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Invitation to Love is a fictional soap opera in Twin Peaks. It is seen briefly on TV screens on all episodes from Episode 2 to Episode 7. The show sometimes acts as a commentary on events unfolding in Twin Peaks itself, highlighting some of the more outlandish or melodramatic elements of the show.
The most obvious example of this "show-within-a-show" commentary can be found in Episode 3. When Maddy Ferguson first arrives in Twin Peaks, the near-identical cousin of Laura Palmer both played by Sheryl Lee, at the same time an episode of Invitation to Love shows Jade, the identical twin character of Emerald both played by Erika Anderson. The discussion between Leland and Maddy mirrors the one between Jared and Jade. It is also implied in the briefly shown snippet of Invitation to Love that Jade and have opposite personalities with a kind Jade and a greedy Emerald; much as in Twin Peaks, the sweet and innocent Maddy is diametrically opposed to the dark and secretive Laura.
Another example can be found in Episode 7, when Leo Johnson is shot in a dramatic fashion, and a similar event is shown happening to the character of Montana in Invitation to Love.
Fake Credits Edit
In Episode 3, the narrator of Invitation to Love gives credits to the starring actors of Invitation to Love, which are different from the real life actors' names.
- Martin Padley as Chet
- Selina Swift as Emerald and Jade
- Evan St. Vincent as Jared Lancaster
- and Jason Dembo as Montana
- Lance Davis as Chet
- Erika Anderson as Emerald and Jade
- Peter Michael Goetz as Jared
- Rick Giolito as Montana
- Mark Frost directed all the ITL scenes in the Ennis House, they were shot on video.
- Actor Lance Davis asked for his Invitation to Love credits name to be "Martin Padley" because it is the name of his wife's uncle.
- Lynch later reused the motif of a show-within-a-show in his film Inland Empire, which incorporates pieces of his web series, Rabbits.