Blue Rose Task Force Podcast Finds “The One Armed Man” in Episode 4

Cooper and Harry finally have a talk with Philip Gerard—the titular one armed man—in this week’s deep-diving spoiler-filled installment of the Blue Rose Task Force Podcast exploring Episode 4—the fifth overall installment of Twin Peaks—using the full context of Twin Peaks from 1990 to 2017.

This week’s behind-the-scenes section focuses on how director Tim Hunter and writer Robert Engels became involved with Twin Peaks, and what sensibilities they brought to it. After that, the host parses out the differences the Log Lady may mean between smoke, flame and fire.

Looking at Episode 4 itself, there was a lot of doubling worth noting, which Blue Rose Task Force did. There was a lot of keeping secrets as well, which was explored thoroughly since Laura, Josie and Donna couldn’t explain their reasons themselves.

You’ll hear reasons why Philip Gerard might be unable to remember his MIKE side, and how that could figure into BOB and his host. While there may be no sign of MIKE, Laura’s presence still permeates most everything. It even seems to hypnotize James through Maddy.

There’s proof that Twin Peaks still remembers Ronette exists, and that Pete and Josie have a genuine friendship. A lot of people trying to medicate their problems with days of beauty, which Jacoby would say is a positive sign!

But there’s a lot of darkness to be discussed too. How is it Hank and Audrey are paralleled so strongly? Or how about Hank and BOB? How deep are the town and characters’ connections to drugs?

If you like what you hear, Blue Rose Task Force Podcast would love to hear from you. Send any of your questions and feedback to and we’ll discuss it in our monthly Mailbag episodes.

Blue Rose Task Force Podcast is presented by 25YL Media and Ruminations Radio Network. Production by Mitch Proctor and Area 42 Studios and Sound. You can listen now on Spotify, Apple and other podcast platforms.

S1E5 “The One Armed Man”

Listen to this episode from Blue Rose Task Force: A Twin Peaks Obsessive Podcast on Spotify. The deep-diving spoiler-filled journey through Twin Peaks finds it way to Philip Gerard’s first physical appearance. Your host John looks into how director Tim Hunter and writer Robert Engels came to Twin Peaks, what Lynch might be saying with the Log Lady Intro, and just how many doublings line Episode 4.

The following article was discussed in the episode:

Drawing in Twin Peaks

Written by John Bernardy

John Bernardy has been writing for 25YL since before the site went public and he’s loved every minute. The show most important to him is Twin Peaks. He is husband to a damn fine woman, father to two fascinating individuals, and their pet thinks he’s a good dog walker.

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