Twin Peaks

Season 2 Episode 1

Episode Eight "May The Giant Man Be With You" (2)

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 1990 on ABC
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A wounded Agent Cooper has a vision of a giant who gives him several clues about the murder of Laura Palmer. Shelly and Pete recover from the mill fire, but Josie and Catherine are missing. Ben and Jerry Horne are not pleased with how the mill fire plan unfolded. Leland Palmer's attitude changes with his hair color. Albert returns to assist the wounded Cooper. Donna gets a mysterious message about Meals on Wheels. Dr. Jacoby recovers from his heart attack, but cannot remember who killed Jacques. Major Briggs has a vision of good things for Bobby. Nadine is in a coma. Leo is a vegetable. Ronnette awakes from her coma after a horrific dream about Bob.

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  • Begin The Beguine

    9.0
    A somewhat disappointing season opener, which is puzzling since it is written and directed by Lynch himself, although Mark Frost shares a writing credit.



    The opening scene runs much too long as we are forced to watch the old waiter repeat lines, bumble around aimlessly and finally give the thumbs up to Cooper no less than three times at the door, perhaps intended to mimic the three shots that were fired at Cooper. I realize that this is all probably a joke by Lynch to play on the audience's need for answers following the cliffhanger ending of Episode 7, but it just doesn't seem to work.



    The performances seem off, virtually across the board. Cooper seems a bit stiff and much more serious than he was in the first season. He also wears entirely too much mascara (see the scene where he questions Dr. Jacoby at the hospital, for example). Donna is completely changed, now resembling some sort of femme fatale with her shades and cigarettes. Doc Hayward seems a lot more gruff, crabby even. Bobby seems a bit goofier and less overtly angry. Albert comes across as maybe a little TOO mean, especially in the scene where Ed talks to Cooper about his feelings after Nadine's suicide attempt.



    Many of the attempts at humor fall flat, and several are just plain stupid. The dancing by Ben, Leland and Jerry in Ben's office after Leland comes in singing is inexplicable and embarassing in its sheer badness - a real head-scratcher of a scene. The scene where Andy bobs and weaves for a good five minutes after being brained by the plank is also uncharacteristically juvenile and decidedly un-clever. The running gag about the bad hospital food, which resembles various shades of baby food, is another bad joke drawn out way too long for its own good. It's a mystery to me how Lynch could have stumbled so badly in writing this episode, as there are so many obviously bad moments like these throughout the episode.



    So what is good? The Ed/Nadine thread gains some much-needed depth as Ed recounts the circumstances of how he ended up leaving Norma and marrying Nadine, putting her eye out in the process. It's a good story that neatly explains the sense of guilt, shame and responsibility that motivates Ed. I liked the scene between Major Briggs and Bobby wherein the Major recounts his dream that reveals the true depth of his (repressed) feelings for his son. It is fascinating to see Bobby well up with tears as he realizes what his father's dream means, while the Major rather uncomfortably and abruptly leaves his son with only a handshake.



    The final few minutes of the episode are very, very good. The dinner scene is efficient and touching in setting up the change in Leland's mood, which all of a sudden doesn't seem like a change for the better when he collapses on the floor. There is something strangely evocative with all the young girls running about the Hayward house. Their presence seems to indicate a certain warmth and innocence that is in marked contrast with the turmoil bubbling within Leland.



    The final scene depicting the killing of Laura Palmer is, of course, chilling and quite well done with a minimum of dialogue and a savageness that is simply breathtaking. It's just too bad that the effort and energy of these last few minutes of the episode are not present throughout the rest of the episode.moreless
Mark Frost (I)

Mark Frost (I)

TV News Reporter (uncredited)

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Victoria Catlin

Victoria Catlin

Blackie O'Reilly

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Galyn Gorg

Galyn Gorg

Nancy O'Reilly

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Grace Zabriskie

Grace Zabriskie

Sarah Palmer

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Chris Mulkey

Chris Mulkey

Hank Jennings

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Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer

Agent Albert Rosenfield

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Cooper picks up Audrey's note at the end of the previous episode it is addressed to "My Special Agent". When we see the note in this episode, it is simply addressed to "Agent Cooper".

    • The Asian man who attempts to reach Josie by telephone is probably the same Asian man whose scenes in Episode 7 (from Season One) were cut. In those cut scenes, as Cooper returns to his hotel room just before being shot, he is observed by an Asian man in the hotel lobby.

    • This episode takes places on Thursday, March 2 - Friday, March 3

    • Co-creator Mark Frost makes an uncredited appearence as the television reporter on the news program Shelly is watching.

    • GOOF: The note Audrey leaves Cooper (From Episode 7) is shown sitting by his telephone at the start of the episode. However, in a later scene, it is mysteriously under his bed!

    • GOOF: In the scene where Albert arrives at Leo's house, you can see him in the background taking off his sunglasses no less then three times!

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Andy: Albert Roserfelt, I don't like the way you talk smart about Sheriff Truman or anybody! You just shut your mouth!

    • Major Briggs: A vision I had in my sleep last night. As distinguished from a dream which is a mere sorting and cataloging of the day's events by the subconscious. This was a vision. As clear as a mountain stream. The mind revealing itself to itself. In my vision I was on a veranda of a vast estate, a palazzo of some fantastic proportion. There seemed to emanate from it a light from within this gleaming, radiant marble. I'd known this place. I, in fact, had been born and raised there. This was my first return. A reunion with the deepest wellsprings of my being. Wandering about I noticed happily that the house had been immaculately maintained. There'd been added a number of additional rooms but in a way that blended so seamlessly with the original construction one would never detect any difference. Returning to the house's grand foyer came a knock on the door. My son was standing there. He was happy and care free. Clearly living a life of deep harmony and joy. We embraced. Warm and loving embrace, nothing withheld. We were, in this moment, one. My vision ended and I awoke with a tremendous feeling of optimism and confidence in you and your future. That was my vision, it was you.

    • Cooper: Harry, when Albert finishes up at the Great Northern we'll meet back at the station. I'm ready to lay the whole thing out.
      Truman: Rocks and bottles?
      Cooper: Chalk and blackboard will be just fine.
      Truman: Jelly donuts?
      Cooper: Harry, that goes without saying.

    • Jacoby: It was her you see. The necklace, a divided heart. Laura was, in fact... well she was living a double life. Two people. Yeah, but then, then when I saw her that last time she, I don't know, she seemed to have reached a kind of peace with herself. Now I believe that what she had in fact arrived at was a decision to end her life.
      Truman: Are you saying Laura wanted to die?
      Cooper: Doctor, Laura Palmer did not commit suicide.
      Jacoby: No, no, but maybe she allowed herself to be killed.

    • James: When did you start smoking?
      Donna: I smoke every once in a while. Helps me relieve tension.
      James: When did you get so tense?
      Donna: When I started smoking.

    • James: (Speaking of Laura) I remember this one night, when we first started seeing each other, she was still doing drugs then. Well we were in the woods and she started saying this scary poem over and over about fire. And then she said, would you like to play with fire little boy? Would you like to play with Bob? Would you like to play with Bob?
      Truman: What did she mean by that?
      James: I don't know. Laura said a lot of nutty stuff. Half the time it just went right by you. This stuck though.

    • Albert: One of your principle suspects is killed in his hospital bed and the other is shot in his living room. You tell me, vigilante justice or just clean country living?
      Cooper: Albert, where does this attitude of general unpleasantness come from?
      Albert: I'll have to get back to you on that.
      Cooper: Well, if you don't want two black eyes on a regular basis, I suggest you make some kind of peace with rural life.
      Albert: Great. After the square dance maybe we can all take a hayride.

    • Diner Customer: Hot damn, that pie is good!

    • (Observing the bullet removed from Cooper that has blood and a wood tick encrusted on it)
      Doc Hayward: Hell of a way to kill a tick.

    • Cooper: Diane, my recorder is on the table. I'm unable to reach it at this time. I can only hope that I inadvertently pressed the voice activation button. I'm lying on the floor of my room. I've been shot. There's a great deal of pain and a fair amount of blood. Fortunately I was wearing my bulletproof vest last night per bureau regulations when working undercover. I remember folding the vest up trying to chase down a wood tick. If you can imagine the impact on your chest of three bowling balls dropped from the height of about nine feet, you might began to approximate the sensation. All things considered, being shot is not as bad as I always thought it might be. As long as you can keep the fear from your mind. But I guess you can say that about almost anything in life. Its not so bad as long as you can keep the fear from your mind.

    • (Coop, trying to get back to work with a bullet wound)
      Doc Hayward: You're not going anywhere.
      Cooper: Doc, when the will is invoked, the recuperative powers of the physical body are simply extraordinary... Just give me a couple of hours to get dressed.

    • Truman: Lucy, you'd better bring Agent Cooper up to date.
      Lucy: Leo Johnson was shot, Jacques Renault was strangled, the mill burned, Shelley and Pete got smoke inhalation, Catherine and Josie are missing, Nadine is in a coma from taking sleeping pills.
      Cooper: How long have I been out?
      Truman: Six hours.

    • Log Lady intro:

      "Hello again. Can you see through a wall? Can you see through human skin? X-rays see through solid, or so-called solid objects. There are things in life that exist, and yet our eyes cannot see them. Have you ever seen something startling that others cannot see? Why are some things kept from our vision? Is life a puzzle?

      "I am filled with questions. Sometimes my questions are answered. In my heart, I can tell if the answer is correct. I am my own judge.

      "In a dream, are all the characters really you? Different aspects of you? Do answers come in dreams?

      "One more thing: I grew up in the woods. I understand many things because of the woods. Trees standing together, growing alongside one another, providing so much. I chew pitch gum. On the outside, let's say of the ponderosa pine, sometimes pitch oozes out. Runny pitch is no good to chew. Hard, brittle pitch is no good. But in between there exists a firm, slightly crusted pitch with such a flavor. This is the pitch I chew."

    • Cooper: Laura Palmer is dead. Jacques Renault is dead. Ronette Pulaski and Leo Johnson are in comas. Waldo the bird is dead. This leaves only the third man.

    • Cooper: Sheriff, get your mind off of Shelly. For a moment.

    • The Giant: The first thing I will tell you is: there's a man in a smiling bag.
      Cooper: Man in a smiling bag.
      The Giant: Second thing is: the owls are not what they seem. Third thing is: without chemicals he points.
      Cooper: What do these things mean?
      The Giant: This is all I am permitted to say. Give me your ring. I will return it to you when you find these things to be true.

  • NOTES (7)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The repeated references to a "third man" who was present at Laura's rendezvous with Leo and Jacques seem to be a reference to Carol Reed's noirish film, "The Third Man."

    • Cooper: It's not so bad as long as you can keep the fear from your mind.

      This quote calls to mind MacLachan's performance in Lynch's Dune in which, as Paul, he recites the litany against fear, "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when my fear is gone I will turn and face fear's path and only I will remain."

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