Rewatching part of this one again. Timeline wise, does anyone think it's possible that after Becky shot up Gersten's door, she went back home and that's where Steven confronted her about it in a rage and being the asshole he is, turned all of her completely justified anger about his affair back onto her? So essentially the scene in this episode was presented out of order in the storyline. See the transcript below.
Steven: Fuck! I will throw all of this shit out the window. Quit fucking speaking to me, and what I do or don’t fucking do doesn’t concern you. (Referring here to cheating with Gersten during the afternoon instead of looking for work.)
Carl: It’s a fucking nightmare.
Steven: I don’t tell you shit like why the fuck you don’t ask for a raise. How much money do you make, anyways? You barely make minimum wage! We can’t even afford this shithole. And I don’t tell you to clean this fucking place up! Don’t you fucking move. (Using his guilt in cheating to deflect blame.)
Steven. Don’t you fucking…
Steven: Listen to me. Listen to me. Don’t you give me that fucking innocent look. I know exactly what you did. Exactly what you did. You fuck… Ah, shit…(Referring here to knowing Becky shot up Gersten's door.)
So potentially: Becky gets wind of the affair, steals Shelly's car and shoots up the door. Steven looks super pissed in the stairwell as Becky flees the scene. Cops are called, Becky returns back to the trailer. Steven returns home and almost beats her up, then leaves, never to return. Eventually, the cops come to arrest Becky but Bobby is also there and intervenes and takes her back to the diner, where they have the family meeting.
Then in part 15, when Steven and Gersten are arguing about "who did it," maybe he's simply referring to almost beating her up and cheating on her (and Becky and Steven's violent confrontation in the trailer would be their last scene, making his guilt more present, and be scripted to take place AFTER her overhears her shoot the door in my proposed timeline above) and Gersten is saying Becky did it, referring to shooting the door. And thus, Steven a nd Gersten's conversation has nothing to do with Steven killing Becky but is centered around his guilt and remorse about nearly hitting her, cheating on her and running from their marriage.
I think Lynch then may have chosen to make Becky's fate look more ominious in the editing room. Perhaps in the script, the scene in part 13 of Becky calling Shelly about Steven being missing for two days may have been immediately before or after Steven potentially killing himself in the forest. That may have also been why Mark was so adament in the Q&A that Steven didn't kill Becky, because that's not what was written or intended, despite how it appeared in the final edit.
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