Welcome to Diane… #14.

Rosie, Mark and Adam peer over the threshold of the twelfth episode of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks, The Orchid’s Curse.

This week knives fly through the air and the theme is VIOLENCE! Leland’s on trial for murder, Nadine destroys a fridge, and the marvellous port-o-patient claims its first victim. As One Eyed Jacks becomes a Tiberian Bloodbath Coop drags Audrey from the wreckage.

The body count is rising but have no fear dear listener. We’re not just three men on a fishing trip. We’re a whole damn town.


Hothouse baby in its crib,
The ghastly orchid
Hanging its hanging garden in the air,

Devilish leopard!
Radiation turned it white
And killed it in an hour.

Greasing the bodies of adulterers
Like Hiroshima ash and eating in.

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5 Responses to “Diane… #14: Twin Peaks Episode 12 – The Orchid’s Curse”

  1. D Cairns Says:

    OK, two more, and then I might be all out of Twin Peaks name references.

    Gordon Cole, as is fairly well-known, is a name taken from Sunset Blvd, which is pretty much a Lynch ur-text, with particular relevance to Mulholland Dr. and probably also Inland Empire.

    Maddy Ferguson is more elusive. But the lead character in Hitchcock’s Vertigo is Scottie Ferguson, and his romantic interest is called (among other things), Madeleine Elster.

    In Vertigo, a woman dies, but then a lookalike appears. The detective hero, who was in love with the first woman, becomes obsessed with her doppelganger and tries to make her over to be a more perfect duplicate of the dead woman. But there’s a twist.

    The detective hero also gets a wacky dream sequence, though without a small man.

    Definitely seems pertinent, and Hitchcock is a significant influence on Lynch, who doesn’t otherwise have too many cinematic antecedents.

  2. John Says:

    D, that’s all spot-on. What’s also interesting with the Vertigo connections (and I think I mentioned this earlier sorry if repeating) is how Maddie-as-Laura at the end of the first season was basically James’ creation just like James Stewart recreated Madeline in Vertigo. No coincidences :)
    We’ve seen genre elements from all over the place, sewn together quilt-style into the narrative. Obviously we’ve seen noir movies to 50s teenager fare, but the inclusions of westerns is something I missed, and the blatant fairy tale rulebook involved with Harold’s arc/location is pretty intriguing too. I love how meta the show can go wearing its influences on its sleeve.

    It is also SO curious that the important clue discoveries in Twin Peaks never come from active investigation but from off to the side…I don’t think it’s intended to ask the question, but what does that say for work ethic?

    Never noticed the name on the port-o-patient, what a great name. Also Rosie’s note on Leo’s reverse astral projection is really funny AND a great concept. I’m going to have to work that into something sometime.

    That Nadine soundbite you used as a transition creeped me out and was simultaneously hysterical. And Tiberian Bloodbath is a nice turn of phrase too.

    And since you made me think about this: When Andy’s deed is done so to speak, what do you think Andy’s word of exclamation is? I suspect something like “Jehosephat!” Some kind of Gomer Pyle catch phrase, since he’s the representative from the Mayberry side of references.

    Ignoring the culpability of Leland in Jaques’ murder is something I’d like to revisit after a certain amount of episodes potentially turns this kind of blind eye into a bit of a pattern. Hopefully you’re planning on this as well inside the Diane episodes?

    Thanks for all the work you do, whole damn town. I always appreciate it.

  3. Adam Says:

    Work ethic is an interesting one. Cooper certainly would seem to embody hard work, what with his early rises and his meditation techniques designed to bring the “day’s tasks into focus”. The cops are always *doing* the business of policing, whatever that looks like in Twin Peaks, and work roles/status are routinely valorised in the text. There’s also a competency porn aspect to Coop, Albert, even Norma – all of them are excellent at what they do, even if what they do is sometimes quite odd.

    I’m not sure what that adds up to, something about how softer, right brain activities aren’t seen as not work, maybe, which would certainly fit with some of what Lynch says about his own process.

  4. Adam Says:

    The culpability of Leland is definitely something we’ll be coming back to. I have complicated feelings about that stuff!

  5. John Says:

    That’s a good way to think about it, Adam.
    Instinctively, this feels right…if you work hard on the inner self you will be tuned just right to notice the things around you.

    That is, unless it’s a note on the floor you’re supposed to notice. Maybe the other lesson is, keep your room as uncluttered as your thoughts should be.

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