A: So... wait,... does John Merrick go to the doctor's house before or after he was kidnapped?
M: Before,... I think... I don't remember... I don't think it would have mattered. Maybe Lynch is less interested in telling a story from start to finish than he is at showing these scenes that he has sketched out in his mind. With Inland Empire he finally chooses to do what he does best: reality, fantasy, perspective, past, present, future, curve back on each other as he lays out these individual 'mind scenes', manipulating the audience, allowing the viewer to connect the dots...like reading a blog.