It was at this point in my virgin viewing that Nick told me that the series is going to take a dip in quality for a little bit. “We have to wade through some crap to get back to the good stuff.” (I’m paraphrasing. I don’t have an eidedic memory.) He was right. So in the interest of moving through the episodes quickly until the series finds its legs again, these posts are going to be more hurried than usual. The plan is to only really show the important stuff, with occasional mention of the other silly/terrible plot lines going on.
Seeing as it’s now Monday, May 15th as I write this and there is now less than a week(!!!!) before the revival’s premiere, this will also help me get it all done in time.
This episode–the only one to jump ahead three full days, as noted by an actual “THREE DAYS LATER” caption–features the start of three less-than-stellar plot lines: 1) Little Nicky, which is a little corny but at least gives us some minor character development with Andy and Dick, and 2) Nadine goes back to high school, which I admit to finding funny in some parts, but it’s also too corny for my tastes. 3) Lana Budding-Milford and the Milford brothers. However, we thankfully get the M.T. Wentz thing over with.
The stuff I like involves the continuation of Stupid Bobby Plan #4 and seeing how Ben’s doing, and the Jean Renault/Cooper frame. They’re serviceable plots, at least, with characters I find interesting. And then of course there’s the start of the Black/White Lodge stuff, and Major Briggs’s growing influence, which I eat up like cherry pie and donuts.
Hank gives Cooper a green-butt skunk lure for his night fishing trip with Major Briggs, and a Bookhouse Boy patch. He’s an official member now! (Incidentally, if there isn’t a Twin Peaks-themed cocktail called a green-butt skunk, then I am seriously disappointed in the world.) Cooper soon says his goodbyes to the main cast members of the Sheriff’s Department. In what I always liked to think was kind of a clue to what might happen at the start of season 3 (had the show not been cancelled), he tells Hawk:
Yet before Cooper can leave, Special Agent Roger Hardy comes to suspend Cooper, charging him with malfeasance and possibly drug smuggling. Also there’s a Canadian mountie.
The D.E.A. is being brought in to investigate, and Coop has to surrender his gun and his badge, while Truman refuses to cooperate.
“If I understand the law correctly, you need extradition papers in order to get a statement from me, and you need a subpoena from a judge. Now unless you gentleman have that paperwork, I suggest you take your cooperation and stuff it.”
Cooper and Major Briggs finally get to go night fishing, and the topic of facing darkness with love instead of fear, and it seems like the Major is gearing up to recruiting Cooper for something, or at least sharing something:
“You, sir, were blessed with certain gifts. In that respect, you are not alone.”
And then, our first mention…
But before he can explain, there’s just a teeeensy tiny interruption:
Audrey with Bobby. Harry’s support for Cooper. Cooper talking with Major Briggs, who has definitely brought him out there for more than just night fishing.
Least Favorite Moment:
I had to think on this one, because, aside from the Major’s abduction, there’s not really anything all that weird in this one. And I’ve seen a lot of sci-fi alien abduction scenes in my life, so this doesn’t really hold much weirdness for me. Hey, that’s kind of weird in and of itself, huh? I’ll make it all about me and go with that.
“School numbs my buns, how about you?”
“There’s nothing quite like urinating out in the open air.”
Things I noticed for the first time:
How I should not watch this episode on an empty stomach.
Sparkwood & 21 traffic light count: 6
Waterfall close-up shot count: 7
Windblown trees shot count: 10