When we last met ‘round the campfire in the woods surrounding Twin Peaks, we’d been left shell shocked by the absolute artistry, brilliance, and madness that made up episode eight. After a week off for the July Fourth Holiday, TP returned with episode 9, and cozily ensconced in the comfortable. We see evil Coop at the farm which Ray never made it to, and once again, he sends a mysterious text. He orders his cohorts to kill the Warden, and then takes off. The Fusco Detectives meanwhile talk to Dougie’s boss down at the police station where he tells them that Dougie has never been quite right since an automobile accident a dozen years before. They’re stumped because there’s no record of Dougie before 1997. Not one thing. I found that to be a very creepy line the more I gave it some thought.
Little person assassin Ike the Spike gets arrested, but not before leaving a message with his contact. His pursuit and takedown was one of the highlights of the episode for me, really well done.
Truman, Hawk and Bobby go to visit his mother to talk about Bobby’s father, Major Briggs. Knowing this would happen eventually, she tells them about the night before he disappeared. How he told her the trio would come to ask questions and when they do, to give them something. That something turns out to be a metallic tube with no apparent way of opening it. Once back at the police station Bobby recognizes it, and figures out how to open (throwing it on the ground works, apparently). In it are two small pieces of paper with coordinates, and dates, and another piece that has COOPER written on it twice (it looks like a handwritten version of the printout Briggs gave Cooper in the season 2 finale).
Cole, Albert, Diane and Tammy stop in Buckhorn to talk to Hastings, who is still pretty hysterical. It falls to Tammy to talk with him, and he tells he he and the woman he’s accused of murdering met Major Briggs in another dimension, and watched as he got beheaded while saying Cooper’s name. It’s a pretty intense scene and once again Matthew Lillard does a great job. He also gives Tammy some coordinates, which I suspect coincide with the coordinates Bobby and the police found in the metal tube.
We then see another member of the Horne family. Not Audrey as everyone keeps waiting for (except me apparently, I was never a huge fan of her character), but Johnny. Yes, the mentally ill Johnny. He still has problems and when we see him he has an accident with an outlet that knocks him out. It’s a very quick scene and at first I wasn’t sure who it was, Needless to say, seeing him came as a shock, but I was glad for it all the same.
It would be damn near impossible to top the brilliance of episode 8, and wisely Lynch doesn’t even try. Instead he finally decides to connect some of the dots for us, and as we’re about to see in episode ten, some more of those dots will be connected (as others are added). I found nine, very satisfying and it’s always great seeing Cole and Albert. The screen time for Dougie is kept to a minimum, yet his presence is still felt throughout. That’s also something that continues in episode ten. Ten opens with our favorite scumbag Richard Horne pays a visit to Miriam (who ordered coffee to go from the RR Diner and then witnessed the boy being killed by Horne). She warns him that she wrote a letter to the Sheriff and if anything should happen to her, he was the one to look for. Outraged he beats her nearly to death, turns the gas on, on the stove and lights a candle.
As he leaves he calls Chad the douchebag at the Sheriff’s office to intercept the letter. That means getting past the keen mind and sharp eye of receptionist Lucy. He does manage to grab Miriam’s letter but not without a suspicion filled glare from the glare of the long time receptionist.
Meanwhile Dougie is finally at the Doctor’s office having his long threatened physical. Even the Physician notices Dougie’s weight loss, and his wife definitely notices-you can see her undressing him even further with her eyes. When they get home, she flirts with him, and that’s followed by the most awkward yet hilarious sex scene put to celluloid-or digital. Janey-E is riding Dougie like her life depends on it, yelling so loud when she orgasms she wakes up their son, whose look of fear, bewilderment then something akin to disgust reflects everything the viewer is feeling.
We then see the Mitchums again-the hired muscle by the Casino where Dougie is known as Mr. Jackpot. Dougie’s coworker Sinclair is ordered to set him up to take the fall for denying the Mitchum’s insurance claim for afire that cost 30 million dollars.
Richard is back, harassing his grandmother for money, and when she refuses he beats her, robs, her and calls her the C word. It’s a disturbing scene on many levels not the least of which is Johnny being tied to his chair and powerless to stop the beating. When she calls Ben to ask for money he tells her no, and she threatens to go to her lawyer. It’s really a nice reflection of what she had just gone through.
Episode 10 ran a bit shorter than most episodes so far, and it felt even shorter because of the 7 minute musical number at the end of the show. These had always been a controversial point, but I’ve liked them and understand them for what they are-almost an intermission between episodes. A palate cleanser if you will. They also however add to the story, and I think we’ll see how they fit in before too long.
9 and 10 were both solid entries, and with episode 10 ending with Gordon seeing a vision of Laura Palmer before Albert walks in, really ramps up the mystery. I would still like to see some other TP townsfolk like Big Ed, but understand TP is its own animal, and I’ll just be satisfied with what we have so far.