I’m starting to get sad, as we draw closer to the finale of the season, yet I remain hopeful–nay, I doubt it not at all!–that there WILL be a season four–and that we WON’T have to wait another 25 years for it! Having acclimated to the deliberate, methodical pacing of this season, I no longer feel antsy, waiting for something momentous to happen. For one thing, you never know what might end up being a momentous occurrence until later on. And I’ve learned to sit back, relax, and just let it happen, taking the jaw-dropping moments as they come. My thoughts on this episode, then:
Wow. I thought I felt sad BEFORE I watched it. This week we said goodbye to the Log Lady. What a beautiful, loving tribute Lynch and Frost crafted. And what strength, courage, dignity, and class, what grace we saw displayed by Catherine Coulson. The lady was actually in the process of dying, and she went on the show to perform what was in effect her own eulogy, and delivered a powerhouse performance in the process. You won’t see anything else that potent, that real, on television anywhere. I’m blown away.
The Log Lady said that her log was turning golden. Nadine experienced an epiphany after acquiring one of Dr. Jacoby’s golden shovels. Gold, then, symbolizes what? Enlightenment? The attaining of a higher state of being? Yes. I think so.
Confirmation! We now have proof positive that Richard Horne is Audrey’s son. But who is his father? Is it Doppel-Coop?
Why did Dougie-Coop stick that fork in the electric socket after hearing a character in an old movie say “Find Gordon Cole”? Is it necessary for Dougie to die–again–in order for Cooper to fully come back?
The black service station is a part of the Black Lodge? Or another stopover point on the way to some other dimension? And David Bowie’s character is now turned into a giant teakettle?
I wonder if maybe David Lynch isn’t such a heartless sadist after all. He gave us the reunion of Big Ed and Norma in the same episode we had to bid adieu to the Log Lady. Maybe he knew we needed it.
Overall, this episode provided the sort of thing that fans were expecting out of this season and have until now received little of, the culmination of storylines that were left unresolved 25 years ago, learning what has become of the characters with which we became so familiar back then.
Who is “Judy”? Is it Laura?
“Goodnight, Margaret. Goodbye, Margaret.” Stay golden, Log Lady. Always and forever.