Recap:

In Buckhorn, South Dakota, Gordon Cole rings the Twin Peaks Sheriff Department to return a call. Frank tells him that they found missing pages from Laura Palmer’s diary, and says they have learned of the possibility of two Coopers.

Albert fills Tammy in on the origins of the Blue Rose taskforce. In 1975, two young field agents were investigating a murder in Olympia, Washington. They arrived at a motel to arrest the suspect, Lois Duffy, when they heard a gunshot. Entering the room, they found Lois dying from a bullet wound, a woman with a gun standing over her. Her last words were “I’m like the blue rose,”before she disappeared. They noticed the other woman was also Lois Duffy. Those two agents were Gordon Cole and Phillip Jeffries. Lois later killed herself in her cell.

Tammy remarks that the blue rose is unnatural, just like Lois’ doppelganger – she was a “tulpa.”Diane arrives and reveals that the last night she saw Cooper he mentioned Major Briggs. After telling her that they had found a wedding ring inscribed “To Dougie, with love, Janey-E” in his stomach, Diane explains that she has a half-sister named Janey-E who is married to a Douglas Jones in Las Vegas.

Gordon calls the Las Vegas office and asks them to look out for a Douglas Jones. When Diane leaves, Gordon tells the others about his call with Frank. He then begins to tell them about his Monica Bellucci dream. In the dream he met with her in a cafe in Paris. Cooper was there, though he couldn’t see his face. Monica told him “We’re like the dreamer, who dreams, then lives inside the dream,” and then asked “but who is the dreamer?”

Looking over his shoulder he saw his younger self the day Phillip Jeffries appeared in their Philadelphia offices. That day Cooper was worried about his own dream, before Jeffries arrived and pointed at Cooper, saying “who do you think that is there?” Albert and Gordon are only just beginning to remember this scene (which took place in Twin PeaksFire Walk With Me).

In Twin Peaks, before their trip up the mountain, Bobby, Frank, Andy and Hawk arrest worst person ever Chad for his various crimes (good riddance). Briggs’ facility has since been removed, but they still find the old tree which Bobby and his father had called “Jack Rabbit’s Palace.”

At the location they discover a swirl of smoke and electricity surrounding what appears to be a pool in the ground – similar to that in Glastonbury Grove. Next to it they find the naked figure of Naido, the eyeless woman from Part 3. At 2:53 a vortex appears in the sky above them. Andy, who was holding Naido’s hand, stands up and is transported to what may be the White Lodge, the black and white world we saw in Part 8.

There he speaks with The Giant, who introduces himself as “The Fireman.” An object appears in Andy’s hands, from which smoke starts to emit. Above him Andy sees various images from the past: the “Experiment” from the glass box, then floating in space, the birth of BOB, the convenience store, the “Gotta light?” woodsman, pylons, a schoolgirl crying the day Laura Palmer died, Laura’s face, the angel from Fire Walk With Me, Naido on the forest floor, good and evil Cooper, a blinking phone, an image of Andy with Lucy, the ‘6’ pylon.

The smoke returns from the object, and Andy appears back at Jack Rabbit’s Palace. The others don’t remember what happened, but Andy seems to know exactly what to do. Carrying Naido, he tells them “she’s very important and people want her dead.”

Andy puts Naido in a cell in the Sheriff Department. Chad berates Andy while he is mimicked by a drunk in the opposite cell, who is bleeding from the mouth. The drunk copies Naido’s strange sounds too, though it is unclear if he is communicating with her or not.

At the Great Northern, James is working a shift as a security guard along with Freddie Sykes. Freddie, who is wearing a green glove on his right hand, mentions James love for Renee, who is a married woman. It’s James’ birthday, and as a present Freddie tells him the strange story behind the glove, which he cannot remove.

Back in London, one night a vortex opened in the sky and Freddie was taken to see The Fireman. He was told that he had to buy a particular gardening glove from a hardware store, once he wears it on his right hand he will have the power of a piledriver. He is told he will find his destiny in Twin Peaks. James heads to check the furnace, where he follows unusual sounds to a closed door.

Sarah Palmer heads to Elk’s #9 Point Bar for a drink. At the bar, she is pestered by a disgusting man, who threatens and insults her. She warns him to stay away from her, but he persists. She tells him “I’ll eat you,” turns to him, and removes her face. Beneath it we see darkness, smoke, a darting spike, a hand, then a leering smile. She lunges forward and bites at his neck. He gushes blood and falls to the floor, dead, though there is no blood on Sarah. She seems to react with fear and confusion, but then deadpans: “It sure is a mystery.”

At the Roadhouse, two women (Sophie and Megan) talk at a booth. Megan mentions that she had seen Billy before he went missing. She was with her mother when he ran in to their kitchen, blood streaming from his mouth, before running away again. She claims that her mother, Tina, had an affair with him recently.

On stage, Lissie plays “Wild Wild West.”

Analysis:

While it’s not as mind-blowing as Part 8, this is definitely a hard one to recap, with so many great scenes to unpack, and yet the familiar feeling that we don’t quite understand what is going on.

First up is Andy’s encounter with The Fireman. The supercut of significant imagery from across the show, movie, and revival, are events connected by supernatural forces, and by electricity. The body floating in space must be the same that emerged from the glass box to attack the young couple. The woodsman spirits emerged from the atomic bomb test site and are explicitly connected to BOB, whose presence lead to the death of Laura. Naido is an anomaly, a mysterious figure who seems benevolent, maybe even related to Laura’s angels.

And of course, the pylon returns – the same one that Carl sees after the little boy is run over, the same one that is linked to The Man From Another Place in Fire Walk With Me. This is enough for Andy to know to protect Naido, and that her survival of her fall in Part 3 means something is after her – perhaps the “Mother” that was trying to get into the Purple Room, perhaps the woodsman spirits.

This “Mother” may indeed be Sarah Palmer herself, who seems to be possessed by some other force. While the attack comes with a bite, the spike we see come from the face is very reminiscent of what we have seen of “Experiment,” which is itself similar to what we heard of the force trying to get into the Purple Room. Sarah’s face is worn like a mask, much like the young boy wore a mask in Fire Walk With Me, and how BOB used Leland as a mask. She removes her face in much the same way Laura did in Part 2, though she shows darkness instead of Laura’s light. Perhaps it is she that Naido should be afraid of.

There’s a lot to think about that comes up with Gordon, Albert and Tammy this week. Tammy refers to the blue rose, and therefore the idea of doppelgangers, as a “tulpa” – a Buddhist concept defined as “a being or object which is created through spiritual or mental powers.” It seems as if everyone has their own doppelganger, who lives outside of our reality, in some sort of dream. When they cross over, there can only be one remaining. Dougie was a “tulpa” too, as Gerard called him “manufactured.”

The dream is the most interesting thing about this episode, where again we are faced with the idea Phillip Jeffries introduced in Fire Walk With Me: “We live inside of a dream.” Wondering “who is the dreamer” is a creepy concept in itself, or as Film Crit Hulk put in his recap: “Are we just the dreams of giants, the fireman, and arms? The fodder and playthings of horrific atomic devils?”

For me, this relates back to the doppelgangers again, themselves reflections that have crossed over through cracks in the mirror. Mr. C is Cooper’s nightmare invading his waking life, an unnatural presence. Eventually, one of them will have to die so the world can continue on, instead of splintering as it is now.

Most Valuable Player:

David Bowie – Phillip Jeffries

It’s archival footage, and it’s only briefly included – but I just love this performance this much. My favourite scene from Fire Walk With Me, a movie I love more and more as time goes on, mostly comes down to how much the great David Bowie went for it. He is so bewildered and distressed, selling mental anguish perfectly, it all reading as if he has had a Lovecraftian encounter with the strange forces of existence and can barely keep his sanity. I hope we see more of this scene in future episodes.

Clues:

  • Inside Sarah we see a glimpse of a hand with its spiritual finger blacked out
  • Was Sarah warning the man off for his own safety?
  • Monica Bellucci’s fingers form into two points, and then drops one with a sad look. With all the talk of doppelgangers, it seems like one must go for the other to remain
  • Diane could be lying about her connection to Janey-E to bring the FBI into a trap. Either way, I’m finding her very difficult to read.
  • Tina is Megan’s mother, and is the woman that Charlie called on Audrey’s behest, refusing to let her know what she had said. Presumably, Audrey’s scenes were taking place in the real world.
  • Megan seems unsure of the story, saying “I’m not sure if my uncle was there” a few times, sounding like she’s recounting a dream
  • The Drunk is bleeding from the mouth and onto the floor, similar to how Billy was in his last appearance
  • AE’s own Diego Crespo pointed out that the significance of the number “315” from earlier in the season may be pointing to next week’s episode – season 3 episode 15.

Extra:

  • This episode was dedicated to David Bowie
  • For those that for some reason are watching this show without seeing Fire Walk With Me (yes there are people doing this), Bowie’s appearance must have been mind-blowing
  • The object that Andy holds in the white lodge has come up before in Lynch’s art
  • I was certain for a moment that Megan was going to say that Audrey was her mother, and I think that tease was deliberate
  • Emily Stofle, who played Sophie, is David Lynch’s wife
  • The effect of the lips appearing inside Sarah’s head after she removes the mask is similar to the effects used for the phantom in Lynch’s Inland Empire
  • I don’t know how it lands for American audiences, but I found Freddie Sykes hilarious as the most cliched version of an Englishman I have ever seen
  • The score and general sound design this week was amazing – almost as good as in Part 8.

Line of the week: “How many times have I told you? This is what we do in the F.B.I.!”