The kids are not alright in Twin Peaks

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Not a whole lot seemed to happen in the fifth installment of Twin Peaks, but as with typical Lynchian storytelling, it’s what’s bubbling beneath the surface (and in the end credits) that reveals some juicy tidbits. And while there has been some grumbling that Twin Peaks isn’t featuring the town of Twin Peaks nearly enough, we did spend some quality time there this week, catching up with Shelly still waitressing at the Double R diner, and getting our first glimpse of her friend, and boss, Norma.

We also met a teenager, Becky Burnett (Amanda Seyfried), who it turns out is Shelly’s daughter. And as patterns often repeat themselves, she’s married to loser Steven Burnett (Caleb Landry Jones) who can’t get a job, or write a resumé, probably because he spends his days snorting all of their coke, forcing Becky to ask her mom for money. Norma warns Shelly to do something now to stop this habit before it’s too late, but a final shot of Becky as she and Steven drive away, gazing upward in the car, face aglow while the song “I Love How You Love Me” (by the Paris Sisters) plays on the radio. It’s a very Laura Palmer moment, possibly foreshadowing bad things to come for Becky. The shot also echos Lynch’s Mulholland Drive where Naomi Watt’s character is blissfully taken away by the Hollywood dreams that await her.

Later at The Bang Bang Bar we got an actual scene, not just a band playing over the end credits (and there was a band playing this week, Trouble, fronted by David Lynch’s son). This time we meet a young man sitting in a booth, smoking with a No Smoking sign clearly on the wall behind him. An employee asks him to stop smoking or he’ll have to leave when another man, we assume an employee, says he’ll handle the situation. Instead, he asks for a smoke, the mysterious young man gives him a whole pack and we see it’s filled with money. Hmmmm. One of the girls in the next booth decides she’ll be a rebel too and asks for a light. The guy tells her to come over and she sits next to him. Suddenly he grabs her around the neck and basically threatens to rape her while her friends (including one played by Jane Levy) look on in horror. Here’s where Lynch gets a bit sneaky. We never know who the violent young man is until the end credits when we learn the actor Eamon Farren is playing Richard Horne. So now the question is, from which Horne family member did he spawn? Ben Horne is certainly known for his dalliances (perhaps why he has a new assistant, Beverly), but he could also be Jerry’s son. An online theory also posits that he could be the son of the still-to-be-seen Audrey Horne, the product of her relationship with the BOB-possessed Cooper doppelgänger which would explain his violent tendencies. It is certainly an interesting development that will hopefully pan out once the real Cooper regains his senses.

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Speaking of Cooper and Mr. C, we got some quality time with them both this week. Coop, still doddering around as Dougie Jones, finally goes back to work where some things begin to trigger his memory. First, of course, is the coffee that a co-worker is bringing to a staff meeting. He is given someone else’s coffee, who is not too happy about it but then discovers he also loves green tea latte. So it wasn’t a terrible day for the guy after all. During the meeting at the Lucky 7 Insurance agency, another co-worker (played by Tom Sizemore) is talking about a claim that the company will have to pay but Dougie/Cooper sees a green light flash on the man’s face and blurts out he’s lying. Interesting. But it doesn’t sit well with the co-worker or their boss (played by Don Murray), who calls Dougie into his office and really jars his memory with words that trigger something deep inside — “agent” and “case files”. Dougie is sent home with a pile of folders but as the sun sets and the credits roll, he’s just standing outside the building fascinated by a statue of a man aiming a gun. But something about this statue has grabbed his attention.

We also got a few moments again with Dougie’s wife and son as they were all leaving for the day. We know he owes some people, the ones who tried to kill him in a previous episode, $50,000 and that $425,000 he won at the casino will go a long way to paying off that debt. But watching Sonny Jim as he sat in the back seat of the car also triggered some emotion in him, drawing a tear from his eye. An interesting online analysis points out that Dougie is wearing a green jacket, the exact opposite of red on the color wheel. Sonny Jim is wearing a red hoodie and Cooper had been trapped in a red room for 25 years, which may be what elicited that tear. Color plays a very important part in Lynch’s storytelling. (The car that Becky and Steven are in also has a red interior, really nailing the Laura Palmer comparison.)

Back at the empty house where we first met Dougie and his hooker, the hit men and another car keep circling past the house where Dougie’s car sits in the driveway. The boy from across the street with the strung out mother (she’s passed out now) is curious about what had been put under the car by the hit men. He goes across the street (does the number 1 on his shirt mean anything?) and begins to touch the device but the second car drives up and scares him off. It turns out this is just a random gang of car theives but when they break into the car, it explodes, killing two of them while the boy stares at the carnage before going back inside.

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Meanwhile in South Dakota, Mr. C is given his one phone call as Agent Cole had instructed. Left in a room all to himself, Mr. C knows he’s being watched via surveillance cameras and he begins asking the question of who he should call. He’s not going to call Mr. Strawberry because he’s not taking any calls (and who the heck is Mr. Strawberry?). But he says he knows who to call, and then starts dialing. Many, many numbers. Suddenly the alarm system at the prison is triggered, sirens and strobe lights going off, making it impossible for anyone to hear Mr. C speak on the phone. But we do, and all he says is, “The cow jumped over the moon,” then hangs up and the alarms stop. In another scene we see Mr. C looking in a mirror in his cell, flashes of past memories of BOB and the Black Lodge flooding in, and then we see his face change subtly but quite eerily, with Mr. C saying, “You’re still with me. Good.” Obviously he’s referring to BOB, which may be the only glimpse we get of the character since actor Frank Silva had passed in 1995. (That is unless Lynch is able to use previous footage to insert BOB into a scene.)

We also got back to the case of the headless body in South Dakota. The medical examiner tried some stand-up comedy by telling the cops that it took a while, but she determined the cause of death was decapitation (rim shot). She probably shouldn’t quit her day job. But she found a ring in the stomach, inscribed to Dougie with love, Janey-E. If this is the real Dougie’s body, how did it get from Vegas to South Dakota, especially after we saw him transported to the Black Lodge and turned into a little golden ball? Deepening the mystery, at the Pentagon Colonel Davis (Ernie Hudson) is notified that there has been another hit on a set of fingerprints, the ones from South Dakota that required military clearance. Apparently this is the 16th inquiry and the prints belong to … Major Garland Briggs! Speaking of fingerprints, Agent Preston is comparing the fingerprints of Agent Cooper and Mr. C, and they appear to be exact opposites.

While we try to ponder all of this, there was the introduction of … something else. The hit men were calling in to their boss who seemed really distraught that they hadn’t yet killed Dougie. After getting off the phone with them, she used another cell phone to text someone, but all we saw on the other end was a box with two red lights that lit up and beeped. Later, after Mr. C made his call, we see the box again, this time identified as being located in Buenos Aires. It lits up and beeps again and then shrivels down into a tiny metal ball. Okay.

And the mystery of the golden shovels has been solved. Turns out Doctor Jacoby (in a red room) has a video podcast of his own under the name Doctor Amp, where he spouts off a lot of Alex Jones-style conspiracy theory gibberish. While it all seems like a random series of words, he has an appreciative audience including Jerry Horne (who has a great internet connection in the middle of the forest) and … Nadine Hurley(!), who sits raptly watching him( with her one good eye) rave (but where’s Ed?). His ravings, it seems are for a cause: to sell his golden shovels to help people dig themselves out of the shit to find the truth. He literally calls them Gold Shit-Digging Shovels and they are available for only $29.99 (allow 2 to 4 weeks for delivery).

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And if you’re wondering whatever happened to the pit boss at the casion where Dougie won all that money? Turns out he won 30 jackpots that day, more than the casino pays out in year, making the owners very unhappy. The pit boss takes a beating from one of them (played by Prison Break‘s T-Bag, Robert Knepper) before he’s fired, and is then told by the other (Jim Belushi) to leave town.

There was also more Twin Peaks business with Hawk and Andy sifting through files, Andy asking Hawk if he’s found any Indians, and Sheriff Truman got another visit from his harpy of a wife who spent her entire time yelling at him about a leaking pipe and new carpet (in a performance ripped straight from an early John Waters film where the actors just seemed to be reading their lines, yelling them for emphasis but without any real emotion). As with the scene involving Wally Brando, this did give Robert Forster the chance to just stare, saying more by saying nothing, which is hilarious.

And hardcore fans will know that the guy who turned Steven down for a job due to his terrible resumé at the top of the episode was Mike Nelson (returning Gary Hershberger), Nadine Hurley’s teenaged love.

What do you think of Twin Peaks so far? Sound off in the comments section below.

 

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  1. Thanks Chuck. I await your insights each week. Didn’t realize the strangler was a Horne. Another piece of trivia. Candy Clark (The Man Who Fell To Earth) is Truman’s wife.

    • I had no idea that was Candy Clark. I missed that in the credits. I love her but I did not like that performance.

      • Yeah. Another example of Lynch directing someone to rant, be a type, add some dimension to the other Truman. The wooden dialogue of some of the characters is intriguing.