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    Stephanie Watches Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Part 1)

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    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.”
    “OK, Gordon.”
    “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?”

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    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… Continue reading

    Stephanie Watches Twin Peaks: 2.22 “Beyond Life and Death”

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    And now, an ending. Where there was once one, there are now two. Or were there always two? What is a reflection? A chance to see two? When there are chances for reflections, there can always be two – or more. Only when we are everywhere will there be just one. It has been a pleasure speaking to you.”

    This is one of my favorite episodes of Twin Peaks. You can instantly tell that Lynch directed it. The way scenes are framed, the strangely clipped dialogue, and the sound editing. It’s so different from the last several episodes.

    As we know, Windom Earle kidnapped Annie during the Miss Twin Peaks pageant. He drags her farther into the woods. She tries to hold her resolve and prays until they come to the clearing. (Remember she was a nun? I always forget that detail.) “You and I have an appointment at the end of the world,” Windom says. “He’ll come for me,” Annie tells him. But she finally screams in protest before a sudden calm falls over her. Windom leads her through the red curtains. They both disappear.

    Cooper is distraught since they haven’t solved the Owl Cave puzzle yet and the longer Windom has Annie, the more danger she’s in.

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    Grand Theft Auto. The Log Lady stole my truck…”
    “Pete, the Log Lady did not steal your truck. The Log Lady will be here in one minute.”

    But they gradually put more pieces of the puzzle together. The woods. Ghostwood forest. There’s a circle of 12 Sycamores. Glastonberry Grove. Where they found the bloody towel and missing pages of the diary. The legendary burial place of King Arthur. They know where to go now.

    The Log Lady enters, as Cooper said she would, bringing a jar of oil. “This oil is an opening to a gateway,” she says. We can put this together with the earlier pieces where Ronette, The One-Armed Man, and Maddy mention the smell engine oil right before BOB strikes. They bring Ronette in to smell the oil, and she recognizes it from the night Laura was killed.

    Meanwhile… Let’s wrap up the rest of the town’s stories.

    Lucy and Andy confess their mutual love. Finally!

    Because Nadine got knocked on the head with the sandbag, she’s (unfortunately/ fortunately?) come to her senses. She has no memory of her time as a re-teen or of her relationship with Mike. The most heartbreaking part is that she doesn’t remember giving her approval to Ed and Norma. Are they forced to split apart just when they were finally about to be happy? Or did Ed finally get the guts to divorce Nadine and be with Norma? Maybe season 3 will answer this. We do know that Hank was killed in prison from The Secret History of Twin Peaks but that’s about it.

    The Haywards are all gathered in their home with Ben Horne. Donna has packed a bag, ready to leave because she’s fed up with all the lies. Doc comes home, and she hugs him, crying and saying “You’re my daddy” over and over again. Doc is even more fed up and punches Ben. Ben slams into the fireplace and crashes to the ground, blood streaming down his face and twitching. Doc does a great Darth Vader “Noooooo” shout here. Is Ben dead? Who knows, man. Another unanswered question from what is probably the most soap opera-ey scene in the entire series.

    Andrew Packard steals the key from Catherine, recognizing it as a safety deposit box. Pete walks in as he does so.

    Audrey goes to the bank, full of purpose. She’s chained herself to the vault to protest the bank’s involvement in the Ghostwood project. She asks the second oldest man in the universe (second only to the waiter guy who attempted to help Cooper) to contact the Twin Peaks Gazette. This is similarly hilarious to the waiter guy in that we have to endure the bank man as he walks back and forth across the expanse of the bank several times at a slow pace. He’s at a loss of what to do for Audrey.

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    Soon, Andrew Packard and Pete Martell show up. The bank guy is shocked to see Andrew alive and well. They’ve come to open the safety deposit box. We spend another few minutes with the bank guy walking slowly as he attempts to find the appropriate box.

    Once they’ve FINALLY opened it, they discover — IT’S A BOMB. “Got you Andrew, love, Thomas.” The entire bank explodes. The bank guy’s glasses go flying.

    Who survived? Did anyone? I actually have this answer! If you read The Secret History of Twin Peaks, you’ll find out that Pete covered Audrey to shield her and save her from the blast at the last minute. But he, unfortunately, died in the process. Rest in peace, good ol’, Jack Nance. This is the most wholesome way to explain Pete’s absence in the show. May I remind you that PETE IS THE BEST.

    Bobby and Shelly are happy, smooching, and barking at each other. Did they end up together? Who knows.

    Heidi from the pilot returns to giggle about being late to work because she was too busy boinking her husband.

    Major Briggs and Betty Briggs are happily enjoying dinner in the diner. But Sarah Palmer and Dr. Jacobi visit them because she has a message that’s important. Her voice suddenly changes, and she looks almost possessed: “I’m in the Black Lodge with Dale Cooper.” Could this be a message from Annie? (See: Fire Walk with Me) Or BOB? Or Leland’s spirit?

    The end… or is it?

    Cooper and Harry find Pete’s stolen truck but it’s empty. They approach the clearing. Suddenly, Cooper seems to be transfixed the same way Annie was as she neared the gateway. Cooper tells Harry that he must go on alone, but Harry follows at a safe distance. Cooper finds the Sycamore trees and the pool of oil. And then he pulls apart the red curtains and enters.

    Harry watches him disappear from sight in complete shock. Later, Andy finds Harry in the woods and keeps him company as they wait for Cooper… It’s morning now but he hasn’t returned.

    Been about 10 hours since he went in there.”
    “Do you want a thermos of coffee?”
    “Yeah.”
    “Do you want a plate special?”
    “Yeah.”
    “Do you want dessert?”
    “Yeah.”
    “Do you want pie? Harry?”

    I don’t know why but this simple exchange is one of my favorites. ANYWAY, I’m just going to tell it like I see it and attempt to explain afterward. … Into the red curtains we go…

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    Stephanie Writes: Birth Control Tales

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    As I sat in the waiting room at my mom’s gynecologist, I saw the glares and suspicions of the people in the room with me. I was young, only 14. So, why was such a young girl seeing a gynecologist? I could almost feel their thoughts. Oh, she must be pregnant. How irresponsible. She’s so young, too. But in reality, I was just there to find out what was wrong with me.

    My monthly joy first arrived during a basketball game when I was 9. I didn’t have any supplies, but my mom had prepped me enough to at least know what was happening. It didn’t rear its head a second time until several months later and things proceeded in a normal, monthly fashion after that. Until the month of October when I was 13.

    For three months, it just didn’t end. And I’m not talking about some spotting here and there. I’m talking about your full-blown heavy day every damn day. Every morning I’d wake up, hoping that maybe this time, it was gone. But it persisted. I was afraid to tell my mom. I don’t even know why; like I would somehow get in trouble because my period wasn’t normal? Ridiculous 13-year-old thoughts. But finally, as the end of December neared, and I started wishing, “All I want for Christmas is for my period to stop,” I knew I had to tell her.

    She took me to her doctor, and they scheduled an ultrasound for me. And they found absolutely nothing. So, the doctor chalked it up to me being young and my body not knowing how to regulate itself properly yet. A pretty common issue for teens. She put me on the pill and after a couple months, my body adjusted and normal life resumed.

    And so began my relationship with birth control. Continue reading