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Twin Peaks: Familiar faces and the Spike

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Part 6 of the Twin Peaks revival spent some time in the Jones household, where poor brain-addled Dale Cooper continued his journey through the life of doppelgänger Dougie. This chapter also reintroduced one character beloved by Twin Peaks fans – and introduced a character who was never seen in the show’s original run.

My Twin Peaks podcasting pal Jeff Jensen is writing a full deep-dive recap, which will go live tomorrow. (UPDATE: Read his recap here.) In the meantime, here are the key points from Part 6. (Spoilers, of course!)

Meet Diane. While his boss Gordon Cole enjoyed a nice glass of fine Bordeaux, FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield decidedly did not sing in the rain (“F— Gene Kelly, you motherf—er!”) as he searched for… someone. That someone has platinum white hair, the face of Laura Dern, and HOLY CRAP HE JUST CALLED HER “DIANE”! Yes, Part 6 introduced the woman who, long ago, received Dale Cooper’s dictated tapes (and sent him a pair of earplugs). It seems inevitable that Diane is played by Laura Dern. Dern’s a longtime Lynch collaborator, having starred in Blue VelvetWild at Heart, and Inland Empire. She appeared on screen with Kyle MacLachlan in Blue Velvet.

Meet Red. Another recurring Lynch player, Balthazar Getty, technically already appeared way back in Part 2. But this episode provided a showcase for his criminal character, named “Red.” Red engaged in some druggy criminal activity with local nasty Richard Horne. “Just remember this, kid,” Red told Richard. “I will saw your head open and eat your brains if you f— me over.”

Good Evening, America. Upset at being called “kid,” Richard Horne sped away from his meeting with Red – and slammed right through a young child at a crosswalk.

At the scene of the crime, a familiar Twin Peaks face looked on in horror. Harry Dean Stanton first appeared in Fire Walk With Me as Carl Rodd, the proprietor of the Fat Trout Trailer Park. He hasn’t moved too far, and his main pleasure in life seems to be driving into town to get a coffee. Still, he’s in good health: “I’ve been smoking for 75 years every f—ing day,” he laughed. He’s also still mystically attuned to… something. As in Fire Walk With Me, the camera moved from Carl to a nearby telephone pole, the sound of electrical wires drowning out the mother’s cries.

As we’ve discussed a few times on our Twin Peaks podcast: “Electricity equals magic, question mark?”

 

Closing In. Way back when this season started, we saw mysterious Duncan Todd (Patrick Fischler, i.e. “nervous guy from Mulholland Drive“) hire someone for something. We can glean, maybe, he was hiring worrier Tammy to take out Dougie. That plan failed, and now Duncan’s cleaning house. Commanded by, like, a red square on his computer, he sent assassin Ike “The Spike” Stadtler to kill Tammy. He did, and a few more people besides! And it seems like his next target is Dougie.

Janey-E’s Lament. “We drive cheap, terrible cars!” said Dougie’s wife Janey-E! “We are the 99 percent!” She was talking to a pair of thugs who’d been tormenting her husband – moneylenders, apparently, to whom Dougie owed $20,000, which naturally becomes more than $50,000 with compound interest. Janey-E dressed the nefarious characters down: “We are living in a dark, dark age, and you are part of the problem!” Then she gave them considerably less than $50,000.

A new Tibetan Method? At the Twin Peak’s Sheriff’s Department, Hawk dropped a coin into a stall of the men’s restroom. The coin seemed to jog something in Hawk – the face on the coin was Native American, and perhaps he recalled the Log Lady’s advice about “his heritage.” He noticed the door to the stall was created by “Nez Perce Manufacturing” – the Nez Perce being a tribe with deep roots in the Pacific Northwest. Hawk also noticed the door was off its hinges. When he jimmied the back sheet of the door off – no thanks to Chad! – he found some papers, with some writing on the papers. Lost pages from Laura Palmer’s Secret Diary? Notes scribbled by Dale Cooper? Secrets from Major Briggs’ Archive? Just the phrase “Chad Is Stupid” written over and over a thousand times? We’ll find out soon, or eventually, or never!

Dougie the Great. Following shiny intuition, Dale somehow managed to actually do Dougie’s job. Kind of. Given case files by boss Bushnell Mullins, Dale drew inscrutable ladder-stairwell doodles across several papers. Notably, all the cases were presided over by his shady colleague Anthony. Initially exasperated, Mullins saw SOMETHING in Dougie’s scribbles that he liked, but only when he put two different pages together. This feeds into my own theory that the only way to understand this season of Twin Peaks will be to play all 18 parts simultaneously on 18 different TV screens.

We can interpret that things are coming to a head with Dougie. The One-Armed Man appeared, as if in a dream, and gave him two pieces of advice. “You have to wake up,” he said. And: “Don’t die.”

MVP of the Week Human Edition. Naomi Watts, who has said the names “Dougie” and “Sonny Jim” about a hundred times already, and got to deliver a speech that was by turns hilarious and oddly endearing.

MVP of the Week, Place Edition. “The corner of Guinevere and Merlin,” where Janey-E met the moneylender criminal types. Janey-E lives on “Lancelot Court,” and hopefully every street in their neighborhood has an Arthurian name; you just know Lynch wants to stage a showdown at the corner of Pendragon and Le Fay.

Most Obviously Thematic Lyric in the Song Playing at the Bang Bang Bar. “Can’t remember/I can’t recall, no/I can’t remember anything at all” (from “Tarifa” by Sharon Van Etten)

Mandatory Dougie GIF.

 

MAKE SURE TO CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR JEFF JENSEN’S FULL RECAP OF PART 6. AND SUBSCRIBE TO A TWIN PEAKS PODCAST: A PODCAST ABOUT TWIN PEAKS FOR MORE OF EW’S TWIN PEAKS COVERAGE!