Truman's wife and Becky
Did anyone else think the scene between Truman and his wife was annoying? I felt like it was completely pointless and that the woman can't act for sh*t. On another note, I'm completely in love with the Becky character, the scene of her in the convertible is honestly one of the most beautiful moments in tv, or film period in my opinion. I think Amanda Seyfried is perfect for the role, and I'm thrilled to see what her character has in store for her, especially since she is very reminiscent of Laura.
My theory is that the interaction between Truman and his wife was to set up a future insurance claim or to establish that they already have an insurance claim filed because that insurance guy came in in Ep 1 or 2. And of course, where does Dougie/Cooper work?
I could be way off base, but this is what occurred to me while I was watching it.
I liked the scene, especially because she was so over the top and he was so deadpan.
As to Becky, agreed. She is a wonderful new addition to the long list of characters, and she very much represents what Twin Peaks has always been about.
I thought exactly the opposite: I laughed ad the scene and I thought she is a great actress
Becky high in the convertible was brilliant, made my skin crawl.
In my opionion, there are many pointless scenes in this new season, just to keep us waiting for the real stories, the good stuff. Many pointless "fillers" in between. For instance I personally want to know more about the NYC case, the South Dakota case (when will the Police notice that the principal's wife has been shot in the hallway?), the Mr C case, and the Dougie case. Instead we get these pointless scenes to subplots that seems totally irrelevant compared to the main plotline. But I guess that's how you make TV series these days. You can't compress the main plotlines and only focus on them, coz then you would only have like 6 episodes. Even though that would be 6 really great episodes, you have to make money as a TV network. Keep the Viewers wanting to wait an entire week for new episodes. But hey, the original series had pointless scenes too, but in the first episodes, they didn't appear as pointless, since we didn't know who the killer was. Everyone could a suspect. This time it's different. But maybe, it will somehow seem less pointless in the end. Hopefully.
@Eric from Sweden: I don't think that's the case, though, for a couple of reasons. Initially, Showtime planned to do only 9 episodes. Lynch didn't agree and he left the project saying that the budget and number of episodes weren't enought. Showtime eventually caved and allowed him to do it the way he wanted.
The second reason is that - with the exception of the original Twin Peaks series - I don't remember any of his works to have "filler" moments. It's quite the opposite, actually: even the weirder, most seemingly out of place bits, generally ends up paying off (both Mulholland Drive and INLAND EMPIRE are great examples of this).
Even with the original TP is difficult to say if certain subplots were meant to be filler or not: the original idea Lynch and Frost had was that Laura Palmer's murder was never to be solved. When the network forced them to reveal the killer, this obviously shifted the focus of the story and, with the show being canceled (and, by that time, quite removed from Lynch's creative control), there wasn't time to tie up most of the threads.
As for the scene in object, I agree with Brandy that it's most likely headed into the insurance subplot. And yeah, sure, the actress was over the top: just like Wendie Roby (Nadine), Grace Zabriskie (Sarah Palmer) or Kennet Walsh (Windom Earle) were over the top.
Also, agreed with pretty much everybody else: Becky fits just perfectly and that scene in the car was painful and terrifying.
The worst filler sections of Season 2 were ideas of guest directors ( James outside TP being the prime example ). David came back to do ep. 29 ( final ep. ), leaving a bunch of cliff-hangers in hopes of fans lobbying ABC even more to not cancel the show, but by then ABC was determined to kill it.