Twin Peaks: 3.13

After a somewhat frustrating episode last week, things were back on form as we saw more of evil Cooper and more expansion of the Twin-Peaks based storylines. Shelley and Bobby continued their separate lives, while their daughter Becky appeared to have gone back to her find her husband; love does really make you crazy. We also got a wonderful meeting of two crazies - Nadine and Jacoby - as he encountered her gold shovel displayed proudly in her successful silent drape runner shop. And Sarah seems stuck in a purgatory of her own making, drinking vodka and smoking a chimney while TV literally played the same few moments of a boxing match on a loop. The metaphor for her life is sadly clear.

There was also a great sense of sadness regarding some of other old characters too. After Audrey, one of the other big questions that has hung over the series is what happened between Norma and Ed. It seems history has repeated herself and he is doomed to watch her from afar, still married to Nadine likely. While there is certainly still a connection between these old lovers, as the RR diner scene showed, she at least has found a new love and a successful franchise business of diners. Seeing Ed alone, drinking soup over the end credits was incredibly heartbreaking to watch.

And just when we think we're starting to understand the format of these episodes, Lynch flipped things around by having the Roadhouse song play before the end credits, leaving the end of the episode to poor Big Ed Hurley. The song was a great moment of nostalgia, his nephew back to sing 'Just You', the song he sang way back in early season two with Donna and Maddie.

There was another scene between Audrey and estranged husband Charlie, but we learned little more of her story; she is still desperate to find Billy but is struggling to leave her home. Did she suffer some mental infliction as a result of the explosion at the end of season two? Has she become a recluse or is it something more insidious?

The current theory is that she is still in a coma, which would explain her disconnect from the rest of the series. It would be a fate as tragic as Ed's but it would certainly explain what we have been watching.

We got some great wonderfully dark stuff this week with evil Cooper, who has been mostly absent following his betrayal at Ray's hands and bloody resurrection at the hands of the woodmen spirits in part 8. He got his revenge, finding Ray in league with muscular gang boss Ranzo (Derek Mears) and taking him on in an aggressive arm wrestling match for survival. So confident were Ranzo and Ray that neither could predict a victory for evil Bob-possessed Dale Cooper, but we the audience knew better.

I suspect the presence of Bob and his unnatural resurrection were responsible for his strength in the match, playing Ranzo at every turn. Kyle MacLachlan's ability to deliver a cold, ruthless take on Cooper was unsettling, bringing Ranzo back to the starting position again and again while staring at Ray with his cold, dead black eyes. I suspected something nasty was going to happen to Ranzo, but even I wasn't prepared for the brutal punch to his face that caved his skull in.

And then, why Cooper had Ray alone, we learned more about the mysterious Phillip Jeffries who had hired Ray to kill Cooper, likely knowing the evil spirit that possessed him. It's a tragedy that David Bowie died before he could return as Jeffries; I imagine his presence in this story would have been chilling indeed. And then, the reveal of the green owl ring sent Ray in a rain of bullets into the Black Lodge itself, another victim in this story, though not a sympathetic one. Also the presence of Richard Horne to observe Cooper in action speaks to another fan theory out there. Real or not, a potential connection between Cooper and Horne cannot be good.

Good Cooper / Dougie Jones's story seems to be coming to a natural end, though I have long since given up hope of getting the old Dale Cooper back before the finale. The Mitchum brothers are now his biggest fans and his 'fortune' has given his wife Janey a convertible and son an amazing outdoor climbing set. It all feels setup to leave them in a comfortable position when his role as Dougie comes to an end.

With Tom Sizemore's Anthony Sinclair failing to poison Dougie's coffee and admit his guilt there seems to be just one corrupt man, Patrick Fischler Duncan Todd to deal with before this whole sorry story of bribery and corruption comes to an end. The episode continued to play on Coop's love of cherry pie and coffee and I'm still desperately hoping he snaps out of this 'coma' soon. Who knows, perhaps it is Cooper that might wake Audrey up?

Part 12 was a much stronger episode than the last, revealing more about Twin Peaks, bringing closure to a lot of Dougie's story while cementing evil Cooper as the central villain again. There was no Gordon, Albert, Tammy or Diane this week, but each scenes felt earned, more relevant that much of last week.

I just can't believe there are only five more episodes yet. We might be getting more answers slowly but I still have so many questions...

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