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#atozchallenge: S is for Shelley…

For my “S” post in the #atozchallenge, I’m inducting another regular character into my B to Z of Twin Peaks, one who seems to be universally liked by fans, possibly because of her damsel in distress storyline.

Shelley Johnson is a waitress at the Double R Diner (purveyors of Twin Peaks’ justly famous damn fine coffee and cherry pie) and is unhappily married to everyone’s favourite rent-a-thug, Leo.

Having said that, the first time we see Shelley, she appears to be involved with Bobby Briggs, Laura’s boyfriend, a dangerous game to be playing, considering Leo’s fiery temper.

Shelley dropped out of high school to marry Leo; a bad move as it turns out, since, according to her, all he wanted was “a maid he didn’t have to pay” and she is regularly a victim of domestic abuse.

Not surprising then, that she chooses to hook up with Bobby behind Leo’s back, leading to a series of events that intersect with several strands of the larger story, via Leo’s involvement with the drug trade and Ben Horne.

Here is a very cute scene, with David Lynch’s character, Gordon Cole chatting up Shelley in the Double R, (the chemistry between Lynch and Madchen Amick is obvious) much to the displeasure of Bobby.

And here are a couple of my Woolhouse Boys pictures, an official Showtime TV promo…

…and one I did at the request of founder Woolhouse Boy, Joel Peacock (with the promise of a yet-to-appear reward…) of Madchen in a rather fetching woolkini;

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Posted by on April 22, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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#atozchallenge: R is for Rosenfield…

The “R” entry in the #atozchallenge is a bitter sweet one, because we arrive at the point in my B to Z of Twin Peaks when we pay tribute to possibly my favourite character, played by Miguel Ferrer, who sadly died in January, soon after filming his reprised role for season three.

Albert Rosenfield is a top flight FBI forensics expert, called in to assist Agent Cooper in the investigation of Laura’s murder. He is, as Cooper rightly says “lacking in the social niceties”, an understatement if ever there was one, but his abrasive manner and blunt honesty make for some excellent comic relief.

I love Albert, he makes me smile whenever he comes on the screen and the scene where he listens to Big Ed explaining how Nadine lost her eye gets funnier every time I see it.
But the best way to illustrate Miguel’s brilliant portrayal of a man who you really shouldn’t like but can’t help loving, is to let him introduce himself, so here is Albert arriving in Twin Peaks for the first time and leaving quite an impression.


Miguel Ferrer 1955 – 2017
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Posted by on April 21, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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#atozchallenge: Q is for Queen…

Ah, I bet you thought I’d be stuck for today’s #atozchallenge, trying to think of a Q word to crowbar into my B to Z of Twin Peaks, but I’ve managed to think of a not-completely-tenuous link that fits the bill.

At the end of season two, Windom Earle uses the annual Miss Twin Peaks beauty pageant to decide the fate of one of the town’s young women.

This is where Pete Martell‘s chess skills come in handy, trying to prevent the Queen being captured in a diabolical battle of wits.

I think I just about pulled it off, don’t you?

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Posted by on April 20, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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#atozchallenge: O is for One…

Ok, I missed a day somehow, I don’t know why, so we shall go backwards in the #atozchallenge, to the letter O, where my B to Z of Twin Peaks takes a quick look at the only two “O”s I can think of from the series.

One Eyed Jack’s is a brothel and casino owned by Ben Horne, located a short boat ride away, just over the Canadian border.
Ben also owns the Great Northern Hotel in Twin Peaks and whenever he wants to entertain investors or business associates, he and his brother, Jerry Horne, take a trip across the water to sample the delights “Jack’s” has to offer.

A major part of the main plot concerns the illicit cross border drug trade which centres around One Eyed Jack’s and many strands of the story converge here, so it definitely deserves a place in this list, despite not being an actual character.
The One Armed Man aka “Mike”, aka Philip Gerard is, depending on who you believe, a mild mannered shoe salesman or a supernatural killer’s reformed familiar/nemesis. 

He appears in Cooper’s dream, warning about the danger of “Bob” and claiming to be trying to stop him from killing again.

And he sells shoes.


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Posted by on April 19, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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#atozchallenge: P is for Palmer…

Today the #atozchallenge reaches the letter P in my B to Z of Twin Peaks and focuses on arguably the two most central characters.

The Palmer family is the very heart of the story, around which all other stories revolve.

Laura Palmer is, as far as most of the town is aware, the archetypal high school homecoming queen, a bright young woman with her whole life ahead of her; she’s dating Bobby Briggs, the captain of the football team, acting as special needs tutor to Johnny Horne and helping distribute meals on wheels to the elderly.

But beneath the surface of her wholesome public persona, there is another Laura, one who is haunted by horrific visions and memories of abuse at the hands of a man she calls only “Bob”.
Unknown to her family and all but her closest friends, Laura lives a secret double life, filled with darkness and pain, promiscuity and drugs, a life which finally drags her into a spiral of depravity from which there can be no escape.

Leland Palmer is a well liked and respected lawyer, who works for hotel owner and local tycoon, Benjamin Horne. His behaviour becomes increasingly erratic as the grief at losing his daughter in such a brutal fashion threatens to overwhelm him and we follow his descent into mental breakdown, as more and more revelations about Laura’s secret life come to light.

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Posted by on April 18, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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#atozchallenge: N is for Nadine…

Today, to start the third full week of #atozchallenge posts, I’m giving a place in my B to Z of Twin Peaks to one of the most consistently bonkers and oddball characters in the show.

One of the things that makes Twin Peaks such an immersive experience, is the way the supporting cast of disparate characters and their overlapping storylines are woven into the main plot, infusing the whole series with a unique atmosphere which is distinctly Lynchian.

Nadine Hurley is the wife of gas station owner and Bookhouse Boy, Big Ed Hurley and we discover early on that she has some interesting…quirks, for want of a better word.

Loud, brash, prone to extreme mood swings, fond of surreal non sequiturs and sporting an eye patch, the first time we see Nadine she is berating the long-suffering Ed for not helping with her latest brilliant idea; silent drape runners.

We soon discover that Ed and Nadine’s marriage is a strange and fragile thing, events tragically coming to a head as a result of the same obsession with silencing those pesky drape runners.

And after that, Nadine’s story gets even more peculiar.

Anyway here she is, bumping into Norma Jennings, (by coincidence, Big Ed’s mistress) on her way to add the final vital component to her invention.

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#atozchallenge: M is for Martell…

It isn’t a coincidence that I chose to theme my #atozchallenge posts around a B-Z of Twin Peaks; I’ve been rewatching the series with Rhonda, (who has only seen it once before and has yet to see the prequel, Fire Walk With Me) to prepare for the premier of season three next month.

This means I am once again immersed in the world of tall pines, eccentric characters, mysterious happenings and terrifying visions and it’s good to know that the show doesn’t lose anything with yet another viewing.

Not all the storylines are about bizarre murders and backward talking dwarves, of course, a soap noir has to have some soap to lighten the noir occasionally and one of the major subplots involves embattled husband and wife, Pete and Catherine Martell.

Catherine Martell is the sister of the late Andrew Packard, owner of the Packard Sawmill, but much to Catherine’s displeasure he left the mill to his widow, Josie when he died in a suspicious accident and the two of them are permanently at each other’s throats in a fight for control of the business.

Catherine spends most of her time trying to undermine or swindle Josie out of her inheritance and she is enjoyably and ruthlessly devious throughout.

Pete, on the other hand, is a far more laid back type, who “married the girl from the big house on the hill” and is content to live the simple life without worrying about the machinations of his wife and boss. He works at the mill, he loves to fish and is fond of Josie, so defends her from Catherine, the reason for many of their disagreements.

He’s one of the town’s most likable characters and his talent for chess even proves invaluable to Agent Cooper in his investigation, even if, as this famous clip shows, his coffee making skills leave something to be desired.

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As an aside…

I have joined a couple of Facebook groups devoted to Lynch’s strange and wonderful series over the last few months, and I’ve met some amazing, talented and creative people, some of whose knowledge of Twin Peaks minutiae is positively encyclopedic and I’m extremely grateful to them for enriching my experience.

I have even been given copies of Jennifer Lynch’s The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer and Mark Frost’s incredibly in-depth and absorbing alternate history dossier, The Secret History of Twin Peaks, tracing the possible origins of the story’s deeper mysteries.

So for all the theories and discussions, the crazy memes and daft sweater pictures, and for sharing the excitement and anticipation for the return of a show which, I now realise, really does mean as much to a lot of other people as it does to me; thank you.

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Posted by on April 15, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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