Twin Peaks – The Return: Wake up, don’t die

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Twin Peaks – The Return is the most anticipated television event of 2017. Of course, being a huge admirer of David Lynch’s work, I jumped at the chance to cover this series for 1428 Elm. So, meet me at the Double R every week for a slice of pie and a damn fine cup of coffee.

One thing that I have learned from repeatedly watching Lynch’s works is that he believes in signs. Messages from other sources often play a part in the worlds that he creates. Tonight’s episode of Twin Peaks was chockful of symbolism and guidance from unusual places.

So, let’s prepare to hear some dreamy tunes at the Bang Bang Bar and wax metaphysical about the meaning behind the meaning.  SPOILER ALERT!

Drama in the Desert

In last week’s episode, Dougie/Coop was pondering the statue in front of the Lucky 7 Insurance building. He is still there but this time he is busy trying to deal with losing his hand in his jacket sleeve. The same security guard approaches him and tells him to move along.

After a little back and forth conversation, the guard can see that Dougie/Coop doesn’t appear to be playing with a full deck. He decides to take Dougie/Coop home. Once they arrive at the house with the red door, they are met by Janey-E (Naomi Watts).

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She tries to downplay what is going on with her husband. Meanwhile Dougie/Coop is touching the guard’s badge and repeating the word. It is almost as if he is remembering that item from his past. Badge is a trigger word for him just like case files.

Once Janey-E gets rid of the guards, she ushers Dougie/Coop indoors. While they are having a late supper, she tells him that she is going to take him to see Dr. Ben. She asks about the case files. Of course, Dougie/Coop can’t tell her about them so she sends him upstairs to say goodnight to Sonny Jim.

While he is spending time with their son, Janey-E gets curious and starts taking a look at the files. In Sonny Jim’s bedroom, Dougie/Coop is having all sorts of fun with a clap on, clap off lamp. Out of the blue, Janey-E bellows up to him to get downstairs right away.

Once he is with her, she starts berating him for not paying off his debt. The phone rings in the middle of her tirade and it just so happens it is the debt collectors. Janey-E makes a deal to meet with them the next day at “noon thirty.” After she hangs up, she starts haranguing Dougie/Coop about the location of his wallet, ID and car. To end this little scene of domesticity, flash to a stoplight in the night as the light changes from green to yellow to red.