Twin Peaks

Season 1 Episode 2

Episode One "Traces To Nowhere"

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 12, 1990 on ABC

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  • I'm beginning to feel a bit like Dr. Watson.

    Just like the first episode, Traces to Nowhere focuses on the characters. Before long, it's apparent we are going to enjoy our time in Twin Peaks. Questions pile up and the identity of Laura's killer becomes more elusive than ever.
  • Traces to Nowhere

    A good followup to the premiere and it further established the weirdness and uniqueness of this program. I just wish they emphasized urgency on this show, as one would expect when given a murder investigation, but they really don't.
  • The Italian Bob

    Traces to Nowhere sees Dale Cooper enjoying the comforts of his new motel and questioning several suspects in Laura Palmer's murder, including her boyfriend Bobby and mill owner Josie Packard. Meanwhile, Donna reveals her true feelings for Bobby and Laura's sexual activities prior to her death are revealed.

    The supernatural element to the series really kicks into gear in this episode. It's most notable in the case of the Log Lady, who goes from "freaky background character" to somebody who actually gets some dialogue. Albeit, she's still a freak, seeing as she tells Cooper that her log witnessed something which could unearth Laura's killer. Eye-patch lady Nadine Hurley also gets some freaky moments, with her conversation with Norma being undeniably insane. It's amazing how David Lynch and Mark Frost make something like drapes sound so sinister.

    We also get (I'm guessing) the first of several Laura Palmer flashbacks. Sheryl Lee appears to be pretty convincing during her first speaking scene on the show and Laura herself gets much more intriguing. I love how she's presumed to be this amazingly nice school girl (helping old people, Chinese people etc. etc.) when really she's harboring dark secrets of infidelity and drug use.

    All the cast are remarkable, even if they only appear for brief moments. Madchen Amick's Shelly Johnson becomes more developed in this episode and her relationship with the abusive Leo makes you feel immediate sympathy for her plight. The storyline involving the old mill and the relationship between Catherine and Josie is also intriguing me, mainly because of the varying differences between their performances. Joan Chen gives a caring, if slightly dark, mystique to Josie whilst Piper Laurie's crazed acting abilities (put to stunning use in earlier roles in her career) make Catherine an immediately creepy character and one of the most interesting on the show.

    Lara Flynn Boyle also impressed me in this episode. Her two stand-out scenes were scenes with two mothers, her own and Laura's mother. Both are finely acted by Boyle and she never fully upstages both Grace Zabriskie and Mary Jo Deschanel, who play Sarah Palmer and Eileen Hayward, respectively. The former is also stunning in this episode, with her mourning over her daughter's death never overplayed, making it entirely believable. Her vision of the sinister Bob is also a well-acted scene.

    Beginning as a simple "questioning of the suspects"-style episode eventually turns into an excellently done, character-driven second hour, featuring some note-perfect performances and further insight into the wacky locals of Twin Peaks.

    Director: Duwayne Dunham
    Writers: Mark Frost, David Lynch
    Rating: A+
  • The case goes on

    A very good first step into the series, the episode is well written and extremely dream-ish. There is still so much I don’t understand but that’s what gives me the need to watch more of this show.

    The most strangest thing about this show is definitely Laura’s mom who keeps seeing things, she sees Donna as Laura and then someone hiding in her house. Her screams are very creepy and shilling as well.

    In this episode Donna and James continue falling inlove, James is released from jail when he told the truth to the investigators, well, except for the heart that Laura gave him. Bobby and his friend also get released but they don’t like James all that much, they are even thinking of killing him. I like the relationship of both sheriff’s a lot. They make a fun couple, one is the quiet weird one and the other is the talk-addictive weird one.

    What I’ve liked a lot about the show is that it doesn’t take itself all that serious. With the log lady for example, and the fish in the coffee. The creep in the show is definitely Leo, what is he hiding? And why does his girlfriend keep staying with him? If I were her I would just leave him. Why does she let him hit her? Although this episode didn’t tell as much as the first one, it did have a better script and more than just a few storylines. I still think it has the soap-feeling to it. The two apparently bad guys are Kathrine and Audrey’s dad who are trying to ruin an asian woman’s life, who is dating one of the sheriff’s.

    Even though I don’t like the soap-ish feeling to it. I do love the case and the mystery, I wonder who’s the guy that found Laura’s heart.
  • Meet Bob

    A fairly relaxed episode that concentrates almost entirely on developing the relationships between the various characters. The "Lynch" quotient is low but thankfully this episode is not as "soapy" as the pilot.

    Up first, we have the positively steamy meeting of Cooper and Audrey Horne over breakfast. Audrey shows an unmistakable interest in Cooper while he tries his best to ignore her radiant sex appeal. Loved the shoes.

    I like the easy chemistry between Cooper and Sheriff Truman. It's only the first proper episode of the series and already the two of them have gelled, with Truman playing the perfect straight man to Cooper's idiosyncratic oddness. Speaking of which, doesn't Cooper remind you of a young David Lynch, with his "aw-shucks" mannerisms and his obsession with capturing his thoughts (no matter how trivial) on tape in an unending stream of consciousness?

    Other important relationships that are fleshed out include the creepy abusive Shelly/Leo marriage, the adulterous affair between Benjamin Horne and Catherine and the Truman/Josie and James/Donna romances.

    The dinner scene between Bobby and his military dad and mousy mom is a hysterical twist on the misunderstood teenager theme. We have the outwardly stiff military officer in full uniform offering Bobby fatherly advice with the cold precision of a trained psychotherapist. Great writing. I always loved the Major's speeches.

    The last scene with Leo taking a bar of soap to Shelly is brutal without showing any overt violence. The plastic sheeting on which Shelly collapses is a nice touch and serves as yet another pointer to Leo as being the killer.

    Oh, we actually meet the killer in this episode. His name is Bob and he hides behind a couch. You might think that I have ruined the surprise with this revelation, but actually I haven't.
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