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It Wouldn't be Twin Peaks without Conspiracies and Cliffhangers

Kevin Mooseles | 4 Dec 2014 13:00
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Everyone in town seems to have their secrets as the crack investigation team of Twin Peaks continues to chase false leads.

Less than a week has passed in the town of Twin Peaks since the murder of Laura Palmer. Most of the obvious suspects have been questioned, the scene of the crime has been analyzed, and the body has undergone a local autopsy as well as a series of other tests performed by unlikable FBI specialist Albert Rosenfield before being buried -- but investigators are still looking for promising leads to solve the case.

Sheriff Truman and Deputy Andy start out this episode at the Palmer residence, gathering a statement from Sarah Palmer concerning the psychic visions she's had while grieving for her dead daughter. Andy is sketching out a description of a man she saw with long grey hair and a disturbing smile. She then shares a vision of a gloved hand digging up Laura's necklace (which, you'll remember, was the final scene in the pilot).

After a brief revisit to the wonderfully bad soap opera "Invitation to Love", it's revealed that Agent Cooper is questioning Dr. Jacoby, one of the strangest characters in Twin Peaks and a fairly convincing suspect. Dr. Jacoby is not really cooperating with Cooper, citing doctor/patient confidentiality when confronted with questions he'd rather not answer. When asked why he's being so difficult, Dr. Jacoby explains himself by telling Cooper that he is conducting a personal investigation into the case, and that's more or less the theme of this episode.

Later on, the personal investigations many characters are making into this murder are explored in various ways. Donna and James (Laura's best friend and secret boyfriend) are trying to solve the mystery. Audrey Horne, who wants to find the killer to impress and woo Agent Cooper, enlists Donna's help in her own investigation early on in this episode. Shelly Johnson, who's married to prime-suspect-so-far Leo Johnson, conspires with her secret boyfriend Bobby Briggs (who was officially dating Laura when she was murdered) to plant Leo's bloody shirt at Jacque Renault's house as a way to have Leo pinned for the murder.

I'm not sure if the Shelly/Bobby investigation is so much for Laura's sake as it is a means to getting Leo locked up. Therein lies the other side of this personal investigation coin: Just what are the motives for all of the characters that hope to crack the case? Donna and James are trying to find the killer to make themselves feel less guilty for hooking up the day after Laura died, Audrey is trying to impress Agent Cooper, and Dr. Jacoby is just plain weird (also he sees his inability to figure Laura out when she was seeing him was a failure, and hopes to redeem himself by solving the case). The end result is even more secrets being held back from the investigative team that is actually getting paid to catch the killer.

While quite a few characters have latched on to solving the case, others are more focused on different issues. For instance: Ben Horne and Catherine Martell are more interested in planning to burn down the town mill in order to frame Josie Packard for insurance fraud. They share a very soap-opera scene at a local motel where they discuss this very soap-opera conspiracy.

It just so happens that a suspicious man with one arm that Deputy Hawk had spotted at the hospital was also staying at that motel, and Hawk had trailed him back there. Agent Cooper, Sheriff Truman, Deputy Hawk and Deputy Andy (i.e. all of the law enforcement in Twin Peaks) get ready to ambush the man's room, when Deputy Andy drops his gun out of nervousness, causing it to go off. Andy admits to Cooper later on that he's never used his firearm in the line of duty, and Cooper decides that they should all take a turn at the firing range. After seeing Andy's performance, Cooper recommends that he practice for an hour a day, three times a week.

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