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Psych: Dual Spires Psych
"Dual Spires"
Twin Peaks homage
Written by Bill Callahan & James Roday
Directed by Matt Shakman
Original airdate December 1, 2010

 

A psychic detective and his partner visit a strange small town in the American northwest and stumble into the murder of a beautiful teenage girl whose body is found on the shore of a local lake.

 

Read the episode summary at the Psych Wiki

 

Didja Know?

 

Psych was a detective mystery comedy-drama TV series that aired on the USA network 2006-2014. The main character is a consultant to the Santa Barbara Police Department named Shawn Spencer, who has heightened observational skills and near-photographic memory and uses them to convince people he uses psychic abilities to solve crimes. During the fifth season of the series, an episode paying homage to Twin Peaks was written and filmed, featuring several members of the Twin Peaks cast as new characters in an odd northwestern town called Dual Spires.

 

The episode also features songs performed by Julee Cruise and Chris Isaak.

 

The average running time of a Psych episode is 42 minutes, but "Dual Spires" was allowed 7 extra minutes of air time to accommodate the wide range of clues, gags, and homages written in honor of the episode's inspiration, Twin Peaks. Additionally, the DVD version of the episode runs an extra 12.5 minutes total, restoring scenes originally clipped from even the broadcasted episode. The DVD version is the one studied here.

 

The former Twin Peaks cast members who appear here are:

 

Dana Ashbrook as Robert Barker

Catherine E. Coulson as Wood Woman

Sherilyn Fenn as Maudette Hornsby

Sheryl Lee as Dr. Donna Gooden

Robyn Lively as Michelle Barker

Lenny Von Dohlen as Sheriff Andrew Jackson

Ray Wise as Father Westley

 

Didja Notice?

 

The title of the episode, "Dual Spires", is an obvious take on the name of Twin Peaks.

 

The detective agency run by Shawn Spencer and his best friend Burton "Gus" Guster is called Psych, advertised as a private psychic detective.

 

At 0:06 on the DVD, a chocolate bunny is sitting on Shawn's desk. Shawn is known throughout the series for his love of food and sweets, but, additionally, the chocolate bunny is probably a reference to the box of chocolate bunnies found in Laura Palmer's room in Episode 0B: "Northwest Passage".

 

Shawn discovers a website that sells silent window shades, invented by a woman in Washington in the early '90s. This is a reference to the silent drape runners invented by Nadine Hurley in Episode 2: "Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer" (though it was actually in 1989 and she failed to get a sign-off by a patent attorney at the time). Notice also, that Shawn is looking at a website called Silent Window Shade Systems.

 

Maybe it says something about their personalities that Shawn uses an Apple notebook, while Gus uses a Windows one. 

 

When Gus tells Shawn to come look at something on his computer, Shawn says, "This better not be another auction for one of Stoney Jackson's neckerchiefs." This is presumably a reference to actor Stonewall W. "Stoney" Jackson, who appeared on the covers of teen heartthrob magazines like Right On, Teen Beat, and Tiger Beat in the 1970s-80s, occasionally wearing a neckerchief. Stoney Jackson

 

The Psych agency receives an email inviting them to the Cinnamon Festival from me@underthenail.com. Underthenail.com is a fictitious domain; it's meaning becomes clear later in the episode.

 

The attachment in the email is a scan of the front page of the Dual Spires newspaper the Great Northern. Both Dual Spires and its newspaper are, of course, fictitious. The name of the major hotel in Twin Peaks was the Great Northern.

 

The date on the newspaper appears to read Thursday, November 4, 2009, even though this episode aired in 2010. In fact, November 4 lands on a Thursday in 2010, but not in 2009.

 

The main front page article in the paper is difficult to read, but appears to actually relate to the headline, "Dual Spires Celebrates 90th Annual Cinnamon Festival Today", though the same few paragraphs are repeated over and over. Town mayor Douglas Fir is a reference to the beautiful trees in Twin Peaks that Agent Cooper was so impressed with when he arrived in town; additionally, the character of the mayor was written for David Lynch, but the character was ultimately dropped from the shooting script and Lynch was never approached about the role. The name of Leo the Owl is a reference to the Twin Peaks character of Leo Johnson; and, of course, owls were a frequent meme in Twin Peaks.
Great Northern newspaper

Clear skies are expected for what has been a time-honored tradition in Dual Spires since 1920--the annual Cinnamon Festival.

The entire town is expected to attend in what promises to be a day of fun, laughter, and above all, Cinnamon!

The festivities will kick off with a benediction from mayor Douglas Fir, followed by a special appearance by the festival's

official mascot--Leo the Owl. He's sure to be a hoot! Next, an award will be presented to this year's Cinnamon King.

Rumor has it that local boy, Randy Jackson, will be this year's winner, but there could be a few dark horses in the running.

 

When Gus doesn't recognize the name of the newspaper, Shawn challenges him whether he knows the name of every small town newspaper in California. Gus claims that he does, so Shawn asks him about Ridgecrest, to which Gus responds, "The Daily Independent." The Daily Independent is actually the local newspaper of Ridgecrest, CA, a small city in the Mojave Desert. I used to live in Ridgecrest as a teenager; my friend David was a delivery boy for the Daily Independent (I filled in for him a couple times when his family was on vacation) and I recall that he used to refer to the paper as the The Daily Insufficient.

 

Dual Spires appears to be in northern California rather than Washington (where Twin Peaks is located).

 

It's a bit odd that Dual Spires would have an annual Cinnamon Festival in that the types of trees that produce the cinnamon spice are not generally grown in large numbers outside of Asia and Indonesia.

 

On the map Gus brings up on his computer, the town of Dual Spires appears to be near Highway 23 and not far from Highway 41. Though there are State Routes in California with those names, they do not look like the roads marked on the map.

 

At 1:13 on the DVD, a newspaper clipping on the Psych office wall has the headline, "Spellmaster poisoned, psychic solves murder." This is a reference to a first season episode of Psych, "Spellingg Bee".

 

Gus asks Shawn if he thinks they'll have monkey bread at the festival. Monkey bread is a sweet, soft bread sprinkled with cinnamon, served in the United States, often at fairs and similar outdoor events.

 

Being cimmamon fanatics, Shawn and Gus decide they want to attend the festival in Dual Spires. Shawn checks his schedule and finds he's free until next WrestleMania. WrestleMania is an annual professional (fake) wrestling event put on by World Wrestling Entertainment.

 

Shawn and Gus drive to the area near Dual Spires in Gus' blue 2002 Toyota Echo, dubbed the Blueberry. Its CA license plate is 5PCI371.

 

Unable to find a road leading into Dual Spires, Shawn tells Gus, "Dude, we're going for a walk...in a forest." This may be a reference to phrases similar to "walk in the woods" used in Twin Peaks to signify the dark mystery of the woods around the town.

 

The Dual Spires town sign is similar to the one for Twin Peaks. The sign indicates the town was established in 1918 and has a population of only 288, much lower than that of Twin Peaks.

Dual Spires sign

 

The town of Dual Spires was shot on location in the real world town of Britannia Beach, British Columbia, Canada.

 

At 3:11 on the DVD, both women at the cinnamon bun cart are looking straight at the camera. It is probably part of the running joke in the episode that everyone in town keeps looking at Gus as if they've never seen a black man before.

 

There are apparently no cars in Dual Spires. Everyone either walks or rides a bicycle. The local sheriff's station has a rickshaw. Only near the end of the episode do we see that Robert Barker has a Jeep.

 

A little girl on her bicycle asks Gus if he's Frederick Douglass. Douglass (1818-1895) was an African-American former slave who became a renowned orator, abolitionist, writer, and statesman.

 

The restaurant in town is called the Sawmill Diner, a reference to both the Packard Sawmill and RR Diner in Twin Peaks.

 

The jukebox in the Sawmill Diner is an old Wurlitzer, possibly a model 1015.

 

I've not been able to identify the song playing on the jukebox when Shawn and Gus walk into the diner. It kind of sounds like Julee Cruise (who contributed two other songs to the episode), but I'm not sure. I can't make out enough of the lyrics to do a good web search. Anyone know the song?

 

The character of Robert "Bob" Barker is played by Dana Ashbrook who played Bobby Briggs on Twin Peaks. The name may also be a wink (Martindale) to Bob Barker, a long-time game show host from 1950-2007, best known for his 35-year stint on The Price is Right.

 

When the boys sit down at the diner, Shawn tells Bob, "We just need a little something to hold us over until showtime," referring to the start of the Cinnamon Festival festivities. It's now something of an ironic statement since it was made in 2010 and in 2014 it was announced that a new season of Twin Peaks would be produced for the Showtime cable network!

 

Bob tells the boys that the diner is known for its outstanding cinnamon pie and hot apple cider. The RR Diner in Twin Peaks was known for its cherry pie and coffee.

 

Bob's wife, Michelle, is played by Robyn Lively who played Lana Budding Milford on Twin Peaks. Her name of Michelle here is probably a play on "Shelly", the waitress who worked at the RR Diner in Twin Peaks.

 

Sheriff Andrew Jackson is played by Lenny Von Dohlen who played Harold Smith on Twin Peaks. The sheriff's name is also the name of the seventh president of the United States, just as Sheriff Harry Truman's name on Twin Peaks was also that of the nation's thirty-third president.

 

Upon hearing that Dual Spires has no cell phone reception or internet, Shawn remarks to Gus, "Dude, we're doing Witness." Witness is a 1985 crime-thriller film about a Philadelphia police detective played by Harrison Ford who is assigned to protect a boy in an Amish community when the boy is targeted for murder after witnessing one in the city. The Amish are a Christian religious sect that eschew the use of modern technology. During the aside, Shawn also mentions Danny Glover; he was one of the actors in Witness, playing a crooked cop.

 

At 5:35 on the DVD, a decrepit old man in an old suit hands off the cinnamon owl to Sheriff Jackson at the festival podium. This is Mayor Douglas Fir, also referred to in the newspaper article above, though obviously not played by David Lynch. The elderly mayor is a reference to Mayor Dwayne Milford in Twin Peaks.

 

The monkey bread Gus takes from the bakery table is not actually monkey bread. A monkey bread loaf is round, with a hole in the center; the loaf Gus has is rectangular, more like Amish cinnamon bread. Notice that there is no evidence that Gus has any intention of paying for said bread; he just walks away with it!

 

When Shawn introduces himself to the Barkers as a psychic detective, he also introduces Gus as his partner, Lodge Blackmunn. The name is a reference to the supernatural Black Lodge in Twin Peaks and, here, it is probably also meant to evoke an association with "large black man", as Shawn has a tradition of assigning goofy aliases to Gus throughout the Psych series.

 

Shawn probes the Barkers for a reaction by commenting he's got a little something "under the nail", looking at his fingernail. This refers to the small, typewritten letters found under the fingernails of three murder victims in Twin Peaks, Teresa Banks, Laura Palmer, and Maddy Ferguson. This also refers back to earlier in the episode, when Shawn and Gus received the email from underthenail.com.

 

At 8:43 on the DVD, notice that Randy Jackson's Cinnamon King crown is also made of cinnamon. Randy seems to be a combination of James Hurley and Bobby Briggs from Twin Peaks. The name "Randy Jackson" also belongs to a famed bassist and judge on TV's American Idol.

 

The body of Paula Merral is found wrapped in plastic on the shore of the lake, just as Laura Palmer's was in Twin Peaks. In addition, "Paula Merral" is an anagram of "Laura Palmer". The piano music that plays during this scene is similar to the Laura Palmer theme played when her body was found in Episode 0A: "Wrapped in Plastic".

 

Dr. Donna Gooden is played by Sheryl Lee, who played Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks. It is Sheryl Lee who opens up the plastic to reveal the face of her "twin" here! Her character's first name of "Donna" is probably a nod to the character of Donna Hayward, Laura Palmer's best friend.

 

Dr. Gooden is frequently referred to as Doc Gooden; Dwight "Doc" Gooden was a popular major league baseball player 1984-2000.

 

The Sheriff's deputy is a Native American, just as Deputy Hawk was on Twin Peaks. The deputy here is called Deputy Frost, named for Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost.

 

Anything short of a huge downpour is hard to capture on film, so at 10:28 on the DVD, notice that rain drops are falling onto the lake's surface in the background, though the actors don't react as if it's raining. They must have had to get this on-location scene completed before running out of daylight and had to pretend the rain was not occurring.

 

The intense crying evidenced by the Barkers here was first seen with Mr. and Mrs. Palmer in Twin Peaks. The more sympathetic crying fits by Jack (and Gus) is reminiscent of those by Deputy Andy in Twin Peaks.

 

Bob Barker's crying and almost climbing on top of Paula's body is reminiscent of Leland Palmer's breakdown at Laura's funeral when he jumped on top of her casket as it was lowering into the ground in Episode 3: "Rest in Pain"

 

The Psych opening titles of the episode finally play at 11:00 into the story on the DVD. The opening title was redone to evoke the flavor of the Twin Peaks opening title. Psych's theme song is even redone by Twin Peaks alumni Julee Cruise to give it a more ethereal feeling:
Regular version Psych theme song    Julee Cruise version Psych theme song

In between the lines there’s a lot of obscurity
I’m not inclined to resign to maturity
If it’s all right, then you’re all wrong
Why dance around to the same down song
You’d rather run when you can’t crawl

I know you know that I’m not telling the truth
I know you know they just don’t have any proof
Embrace the deception, learn how to bend
Your worst inhibitions tend to psych you out in the end

I know, you know
I know, you know
   
Psych opening Twin Peaks opening
Seagull Bewick's Wren
   
Psych logo Twin Peaks logo
   
Dual Spires river Twin Peaks river

 

A long row of donuts is seen stacked two high at the Santa Barbara Police Department. Just like at the Twin Peaks sheriff station.

 

At 14:32 on the DVD, the monitor screen at Juliet's desk is a Phillips brand.

 

Requiring transportation in town, Shawn and Gus acquire a bicycle built for two and a pair of helmets. Did they steal all these too? Shawn is in the lead seat as they ride and converse.

Shawn: "It's like Driving Miss Daisy. Except you get to be Miss Daisy."

Gus: "I don't want to be Miss Daisy, Shawn."

Shawn: "That means you'd have to be--"

Gus: "I don't want to Hoke, either."

Shawn: "I guess you could be Ackroyd."

Gus: "I don't want to be in the movie, Shawn!"

Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 film starring Jessica Tandy as Miss Daisy, a wealthy white woman in the U.S. south of 1948, and Morgan Freeman as Hoke, her black chauffeur. Dan Ackroyd played Miss Daisy's son, Boolie, a successful businessman in the area who tries to get his aging mother to accept help and accept Hoke.

 

At 15:32 on the DVD, there are coconuts sitting in Dr. Gooden's office. This is likely a reference to the coconuts Hawaii-phile Dr. Jacoby kept in his office/apartment on Twin Peaks.

 

One of the patients in Dr. Gooden's office is a myna bird. On Twin Peaks, a myna bird named Waldo was owned by Jacques Renault until it was assassinated by Leo Johnson.

 

Paula and Randy each had a matching earring, just as Laura and James had two-halves of a heart locket on Twin Peaks.

 

At 18:26 on the DVD, the woman carrying the piece of wood is played by Catherine Coulson, who played the Log Lady on Twin Peaks.

 

At 18:41 on the DVD, a man leads a white horse through the town square. When they see it, Gus says to Shawn, "This town is getting weirder by the minute." I'm not sure why they should think so; a man with a horse in a backwoods town is not all that unusual. Sarah Palmer saw a white horse appear and fade away in her home just before her daughter Laura was killed in Fire Walk With Me and when her niece Maddy was killed in Episode 14: "Lonely Souls".

 

During Shawn and Gus's bicycle chase with Randy, the song that plays is "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing" by Chris Isaak; Isaak played Agent Chet Desmond in Fire Walk With Me.

 

Gus suggests to Shawn that they should pitch the story of this strange town to Mark Burnett. Burnett is a television producer, known for his reality shows.

 

At 21:30 on the DVD, a ceiling fan above a staircase in the Jackson house is seen; a ceiling fan above a staircase in the Palmer house was a recurring shot in Twin Peaks. Another ceiling fan is seen in the town library later in the episode.

 

Shawn compares Randy to Andrew McCarthy in Pretty in Pink. Later, Shawn compares Jack to Jon Cryer. Pretty in Pink is a 1986 comedy-drama film starring McCarthy and Molly Ringwald, playing two high school kids from opposite socio-economic classes who are attracted to each other. Cryer plays Ringwald's best friend who is secretly in love with her.

 

Sherilyn Fenn plays the town librarian, Maudette Hornsby. She played Audrey Horne on Twin Peaks. The music that plays as she's introduced is similar to Audrey's theme(s) in the earlier series. Maudette is drinking a Cherry Coke; a famous scene in Twin Peaks has Audrey tying a knot in a cherry stem with her tongue.

 

One of the books on Maudette's desk appears to be Telematic Society. This is a 1981 book by James Martin of speculation on what the future will look like.

 

Some books seen on the shelf behind Maudette are a number of volumes of Dominion Tax Cases and Carswell's Practice Cases, relating to Canadian tax law and legal decisions (the series was shot in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). Also seen, strangely out of place, is Written for Children by John Rowe Townsend, a 1965 book subtitled An Outline of English Language Children's Literature.

 

Seeing the tagged array of library books on the shelves, Shawn and Gus realize the strange set of letters and numbers they received in a further email from me@underthenail.com was a card number in the Dewey Decimal System. This is a library book classification system invented by Melvil Dewey in the U.S. in 1876.

 

While searching for the book that has the Dewey decimal number that matches the email, Shawn mentions Jane Eyre. This is a classic 1847 English novel by Charlotte Brontë about the privations and changes of a girl who grows into adulthood, marriage, and motherhood.

 

The catalog number sent to Psych is 796.352. Gus states that the 700s are Sports and Recreation in the Dewey system. That's more-or-less true; and the 796 portion is considered athletic & outdoor sports & games.

 

At 25:06 on the DVD, one volume each of Books in Print Authors (S-Z) and Titles (R-Z) is seen on the library shelf.

 

The book that matches the Dewey catalog number sent to Psych is Putt Your Way to a Better Life by Earl Windom. This is not a real book and Earl Windom is obviously a reference to Windom Earle from Twin Peaks.

 

When Shawn pulls back the Putt Your Way to a Better Life dustcover from the book, it turns out to be covering an entirely different book, Reincarnation and Rebirth by Ann Power, Ph.D. This is another fake book.

 

Back at the diner, the old man who does the thumbs up and OK hand symbols to Shawn and Gus may be a reference to the decrepit room service waiter at the Great Northern Hotel who was seemingly the host for the Giant in Twin Peaks; the waiter also made various "positive" gestures.

 

A stuffed moose head is laying on the floor of the Barker house. In Twin Peaks, stuffed animal trophies were often seen, including a deer's head lying on a table at the local bank in Episode 0B: "Northwest Passage". The moose head may also be an ironic joke in reference to the real world Bob Barker mentioned earlier, who, in addition to being renowned as a game show host, is a staunch animal rights activist.

 

Bob explains that when Paula was a child, she once sent he and Michelle a letter describing how magic white rocks were making her mother Lucy crazy, and Lassiter says, "Methamphetamines?" The stimulant methamphetamine hardens into a white crystal at room temperature. "Lucy" was the name of the receptionist/secretary at the sheriff's station in Twin Peaks.

 

Shawn and Gus search Paula's bedroom for clues, just as clues were found in Laura Palmer's bedroom in a couple episodes of Twin Peaks.

 

While searching for Paula's secret hiding place in her room, Shawn and Gus mention John and Joan Cusack. John and Joan Cusack are brother and sister, both well-known actors.

 

The object Shawn tosses at Gus in Paula's room at 30:46 on the DVD appears to be a Magic 8-Ball.

 

Shawn and Gus call an old acquaintance, Father Peter Westley, at St. Atticus College in Santa Barbara to get a translation of the Latin found in Paula's diary. The college appears to be fictitious. Father Westley is played by Ray Wise, who played Leland Palmer on Twin Peaks. Father Westley actually originated before this episode of Psych in "The Devil is in the Details...and the Upstairs Bedroom". Father Westley tells them that Paula's Latin statements are remarks on her popular boyfriend, "R", but she was secretly seeing "J". In Twin Peaks, Laura Palmer's diary had an entry, "Nervous about meeting J tonight," which turned out to be a reference to her secret boyfriend, James Hurley.

 

Meeting Maudette again at the library, Shawn remarks that Gus would like her to be his date at Betty Boop Night at the Roadhouse. The Roadhouse was a bar and night spot in the town of Twin Peaks. Betty Boop is a cartoon character created by Max Fleischer in 1929.

 

At 33:48 on the DVD, the names of the students in the Dual Spires yearbook match those of people who worked behind the scenes on Psych: Tara Larsen, clearance coordinator; Jerry Pender, second assistant production coordinator; Donna Leahy, production assistant; Dave Hoodless, production accountant; Cherie Bessette, production accountant; Dan Miller, assistant director; Ingrid Severson, caterer/chef; Melissa Lukacevic, assistant director.

 

Jack Smith here may be an analog of Harold Smith on Twin Peaks. Harold was a recluse who liked to write down the stories of the people who visited him in his cabin, composing a "living novel". Jack is a nearly blind man who photographs the people he meets and thinks of each photo as a memory.

 

The shot of Randy cutting two-by-fours on a table saw is a callback to various shots of logs and wood being cut at the Packard Mill in Twin Peaks.

 

Shawn remarks that the nearly blind Jack snaps photos like Jose Feliciano. Feliciano is a blind guitarist, singer, and composer.

 

Shawn remarks that all the secret relationships in Dual Spires are like General Hospital. General Hospital is a long-running daytime soap opera on American television, having been in production for over 50 years.

 

Frustrated that no one in Dual Spires recognizes his constant film and television references, Shawn finally asks Randy if anyone in town has ever seen a movie or TV series. Randy tells him that the townsfolk get together every Thursday night to watch reruns of Everwood. Everwood was an American drama series that aired 2002-2006 on the WB network. Shawn then makes a comparison of Randy to Treat Williams on Everwood and a comment about the surrogate mother character Nina. Treat Williams starred as the main character, Dr. Andy Brown, on the series; Nina was another character on the series, played by Stephanie Niznik. The reference to getting together on Thursday nights to watch Everwood may be a reference to Twin Peaks' first season, which aired most of its episodes on Thursday nights during its intitial run on the ABC network. Fans of Twin Peaks were known for having viewing parties during the show's run.

 

Surmising that Maudette and Randy were sleeping together, Shawn compares her to Pamela Smart. Pamela Smart is a New Hampshire woman convicted of conspiring to murder her husband with her 15-year old lover Billy Flynn in 1990.

 

At 45:34 on the DVD, notice that Father Westerly chops a hole with an ax through the library door to rescue Shawn and Gus from the fire, but he doesn't damage the locked knob at all, yet the door pushes right open. On a show like Psych, it's hard to say whether this was a sloppy oversight or an intentional joke.

 

Shawn and Gus notice that Father Westerly suddenly has white hair when he shows up in Dual Spires. In Twin Peaks, actor Ray Wise's character of Leland Palmer had his hair turn white overnight (after having murdered Jacques Renault in his hospital bed the evening before).

 

Fatherly Westerly tells Shawn and Gus that he owes them one "because of that whole exorcism thing." Westerly's appearance in the earlier episode "The Devil is in the Details...and the Upstairs Bedroom" involved him being framed for murder during a series of exorcisms.

 

Bob says that his great-grandfather was the founder of Dual Spires after WWI.

 

According to the audio commentary of this episode on the DVD, the portrait of Great-Grampa Barker above the fireplace in the cabin is actually of actor Dana Ashbrook (Bob) himself, aged.

 

Shawn remarks that he was wrong about the town being from Witness...it's The Village. The Village is a 2004 film about a lonely village surrounded by woods that house a dark, supernatural presence, that constantly hovers around the village, keeping the primitive townspeople within the village confines; at the end of the film, it turns out the village actually exists in a protected woods in the 21st Century, the legacy of a man who wanted to disappear and raise a family away from the modern world.

 

At the diner at 52:24 on the DVD, Jack is wearing a patch over his left eye. He is...One-Eyed Jack, a reference to the bordello and gambling house of that name on Twin Peaks. He is also wearing a red suit and begins to dance, like the dwarf in the earlier series. The music he selects on the jukebox to dance to is "Kool Kat Walk" by Julee Cruise.

 

While eating cinnamon pie at the diner, Gus and Father Westerly begin to discuss Ecclesiastes, one of the books of the Old Testament of the Bible.

 

At the diner, Lassiter holds up his left hand before a taking a sip of hot cider, proclaiming it, "a damn fine cup of cider". Agent Cooper does the same thing in regards to a cup of coffee at the Great Northern in Twin Peaks.

 

At 53:10 on the DVD, a very tall man orders pie at the diner (listed as "Seven Foot Tall Man" in the closing credits). He is a stand-in for the Giant in Twin Peaks.

 

At 53:11 on the DVD, a large plastic ice cream cone is seen decorating the Sawmill Diner. A similar cone is seen in the RR Diner on Twin Peaks.

 

   At 53:14 on the DVD, a boy wearing a football helmet is banging his head on the counter at the diner. Autistic Johnny Horne was wearing an Indian headdress and banging his head on a doll house in Episode 0B: "Northwest Passage".

    A couple of old school Coca-Cola advertising signs are also seen in this shot.

 

At 53:17 on the DVD, Lassiter finds that his cider has turned solid in his cup. Cooper's coffee turned solid in the Red Room in Episode 29: "Beyond Life and Death".

 

At 53:21 on the DVD, Bob starts walking backwards through the diner as he buses tables. Bobby Briggs was known for walking backwards in a scene in Fire Walk With Me.

 

At 53:25 on the DVD, Michelle begins dancing in a manner similar to that of Audrey Horne when she hears "dreamy" music in Twin Peaks. During the dance, Randy begins barking like a dog; Bobby Briggs and Mike Nelson barked like dogs at James Hurley when they were all being held in jail cells at the sheriff's station in Episode 0B: "Northwest Passage".

 

Way in the background at 53:58 on the DVD, as Shawn and Juliet walk out of the diner, notice that Bob has picked up a framed photo (or maybe a menu?) and begins sort of dancing with it with a pained expression on his face. Leland did a similar thing with a portrait of Laura in Episode 2: "Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer".

 

The closing credits of this episode appear over a portrait of Paula Merral, just as the closing credits of most episodes of Twin Peaks closed over a portrait of Laura Palmer.

 

Memorable Dialog

 

silent window shades.wav

this town is so small that it's in parentheses.wav

are you Frederick Douglas?.wav

something to hold us over.wav

hot apple cider and cinnamon pie.wav

Mayor Douglas Fir.wav

one awkward extreme to another.wav

she was a troubled young girl.wav

we need to pitch this to Mark Burnett.wav

each is alive with a story to tell.wav

isn't cherry the best?.wav

epic.wav

these books are archaic.wav

we started with the pie.wav

secret spot.wav

judge not.wav

 

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