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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Episode Fan Reviews (2)

9.2
out of 10
Average
151 votes
  • Season 2 Premiere

    7.0
    A good season premiere and they really amped up the supernatural elements of the show. Cooper and the Giant was the kind of scene where you have no idea what is going on, but you simply cannot look away.
  • 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.
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