So far, I can buy the retcon of Albert being part of Blue Rose at this point. He's a little exasperated when Cooper is talking about Bob, but he isn't dismissive and clearly doesn't respect Cooper any less for following dreams/visions/the supernatural.
As LostInTheMovies said much earlier in this thread, the Tremonds are among the tougher characters to peg down, even moreso now that a Tremond woman figures prominently into what may end up being the final scene of TP ever. Even Mark himself, when asked by David Bushman, "Did you ever have any strong sense of who the Tremonds and Chalftonts were?" answered, "No. I have to say they seemed a little obscure to me." Their genesis is interesting. They're in the original script, and I assume they were a Frost/Peyton creation. The grandson also pops up briefly in TSDoLP, which of course was written off details the writers fed Jennifer in advance of S2 (TSDoLP is where he picked up the name Pierre, which doesn't appear in any scripts or credits and was presumably Jennifer's invention). However, in the script, Mrs. Tremond and her grandson seem to be regular, albeit slightly eccentric, mortal people (the grandson does magic tricks, but a card slips out of his sleeve at one point, implying that he's just a regular kid). Mrs. Tremond's aversion to creamed corn is in the script, but the grandson transporting it seems to be a Lynch innovation. It seems like Lynch added the more "otherwoldly"/creepy element to the pair in this episode, and Mark & co. took the ball and ran with it in E16, when the bungalow is inexplicably inhabited by a totally different Mrs. Tremond. Then Lynch in FWWM reveals them to be full-blown Lodge spirits. Although this episode portrays the Tremonds as part of Laura's Meals on Wheels route, IIRC, Laura doesn't appear to know them when they approach her in FWWM, a few days before she dies (when she is, notably, loading the station wagon for a Meals on Wheels run). So did they just insert themselves into this house to intercept Donna and point her towards Harold? If so, to what end? To expose the Secret Diary and get Bob caught? Whose side are they even on? They are seen cavorting above the convenience store with Bob, MfAP, the Woodsmen and the Jumping Man in FWWM, seemingly marking them as Black Lodge spirits, but then why does Mrs. Tremond have an aversion to creamed corn? Does she not eat garmonbozia? Or is she disgusted because "normal" creamed corn doesn't contain the pain and suffering of the real thing (like an alcoholic being offered nonalcoholic beer)? The only thing that seems certain about these characters is that they regularly seem to infiltrate and inhabit homes that don't belong to them, to some seemingly manipulative ends.
Harold's reclusiveness seems positively prophetic in these strange times we're currently living through. Pity he didn't survive; he'd be more comfortable with social distancing than any of us (except maybe David Lynch).
I've written before about my confusion regarding the Mill subplot, and the ledgers, so I'll link to that post if anyone has anything to add: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3496&p=75847&hilit=mill#p75847
In terms of this episode, my main question is: Why does Ben seem to imply he's considering selling the Mill, when the whole point in the first season is that he wanted to tear the Mill down to use the land for Ghostwood?
The Garland/Margaret scene is absolute perfection. No one but Don Davis could pull that scene off with such earnest sincerity in every line. Never consciously mining the material for laughs, always responding with complete honesty to whatever Margaret gives him. "You wear shiny objects on your chest." "Yes I do."
I had completely forgotten the scene of Lucy trying to swat a fly, which Lynch perhaps unknowingly ripped off with Candie all those years later. Obviously, there are certain things he just finds entertaining. He must have LOVED that "Fly" episode of Breaking Bad.
The bizarre scene where the caller refuses to give Lucy his/her name is not in the script, was presumably Lynch's invention, and never paid off anywhere. I know earlier in this thread it was speculated that maybe it was Leland, calling with an anonymous tip about Bob (although he shows up the next day and tells Harry all about meeting Bob at the Pearl Lakes, so I'm not so sure). This go-round, I imagined it was Harry's brother Frank calling, and that he knew Harry wouldn't pick up if he said who he was because they were estranged at the time (shades of The Straight Story). This is purely my head fan-fic, and certainly wasn't anyone's intent at the time, but it makes as much sense as anything, and is a fun way of inserting Frank into the original series narrative (and explaining why Harry never mentions him).
As with the Giant/Coop scenes in E8, the Garland/Coop scene in this episode is the beginning of a relationship that will have vast repercussions for both men and for the mythology overall in TR. It's interesting how Dale tells Audrey in E6 that secrets are dangerous and that he doesn't have any, and yet he agrees with Garland here that, while secrets can lead to corruption, a pledge to keep a secret is sacred (a pretty complex moral code! And one that I imagine a lot of people in such jobs do struggle with).
Who do we think sent Briggs/Cooper that message? The Giant/Fireman conveyed the exact same message directly to Cooper at pretty much the same time. Was he merely trying to bring the two together by sending the same message to Briggs with Cooper's name attached? Or was it someone else with a more nefarious/manipulative intent?
Cooper's dream (cobbled together from bits and pieces of footage shot for other episodes/scenes) is not in the script, and is presumably something Lynch decided the episode needed during editing. Honestly, I don't think it contributes a whole lot (other than the superimposed owl-Bob), but it has some cool effects.
Finally, this episode in Dale's Diet:
— Breakfast at the Great Northern with Albert: Each has a plate of pancakes (with garnishes of some greens and what appears to be an orange slice), a cup of coffee, a glass of orange juice, and half a grapefruit; there is a pitcher of syrup for the table; additionally, there are table plates of bacon (which Cooper takes from and eats), scrambled eggs, sausages, a muffin (likely blueberry) with a slab of butter on the side, and two sweet rolls.