As we get further into the series, and I scan the TP pages on Facebook, I keep seeing comments that the violence is too brutal or the language too coarse. They expected the relatively benign aspects of the original series, and are taken aback that it’s …well, a David Lynch movie. I can only guess they never saw Fire: Walk With Me. If they had, they wouldn’t say anything. I firmly believe that if Twin Peaks had been on cable back in 1990 it would have looked a whole lot like F: WWM. Regardless of the current shows origins, this is David Lynch, after all.
With that out of the way, (as I will go on at length about it on the next Imaginarium), let’s get right into episode 5. Much like episode 4, this week’s installment is a throwback to the original show, for all intents and purposes. That means more Dougie, and lots of him. If this episode has one major weakness it’s that there’s far too much Dougie. This let’s pretend there’s nothing wrong with him shtick is not only getting old, it’s taking me out of the story. The beginning is also very reminiscent of episode 3 with Jade the prostitute getting Dougie ready, shoving him into the vehicle, and then kicking him out of the SUV when they drop him off. Having a brief discussion with I Am Better, he suggested that perhaps Lynch was making a commentary on America in how we’re all walking around lobotomized and no one seems to notice. Or care.
It’s a very interesting point and one I’m going to keep a lookout for. The old Coop is starting to pop out of Dougie as he recognizes things like coffee, or words like Agent or case file. It’s only a matter of time that he finally emerges. I simply hope it’s sooner rather than later. At a work meeting, Dougie accuses a coworker and friend of lying about something, which doesn’t sit well with the boss. The accused is played to perfection by the always awesome Tom Sizemore. I could easily watch him for 18 hours as I could Kyle MacLachlan.
We then pick up a thread of a story from episode1 where some random assassins put a bomb on a car. A small boy sees this and goes across the street to see what it was. Before he can get a really good look some car thieves come by, chase the kid away and are promptly blow up when the car explodes.
Back at the casino where Dougie won all the money, the casino owner is beaten up by the Mitchum brothers and told to leave town and never comeback, as they’re convinced he was in on the 29 jackpots. Jim Belushi plays one of the brothers, and while he doesn’t say much, his expression, or lack of, speaks volumes. I have no doubt we’ll be seeing more of these two in future episodes.At the RR Diner, we see Shelley and Norma. Shelley’s daughter comes in to borrow some money. She takes off with her druggie boyfriend Steve after snorting some coke off his hand.
It’s only after this that we have my favorite scene from this week featuring Dr. Jacoby. If you’ll remember we’ve seen him so far buying several shovels and then spray painting them gold. Well this episode we learn what he’s doing with them, and I can tell you, I never would have guessed. We also see what he’s been up to as well: broadcasting a radio show filled with politics and conspiracy theories. He comes across as a mix of Art Bell and Alex Jones. A scary combo indeed. Interspersed in his diatribe are shots of one eyed Nadine watching on in apparent bliss. Never the picture of good mental health, somehow it’s not surprising that she’s so enthralled with Jacoby. I have to say she looks better now than she did 25 years ago. I’m hoping we see her silent drape runners again.
Headed back to the bar we see David Lynch’s son Riley playing with his band and we then meet Richard Horne, who I’ll call Dick for short, because he really is one. We’re unsure if his parentage at this point, but wouldn’t be surprised if it was Audrey’s son.Then there’s Dougie’s wedding ring found in the stomach of a headless body, and a message from Major Briggs. Bad Cooper also makes a very memorable phone call, and sees someone very familiar in his mirror.
Episode 5 does a great job of slowly making connections to the previous episodes, and seeing the offspring of old characters is pretty cool if not a bit of a shock. As I mentioned at the beginning, my biggest issue was the Dougie bit being dragged out far too long. While I hope that’s resolved soon, I wouldn’t put it past Lynch to make it last for most of the 18 episodes.
Twin Peaks: The Return is making me look forward to a show every week that I haven’t been this excited for since…well, the original series. I have no idea what will happen next and couldn’t be happier.