Mr. Spud stayed home with Mrs. Spud and the Tater Tot on Monday and apparently missed a whole bunch of phone calls.

It seems a number of people wanted to talk about what happened on "Twin Peaks" Saturday night - the night that Laura Palmer's killer was revealed . . . or was he?For those of you who haven't followed the happenings in Twin Peaks, there appeared to be another murder last week. Leland Palmer (Laura's father), possessed by the spirit of Bob, hugged, kissed, hit, punched and beat Madeline (Laura's look-alike cousin) before throwing her against the wall and putting yet another letter under her fingernail. It was perhaps the most disturbing - and certainly most violent - event yet on "Twin Peaks."

So, Mr. Spud was finally somewhat pleased with the show - we apparently discovered who the killer is.

Then Mr. Spud arrived at work Tuesday morning to find this message from intrepid DesNews copy editor Mary Beth Clark waiting for him:

"This may seem like a really stupid question, but who killed Laura Palmer? Obviously it was Bob. But who was Bob inhabiting? Ben Horne or Leland Palmer?

"I say that it was Ben Horne and Bob just switched bodies to pulverize Maddie."

A thoroughly confused Mr. Spud sat down and thought about this. After all, Leland wasn't in the hotel when the one-armed man identified the Great Northern as Bob's current abode. And when Benjamin walked into the lobby, the one-armed man had some kind of a seizure.

Not only that, but Benjamin's reaction to his arrest seemed very unlike him.

Some Peaks freaks have postulated that Bob is simply Leland's alter-ego. But co-creator/writer/producer Mark Frost said, "The larger mystery surrounding the death of Laura Palmer - the existence of the evil spirit, `Bob' - will continue to develop throughout the season, leading us into mystical realms, both good and evil."

Notice he describes Bob as an "evil spirit," not a split-personality, presumably indicating that Bob can move from body to body.

All of which means that, yes, we know that Bob is the killer. But can we be sure that he used Leland as the instrument of Laura's death?

Those of you still following this maddeningly frustrating show will be happy to hear that ABC has picked it up for the rest of the season - meaning we'll see a total of 22 episodes. And you may be interested in a few things coming our way:

- Just as Agent Cooper is preparing to leave Twin Peaks, he's delayed by an FBI investigation into his unauthorized visits to One-Eyed Jack's. Then, the return of his former partner "puts Cooper on a new and even more dangerous case in the heart of Twin Peaks."

- Audrey Horne and Cooper will fall in love - but not with each other.

- Two powerful men will battle for control of Twin Peaks.

- James Hurley will run away and find himself in a "deadly triangle."

- Several important visitors will arrive in Twin Peaks.

- The Bobby-Shelly-Leo triangle will continue, "with a shocking result."

- And, once again according to Frost, "Death, or more exactly, murder, will continue to play a part in the Twin Peaks narrative."

The longer this show goes on, the more I'm reminded of something Barbara Gingery, another intrepid DesNews copy editor, said about "Twin Peaks" months ago:

"It is truly bizarre - like looking at a disgusting blob on the sidewalk. You know you should avert your eyes but you can't."