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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Season two continues apace as Jean Renault approaches Benjamin Horne
and shows him the video of his daughter Audrey; he has two demands; a
ransom of $125,000 must be paid and the person delivering it must be
Special Agent Cooper. Meanwhile back at the police station Leland is
being charged with the murder of Jacques Renault and Andy has and
awkward moment with Lucy after she catches him heading to the gents
with a pornographic magazine! Later Benjamin contacts Agent Cooper to
tell him of the ransom demand; Cooper agrees to help but asks the
sheriff if one of the Bookhouse Boys can help him... no questions
While there are no major revelations or events in this episode the plot moves along nicely and a couple of new mysteries are raised; who is the Japanese man who has checked into the Great Northern and who is the man from Hong Kong who appears to be working with Josie and beats up Hank? As with many episodes some of the funniest moments are provided by Harry Goaz and Kimmy Robinson's characters Andy and Lucy; their meeting in the corridor where Andy dropped the magazine was priceless! More humour was provided by a subplot where rumours of an anonymous food critic reach the Double R Diner.
There are a couple of major things going on here. There is a plot to kill Cooper based on the kidnapping of Audrey and the subsequent ransom. Cooper is being set up but he is quite formidable. Maddy and Donna are back in the game when the agoraphobic orchid grower admits to having one of Laura's diaries. Also, Dick tries to get Lucy to get an abortion and she goes ballistic. There is quite a lot of angst involving Andy and his wishes (he has been told his sperm count is too low to cause conception). At the One Eyed Jack, evil is gaining a foothold. The brother of Jacques is cold blooded and crazy. No one is safe there. We also have the return of the Chinese delegation. Leland has been brought to face charges in court as a unique frontier type judge arrives in his Winnebago.
While still very good, this episode is definitely among the lesser in the Twin Peaks cannon (that is if you ignore the disappointing mid second season in which the show becomes a mild chore with brief glimmers of brilliance scattered throughout), mainly because of the pointless addition of mostly unfunny scenes that feel like nothing more than shameless filler. However, this episode also contains some wonderful little bits and pieces of the absurd and tragic, namely the opening sequence that feels like it came straight from the palms of Lynch himself. The visual trickery displayed in the opening shots will surely be missed throughout the rest of the episode, and the grieving monologue of a still very much depressed Leland Palmer is performed with jaw dropping tension and feeling by the great Ray Wise. Everything else involving Leland and his court case is fascinating, and much of the more serious material here is almost flawlessly delivered; unfortunately, I cannot exactly say the same for much of the comical material. There are genuine laughs here and there, but, for the most part, these scenes just drag on, barely producing a squeak of laughter from the audience. Luckily, most of the episodes surrounding this quick misstep are far funnier and often perfectly execute quality absurdist comedy and wit.
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