Twin Peaks
Episode Eleven

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Mr. Holland's Opus

And so continues the rain, because everyone's in a really, really, really bad mood. It's raining pretty steadily outside of my own apartment right now too, and I refuse to think there's nothing but coincidence behind this meteorological development. Lucy enjoys a beverage out of a mug and stands with her back to the front door of the sheriff's station as the lights flicker on and off. Through the door walks a Judge Sternwood, a grandfatherly figure with yet another string tie who loudly announces, "To even process my arrival would undercut the importance of everything else that has ever happened on this show!" Actually, he doesn't say that at all. But I mean, c'mon. He hugs Lucy and tells her he's happy to see her, just as Harry walks in, the harsh driving rain doing nothing to wipe away the reeking stench of young-boy-sex Truman just can't seem to scrub off him. Truman apologizes for being late, and Sternwood (there I was, scrolling up again), absolves him on the basis that he himself just arrived. And then Sternwood does that little parlor trick thing Cooper used to do way back in the day when he was really fun -- like, say, last week -- in asking Truman, "What's her name, Harry?" Harry does register a genuine look of surprise in asking "What?" Which, translated, means, "Girl?" Cooper enters and the scene goes full-tilt introductory. Whee.

Lucy starts back into her office, but is soon to be waylaid by the arrival of a certain Richard Tremaine. She turns to face him: "Dick." Sigh of contentment. That just NEVER gets old. He apologizes for his abhorrent behavior, telling her that he finally came to the realization that it was up to him to "do the right thing." Oh, God. He's going to offer her abortion money. He does. She shrieks in anger and runs away. Poor Lucy. I just think that's bad. And not because of how I feel about abortion. I just believe that it is important for a woman to be able to make her own decisions about what to do with her body. So much for a male recapper writing about ten-year-old show not being a cutting-edge observer of contemporary feminism, eh? EH? Take that.

Andy escorts Leland past the door behind which Lucy weeps and into the recognizable conference room atop of which all of those other random offices have been miraculously constructed in the two chronological weeks since the pilot. String-Tie Sternwood (oh, like he even deserves a nickname) sits at the head of the table, while Cooper and Truman flank him on either side. Andy stands behind a non-handcuffed Leland and offers a pithy speech about how sad it is that Leland, who has appeared before the judge many times as a lawyer, is now in this precarious position. String-Tie II: Electric Boogaloo has been notified that Leland intends to act as his own defense in the murder of Jacques Renault. The prosecutor, Lodwick, failed to show. And so bail will have to wait for tomorrow morning. Andy removes Leland from the room, and shortly thereafter a young woman named "Sid" enters, and she and Sternwood take their leave for the Great Northern. What's going on? She's his law clerk, we learn from Truman. This would be an excellent opportunity for Cooper to utter some brilliant and dry pearl of snarky goodness above and beyond the "man, oh, man" on which he aggravatingly settles, but he instead turns the topic to tonight and his meeting with the top Bookhouse Boy at the Roadhouse for his special op. Everything is set. Harry assures, "He'll be there." Oh, good. I mean "yawn."

And again to the Great Northern, where Ben spots a very very very very very very very short "Asian" "man" at the front desk wearing a black suit, his face covered by a long moustache and dark sunglasses. Ben bows The Deep Bow Of The Quasi-Liberated White Man and approaches this "man." He walks right by, just as The Concierge of Very Little Repute returns to the front desk and asks how this "Mr. Tojamura" will be paying for "his" stay. "He" offers cash, and The Concierge Of Very Little Repute takes this to mean that she is in the presence of the great M.T. "Running Theme" Wentz. She's not.

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