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Fire Watch with Me: Rest in pain

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Note: The following post contains spoilers for season one, episode four of "Twin Peaks," entitled "Rest in Pain."

The main thing on my mind going into the fourth episode of “Twin Peaks” was: what the heck was up with Dale Cooper’s (Kyle MacLaughlan, “Blue Velvet) weird dream? When Dale retells it, he mixes up a few details, but he seems to think the two strange men have something to do with Laura Palmer’s (Sheryl Lee, “Vampires”) murder. He tells Harry Truman (Michael Ontkean, “The Descendants”) that in the dream Laura whispered the name of her killer in his ear, but he doesn’t remember who it is, which is just as funny as it is frustrating. Basically, no one can be trusted anymore, and every Twin Peaks resident seems to be caught up in some plot or affair that is deeper and darker than we can imagine.

Things get heated when Harry punches Agent Rosenfield (Miguel Ferrer, “Iron Man 3”) in the face to defend Dale. Meanwhile, Ben Horne (Richard Beyner, “West Side Story”) wants to stop the autopsy Rosenfield is trying to perform because he, along with many others, may have something to hide. Laura’s funeral sets the stage for drama when almost all the citizens of Twin Peaks gather together for an emotional goodbye. Even as Laura’s body is being lowered into the ground, Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook, “Return of the Living Dead II”) can’t keep himself from attacking James Hurley (James Marshall, “A Few Good Men”) while his new secret girlfriend Shelly Johnson (Madchen Amick, “Sleepwalkers”) looks on. All the eccentricity and eeriness that is expected of “Peaks” compacted perfectly into one scene.

Of course more weirdness ensues: Dale, Harry and James team up to investigate a Canadian drug dealer in one hilarious moment, then the suspicious psychiatrist Dr. Jacoby (Russ Tamblyn, “West Side Story”) makes a visit to his beloved Laura’s grave (is there anyone who wasn’t involved with her?). Despite the growing sense that everyone in the town is slightly nuts and murderous, and that the town itself is possessed by some supernatural essence, Dale seems to be falling in love with it. He makes an impassioned speech about his love for the place before informing the mysterious “Diane” receiving his tape recordings that he was looking to purchase some property.

“Twin Peaks” is currently streaming on Netflix.

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