Seriable’s Mark Jones reviews Twin Peaks Episode 24 — Wounds and Scars
With two exceptions, one excusable and the other not so much, Episode 24 represents a bit of a return to form for Twin Peaks. If Episode 22 harked back to earlier episodes tonally then this instalment brings back a proper sense of mystery and purpose to the show.
Things get off to a noirish start as Harry struggles with the death of Josie, glass of whiskey in hand, holed up in the confines of the Bookhouse. Visits from Cooper and Hawk don’t do much to ease his mind but at least yields one of the more memorable Cooper lines for a while “a man who doesn’t love easily, loves too much”. For the time being Harry is inconsolable, leaving Cooper in charge and a lot of broken furniture in the Bookhouse. While Ontkean is perfect as Harry, when required to show high levels of emotion the results tend to be mixed and thankfully by the end of the day Cooper manages to calm him down.
With Cooper as temporary sheriff, Earle continues to weave his deadly scheme once more, donning a disguise to deliver a package containing his next chess move to Dr Hayward via Donna. Having guessed that Cooper has been cheating by getting outside help, Earle’s actions become more menacing with the suggestion that Cooper has endangered more lives as a result.
Posing as an old friend of Dr Hayward’s he enters his house and spins a yarn to Donna about passing through town and visiting his old friend. His first disguise might have been pushing the bounds of believability but since then things have improved, and in this episode he proves quite convincing in his various roles. Later on he will spy on Cooper in the Diner dressed as a biker, one of the more amusing disguises but still avoiding being over the top. Some might complain that he gets too close to Cooper without being recognised or spotted, but I like to think of it like Dr Watson being unaware that he was in the presence of a disguised Sherlock Holmes.
What Earle witnessed in the diner was the first meeting of Cooper and his new love interest, Annie Blackburn. His head over heels, fall down the stairs of romance, will be dealt with in coming episodes, but from Cooper’s goofy smile it’s clear that he’s in love. One of Heather Graham’s early appearances, she’s quite likeable as Annie with an air of innocence and hints at a darker past that compliments Cooper’s personality quite well. That being said she’s no Audrey, but is a more welcome addition to the cast than Mr Wheeler.
Unusually, the Hayward’s household is the scene for more intrigue as Benjamin Horne delivers something to the little seen and less often heard Eileen Hayward. It’s not clear what Ben’s up to at this point but given his recent change of heart it certainly offers up some food for thought. It’s also good to see Mary Jo Deschanel (Mother of Zooey and Emily, and more relevantly wife of three times Twin Peaks director Caleb Deschanel) get some more screentime as up to this point her role has been pretty limited.
Meanwhile, more mystery abounds and not just about the relationship between Eileen and Ben. Firstly, even if it isn’t dwelt on, there’s the fact that Josie only weighed 65lbs after she died leading Cooper and Hawk to speculate that it had something to do with the supernatural circumstances of her death. Then more interestingly the Major and the Log Lady discover they have similar marking on their body, which they both gained after they disappeared in the woods. Not only do we get a glimpse into the Log Lady’s past but the subject of the White Lodge is once more raised, though with only five episodes remaining we still know relatively little about this major piece of the show’s mythology. There’s also the matter of the mysterious box that’s delivered to Catherine Martell, another piece put in place for the finale.
My first gripe with this episode is a minor one, the gooey picnic scene with John and Audrey. Unlike the Cooper/Blackburn romance, which is clearly endangered from the start and will figure majorly into the show’s finale, the Audrey/John stuff feels a bit pointless and schmaltzy, plus Zane’s crooning is slightly cringe worthy.
The bane of Episode 24, however is the infamous Pine Weasel scene that appears at the end. After a run where the silliness has been kept on the down low, the Pine Weasel benefit erupts into a slap stick fiasco with the main event of the furry critter dangling off Richard Tremayne‘s nose looking less than convincing. It is at least short lived but the memories linger on long after the end of Tremayne’s nose has been bitten off. To be fair the build up is quite funny, the awkward fashion show with Andy and Lucy and the return of Tom Pinkle (who was last seen swinging from the apparatus designed to lift Leo out of his wheelchair) is amusing. But everything’s dashed to pieces when Tremayne reluctantly leans in to kiss the Weasel Pinkle is carrying and gets his nose bitten off. It’s not even the idea that his nose gets bitten off which is so bad, but in the way in which it is executed and the ensuing madness when the weasel escapes. Apart from this little blip the humour generally lands quite well and even Nadine and Mike‘s arrival at the Great Northern for a dirty weekend is well played and quite funny.
Thankfully the episode doesn’t end with the question of whether or not Tremayne’s nose will make it, but there’s some intrigue as Eckhardt’s assistant Mrs Jones gets into bed with Harry. We don’t see whether her intentions are to kiss or to kill, but we know that there’s going to be nothing good in store for him or Catherine from their visits from Mrs Jones, and it’s just mysterious enough to take the audience’s mind off of what has just transpired at the Great Northern.
Although by all means a very good episode with some memorable moments and good plotting, the main image that we’re left with when recalling it is that of Tremayne and the world’s most famous Pine Weasel.
8/10 Seriable Stars.