Twin Peaks: The Return – Episode 7 Breakdown, Thoughts, and Analysis

Part 7
Written by Mark Frost & David Lynch
Directed by David Lynch

David Patrick Kelly in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

We begin with Jerry Horne standing in the middle of the woods distraught and confused. He calls his brother Ben who picks up and Jerry slowly, but panicked explains his car has been stolen. Throughout the conversation, Jerry doesn’t seem to know exactly when and where he is, finally shouting “I think I’m high!”. The incident is never resolved later, but I assume Ben sent someone to look for Jerry or Jerry came to his senses. While positively dripping with that dry humor of Lynch, I was reminded of the Secret History book and how it cataloged many incidents of Twin Peaks residents wandering into the woods only to encounter entities from the Lodge. I wonder if Jerry met something while he was out there.

Over at the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department, Hawk is showing the pages from Laura Palmer’s diary to Frank Truman. Frank reads over the relevant entry which is Laura’s account of her dream from Fire Walk With Me. She mentions a woman named Annie and quotes her line about “the good Dale” being trapped in the Lodge. Hawk puts it all together and questions aloud if that wasn’t Cooper that came out of the Lodge 25 years ago, who was it? Frank says he’ll contact Doc Heyward who was Cooper’s physician at the time. Two big things might get missed in this scene: The first is that there is still one page missing and unaccounted for from Laura’s diary. The second is that the police never knew that Laura was aware of the Bob entity and this entry proves she knew of the being.

Deputy Andy is questioning a local man named Bing, who owns the truck Richard Horne was driving last episode, the same vehicle responsible for the hit and run. Off screen, the truck was reported, and now Andy is trying to figure out who was operating it at the time. Bing is extremely paranoid and scared but agrees to meet with Andy at an old logging road off Sparkwood & 21 at 4:30. He is emphatic that Andy leaves right now. I have to wonder if Richard wasn’t hiding in the house, still doped up on the research chemicals he snorted from Red. The 4:30 is another piece in the Giant’s message to Cooper back in Part 1. He mentioned Richard, Linda, and 430. Richard could be the Horne we’ve met, Mickey from the Fat Trout mentioned his wife Linda, and now 430. Now, how do these all connect?

Frank Truman calls Doc Heyward and sets up a Skype call on the computer. Heyward is living in retirement in Middlebury and spends his days fishing. Franks asks him about the last time he saw Cooper and learns that after Cooper had smashed his head in the bathroom mirror, he got taken to the hospital for observation. Hours later Doc saw Cooper exiting the ICU fully dressed in his suit. A glance was exchanged between the two, and then Cooper left. According to the Secret History of Twin Peaks book his next stop was likely Garland Briggs’ home. Briggs knew right away this wasn’t Cooper and after the visit Cooper (actually Bob) set fire to the military listening station Briggs worked at. Doc reveals that Audrey Horne survived the bank explosion and was in the ICU at the time of this incident with Cooper. In the FWWM Missing Pieces, it’s shown that a nurse finds the Owl Ring on Annie Blackburn and takes it. We later see Dougie Jones wearing that ring. My bet is Bob snuck into the ICU and somehow got the ring from this nurse. It’s never revealed is Annie lived or died. Here is the Missing Pieces sequences with Annie and Cooper that would have lead up to the moments Doc spoke about.

We move over to Buckhorn, South Dakota where Lt. Knox from the Pentagon has arrived. She asks to see where Major Briggs’ fingerprints came from and the detective tells her from the body. Knox is extremely shocked by this and even more so when she goes to the morgue. The body is a man in his late 40s, while Briggs should have been around his 70s if still alive today. The forensics person tells her the person died in the last six days which makes no sense to what Knox expected to find. She excuses herself to call Colonel Davis who she explains the situation to. Davis explains he’ll have to make “the other phone” call. My bet is on Gordon Cole who we cut to in the next scene, because of his Blue Rose cases which fans speculate to mean cases involving the supernatural. When Knox goes to the hallway to make her call we have another great moment in terror from Lynch. A blurred out black figure comes into frame down the hall. At one point she stops to glance over her shoulder, and we see the darkened bearded man that appeared in the cell beside Principal Will Hastings. The figure is also accompanied by the electric crackling noise heard when the camera focused on the utility poles the last episode. This darkened figure is, of course, a Lodge spirit of some sort, possibly a lumberjack as glanced in Phillip Jeffries’ scene in FWWM. In this scene from the Missing Pieces, you can see the lumberjack spirits in the background.

We cut to a framed photograph of an ear of corn on the wall of Gordon Cole’s office. Gordon can be heard whistling. The camera pans over to him, and a knock at his door disrupts his meditation. Albert enters and explains that Diana Evans was not interested in talking about Cooper. He goes on to imply that Gordon is going to be needed to gently persuade her to visit Bob in Yankton Federal Prison. The two go to Diane’s apartment where a gentleman caller is on his way out. Apparently, Bob as Cooper did something horrible that has turned Diane into an angry woman that drowns herself in alcohol. Gordon eventually convinces her.

On the plane to South Dakota, Tamara Preston shows Gordon and Albert her fingerprint findings, that Bob’s ring finger is a reverse of Cooper’s. Gordon reminds them of Bob saying “yrev” instead of “very” when he first saw the FBI crew. Using Preston’s fingers, Gordon shows how the yrev corresponds to the spirit mound or ring finger on the hand. The implication here is that Bob is a reversal of Cooper’s spirit and soul. Some fans appear convinced that the lights on the plane are flashing a coded message, but I’m not willing to jump down that rabbit hole quite yet.

Diane is taken to meet Bob, and she asks if he remembers their last meeting. He responds in the affirmative and says her house. This pushes Diane into some dark mental space, and she finally forces out “Who are you? Look at me. Look at me.” It should be noted in FWWM, Laura says these exact lines while pleading with Bob to know who he is, only to see the face of her own father revealed. She ends the meeting abruptly and confirms to Gordon that this is in now way Dale Cooper but won’t discuss the encounter at her home one night years back. I suspect Bob as Cooper came to her in the early years of his hiding. As to what transpired between them, I have zero clues. On his way back to his cell, Bob tells the guard he demands a meeting with the warden and to tell him it is about a strawberry.

Andy waits on the logging road, checking his watch. It is a few minutes past 4:30 and so sign of Bing. The scene cuts to a slow, unnerving tracking shot towards the screen door of Bing’s house. The interior door is left open, but the house’s innards are black void. Andy waits for someone who isn’t coming. The score for this scene should be very familiar, it is the theme associated with Laura Palmer from the original series. And I suspect poor Bing is dead either at the hands of Richard or more likely Red who needs to protect Richard, his primary distributor on this side of the border.

Bob meets with the warden and brings up the severed dog leg found his trunk upon arrest. Bob goes on to explain that the other three legs have been sent out with information about the warden, information that if Bob were to be killed or not let loose, would end in the exposure of the warden. To prove he is serious Bob name drops “Joe McClosky” which evokes a look of horror from the warden. The deal is set up: at 1 am both Bob and Ray will be given a car and allowed to leave the prison. The warden quietly submits. For some reason, I think Mr. Strawberry is the dog’s name, but I believe this is an entirely unessential mystery and something just put in the store to hint at the scope of power Bob has.

Tony Sinclair stands in the office of Dougie Jones, asking Cooper about the insurance case files. The conversation is cut off when they both are informed the police are there to see Dougie (Cooper). Tony heads out quickly as a trio of officers enters to talk to Cooper about the missing car. Janey shows up around this time and takes over for the quiet Cooper. After some roundabout questioning, the police reveal they have the car and are seemingly convinced that it was stolen. As Cooper and Janey leave the offices of Lucky 7 Insurance, they are accosted by hitman Ike the Spike. Cooper snaps into automatic self-defense mode and quickly pins the gunman. The Arm appears and tells Cooper to “squeeze his hand off.” Cooper does so, and Ike runs off screaming into the crowd. This is followed by a faux newscast where members of the crowd are interviewed. One little girl says that Ike “smelled funny” and we see forensics pull a strange piece of skin off the handle of the gun. The smell comment made me think about the burning engine oil smell associated with Lodge spirits and that Ike might be possessed by one, an associate spirit of Bob’s or Phillip Jeffries. I remembered the strange nature of the 119 junkie woman in the house across the street and how she and Ike both have this bizarre grimy nature to them. They’re very monstrous in some ways, and this could be the spirit nature seeping through.

Back in Twin Peaks, Ben Horne and his secretary Beverly Paige are searching for the source of a strange humming drone in his office at the Great Northern Hotel. They have no luck pinpointing it but don’t seem too worried. In the process, Ben finds the room key Jade dropped in the mail that went to Cooper’s room 25 years ago. Ben remembers this very fact, and Beverly asks about Cooper and the Palmer case, Ben replies that it is a long story. A moment passes between these two before Ben sends her on home. We follow Beverly and learn she has a husband, Tom, who is sick with cancer and suspicious of her staying out so late.

At the Roadhouse, we meditate on a lingering shot of a man sweeping up. The crowd is gone, the show is over. Jean-Michel Renault finishes up at the bar. After around three minutes, the phone rings, and we learn Jean-Michel is carrying on the family tradition of pimping out high school girls. Someone has called to debate on the payment of services rendered. In the conversation, Jean-Michel reveals the Renault family has owned the Roadhouse for over half a century.

As promised, the warden releases Bob and Ray. Bob says Ray will drive. Earlier, Bob asked for “a friend in the glove compartment.” My guess is Ray is dead as soon as they arrive at their destination, and I think they are headed to Las Vegas where Bob will deal with Cooper firsthand. Though, this could be the moment we have Cooper fully recovered.

The episode concludes at the Double R Diner. In the midst of dinner service, a man pop in and frantically asks if anyone has seen Bing before running off into the night.

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