Showtime’s Twin Peaks
Season 3: “The Return, Part 15”
Directed by David Lynch
Written by Lynch & Mark Frost
* For a recap & review of Part 14, click here.
* For a recap & review of Part 16, click here.
Nadine Hurley (Wendy Robie) goes to see Ed (Everett McGill) over at the gas station. Her golden shovel in tow. She says she’s “changed” and realises he’s been a “saint” over the years. She knows she kept him and Norma (Peggy Lipton) apart, all this time. Of course he denies it, insisting there’s nothing to it. He already knows, from the rhetoric, she’s been tuning in to the show crazy ole Dr. Jacoby (Russ Tamblyn) broadcasts.
So Ed goes down to see Norma. Except her new guy Walter’s around. Life and love has passed Big Ed by, after so damn long. Heartbreaking to see. No matter how much coffee Shelly (Mädchen Amick) serves him. Or a “cyanide tablet,” as he mumbles to himself. But all he has to do is wait a few minutes, until Norma kicks that guy and his franchises and all that shit to the curb. She’s fine right there in Twin Peaks, the way it’s always been, the way it’s always been meant to be now with that final cherry on top for these two.
But as usual, there are darker things happening while all the sweetness runs its course.
Bad Coop (Kyle MacLachlan) drives down a desolate stretch of road. Similar to how The Return began. Then he pulls up to a place we all know well – the convenience store. Someone waits outside to take him in. Electricity flickers, they disappear.
“I‘m looking for Phillip Jeffries“
A dark room. One of the dirty, bearded lumberjack men pulls a switch. Electricity flares. Visions of the Jumping Man (seen previously in Fire Walk With Me). Through a familiar doorway, bad Coop goes into the darkness led by the lumberjack. They head out into a place like a trailer par. Where a woman talks in that backward talk of the Black Lodge. She lets him in through a locked door, into place with a number 8 on the outside. Inside, a light blinks rapidly. Bad Coop finds a strange kettle-like contraption, through which speaks the voice of Jeffries. He answers bad Coop’s questions, they speak of the ’80s, after Phillip showed up babbling about Judy. He says that Cooper’s already met her before. Hmm. A telephone starts ringing, endlessly. And the answer about Judy never comes, as bad Coop’s transported outside after he answers the phone.
Who exactly is Judy, after all? Since Fire Walk With Me, it’s been a lingering question.
Well, this doppelganger then stumbles onto Richard Horne (Eamon Farren), who believes him to be the regular Cooper, gun drawn. He wants to take out the FBI man. Instead, he gets the shit kicked out of him. But he ain’t dead. They’re taking a ride together, now that bad Coop knows this young man’s mother is Audrey (Sherilyn Fenn).
In the background, the convenience store zaps with electricity, pumping out smoke. Creating. Destroying. Manipulating. What all evil spirits do. Eventually, the place disappears, all that’s left is trees.
Out in the forest, Steven Burnett (Caleb Landry Jones) is with his mistress, gun in hand and tripping out. Things are not good right now, not for him. He’s a dangerous, unpredictable dude to be around. He’s in one hell of a bad way. Might not be walking back out of those woods.
And why? Did he do what I think he did? Has he hurt Becky (Amanda Seyfried)? Christ.
At the bar, James (James Marshall) says hello to Renee, but her husband isn’t impressed. So he beats the living shit out of him. Until Freddie (Jake Wardle) and his colossal glove step in to remedy the situation. Now we know he wasn’t joking about the Fireman (Carel Struycken). He really fucked those guys up, James and his buddy are headed for a cell tonight.
In Las Vegas, Duncan Todd (Patrick Fischler) and his assistant are assassinated by Chantal Hutchens (Jennifer Jason Leigh) with relative ease. She and Gary (Tim Roth) head for burgers after, as he rants about the “nation of killers” that America’s always been.
Elsewhere in the city Dougie-Coop (MacLachlan) is still eating, Janey-E (Naomi Watts) continually doting on her simple minded husband. ‘Cause now he’s got a rockin’ bod and the gambling issues are gone. Yet little bits of the true Cooper are there, hiding behind the veil. Just waiting to come back out again. He spies the electrical socket. Fork in hand – uh oh – he crawls towards it. Jamming the fork in, the electricity zaps, his wife screams.
Will it kill him? Or take him back?
Hawk (Michael Horse) gets a call from The Log Lady, Margaret (Catherine E. Coulson). She tells him she’s dying. She says: “You know about death. That it‘s just a change, not an end.” This is the last time they’ll speak. She pleads that he remembers what they spoke of in the past. She says to watch for the “one under the moon at Blue Pine Mountain.”
Hawk gets Bobby (Dana Ashbrook), Sheriff Frank Truman (Robert Forster), Andy (Harry Goaz), and Lucy (Kimmy Robertson) together to inform them about Margaret’s death. As it is in a small town, those who knew her many years mourn her sadly.
Audrey and Charlie (Clark Middleton) are going to the Roadhouse. Things are still… strange. What’s going on with them? Instead of going out, though, they get into a bit of an argument. Escalating until she nearly strangles him.
At the Roadhouse, The Veils play “Axolotl” as various people mingle, drink, the same ole same. A young girl’s moved by a couple tough bikers, evidently they sit there often. Instead of getting up, the girl kneels on the floor and weeps, crawling into the crowd on the dance floor. Moments later she starts screaming uncontrollably.
We end on a shot under the credits of that trailer-like courtyard where bad Coop was taken. I wonder if we’ll see more in the last few episodes.
A few slow spots, I still don’t understand Audrey’s whole situation. I feel like the biggest, most important Lynchian/Frostian mythologies are filling out. Eerie and strange Jeffries moments, too. Love those. Only several episodes remaining. I wonder if we’ll be left with some kind of devastating, near cliffhanger moment like Season 2 did 25 years ago. I’m betting yes, and Lynch/Frost will soak it in.