As some other posters in this thread have noted, this really is such a strong episode. The funeral (capped off by Shelly’s hilariously ghoulish reenactment, a wonderful little character moment), Harry’s speech about the evil in the woods, the graveyard scene with Jacoby, and so many more. The scene of Coop and Hawk talking over beers might be one of my favorites in the original series, and in its own quiet way, it does almost as much to unlock the mythology of the show as the E2 Red Room scene does.
I always love Jacoby’s fashion sense. Somehow I’d forgotten how human he is in this episode. In his own weird way, his redemption arc from S1 to TR is almost as strong as Bobby’s. Here, he bemoans the fact that he lost the ability to care about others long ago. While he’s undeniably a creep for the way he took advantage of Laura, he has learned to genuinely care again by the time he transforms into Doc Amp. Russ is so great, always elevating the material with some weird bit of business or idiosyncratic delivery. I love him revealing the flowers from beneath his cloak.
As a rule, I hate the fake-titles German television assigned to the episodes on principal, since they didn’t come from L/F. But this episode’s “title” is a strong competitor for the absolute worst (along with Episode 8’s). “Rest in Pain” sounds like an awful direct-to-video Steven Seagal movie.
Betty’s little smiley-face pin is another detail that always cracks me up.
Nadine really breaks my heart in this one. For a relative novice, Robie is so terrific at conveying loneliness and mental illness. I wish her arc in S2 had stayed a little more grounded. Notice here how she’s already sort of mentally vanishing back to her high school days (reminiscing about seeing Ed at football games, and seemingly not remembering who James is). It’s too bad this material wasn’t explored with more humanity in S2, instead of the broad madcap bullshit that ended up being written for her.
It cracks me up that rural lawman Harry glances at the Mill ledger for two seconds and definitively says with all the authority of a professional CPA, “There’s nothing unusual in this one.”
— Breakfast at the Great Northern: Coffee, shortstack of griddle cakes, melted butter, maple syrup lightly heated, slice of ham (“Nothing beats the taste sensation when maple syrup collides with ham!”) (there also appears to be a side of lettuce on his plate; note the awkward shot where a mostly-out-of-frame Kyle mimes pouring syrup on his plate but doesn’t actually pour any)
— At the Double R: A slice of huckleberry pie, heated, vanilla ice cream on the side, coffee (“This must be where pies go when they die”)
— A beer with Hawk at the Great Northern (unknown brand, in a brown bottle)
There was some discussion on these boards around the time of TR about Cooper’s relationship with alcohol in the series. It may be purely an editorial coincidence, but I believe that the few times Dale is seen with an alcoholic beverage, the camera never actually shows him imbibing. It’s admittedly a trivial point, and probably completely unintended, but something I plan on tracking during the rewatch. In this episode, Cooper lifts the beer bottle toward his mouth after toasting, but we cut away before he actually drinks.
A couple more things on the Cooper/Hawk scene (did I mention I love it?).
I love the little detail that Dale’s tie is EVER so slightly pulled down, and his top button undone. Dale cuts loose!
For those who may have missed it, here’s raw footage from the shoot that Jerry was kind enough to share with the world awhile back: http://www.themauvezone.com/gallery/alb ... pe%201.mp4
It’s a master that is never actually used in the episode, and has a bunch of extra dialogue (as well as Sinatra to set the mood!). I will note that Cooper DOES take two swigs of beer in this outtake. Can anyone identify the label on the bottles?
The best view of the beer label is in the final shot before the traffic light, as they walk Leland out. A bottle which appears the be the same brand Hawk and Coop are drinking in the unused master shot appears on a table. It’s tough to make out, but it looks like it just says “Beer” in a Coors-style cursive font. Big Ed in the Pilot drinks a beer with a different label style, but which also appears to have “Beer” written in the same font. Impossible to tell for sure in either case, but that’s my best guess. Probably just something generic that came from a prop house.