October 29, 2009

Twin Peaks Essay

As promised last Friday, here's an interesting Twin Peaks essay I found 'round the internet that question some of the most fundamental aspects of the series and film. Plus, here's a list of quirky items from the series that someone somewhere put together, and if that's not enough for you, check out the clip below or bow your head in shame!

Twin Peaks quirks:

Ben and Jerry Horne, ecstatically praising their baguettes, mouths full of bread and Brie (one of several scenes in which characters talk with their mouths full); a fish in a percolator; Lucy’s extremely convoluted phone transfers; Josie Packard’s malapropisms; the malfunctioning fluorescent light in the morgue as Cooper examines Laura Palmer’s body; Nadine’s quest for completely noiseless drape runners; Cooper’s announcement (not surprising, given his coffee consumption): “I really have to urinate”; the dental plugs stuck in Dr. Jacoby’s ears; Deputy Andy covered with post-it notes; the small figurine wearing an eye patch in Nadine Hurley’s mantelpiece collection; Cooper’s realization, immersed in a Double R dessert that “This must be where pies go when they die”; Albert’s insults (“Look! It’s trying to think!”); Cooper’s face-to-face with a llama in a veterinarian’s office; Ben Horne’s adjournment to the bathroom (during a tryst with Catherine Martell) to “wash little Elvis”; Cooper’s self-reflexive finger-snapping to Angelo Badalamenti’s non-diegetic theme music as he sits on his bed after awakening from his dream; Gordon Cole’s deaf incoherence; party-animal Icelanders; the Log Lady’s “sticky pitch gum”; doughnuts splattered with Waldo the Bird’s blood; Audrey’s abilities with a cherry; Dr. Jacoby’s collection of cocktail umbrellas; the Log Lady’s recognition that Major Briggs has “shiny objects on his chest”; Agent Cooper’s inquiry (while lying on the floor of his hotel room after having been shot) whether the bill he is asked to sign by the “world’s oldest bellhop” “includes a gratuity”; a wood tick impaled on a bullet; Leland Palmer’s singing (“Mares Eat Oats,” “Come On, Get Happy,” “Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” etc.); blows to Deputy Andy’s head (from a ricocheting rock thrown by Cooper and from a loose floor board at Leo’s); difficult readjustment of hospital stools; telekinetic removal of cream corn; seething, repulsive hospital food; Major Briggs’s version of Bobby’s future; Ben and Jerry toasting marshmallows (instead of a smoked cheese pig); Albert and Sheriff Truman’s collar-grabbing face off (“I love you Sheriff Truman); Dr. Jacoby’s golf-inspired mantra; Cooper’s cowlicks; Andy’s sperm count; Leo’s birthday party; the horse in Sarah Palmer’s vision; Leland’s living room golf; Ben and Jerry’s jailhouse bunk bed memories; a transvestite DEA agent who “puts his panties on one leg at a time”; the Pine Weasel’s attack on Dick Tremayne; Ben Horne’s rewriting of the Civil War; Nadine’s destruction of Hank Jennings…

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