Twin Peaks

Season 2 Episode 2

Episode Nine "Coma"

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 06, 1990 on ABC
9.0
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Albert determines that neither Leo nor Jaqcues killed Laura, but he is unable find any leads into who shot Cooper. Cooper says they must find the third man, who he believes to be Bob, the gray-haired man. Albert reports that Cooper's ex-partner, Windom Earle, escaped from an insane asylum. Ben Horne can't decide which of the mill ledgers to destroy. The Log Lady tells Major Briggs to deliver a message to Agent Cooper. An Asian man spies on Cooper. Shelly visits Leo in the hospital. Maddy and James discuss a change in Donna's attitude. Leland has a revelation. Bobby tries to convince Shelly to cash in on Leo's insurance money. Audrey is trapped at One Eyed Jack's.

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  • Cooper thinks he's found Laura killer's (again) and seeks to close the case.

    6.9
    Decent episode. This is one of the reasons maybe people criticize the second season more than the first. This is like the third time Cooper thinks he has found the killer. He decides to trust his dreams again and seeing Laura tell him that her father killed her prompts him to jump to this conclusion. This time around Cooper looks like he got his man. In the other episodes Laura's death would take a back burner as the other stories would start to develop.moreless
  • Creamed Corn

    9.2
    A slightly better episode than the previous one, mainly because it is half its length and so there are fewer possibilities for the truly bad moments that weakened the season opener.



    A big problem that plaques Season Two is its self-conscious sense of weirdness, an impulse to be weird purely for the sake of being weird. The first season created such a buzz that over the intervening summer certain of the more idiosyncratic aspects of the show, such as Cooper's pie and coffee fixation, assumed an almost iconic status. With Season Two, the writers frequently appear to be trying to recapture the "lightning in a bottle" from Season One by inserting random bits of weirdness into the action. Sometimes these attempts pay off, but more often they fall flat and eventually Season Two collapses under the weight of an accumulation of bad and misdirected writing.



    There are several examples of Season Two's "weirdness for weirdness' sake" imperative in this episode. The scene where Cooper and Truman struggle with the operation of their hospital chairs is one. Truman actually begins reciting the instructions from the bottom of the seat, verbatim, as the two lawmen mechanically follow those instructions until they are able to seat themselves successfully. I suppose Truman's reading of the instructions was intended to be comical or even ironic but it is so completely at odds with his character that it comes across as merely a gimmick and it slows the scene unnecessarily with no real comedic payoff.



    The smoked pig cheese scene between Ben and Jerry is yet another tired riff on the food fetish angle introduced in Season One. After intently discussing the pros and cons of burning the ledgers for the mill, Ben suddenly jumps up and exclaims "Marshmallows!" while pulling a bag of marshmallows from his desk. Now I appreciate Lynch's sense of the absurd as much as the next guy, but this bit of absurdity just doesn't work and it only serves to further caricaturize Ben's character.



    Speaking of caricature, the writer lays the dummy paste on a little too thick on Andy's character for this episode. Andy's tape scene and his dimwitted conversation with Lucy shortly after depict a straight-up buffoon rather than the Andy we saw and loved in Season One.



    Then there is the scene where James gets all Ricky Nelson on the girls with his crooning and guitar strumming. This scene seemingly comes out of left field but given Lynch's fixation with the look and feel of the 1950s, I understand the motivation behind the scene. I'm not sure that the scene works (the pitch shift in James' voice is dreadfully bad) but it is an effective way to bring the developing love triangle between James, Donna and Maddy into sharper focus.



    Despite these criticisms, there ARE several worthy scenes in this episode. The creamed corn scene is one of my favorites, with its hint of mysteries beyond the Laura Palmer storyline. That young magician sure is a fine looking lad, isn't he? ;)



    I enjoyed the Major's scene with the Log Lady. The way he maintains his straight-arrow demeanor while inquiring about what the log is saying is incongruous and comic, but it is also grounded in the work he does for the government, which involves listening to extraterrestrial signals. It's gratifying to see the Major integrated into the storyline so neatly and his scene with Cooper is another highlight. The revelation that Cooper's dreams may have an extraterrestrial origin opens up several possibilities for the evolving storyline.



    Finally, as is usually the case, the last few minutes of the episode are first rate. Maddy's vision of Bob strolling through the Palmer residence is chilling. The replaying of Cooper's dream juxtaposed with Bob morphing into an owl was also very well done and very effective in setting up the phone call from Audrey, which interrupts Cooper's half-dreaming and sets up another cliffhanger.moreless
Frances Bay

Frances Bay

Mrs. Tremond

Guest Star

Catherine E. Coulson

Catherine E. Coulson

Log Lady (Margaret)

Guest Star

Austin Jack Lynch

Austin Jack Lynch

Little Boy

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Chris Mulkey

Chris Mulkey

Hank Jennings

Recurring Role

Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer

Agent Albert Rosenfield

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David Patrick Kelly

David Patrick Kelly

Jerry Horne

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Andy Brennan: 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?

    • Cooper: Who shot me, Albert?
      Albert: My men are interrogating the hotel guests, the usual bumper crop of rural know-nothings and drunken fly-fishermen. Nothing so far. Oh, the world's most decrepit room service waiter remembers nothing out of the ordinary about the night in question, no surprise there. Señor Droolcup has, shall we say, a mind that wanders?

    • Cooper: Ronette Pulaski has woken from her coma.
      Albert: And?
      Cooper: I'm thinking she's gonna have quite a story to tell when she regains the ability to speak.
      Albert: So she's not talking?
      Cooper: Waking but silent. Probably shock. I'm going to show her the sketches of Leo Johnson and Bob, the man Sarah Palmer saw in her vision. The man who came to me in my dream.
      Albert: Has anyone seen Bob on Earth in the last few weeks?

    • Cooper: Buddhist tradition first came to the land of snow in the fifth century AD. The first Tibetan king to be touched by the Dharma was King Hathatha Rignamputsan. He and succeeding kings were collectively known as the Happy Generations. Now some historians place them in the Water Snake Year, 213 AD. Others in the year of the water ox, 173 AD. Amazing isn't it? The Happy Generations.
      Albert: Agent Cooper, I am thrilled to pieces that the Dharma came to King Ho-Ho-Ho, I really am, but right now I'm trying hard to focus on the more immediate problems of our own century right here in Twin Peaks.
      Cooper: Albert, you'd be surprised at the connection between the two.
      Albert: (deadpan) Color me amazed.

    • Log Lady intro:

      As above, so below. The human being finds himself, or herself, in the middle. There is as much space outside the human, proportionately, as inside.

      Stars, moons, and planets remind us of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Is there a bigger being walking with all the stars within? Does our thinking affect what goes on outside us, and what goes on inside us? I think it does.

      Where does creamed corn figure into the workings of the universe? What really *is* creamed corn? Is it a symbol for something else?

    • Albert: I performed the autopsy on Jacques Renault. Contents of the deceased's stomach revealed beer cans, a Maryland license plate, half a bicycle tire, a goat, and a small wooden puppet. Goes by the name of Pinocchio.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • "The Buck Stopped Here"
      The sign hanging under a stuffed buck's head in Harry's office is a play on a famous quote by President Truman.

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