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Part 12
Written by David Lynch & Mark Frost
Directed by David Lynch

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At the hotel in Buckhorn, South Dakota, Albert pours glasses of wine for himself, Gordon Cole, and Tamara Preston. Preston is being inducted into their inner circle, becoming an agent who will investigate Blue Rose cases. Albert explains that this is an extension of the closed Project Blue Book files and was started by Gordon and Phillip Jeffries. Jeffries recruited Dale Cooper, Chet Desmond, and Albert to be their agents specializing in these supernatural investigations. This explains Cooper’s strange techniques to deduce who killed Laura Palmer.

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Part 11
Written by Mark Frost & David Lynch
Directed by David Lynch

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A trio of young boys play catch outside their home. The ball rolls across the road, and the eldest goes to retrieve, only to find a broken and bloodied Miriam crawling out of the woods. So she survived the attack by Richard Horne which makes her able to testify against him one day.

Over at the Fat Trout Trailer Park, Becky receives a phone call telling her Steven was seen with another woman. She calls Shelly in a rage saying she needs Shelly’s car and gets a handgun she has hidden away. Becky steals the car when her mother arrives, but Shelly hangs onto the hood only to be thrown. Carl Rodd finds Shelly and gets her a ride back to the Double R. We learn Bobby is Becky’s father. Carl radios Maggie at the PD and gets Shelly in contact with Bobby.

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Part 10
Written by Mark Frost & David Lynch
Directed by David Lynch

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I wouldn’t say this episode does much to further the mysteries of the series so far. Like last week’s episode, this is tying together the plots and weaving it all together.

We start with Richard Horne paying a visit to Miriam, the school teacher who witnessed his hit-and-run. She stays inside her trailer home telling Richard she’s already told the police and has sent a letter to Sheriff Truman detailing her account of the event. Richard barges into her home and beats her mercilessly off camera. He leaves the trailer with the gas oven running and a candle lit. A quick call is made to Deputy Chad, who is working with Richard on the drug trade, and he’s told to intercept the mail at the Department.

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Part 9
Written by Mark Frost & David Lynch
Directed by David Lynch

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After Part 8, it was hard to know where we would be going next in Twin Peaks: The Return. We are seemingly transitioning right back into the story, but I find myself wondering what elements of Part 8 will reverberate through the second half of the series. This episode opens on the Doppelganger Cooper stumbling down a country road somewhere in South Dakota. He stops to take a red handkerchief waiting for him on a fencepost, a signal.

On the jet headed back to Philadelphia, Gordon Cole receives a call from Colonel Davis from the Pentagon. Davis informs Cole briefly about the murder in Buckhorn and how this falls into the purview of Cole’s Blue Rose cases.

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Part 8
Written by Mark Frost & David Lynch
Directed by David Lynch

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What Showtime, David Lynch, and Mark Frost presented to us in last night’s Twin Peaks is nothing short of a visual masterpiece of horror and drama. In the same way that the Cooper’s dream sequence moved me as a child, this episode’s travel back to the birth of the Atomic Age, with its references to elements of the series while visually presenting as a 1950s monster movie, enthralled me. We are seeing work that is operating at the level of the some of the most profound artists in any field. And it is okay if you are confused. There is a lot of non-linear, experimental storytelling happening. Just sit back and absorb rather than try to actively decipher.

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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.

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