Just wanted to note I've been making way through the alt.tv.twin-peaks archives from when the show was on (I will probably round-up about 100 notable and/or representative messages as a follow-up to my media coverage post a while back). Found this interesting bit:
"I don't know how many episodes have been ordered, but Lara Flynn Boyle was on
David Letterman last night and she said that they've already finished filming
This is from October 1, 1990. So it sounds like they were producing episodes about six weeks ahead of time which is a bit less than I thought. Also means that they were shooting the episodes resolving the investigation (and presumably writing the teleplays for the post-reveal episodes) at the same time the show's popular and critical tailspin was beginning. Not sure if that had any effect (they were pros after all) but I find it interesting for some reason.
On another note, someone mentioned recently that "J'ai un ame solitaire" (sp?) was not in Harold's note in the ep. 14 script but was added by Lynch. Which confuses me because it plays such a big role in resolving the mystery in ep. 16 (leading Donna back to the Tremonts' house and Laura's diary, which gives Cooper his penultimate clue). Yet ep. 16 had presumably been scripted and prepped for shooting by the time ep. 14 was shot. Which means a huge last-minute revision was made to one of the most important episodes, suggesting that its form was still somewhat amorphous at this late date. I know they supposedly had a timeline for season 2 hammered out in early summer but the more I learn about the behind-the-scenes of season 2, the more seat-of-their-pants it seems, and not just because of the Cooper/Audrey thing.
(Speaking of which - whose idea was it that Coop & Audrey couldn't talk any more if they weren't going to officially get together? I know MacLachlan nixed a consummation but theoretically his protective and rather tender feelings towards her could have continued and led to the originally-conceived Lodge denouement. Did the writers nix any further Cooper-Audrey storyline out of frustration that it couldn't go where they wanted it to, or was MacLachlan more explicit about wanting Coop & Audrey to go their separate ways than his latter-day "oh, I just didn't want him bedding an 18-year-old" excuse lets on? I know the scuttlebutt is that LFB forced him to refuse the story out of jealousy for Sherilyn Fenn, but the implication was always that he lied to the creators about his motives. If he lied, they still would've been able to keep an Audrey-Cooper flirtation/friendship going. I don't really think they should have slept together either, at least not in season 2...aside from the whole schoolgirlish thing, their chemistry thrived on sexual tension. I don't see why nixing a consummation should've ended their interaction altogether. If anything, Cooper's complicated, unresolved feelings for her could've added even more depth to a Lodge rescue.)