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.
The convenience store then crackles and whirrs out of existence, much like the TARDIS.
The Las Vegas FBI department is still trying to track down Dougie and Janey but there are so many in the area! This is just a silly throwaway scene but this FBI dude is my new favorite character because he just shouts angrily at his assistant. (Probably because he’s Stan from Mad Men, who I also love.)
Mr. Todd asks his assistant to come into the office and to see if there’s any word from Anthony (who failed to kill Dougie with the poisoned coffee). But their conversation is interrupted by Chantal and a silencer. She kills Mr. Todd and his assistant while discussing what fast food meal to get next on the phone with Hutch. In their van, they discuss how sad they are they haven’t been able to torture anyone lately while chowing down on burgers. I low-key love Chantal and Hutch. They’re very reminiscent of Honey-Bunny & Pumpkin from Pulp Fiction. They like the simple life: a good kill and cheap food.
Janey-E gets Cooper a big, delicious slice of chocolate cake. If this is a common occurrence, no wonder tulpa Dougie was so THICC. She fed him well. As he eats the cake, he pushes the salt shaker around (kind of reminiscent of those strange bell/teapot structures or maybe I’m reaching) and pushes buttons on the remote. On the third try, he finally hits the power button and turns the TV on. Sunset Boulevard is on. He’s transfixed by the conversation and then someone says: “Get Gordon Cole.”
Cooper’s face completely changes. He recognizes that name. And then we hear that familiar electrical crackling and humming. He turns the TV off, slipping out of his chair to the floor. He crawls forward, following the hum to the electrical outlet, fork in hand. He tries to poke the fork into it but it’s not working. So, problem-solver Cooper turns the fork around and stabs the end right into the electrical outlet. Janey-E screams bloody murder and light flickers as Cooper is shocked — BACK TO HIS OLD SELF??? I think there is a yrev, very good chance.
Steven and Gersten Hayward are insanely blitzed out of their minds and hugging and crying together in the woods. Steven has a gun and they’re both saying a lot of incomprehensible things: I’m a high school graduate. Will I be with the rhinoceros? You didn’t do it. This is the end. I got a duty to do. Etc.
Mark Frost is walking his dog through the woods and stumbles across the two of them. Gersten freaks out and runs away to hide behind a nearby tree. Steven tries to hide the gun. But after a few moments, we hear a gunshot ring out. So, I’m assuming Steven shot himself. (Good riddance, tbh.) Mark Frost emerges from the woods in Fat Trout Trailer Park. He gets Carl’s attention to explain what he saw. Carl’s gaze drifts to Becky and Steven’s trailer. I’m also assuming that Steven might have killed Becky… And that’s a really horrifying thought. Shelly and Bobby are not going to take that well at all. If I can spin it positively — maybe that will bring Shelly and Bobby back together since the designer drugs touted by Red (Shelly’s boyfriend) drove Steven to murder her daughter.
At the Roadhouse, James and Green Iron Fist show up. He tries to talk to Renee with her husband sitting right there. Back in part 2, the ladies mentioned James being a little ‘off’ after his motorcycle accident, and I think we’re seeing more evidence of that in his stuttered words and not understanding what he’s doing is wrong. You can’t say you like someone’s wife to their face! Granted, he should not have been quite so severely beat up because I’m sure he meant well. But thankfully, Freddie is there to rescue him with one swift blow to each of their faces. (The closed captioning here was hilarious: “blow lands thunderously.”) After the punch, the men’s eyes roll back and they start foaming at the mouth. That’s quite a punch!
James and Freddie get put into jail with Chad who is still frustrated, “Billy” who is still repeating everything everyone says, and Naido who continues to make strange chattering monkey noises. What a fun bunch! I was really hoping Bobby would bark at James.
Audrey and Charlie are still trying to decide whether or not to go to the Roadhouse. Charlie has his coat on this time. Audrey seems a little less confused and angry all over again. Now, she won’t put her coat on. But as he continues to berate her, she only grows more agitated. “Like I’m meeting a different person. Who are you, Charlie?” This spurs Charlie to remove his coat and sit back down on the couch because he’s so sleepy. Audrey attacks him, pins him down, and chokes him.
Charlyne Yi is seated at a booth alone at the Roadhouse. Two bikers come up to her — and for a moment, I thought this scene was going to go very differently. But they just pick her up and put her on the floor. She crawls forward through the legs of people jamming out to the band. She starts crying as she crawls. Then, a bright white light flickers and flashes and she screams bloody murder. People are trying to line this up with Cooper and the electrical socket. So, there could be a connection there with the crawling and flickering lights and screaming. I saw another theory saying she’s now the Log Lady because she has a sweater and glasses — but perhaps people need to take off their tinfoil hats for a second and chill out. Speaking of the Log Lady…
Margaret calls Hawk with a final message:
Hawk, I’m dying. You know about death, that it’s just a change, not an end. Hawk, it’s time. There’s some fear, some fear in letting go. Remeber what I told you. I can’t say more over the phone. But you know what I mean, from our talks when we were able to speak face to face. Watch for that one, the one I told you about, the one under the moon on Blue Pine Mountain. Hawk, my log is turning gold. The wind is moaning. I’m dying. Goodnight, Hawk.”
I’m glad that Hawk spent some time with Margaret as he promised, even if we didn’t get to see it. I wonder if her warning is about BobCooper or Richard or something/someone else entirely.
Hawk brings Bobby, Frank, Andy, and Lucy together in the conference room to share this extremely sad news. They’re all shaken and it’s just a very sweet but sad moment as we see the lights of her log cabin go out.
“Goodnight, Margaret. Goodbye, Margaret.”
This episode was dedicated to Margaret Lanterman’s memory, as she has always been one of the most well-known, iconic parts of Twin Peaks. This character was invented back in the Eraserhead days, where Catherine Coulson spent time with David Lynch on set. Even back then, he told her something like, “I see you holding a log.”
Margarete and Catherine will and are missed.