Welcome to episode 10 of Twin Peaks‘ revival run, and the question remains, what version of the show are we going to get this night? Is it going to be confusingly psychedelic, or are we going to take another step forward in trying to unravel some of the things that have been brewing since the beginning? It turns out that David Lynch and Mark Frost‘s approach this week was the later. The noose that Dougie Jones doesn’t know about is closing on him, the FBI goes deeper into the case, and Richard Horne gives us a couple of other reasons to hate him.
The matter of the Hornes is fairly straightforward as Richard shows up at Miriam’s, who knows that that Richard is the one that ran over the little boy and she says she’s given a police report and written a letter to the sheriff confessing on Richard’s behalf. Richard did not take that news well. He beat Miriam to death in her trailer off screen, and then pulled the gas and lit a candle. He don’t see the trailer blow up, but we can put two and two together.
But perhaps we didn’t hear the explosion because of other fireworks in trailer park. We once again see Carl, this time sitting in front of the managers office doing a little unplugged performance for no one in particular, when a red mug crashing out a nearby window breaks the peace. “It’s a fucking nightmare,” he tells the camera. Carl might mean it’s just generally a nightmare, but its likely he’s referring to living next to Becky and her husband Steven. Like Becky’s mom, Shelly, it seems that Becky knows what it’s like to live under the brutality of an abuser, and like season one Shelly, she seems unwilling and unable to do anything about it.
Unlike Richard Horne, who in the heat of the need to get out of town decides to visit is grandmother, Sylvia Horne. It’s not a pleasant visit, of course. Not only is poor Johnny tied up with only a headless talking teddy for company after last weeks suicide attempt (?), but his brute strength might have been useful in dealing with a rage-filled Johnny physically assaulting his grandmother to get quick cash and jewels for his escape plan. One things for sure, Richard Horne is scary when he thinks the heat’s on.
Richard does, however, have friends. If you, like me, never much cared for Deputy Chad, your concerns were warranted upon seeing him take a call from Richard, who demanded Chad intercept Miriam’s letter to Sheriff Truman. Chad, though skeptical he could help, relents, and manages to collect the letter direct from the postman under the watchful eye of Lucy, who was suspicious of Chad’s “It’s a beautiful day” excuse, but it remains to be seen of she knows that he was really up-to something of if she just generally finds him a dubious character. On top of that, is the Sheriff’s department really on to Richard, because last we saw of the investigation, Andy was meeting a witness that never showed up and it wasn’t Miriam.
As for the internal drama of the Horne family, Sylvia calls Ben and tells him about what their grandson did, and it upsets Ben until Sylvia demands he give her more money. The two of them have since divorced, but the argument and the actions of Richard is enough to force Ben to yell out for Beverly and a dinner date, apparently ready to give in to their mutual chemistry. In the meantime, the question must be asked: Where is Richard’s mother, Audrey?
Speaking of sexual chemistry, Cooper got to enjoy a little life as Dougie Jones this week as Jeaney-E enjoyed her revamped husband’s new physique. Dougie finally made it to the doctor, who was in the form of former Enterprise medical officer John Billingsley, and the doctor discovered something peculiar: Dougie was in awesome shape. Jeaney-E definitely noticed and decided it was time for her and Dougie to have some marital relations. Loud marital relations. Just ask Sunny-Jim. Cooper may want to relish it while he can because things are about to get more dangerous for Dougie.
Yes, forces are aligning against Dougie, and among them are the Mitchum Brothers, Rodney and Bradley. They own the casino where Cooper as Dougie won jackpot after jackpot, but they never knew the name of the man that walked away with thousands and thousands of dollars from their establishment untested. The arrest of Ike the Spike made the news, and the Mitchums see this and are immediately elated because they’re going save some money from their own hit on Ike. More important that that though, they now know Dougie by name.
Now if the bottom line isn’t enough reason to go after Dougie, Bob’s catspaw Mr Todd sends Dougie’s disgruntled colleague Anthony to the Mitchums with a message that Dougie is the one stopping their insurance fraud claim on a hotel they had burned down, a scheme priced out to the tune of $30 million. If Cooper gets out of Vegas alive, it will be a miracle, but if there were to be a spin-off featuring Robert Knepper and Jim Belushi as mobbed up casino bosses finding their criminality bungled by the characters around them, I’d be okay with that. Knepper especially, typically playing scary enforcer types, shows a great gift for dry humour; the face he makes after Candie asks how he can ever love her again after she tried to swat a fly on his face with the remote, is priceless.
The FBI also ties up some loose ends. First of all, Albert has a dinner date with Dr Talbot, the Buckhorn coroner, at the hotel restaurant. Who would have guessed that the blackly cynical Albert was capable of romance? Albert was back to business later on though, telling Gordon that they intercepted the text that Bob sent to Diane, and Diane’s reply “Hastings is going to take them to the site.” It seems we’re all going to the same place. Tammy also has info, a picture from the apartment where the murders happened in episode one showing Bob conferring with some doctor.
Before those revelations though, Gordon sees an apparition of Laura Palmer screaming, which is the same message, if it’s a message, that the Log Lady gave Deputy Hawk as well. Margaret tells Hawk “Laura is the one” and that “the circle is almost complete” which could mean that Bob’s journey back to the Black Lodge is almost nigh, but the meaning of the reference to Laura is a little more vexing. Perhaps Laura’s doppelgänger in the Lodge will play some important role going forward. Like all things in Twin Peaks though, you can’t be sure of anything.