Twin Peaks: The Return – Part 10
We’re a little more than halfway through the third (and presumably final) season of Twin Peaks and David Lynch is starting to reward us for our patience. The first several episodes introduced seemingly random, disjointed plot threads. Characters would appear for a scene and then disappear for weeks at a time. It was easy to think that a lot of these diversions served no purpose other than to entertain the show’s eccentric creator. But it turns out a lot of those dangling plot threads are actually connected. This episode connects some dots without giving viewers the full picture.
There were a lot of comic interludes in this hour, but I’m going to start off with some darkness. Richard Horne had been a fringe character early in the season. When we finally spent some time with him, he nonchalantly killed a child while doing drugs. The hit-and-run was witnessed by Miriam Sullivan, a character who was barely in the original series but was known for her love of pie and her generous tips. Richard tracked Miriam down to her home in the Fat Trout Trailer Park (owned by Cal Rodd who was also at the scene of the crime.)
When Richard confronts Miriam, we can barely see her through the glass door of her trailer. Her image is blocked by Richard’s reflection. He demands to know who Miriam has told about his involvement in the accident and unfortunately for her, Miriam answers too honestly. Not only does she admit that she is going to blow the whistle on Richard, she tells him about a letter she sent to Sheriff Truman. Richard walks into the trailer with murderous intent. The camera doesn’t follow him in, but we hear the violence. After the deed is done, we see poor Miriam bleeding out on the floor.
After dealing with Miriam, Richard calls Chad, the no good deputy. He tasks Chad with intercepting Miriam’s letter. The deputy’s uncharacteristic cheerfulness tips of Lucy that something is up. While pretending to carry on about her business in her usual ditzy way, Lucy keeps an Chad as he greets the mailman and palms the incriminating letter. Whether or not she actually saw what Chad was up to isn’t clear, but Lucy’s on to Chad and you can bet she’ll be watching him going forward. Plus, Chad’s not a bright guy. I bet that letter is sitting around the Twin Peaks police department somewhere.
But Richard Horne was just warming up. The next stop on his hit parade was his grandma’s house where his uncle Johnny was recovering from self-inflicted wounds after the accident we briefly glimpsed last week. He was interacting with some strange device that keeps asking “Hello Johnny, how are you today?” The repetition was kind of creepy to begin with but it becomes dreadful when Richard attacks his grandmother demanding money. Poor Johnny struggles, but he is tied to the chair and can’t assist.
After Richard leaves, his grandmother Sylvia calls her ex-husband (one assumes although I did spot a wedding ring). Sylvia demands money from Ben to compensate her for the valuables their grandson stole. Ben doesn’t seem terribly concerned about the welfare of his (ex?) wife. After the phone call, he asks his secretary out to dinner. Last week, I commented that perhaps Ben Horne had matured over the last 25 years, but apparently there are limits to his capacity for growth.
The implication of all of this is that Richard Horne is Audrey’s son. We now know that Ben and Sylvia are his grandparents. They only had two children and Johnny does not seem capable of having fathered a son. So, the logical conclusion is that Audrey is Richard’s mother. The lingering question is whether ot not Dark Cooper is his father. We know that shortly after escaping the Black Lodge, the Doppelganger paid a visit to Audrey who was in a coma in the hospital at the time.
We also received confirmation from Albert that Dark Cooper’s cryptic text last week was sent to Diane. She reported back to the Doppelganger that the FBI had picked up Hastings and that he was going to take them to the site. Gordon tells Albert they will have to keep Diane close. (On a side note, Albert and Constance go out on a date! I had a good feeling about those two.) Later in the episode, Gordon has a vision of Laura Palmer as he answers the door to his hotel room. We haven’t seen Laura since Coop left the Black Lodge, but her presence has hovered over the entire season.
Another link is established when Duncan Todd calls Anthony Sinclair into his office. Todd was tasked by the Doppelganger to take out Dougie Jones. After Ike the Spike failed, Duncan enlists the help of Dougie’s rival. He tells Anthony to visit the Mitchum brothers and blame Dougie for the denial of their insurance claim which was fraudulently denies by Anthony at Duncan’s request. The idea is that the Mitchums will be so angry with Dougie that they will take care of him.
But what Duncan and Anthony don’t know is that the Mitchums are already interested in Dougie because they recently saw him on the news after Ike’s thwarted assassination attempt. The brothers immediately recognized Dougie as Mr. Jackpots. So when Anthony shows up and blames the loss of their insurance money on Dougie, the brothers seem to buy it.
Meanwhile, Dougie finally gets to that doctor appointment Janey-E has been talking about. Both Janey-E and his doctor are impressed with Dougie’s greatly improved physique. The doctor is too distracted to notice that his patient is clearly mentally impaired and Janey-E is just plain distracted. When they get home, she begins flirting with the man she believes is her husband despite the fact he is borderline catatonic. This leads to some vigorous love-making which Sonny Jim can hear from his bedroom.
This episode came in just over 50 minutes, and yet it was so jam packed (by Twin Peaks standards) that I am leaving out Jerry still lost in the woods, another message from the Log Lady that stresses the importance of Laura Palmer, Nadine Hurley watching Dr. Jacoby’s online rantings and Steven and Becky Burnett strung out at the Fat Trout Trailer Park.
I don’t know where all of this is headed, but I’m more confident than I was a month ago that it is actually going somewhere.