One bizarre echoing I noticed was that Betty Briggs, with her haircut not a million miles from the one that Diane has, talks about Garland Briggs squeezing her shoulder, in an episode where we've seen Gordon Cole squeezing Diane's shoulder on the plane for an awkward looking 30 seconds or so. I don't know if that's international but I picked up on it second time through.
yeah i noticed that one aswell. There are lots of these echoes and repetitions. Around Ep 5 when i started to get sucked into this series i actually made a list of them, because they were bothering me, but then threw it away because there were so many of them.
Alot of people have mentioned ' surrealism' in relation to Lynch. I am not going to go there here, but note that the most famous ' surrealist' director is Luis Bunuel, who's 60's and 70's European films - from The Exterminating Angel onwards - have several stylistic quirks in common with Lynch - beyond both being rare examples of arthouse weirdness that get mainstream commercial release. The exterminating Angel, for instance, started off with a shot or people going into a party, and then a minute or so later, you get the same shot. The original script had everyline of dialogue in the film used twice, in different contexts and by different characters ( this was abandoned as being over-schematic although traces of it still remain in the finished film). The other obvious example is '' That obscure object of desire' Bunuel's last film, which uses two different actresses to play the same character, and interchanges them not-quite-randomly ( one has the affair and the other one is suspected of it). Also very 'Lynch'. I am not saying Lynch borrowed from Bunuel with this repetition / echo thing, more that it is a poetic device which both film-makers used. Not many directors approach film from this kind of angle or let that kind of stuff in.