There’s some fear in letting go.
Nadine is proudly, confidently marching down the street with her golden shovel. She’s finally shoveled her way out of so much shit that she realizes how unfairly she’s treated Ed all these years. How she guilted him into staying with her and giving up his one true love. Granted, Ed could have broken up with her at any time but considering her suicide attempt, he wanted to stand by her.
Oh, Ed, I want you to be free now… Don’t worry about me. Run to her. Enjoy the rest of your lives together! I am so happy just thinking of you two being happy! Ed, I love you and always will, but true love is giving the other what makes them happy. Jeez, you big lug, how beautiful is this!”
Ed is clearly skeptical considering this happened before when she had her temporary amnesia and fell in love with Mike. But thanks to Dr. Amp and her new lease on life, she has released Ed to go live his life with Norma, who he really and truly loves after all this time. They share a tearful hug, and Ed rushes to the Double R Diner.
Norma, everything has changed. I just spoke with Nadine. She’s given me my freedom.”
Norma is flabbergasted and ready to respond in some way. It’s hard to tell by her expression. And unfortunately, her new beau Walter shows up. Norma apologizes to Ed and goes to sit with him in her booth. Ed resigns himself to sit at the counter, his entire being deflating before out eyes. Shelly gets him a cup of coffee but doesn’t hear his request for the cyanide tablet. At her booth, Norma tells Walter she wants him to buy her out of the diner franchise. She wants to spend more time at home with her family. She decides to keep the Double R for herself and allows Walter to buy her shares of the seven other diners. “I’m happier with just one.” He tells her she’s making a huge mistake but she doesn’t care. She’s made up her mind.
Ed closes his eyes and realizes he’s, once again, too late again for Norma. He’s missed his chance. Again. But as the music swells, a delicate hand appears on his shoulder. Norma, smiling, spins him around and he smiles.
“Of course I will.”
They share a passionate kiss, pouring the decades of love they have for each other and missed chances into it. Shelly tearfully watches and represents all of us in this scene because I was crying so hard during this part. It just might be my favorite scene in Twin Peaks. It’s all I ever wanted for Norma and Ed. It’s about time they can finally be together.
The Convenience Store
BobCooper arrives at the Convenience Store where we know all the soot men ‘live’. One of them greets him and leads him up an outer staircase. Electricity crackles and they disappear into another dimension/reality/lodge/etc. That familiar flower print pattern lines the walls — and hopefully, you recognize it from Laura’s picture that she received from Mrs. Tremond in FWWM. BobCooper says he’s looking for Phillip Jeffries and one of the soot men pulls a switch. We see the Jumping Man for a split second! Welcome back, buddy! Also, if you look closely, Sarah Palmer’s face is also seen in this flash.
BobCooper continues on through this house, going up another staircase where Gordon saw all the “dirty, bearded men” lined up. He then emerges outside in front of a motel. You may recognize this as the motel where Leland went to meet Teresa but found her with both Laura and Ronette, so he bolted. He goes to room number 8 and a strange woman offers to unlock the door for him.
Inside the room, he finds a giant percolator/teapot/bell thing emitting a circular stream of steam. We’ve seen this structure outside the Purple Room and inside the White Lodge (I think it’s the same — my TV is so dark!). Welp, since unfortunately Bowie passed away before he could film his scenes, this is Philip Jeffries now. I think the guy who did his voice did an all right job matching his accent and cadence as well. It didn’t take me out of the fact that it was no longer Bowie. (But damn, how cool would it have been if it was actually him!?) But I still think this works effectively because it’s Twin Peaks and after what we’ve seen in this season already, it’s not all that far-fetched for him to be transformed into this… thing.
You showed up at FBI headquarters and said you’d met Judy.
So, you are Cooper?
Phillip, why didn’t you want to talk about Judy? Who is Judy? Does Judy want something from me?
Why don’t you ask Judy yourself? Let me write it down for ya.
Who is Judy?
You’ve already met Judy?
What do you mean I’ve met Judy? Who is Judy? Who is Judy?”
Jeffries-teapot lets out a bunch of steamy numbers — they’re the coordinates that were on Ruth Davenport’s arm. But that’s all he’ll offer. I think it’s reasonable to assume we’ve all met Judy before. It’s possible that Naido is Judy because she’s making strange monkey noises. But I also think Laura Palmer could be Judy. We don’t know what will happen when they all converge at these coordinates, but I just have a feeling that Laura is going to show up in this season as more than just the Black Lodge entity from part 2. We saw the White Lodge release that Laura orb to the world. She must be back in some capacity. Unless she’s just living inside her momma’s head and killing shitty dudes at bars.
Another interesting theory I’ve come around to is that Judy represents Briggs. That Jeffries called him Judy because his name is Garland Briggs. Judy Garland… Garland Briggs. It could have been a codename to keep his identity secret while working on Blue Rose. There’s even a moment in season 2 where Briggs, coming back from his adventure in the woods, says “Judy Garland.” SO, it’s very possible.
Jeffries transports BobCooper back to his car, where Richard is waiting for him. He recognizes him from pictures that his mom had — and who is his mom? Oh, yes, Audrey. Just as we all suspected. BobCooper punches and kicks him a bunch, but not enough to kill him. He invites him to get into his truck so they can have some father/son bonding time, I suspect. (If the whole awful Audrey-was-raped scenario is the real one.. and I’m becoming more convinced it is considering Audrey’s mental state.) Before he gets in, he sends a text: “Las Vegas?” Diane received this one a couple episodes ago — more evidence to this crazy out-of-order timeline.