LostInTheMovies wrote:The Coop/Albert scene may be there for a similar reason, to break up two sequences between which a lot of the connective material had been cut - Laura at Harold's and Laura at the RR. I guess maybe it was also meant to create some tentative link between Laura and Coop but, much as I'm fine with the scene on its own terms (and it's always nice to see Albert again), I wish it had been cut. I think and this scene feels like a refugee from the movie FWWM was originally intended to be rather than the film it ended up being. There's simply nothing else like it in the film (at least when Bobby calls Jacques, it's in Twin Peaks and it's involving characters that Laura is enmeshed with).
I love this scene. I love Albert being simultaneously wrong in that Cooper DOES have a supernatural connection to Laura, but... he's not wrong at the same time! He's right that this kind of vague generalizations is basically cold reading. I love the transition of Kyle perking his head up and then Laura with the food and the twangy music. And I kinda love that it feels like it's in a different film. It's something Lynch does quite a lot in his later career (especially IE), cutting away to other characters miles away from the "main" events but who are nevertheless connected all the time.
If I wanted to justify it within FWWM, I would say that, since loads of people discuss the Leland material as "Would Leland be obvious as her father to a newcomer?" Cooper plays a dangerous role by being both small and important to newcomers. If this was its own thing, the logical thing would be the detective who we follow for the Teresa Banks investigation and who disappears would be the one who has a connection with Laura. Instead, a detective with way less screentime is the one who visits her in her dream and later stands by her as she's redeemed. People who have seen the TV show know this is poignant and that he's a WAY bigger part in this overall story, but there's very little in the film to connect for a newcomer, yet another FBI detective who shows up 30 minutes into the film with the later figure in the supernatural world. The scene provides a context in which he's the FBI agent but one where we're told that not only will this man solve the mystery of Laura's death, but has a connection with her before that even happens. Then, when he appears in the dream and afterlife, he's not so out of place.