Stephanie Watches Twin Peaks: Season 3 Part 14


    We are like the dreamer.

    Gordon calls the Twin Peaks sheriff station and has a cute conversation with Lucy but he’s calling to talk to Sheriff Truman — who he thinks is still Harry. But Frank tells Gordon that Harry’s in the doctor’s care, as well as what Hawk found: Laura’s missing diary pages. They indicate two Coopers. “Although I can’t comment on this information, I want you to know I really appreciate it… And all the best to you. And all the best to Harry.”

    Tammy and Albert discuss the case that began this whole thing with two field agents in Olympia, WA.

    “They arrived at a hotel to arrest a suspect named Lois Duffy. They hear a gunshot outside her room and kick the door in. They find two women inside. One on the floor dying from a bullet wound to the abdomen, the other holds a gun, which she drops as she backs away when they enter. They recognize the wounded woman as Lois Duffy. She speaks her last words to them: I’m like the blue rose. She smiles, then dies, then disappears before their eyes. The other woman screaming in the corner they now notice is also Lois Duffy. By the way, Lois Duffy did not have a twin sister. Then while awaiting trial for a murder she swore she didn’t commit, this Lois hangs herself. Those two arresting offers were Gordon Cole and Phillip Jeffries. Now, what’s the one question you should ask me?”

    Tammy figures it’s about the blue rose because a blue rose does not occur in nature and is not natural, nor was the dying woman natural. She was conjured. She was a tulpa. Albert is very impressed by her analysis. So, what’s a tulpa? It’s a Tibetan word for manifestation or emanation in which a being or object is created through spiritual or mystical means. (Cooper loves Tibet if you remember from season 1.) I think this falls in very nicely with the Black Lodge lore, considering Dougie is basically a tulpa that BOB created.

    Gordon and Diane join them for COFFEE TIME! Not before we have to hear the more excruciating noise of a window washer sucking real bad at his job. Thanks, David.

    They finally ask Diane more about Cooper. She doesn’t want to talk about the last night she saw Cooper. She confirms that he mentioned Major Briggs that night. Albert goes over the facts about how they thought Briggs died in a fire 25 years ago but that they actually found his decapitated body just a few days ago, along with the ring in his stomach. As a reminder, the ring is inscribed with the following: “To Dougie with love, Janey-E.”

    And then Diane throws us a real fun twisty curveball: her half-sister is named Jane — and she goes by Janey-E (Jane Evans — boom!). And she’s married to a man named Douglas Jones, who everyone calls Dougie. They live in Las Vegas. Boom! Diane hates Janey-E so they haven’t spoken in years. That seems to track with both of their personalities. But oh my god, now I desperately need a scene with them together. Not just because it’s Diane & Janey-E but Laura Dern & Naomi Watts. I wonder if Gordon & Co. will be heading to Vegas or to Twin Peaks. The FBI in Las Vegas is now on the hunt for Douglas Jones. (When that dude screamed at his assistant, I laughed so hard.)

    This reminds Gordon of another one of his Monica Belluci dreams. To which Albert sighs, “Oh boy.” I can’t blame Albert for being a crotchety old man. Dealing with Gordon, Cooper, and Jeffries’ dreams and premonitions and other shit for the last 40+ years must be taxing.

    In Gordon’s dream, he was in Paris on a case and meets Monica at a cafe. Cooper was also there but Gordon couldn’t see his face. Monica brought friends with her and everyone enjoyed some coffee until Monica said the ‘ancient phrase:’

    We’re like the dreamer, who dreams and then lives inside the dream… But who is the dreamer?”

    Gordon felt uneasy as Monica looked past Gordon. When he turned to look, he saw himself (from FWWM) in the Philadelphia office listening to Cooper who was worried about a dream he had. And then Jeffries appeared (and didn’t appear). He points at Cooper and says: Who do you think that is there?

    Albert remembers that day too. They all look a little uneasy now. This fits nicely with the theory that the Lodges transcend time and space. And that Jeffries may have already known that Cooper was trapped in the Black Lodge when he came back in that timeline to meet with everyone.  Continue reading

    Stephanie Watches Orphan Black: 5.09 “One Fettered Slave”

    Helena (Tatiana Maslany)

    “I am the original. I am the light.”

    This is our Helena-centric episode of the season. We open the story on baby Helena in her Ukranian convent. (And yes, it threw me off that this was not Cynthia, the actress who plays all the young clones, but they wanted someone who was younger than her and someone who could speak excellent Ukranian. I think this new bb clone did an excellent job.) She’s stuffing her face with chocolate in a nun’s room. And that nun happens to come into the room, assuming she has full privacy, and begins masturbating. Helena watches on in curious confusion, clearly not understanding what she’s seeing. The nun catches her snooping and punishes her severely. Sister Irina is there but powerless to stop her. They dump her head in a bucket and pour bleach all over her head. And then they lock her in a closet. “I once lived in a broom closet for four months. I do not rot.”

    Soon, Tomas comes to retrieve her and take her under his wing in that Prolethean, clone-murdering life where we originally met Helena. Most of this we already knew. He taught her some English and brainwashed her into believing there are many copies that must be killed all over the world. But what he neglected to tell her was that she was one of them. So, Helena goes to kill her first copy — and once the girl falls back into her arms, blood spurting from her mouth, she sees that the girl has the same face as her. This messes with her entire belief system.

    You are the original. They copied your body but not your soul.”

    Helena believes this and begins her mission to destroy all the evil, soulless copies. Until she meets her twin sister Sarah and well, we know that story. To relieve herself of the pain of killing her copies — and all the rest of the pain she’s suffered under Tomas’s abuse — she begins cutting herself. And that’s how she develops those angel wings. We were wondering if she did one slash for each Leda she killed, but we saw her cutting herself in season 1 just to relieve the pressure building inside her.

    Back in the present timeline, Helena has been kidnapped and taken to an undisclosed location. But it sure doesn’t look like the island, does it? PT wants Coady to perform a C-section because he’s on the verge of death. He needs Helena’s babies so he can use the LIN28A mutation to save himself. Coady, at least in this moment, suggests they induce labor so Helena can have a natural birth, which is safer for Helena and the babies. But PT is impatient — and a little crazy now. With Rachel’s betrayal and reveal of his true identity, he’s lost his grip on most of Neolution. The board members are being systematically murdered and only PT’s fiercest believers remain: Coady, Mr. Frontenac, Enger. Continue reading

    Stephanie Watches Twin Peaks: Season 3 Part 13


    What story is that, Charlie?

    The Mitchum Brothers, Candie & Co., and Cooper are all celebrating their success in a conga line through Dougie’s office, much to Anthony’s horror. They give Bushnell a bunch of presents, including diamond cufflinks and a brand new car. They also gift a gym set to Sonny Jim (Sonny Gym?), as well as a new car for Janey-E.

    This gym set is very creepy and Black Lodgey with the spotlight dancing around it. And Sonny Jim jumps around, similarly to the jumping boy with a mask in FWWM. Again, maybe I’m reading into it, but there are no accidents in Twin Peaks, eh?

    But because the Mitchum Brothers didn’t kill Dougie, now Anthony has to devise a way to kill him for Mr. Todd. He chooses undetectable poison.

    The next morning, Anthony waits for Cooper at the office. Cooper runs into the clear glass of the door and just stands there until someone opens it for him. I feel like there was a building-wide memo: “Please help this man if you see him struggling with normal, everyday tasks.” Anthony offers to buy Cooper a cup of coffee, which he is obviously thrilled about. While Cooper is distracted by cherry pie (as is his custom), Anthony slips the poison into his coffee.


    On his way back to the table, Cooper spots some dandruff (?) or some sort of other white dust on Anthony’s shoulders and traces weird lines in it. Anthony breaks down in tears and takes the poison coffee away to dump into the toilet.

    Cooper has no idea what just happened and happily drinks Anthony’s coffee. And finally, he enjoys some damn fine coffee and a slice of cherry pie TOGETHER. But this still isn’t enough to wake sweet Dale from his Dougie-coma. Anthony confesses his affiliation with Mr. Todd to Bushnell, even though Cooper already unintentionally brought it all to light. I assume Anthony is not long for this world.


    BobCooper arrives at Ray’s meeting place. He just wants his coordinates but he has to go through all these goons first to get to Ray. Plus, he has to challenge “the boss” to an arm wrestling match. If he wins, he becomes the boss and everyone there has to do what he says. If he loses, he has to work for the boss and do what he says.

    What is this? Kindergarten? Nursery school?”

    BobCooper obviously has some crazy super BOB strength going for him so he’s undeterred by this arm wrestling match. Also, I don’t know how Ray thought he was going to get out of this (or that buff Billy Corgan was going to beat BobCooper for that matter) after he supposedly killed BobCooper and then saw a bunch of spirits come to his aid.


    The bossman thinks he’s winning but BobCooper is just messing with him, flinging his arm back and forth. “Starting position is more comfortable.” He easily bests him… And then punches the dude so hard in the face that it collapses in on itself.

    BobCooper’s new crew leaves him to speak privately with Ray. A non-threatening man in a suit lingers for a moment: “Do you need any money?” So random but that cracked me up. BobCooper shoots Ray in the leg so he can’t go anywhere. So, Ray spills the beans: Phillip Jeffries is his contact. (I’m starting to believe more and more that Bowie might really make an appearance.)

    He says you’ve got something inside that they want.”

    Ray has the Black Lodge ring thanks to some unknown guard at the prison and explains that he was supposed to put it on BobCooper after he killed him. BobCooper tells him to put it on his ring finger on his left hand. Ray gives him the coordinates and also divulges that Jeffries is in a place called the Dutchman’s. While this conversation is happening, Richard Horne appears and watches the end of this exchange. (Father and son reunion is imminent, perhaps?)

    BobCooper has all he needs and shoots Ray in the head. The ring disappears from his hand and falls into the Black Lodge. Ray’s bloody body appears on the floor of the Lodge. Gotta soak up all that garmonbozia, yeah? The One-Armed Man picks up the ring and puts it on the usual display. Continue reading