"The One Armed Man" Twin Peaks Episode 4 (Air date: May 3 1990)
As a sidenote, today is the 27th anniversary of the airing of the Twin Peaks Pilot episode. That and I really wanted to use a Lucy quote as a title at *some* stage.
In many ways Lucy relating the plot of show inside a show "Invitation to love" is a wonderful self reflection on TV drama itself. I have tried to not just document what events happen in each episode, wikipedia does that nicely, and instead reflect on my reactions to each episode then and now. Plus I could never explain the plot of a drama like Lucy...
Have you seen this man? If I was a less accepting viewer I may start to get frustrated by the mysterious killer that is only ever seen in dreams or visions. BOB was a striking figure and at this stage of the series he was featuring large, was he just a metaphor? Or a character we would learn more about? Some hidden mastermind? Sarah Palmer relates her vision of BOB to Hawk and Andy, and discusses the vision of Laura's Necklace being taken from it's hiding place. I do like that Andy is the Police Sketch artist, a character who is basically shown as a useless small town cop (especially when placed next to the highly capable Sheriff and Hawk) at this point in the show having a pretty darn useful skill for a small police department. It's good subtle world building, especially as he does so again later in the series, things exist in the world that make sense and give us a sense of place. I know that sounds odd when talking about Twin Peaks but it is true, it may be Mark Frosts influence but after five weeks the town is sketched in well enough that the viewer knows what should and shouldn't exist. When we are introduced to new characters or locations they make sense, at no point is there suddenly a Giant Mall or a skyscraper office building in the town for no real reason other than it being convenient to the plot or an interesting setting. (I'm looking at you The Walking Dead) Simple good world building makes the locales of a show feel more real and less like mere backdrops.
While we have seen him before, the one armed man is first encountered by Cooper "in the flesh" in this episode. But this is not the mysterious MIKE but humble shoe salesman Michael Gerrard. Does he know a BOB? Well yes he does! Old Bob Lydecker is perhaps his best friend in the world but was currently in a Coma...
We also meet Hank Jennings, Norma's husband who is in jail for vehicular homicide. Reflecting Lucy's soap opera, he is getting out and coming home to ruin Norma and Big Ed's romance as well as having some strange connection to Josie Packard. (And a thing for Dominos)
After a cameo by David Lynch's voice as FBI regional chief Gordon Cole, they discover the animal bites on Laura's shoulder were from a Myna bird. A trip to the local Vet reveals the Myna to be owned by Jacques Renault which gives them the probably cause to search Jacques apartment. Meanwhile, Bobby has gotten the bloody shirt from Shelly and is in the process of planting it at Jacques while the Police come in. (Bobby proves himself to be quite the Rogue in this season) Bobby manages to sneak out before they enter and Cooper finds the Bloody shirt. Meanwhile, Leo is meeting with Ben Horne planning to burn down the Mill and revealing that he has killed Bernard Renault and sent Jacques back to Canada.
James Hurley also meets Maddie for the first time at the RR and we are teased with just how much she looks like her cousin. James is taken aback by the likeness and later Donna talks about Laura and her mother having visions while they check on the Necklace hidden in the woods. It's gone! Donna determines that they have to find Laura's killer as they were the two people who loved her the most. This show does have a dim view of Scooby Doo shenanigans, and while Audrey's adventures cause trouble; Donna's tampering in the investigation endangers her, and James and many others... (Although I think, if you take the events of Fire Walk with Me into account, we may have motive as to why Donna wanted to keep the cops away from Laura's past...)