Twin Peaks: 3.14
I have so much to write about this week's Twin Peaks, a momentous episode for a number of reasons. We're still no closer to good Coop emerging (in fact this was the first episode not to feature Kyle MacLachlan outside flashbacks) but we learned plenty and the various plot lines seemed to converge rapidly, signally the series three endgame just a few weeks away.
So where do I start? Well the beginning is as good as place as any and in an episode devoted in memory to the late, great David Bowie, the episode flashbacked to the Phillip Jeffries scenes from the FBI Philadelphia field office from Fire Walk With Me. The episode began with Albert filling in Tammy (and the audience) all in about the origins of the Blue Rose case - the disturbing death of Lois Duffy and her immortal words "I'm like the blue rose." - witnessed by Gordon Cole and Jeffries as her dying apparition vanished before their eyes. It was the start of an episode that continued the themes of spirit worlds and dreams in a big way.
Cole soon filled them in on his latest Monica Bellucci dream, a delightfully kooky Paris-themed sequence when the FBI Deputy Director drank coffee with the famous actress (who of course got to play herself). Bellucci told Cole "we Are Like The Dreamer" before being asked who the dreamer was. It was telling that only after retelling this dream did Cole and Albert remember the events of their bizarre encounter with Jeffries in the prequel movie. There is the suggestion that part of the slowness of characters in the revival is because things have been forgotten, none more so than Cooper in Dougie's body. Could this be the reason?
But perhaps the most intriguing revelation was the moment Diane revealed that her estranged sister in law was none other than Naomi Watts's Janey-E Jones, the wife of Dougie, who's wedding ring was found in the body of Major Briggs. A quick call from Cole to the Las Vegas FBI field office put them on the hunt for Dougie and Janey-E, hopefully leading to the fateful meeting with the old Cooper soon.
A very sweet call between Cole and Lucy (and a follow on discussion with Frank Truman) also clued him on to the mystery of the two Coopers from Laura Palmer's diary. And in Twin Peaks, there was plenty of momentum too. Andy, Frank, Bobby and Hawk's trip into the woods certainly didn't disappoint. The discovery of another portal to the spirit world (making the third this series after North Dakota and the apartment in New York) led to the shocking discovery of a naked blind woman Naido from Part 3 and Andy being transported into the White Lodge itself.
It was a surprising turn of events, not least because Carel Struycken's Giant finally got a name - The Fireman. I would never have imagined in a million years poor hapless Andy becoming the one to visit the spirit world but it was an amazing thing to watch.
And he got a bit of an information dump too, as the Fireman showed him the events audiences have witnessed over the course of the revival - the birth of Bob, the alternative film-inspired convenience store and the chilling Woodsman "Gotta light?" from part 8 - and seemingly new information about Laura Palmer too. Returned to the real world, Andy quickly became a man of purpose, carrying Naido back to the Sheriff's station while the others struggled to remember their encounter with the entrance to the spirit world.
But it didn't end there. Not only did Andy warn about the danger to this newfound spirit woman, but we got to see more of James's story as he chatted with fellow security guard, young cockney Freddie Sykes (Jake Wardle) who wore a green glove and seemed to have a story of his own encounter with the Fireman after getting caught in a portal in old Londontown and then being instructed to head to Twin Peaks.
As for James, who didn't seem to being have much fun on his birthday, a check on the furnace in the building he was guarding may have led to the encounter was something very dangerous. For a moment I feared the show had given James some development after his nostalgic performance last week, only for him to be killed off, but he was alive by the episode's end.
Perhaps most disturbing of all was Sarah Palmer's encounter with the creep at a local bar. Facing some rather nasty verbal abuse, something awoke within her, a shocking moment where she opened up her face Laura-Palmer style and unleashed something nasty which ripped the guy's throat out. It was so unexpected, I was still stunned by it by the time the credits rolled. What it does confirm is that she is, and perhaps always has been possessed; my money is definitely on her being the girl from the end of part 8's 1950s flashback sequence.
Even seemingly unconnected chat between two unknown characters in the Roadhouse at the end of the episode seemed to yield potential answers. The talk of Billy and the girl's mother Tina suggested that Audrey's ramblings of the last two episodes were real and not the delusions of a coma-induced dream.
Part fourteen delivered tons of answers and some disturbing moments as the spirit world became prominent in the storylines of plenty of key characters. It was arguably the strongest episode yet and set up the endgame for the final run of episodes...