Twin Peaks: The Return, Episode 7—Review
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“F**k you, Gordon, and f**ck you, Albert.” –Diane (‘Twin Peaks’)

This is the new series’ best showing yet. In this episode of ‘Twin Peaks,’ in stark contrast to episode six, so much happens. The various plots move forward smoothly. Where to start?

The absolute showstopper was the Diane subplot. Laura Dern’s Diane is complicated and proves to be so much more than Cooper’s tapes to her from the original series would have us believe. We learn that she and Cooper had some kind of intimacy, and judging from the intensity of her response to seeing Bad Coop in the South Dakota prison, that relationship was deep. She also serves to confirm for Gordon Cole and Albert what they previously suspected: this is not Special Agent Dale Cooper. It seems that Bad Cooper is only in jail as long as he wishes to be—and that doesn’t last long.

Meanwhile, the real Cooper is still doing the Dougie in Las Vegas. He’s still doing a fine job at the insurance company though he only speaks in echolalia. His wife, Janey (Naomi Watts) is still standing her ground and keeping Dougie safe. At this point, one has to wonder if Dale Cooper will come back at all. Did his time in the Black Lodge or his exit cause irreversible harm?

Twin Peaks: The Return

Twin Peaks: The Return

 

We learn in this episode that the papers Hawk found hidden in the Sheriff station’s bathroom are indeed pages torn from Laura Palmer’s diary. He believes that Leland Palmer may have stashed them prior to an interview 25 years ago. The content of these pages tie in from a scene in the film Fire Walk With Me in which Annie (Heather Graham) comes to Laura and tells her to write in her diary that the Good Cooper is trapped in the Lodge—perhaps for this very moment. We learn that there’s still a single page from the diary that remains missing.

Other subplots continue to move forward as well including: the absent and ill Harry Truman, the no-longer missing Major Briggs, the remnants of the accident from Episode six, and the Roadhouse (The Bang Bang Bar), all of which are interesting for different reasons.

In most of the episodes of this season, the show ends with a musical performance, but this week, it ended at the Double RR with the 1959 song “Sleep Walk” by Santo & Johnny. While the song is mesmerizing and strangely sad, it also occurred to this writer watching Shelly waitress that this was the theme song of the 1992 film Madchen Amick starred in, Sleepwalkers.

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