Review: TWIN PEAKS Season Three Episode Sixteen
Finally. We waited sixteen episodes for it. Sixteen weeks. We endured an agonizingly slow narrative progression–by design, lest anyone doubt it. And it was all worth it. The big payoff came this week. He’s back. He’s awake. Agent Cooper is back. And he’s on his way to Twin Peaks to confront his Doppelganger. I swear, when he uttered that line, “I AM the FBI,” and when they started playing the TWIN PEAKS theme, I almost got misty-eyed. This episode made me realize, even more than I already did, just how effective David Lynch’s delayed gratification gambit has been. The wait made it all the sweeter.
We also got confirmation this episode that the slimy little kid-killing Richard Horne was the son of Doppelcoop. And then Dopplecoop killed him. Why? Mere convenience? I’m not sure, but there was no doubt about who the kid was. “Goodbye, my son,” Dopplecoop muttered. Yes, Cooper’s evil doppelganger must have visited Audrey Horne while she lay in a coma in the hospital and raped her. Or did he do it later? Richard was the spawn of that rape, however it happened. And speaking of Audrey, has she been in that coma all this time? She seems to have experienced her own awakening, there at the end of the episode. It looked like she was wearing a hospital gown. A psychiatric hospital, maybe?
This time, it all IS coming together. The would-be killers outside Dougie’s home were themselves killed. Coop has made arrangements with his friends in the Black Lodge to have a new Dougie “grown” so that Sonny Jim and Janey E. aren’t left alone. And how heartbreaking was that scene where Cooper tells the two of them goodbye? Oh, and Diane was a tulpa. Was she always a tulpa? How long has Agent Cooper been on the radar of the beings from the other dimensions, for that to be true? Or is there a real Diane, trapped somewhere else? She did say something about being in the Twin Peaks sheriff’s station, didn’t she? Could she be the eyeless woman?
We’ll know next week, when the two-hour season finale airs. I’m grieving already. Ods me bodkins, but I’m going to miss seeing this show every week!