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Stephanie Watches Twin Peaks: 2.16 “The Condemned Woman”

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A hotel. A nightstand. A drawer pull on the drawer. A drawer pull of a nightstand in the room of a hotel. What could possibly be happening on or in this drawer pull? How many drawer pulls exist in this world? Thousands, maybe millions. What is a drawer pull? This drawer pull – why is it featured so prominently in a life or in a death of one woman who was caught in a web of power? Can a victim of power end in any way connected to a drawer pull? How can this be?”

Cooper plays Windom’s message for Harry. He wants Cooper to print his next move in the paper. They ask local chess expert (???? I want more details!) Pete Martell to come over and help with the move.

Meanwhile, Pete serves Catherine and her non-dead brother Andrew breakfast. Pete makes a silly face out of the breakfast foods, and he and Andrew have a laugh. Catherine is NOT AMUSED. Josie comes in and sees Andrew alive and well. She melodramatically faints.

Instead of going back to jail, Hank tries to make a deal about who killed Andrew. Harry refuses the deal because he’s already promised Norma he’ll make sure Hank goes back to jail for good this time. Hank makes a crack about Harry sleeping with a killer, and Hawk kicks his crutch out from under him (because he’s a good, good friend). But it does make Harry start to question things.

Cooper confronts Josie, but she continues to lie. He just wants her to come clean at the station, or he’s going to come and arrest her. All the evidence is stacking against her. From Andrew Packard’s supposed murder to shooting Cooper, her world that she so carefully crafted is starting to consume her. Catherine subtly gives Josie a gun to handle her issues since Thomas wants to meet with her privately that night. She clutches it like it is her precious child.

Norma announces that her sister Annie (Heather Graham) is coming to Twin Peaks. She was in a convent but decided to leave. Suddenly, Ed – who was just broken up with by Nadine – comes into the diner and professes his true love for Norma, dipping her down and asking her to marry him. And they smooch and it’s adorable.

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“We deserve to be happy. It’s our turn, baby.”

This leads to Norma visiting Hank in jail. She asks him for a divorce. He tries to gaslight her some more and won’t give her a divorce unless he gives her an alibi for the night he shot Leo. She refuses. This is her escape from him, finally.

You’re his whore, Norma.”
“I’d rather be his whore than your wife.”

SUCH A GOOD LINE. Norma is my queen.

Audrey takes over the concierge to learn the ropes. BILLY ZANE arrives as a guest at the hotel. He is quite charming, so Audrey can’t help but be a little bit enamored by him. She receives her letter from Windom Earle. It’s one-third of a poem with another card that asks her to come to the Roadhouse at 9:30 that night.

BILLY ZANE has actually come to the Great Northern to see Ben Horne. John Justice “Jack” Wheeler is his name, so I’ll stop saying BILLY ZANE. Ben introduces him to everyone. Bobby is now working as his executive assistant, and Ben wants Jack to be part of the board.

Ben gives a great speech about re-strengthening the business and fighting against the Ghostwood Development since Catherine now owns it. He has a brilliant plan: save the pine weasel. “Not just a weasel, but life as we know it. I want Twin Peaks to remain unspoiled in an era of vast environmental carnage.”

Later, Jack and Audrey have dinner. She’s very suspicious of his intentions with helping her father. But there seems to be an obvious spark between them.

Windom Earle, master of disguise, dons another one – as a trucker at the Double R Diner. He leaves a letter for Shelly. It’s another piece of the poem and note to come to the Roadhouse.

 

Donna returns after finally getting rid of James (yay for us, but not for her, I guess) and meets Shelly and Audrey at the Roadhouse. She received the third portion of the poem and the same note to meet up. Windom is at the end of the bar watching the entire thing like a big ol’ creepo. That seems to be his MO. But nothing more seems to come of this for the time being.

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Albert confirms that Josie definitely shot Cooper and the other man. Harry now knows that Josie is about to be found out. He looks like the saddest puppy and rushes to the Great Northern to find her. Cooper heads him off. He hears a shot and barges into the room. Eckert has been shot by Josie and falls down dead.

As Josie and Cooper are in a standoff, she confesses that she shot him because she was afraid he would find out the truth about her past. Too late now. And all for nothing. Harry enters, pointing the gun at her. He screams PUT IT DOWN, which is supposed to be very emotional and serious but makes me laugh so hard every time. I’m sorry, Harry, I love you.

Josie gasps and just falls down dead for absolutely no reason it seems. Harry rushes to her. But Cooper sees a bright light, followed by BOB crawling on the bed and laughing maniacally. “COOP! WHAT HAPPENED TO JOSIE!?” And then the Man From Another Place starts dancing on the bed. And we faze back to Harry holding Josie’s lifeless body and crying.

The camera pans over to the nightstand… JOSIE IS A KNOB.

Or a drawer pull, as described by the Log Lady. It doesn’t get much weirder than that, folks!

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A prevailing theory about what the hell just happened is that BOB stole Josie’s soul. He was attracted to her fear and took her back to the Black Lodge with him. But her soul manifests as trapped in the wood of a drawer pull in the Great Northern. (Keep an eye on both Pete Martell and Ben Horne mentioning that they see her in later episodes.) It’s also theorized that a similar thing happened to the Log Lady’s husband. That it’s not just a silly quirk she has, but that her husband’s soul truly is trapped within the log she carries around.

Basically, no one is safe from BOB’s wrath and fun or the thrall of the Black Lodge.

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