Well, after a week off following the stunning eighth episode of Twin Peaks, we’re back to something that could be considered a more “traditional” episode with almost all of our key players making an appearance, plus the return of more old favorites and a few more big cameos. And a chair plays a big part in unlocking one of the show’s biggest mysteries. But we’ll get to that in a moment.
Episode 9 jumped around to several locations but picked up where Episode 7 left off after Ray shot Mr. C. He has survived, but apparently losing the spirit of BOB hasn’t diminished any of his evilness. Evil Coop shows up at a farm where we meet Hutch and Chantal, played by Tim Roth and Jennifer Jason Leigh (which means Roth is not going to turn up in the Phillip Jeffries role previous played by David Bowie). These two are more of C’s cohorts, and he directs Hutch to kill the prison warden and then he has a “double header” in Vegas — Dougie and Janey-E, perhaps? Evil Coop sends a text (nice flip phone!) to someone: “Around the dinner table the conversation is lively.” But who? Then he makes a call to that mystery man in Vegas, Duncan Todd. He asks if something has been done and is perturbed by an answer in the negative, saying it had better be taken care of the next time he calls. So does this mean Mr. C is the one who sends Duncan the red box kill orders? Seems like since Ike the Spike failed in his mission to kill Dougie.
While all of this business at the farm is taking place, the scene cuts between that and a private jet with Gordon Cole, Albert, Tammy and Diane presumably heading back to DC. But Cole gets two calls en route (while Diane’s phone is BLOCKED, according to the message on her screen. First call is from the warden telling Cole Cooper has escaped (I’m sure he didn’t add that he actually let him escape). The second call comes from DC alerting Cole that Major Briggs’ body has been found in Buckhorn, SD (and Cole didn’t hear Buckhorn at first, admonishing the colonel about his language — did Lynch choose the name Buckhorn just for that joke?). Much to Diane’s chagrin, Cole reroutes the plane to Buckhorn where Diane is even more upset that she can’t smoke in a morgue.
A lot of information is revealed in Buckhorn. Probably the most shocking is that Diane is on the receiving end of Evil Coop’s text! Wait what?! Is she working with him? Is she putting on an act for her old smoking buddy Gordon? Curiouser and curiouser. Lt. Knox takes Gordon and his entourage to see the body, explaining the whole story of William Hastings, and how his wife was murdered the day after he was jailed and then his secretary died in an accident the day after that, which prompted Albert to quip, “What happens in season two?” It turns out Hastings and librarian Ruth were writing a blog about alternate dimensions and their last entry was “Today we entered what we call The Zone, and we met the Major.” (And, by the way, someone has gone to a lot of trouble to create said blog, The Search for the Zone.) Gordon wonders if the appearance of Coop in South Dakota is tied to the appearance of Briggs’ thirty-years-younger body, but no one is sure why the Dougie Jones ring was in his stomach.
Tammy conducts an interview with Hastings, who is an emotional wreck, and he tells her everything on the blog is real. He says the Major was hiding or hibernating in The Zone, and he identifies Briggs in a photograph. He says he and Ruth gave Briggs a series of numbers (apparently the same ones Mr. C wanted from Ray), and Briggs started floating up and then his head disappeared (which is why we and real Cooper only saw Briggs’ head floating through space in Episode 3), Ruth was dead and he woke up in his house. He also says a lot of people were in The Zone. Woodsmen perhaps? But he swears he didn’t kill Ruth. They had planned to run away to the Bahamas. Hastings breakdown also gave Albert another quip: “Fruitcake, anyone?” Albert should team up with the coroner for a stand-up comedy act. Even with all of this information, we still have to be concerned about Diane’s connection to Evil Cooper.
In Las Vegas, we got one brief scene with Dougie (still looking very Dale Cooper-ish) and Janey-E, and they mostly just sat in a waiting area while the Detectives Fusco interviewed Dougie’s boss, wanting to know why someone would want to kill Dougie. Bushnell Mullins has no idea, but he did offer the information that Dougie had a car accident twelve years earlier that made him a little off, which finally explains why no one seems too concerned (outside of his wife) about Dougie’s odd behavior. As Busnell leaves, he tells Dougie to take the rest of the day off but when he comes to the office they need to work together to get some answers. After he leaves, the Fuscos get a report on Dougie — which shows there is no record of his existence before 1997. Of course there isn’t, because Evil Coop created him. The detectives think he may be in witness protection so they take his coffee cup to run prints and DNA. Dougie sits and stares at an American flag in the corner of the room — for a very long time — and then watches a woman with Audrey Horne red pumps walk by before settling on an electrical outlet. Definitely more triggers for the Cooper trapped inside. And the results of the skin left behind at Dougie’s attempted murder identified Ike the Spike, who was arrested without incident.
In Twin Peaks, Deputy Andy and Lucy are having a disagreement over the color of a chair. She likes beige, he likes red. Andy apologizes and tells her she can order the beige chair … and then she orders the red one! Cut to a home where someone named Johnny is running through the house as a woman calls his name. Yes, this is Johnny Horne, still running after all these years, still not right after Audrey pushed him down the stairs (information related by Sylvia to Dr. jacoby in a deleted scene from season 2). In the original series, Johnny was alway seen wearing an Indian headdress, now it’s a blue sweatsuit. The unseen mother is Sylvia Horne voiced by Jan D’Arcy who played Sylvia in the original series. But Johnny’s run comes to a sudden stop as he hits a wall, literally, causing an electrical flash, leaving a bloody hole in the wall, Johnny unconscious on the floor. Does this mean anything or is it just a nod to the original series? The electrical flash was of some interest though since there didn’t appear to be any wiring in the hole where he hit his head. And is there any significance to the picture he ran into?
And while we ponder just what Andy and Lucy’s chair disagreement was about, it seems another chair plays a very big part in putting the pieces together. Bobby Briggs, Sheriff Truman and Hawk pay a visit to Bobby’s mom Betty (returning Charlotte Stewart) and she tells them that Garland told her that one day Bobby, Truman and Hawk would come to see her (although she didn’t know it would be this Truman). She was told to give them something, and the goes to a chair with a hidden compartment, producing a metal tube seemingly with no way to open it.
But Bobby knows how. Back at the police station he takes the men outside and throws the tube on the ground, causing it to produce a metallic hum (not unlike the one Beverly still hears in her office). Slamming the tube on the ground again reveals a seam. Once opened, Truman removes two small pieces of paper. One has some writing and symbols. The symbols consist of two triangles (twin peaks?), one with a red dot above it and the other with a red crescent and that black blob seen on a playing card in a previous episode. Under the triangles is a time, 2:53 (which we’ve already heard twice, from the giant in the first episode and Ronette Pulaski in Episode 3) and two dates, 10/1 and 10/2. Two messages are also written on the note: “253 yards east of Jack Rabbit’s Palace” and “Before leaving Jack Rabbit’s Palace put some soil from that area in your pocket”. Truman and Hawk have no idea what Jack Rabbit’s Palace is, but Bobby does as it brings back a flood of childhood memories with his father and … Bobby actually gave that location its name. All of this goes back to episode 8 of the original series when Major Briggs told Bobby that he had a vision of light for his son. He knew Bobby would become a cop, he knew Bobby would come for the tube, he knew Bobby would be able to open the tube, and he knew Bobby would know where to go.
The other piece of paper contained a series of numbers, which was cut from the deep space monitoring program Briggs told Cooper about near the end of season two. These are the coordinates that were being monitored when some space sounds suddenly turned into COOPER/COOPER/COOPER – a trinity if you will, perhaps relating to the current trinity of Evil Cooper, Dougie and Good Cooper (and it’s no accident that Lynch chose to set Episode 8 during the nuclear bomb test of 1954 which was named Trinity). But now, the slip of paper only contains two COOPERs, indicating the “death” of the real Dougie Jones, leaving us with just the Evil Coop and the OG Cooper.
And then we’re back at the roadhouse and we have two performers this week. First up is DJ Hudson Mohawke performing “Human” (a previously unreleased track) followed by the returning Au Revoir Simone performing “A Violent Yet Flammable World.” We also meet two young women sitting in a booth, Ella and Chloe. Ella (played by singer/actress Sky Ferreira) is a mess, telling Chloe about losing her job for showing up high, and scratching at a really, really nasty armpit rash. What is wrong with the kids in Twin Peaks?
By the way, what is up with Jerry Horne and his talking foot?
What did you think of this episode? What do the notes in the tube mean? Tell us what you think!