Miss Twin Peaks - Episode 28 (Airdate June10 1991)
Like many of the great episodes of the show's original run, the penultimate episode of Twin Peaks is formed around a single set piece, the Miss Twin Peaks pageant. It's a much lighter event than lets say, the Mill fire or the raid on One Eyed Jacks, but it has no less of an ability to pull multiple strands of story together. Andy and Lucy, Cooper and Annie, Lana's manipulation of Dick, Bobby stage managing Shelly and discovering what she means to him, Audrey and Ben wanting to make the environmental case to stop Ghostwood, Nadine reliving her teen years, all come together in this event. The event itself is fun as well, with just the right amount of hokiness that a small town beauty pageant should have. We haven't quite gotten to the point in TV where every song and dance number is inexplicably Broadway quality for no good reason...
Meanwhile in the woods, Leo helps Major Briggs escape Windom Earle in an effort to save Shelly. I'm pretty unconvinced by good guy Leo, he was a pretty despicable individual as I have previously discussed. Drug dealer, violent criminal, domestic abuser, arsonist and attempted murderer; his post coma softness for Shelly isn't enough to solicit any sympathy. His final predicament, which ends up being the final thing we see of the character, is torturous. He is strung up by the tooth to a cage full of spiders, should he let the cage drop and break he could be done for, a convoluted trap by Earle to say the least. But I'm not sure anyone can think "poor Leo" in light of who the character is.
Of course it is Andy who works out that the Owl Cave painting is a map, allowing Cooper to make the leap that it is a map to the Black Lodge and finally work out Earle's scheme. Annie naturally wins the pageant and is kidnapped by Earle in a pretty cool strobe lit scene of confusion and chaos. Naturally Earle is dressed up as the Log lady, in the last of his crazy disguises to feature. We also have some small scenes to cap off certain plots, Lucy picks Andy to be Dad to her baby, Big Ed finally breaks it to Nadine that he is marrying Norma, Donna confronts Ben Horne about her parentage etc.
This is a solid plot motivating episode, no Frost or Lynch in sight either; although I am sure they were guiding the direction of things. Next up, the bizarre Lynch fuelled finale to the original series. Don't miss it.