Twin Peaks Returns: “He’s Dead” Twin Peaks Returns: “He’s Dead”
If you saw episodes eleven and twelve and thought they were less than what has come before, you’d be forgiven for thinking so. You’d... Twin Peaks Returns: “He’s Dead”

If you saw episodes eleven and twelve and thought they were less than what has come before, you’d be forgiven for thinking so. You’d also be wrong. 11 and 12 answer some long standing questions, as well as raising some new ones.  They may seem superficial on the surface but dig a little deeper and you’ll see the gems of information Lynch has hidden. Before I get into the last two episodes, I wanted to mention something as I’ve been asked about this a few times. “Why are you just recapping? Why not explore and look for hidden meanings?” The answer to that is simple: this is David Lynch we’re talking about, and anything I may think today will no doubt change by the end of the last episode. I intend to keep my speculation close to my chest until then.

Eleven opens with a group of kids playing catch (one of whom happens to be Mark Frost’s son), and when a ball gets away, they chase after it only to find Miriam crawling out of the woods, bloody and beaten. We then see Becky, Shelly’s daughter, finding out her husband is cheating on her. After taking off after him in her Mom’s car, she’s told he left the apartment he was at. Not content with this, she fires her gun into the door and takes off.

The next thing Becky knows is she’s at the RR with her parents. It’s here we find out that her father is none other than Bobby Briggs. While no longer a couple, it’s very clear Bobby still has feelings for his high school sweetheart, they have a lot of history together after all. Once it’s settled that Bobby will loan her the money to pay for the damage to the door (and after Shelly runs off to have a quick kiss with her bf, another bad boy), shots ring out from the street outside. A young boy has gotten a hold of his father’s gun in the backseat and fired it, creating confusion and a traffic pile up. The woman immediately behind yells to Bobby about having to get home, and we see her deathly ill niece drooling some thick, vile fluid on her Aunt. It’s a typically bizarre Lynch scene, which may or may not have anything to do with anything else. Time will tell I suppose.

Albert and company go to where Hastings had met Briggs, and all hell breaks loose. Well, a swirling vortex at least-one that nearly sucks up Gordon. Albert rescues him, and then notices a dead body. Upon inspection they see it’s the headless torso of the woman Hastings was accused of killing.

Speaking of Hastings, he’s in the car, and as Cole and Albert are digging around one of the woodsman comes over to the police car, and before you know it, Hastings is missing half of his head. “He’s dead.” Cole says in one of the greatest lines of the show, and the understatement of the decade.

We close the show out with an extended stay of the Mitchums. They plan on killing Dougie, and take him out into the middle of the desert to do so. However, Jim Belushi has had dreams and says if the one thing in particular is in the box Dougie is carrying, they can’t kill him. It turns out he does have that one particular item, which is a cherry pie. The Mitchums also find their insurance check on him for 30 million simoleons. Dougie is now their new best friend and we close out with them eating damn fine pie and sipping champagne. It’s a surprisingly light moment in a series that has had very few of them.

After watching episode 12 twice, one of the biggest things that surprised me was just how much it was disliked.  I saw the words, filler, waste of time, nothing happens an awful lot. AS I said it surprised me because it contained not only the return of a long awaited character, but we finally got confirmation of what Blue Rose actually was/is.

The Blue Rose information is huge. Sure we always kind of assumed what it was, but this was the first time it was confirmed. The fact they asked Tammy to be on the Blue Rose team was even bigger. Add in the fact they deputize Diane temporarily and you have a fantastic opening to the newest installment.

The reality of what the tragedy of Laura Palmer has done to her mother is evident as we see her making her way through a grocery store. Some vodka and mixers fill her basket, as well as a carton of smokes. The millennial cashiers start to get nervous as she freaks out and then leaves the store screaming in hysterics. Grace Zebriskie does crazy better than any actress on TV. She is simply phenomenal in the few scenes she has this season.

We then have the return of Audrey Horne. My only complaint was I thought it went on a bit too long, but man, what a scene it was. There’s zero backstory. We see her getting ready to go out and cajoling her dwarfish, creepy husband to go to the Roadhouse with her. Her husband isn’t creepy because he’s a little person, but …well you need to see him to appreciate him. He does have one kick ass rotary phone though. Audrey has become a foul mouthed shrew-far from the shrinking violet ingénue she was as a teenager. I think people disliked that, but it seemed to be a perfect progression for her.  There’s a lot going on in the 11 minutes she’s on screen, and I could spend an entire article just on that, but suffice to say, there’s far more at play here than we can know right now.

Sheriff Truman visits Ben and tells him everything about his grandson Richard. We see his hurt and disappointment and pain in every head hanging low expression, and every deep sigh. In some ways I believe he thinks this is karma for all his own bad behavior.

It’s a very melancholy scene, and I found the whole episode to be that way. More than any other show so far, this was the most…human…for lack of a better word, and that’s when TP excels. Even though Ben Horne was a dick, we still have sympathy for him. I felt sorrow seeing Dr. Jacoby losing his own sanity-not that he ever had a tight grip on that to begin with.

 

With 6 episodes left, I can honestly say I have no clue what’s going to happen next, and couldn’t be happier about that.

 

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