Hotel Room: Tricks and Black-Out

Two episodes from this unusual David Lynch series, made for HBO soon after Twin Peaks went off the air, reveal Gifford's wit emerging necessarily from darkness. Set in 1969, “Tricks” is the story of two men, Mo (Harry Dean Stanton) and Lou (Freddie Jones), and a hooker (Glenne Headly) who is passed from one to the other as Mo and Lou's identities overlap and switch. In “Black-Out,” a 1930s Tulsa couple, Danny and Diane (Crispin Glover and Alicia Witt), are in the stranglehold of a personal tragedy. Unable to live with the death of her son, Diane seeks refuge in low-level deliria.

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