“It’s a goddamn bad story, isn’t it, Hawk?” Twin Peaks, episode 12

This shot … this shot …

And then the closeup of that ceiling fan. Even seeing the exterior of the Palmer house gave me the willies.

Finally: Audrey. Although she doesn’t seem to be doing so well.

It was a static episode, filled with people staring at one another. Back, forth, back, forth, standing like statues. Audrey never approached the desk. Albert and Cole stood there, separated, staring, until Cole bridged the gap by reaching out to hold Albert’s shoulder. Dougie and his son stand separated in the backyard, the space between them vast. Laura Palmer’s mom staring at the kids behind the counter, at Hawk at her front door, back, forth, back, forth, back forth. I am sure some found it maddening. I found it frustrating and interesting. It’s interesting BECAUSE it’s frustrating. Something else starts to happen in those spaces between people, there’s reverb, there’s emotion, there’s memory and the unspoken.

Anyway: Here’s Keith’s piece over at MUBI. I look forward to reading his recaps so much. And God, I love his summation line. My thoughts exactly.

And here’s my pal Dan’s re-cap of episodes 9-12. I LOVE his thoughts on Candie, who has already become one of my favorite fictional characters to appear this year. And I love this too:

Lynch and his performers are working in uncharted psychic areas that most of us do what we can to keep at bay, and this is what gives this new Twin Peaks such liberating and profound force. I know several very hard-boiled critics with very high standards who have been brought back to a level of nearly childlike “what comes next?” suspense while watching the new season of this show.

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4 Responses to “It’s a goddamn bad story, isn’t it, Hawk?” Twin Peaks, episode 12

  1. sheila says:

    Natalie and others:

    Playing catch-up:

    More vomit in episode 11! That strange child rising from the darkness in the car crash and vomiting all over the shrieking mother (grandmother?) …

    • Natalie says:

      I know! That was so gross and creepy! Very Exorcist-esque. And are we going to see them again? Are we going to find out what was wrong with the daughter? Or was that just one more bizarre happening in Twin Peaks (or Buckhorn, SD or Las Vegas)? (This is something I find myself asking several times every episode.)

      Did it strike anyone else the way Sarah said the noise Hawk heard was someTHING in the kitchen, rather than someONE? She could have just meant that something fell over, but that wording felt more significant to me. I was immediately picturing gremlins in the kitchen, the way she said it.

      And AUDREY!!!! Who is Billy? How did she end up in this marriage?

      I swear, I have never looked forward to Sunday nights so much. It makes me anxious that there’s only 6 more episodes, because I don’t want it to end.

      • sheila says:

        // but that wording felt more significant to me. //

        Me too!

        and I know I’m probably not supposed to ask why – but what was with the freakout over Turkey Jerky? Was it that it was new? That she hadn’t noticed it before? (She is such a crazy-good actress.) I loved how Lynch KEPT going back to the shot of Turkey Jerky – clearly from her POV but WHAT was she seeing?

        That poor woman. Buying her Bloody Mary fix-ins, and being derailed by a wall of Turkey Jerky.

        and yes, Audrey! I can’t stop thinking about that weird scene. How she never moved. How UGLY her emotions were. I wonder what happened to her. I always had a feeling that no way could that poor young girl end up happy or well-adjusted. (I guess nobody is well-adjusted in Lynch-Land. Dale Cooper comes the closest but … yeah. Look what happened to him!) weirdly, I think Laura Palmer was THE most well-adjusted person in the whole town. She alone knew what was happening and had the fortitude to resist Bob as long as she did, despite the terror. :(

        // I have never looked forward to Sunday nights so much. It makes me anxious that there’s only 6 more episodes, because I don’t want it to end. //

        I know. I’m trying to just enjoy the moment … not easy!

        • Natalie says:

          //That poor woman//

          That was basically my thought from the moment we first saw her with her $133(!) worth of booze and cigarettes. I wasn’t sure what to make of the turkey jerky, either. I actually re-watched Fire Walk With Me earlier this week, because I had only watched it once, the day before episode 1, and it was becoming increasingly clear to me how much I’d missed in one casual viewing. (Like the significance of the ceiling fan, or the fact that the bug symbol was engraved on the ring.) So I’m trying to treat every moment like it COULD be significant, even if I have no idea what the significance might be. (Or, in other words, IS it about the bunny?)

          Also, re: Sarah, I was fascinated by some of Grace Zabriskie’s line readings. I watch with the closed captions on, trying not to miss anything, and sometimes the captions come up before the dialogue, so I saw the “I don’t feel good” a second before she said it. Even that short of a time was enough for me to expect . . . something . . . different from the way she sort of YELLED it at the poor checkout girl. And the way she almost seemed angry at Hawk, and barked out her words like she was holding back a scream. I kept waiting for her to invite him in, but of course the inside of the house was withheld.

          //weirdly, I think Laura Palmer was THE most well-adjusted person in the whole town.//

          Interesting. It makes me think of the recovering addicts I’ve worked with – especially the women – and their trauma histories, and how harshly people judge them for their addictions without ever giving a moment’s thought to what they might be driven to do if they faced even a fraction of what those women went through before they were even teenagers. There’s a point where finding ways to numb the pain and turn a situation you can’t escape to your advantage to the greatest degree possible might be the most well-adjusted choice you can make.

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