Twin Peaks

Season 1 Episode 4

Episode Three "Rest In Pain"

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 26, 1990 on ABC

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  • Any time a man dies in war, he dies too soon.

    This is probably the weakest episode in season one, but that's somewhat irrelevant. It's like taking a cup full of water out of the ocean. It just doesn't matter. Twin Peaks as a whole, and especially this first season, can take any level of criticism and toss it out as meaningless.
  • Rest in Pain

    Another weird episode and it was hurt by the rush of the cops telling Cooper about the "evil" in town. These slow and subtle yet huge developments are what this show is going to be about I'm discovering as we go along, but i don't think this pace is ideal.
  • The Da Lynchi Code

    Like the previous episodes, the quick pace and atmospheric locations never let up, with Twin Peaks being as impressive as always. In the episode, Cooper believes a code from his dreams can help discover Laura's killer whilst Laura's funeral brings out the true feelings of some of the locals.

    One scene I found particularly interesting in this episode was Laura's funeral. In the scene, Bobby puts the blame of Laura's murder on all the residents of Twin Peaks, since they all knew she had problems and nobody even tried to help her. It's a powerful moment, as Dana Ashbrook does so well with the material (and is quickly becoming one of Twin Peaks' most interesting characters) and the excellent camerawork showing each leading character, looking mainly regretful or guilty over their part in the murder.

    This episode marks the introduction of Madeleine Ferguson, Laura's cousin, who is also played by Sheryl Lee. Inspired by the Hitchcock movie Vertigo, the idea of two identical cousins, one blonde, one brunette, adds an illusion of film noir to the series and continues to the mind games David Lynch and Mark Frost have already created for the audience.

    I was also impressed by Harley Peyton's writing; in particular of the dialogue he gave to Cooper. His almost robotic speech patterns are hilarious and the way he has become almost obsessed with tiny little details about the town and his anger whenever somebody says anything bad about his new residence made for some of the best scenes this episode.

    Of the supporting cast, I'm slightly concerned of what part Norma has to play in the series. I'm a big fan of Peggy Lipton and I hope she's soon given a storyline a little more connected to the Laura Palmer murder, as her own personal dilemmas are becoming slightly tedious. On the other hand, the Mill storyline is becoming increasingly entertaining, mostly due to the scene-stealing Piper Laurie, who's amazing when it comes to psychopaths.

    Director: Tina Rathbourne
    Writer: Harley Peyton
    Rating: A-
  • Touch Of Evil

    Coming on the heels of a Lynch-directed episode, this episode has a tough act to follow. It is a more subdued affair, containing a lot of sitting and chatting between various characters. As compared to other episodes in the series, it is comfortably average and it contains little in the way of surreality or dream logic.

    The episode opens by deftly stepping away from the cliffhanger bombshell dropped by Cooper at the end of the previous episode. As Truman and Lucy wait anxiously for Cooper to reveal the identity of Laura's killer, Cooper describes the entirety of his dream with a clipped precision before ultimately admitting that he has forgotten the name whispered in his ear by Laura. But no matter, he beams, "Break the code, solve the crime!"

    Overall, the events of this episode all seem to serve the end of revealing an underbelly of evil in the fair town of Twin Peaks. We learn that Laura had a drug habit, that many in the town are either indifferent or wracked with guilt over her death and that there is some hidden dark evil out in the woods. The introduction of Maddy's doppelganger-like character adds a noirish element into the mix, which further darkens the emotional atmosphere.