It might take me a few days to get through the movie. I have a 7 month old, a full time job, and a part time job. So this post is initial thoughts, observations, and the beginning of the movie.
While it’s good to see Gordon yelling in the phone not seeing Cooper is sad from the beginning. Knowing the actor didn’t sign on until later means we’re dealing with two other FBI agents. Chet Desmond and Sam Stanley.
The next thing that happens is Lil dances around supposedly sending a message which is to be deciphered later. See the picture. Gordon calls it a surprise.
In the car Desmond explains what the dance meant to Sam.
So Lil puts on the sour face meaning the police won’t like them, the blinking eyes means trouble higher up, a hand in the pocket means there’s something being hidden, a blue rose means something secret, she’s walking in place meaning there will be a lot of legwork, the dress tailored to fit her means drugs. From Gordon saying she’s his mother’s sister’s girl and made bars over his face means the sheriff’s uncle is in prison.
Here is a more detailed description of the dance, and script from the movie – RogerEbert.com
I searched for the reason Gordon communicated with code. First some people think he just wanted Twin Peaks fans to overanalyze the dance and everything.
Another account said a scene was cut that had Chet explain Gordon liked code because he spoke so loud.
The blue rose will get it’s own post, which I’ll link to. There’s so much there in the symbolism and secrecy of the series.
The police are indeed not nice to the agents and there’s even a mention of two day old coffee they can have. Not a damn fine cup of coffee. After they deal with the law enforcement they go to Hap’s Diner where Teresa Banks worked and are greeted by a rude waitress who tells them she thinks Teresa was into cocaine and her whole arm went dead for three days. I immediately thought of the one-armed man, this may or may not have anything to do with it.
After this they go to Fat Trout Trailer Park where Teresa lived.
They see a picture with the ring she was wearing (missing during autopsy) and encounter her landlord and some strange characters. The landlord calls coffee Good Morning America. It’s not very good coffee. Another sign this town is the opposite of Twin Peaks.
Here is where the baby needed attention but some confusing things happened. Chet found the ring under the trailer, David Bowie walked through a copy of Cooper left on the camera and then we were back in the red room with Bob, the short guy, the grandma and little creamed corn boy, and one other person.
This requires I re-watch and figure out what is going on. Until the next post!
“Everyday, once a day, give yourself a present.” Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks, television series