In Twin Peaks, even an innocent looking game of catch among the boys is the set-up for something horrid, and so it was in the Fat Trout Trailer Park, a wretched hive of scum and villainy despite the fact that it’s managed by the good natured Carl, who can summon VW vans with a flute. There were some unexpected developments on the show this week, and some naturally expected weirdness. There was also some truly horrific and/or tense moments, and to balance that out, the further adventures of Dougie Jones through the Las Vegas underworld bore unexpected comedy, and cherry pie.
The big reveal is that Becky is not just the daughter of Shelly Johnson, but the daughter of Bobby Briggs too. At some point between the end of the original series and the beginning of the new, Shelly and Bobby got together, had a child, and broke up. It’s a sad story considering how they both come across as very loving parents, but its sadder still for the fact that Becky is a hot mess that in this episode, goes crazy after finding out her husband’s cheating, steals her mom’s car, drives to her husband’s lover’s apartment and shoots the front door several times when told they’re not at home.
This would not be the only gun play on this week’s Twin Peaks. While the Briggs family talked at the Double-R, a shot is fired through the restaurant window. When Bobby investigates, the shot came from a little boy who found the gun in his father’s van, and he doesn’t seem too terrible concerned about the fact he accidentally discharged a gun and likely injured some folks. If Bobby has difficulty getting his head around that, he really struggles with the appearance of a woman franticly honking her horn behind the van. She’s trying to get home as the young woman next to her gurgles green spew as if she were possessed. The meaning of this is never expanded on.
Before moving on to other gross out moments, we see that Shelly has a new man in her life and its Red, the drug dealer who’s in league with Richard Horne. If you remember the original series, Shelly’s first husband was drug dealer Leo Johnson, so the woman definitely has a type, and she has the good sense to know that her cop ex-husband probably knows who Red is and what he does.
But yes, gross out moments. In Blackhorn, William Hastings takes Detective Mackley, Gordon, Albert, Tammy and Diane to the site he supposedly came face-to-face with Garland Briggs, an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere. While investigating, Gordon and Albert discover the body of Ruth Davenport, Hasting’s lover and co-adventurer into the unknown. Ruth’s body is found naked, headless and with co-ordinates written in marker on her arm, but her’s wasn’t the only body picked up by the coroner there, as William Hastings himself is killed in the back of the police cruise as if someone ripped the top of his head off.
How could such a thing happen while in the back of Mackley’s car without him knowing? Remember the dirty looking homeless type ghosts that resurrected Bob/Cooper back in episode 8? One of them was sneaking about the crime scene, and Diane saw him get in the back of the police car, not that she’s ready to admit that’s what she saw of course. Gordon had a vision of them as he approached the empty house, seeing three dirty ghosts in a room before Albert pulled him back from getting potentially sucked up into God-knows-where through a wormhole of some kind.
So what do the co-ordinates mean, and what’s the deal with the ghosts? We can’t yet answer the latter, but the former is of particular interest to Diane, who looks to be trying to memorize the numbers from the photo of Ruth’s arm. Oh yeah, and Albert’s definitely on to her for whatever she’s got going on…
Dougie Jones meanwhile has a conspiracy against him, and it was going to take all his luck (and lucky charms) to get him out of it. The Mitchums, having been convinced that Dougie is the root of all that plagues them, are gearing up to have him taken out, and did it seem like Mullins was trying to help? He puts a cheque for $30 million in Dougie’s pocket for the Mitchums and sends him into the lion’s den, but not before Cooper has another vision of Gerard who lures him to a nearby coffee shop to pick up something that’s in an oversized plain brown box. This is important.
In a callback to another David Lynch film, Mulholland Drive, Bradley Mitchum has a dream about killing Dougie Jones, and he can barely wait to make it come true. There’s just one problem, the signs are all around that Bradley’s dream is coming true, and if it is, then they can’t kill Dougie Jones, which is just as upsetting to Rodney, if not more so. But it turned out the dream was actually prophecy, and like in Bradley’s dream, Rodney’s face is magically healed from when Candie used a remote like a fly swatter on him the day before. So Rodney was very limited patience to find out what’s in the box.
Dougie’s luck holds, and it turns out what’s in the box in reality is what was in the box in Bradley’s dream. Then the Mitchums find the cheque from Mullins, covering them for the loss of their hotel, which may or may not have been insurance fraud (that part was not exactly clear). Regardless, the brothers are happy, which means that Anthony is unlikely to be and he did look awful concerned about Dougie’s meeting with Mullins, who doubled down on the policy that something would go wrong with the Mitchum hotel, hence the reason he was able to afford the handsome $30 million payout. So with all that settled, the Mitchums, with Dougie, celebrate their new friendship by sharing Dougie’s gift, a delicious cherry pie.
Now I thought that the cherry pie might be the thing to activate the Cooper inside Dougie, but that did not end up happening. On the other hand, Dougie had coffee on the table but had yet to drink any, so I’m holding out the hope that the formula of coffee plus cherry pie equals Cooper. That may be a long shot, but we’re almost two-thirds of a way through the series and the real Dale Cooper has yet to stand up. Won’t it be weird if we go the entire span of 18 episodes and Kyle MacLachlan plays every variation of Cooper except the original?
The final piece of the week involved Frank Truman and Hawk looking over an old map of the area, which Hawk notes is accurate to the modern day and has changed over the years. It bears the symbol of Bob, which Hawk tells Frank, “You don’t ever wanna know about that.” The map also has black corn symbolizing death, and black fire, which can be good or bad depending on its intentions. On cue, the Logy Lady calls with a warning, “My log is afraid of fire. There’s fire where you are going.”
There was a sad air of finality to the Log Lady’s call, which makes me wonder if this will be the last time we’ll see of Catherine E. Coulson, who did, sadly, pass away in late 2015. As to the journey the Log Lady is sending Hawk and company on, we know that we’re all basically on a course for the Blue Pine Mountains, and the likely point where the Black Lodge will be revealed, but until then and now, all that’s left is to get Dougie Jones on track. I do wonder though, seeing reaction to the show online, if fans are ready to give up Dougie to get Cooper back?