Recently, I had the opportunity and pleasure to meet with a crew member from the Pilot of 'Twin Peaks'. Although mainly my purpose was to purchase several props and rare unique photos, we also had a chance to chat about his time on the show. Although not a formal interview, one story in particular caught my ear. While filming the extra scenes for the international version of the Pilot (seen again in episode 2), they came to the scene in the basement where Mike Shoots BOB (filmed in the basement of the High School?) In that scene, Lynch asks the crew member to assemble 12 candles and a mound of dirt. Well, this is what he did. Unsatisfied, Lynch asks the crew member to go back out to the truck and find 'something' to add to the pile of dirt. Rather confused, he goes to the truck, grabs a few items and returns only to discover that Lynch is still unsatisfied with the items he has brought.
Suddenly, Lynch exclaims, "I know what we need"! Lynch then proceeds to carefully pull from his pocket, the prop severed ear from Blue Velvet (wrapped in plastic) The ear was apparently in his pocket the entire time. With no explanation as to it's meaning or significance, Lynch very carefully partially submerges the ear into the center of the pile of dirt and the closeup is filmed. After filming, Lynch actually forgot about the ear, and for a very brief period of hours it remains in the possession of the crew member. At the end of the day it is returned to a grateful Lynch who returns it to the safety of his khaki pants pocket.
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