Hello again. Can you see through a wall? Can you see through human skin? X-rays see through solid, or so-called solid objects. There are things in life that exist, and yet our eyes cannot see them. Have you ever seen something startling that others cannot see? Why are some things kept from our vision? Is life a puzzle? I am filled with questions. Sometimes my questions are answered. In my heart, I can tell if the answer is correct. I am my own judge. In a dream, are all the characters really you? Different aspects of you? Do answers come in dreams? One more thing: I grew up in the woods. I understand many things because of the woods. Trees standing together, growing alongside one another, providing so much. I chew pitch gum. On the outside, let’s say of the ponderosa pine, sometimes pitch oozes out. Runny pitch is no good to chew. Hard, brittle pitch is no good. But in between there exists a firm, slightly crusted pitch with such a flavor. This is the pitch I chew.”
My Special Agents
When we last left Agent Cooper (and I last left you on Nov. 12, 2015), he had been shot by an unknown assailant. Plus, we didn’t know the fate of Shelly or Catherine escaping the burning mill.
We return to Coop’s room at the Great Northern. He lies on his back, bleeding and unable to move while Andy shouts from the phone in the distance. The oldest man in existence shows up in a waiter uniform carrying the glass of warm milk he ordered. This is probably my favorite scene in the entire show. The man moves so excrutiatingly slow and seems to pay no mind to Coop bleeding out on the floor. He hangs up the phone for him and warns Coop that his milk will get cold if he waits too long. And he gives Coop the bill to sign. “Does this include gratuity?” The man takes the bill and leaves, ever so slowly. And then he comes back in and leaves a few more times, just as slowly, the two exchanging thumbs up over and over again. It’s so good. That perfect combination of ridiculous, but mysterious. Is this old man part of the dream? Is he in this reality with Cooper? Is he just a super old man that works at the Great Northern?
Coop isn’t getting up any time soon and the room darkens. But the giant appears to him, illuminating them both in light.
I will tell you three things… The first thing I will tell you is there’s a man in a smiling bag. The second thing is the owls are not what they seem. The third thing is without chemicals, he points.”
Obviously, these things make little sense to Coop, but he’s used to this wackiness by now thanks to his Red Room dreams. He repeats the words as the Giant takes his ring. If what the Giant says comes to pass, he wants Cooper to finally believe in him and his dreams.
This entire scene takes about 18 minutes (including the intro music). And the majority of that is the old man. Man, it’s so good.
Eventually Coop is rescued and he wakes up in the hospital. He learns Jacques Renault was murdered and sees a smiling bag that contained a man (Jacques!). Shelly is in the hospital. Pete is in the hospital for going in the burning building after Catherine. But Catherine is still missing. Nadine is in a coma after taking too many sleeping pills. And Leo is in a coma after getting shot by Hank outside his window during a fight with Bobby. Whew! “We haven’t had this much action since the Elk Club fire of ’59,” Doc Hayward says.