Twin Peaks S01E02 – Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer

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Twin Peaks S01E02 – Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer

This week Shawn and Jamie talk about dreams, psychology, and deductive reasoning.  Shawn offers his insights knowledge about dreams thoughout history and they both try and figure out what Cooper’s dream meant.

Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer Recap

The Horne family are eating dinner when they are interrupted by Ben’s brother Jerry. The brothers share brie and butter baguettes while Ben tells Jerry of Laura Palmer’s murder and the failing of the Ghostwood project. They decide to visit One Eyed Jacks, a casino and brothel across the Canadian border, where Ben wins a coin flip to determine who will be the first to sleep with the newest prostitute.

Bobby Briggs and Mike Nelson  drive into the woods to pick up a hidden delivery of cocaine, but are ambushed by Leo Johnson, who demands the $10,000 the pair owe him. Leo also hints that he knows Bobby has been sleeping with his wife Shelly, then scares the pair off. When Bobby visits Shelly at her home the next day, he discovers that Leo has beaten her.

Dale Cooper receives a phone call from Hawk  about a one-armed man seen at Ronette Pulaski’s hospital bed. The next morning, Cooper gathers together Sheriff Truman, Deputies Hawk and Brennan, and Lucy Moran in a forest clearing to demonstrate his unusual approach to eliminating suspects from their investigation. As each suspect’s name is read from a list, Cooper throws a stone at a bottle placed 60 feet 6 inches away. Each time he hits the bottle with a stone, he considers the previous name read out to be of interest to the case. The method points his suspicion at Leo Johnson and psychiatrist Lawrence Jacoby. Dale’s fellow FBI agent Albert Rosenfield arrives later, while Truman and Cooper review evidence, and immediately causes friction between himself and Truman.  Albert is there to do a complete pathology of Laura’s body before she is buried the next day and he is unimpressed, to say the least, with the quality of police work done in Twin Peaks.

James Hurley and Donna Hayward discuss their new relationship, and kiss passionately on Donna’s sofa. Elsewhere, Leland Palmer, still mourning Laura’s death, dances in his living room, sobbing and holding a portrait of Laura as he does so. He breaks open the picture’s frame, cutting his hands, as his wife Sarah screams at him to stop.

Cooper retires to bed at his hotel room, and experiences a strange dream featuring the one-armed man, who identifies himself as MIKE, and BOB, who vows to “kill again”. Cooper then dreams he is in a room hung with red curtains. The Man from Another Place (Michael J. Anderson) and Laura Palmer speak to him in a jarring and disjointed manner, before Laura leans over to whisper in his ear. Cooper wakes up, telephones Harry, and declares that he knows the identity of the murderer.


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