What is the significance of red, green and blue?
Lynch is doing something with the colors red and green and to a lesser extent blue in this movie but I have not been able to detect a pattern. One important fact is that Nikki finds the gun which she uses to kill the phantom on top of a green cloth. The most positive moment of the movie, that is to say, when Lost Girl is liberated is followed by a blue light.
Another important instance of blue would be the blue scene where Nikki and Devon carry out their affair. There are numerous other conspicuous instances of color in the film but again I cannot detect any meaning to them.
Why does Piotrek go to Poland to look for the Phantom?
If this movie is all about Nikki overcoming the very embodiment of evil with her acting, then why does Piotrek make a special trip to Poland to search for the Phantom?
Why does Laura Dern's real life mother play a role in the movie?
Michael Warren has caught one very important detail: "In a funny scene, Laura Dern’s real-life mother Diane Ladd hosts the show and intimates that Devon’s womanizing reputation and Nikki’s close proximity to him throughout the shoot could threaten Nikki’s marriage. Nikki deflects, not feeling any special attraction for Devon and rather insulted by the implication." This detail really seems to be too coincidental to have no significance. Yet I cannot find any meaning in it.
Why does AXXoNN appear three times in the movie?
AXXoNN appears in the beginning of the movie where a voice tells us that it's the longest running radio show in history. Some commentators think that life itself is the longest running radio show in history so AXXoNN has something to do with life but I find this implausible. The name appears again in the back alley above a door leading to Smithy's home and it is mostly that incident where the film takes a very drastic narrative turn and becomes highly surreal. And then AXXoNN appears on Hollywood Blvd above another door but I see no significance to any of this though Lynch is obviously getting at something here.
Why is the movie called Inland Empire?
Inland Empire in real life is just the metropolitan area east of Los Angeles. In the film Gordy says that the Phantom left Poland and mumbled something about Inland Empire but I doubt that refers to the area east of Los Angeles. Apparently, the way Lynch came up with the name of the movie was someone else mentioned Inland Empire, presumably the real life metropolitan area and he said that that's a great name for the movie.
A scene by scene account of what factually happens
Although our biases force us to select which facts to include and which facts to ignore, nonetheless, I have tried as much as possible to make a list here of the most important events in the film.
A John and a prostitute meet in a hotel room. It's probably Lost Girl and the Phantom but this cannot be known with certainty. The prostitute eventually says 'where am I? I'm afraid,' which Sue will later repeat on Hollywood Blvd.
4 min - Rabbits' home
Cheers as the male rabbit enters. Lost girl watching the rabbits. I don't understand this scene so I won't comment.
7 min - A mansion (in Polish)
The phantom pleads with Janek to give him an opening. Rabbit man in the background.
9 min - Nikki's estate.
A visitor shows up at Nikki's estate. She's very awkward in her movements. She has an Eastern European, probably Polish accent. She has advance information that Nikki has got a role and that the movie she plays in involves murder and marriage. Nikki denies that murder is involved. The visitor mentions the unpaid bill and says actions do have consequences. Nikki's husband will later warn Devon that actions have consequences and Nikki/Sue will be greeted by a second visitor in the movie who says there is a bill that needs paid. The visitor also says that 'If it were 9:45 it would be after midnight.'
18 min - Nikki's Estate, the next day
Nikki is with two girlfriends. She gets the role. Ecstatic. Piotrek looks on from above menacingly.
19 min - Directors' studio
Kingsley, the director, says the film is a starmaker. He says that the script has what it takes to send Nikki back to the top. He says that we're happy to have Nikki on board.
21 min - On television
Laura Dern's real life mother playing Marilyn hosts Nikki and Devon on a gossip show. Marilyn asks her if she will be able to be true to hubby. She asks Devon if his devilish mind is scheming. Marilyn says she will be watching and will be reporting on everything she finds out.
23 min - Backstage
Devon is revolted by the tv appearance. His entourage tells him that Nikki is off-limits, since her husband is the most powerful guy around and that he knows everything. Devon says that Nikki is not her style, which puts his entourage at ease. One of his entourage says 'you gotta admit though she has a nice ass.'
24 min - Next Day at the studio
Devon mentions Smithy for the first time. He says the house is Smithy's house which they're building for the set. The director and his assistant show up. They rehearse the scene where Devon arrives at Smithy's house and Sue is looking out the window. Billy said some things last night. He wants to apologize. Sue asks if they were the truth. Sue starts to cry. She asks him to look in the other room. Some commentators believe that what Sue asks Billy to look at is a dead body but I don't believe this. The assistant sees someone in the background. Devon goes to take a look and doesn't find anyone though he hears footsteps. We later learn that that person is Nikki/Sue. The director confesses that the script is a remake of a polish, gypsy folktale. The producers knew this but withheld the information. The two leads were murdered. It had a German title 47.
34 min - Nikki's home
Pietrok's parents show up who are polish. Nikki says she doesn't understand Polish. Peter then says that she probably knows more than she lets on. She then admits that she understands Polish but does not speak it.
35 min - Dora and the policeman
Dora meets with a policeman. She says she's been hypnotized. She doesn't say who but we know from elsewhere that it is the Phantom. She says she's gonna kill someone. She saw him by the bar. He said that she would know who it was. She has a screwdriver in her stomach. It's not clear if this scene occurs after Dora stabs Sue or not. Perhaps she stabbed herself out of guilt after she stabbed Sue but we cannot know this with certainty.
37 min - On set - Billy Side's mansion
Billy and Sue are acting in the movie. She has a husband and Billy has a wife and two kids. He says he's never had this feeling. All she sees from this is blue tomorrows. She says that she cannot afford to have an affair.
39 min - Offset. Freddy, Nikki and Devon.
Freddy says he loves animals. Freddy bums some money off of both actors. In my opinion this scene could have been deleted since I see no point to it.
39 min - Make up room.
Nikki is having her make-up removed or put on. The director says that Devon is fascinated about Smithy and wants to know who is playing Smithy. This scene as well probably could have been deleted.
42 min - Nikki's estate
She asks her servants where everyone went. A servant says they've taken Mr Berg upstairs.
43 min - Peter and Devon
Peter says to Devon:
Now, sometimes people don’t say exactly what they mean. And you have been guilty of this all evening. Now, I’ll tell you something. And I will mean everything I say. My wife is not a free agent. I don’t allow her that. The bonds of marriage are real bonds. The vows we take, we honour, and enforce them. For ourselves, by ourselves, and if necessary, they’re enforced for us. Either way, she is bound. Do you understand this? There are consequences to one’s actions. And there would, be certain, consequences for wrong actions. Dark, they would be. And inescapable. Why instigate a need to suffer?
Some commentators believe that Devon is speaking in Billy's accent but I don't believe that is the case.
45 min - On set
The director shouts instructions through a bullhorn. The employees are having difficulties getting things done. This scene also could probably have been deleted.
46 min - Billy Side's mansion
Sue says she's leaving for the gym and asks Billy if he needs anything. Billy insists that she stay since he is so lonely. She relents. He asks her if she would like to stay for dinner. Romantic music. The director calls cut. He berates his staff for not following the script.
51 min - Devon and Nikki off set
Devon asks her out to dinner after the shoot using a southern accent. She responds in character agreeing.
52 min - Acting out parts of On High in Blue Tomorrows
Romantic music. Billy and Sue kissing. She's says she's going to fall in love with him. After the director yells cut the music continues.
53 min - On set
Sue says she's afraid that her husband knows about us and that he will kill us. Nikki breaks character and says this sounds like dialogue from our script and she keeps her southern accent. Nikki realizes that she's confused reality with acting. Eerie music.
55 min - Devon and the Producer
The producer assures Devon that the stories around the film are all rumors and there is no evidence to suggest that the movie is cursed. Devon is skeptical of this.
56 min - Nikki with Devon in Smithy's home
Nikki and Devon are making love. Peter is in the background and looks on. The scene almost certainly belongs to fantasy otherwise Peter would have interrupted them. Nikki and Devon have the following dialogue:
NIKKI Oh, remember — remember I told you about this thing that happened? It’s a story that happened yesterday, but I know it’s tomorrow.
DEVON That doesn’t make sense.
NIKKI It was that scene that we did yesterday, when I’m getting groceries for you with your car. And it was in that alley, and I parked the car. There’s always parking there. So there I am.
DEVON Sue, damn.
NIKKI It’s a scene we did yesterday. You weren’t in it. That one when I’m in the alley. I’m going to get groceries for you with your car, and I park there ’cause there’s always parking. You know the one. I see this writing on metal. And I start remembering something. I’m remembering…and… this whole thing starts flooding in, this whole memory. I start to remember. And I don’t know. I don’t know what it is.
NIKKI It’s me. Devon, it’s me. Nikki!
DEVON That don’ make any sense. What is this, Sue?
1:00 - back alley, behind the set
Sue is carrying groceries. She sees the sign AXXoNN above a door. She enters. Very dark. Location shifts abruptly and she now approaches the set from the outside and witnesses the scene that took place at minute 24. Devon chases after her and she runs into Smithy's home. She tries to communicate to Devon and screams at him from the other side of the window and although he looks through the window to Smithy's home, he cannot see her.
1:05 - Smithy's home but now located in the South
She can see the yard of the southern home now from the window of the hotel room. She now opens the door and she is now in a different location in the South or maybe Inland Empire since Sue lives next to Krimp and Gordy said at 1:54 that Krimp left Poland and mumbled something about Inland Empire. She walks around very cautiously. She explores the house, sees a green lamp, she's wearing green and the beds are green. Smithy appears out of nowhere in the bed, turns out the light. He doesn't talk to her. Now there is focus on a red light. She sees a faded, unreal image of Billy.
1:08 - prostitutes appear in the living room of Smithy's home
One of the prostitutes says: "Look at us and tell us if you've known us before." This line is repeated twice in the movie. Once Nikki says it two women in the backyard of Smithy's home at 1:37 and another time Lost Girl says it while walking the streets in Old Poland at 2:07. The Prostitutes acknowledge Nikki only one time but they rarely interact with her. They talk about a guy that they admire rather strongly. One of them thought this guy was the one. They then say:
SANDI In the future…
DORI: …you will be dreaming…
LORI: …in a kind of sleep…
TERRI: …when you open your eyes…
LANNI: …someone familiar will be there.
Palakton interprets this as: "This, I think, can only be a reference to what will take place at the end of the movie, after a sort of long dream has ended, and Sue will come across the hotel room with the Lost Girl, the woman she once was in a past life." And I happen to think he is right.
1:11 min - Old Poland
Some of the American prostitutes are there. Nikki as well. One says: "This is the street." And asks her if she wants to see. It's just down the way. What they're probably referring to is where the murder took place. Image of record player and a woman crying. The voices are very hard to hear. Nikki still rather bewildered.
1:14 - Nikki with the prostitutes in the living room of Smithy's home
Dark. They look out the window but this time what is outside the room is Old Poland rather than the South. They smile a lot.
1:15 - Smithy's home
Nikki is calm in a white trash home, fixing eggs. This is her sweet persona. She tells her husband that breakfast is ready. She begins to throw up. Some commentators believe that she throws up because she's having a miscarriage. This would mean that she's unfaithful since Piotrek admits he cannot father children.
1:16 - Smithy's home, another day
Nikki enters the southern home with groceries. Mellow music begins to play. Close up of a watch. Nikki puts it on. She burns some silk with a cigarette. The watch hands begin to spin. She looks into the hole of the silk garment that she has burned with a cigarette and on the other side of the hole we find ourselves in old Poland.
1:17 - Old Poland - Phantom's home
Violent scene between the Phantom and Lost Girl. They have the following dialogue:
LOST GIRL I didn’t mean anything by that. I just asked a question.
THE PHANTOM Why did you ask if it means nothing? Whatever you want is that it?
LOST GIRL No. Whatever you want?
THE PHANTOM Oh…now it’s me.
LOST GIRL Always you.
THE PHANTOM You can lie to me, but don’t lie to yourself. So sly…
He pushes her.
LOST GIRL Don’t push me.
THE PHANTOM I’ll push you to hell.
LOST GIRL Stop it!
1:19 min - Old Poland - Smithy and Lost Girl
LOST GIRL I can’t give you children. I know that…Are you listening to me?
PIOTREK I’m going out now.
LOST GIRL I’m not who you think I am! I’ll never let you have her! Never…
1:19 min - Old Poland - Phantom's home
More violence between the Phantom and Lost Girl.
1:19 min - Old Poland - On the street
Smithy on the street in Poland perhaps looking for the woman mentioned at 1:19. Someone asks him the time. It's 9:45pm
1:20 - Lost Girl in her room.
The Lost Girl watches Smithy on television standing in the street.
1:20:30 min - The Rabbits.
Red. Two female rabbits in the room. They don't say anything.
1:21 - Sue at the Psychiatrist
Sue meets the psychiatrist for the first time. She says:
I don’t really understand what I’m doing here. That’s one hell of a fucking climb getting up here. So I was told you can help me. I guess I’ll just tell you the thing. I’m just gonna catch my breath. There was this man…I once knew. His name was…it doesn’t matter what his name was. A lot of guys change. They don’t change, but they reveal. In time, they reveal what they really are. You know what I mean? It’s an old story. Well, this guy…he revealed something. Looking back on it…all along it was being revealed. He was planning something. Planning something with me in mind. When I get mad, I really get mad. I gouged a man’s out when I was fifteen once. He was trying to rape me. I mean, the fucker had it out. He was pushing my legs apart. I got a finger in his eye socket. Pretty quick, rape was a long way off his mind. He was crying and screaming like a baby. “What a fucking man you are,” I said. There was goo. But he could still see me with the one eye…see me coming at him…grabbing his nuts and tearing at ‘em. He seen that, all right, and felt it, too. He was screamin’ and wailin’ like a little baby, sittin’ in the corner and crying…moaning and hugging his nuts till the ambulance come. The ambulance guys…they say, “What the fuck happened here?” I say, “He come to a reaping what he been sowing, that’s what.” They say, “Fucker been sowing some kind of heavy shit.”
1:26 - In Smithy's home with the prostitutes
Green, mellow music, Nikki somewhat calm. The whores are on the floor. They talk about the break up of a relationship. One of them thought the guy was the one. Nikki doesn't interact with them but listens. One assures another that with tits like hers there is always a chance. One of them says that her tits are going to bring them in like flynn and then she exposes them. They dance to the song 'Do the locomotion'.
1:29 - Smithy's home in the South
Sue is eating dinner with Smithy. Sue and Smithy argue about money. She says she's pregnant. He reacts with sarcasm. He's not very happy about it. It's possible that he's not happy about it because he doesn't believe it's his since he knows for a fact that he cannot have children which he tells us at 2:18
1:32 - Rabbits receive a phone call.
Green. The male rabbit picks up the phone. Canned laughter. Camera goes through the hole in the silk again.
1:33 - Sue and Mr K
Seen a guy come at me with a crowbar once. Guess he figured I was two-timing him. I was coming home, we were shacked up at the time. He was waiting for me in the half-light. Waiting for me to come home. Guess he had worked himself into some kind of frenzy. I open the fucking door…and I see this fucking shape burst out of the chair…and a crowbar going up. I scream, and turn. Fucking crowbar comes down, smashing in that fucking door, cheap piece of shit. It just splinters into a thousand pieces, like it was glass, shit flying everywhere. I don’t take this kind of behavior. I see what this fucker was up to. BAM! I kick him in the nuts so hard he go crawling up inside his brain for a refuge. He goes down like a two dollar whore. Crying and shit, telling me he’s done nothing but love me and bullshit.
MR K Were you in fact seeing another man?
SUE I screwed a couple guys for drinks, no big deal. This one guy was kinda cute. Fucker had a dick like a rhinoceros. He’d fuck the shit out of you, I tell you what. He’d buy me a couple of drinks after. We’d talk, he’d tell me about the town he grew up in. All the little girls he fucked. There was a chemical factory in this town, and he’d tell me it was putting so much shit in the air you couldn’t think straight. It got to a lot of the people. There was a lot of crazy shit going on there. People having weird dreams, seeing things that wasn’t there. This one time, this one little girl. She was staring off at something one time. Starts screaming. The people hanging round come to her and ask what’s wrong, and uh, she says she sees the end of the world. All fire and smoke and blood running. You know, like they say, the wailing and the gnashing of the teeth.
1:37 - Backyard of Smithy's home.
Sue now takes on her sweet persona and asks some girls if "you've known me before." They say "yes we will do that." Pietrok sprays ketchup on his shirt. In the ketchup Sue sees Lost Girl. Some commentators believe that the ketchup reminds Sue of the blood from the time when Lost Girl was killed in Old Poland.
1:39 - Old Poland
Lost Girl walks up the staircase with a screwdriver. Woman screaming. Camera shows a repeat of Lost Girl's back that we saw at minute 1:19. An American asks who she is. Close up of a dead woman on the floor which is probably Lost Girl, though commentators disagree on this point.
1:40 - Old Poland on the street.
Lost Girl and Phantom have the following dialogue:
THE PHANTOM I almost didn’t recognize you.
LOST GIRL You startled me.
THE PHANTOM Strange…to find you on the street.
LOST GIRL You seem upset…Are you?
THE PHANTOM Should I be?
LOST GIRL No, but…
THE PHANTOM So I shouldn’t be?
LOST GIRL No…but still you seem so…
THE PHANTOM I think you don’t recognize me…my manner…
LOST GIRL That’s true. You seem different.
THE PHANTOM You too. I’m used to seeing you in our home…not on the street…at night.
LOST GIRL Me too.
THE PHANTOM There was a murder…
LOST GIRL How awful. Where?
THE PHANTOM Just down the way. I think…you knew the person.
LOST GIRL Who was it?
THE PHANTOM Don’t know the name…but I have seen you with this person.
LOST GIRL You have?
THE PHANTOM I have. I think…I’ve seen the two of you together.
LOST GIRL That’s awful.
1:43 - Image of Pietrok dead, lying on the floor.
1:43 - Lost Girl watching tv.
1:43 - Backyard of Smithy's home in the South.
The poles arrive at Smithy's home. Smithy welcomes them. Sue asks who they are. They fight each other, asks for his hammer. One says there is no toilet paper, asks Smithy where it is. Smithy says they're a group that plays in traveling shows. Smithy will take care of the animals since he is good with animals.
1:46 min - Sue and Mr K
SUE Fucker went to some Eastern European shithole. With the fucking circus. Can you fucking believe that? That circus. Talk about carnies. Carnies, gypsies, con men, you name it. A real fucking ball of shit. There was this guy they had working there. (an image of him) He’d start talking. You know, real regular. Talking up the crowd. They’d start listening. Pushing in closer. He did some sort of thing on people. They all called him “the Phantom”. He got into a barroom fight one night. All the bar was arrested. A lot of them fucking circus clowns. So when they take them all down to the station? Guess what? The Phantom’s done gone and disappeared. This is the kind of shit I’m talking about. He was a marine from North Carolina. He had a sister with one leg. She had a sorta car stick for the other one. She killed three kids in the first grade. This is the kind of shit…Fucking funny. People. They all got their own peculiarities. Their own way of living.
1:49 - the prostitutes in Smithy's home
Listening to some weird psychedelic music. They're all bored. The only thing I think this scene accomplishes is a sense of absurdity.
1:50 - Billy Side's mansion
Sue has a key to Billy Side's home since she works there. She lets herself in. Billy's wife, Dora, asks her what she's doing. Sue thought Billy's wife was gone. Billy arrives. Sue says something is wrong, bad wrong. Sue asks Billy if he loves her. Billy pretends not to know. Sue declares her love. Billy's wife slaps her. Sue turns real fierce. Powerful emotions. She insists that she loves him.
1:53 - The Phantom hypnotizes Doris.
1:54 - Modern Poland
Pietrok in a car. He asks Gordy: 'Where is he?' This probably refers to the Phantom. Gordy says that he left and mumbled something about Inland Empire.
Clown face. Nikki runs from afar and then we see her face as a clown which is the same face we see after she kills the Phantom. Nikki wakes up, frightened.
1:57 - Smithy's home
A visitor arrives to talk to Sue. The visitor says there is a bill that needs paid. Sue says alright. The visitor asks if she knows the neighbor next door and says his name is Krimp.
1:59 - next door of Smithy's home
Sue approaches Krimp who is played by the same actor as the Phantom. She grabs a screwdriver. Krimp has a lightbulb in his mouth. Krimp disappears.
2:01 - Modern Poland
Piotrek arrives and the following dialogue occurs.
LOST GIRL There’s someone there…I have to tell you…There’s someone…
MAREK Do you recognize her?
PIOTREK I don’t see her…
MAREK You understand she sent for you?
LOST GIRL I don’t know where I am…
MAREK I hear her now…
JANEK Do you see her?
DAREK It was…red…
MAREK You work for someone?
MAREK This is the one who she spoke of.
PIOTREK The one I work for.
MAREK So…you understand.
FRANCISZEK The horse was taken…to the well…
DAREK Take the pistol…
JANEK Let’s go!
FRANCISZEK Right away! It’s after midnight!
It is understood that he is probably assigned the task of killing the Phantom.
2:04 - rabbits
The following dialogue occurs.
I'm going to find out one day.
It was red.
man: where was I?
this isn't the way it was. (laughter)
Male radio: It was the man in the green coat.
Female radio: It had something to do with the telling of time.
2:05 - Nikki in the rain.
Nikki experiences a lot of torment and screams. This is probably due to the trauma actresses experience while getting emersed in maleovolent characters.
2:08 - Hollywood Blvd
Nikki says I'm a whore. Where am i? I'm afraid. Rock n roll. Sue sees a doppelgänger of herself. Several shots of the prostitutes. They laugh. Penderecki music. Dora Side walking in the distance. Nikki runs from her. Close-ups of the prostitutes.
2:10 - Old Poland
Lost Girl says: Look at me and tell me if you've known me before. She is a prostitute here.
2:12 - Hollywood boulevard
Nikki believes that Dora is going to kill her. She flees into a burlesque club. She thinks Dora is going to kill her. Red lamp in the background. Also a green lamp. Mostly red. Green exit sign.
2:15 - psychiatrist
Sue says the following:
It was a funny name…they was called “Krimp”. There was this man I once knew. I’m trying to tell you so you’ll understand how it went. The thing is, I don’t know what was before or after. I don’t know what happened first. And it’s kinda laid a mind-fuck on me. My husband…he’s fucking hiding something. He was acting all fucking weird one night before he left…he was talking this foreign talk…and telling loud fucking stories…
2:18 - Southern home
Sue is being beat by her husband. He says he cannot have children. He's probably beating her because she is pregnant and he believes that the child is not his. The scene probably happened shortly after the scene at 1:29
2:19 - psychiatrist.
SUE Like this, his face all red. His eyes bugging out. I figured one day I’d wake up and figure out just what yesterday was all about. I’m not too keen about thinking about tomorrow. Today’s slipping by. I guess after my son died…I went into a bad time…when I was watching everything go round me while I was standing in the middle. Watching it…like in a dark theater, before they bring the lights up. I’m sitting there…wondering, how can this be?
As she says this she has a screwdriver.
Mr K says the following:
Hello? Yeah? She’s still here. I don’t think it will be too much longer. Yeah. The horse to the well. Yeah. Huh? Yeah. He’s around here someplace. That’s for sure. Czerwone time.
2:21 - Nikki flees from the psychiatrist. Back alley. Green. Backstage of the set.
2:22 - Hollywood Boulevarde
The prostitutes ask her where she went. She says someone's there. She talks to them. She starts snapping her fingers. She has a screwdriver. Doris comes up and stabs her with a screwdriver. Drops the screwdriver on the star of Dorothy Lamour. Camera focuses on the green light. Sue dies next to the homeless couple. They discuss whether or not there is a bus to Pomona. Her friend is named Niko. Niko has a blonde wig which she wears at parties. She does drugs and turns tricks now. She looks like a movie star. She has a hole in her vagina wall. The bystander tells her to be quiet about that. She knows that time has run out. She has a pet monkey. The monkey can scream like in a horror movie. Nikki spits up blood on the sidewalk, directly on one of the stars. The black woman says no more blue tomorrows as she dies.
2:34 - Movie Set
Nikki takes a while to rise. Everyone applauds for Nikki. She's wearing a red shirt. Assistants attend to her and try to clean her up. Penderecki still playing in the background. She doesn't respond when the director says she was wonderful.
2:35 - The lost girl
Lost Girl is now watching Nikki Grace as she moves through backstage.
2:37 - Theater
Sue sees herself talking to the psychiatrist on the movie screen. Red light in the background. She sees the psychiatrist in the background and sees herself walk up the stairs.
2:44 - In the bed room, green lights, green blankets. Gun is on the green shirt. More green lighting. Sees room 47. The Phantom comes up and Nikki shoots him. He stops but is not wounded. His face turns into hers. She shoots some more times then he dies.
2:46 - Rabbits
Door opens to the rabbits' home but no one enters.
2:48 - The Lost Girl
Music turns positive. The lost girl sees herself on TV. Nikki enters, kisses her. Lost girl leaves room 47, somewhat happy.
2:50 - In the southern home
The lost girl comes home, embraces Pietrok, happy. They are lovers, probably married. Another large bluelight.
2:52 - Nikki
Nikki is confused. Staring, doing nothing. Pigtails.
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