Twin Peaks Fans Thrilled by Trippiest Sequence Yet, Gordon & Albert’s Return

Episodes 3 and 4 of the weirdly wonderful world by David Lynch — previously available on demand — aired Sunday.

by | May 28, 2017 | Comments

David Duchovny in Twin Peaks (Patrick Wymore/SHOWTIME)
(Photo by Patrick Wymore/SHOWTIME)

Twin Peaks: The Return’s premiere a week ago was chock full of wonderfully strange and unusual moments, but was outdone by episodes 3 and 4, which were available online immediately following the premiere and aired together on Showtime on Sunday, May 28.

People unfamiliar with the original series may be put off by David Lynch‘s signature oddities, but diehard fans are eating it up.


Episode 3 kicked off with what is the Lynch-iest of all scenes so far, when Good Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) finds himself in a bizarre purple world populated by a woman with melted eyes, Major Briggs’ (Don S. Davis) disembodied head, and Ronette Pulaski (Phoebe Augustine), BOB’s (Frank Silva) would-be third victim from the original series who managed to escape.

As with all the truly great Lynchian sequences, it was as beautiful as it was unsettling.

But everyone agreed it was cool to see Major Briggs again in any capacity, since Davis passed away in 2008.

Luckily, the episode mellows out a bit (for a Lynch production) when we meet Evil Cooper’s (MacLachlan) plan for avoiding the Black Lodge. He “manufactured” a second doppelganger, Dougie Jones (MacLachlan), and it’s poor Dougie who gets sucked back into the Black Lodge and disappears in a cloud of smoke.

Good Cooper takes his place and yields one of the funniest sequences of the show yet, winning 30 slot machine jackpots at a casino as the pit bosses get angrier and angrier.

Note: Eagle-eyed fans of the original series should recognize the ring Dougie left behind when he vanished. It was the ring Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) was warned not to wear in Fire Walk With Me. That must be how Evil Cooper made his Dougie doppelganger.

Despite avoiding the Black Lodge, Evil Cooper can’t avoid getting arrested after crashing his car during the struggle to pull Dougie back into the Black Lodge. The cops run his prints and everyone’s favorite G-men, Gordon Cole (Lynch) and Albert Rosenfield (Miguel Ferrer), are alerted that Cooper has reappeared after 25 years missing.

So it’s off to South Dakota they go.

But, first, FBI Deputy Director Cole stops for a chat with FBI Chief of Staff Denise Bryson (David Duchovny).

But after seeing Cooper, who claims he was undercover with Phillip Jeffries all these years, Gordon and Albert know something is severely wrong. (Jeffries, dedicated fans will remember, is a character who had been played by David Bowie, who died this year.)

If you’re confused about Jeffries and “blue rose,” perhaps a rewatch of Fire Walk With Me is in order.

The short story: Jeffries is another FBI agent who hasn’t been seen since 1989. The show is making it sound like he’s still alive and is the one who asked Darya (Nicole LaLiberte) and Ray (George Griffith) to kill Evil Cooper.

Blue rose might simply refer to a case with supernatural elements, which is a popular Twin Peaks fan theory, but there is also Lil the Dancer (Kimberly Ann Cole) from Fire Walk With Me who wore a blue rose on her red suit.

Either way, Gordon and Albert have a woman in mind they need to see Cooper to determine what exactly is going on. Any guesses who she is? Fans have a guess that frankly sounds spot-on.

Meanwhile, back in the actual town of Twin Peaks — likely to be the meeting ground for a Good Cooper/Evil Cooper showdown — Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook) is a sheriff’s deputy, which is as awesome as it is surprising.

What is not a surprise and was pure vintage Twin Peaks is that Bobby is still really broken up over what happened to Laura.

Viewers also get to meet Lucy (Kimmy Robertson) and Andy’s (Harry Goaz) son Wally Brando (Michael Cera), which is another moment that is pure Lynch.

Hopefully this is not the last time we see weird Wally, just the latest in a string of odd new characters and occurrences on the revival. But despite how weird it is, fans seem to be all in with Twin Peaks: The Return.

It’s definitely a slow burn, but that’s typically how David Lynch rolls. It does seem clear, though, that he’s dropping in dozens of breadcrumbs for the over-arching mystery, even if their meaning isn’t clear yet to the viewers.

What do you think, fans? Are you still on board with this trippy continuation of Twin Peaks? Let us know your feelings in the revival.

Twin Peaks airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on Showtime

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