Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: Re: Peggy Lipton on 12/8
From: (Mike Melnyk)
Date: 1990-12-12, 21:47

In article <>
(Stephen Hutchison) writes:
> >
> >In article <18439@netcom.UUCP>, mojo@netcom.UUCP (Morris Jones) writes:
>> >>
>> >> Vivian says, "Don't you think you're overreacting?"  What she really should
>> >> have said was "Don't you think you're overacting?"
>> >> 
>> >> Boy Peggy _stank_ in that scene!
>> >> 
>> >> Mojo
> >
> >We disagree.  Norma's darling mother is clearly one of those diseased psyches
> >(future bob host) whose ideas of childrearing include controlling every aspect
> >of the child's life as fits her whim. [stuff omitted]
> >
> >Norma, well trained by her years of this kind of child abuse (theme!), reacts
> >in just the ineffectual and abject fashion that rewards mommie dearest...
> > [more stuff omitted]
> >
> >Norma, were she strong enough to really deal with ruthless mommie in the
> >way that mommie deals with her, would, on discovering the deception, have
> >turned mommie out into the streets, after contacting the tabloids so she
> >could blow dear mommie's job out of the water.  At very least she would
> >tell the conniving old biddy (who is going to SUFFER when her dear hubby
> >blows all her cash) that her sanctimonious twaddle about "not wanting her
> >to compromise her journalistic ethics by lying" is crapola because she's
> >already compromised them by reviewing her daughter's restaurant!
> >
> >hutch

First of all, I don't think the opinion that Peggy Lipton was overacting
negates the fact that Norma's mother is warped. When I first watched the
scene, I was genuinely moved by what Norma said since I reacted solely to
what she was saying. When I replayed the scene later, Peggy Lipton did
seem to be hamming it up some. (Listen to her say, "But I'm your daughter.")
Too bad, because her overacting seems to have obscured the feelings Norma
was expressing...

Second, I hope I don't ever have a son as vengeful as you :-) Seriously,
I don't think Norma acted in an ineffectual manner, and I don't think
she's weak. She was very hurt by her mother's actions, but she put her
foot down and said she wasn't going to put up with her coldness         
anymore. Obviously, Norma has felt that her mother doesn't take her
seriously nor really care for her. Telling her mother to get out of her
life was difficult enough. Vengefulness does not equal strength. Though
I wouldn't blame Norma if she told Big Ed to give her mother's car a
Youngstown tune-up (an old Mafia technique).

All-in-all, a good scene with believable emotions, IMHO.

Mike Melnyk
Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
Jet Propulsion Lab/Caltech 
(818) 584-2962