Fun fact, the first time I watched Fire Walk With Me, I accidentally started watching The Missing Pieces (the 1.5 hours of deleted scenes) first. I was like, “Damn, I know David Lynch is weird but I really have no idea what’s happening.” About 20 minutes in, I realized my fun error.
I’m including the important/fun Missing Pieces (MP) since many people don’t have access to the Blu-ray that includes those. If you haven’t seen the Twin Peaks TV series, turn around and go watch that first. Yup, all 29 episodes. I’ll wait. Fire Walk With Me is intended to be viewed after the series, even though it is technically a prequel. But Laura’s killer is revealed in this film, as well as scenes from the season 2 finale. Time is fluid in the Twin Peaks world. I’m breaking this up into at least two parts because it’s almost 4 hours long with the MPs included. And here we go!
Part 1: Teresa Banks
Special Agent Chester “Chet” Desmond (Chris Isaak) is called by Gordon Cole to investigate the murder of Teresa Banks.
“CALLING YOU FROM PORTLAND, OREGON.”
I almost started transcribing every quote because I love pretty much every ridiculous line in this film. But I’ll refrain and save it for the ones that really stand out.
Chet meets his partner, Sam Stanley (bb Kiefer Sutherland). Gordon introduces them to Lil. Some bonkers chick in a red wig and red dress with a blue rose pinned to her dress. “THIS IS LIL. SHE’S MY MOTHER’S SISTER’S GIRL,” Gordon tells them. And then Gordon proceeds to share a bunch of other cryptic clues about what Lil’s presence means. But Chet won’t tell Sam what the blue rose means.
At the local sheriff’s office, Chet can’t get any information about Teresa Banks since they’re not into FBI dealings. He has to hurt the deputy to get through to the sheriff. “Your behavior is not funny. It’s wasting the time of the federal government.” The sheriff grants Chet and Sam access to Teresa’s items and her body. She has a crushed skull and repeated blows to the back of the head. “I wonder where her ring is.” She has a blank spot on her left ring finger but there’s no ring included in her personal effects. Sam notices a contusion under that same finger. Sound familiar? They look closer and find the letter “T.”
Chet and Sam venture to Hap’s Diner, where Teresa worked, for food and information. They talk to Irene, who seems to be in a managerial position or a least on a long-termer. Teresa only worked there for a month, but Irene suspected she did cocaine. She says Teresa’s death was a freak accident. But she did want to mention that Teresa’s left arm went completely numb for three days, and she couldn’t use it.
Are you talking about that little girl that got murdered?”
Next, they go to Fat Trout Trailer Park, where Teresa lived. Harry Dean Stanton plays the trailer park owner, Carl Rodd, and lets them into her trailer. They see a photo of her with a green ring and a curious symbol on it… And there’s an oddly familiar, yet creepy noise coming from the power line.
MP: Chet and Sam return to the police station to retrieve Teresa’s body. Sheriff Cable has a very big problem with this. So, they go outside to duke it out. Cable bends a piece of steel to show how strong and amazing he is. Chet looks unimpressed, as he should be. “The only way you’re gonna get that body out of here is over mine,” Cable tells him as his deputy and secretary laugh and laugh. They strip down to undershirts and remove their badges (extremely slowly) and fight it out. Chet easily bests him and even bends the steel. But this fight goes on FOR A WHILE. Which is why, I assume, it was cut from the final version. But it still has some comedic value. And, well, Chris Isaak in an undershirt. ‘Nuff said.
Chet decides to take one last look at the trailer park once Sam is on his way back to Philadelphia with the body. The strange noise emits from the power lines again. Chet goes to look around the outside of a trailer he is strangely drawn to. He spots Teresa’s ring underneath it. He reaches for it but then…