Like the prior Part, this one begins with Miriam, followed by Becky & Steven. Lynch's editing of TR is so purposeful and interesting.
All of the stuff about Richard running over the kid sort of peters out at a certain point storywise. I'm struggling to remember what else happens after this.
It's a nice touch that kids (including Mark's!) find Miriam, after she was nearly killed for watching a child get run over.
We've discussed before how there's a possibility that the order of the Becky & Steven scenes from Part 10 and this one might have been reversed in editing (it would be far from the only time in TR), and people seemed to like the idea that Steven is screaming at Becky in Part 10 for shooting up Gersten's door. They're both wearing the same clothes in both scenes, so it appears to be the same day. However, I'm pretty sure the window is broken when Shelly runs up, indicating the coffee mug already happened.
I love that Lynch gives himself the little hero shot, walking through the fence with his gun drawn.
Cole and Albert seem to know about the portals, or at least openings/gateways in general. Gordon asks, "Think there's one in there, Albert?" and Albert answers, "We'll soon find out." Then, after pulling Gordon free, Albert says, "Well, I guess we found out." It's possible they're just going off of what Hastings said, but the phrase/shorthand "one in there" seems to indicate more specific knowledge about multiple openings (Glastonbury Grove presumably being one).
Alas Bill Hastings! Lillard was surprisingly great in the role and he turned out to be a truly memorable character. Sad to see him go, but it's a pretty great iconic death.
I've pointed it out before, probably in this thread, but there's a Masonic Lodge next door to the Mar-T/Double R (in real life, and also visible in the establishing shot in this and other Parts). I really hope Mark noticed that and was delighted. If I ever get a chance to talk to him again at an event, I need to remember to ask him.
It's really heartbreaking watching Shelly and Bobby see their daughter go through the same domestic violence cycle Shelly eventually broke free from with Leo, with a more mature Bobby once again playing the white knight.
The way Lynch uses the Double R's exterior neons and the police car lights to light that great scene, playing with purples and yellows, is beautiful.
Albert mockingly tells Diane that smoking is bad for her. Presumably he’s quit since we saw him smoking in Episodes 2 and 16. (Also, tragic that Miguel Ferrer died of throat cancer shortly after his scenes were shot.)
Here's a nice shot of Hawk's map: https://i.redd.it/q6cmng4o8wbz.jpg
. Note that it appears to depict Glastonbury Grove, but there are thirteen trees instead of twelve. There's also an owl, a red horse, and at least two claw-like arms that look a lot like Gordon Cole's drawing from Part 10. (Also, the thing in the bottom right looks a lot like the Angriest Dog in the World!) Once again, Showtime/Horse, you’re really dropping the ball by not selling this as a print.
Blue Pine Mountain gets its first official mention ever in the filmed material, by Hawk. The names of the Peaks are referenced in the ancillary books and trading cards, but rarely on the show. Harry previously referred to Blue Pine Lodge by name in Episode 8, but not the mountain itself. White Tail Mountain was mentioned by Andy in Episode 18 and by Jacoby in Part 5.
Hawk seems to have at least some idea of Judy, or at least has associations with her symbol.
I really like Al the limo driver. He seems like such a sweet guy, although he is presumably witness to his share of murders and beatings.
I've grown to really like the use of the Shawn Colvin "Viva Las Vegas" (which I had forgotten until recently is also featured in The Big Lebowski!). It's not a great recording, but paired with the footage, it provides a tone I can't quite put my finger on, which you don't usually see expressed on film about Vegas (I made this same observation about the use of Johnny Jewel's "The Flame" in Part 5, but that was a different tone, and a better track). The sequence really captures the laziness and almost reassuring artificiality of an afternoon/early evening in Las Vegas quite beautifully.
I may have asked this before, but I'm assuming all that Vegas strip driving footage is stock, right? I was surprised to initially learn that Lynch had used stock overhead establishing shots of NYC and Vegas, then was equally surprised to learn that the establishing shots of South Dakota and Montana were apparently actually shot in SD and Montana by Jason S. while picking up random transition shots for his BTS documentaries! (Or at least, the great Twin Peaks Film Location blog makes a compelling case for this: https://www.twinpeaksblog.com/2019/12/11/twin-peaks-film-location-western-montana-establishing-shots/
). It does not appear that anyone went to Vegas at any point, though, although it certainly wouldn't have been that long a trek for Jason S. or a B-camera team to head over there and drive down the strip.
I’m still obsessed with the nomenclature/anagram aspect of Naido/Candie/Mandie/Sandie as potentially different Diane aspects (Dian-O/Diane-C/Diane-M/Diane-S), especially in light of Janey-E. It’s a real Pandora’s box to start to theorize about this, but is Janey-E a tulpa, perhaps part of the same series as Diane Evans (Diane-E)? We know in Part 18 there’s at least one more Diane tulpa running around out there. Are Candie, Sandie and Mandie rejected Diane tulpas who were imperfectly made? Candie seems to be an only slightly more advanced entity than DougieCoop (she expresses original thoughts here and there, but she’s mostly a blank); the other two don’t seem to be capable of doing much besides gazing into middle distance. Where did these three come from? Were they made by DoppelCoop? It feels significant that they’re present when Naido transforms back into the true Diane in Part 17.
— Phil gets him a coffee from Szymon's
— Mike beckons to him from Szymon's and he emerges with a cherry pie (in a VERY large box) which saves his life during the meeting with the Mitchums
— At Santino's, Dougie and the Mitchums have iced water with lemon (VERY iced—it looks like a glass full of ice with a lemon slice on top!) and there is table bread which someone has eaten. Bradley pours them all sparkling wine (I can’t make out the label at 50:14, does anyone recognize it? Coop takes a sip but doesn't seem to enjoy it much). The waitresses serve the Szymon's cherry pie with coffee (Rodney: "This pie is so damn good." Cooper: "Damn good.") Bradley tells Candie to give DougieCoop a second slice as he gobbles his down