Twin Peaks: Season 1, Episode 8

Episode #1.8 (23 May 1990)

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Ben Horne's plans are finally realized, with unforeseen consequences.

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In the cliff-hanging season final, James and Donna search Dr. Jacoby's office and find the cassette recording of Laura Palmer and the half-heart necklace. At the same time, Dr. Jacoby is attacked by a masked assailant while watching the disguised Maddy Ferguson. At the One-Eyed Jacks, the undercover Cooper sets up Jacques Renault for a meeting where, Renault gets arrested and shot by Andy trying to escape. Audrey is set up by Blackie to prepare herself for the owner who likes the "new merchandise" unaware that it's her father who's nearby with Jerry celebrating after the Icelandic businessmen sign the papers for Ghostwood Developments. Back in Twin Peaks, Nadine attempts suicide by swallowing a whole bottle of sleeping pills. Bobby begins his final plan of revenge against James by planting cocaine in James's motorcycle and anonymously tips off the police to arrest James. The violent and misogynistic Leo returns to takes his revenge against Shelly by taking her to the sawmill as a ... Written by Anonymous

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In the scene at Leo's where Andy whacks himself in the face with a board by stepping on it, Albert Rosenfield can be seen removing his sunglasses 3 times (twice in the background, once in a close up). See more »

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Catherine Martell: Who are you?
Shelly Johnson: Shelly Johnson.
Catherine Martell: Do you know who called me here?
Shelly Johnson: No! I don't know anything, just please help me!
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Season 1: Short & punchy and unafraid of being odd and difficult because it is engaging at the same time
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It was the original airing on BBC2 when I first and last saw this show so I decided to watch it again now that it has all been released in associated with its 20th anniversary. I remember loving the show at a time when I don't remember having a lot of shows that I watched each week and at a time when, unlike now, the UK had 4 television channels to pick from and nowhere near the amount of American programming as it now does. Even now Twin Peaks' oddity and content would make it stand out and this impact was even more so in the UK's television world in 1990 – a time when TV was seen as significantly down the ladder from being in films, whereas now Hollywood actors and directors working in television is practically the norm. It definitely had an impact on me at the time and I was curious to see how it played with me now that both it and I were twenty years older than the first time round.

The first thing that caught me off guard was that the first season is only 8 episodes long (including the pilot) but yet it covers a lot of ground. I had remembered it as being longer than it was but I guess not. It took me the pilot to get back into it but soon I was with it and I more or less ripped through this season in one weekend and I found it engaging (if not quite compelling) and easy to watch. In some ways it should not work because, as is made clear by the characters viewing "Invitation to Love", the show is partly a sort of complicated character melodrama with lots of soapy moments or elaborate twist that would not feel out of place within the show within this show. However, unlike many shows of this ilk, Twin Peaks has this darkness to it that makes it more engaging, more touching and genuinely unnerving.

This is not to say that it always sits well together though because at times I found the overuse of music to be a little grating, while some episodes had a few too many soapy moments in close proximity to one another, making it a little harder to take. That it does work is quite something though because it does have this weird air to it that is typical Blue Velvet Lynch – good clean Americana on the surface but yet just below the surface are secrets, darkness, desire and betrayal; the irony of Cooper being the outsider to this community is that he may be the only truly "pure" character in the whole first season.

My impression of the show thinking about it from a distance remains that it is weird for its own sake, but watching season one again challenges this. OK it is undoubtedly odd in almost every regard but it is so in a way that works and it is necessary to have this constant to enable a story about demons where plot is driven forward by dreams and visions. And it is driven forward because I had forgotten how quickly season 1 moves; things that I thought came later came very early (the dwarf dream sequence, the introduction of Bob and Mike etc) and it feels like all the basic structure is in place. Each episode feels very full as well as there are a lot of characters and side-plots. Some are better than others but, whether or not they relate directly to the central murder, they do all contribute to the central theme of darkness below the surface and they do all engage well.

The thing that surprised me looking back was the performances. Many are very good but this is mainly in the context of the weird soap-opera-esquire world of this show, taken out of this context some are pretty poor and one can understand why many of these actors have remained in relative obscurity since. MacLachlan is great though. His wide-eyed innocence and steady pursuit of the case is engaging and he has some great comic timing (the llama moment being hilarious thanks to his deadpan). Ontkean's Turman works well alongside him in a simple enough role. Not too far beyond this point though a lot of the cast tend to be more of the "daytime TV" level, although like I say this does work. Amicc, Ashbrook, Frost, Marshall, Goaz and others certainly do OK but only in this context. Some are different though and Wise is probably the most impressive in his difficult role – which is better in season 1 when you are able to look back in retrospect. Likewise Boyle and Fenn are good while McGill is a real solid presence.

Season 1 of Twin Peaks is great, even looking back on it across 20 years of changes in television. It is short and punchy and unafraid of being odd and difficult because it is also engaging at the same time. The twisted darkness behind the otherwise soapy exterior works very well as the balance is mostly there, while there is a lot of humour and oddness to combine with genuine mystery and the creeps. I'll leave it a few weeks but I'm looking forward to season 2 a lot.


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