Twin Peaks: The Return Part 14 recap: Stories are converging

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Aug 14, 2017

This week on Twin Peaks, we finally head to that place, and Andy has his moment in the spotlight. Let's rock!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

The short version: "We are like the dreamer."

THE GOOD

These recaps usually arrive a bit earlier, but wow, this week's episode was just packed with stuff. Twin Peaks is a show that's often been accused of meandering around the actual plot, but Part 14 feels like it was nothing but plot. It's a lot to process, so let's get into it.

Naido (Nae Yuuki) is in our world now. She first appeared back in Part 3, aiding Cooper in his journey between the Red Room and our world, and now she's in the custody of the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department after one of the more significant sequences The Return has ever offered. We don't yet know exactly how she got here, but there's one person who might: Andy. One of my favorite characters who seemed to destined to one day get his due, Andy got to play the hero in Part 14, traveling to meet The Fireman (previously known as The Giant) and gaining an understanding of what's been going on through a montage of moments from Part 8. This is Twin Peaks, so it's difficult to parse exactly what Andy knows and doesn't know, but here are a few safe assumptions: He knows there are two Coopers and what each of them looks like, that Laura Palmer was a benevolent and even supernatural figure, that Naido is part of the key to solving the mystery, that Woodsmen exist, and how BOB was born. Unfortunately, the episode basically stops things there, so we don't actually get to hear Andy expound on his little transdimensional adventure. It's a pretty safe bet that one day we will, though. Whatever it leads to, this was one of the most satisfying sequences in The Return so far.

But we were not done with revelations from this episode by a long shot, because the FBI crew in Buckhorn had a couple of their own. Through a dream sequence, Cole finally gave us our first look at Phillip Jeffries in The Return. Because David Bowie himself could not appear in the revival, it was archival footage from Fire Walk With Me, but still, it felt like a major moment, and indeed, we still haven't seen its full weight play out. As Cole notes, when Jeffries saw Cooper, he did not ask who he was, but who Cole thought he was. Based on the limited interaction other characters have had with Jeffries since The Return, it's pretty clear that he was aware that DoppelDale is indeed not our world's Cooper, and he seems to have had a desire to send DoppelDale back to the Lodge or kill him outright. Did he know all the way back in 1989 that these events would transpire? Well, time's funny on Twin Peaks ...

Meanwhile, it turns out Diane is Janey-E Jones' half-sister, establishing a connection between Diane and Cooper's other doppelganger, who is now Cooper himself. Diane doesn't know this connection, as she and Janey-E are estranged and it seems like she's never seen her brother-in-law, but the arrows pointing Cole, Albert, and Tammy toward Las Vegas are getting brighter by the second. Plus, they also now know about the missing diary pages, courtesy of a phone call with Sheriff Truman. Plotlines are converging. This is getting exciting, kids.

Plus, we finally got some insight into what's going on with Sarah Palmer. It turns out something malevolent and violent is possessing her, and she can apparently unleash it at will, with lethal power. How did this happen, and what does it mean? We don't know, but it makes a lot of sense in some ways. Remember, Sarah lived with a possessed man (her husband, Leland) for years, and while she was apparently unaware of his affliction, she was deeply affected by it. Leland had the demon in him, but Sarah was the one who had visions of BOB. There was something intuitive and nasty in her that understood that darkness had fallen over her house, and while she herself never seemed to lash out, it's believable that it made its way into her somehow. Plus, she's Laura's mother, and Laura revealed the same sense of possession in herself (with much brighter effect) back in Part 2. We know from Part 8 that Laura was not just born; she was created, apparently with a purpose. Sarah was the vessel that brought that creation into our world. She's been touched by other worlds in a number of ways. Somewhere in all of that, something came through and made its way into her soul. As for what that means for the remaining episodes ... well, Sarah can kill a man in seconds, so keep that in mind.

And finally, we should spend a moment on the strange saga of Freddie (Jake Wardle), the British security guard with the glove that he can't take off. Freddie's also encountered the Fireman, who specifically told him when and where to buy the glove that's now apparently part of his body. The Fireman also told him that the glove would give his hand power like a piledriver, and indeed it has. Now Freddie's just hanging out in Twin Peaks, awaiting his destiny. Perhaps his destiny is to give DoppelDale a nice sock in the mouth? It's possible, but remember that DoppelDale's hands also have that kind of power, as he demonstrated last week.

This was a fantastic, thrilling, and brisk episode. Pacing has never been a real concern of this show, particularly with the "18-hour movie" aesthetic of the revival, but this time out we got bucketloads of plot, and it was a hell of a ride.

THE BAD

No complaints at all this time around.

THE OWLS

- Is the drunk in the cell at the sheriff's department the mysterious Billy? There are certainly theories pointing in that direction. Whether we now know his identity or not (the actor is credited only as "Drunk," so it seems unlikely), several different characters throughout town (including Audrey Horne) are very concerned about Billy. Hopefully, that actually goes somewhere.

- If I remember correctly, the light pole with the "6" on it that Andy saw is the same one from the moment when the little boy was hit by Richard's truck. If I'm making the connection properly, that's also the same moment that Carl Rodd had a vision of the boy's soul leaving his body.

- "You're a very bad person, Chad."

- Monica Bellucci is exactly Gordon's type, so those dreams make total sense.

- The Roadhouse emcee was in particularly high spirits this week.

- "In memory of David Bowie."

And that's it for this week! Join us next time for Part 15. We're in the home stretch!