Lost in the Movies: LOST IN TWIN PEAKS #8: Season 1 Finale - S1E8 (The Last Evening/"Episode 7") podcasts & illustrated companion

LOST IN TWIN PEAKS #8: Season 1 Finale - S1E8 (The Last Evening/"Episode 7") podcasts & illustrated companion


All episodes & show notes for my podcast coverage of the Twin Peaks season 1 finale
December 25 - 31, 2021
(illustrations for storylines, character rankings, locations, TIME cover & all categories)

To jump right to the Apple Podcast links (which are also embedded/linked below along with details on each episode): Welcome to the Season 1 Finale / Season 1 Finale Mystery / Laura in the Season 1 Finale / Season 1 Finale Subplots / Season 1 Finale's Current Events / Season 1 Finale in the Weeds / Season 1 Finale Archives

also:

Welcome to the Season 1 Finale (The Last Evening/"Episode 7") - How was Twin Peaks created?
Episode 8A: The 3 questions, the feel of the episode, director/writer & production context
on Saturday, December 25


...Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pinecast & most other podcast platforms

0:00 INTRO
including other podcast activity...
(linked at the bottom of this line-up)

5:56 WHAT IS TWIN PEAKS?

7:30 WHO IS AGENT COOPER?

8:36 WHO IS LAURA PALMER?

9:56 THE FEEL OF THE EPISODE

11:34 DIRECTOR/WRITER...
Mark Frost

16:42 PRODUCTION CONTEXT

18:30 BONUS: SEASON'S GREETINGS (from this)


Season 1 Finale Mystery - Who killed Laura Palmer?
Episode 8B: Clues & episode structure
on Sunday, December 26



...Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pinecast & most other podcast platforms

0:00 WHO KILLED LAURA PALMER?
including new clues about the murder/surrounding incidents...
from Police/FBI: area of inquiry is Laura in the cabin (involving Jacques & Leo as suspects w/ focus on Waldo the bird, the One Eyed Jacks chip & the bloody shirt) through autopsy, dream trail, suspect residence, prior police knowledge & witness interviews

including new clues about her prior life...
from Police/FBI: area of inquiry is Flesh World (involving the criminal world & relationships to Jacques & Ronette) through personal possessions, civilian reporting & suspect residence

from Audrey: area of inquiry is One Eyed Jacks through police information & undercover surveillance (leading to her father as a potential suspect)

from Donna, James & Maddy: area of inquiry are Jacoby tapes (involving the "mystery man") through police information via Audrey, victim testimony/possessions & suspect residence; another area of inquiry is the necklace through suspect residence

(Characters discover what we knew: Jacoby possesses the necklace & what Laura said on the first half of the last tape)

Conclusions & the big picture

(Other investigative threads/areas of inquiry not active in this episode: Bobby, crime scene, serial killer, James, charity, community, Sarah's visions)

11:45 THE STRUCTURE OF THE EPISODE
(including "previously on..." recap)

15:08 TOP STORYLINE by number of scenes:
Saw Mill plot


Laura in the Season 1 Finale - What was her life like?
Episode 8C: Laura scenes
on Monday, December 27


...Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pinecast & most other podcast platforms

0:00 SCENES ORGANIZED BY LAURA STORY...
...introduced in the pilot
starting w/ Laura's murder

Laura's family (4:11)

Laura & Bobby (6:25)

Laura & James (8:37)

(second episode of nothing for Laura & Donna)

Laura's therapy (9:29)

brief mention of Laura's addiction (13:57)

(second episode of nothing for Laura's drug dealing)

(second episode of nothing for Laura's charity)

brief mention of Laura in Flesh World (14:19)

(nothing for Laura & Leo)

...introduced in S1E2
(second episode of nothing for Laura's spirituality)

Laura's employment (14:37)
(now merged w/ Ben & One Eyed Jack's subplot)

(third episode of nothing for The One-Armed Man)

Laura's "Mystery Man" (19:05)

...introduced in S1E3
Laura & Ben (21:28)

...introduced in S1E4
Laura & Maddy (22:04)


Season 1 Finale Subplots - What is the town up to?
Episode 8D: Subplot scenes
on Tuesday, December 28


...Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pinecast & most other podcast platforms

0:00 SCENES ORGANIZED BY NON-LAURA STORY...
...introduced in the pilot
Packard family

(nothing for Briggs family)

Horne family (3:25)

Ghostwood deal (3:57)

Saw Mill plot (5:04)

Shelly & Bobby & Leo (7:53)

brief mention of James & Donna (9:48)

Nadine's drape runners (10:04)

(nothing for Ed & Norma)

Hank on parole (11:27)

(second episode of nothing for "Bobby killed a guy")

(nothing for Josie & Harry)

...introduced in S1E2
brief mention of Cooper & Audrey flirtation (13:00)

Cocaine in Twin Peaks - criminal activity & investigation (13:11)

...introduced in S1E3
Invitation to Love (15:30)

(third episode of nothing for Albert vs. Twin Peaks)

...introduced in S1E4
Andrew's death (16:18)

...introduced in S1E5
Andy & Lucy (17:49)

Andy's misfire (18:56)

(nothing for Cooper's history)

NEW this episode
Cooper's shooting (20:20)

nothing for THE UNCANNY (second time)


Season 1 Finale's Current Events
Episode 8E: Other TV shows this night, #1 film this weekend, in the news this day & TIME cover this week
on Wednesday, December 29


...Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pinecast & most other podcast platforms

0:00 TV CONTEXT
when it aired: May 23, 1990; ratings: 12.6 rating, 22 share, 18.7 million viewers (up 3.1 million); counterprogramming: Night Court, Dear John, How to Murder a Millionaire; ABC bookends: Head of the Class, Barbara Walters Special

2:57 HISTORICAL CONTEXT including...
#1 MOVIE: Bird on a Wire

WORLD EVENTS
Savings & Loan scandal

TIME COVER: Chief of Staff John Sununu
(browse a visual copy of this issue)

7:40 OUTRO clip from...


Season 1 Finale in the Weeds - Which elements are highlighted?
Episode 8F: Character statistics, featured locations, coffee/pie/donuts & more
on Thursday, December 30


...Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pinecast & most other podcast platforms

0:00 CHARACTERS...
Introductions:
Decker the saw mill employee (& spying employees), hospital doctor

First interactions:
Jacques w/ Hawk, Andy, Harry & Leland; Doc w/ Jacoby; Hank w/ Catherine (over phone) (+ Bobby watches him); depending who they are...maybe masked man w/ Jacoby + shooter w/ Cooper


CHARACTER RANKINGS

#10 Deputy Andy
about 4 minutes
second time in top 10 (back after S1E5)

#9 Donna Hayward
about 4 minutes
fifth time in top 10

#8 Pete Martell
about 4 minutes
first time in top 10

#7 Harry Truman
about 5 minutes
eighth time in top 10 (lowest ever - first time out of top 3)

#6 Catherine Martell
about 5 minutes
first time in top 10

#5 James Hurley
about 5 minutes
sixth time in top 10

#4 Laura Palmer
about 5 minutes including references
eighth time in top 10

#3 Hank Jennings
about 6 minutes
first time in top 10

#2 Jacques Renault
about 7 minutes
first time in top 10

#1 Agent Cooper
about 10 minutes
eighth time in top 10

TOP OF THE SUPPORTING CAST: Jacques
(aside from the core leads Cooper, Harry, and Laura)

Who has a streak of high screentime?
Cooper, Harry & Laura all have over 5 minutes for the eighth episode in a row
(+ James' third non-consecutive time overall; Catherine, Hank & Jacques only in this episode)
(Audrey drops off after 5 episodes)

Characters with the most screentime on the show so far...
No movement from the previous episode

Milestones: Donna reaches 50 minutes / James reaches 40 / Ed reaches 30 / Catherine, Josie & Lucy reach 20 / Pete, Leo & Maddy reach 15 / Hank reaches 10 / Jacques reaches 5
(+ Audrey & Bobby could now fill an entire episode)

Characters who have disappeared (four episodes of absence):
Albert Rosenfield, Mike Nelson, Johnny Horne, Sylvia Horne, Bookhouse Boy biker Joey Paulson, Father Clarence Brocklehurst, Leland's nurse

8:26 LOCATIONS...
...introduced in the pilot
Blue Pine Lodge

Sheriff's station

(nothing for Palmer house)

(third episode of nothing for Twin Peaks High School)

Great Northern Hotel

Double R Diner

Johnson house

Packard Saw Mill
...back after a six-episode absence, first time since the pilot:

Big Ed's Gas Farm & house

Calhoun Memorial Hospital

Hayward house

(second episode of nothing for Woods)

...introduced in S1E2
(third episode of nothing for Timber Falls Motel)

Jacoby's office

...introduced in S1E3
One Eyed Jacks

...introduced in S1E5
(third episode of nothing for State prison)

(third episode of nothing for One Stop Gas)

(third episode of nothing for Lydecker's Veterinary Clinic)

(second episode of nothing for Jacques' apartment)

...introduced in S1E6
(nothing for Horne's Department Store)

Easter Park

(second episode of nothing for Log Lady's cabin)

(second episode of nothing for Jacques' cabin)

...introduced in S1E7
Border bridge

NEW locations
Water processing plant

Locations that have disappeared (four episodes of absence):
Briggs house, Red Room, Roadhouse, Random payphone (if different from Easter Park), Bookhouse, Black Lake Cemetery, Sparkwood & 21 intersection

13:10 COFFEE...
(no featured PIE & DONUTS this episode)

+ other food...

& smoking


My Season 1 Finale Archive - How did we react?
Episode 8G: Readings/clips from my previous work, opening minute of the next episode
on Friday, December 31


...Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pinecast & most other podcast platforms

0:00 MEDIA RECEPTION including over the summer
(reading excerpts of press coverage)

13:55 INITIAL FAN RECEPTION
(brief summary of long-term reaction + memories from the alt.tv.twin-peaks Usenet board)

22:32 MORE INITIAL FAN RECEPTION...
...to the lack of Laura resolution

...& to Cooper's shooting

24:36 PERSONAL RECEPTION
(initial for Laura/Cooper + today)

26:18 READINGS/CLIPS FROM MY OTHER WORK...

Journey Through Twin Peaks video series chapter 4 (29:42)
(includes previous three episodes)

Guest on Twin Peaks Unwrapped podcast for Season 1 generally (30:54)

Out of Order review (includes overall rank) - ranked #6 of 8 so far (31:33)
(includes spoilers - but not in this podcast's excerpt)




THE SHAPE OF THE SHOW...
(without any plot spoilers that viewers of the time wouldn't know)

38:25 RANK & INITIAL MEDIA SPECULATION

44:43 INITIAL FAN SPECULATION from Usenet

46:06 INITIAL FAN SPECULATION from dugpa

47:21 LOG LADY INTRO (no "Next time...")

48:42 READINGS/CLIPS FROM MY "SHAPE OF THE SHOW" WORK...
more from First Time Viewer Companion

50:00 OPENING MINUTE OF THE NEXT EPISODE
(only spoiler in this podcast)

55:48 OUTRO - DETAILS OF 2022 SCHEDULE

Lost in Twin Peaks will resume...
POSSIBLE: March 5, 2022 at the earliest (w/ the Season 2 Premiere)
DEFINITE: May 7, 2022 at the latest (skipping ahead to Fire Walk With Me)




OTHER LINKS
(more may be added as the episodes go up)



(includes speculation + spoilers for the 1944 film Laura)


OTHER COMMENTARY ON THIS DIRECTOR & WRITER...

...from MY PREVIOUS LOST IN TWIN PEAKS EPISODES
(often discusses their background & other work as well)
Pilot / S1E2 / S1E3 / S1E6 (written by Mark Frost)

(the following links may contain Twin Peaks spoilers)

...from MY OTHER PODCASTS
Storyville (written & directed by Frost)

...from MY VIDEO ESSAYS
clips from StoryvilleFrost's other work in Journey Through Twin Peaks chapter 35


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