There’s fire where you are going.
Some boys playing catch find Miriam, who Richard Horne thought he killed, crawling by the side of the road covered in blood. You in trouble now, Richard.
Becky is PISSED. She’s rage screaming about Steven, her husband. Steven, who we all know is an abusive dickbag, is with another woman. She calls her mom Shelly for help because she needs her car. I love the slasher music in this scene. When Shelly arrives, Becky takes her car and tries to peel off. Shelly jumps on the hood trying to stop her. She likely saw the gun in her hand. Becky eventually throws Shelly off the hood, and Carl comes to her aid. He whistles for his VW van to come to her aid to drive her back to the Double R Diner.
Shelly calls Norma, who suggests she call Bobby. Carl calls the station for her: “I got Shelly Briggs in the truck with me. Could you patch us through to Deputy Briggs?” Such immense joy I felt at SHELLY BRIGGS. I mean, I figured, I hoped as much.
Becky goes to an apartment building, pounds on the door, and empties her gun into it. Steven is hiding out in a stairwell with another woman — That woman is Gersten Hayward. Donna’s little sister. She wore the pink ballerina outfit and performed a song for the Palmers way back in early Twin Peaks. Well, she’s all grown up now and making terrible choices.
Bobby, Shelly, and Becky have a family meeting at the diner as Norma looks on worriedly. Becky is making excuses for her shitty husband. Like mother, like daughter, eh?
Becky, we know you’re a grown, married woman. But we’re your parents. And we love you. We don’t wanna lose you.”
Shelly bursts into tears and she and Becky reconcile and hug. But this happy family moment is short lived as Red shows up. My immense joy at Shelly Briggs was also shattered just as quickly as it appeared. Shelly’s mood changes in an instant when she sees him through the window. She runs out to see him while Bobby is left at the table like a sad, wounded puppy. He watches them smooch in eyesight… and then they quickly move out of eyesight. They agree to meet at the “same place” before Shelly returns to her family.
I don’t think Bobby and Shelly are divorced because she seems to be wearing a ring on a necklace. I assume it’s her wedding ring. But, why, Shelly, why!? Bobby is such a good guy now, even though he’s still rocking his leather jacket. He’s grown so much. It’s just so sad to see Shelly comforting her daughter, who’s stuck in her own Leo Johnson situation, only to have her turn around and repeat those same mistakes. My extremely far-fetched theory is that Bobby has her working undercover to find out more about the Chinese designer drugs and bust that guy. But what is more likely is that she and Bobby have marital problems and are separated. Womp womp. A girl can dream that they’ll end up back together.
Suddenly, someone starts shooting into the diner and Bobby runs out to stop it. Apparently, some little kid in a van was just playing with his dad’s gun and shooting out the window. The constant honking in this scene is so grating. I know Lynch did this on purpose because he loves using sound to make people immensely uncomfortable. He sees a similar thing in the son and the dad. Like father, like son. Perhaps Bobby recognizes how the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in his own family but he’s powerless to stop what’s happening.
Bobby also has to deal with a woman who won’t stop screaming at him and some girl who is puking. After all of that, his expression says it all: This town is fucked up. Good grief.
Hawk has a map to show Sheriff Truman. (Fun fact: Michael Horse made the map!) It’s covered in various symbols that we recognize well. “It’s a fire symbol. A type of fire, more like modern day electricity.” We know the Black Lodge is all about that electricity. Truman points out the weird little head symbol we saw on BobCooper’s card and Briggs’s clues: “Frank, you don’t ever wanna know about that.” But, I do, Hawk! Just tell me!!! Margaret calls with another message:
Hawk, can you hear me? Hawk, can you hear me? You found something, didn’t you? What did you find, Hawk? My log is afraid of fire. There’s fire where you are going. Hawk, there’s fire where you are going. Goodnight, Hawk.”
Gordon, Albert, Diane, and Tammy take Bill Hastings to the place he saw Major Briggs. There’s a soot man walking around, phasing in and out of existence as he walks around the area. Bill sees him. Gordon and Albert see him.
Gordon and Albert slip inside the fence. We hear electricity crackling as Gordon walks further inside. Gordon sees the sky start to swirl above him, as though it’s sucking everything into some kind of portal. Gordon is waving his arms around, which looks hilarious to the bystanders who don’t see what he’s seeing.
Gordon is in the process of being sucked into this strange swirling portal. And he sees… several soot men on a staircase. If you look closely at the carpeting on the stairs, they match the flower pattern on the photo of the room hanging in Laura’s room. I wonder if Laura ever encountered the soot men. She and Cooper both saw them in their dreams, but never interacted with them it seems. Gordon starts to flicker in and out of reality, so Albert pulls him back.
Gordon and Albert spot a dead, headless body nearby. They figure it’s Ruth Davenport’s. She has a list of numbers on her arm, likely coordinates. As they check her out, the soot man creeps closer and closer to Bill, who’s sitting the back of the police car. Diane watches the soot man disappear into the car. But then everyone looks away… and Bill is gruesomely killed. He’s missing the top half of his head and it looks as though it’s been clawed off, similar to the Glass Box kids.
The delivery of that line is hilarious. Sorry, Bill. Anyway, after Gordon’s experience, his right arm/hand is shaking all crazy. Remember at the end of season 2 where people’s arms were doing the same thing? Black Lodge shenanigans are running amok!
Albert shows Gordon the picture of Ruth’s arm and spots Diane attempting to memorize the coordinates. Diane, what are you doing!? I’m going to be so distraught if she’s working with BobCooper. Unless… that’s not the real Diane? I don’t even know anymore.
Tammy brings in coffee and donuts: “Ah! The policeman’s dream!” They discuss the soot man they saw. Diane says she saw someone like that coming out of the police car but she can’t be sure. Tammy didn’t see anything.
Now I remember. I saw them! In a room! I saw the bearded men! The same type Albert and I saw. Dirty beaded men in a room.”
Cooper’s coworker leads him to Bushnell’s (his boss) office by holding out a coffee and having him chase it. That’s the best way to get me to go anywhere, too. Cooper’s work has uncovered some sort of elaborate crime ring conspiracy but that the Mitchum brothers actually have nothing to do with it. What Cooper found in the insurance forms righted the wrongs on their behalf, and Bushnell wants Dougie to deliver a $13 million check to them.
The Mitchum brothers, however, don’t know this so they’ve arranged a meeting with Dougie for the sole purpose of murdering him. Bradley is all fired up and can barely wait to kill him, yet he’s unsettled by a dream he had about Dougie.
As Cooper is leaving, he is drawn to a coffee shop by the One-Armed Man and that great guitar riff. He emerges from his office building carrying a large box. (Cue Se7en lines: “What’s in the box!?”) Bushnells gets him to the awaiting limo, and he’s driven through the Las Vegas strip out to the middle of nowhere, where the Mitchum brothers are waiting.
See that box he’s holding? That was my dream. Listen to me, there’s something in that box. And if that something is what I saw in my dream, we can’t kill him. I’m not kidding, Rodney! If he’s got this one, certain thing that’s in that box, it means we can’t kill him. It means he’s not our enemy, Rodney. I’m just telling you what was in the dream! But it’s gotta be this one, certain thing. It’s a million and one shot. But if it’s in there, you gotta promise me, we gotta be together on this. We won’t kill him.”
Rodney points the gun at Cooper and Bradley goes to look in the box. There’s a cherry pie inside, just like in the dream. When Bradley frisks him, they find the check for $13 million. Bradley does a very goofy walk back over to Rodney and they both howl in joy. Now, Dougie is their best friend in the world!
They wine and dine him in Vegas. They toast, even though Cooper doesn’t know how to toast. The music changes rather dramatically and Cooper seems to be transfixed by it. It sounds like a slower, sadder version of Laura’s theme. (Oh, Angelo!) The old woman from the casino recognizes him as Mr. Jackpots. She’s all decked out in sequins and jewels and happier than ever.
I’ve thought of you every day. You changed my life! This is my dear son Denver, he’s back in my life again. I have a little dog. I have a house. I have my life back again. How can I ever thank you? I hope you realize what a special person you have dining with you. He saved my life. Thank you, Mr. Jackpots. I’m so thankful I got the chance to say thank you again.”
She kisses him on the cheek and it’s so cute and wholesome. It brought a little tear to my eye. Candie and the girls come to join the party. Cooper, Rodney, and Bradley enjoy the cherry pie. And we even get a “damn good” out of Cooper. Yay!