laura’s photo remains in the shot for most of it. As Maddy discusses her plans to leave the next day, we slowly pan over to see the scene through the record player. Leland and Sarah are saddened by this news, but understand that she has a whole other life in Missoula to get back to.
Let’s break from the drama for some side-town antics: