Dave’s out in the forests of Northern Finland. He’s armed with his knives, his laptop, and the first series of Twin Peaks. Damn fine cup of coffee…
Up here, at 69 degrees north, with nothing but thousands of miles of snow and forest in every direction, a man is given to thinking about the dark soul of the forest – and how it manifests in that most susceptible of forest inhabitants – the human.
Some time ago, blather.net had a very sucessful article about Withnail & I that attracted lots of comments.
As I watch Twin Peaks I’m going to post trivia, details of symbolism, and anything else that catches my attention. And I invite you to do the same.
(and yes, I know there’s loads of websites that already do this, like twinpeaks.org, but… who cares?)
The Vertigo connection, and the importance of doubles in Twin Peaks. Blonde Laura Palmer dies. Her cousin shows up – dark-haired Maddy Ferguson. Both are played by the same actress – Sheryl Lee.
In Vertigo, Jimmy Stewart plays Scottie Ferguson, Kim Novak plays both the blonde Madeleine Elster and the dark-haired Judy Barton. Madeleine… Maddy… Ferguson…
‘Madeline even dresses up like Laura in attempt to catch the killer just as Scottie from Vertigo tries to dress up Judy like his dead lover Madeline (Martin). And finally when Madeline becomes the next victim of Bob he grabs her and spins her around and around just as a confused Scottie spins around with Judy “in a fit of madness” in Vertigo’
‘The Ultimate Struggle of Good Vs. Evil Right In Your Own Backyard: A Mythological Look At Twin Peaks’ »
Episode 3: Sheriff Truman introduces Cooper to the Bookhouse Boys (secret society).
Twin Peaks is different. A long way from the world.
You’ve noticed that.
Indeed I have.
And that’s the way we like it. But there’s a back end to
that that’s different too. Maybe that’s the price we pay
for all the good things.
What is it?
(lowering his voice)
There’s a sort of evil out there. Something strange in the
hills. It takes different forms, but it’s been there for as
long as anyone can remember. And we’ve always been
here to fight it.
Men before us. Men before them. More after we’re gone.
We protect our own. We have to.
Episode Four: James and Donna go back to look for the half-locket. It’s gone, of course. An owl hoots on a treetop.
hmm. methinks you need to get out this weekend? or just get some new dvd’s..
Out? I am OUT. In the middle of nowhere!
as i said. new dvd’s.
I haven’t even finished watching TW yet. And then I have 17 episodes of The Prisoner!
no please, get out more! keep away from the laptop, get some air, feed some reindeer, anything. But whatever you do, DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT, watch the Prisoner …..pleeeeeze
Right. Episode 5. Have found scrawled words in my notebook, written in a coffee-fueled haze. Am sitting here now, looking across at the Roadhouse. A truck has gone by, with two loads of logs.
The intrepid investigators visit the Log Lady, who keeps making comments about Owls.
I’ve got tea. I’ve got cookies. No cake.
That’s very kind of you ma’am but I don’t believe that we…
HAWK puts his hand up to silence COOPER.
What kind of cookies?
Sugar. The owls won’t see us in here
While having tea, sugar cookies (no cake) with Margaret, the Log Lady, a fly keeps buzzing around Cooper’s cup. Can find no reference to this in the script.
Lot’s of other owl references while the LL is telling what the Log saw.
“The owls were silent”
On the path to Jacque’s cabin, a raven appears several times, croaking. Ravens, possibly because of their interest in carrion, are traditionally associated with death. (Not so coincidentally, they’re my favourite bird). On arrival at the cabin, the Julee Cruise song ‘Into The Night’ is playing on infinite loop on a record player. Also in the house is Walso – another black bird, but this time a Myna.
Afterwards, long shot of waterfall beside the Great Northern – seems to be symbolic of ‘floodgates opening’. I think.
Episode 5 script »
Also, meant to mention – Ben & Jerry (TW’s foodies – Ice Cream Twins?) Scandanavian property debacles centre on a development called ‘Ghostwood’.
i’m starting to worry…
It’s ok, we have no douglas firs… just pines, spruce, birch.
Pete Martell, to Icelandic visitor:
‘Now let me get this straight. Your entire country is above the timber line?’
Ah, Thor. I’ve been meaning to ask you. Are you familiar with the work of Knut Hamsun?
Author of The Hunger – someone obsessed with food – like Benjamin – and death… like Laura.
“If one only had something to eat, just a little, on such a clear day! The mood of the gay morning overwhelmed me, I became unusually serene, and started to hum for pure joy and for no particular reason. In front of a butcher’s shop there was a woman with a basket on her arm, debating about some sausage for dinner; as I went past, she looked up at me. She had only a single tooth in the lower jaw. In the nervous and excitable state I was on, her face made an instant and revolting impression on me – the long yellow tooth looked like a finger sticking out of her jaw, and as she turned toward me, her eyes wee full of sausage. I lost my appetite instantly, and felt nauseated.” (from Hunger)
Episode 6: Cooper gives a few more toots on his whistle – which I think he whittled in the pilot – the tones seem to be building up to the weird tones from ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. I’m just off to build a little mountain in the back room.
Ben and Jerry are eating a huge tub of unmarked ice cream. “Needs more pecan” says Jerry.
– Ben & Jerry’s ice cream!
Oh, you wanna feed him Agent Cooper?
I don’t like birds.
– Cooper… known as coop for short. And doesn’t like birds? Whatabout owls? The birds… Hitchcock… stop stream of conciousness now.
So I pulled the trigger. I shot him Bobby. What am I going to do? Where am I going to hide?
Shelly, Leo Johnson is history. Understand?
MUSIC: DARK TIMES???
I’m taking care of you from now on. I’m going to deal with Leo. I’m going to deal with James. Bobby’s going to deal with everything.
– Bobby has suddenly lapsed into the role of Shelley’s husband, Leo, by starting to refer to himself in the third person, as Leo does.
Audrey spies on Emory (dept. store manager) from his closet – it has louvred doors, just like the closet that Kyle McLoughlin (who plays Cooper in TP) hides in, in Blue Velvet.
In the TV Series invitation to love, the nerdy hero, Chet, shoots Montana – he falls, clutching red curtains
Almost forgot: Philip Gerard, the one-armed man. In the TV series The Fugitive, Richard Kimbell is constantly searching for a one-armed man called… Philip Gerard
I can think of no better way to pass the time than by checking out Peaks! Check out the wird looking doll in the diner when the four teenagers are hanging out in the booth.
Every episode: The use of ‘middle places’
I do like the traffic light motif – swinging in the wind – maybe the lights changing signals the opening and closing of paths between two worlds. The crossroads as a liminal zone – a middle place. The landing at the top of the stairs in the Palmer household is another.
Ideals For Living:
Harry, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just… let it happen. Could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black coffee.
– Agent Cooper
Oh yeah? Well, I’ve had about enough of morons and halfwits, dolts, dunces, dullards and dumbbells–and you chowderhead yokel, you blithering hayseed, you – you’ve had enough of me?
– Albert Rosenfield
Diane, I am holding in my hand a small box of chocolate bunnies
– Agent Cooper
Now Jen has fallen prey to this motif watch – she has pointed out to me that Audrey means ‘water goddess’. Audrey Horn lives in the Great Northern Hotel, beside the river and waterfall…
[Ok, now she says maybe not… – Blame this article »]
“Listen to me, Lucy Moran, you just listen. When the Tacoma Sperm Bank was looking for donors, naturally I applied. It’s my civic duty and I like whales. A routine physical examination revealed that I’m sterile. Sure I thought it meant that I didn’t have to take a bath, but the doctors told me the truth. They told me I can’t have babies. So what I wanna know now is why are you having one and how?” -Andy Brennan, Episode 9
The Major reveals he works for SETI (or similar). He shows Cooper a message from space that reads
“THE OWLS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM”
– episode 9
From episode 8, as Cooper lies in a pool of blood on the floor of his bedroom in the Great Northern:
The first thing I will tell you is: “The man in the
(mumbles to himself, trying, to remember)
The second thing is: “The owls are not what you think.”
Cooper repeats the words, clinging to them.
The third thing is: “He points without the proper chemical.”
Episode 8. Cooper, still lying on floor in a pool of blood, voice-activates his dictaphone:
Diane, it’s – I don’t know what time it is, Diane, I’ve been shot. I was out for a while and I can’t reach my watch. The sky’s getting light, I can hear birdsong. I’m lying on the floor of my room. There is a great deal of pain and a fair amount of blood. I seem to remember three shots, all to the midsection.
I was wearing my vest last night, per Bureau regulations when undercover, but even so, if you can imagine someone dropping three bowling balls on your chest from a height of about nine feet you might begin to approximate the sensation. (looking at his chest) On balance, though, being shot is not as bad as I had always imagined it might be.
If you can manage to keep the fear from your mind. Then again, I suppose you could say that about almost anything in life: it’s not so bad if you can keep the fear from your mind. (he wrestles with it) At a time like this, curiously, you immediately think of the things you regret, or the things you would miss. I would like, in general, to treat people with much more care and respect.
I would like to climb a tall hill, sit in the cool grass and feel the sun on my face. I wish I could have cracked the Lindbergh kidnapping. I would very much like to make love to a beautiful woman who I had genuine affection for. I would like that very much. (he has to stop) All in all, a very interesting experience.
Episode 10: Albert’s Path.
Anything we should be working on?
Practice walking without dragging your knuckles on the
He moves to leave, but Truman blocks his path.
Albert, you make fun of everyone and everything and
then act like you deserve an award for it. That’s just not
right. Get out of here before I do something I won’t
While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact of the
matter is I’m merely a naysayer and hatchet man in the
fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch
and would gladly take another because I choose to live
my life in the company of Ghandi and King. My
concerns are global. I reject absolutely revenge,
aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a
method is love. I love you, Sheriff Truman.
Albert leaves. Truman turns to Cooper. A beat.
Albert’s path is a strange and difficult one.
Episode 10 is like a change of seasons. Secrets dissolve. The ‘blowing trees’ and traffic light motif return. Donna finally visits Laura’s grave and has a little rant. The diary appears. Leland is arrested for murdering Jacques. Blackie, Emory and Jean plot Benjamin’s downfall, and he in turn, questions Cooper’s acquaintance in with Audrey. The one-armed man and Leland recognise ‘Bob’. Albert ‘s cynicism somehow falls into step with the teachings of Ghandi. We find out who got Lucy pregant – the unbelievable Dick Tremaine.
The list goes on…
And then there’s the wind in the trees, the swinging stop light as a visual reference for the unleashing of natural energies – the Black Lodge?
Episode 1: The dancing red dwarf character (man from another place) tells Cooper, while throwing his eyes towards Laura Palmer:
“She’s full of secrets”
Episode 12 (2:5): The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer
This episode is full of secrets, sneaking around, subterfuge and lies! Laura’s secret diary, hidden in a secret compartment in the reclusive Harold Smith’s house. Donna and Maddy use subterfuge in an attempt to steal the diary from Harold, based on a promise by Donna to divulge her secrets to Harold. On her way to stealing to the diary, Maddy lies to James when he asks her where’s she going.
Earlier, Lucy says she’s going to visit friends who just had a baby(Gwen and her husband, Larry… Gwen had the baby, not Larry) in Tacomo – when Andy phones the number, he finds that she’s going to have an abortion.
Bobby and Shelly have the inept Mr Pinkle around to fit the special equipment for Leo’s homecoming – it’s an insurance scam, of course. They kiss when he’s otherwise occupied (swinging from the crane in the bedroom).
Hank hides behind the door in Ben Horne’s office, listening to the conversation with Mr. Tojamura.
Concealed weapons: Jean Renault has a knife up his sleeve. Nancy has a knife in her boot.
The two teams of Donna and Maddy, and Cooper and Truman both study their respective hand-drawn floor plans off the buildings they’re going to infiltrate – Harold Smith’s One Eyed Jacks.
Cooper and Truman try to keep their One Eyed Jacks mission from Hawk, but he secretly follows them. As does Hank. Cooper and Truman sneak into the brothel, in an attempt to find Audrey. Truman witnesses Jean killing Blackie with his secreted springloaded knife, through a net curtain. Cooper sees Nancy draw her boot knife on him in a mirror.
HAWK: Good thing you guys can’t keep a secret.
Are you looking for secrets? Is that it? Maybe I can
give you one. Do you want to know what the
ultimate secret is? Laura did.
The secret of knowing who killed you.
Other interesting quotes from 12(2.05):
COOPER: Diane, last night I dreamed I was eating a large, tasteless gumdrop, and awoke to discover I was chewing on one of my foam disposable earplugs. Perhaps I should consider moderating my nighttime coffee consumption.
How long you been here, Cooper?
Close to two weeks, sir.
I’ll advise you to keep your eye on the woods. The
woods are wondrous here. But strange.
… across the border, five miles east of Grand Forks
on the road to Castlegars, is a bar called the
Columbian. Behind it is a failed amusement park.
Go to the merry-go-round. Leave the briefcase
beside the horse with no head. At midnight. Alone.
ANDY, on the phone about his sperm count:
Yeah, I’m calling for some test results. Doc
Hayward said I could just call you an … what’s it
for? It was for a …
Semens analysis. Brennan. Andy.
Yes? Uh, could you go slow, I want to write all this
Oligospermia. That sounds terrible. I have that?
Oh, I had it. “Too few sperms.” Had it? You mean
(writes; repeats as he does so)
They’re not just three guys on a fishing trip, they’re a whole damned town.” Yeah, l know what that means; they’re not really real people, they’re … okay, thank you. Thanks very much.
Andy hangs up. He is overjoyed. Truman peeks out of his office curious about Andy’s excitement. Andy turns to him.
I’m a whole damned town!
(Truman looks bewildered. Walks into office, shaking his head, to wild whoops from Andy outside. Looks at Cooper… ‘Don’t even ask’)
Episode 12: An owl catches the attention of Cooper before while Truman knocks out the security man at One-Eyed Jacks.
In Episode 13, again an owl appears at a portentous moment.
YOU’LL HAVE TO SPEAK UP. HEARING’S GONE. LONG STORY. GOT THESE THINGS CRANKED UP TO THE MAX.
Are you looking for Agent Cooper?
WHEN AN AGENT GOES DOWN IN THE FIELD
I JUMP RIGHT UP AND PAY A VISIT.
Agent Cooper isn’t here right now.
ALBERT ROSENFIELD IS NOT COMING BACK,
BUT I’VE GOT HIS WORK RIGHT HERE.
Truman reacts to Cole’s errant conversational rhythms. Cole opens his satchel, refers to
ITEM: A VICUNA COAT: FIBERS ALBERT
FOUND IN THE HALL OUTSIDE COOPER’S
ROOM ARE FROM A VICUNA COAT.
The coat was vicuna?
NO THANKS. I ALREADY ATE. GOT THE LAB
REPORT FROM ALBERT ON THE ONE
ARMER’S SYRINGE. SAYS HE’S NEVER SEEN A
DRUG LIKE IT. A COMBO: REALLY WIERD
INT. SHERIFF’S STATION – NIGHT
Gordon Cole sits on a bench in the station foyer. He glances at his watch. Adjusts his
hearing aids, as if to balance the volume from left to right. Cooper and Truman enter.
AGENT DALE COOPER!
Hello, Gordon. Hope you haven’t been waiting too long.
I’VE BEEN WAITING TO SEE YOU HERE FOR
THE BETTER PART OF THE AFTERNOON.
What can I do for you?
NO MATTER WHATSOEVER. NO APOLOGY
NECESSARY. GOT TO MEET THE LOCAL LAW
ENFORCEMENT TEAM. A GREAT BUNCH.
(YOU REMIND ME OF A LITTLE MEXICAN
Episode 14: Lonely SoulsThe darkness arrives. There’s a lot of soundwork going on in this one. Weird music and sounds.
Lots of stuff happening, lots of things revealed:
GORDON GOES TO BEND, OREGON ON ‘HUSH HUSH’ BUSINESS. Ahem
Harold Smith kills himself – Hawk finds the second Laura diary. He leaves a note – ‘Je suis une ame solitaire.’ – ‘I’m a lonely soul’.
Earlier, the one armed-man is trying to recognise BOB in the hotel, but for some reason is surrounded by sailors bouncing handballs.
Benjamin Horne is confronted by Audrey. Had admits his ownership of One Eyed Jacks and his sleeping with Laura. Oddly, he has a photo of Laura on his desk. Audrey shops him to the coppers, and Ben is arrested while about to seal the deal with Tojamura.
Leo speaks/drools “new boots” over and over. Bobby and mike find a tape in the heel of one of the boots.
Tojamura turns up and frightens the hell out of Pete Martell – turns out it’s Catherine in disguise.
We finally see that BOB inhabits the corpeal body of Leland – just like Jacobi was aware of Jacques Renault being killed, and smelled burning, Maddy smells burning as BOB manifests and murders her, using Leland, then puts a letter ‘o’ under her fingernail. “Go back to Missoula, Montana!”
This appearance of BOB is very, very disturbing!
Meanwhile, Sarah is lying on the floor, drugged, imagining a ghostly white horse in the living room.
The Log Lady arrives at the sheriff’s office, telling Cooper that “the owls are at the roadhouse”.
Log Lady: We don’t know what will happen, or when. But there are owls at
Cooper: The Roadhouse. Something is happening, isn’t it, Margaret?
Log Lady: Yes.
At the roadhouse, the Giant replaces Julee Cruise on stage, and says ‘It’s happening Again’, appearing only to Cooper and the Log Lady. Truman is there, along with Donna, James, Bobby and the sailors, but none of them see anything. The senile waiter from the Great Northern stumbles over to Cooper and says ‘I’m so sorry’.
It’s a dark time in Twin Peaks…
The white horse motif, from
The white horse motif, from
I just came up with a theory (and this has probably been already suggested). When Leland comments on the gum being his favourite when he was a kid, the waiter responds with that it will come back in style.
Could this mean that the gum signifies Leland’s innocence before Bob possessed him and when Bob leaves he will be free as he was when he was a child?
Comments are closed.