Mr. Reindeer wrote:Sick Girl is way up there for me too. Not necessarily so much for that moment itself (although it’s a hilarious button on the scene), but for the sense of suburban anxiety and dread the whole horn-honking sequnce evokes. The foley and the lighting were outstanding. And it was just so damn cool, after so many episodes of the Double R as a stagebound set on the original show, to see it as a practical location the characters can move in and out of, with a whole real world outside.
totally agree with this scene as well, it was reminiscent of the way Trouble's performance at The Roadhouse was incorporated into the narrative dramatic arc for pretty much the first time. i loved that entire sequence, matter of fact episode 11 is up there with 15, 8, 1&2 and 17&18 as my favorite episodes. its just non stop brilliance and exciting scenes.
i liked the interaction between Becky and Bobby and Shelley with Norma holding an eye on them. somebody said that was bad acting and while english is not my native tongue i have to disagree there. as someone with separated parents that's gone through a lot of hard situations and done a lot of stupid situations that scene touched a nerve on me. and then comes Red and it's clear that he is foreshadowing something bad is about to happen. not only that but the way his presence make Shelley forget the situation and to even be a decent human being its almost like he is holding some magical sway over her.
then the shooting from out of nowhere and the commotion outside. how exciting this was to see for the first time, and still is!! i feel this entire sequence is one that has equally Mark Frost and David Lynch all over it as far as writing goes - and it is a really well written scene.
for me the scene has a lot of social commentary, the obvious one being on gun violence amongst kids - the fact that kids do as their parents do, and not what they say (in this case - dress the same, plays with guns and reacts the same). but ever since i first saw it i strongly think the screaming and honking woman in the car is a commentary on our society as well. For one we are always in a hurry to get where we are going, and also that we get extremely mad at things that are out of our control, and things we dont understand. Hilarious and frightening.