Twin Peaks: 3.10
This week's Twin Peaks began with violence as Richard Horne (Eamon Farren) emerged as one of the true villains of the revival. His brutal attack on the woman in the trailer who ratted him out to the police for running down and killing the kid a few episodes earlier was swift and horrible. But nothing could quite prepare us for what happened when he assaulted his own grandmother Sylvia Horne (Jan D'Arcy) while she cared for the surprisingly alive Johnny.
Stealing her money and her jewellery and beating her to the ground with no remorse showed just how ruthless Richard he is. He was pissed rather than remorseful after he killed that boy in one of the revival's most harrowing moments to date and explosive when he killed this episode. But attacking Sylvia in the manner did showed a cruelty only seen in the very worst characters of Twin Peaks. What's more, it continues to raise questions as to her parentage; the current fan theory is that he is the son of Audrey and evil Cooper, conceived at some point after the show ended and there are certainly traits to suggest that. But with Sherilyn Fenn still absent, this mystery continues to simmer. What we do know is that deputy Chad (John Pirruccello) is not just a bit of a jerk but in cahoots with Richard, intercepting the letter sent to Sheriff Truman to expose the villainous Horne's actions in killing the boy.
There was a lot of violence in those early scenes; Amanda Seyfried's Becky, last seen high and in love found herself assaulted by her drugged up boyfriend in the trailer, while gangster Rodney Mitchum (Robert Knepper) found himself beaten across the face by girlfriend Candie as she attempted to swat a fly in one of David Lynch's wonderfully directed moments of comedy. The dots continued to be joined up around Dougie Jones as his corrupt colleague Anthony Sinclair framed Dougie by setting him up to be killed off by Mitchum. There were connections too to Patrick Fischler's Las Vegas-based Duncan Todd, who was also out to get Dougie and in league with Mitchum. All signs point to a bloody and brutal showdown with Dougie...aka the good Cooper.
While his journey back to the old FBI agent still crawls along at a frustratingly slow pace, it was fun to see Cooper enjoy himself, no more so than in a frenzied sex session with his wife Janey after she remarked on his toned body during a trip to the doctor. She's obviously still completely in denial over her 'husband' but Naomi Watts plays the role with gusto and Kyle MacLachlan's penchant for comedy is a delight - his 'sex face' was hilarious. Poor Sonny Jim though, having to listen to his parent's loud sex session.
We had more trips down memory lane as Jacoby held another broadcast and a delighted Nadine even got her first line (no word on Big Ed yet though) while the episode delivered another surprise return from the Log Lady as she warned Hawk with the prophetic 'Laura is the one'.
Given the 'creation of Laura Palmer moment' from part 8 as a counterpoint to the evil of Bob, it's no surprise that her story still isn't over. Gordon Cole had a vision of Laura as he opened a door to Albert Rosenfeld, coming back off his (surprise!) date with local medical examiner Constance Talbot (Jane Adams) who had been examining Major Brigg's corpse.
There was no Diane this week, but Albert and Gordon are certainly on her tail, tracking the text she received from bad Cooper, who Tammy Preston has now tied back to the glass box apartment in New York from part 1. Whether Diane is evil, bitter or somewhere in between adds another layer to this ever evolving mystery.
And finally, I wanted to talk about that song. David Lynch has introduced some wonderful acts to the Roadhouse endings to each part, but this week's was hauntingly breathtaking. Rebekah Del Rio's vocal was beautiful, backed by none other than Moby and Nick Launay on instruments, singing No Stars, a song co-written with Lynch himself. So powerful was this ending that I had to immediate watch and listen to it again. It's one sonrg I will definitely be downloading.
This week's episode continued the path of parts 7 and 9 of starting to build a coherent, interconnect story. It delivered a horrible villain in Richard Horne, while still raising questions about his parents. Kyle MacLachlan continues to delight too as Dougie, though I'm starting to get tied with how slow his transformation back to Cooper is taking - given that we only have eight parts left. But I still enjoyed every moment, particularly the new characters and that final song was breathtaking. Roll on next week...