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Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:09 pm
by Audrey Horne
sorry, will finish the series finale tomorrow!

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:41 pm
by MysteryMan
WOW, very interesting reading and so many things I never thought about or connected. With your attention to detail you should write a book about Audrey Horne! I really mean it. :-)

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:53 pm
by cat butt
Wow, Audrey! Fascinating stuff for certain - and you recalled all of those "Next On" outros from memory? My heroine!

Reading about the deleted scene with Sylvia, Johnny, and Dr. Jacoby, I find myself disappointed that Johnny's condition is actually a voluntary reversion. I had always assumed that he was developmentally disabled, and it added an excellent layer of depth to the Horne family. The mother's silence and withdrawal implied a kind of sadness, trapped with a stunted son and abandoned by a fiercely independant daughter and incorrigible husband. Ben's stoic curtness when we see Ben and Johnny together always gave me the sense that Ben was disappointed in how Johnny turned out, and was unwilling to face the problem or show him any love. I liked Johnny as kind of a Hunchback/Elephant Man secret in the Horne closet.

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:09 pm
by Audrey Horne
whew -that's it for the first season.

I think I hit on just about everything, and kept it in keeping to how the character was viewed back in the spring of 1990. She started out to most viewers as one of the quirky inhabitants, and quickly made her way up to the fan favorite.

The most interesting thing I found in reevaluting all her scenes and in comparing them to the series as a whole, is her use of color -her saddle shoes are the first symbol of contrast that will also find itself on the red room's floor. Her choice of red is also a connection to the red room's curtains.

It's a disappointment that Johhny's story had been dropped. I like the idea that Johnny may be surpressing something by choice, and that both he and Audrey have site, are potential seers into the other world.

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:21 pm
by Audrey Horne
Audrey -summer hiatus 1990

No, the next post won't be the second season premiere, but instead following Twin Peaks mania. Sheilyn Fenn's Audrey gained momentum as the first season unfolded, and by the end had hit stardom. I'll gather the pieces I have, the articles, and attempt to recreate the mood before the series returned by the end of September.


After the first season wrapped, Twin Peaks was at a fevered pitch. Lots of people were angered at its ending not revealing Laura Palmer's killer, but still most were anxious for the series to return. Most of the actors were becoming media darlings and highly sought after for interviews and any other kind of appearance. Kyle MacLachlan was easily a crowd favorite right off the bat, but while the first season progressed, Sherilyn Fenn's Audrey Horne became the Twin Peaks It Girl, and by summer of 1990 was perhaps the most sought after little ingénue around town.

Wild at Heart premiered at Cannes in the spring while Peaks was nearing the end of its first season. It premiered in the United States later that summer, and a large part of its advertising campaign relied on the many Twin Peaks stars making an appearance. Sherilyn Fenn has a brief but powerful scene in the middle of the film as an unfortunate victim of a car crash. The scene is singled out by many critics as one of the best moments of the film. With Wild at Heart drawing so many Peaks fans, it was hard not to associate the actor with their character 'Jack Nance's town loner is hard to disassociate with Pete Martell, etc. In the summer of 1990 it was hard not to think of Fenn's unnamed character as more or less little Audrey Horne. It is a sad and heartening scene 'Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern's lovers on the run stumble across Fenn 'the last survivor of a wreck. The girl is trying to make semblance of the situation, and offers a poetic stream of consciousness of her mundane life events 'where is her purse, her bobby pins, hairbrush and so forth. She pleads to the two not to tell her mother since it will upset her, and continues to walk around the deserted site. Within moments after refusing aid, Fenn is concerned with the "damn sticky stuff"in her hair, not comprehending the severity of her injury. Quietly and solemnly she falls to the ground, blood flowing from her mouth, and softly tells Cage and Dern to get her hairbrush, whispers, "it's in my purse,"and expires. It's a beautiful and haunting moment, and Fenn is once again, quite good.

*Fenn had completely her portion of Wild at Heart before returning to film the first season of Twin Peaks some time in 1989.


Fenn's next big event in the off-season came as a surprise. Peaks was looking good to pick up a few Emmy nominations since it was such a critics darling. However, the avant- garde nature of the content didn't ensure exactly which nominations it would receive. Lo and behold, the show made top honors in the nominations department with a total of fourteen nods. Twin Peaks held nominations in the top prestigious categories including Drama Series, directing, and writing. Kyle MacLachlan and Piper Laurie also received nominations in the respective acting categories. Not too much of a surprise 'MacLachlan was heralded as given a tour de force performance all season, and Laurie had been an Oscar nominated and celebrated actress for decades. The big surprise on nomination day was Sherilyn Fenn's poor little rich girl, Audrey Horne had also napped a nomination. In a show that had provided a showcase for lots of new, young talent, Fenn's Audrey had been singled out.

*Later on, the MacLachlan, Fenn, and Laurie would also receive Golden Globe nominations also.

Sadly, Peaks only won two Emmys when the winners were announced on September 15th, for its costumes and editing. Fenn, a no-show, lost to Marg Helgenberger for her work in China Beach. The series would be much luckier in January when the series would win for Best Drama, and both MacLachlan and Laurie for Best Actor and Supporting Actress, respectively. Despite each loss, the nominations were quite impressive for Fenn in a series with many seasoned performers.

Fenn also began showing up on many prominent magazine covers, and her cherry steam moment was being covered and heralded in articles in The New York Times. When the second season was announced the marketing used Fenn and MacLachlan as the primary print ads. Most of the fans were now not only interested in who killed Laura Palmer, but also when Cooper was going to "get it on with Audrey and her saddle shoes"(New York magazine).


Critics and fans still had Audrey on their short list of suspects as the killer, and while Fenn had no knowledge of the true identity, she constantly proclaimed her innocence-

"I don't think Audrey would kill anybody," she says. "Unless it's in self-defense. People say to me, 'You killed Laura Palmer,' and I say, 'You're crazy! I'm not that bad!"

Also, she summed up nicely her thought on solving the mystery too early '

People always ask, "Who killed Laura Palmer?" I says, "Who cares?" People want the instant gratification of knowing the answer, and they're not going to get it on this show. They get that gratification in real life but at a real price. If they want to cook a f*cking turkey in a microwave, it's not going to taste the same.


And perhaps the biggest coup, Fenn found herself on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine 'right before the second season premiere. Centered between the other Twin Peaks ingénues, Lara Flynn Boyle and Madchen Amick, Fenn had solidified her It Girl status. In the article, she muses about Audrey's bad girl exterior is in fact an act and more surprisingly -

The secret Audrey has never told: Her virtue is intact. "Absolutely and completely," declares Sherilyn. "It's like big talk. She absolutely hasn't been with anybody. She acts like she has. She wants to. That is her secret."

And Fenn began giving more interviews declaring that she was proud of Audrey and how Audrey was not afraid to use her sexuality and smarts. "It exists. It's real. Why not use it."


And one scare before the second season premiere was announced. Sherilyn Fenn came down with a bad case of pneumonia, and news media reported that it could effect filming since she was crucial to the plot. Eventually, it was reported that her scenes were able to be shot and she could recover. This may be the reason for many of Audrey's early episodes have her confined to a bed and immobile.

All in all, Audrey's popularity only increased over the summer, and along with Cooper, viewers were anxious to see her fate.

Not to mention her hilarious send-up by Victoria Jackson on Saturday Night Live, hosted by MacLachlan -here Jackson poking fun at Audrey's dance arrives to Cooper's room to give him a going away present -"I just have to finish wrapping it." And in a spot on recapturing of the cherry stem trick, Jackson ties an entire bow with her tongue.



Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:37 pm
by They-Shot-Waldo!
Look forward to it. :) It's a damn shame Wrapped In Plastic is no longer in publication (and worse still, with all this TP and Lynch-related activity, no plans of any kind of revival) - formated right, I would heartily recommend this article for inclusion!

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:56 pm
by Audrey Horne
almost done with the next part, and season two kick off -with the supernatural elements coming into play.

I'll be talking about how the second season pays a homage to Hitchcock's Notorious, the analysis of the Giant linking Audrey to Cooper, and the inital narrative setup of the Audrey/Cooper/Windom Earle triangle.

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:06 pm
by They-Shot-Waldo!
A brief, but nice look at Fenn in-between seasons. More then anything thus far, I honestly can't wait till you get further and further into the second season! :wink: I'm personally of the opinion Annie (and John Justice Wheeler) were mere speed-bumps in the Cooper\Audrey relationship... and I think with Lynch clearly try to bring back the series to some of it's former glory in the second season finale, a revival of the Cooper\Audrey friendship is not without reason. (If only mere speculation now).

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 8:52 pm
by Audrey Horne
okay done -whew -I think. damn, I forgot the SNL skit. (edit it later I guess)

second season premiere coming Tuesday!

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:10 am
by Annie
I totally forgot about this until now. For all Audrey fans (mostly the guys), go to (It's a live site I was moderating before I came here, but not very current, but that's a loooooong story.)

On the right hand column, there's a list of things you can see without joining.
Look for the Sherilyn Fenn Gallery--there's even nudes!!!

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 1:26 pm
by Audrey Horne
er, second season premiere coming Sunday.
(hey! I'm allowed to go out sometimes too, you know!)

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 10:34 pm
by Audrey Horne
Audrey ' second season premiere (2.01)

Three and a half months had gone by in 1990, and Twin Peaks created a new media frenzy surrounding its odd soap opera whodunit. Finally it premiered on Sunday, September 30th with fans on the edge of their seats waiting to find out the fates of their characters. Like many other pivotal episodes, David Lynch was back in the director's chair providing a two hour chapter to the saga.


The most talked about episode in the prior season was the third installment 'the strange dream with the odd-speaking dancing dwarf and the mysterious Laura Palmer whispering forgotten answers into the hero Dale Cooper's ear. It catapulted Peaks into another world that told the audience solutions would not be found by conventional methods. Dreams and the subconscious unlock the real answers.

When the episode returns, we know find Cooper still alive after being shot, but in a dazed, half awake/unconscious state. Here he is visited by the elderly waiter and The Giant 'reality and the dream state. Are the two connected, and The Giant just a manifestation of Cooper's own dream. Here the dream technique from the first season is creeping slowly into the actual waking life.

And with this quality, Lynch and Frost begin to bring in more overt supernatural elements to Twin Peaks. BOB, where previously had only been snippets of Mrs. Palmer and Cooper's visions, will take a more pronounced role in the series as being a real concrete entity.

This supernatural quality will carry over to some of the other characters as well, but in the premiere it is most evident in the Audrey character and in creating a strong bridge to the Cooper character.

We return to Audrey's cliffhanger right after Agent Cooper's. Cooper and Audrey had become the show's two most popular characters, and naturally from a directorial and writing standpoint, it is best to hook the audience with both of them right away. In fact, one of the first shots is the note from Audrey framed on the table with the voice of Deputy Andy on the telephone, reminding the audience right from the beginning that she is a character connected to Agent Cooper.


The monster Ben has entered the fairy tale-like "little flower room,"and Audrey, dressed in virginal white has fled to the bed and quickly drawn the red drapes. Assuming this to be foreplay, Ben sneaks a hand in between the curtains, in which Audrey instantly slaps it away. Ben, undeterred, calls her a vixen. 'perhaps an inside joke of reinforcing the outward Audrey appearance where in many articles Audrey is referred to as the village vixen. The dichotomy of Audrey's character is represented as she calls herself Prudence 'always the duality of the whore and the virgin, the bad girl and the good girl. Here it is established as "vixen"and "prude."

Before knowing the outcome, Lynch cuts to Blackie's office where Jerry is strangely irate at Blackie. "Who's holding out on whom,"Jerry questions. He flees to find Ben for some S.N.A.G., but before he leaves throws an eight ball of heroine to the Madame, and chides her '"Aw, Blackie. You used to be so pretty." This scene introduces Blackie's drug addiction, and infers that the Horne brothers use it to keep her on their tight leash. The introduction of the drug will come into play when it is soon to be used on Audrey herself.

We return to Audrey's boudoir, where she is still fending off her father's advances before he can determine her true identity. "I think you should go now,"she pleads in a soft disguised voice, calling on the tactic of a sweet ingénue cliché. Meanwhile, we see Audrey's mind at work, taking inventory of her surroundings and how she can use anything possible to get out of her trickiest situation yet. Ben pretends to grant the new girl her request by shutting the door and tiptoeing back to the bed. While Ben is quite quick at the game, Audrey is quicker; she intuits his tactics, and makes her next move.

"Got you,"Ben exclaims as he pulls back the curtains.

But Audrey is a step ahead of him. She surprises him first as a tease with a blanket, and then completely hiding her identity with a white porcelain mask.

"I must see you,"Ben playfully toys with her as Audrey continues to hold her ground. Her mind racing, she still manages to cajole information out of her father as he boasts he is in fact the owner of One Eyed Jacks.

Just how adept Audrey is will not be determined and most likely it would be impossible for her to keep up the defense. Jerry interrupts the potential disaster with news on the mill. Ben smirks to his prey that he has to leave, but that their "game"will continue. He warns her, "Next time it will be a different game. A fun one. Everybody wins." Audrey, in true serial form has snuck by again.

The script continues to be in league with the audience now with the knowledge that their creation of the Audrey character is a hit. The slaps she hits Ben with are certainly cheered by the viewers, and the story now has the confidence to know this is a character that is being rooted for and supported to succeed in her predicaments. Ben, while it's not needed for the story, reinforces the audience's impression of Audrey '"I like you"and, most likely with a wink to Fenn's new found fame, "you know how to interest a man."


The closing shot of Audrey first scene is electric. In keeping true to form as an observer, Audrey watches Ben leave, and slowly lowers the mask, and lingers on his path. She sits in her thoughts, and processes, and once again is framed by the red drapes (echoing Cooper's dream world). It's a wonderful moment for Fenn 'where her face tells the entire story. The stillness is haunting and conveys a pronounced sadness. The moment represents Audrey's true loss of innocence 'her father is a monster and life is no longer a game.

We must note also that Audrey has worn a mask throughout most of the first season, a very public mask as the coquette. Here she literally wears a mask to possible save her life. And again, while in private, can she literally and figuratively remove the mask.

*The use of the white mask, much like the Queen motif, and the red drapes seems to be in keeping with Cooper's past and the Windom Earle foreshadowing. A similar mask will be used much later in the form of Caroline's face. And Earle will begin the search for his Queen to carry off to the Black Lodge. Clearly, before the Audrey/Cooper projected story arc was scrapped, the One Eyed Jack imagery would have been recalled with more thematic weight.

*The original script has some minor changes. The Audrey/Ben scene plays out without the interruption of the Jerry/Blackie scene. Here Audrey makes it clear that she is a virgin likening herself to a bar of soap that hasn't even had the wrapper torn off. She is the one who names herself Prudence, on which Ben nearly chokes upon hearing. Based on the edit, the dialogue was probably filmed but scrapped. However, once Ben leaves with Jerry's intervention, it cuts to the scene with Blackie. Here it is Ben who is the provider of the heroine to her, not Jerry. It makes him crueler while keeping Jerry as the lightweight. Perhaps Lynch changed it to give Jerry a more menacing presence.


Audrey's predicament is unaddressed for almost a good hour as the episode unfolds revealing new information in the Laura Palmer murder. It isn't until Ben Horne nonchalantly asks his brother is he has "seen Audrey today?"do we realize that she has been removed from the town, and is a prisoner. Lynch allows her next scene to play out almost entirely in a single wide shot. It depicts Blackie reclining on a chaise surrounded by her goons and working girls. Audrey breaks the tableau with a knock on the door, and gives some exposition of her situation '"Why is the door to my room locked,"she asks, and in keeping with the character's fun quips, adds, "and who's the refrigerator?"(The heavy who guards the youth). Lynch expertly allows the scene to remain static, and for Audrey to explore the frame. She begins in the background, and travels around the frame, observing the surroundings, until she practically breaks into the foreground into close-up. It continues to establish that Audrey is always at play, yet the setting in undeniably ominous. Again, she is surrounded by the deep red of the curtains. And note that she now wears red pumps, recalling the red pumps she toyed with in the pilot (also directed by Lynch). Where they once were used as a device to show high school students her defiance, they now serve as another disguise 'her attempt to pass in the adult world.

"The owner was a little disappointed in your performance last night,"Blackie calmly tells Audrey, a hint of her southern drawl and contempt puncture the air. The camera remains fixed on Audrey's full shot, as she processes the situation. "Well, the owner,"Audrey plays, "isn't actually my type." (Fenn and Audrey are in league with the audience here, sine she knows the identity of the owner, and it produces a chuckle from the viewer). When Blackie becomes more agitated and beckons Audrey back to her, Lynch finally allows the scene to cut from the single shot. Now Fenn and Lynch have Audrey enter the frame with her effortless bouncy energy, and in control. Another situation Audrey can outwit her way out of, relying on charm. Blackie caresses her face and hair and asks, "And what is your type, exactly." Continuing her alliance with the viewers, Audrey is in on the joke of Blackie's obvious lesbian inclinations. With a verbal wink, Audrey whispers to Blackie, "Not you. no offense." It's another typical Audrey moment that pleases the audience. But here, for the first time, Audrey's cheekiness does not go unpunished. The goon swoops onto Audrey and apprehending her, forcefully holding her arms behind her back. "Let's get one thing clear, princess,"Blackie scolds. Audrey begins to hold her own in her usual fashion, "Okay,"she begins. But Blackie silences the word by grabbing Audrey's mouth. Without doubt, Blackie is in control here, and Audrey is for the first time in the series powerless. "When you work for me,"Blackie informs her, "everyone's your type!" Again, the scene is important in reinforcing the fairy tale. Blackie has already addresses Audrey as the "princess,"and she is a new form of the cruel stepmother, the evil queen, and the wicked witch. Note that the apple will take the form of a needle, and put the princess to sleep. She will not be awaken until the prince (Cooper) finds her in the bed and looms over her and rescues her from the castle/dungeon. (The imagery in episode 2.05 will confirm this)


Audrey's last scene in the premiere is one of her best. A simple moment that is richly filled; encapsulating the character in her true form 'one of a dreamer, an innocent, and ultimately a seer. Audrey, again as the captive, resides in her bed, clutching a heart-shaped pillow to her chest. Here, she prays and confesses to Cooper. Where earlier we see Audrey with her armor (her wit, and level-headedness), now we see the private Audrey with all her defenses down; a scared and frightened child. The scene strengthens other moments where we've witnessed Audrey exposed (the sobbing while watching Leland dance and the unsuccessful seduction in Cooper's hotel room). The difference here is Audrey is completely alone and completely with her private self. In this moment she reaches out to someone, while not physically there, she shares a spiritual connection with.

"Special Agent, Special Agent, are you there?"she whispers, seeking his response. "I left you a note, didn't you get my note? I slipped it under your door, you must have seen it."Under Lynch's direction, while Audrey speaks, the camera returns to Cooper's hotel room where he lies in his bed sleeping. The camera reveals the note, now hidden under the bed, undiscovered and unread. As is, the scene prior to Audrey's is Cooper retiring for the night, and will immediately return back to him when her scene is completed. The book-ending with Cooper along with the inclusion during her monologue distorts the two scenes and bridges, and overlays them 'does Cooper dream Audrey's prayer in his subconscious, or does she imagine his? Are her prayers reaching inside his head, and he must unlock this telepathic cry for help? In the original script they are kept separate, but in Lynch's directorial hands, he overlays them and creates a complex and dreamlike world, and strengthens the connection between the two protagonists.

"To be perfectly honest, I think I'm in a little over my head,"Audrey continues. "Not that I can't handle it. I mean, if I'm going to help out on your investigations, I'm sure I'll be put in situations a lot more dangerous than this on a fairly regular basis." Her aside again displays Audrey trying to prove her worth to Cooper, and the continued theme that she is a special agent in training. But the innocent also adds, "My first time out, I could use a little expert guidance."

The impression of Audrey with a pure heart is also reinforced '"I hope you won't think any less of me for trying to help. I promised I only did it with the best of intentions." Again, her schemes and machinations are only used for good.

She ends her plea with tears in her eyes:

"And if there's any way, if there's any way in the world that you can hear me right now, please help me. Help me."


What is exciting about the scene is not that she is a damsel in distress, which in itself is fairly basic storytelling and not worthy of the Twin Peaks world, but that her message is allowed to pass through onto another plain, another dimension. After her prayer scene, accompanied by Badalementi's beautiful instrumental version of Questions in a World of Blue, we return to Cooper's room where he is revisited by the supernatural Giant. While the Giant advised Cooper about more clues to the Palmer case, what is most surprising and telling, is his final sentence: "One more thing. You forgot something."

A few episodes later, Cooper figures out the Giant's cryptic message '"The Giant was right. I did forget something." Of course, the something is Audrey's unread letter revealing her secret whereabouts, and the only means by which her life can be saved. While it might make sense from a story point of view, one has to stop and ponder its significance. So far, the dream and the Giant have only given Cooper clues to solving Laura's murder. Audrey's note and life, while important in itself, has no connection to the Palmer murder. And other townsfolk have been killed or in life threatening predicaments. But they have not been brought to Cooper's attention to be prevented. Does this allude to Audrey having special gifts, or insights, that Cooper also possesses? Audrey has been shown to be seeking a world of escape, and dances to music inside her head. She is able to see the sadness and madness of Leland that the others are unable to see. In an episode to come, Ben Horne will tell Cooper and the audience that Cooper and Audrey share a "special relationship." Does this foreshadow an insight into other worlds that Cooper is only beginning to understand within himself, and Audrey hasn't even tapped into?

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:56 am
by GreatWent
Great posts, Audrey, much appreciated!

Do you find yourself quoting Audrey in real life? Even though the mundanes don't get it, I try to say "That numbs my buns" and "In real life, there is no algebra" whenever I can work it in (although since I'm a nurse, I fear there IS algebra in my life LOL!).

Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:49 am
by Audrey Horne
stuck in Thanksgiving family mode. Will be back to work at this tomorrow night -lots of interesting theories start to come up with the beginning of the second season that I can't wait for me and others to investigate.

Did anyone catch Sheryl Lee on Dirty. Sexy. Money?

Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 11:04 am
by Tonya J
Yep. I just happened to flick by it last night. Had never seen the series before and then there she was.