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    Stephanie Watches Twin Peaks: 2.21 “Miss Twin Peaks”

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    A log is a portion of a tree. At the end of a crosscut log – many of you know this – there are rings. Each ring represents one year in the life of the tree. How long it takes to a grow a tree! I don’t mind telling you some things. Many things I… I mustn’t say. Just notice that my fireplace is boarded up. There will never be a fire there. On the mantelpiece, in that jar, are some of the ashes of my husband. My log hears things I cannot hear. But my log tells me about the sounds, about the new words. Even though it has stopped growing larger, my log is aware.”

    Leo finds the key to his shackles and frees himself and Major Briggs. He tells Briggs to save Shelly. Oh, NOW you care about her. *eyeroll*

    Cooper reveals to Harry what he saw when Josie died. He tells him he saw BOB and that he thinks BOB comes from the Black Lodge. That he’s the evil in the woods. Cooper wants to find his way in before Windom Earle does.

    “It’s fear, Leo, that’s the key! My favorite emotional state!” Windom knows where the entrance is, he knows when the time is right, now he just needs the key: fear. “I haven’t been this excited since I punctured Caroline’s aorta.” Windom punishes Leo for setting Briggs free by tying his tooth to a cage holding several tarantulas. I mean, they probably wouldn’t bite him? What’s the big deal? Just get on outta there, Leo. Or don’t because I have zero sympathy for you after how you treated Shelly. Byeeee!

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    Meanwhile, preparations continue for the Miss Twin Peaks pageant. Annie and Shelly are trying to win favor with Norma by being super adorable. She is one of the judges (along with Dick and the Mayor). Plus, it’s her 20th anniversary of winning Miss Twin Peaks.

    Lana attempts to curry favor with Dick, bringing him to a storage room so she can seduce him. It’s dark in the storage room, which results in some dirty flashlight innuendos like: “I can’t find it.” “Just flick it.” Judging by his noises, I’m assuming she succeeded in her plan.

    Lucy chooses Andy to be the father of her baby, no matter what the paternity test will show. Dick doesn’t seem too hurt by this decision after his closet rendezvous with Lana. “Don’t sound so disappointed,” Lucy says bitterly.

    Now that she’s no longer a virgin, Audrey is wearing a sexy red dress and contemplating her heartbreak by the fire. Ben convinces her to enter the pageant now so she can make her political mark and help save Ghostwood.

    Ed tells Nadine that he and Norma plan on getting married. She appears to be more than happy for him because she and Mike are getting married, too. But as she’s expressing her happiness for Ed, she accidentally squeezes Mike’s hand too hard and various things snap and crack. Oops.

    Donna confronts her parents about Ben Horne. Again. Ugh. Donna, we get it! They, once again, tell her nothing so she accosts Ben backstage at the pageant. She finally figures out that Ben is her father and runs away. How that wasn’t immediately obvious to her before, I’ll never know. But this should be good news! Now, she and Audrey are half sisters. I think that’s cool.

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    Stephanie Watches Twin Peaks: 2.20 “The Path to the Black Lodge”

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    There are clues everywhere – all around us. But the puzzle maker is clever. The clues, although surrounding us, are somehow mistaken for something else. And the something else – the wrong interpretation of the clues – we call our world. Our world is a magical smoke screen. How should we interpret the happy song of the meadowlark, or the robust flavor of a wild strawberry?”

    Poor stoner kid’s friend describes how he came to be trapped and killed inside a chess piece. Windom Earle tricked him, blahdy blah. But I wanted to point out that you might recognize this guy as Stanford from Sex and the City. I just thought that was funny since Cooper was interviewing him and Kyle MacLachlan went on to be Charlotte’s husband for a while. Anyway, Andy cries right along with this guy’s story, just like he did after they found Laura’s body. Cooper says, “He’s taken another pawn but he didn’t tell us his move. Windom Earle’s playing off the board.” Dun dun dun!

    John Justice “Jack” Wheeler is stressed about not seeing Audrey before he takes off. His friend has been murdered so he has to rush off to Brazil right away. Unfortunately, Hawk intercepts Audrey before she sees him. Hawk also brings Donna and Shelly to the station. Cooper is worried that their lives are in danger. They all discuss the strange men they’ve encountered (the guy in the library, the trucker who gave Shelly a huge tip, the man with a present for Donna’s dad) – all who happen to be Windom Earle. Cooper wants them all to check in with Sheriff twice a day and be aware that they’re in danger. Eeek!

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    Major Briggs has been doing research about Project Bluebook, which is an alien investigation that turned to the Pacific Northwest forests. (MUCH more about this in the Secret History of Twin Peaks book if you’re so inclined.) Briggs has footage of Windom Earle ranting and raving about finding the Black Lodge. This rings a bell with Cooper.

    Gentlemen, when Windom Earle arrived in Twin Peaks I assumed he had come for vengeance, for me. But I miscalculated. He has insinuated himself into the lives of people I care for. He has murdered innocents. He has engaged us in subterfuge and red herring. A fish I don’t particularly care for. But all of these acts are merely camouflage. He’s been after something else all along: the Black Lodge.”

    Bobby finally admits that he’d been a jerk to Shelly. “You were pretty crummy,” she tells him. That’s putting it lightly. But seeing Shelly kissing Gordon sparked his jealousy brain but also made him realize he loves Shelly. I’m not convinced although I do love Bobby and think he is truly well meaning. But I’m watching you, Bobby! You were still treading dangerously close to Leo territory.

    Lucy has decided to choose who she wants to be with in 24 hours. And she’s going to enter the Miss Twin Peaks contest so she can get some extra money for her baby.

    Catherine and her brother get the box open… to reveal ANOTHER tiny box. Good grief.

    Doc Hayward gives Ben Horne a checkup. There’s some extra tension, considering Doc knows he’s been trying to talk to Eileen a lot more. Ben claims that he just wants to do the right thing and give up the lies. But Doc just wants him to get over it. “There’s nothing good about ruining lives.” Donna finds her birth certificate with the name of her father blank. I WONDER WHAT THIS MYSTERY COULD BE!?!? I’ll never guess! I would complain about this “mystery” but it really is such a stereotypical soapy melodrama and it fits in so well with this world.  Continue reading

    Stephanie’s Weekly Recommendation: Mulholland Drive

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    Not exactly a new movie by any means, but I wanted to suggest Mulholland Drive because a surprising number of people I know have not seen it. I’ve shown it to two people in the last couple months alone! It’s one of my all-time favorites (and right up there with FWWM and Blue Velvet as my favorite Lynch film). Plus, I love watching it with new viewers and seeing if they “get” it. But I’m always happy to explain. 😉

    At its core, Mulholland Drive is a love story. A very visceral one at that. Perhaps even two different love stories… Like any David Lynch movie, it punches you right in the gut with some of its visuals (both beautiful and terrifying), use of sound, and overall cinematography. Plus, it’s pretty funny at times — mainly Justin Theroux’s very bad day, the cowboy, Angelo Badalamenti’s very particular espresso tastes, etc. But Naomi Watts and Laura Harring steal the show with every scene. Betty, especially, is so earnest, while you want to help and protect Rita so badly. My favorite scene is Club Silencio and sometimes it makes me cry. I could go into more detail but as this is a recommendation and not a review, I don’t want to ruin the fabulous twists and turns that await you in this dark, complicated love story. I will say that I believe Club Silencio is part of the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks (since this film was originally intended as a spinoff series) but you can draw those connections yourself.

    I had the glorious opportunity to see Mulholland Drive on the big screen in 35mm as part of the Music Box Theatre‘s David Lynch Retrospective. I would have loved to have seen more of the films in this series but alas, life. It was shown at Lynch’s intended VERY LOUD decibel, which made certain things all the more unsettling or uncomfortable. Rather than a punch to the gut, it was a punch to the head. But I think that added to the surreal experience of the film. I feel like I experienced it the way good ol’ David would have wanted me to.

    Also, shout out to the Music Box for all their Twin Peaks decor because it made my nerdy little heart oh-so-happy.Those who don’t have a local theater showing it can watch Mulholland Drive on Netflix.

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