Probably the most putting attribute of the Twin Peaks revival is its persistence. The collection has all the time been extra fascinated by creating mysteries for viewers to lose themselves in than in fixing them for us. Within the collection’ return, co-creators and writers Mark Frost and David Lynch have let that affected person, meditative strategy to storytelling increase to hilarious, exhausting, even distressing lengths. It’s devastating, and I adore it. However “The Return, Half 7” is nowhere close to as cryptic because it could possibly be.
This episode even makes a refined spectacle of its accessibility. After six episodes ending with music enjoying in The Bang Bang Bar, the viewers needs to be primed to anticipate “Half 7”’s late-in-the-episode roadhouse scene to sign the ending. If it had been, it might be an audacious ending, lengthy empty minutes as an worker patiently sweeps up the empty dance ground and one other stands behind the bar, whereas “Inexperienced Onions” performs within the background. I laughed out loud, anticipating this wordless scene to hold on, leaving us to surprise for an additional week in regards to the bearded bartender who’s the precise likeness of the late Jacques Renault (as a result of, like Jacques Renault, he’s performed by Walter Olkewicz). I used to be nearly disenchanted when as an alternative the cellphone rang, breaking the spell and giving him an opportunity to talk.
“Half 7” additionally options Hawk refreshing Sheriff Frank Truman on the finer factors of the Laura Palmer case, which has the useful facet impact of being positive viewers, too, know that Jacques Renault is dead, and that Leland Palmer killed him. This scene even mentions that Leland is Laura’s father and that she had a secret diary from which 4 pages had been lacking, and it reveals us three of them. It’s an unexpectedly thorough briefing from a collection that’s all the time anticipated viewers to maintain up, even after an absence of a quarter-century.
Warren Frost (Mark Frost’s father, who died early in 2017, and to whom “The Return, Half 7” is devoted) reprises his function as Doc Hayward, Donna’s father, good friend to Harry and Cooper, and their companion on a number of investigative outings. Doc Hayward recounts for Frank Truman the main points of Cooper’s situation upon his return from the lodge all these years in the past. “All of us knew Coop, however that morning he was appearing mighty unusual,” Doc says, describing Cooper sneaking out of his hospital room. “He turned and checked out me and…” He pauses, giving the second its full weight. “… I noticed that unusual face once more.”
It’s uncanny to see somebody with a face you understand, particularly a face you’re keen on, appearing in a manner you don’t. (Consider Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, which faucets right into a horror really easy to establish with that it’s remade era after era.) Diane, Coop’s beloved secretary, is so shaken by an encounter with Darkish Coop that, greater than 25 years later, simply the prospect of coming nose to nose with him once more has her drawn and shaking and knocking again vodka from airplane bottles. She doesn’t say what he mentioned (or did) to her at their final assembly, but it surely shattered her. It nonetheless does.
Janey-E Jones have to be almost as shaken by Dougie’s sudden response to a murderous assault. Dale Cooper’s instincts spring to the floor as Ike “The Spike” (not almost as efficient with a gun) rushes them. Snapping out of the stumbling fugue he inhabits as Dougie, Cooper shoves Janey clear, forces Ike’s set off hand to the bottom the place his shot discharges harmlessly, and drives his arm towards Ike’s throat. It’s a little bit style of A History Of Violence proper in the course of Twin Peaks, full with a swooping minimize to information footage that’s as not like Twin Peaks as something within the revival to this point. A bystander (Stephanie Allynne) sums it up: “That man didn’t appear to be any sufferer. Douglas Jones, he moved like a cobra.”
Plunk in the course of this uncharacteristic scene is maybe probably the most Lynchian ingredient attainable. Amid all of the motion, the “evolution of the arm” seems to Cooper, hissing, “Squeeze his hand off!” Cooper does simply that, crushing Ike’s hand till a fats scrap of pores and skin adheres to the grip, to be peeled off later by a forensics staff.
Just like the pile of litter that the barkeep is patiently sweeping up, the motion is accumulating, and so are the clues. After Diane’s go to, Gordon Cole and Albert Rosenfield are sure the person in that South Dakota federal jail isn’t Dale Cooper. Darkish Coop’s mysteriously garbled greeting is defined in some element, alongside together with his fingerprints, certainly one of which is reversed from Cooper’s originals. The reversed ring finger (“the non secular finger”) coincides with the reversed phrase in his 10-word greeting to Gordon: “I’m yrev, very happy to see you again, old friend.”
So Gordon and Albert know for sure who Darkish Coop isn’t. So does Diane. Col. Davis and Lt. Knox (Adele René) know the prints their system flagged are positively these of Maj. Garland Briggs and that the physique discovered at Ruth Davenport’s homicide scene seems to be him, although it’s roughly 25 years youthful than it must be. Everybody’s studying who everyone seems to be… or isn’t. We even know who Mr. Strawberry is. He’s a canine, a canine related with a secret of Warden Murphy’s (James Morrison). And it’s a secret so darkish, he’d somewhat let Darkish Coop stroll free than let it get out.
The credit establish Olkewicz’s character as Jean-Michel Renault. His relationship to Jacques isn’t confirmed, although like Jacques, he’s related to One Eyed Jacks. It’s a protected wager they’re brothers, not solely due to their equivalent look however as a result of “Half 7” harps on brothers, explicitly and implicitly. The episode opens on Jerry Horne calling his brother Ben in a panic, blurting out phrases that could possibly be lifted straight from Dougie or from Dale Cooper. “Somebody stole my automotive. Didn’t I let you know?” he begins, and ends with the wail, “I don’t know the place I’m!” Not lengthy after, Frank Truman calls his brother Harry, planning to ask his opinion of the pages from Laura Palmer’s diary, however he’s prevented when Harry provides him unhealthy information about his remedy.
What the unhealthy information is, and what the remedy is for, isn’t clear, however the sorrow on Robert Forster’s face is. As Janey tells the trio of cops at Dougie’s workplace, there are extra necessary issues than reporting a automotive stolen, and there are extra necessary issues than asking your mortally in poor health brother a couple of 25-year-old case. These cops are brothers, too, or so it appears from the credit, which record them as Det. T. Fusco (Larry Clarke), Det. “Smiley” Fusco (Eric Edelstein), and Det. D. Fusco (David Koechner).
Darkish Coop warns Warden Murphy to “bear in mind the canine legs,” and he means the canine legs he’s stashed away together with incriminating proof. However a dogleg may imply a pointy flip, a sudden reversal, or a twist. A twist like Diane coming all the way in which to South Dakota simply to attract the curtain down on Darkish Coop after two minutes, or like Dougie Jones, secretly occupied by an FBI agent, taking down a hitman with no bother. Or like Gordon, who prefers to speak in code, explaining the which means of a reversed phrase and a reversed fingerprint. Or like Darkish Coop, who Gordon thinks he’s obtained locked safely away, heading off into the evening with Ray. Even in “The Return, Half 7,” which accommodatingly holds our fingers because it reminds us of the present’s historical past and guides us into its future, it’s good to be braced for one sharp flip after one other.
- It’s not solely Darkish Coop and not-Dougie who’re behaving surprisingly. Deputy Andy Brennan is unsettlingly commanding in “Half 7.” He’s arranging secret conferences. And Andy has a Rolex, which the digicam makes a degree of exhibiting off. If Andy is a unclean cop, I’m going to cry like… properly, like Andy used to.
- “Fuck you, Tammy.”
- Doc Hayward thinks Cooper—truly Darkish Coop—might need visited Audrey Horne whereas she lay comatose, recovering from the financial institution explosion. I don’t like to think about what this may imply about Richard Horne’s parentage.
- “You management the curtain and the microphone.”
- Going through down mortgage sharks, staring down three police detectives, then grappling with Ike “The Spike”? Janey actually is a tricky dame.