Twin Peaks: The Return “Part 3/Part 4” Review


This week’s Twin Peaks two-parter mainly focuses on Agent Cooper’s return to our world.  It’s already a fascinating journey, and what we see here only makes me what to find out what happens next more.

I have no idea how to feel about the opening sequence where Cooper is trying to escape from Black Lodge.  The entire sequence is very “David Lynch”, and it is equally artful and frustrating at the same time.  It’s really hard to understand what’s going on here, but I know it’s awesome to see Cooper finally escaping the place and how it affects both Bad Cooper and Dougie- another Cooper running around?

So who the hell is Dougie anyway?  He appears to be another one of Cooper’s doppelganger, and it’s said that he’s created for a specific purpose and it’s finally fulfilled.  It’s a very confusing matter, and the biggest question is why does he have the ring?  Lynch did mention that Fire Walk With Me will play a big part in the sequel series, and it really seems to be the case here.

Meanwhile, Bad Cooper pukes out what seems to be creamed corn, or Garmonbozia, yet another reference from Fire Walk With Me.  It’s a disgusting scene, and it’s really fun to see how Good Cooper’s return is affecting these characters.  The idea here is that Cooper’s return is forcing these characters to puke out all the bads inside them, and that’s why Dougie only pukes out a little bit- not a lot of bad in him.

Just like the previous two episodes, we only spend a little time at Twin Peaks again, but at least it’s starting to seem these characters do connect back to the bigger picture.  It’s good to know that there are more people in the police station than familiar faces such as Lucy, Andy and Hawk.  We’re introduced with Frank Truman, brother of Harry Truman, and found out what happened to Harry.  Also, Michael Cera is in the show too as Lucy and Andy’s son.  Cera is a welcomed addition to the series, and he fits into his role perfectly.

Lucy not understanding cell phones is pretty annoying.  I don’t understand why that’s necessary, but I guess this is the way the show lets us know time kind of stops in Twin Peaks?  Then again the police station has a high tech center at the back too, so I have no idea what’s really going on here.

The revelation that Bobby is a cop now is awesome.  He has always been an interesting character since the original series, and the character has gone from an unlikable criminal to a sympathetic figure.  It is also a powerful moment to hear Laura Palmer’s theme played as Bobby teared up looking at the picture.

The episode also marks the return of the FBI team.  It’s awesome that Denise is back once again, and Albert is as great as ever (RIP Miguel Ferrer).  Chrysta Bell also makes her debut as FBI agent Tamara Preston in this episode.  We don’t know her well yet, but it’s interesting to note that Denise mentions Gordon has a weakness for beautiful, young woman, so his interest in Preston might not be pure.  This is also a call back to the original series where Gordon falls in love with Shelly quickly.

The woman Albert mentions at the end that knows about Cooper, I hope this is way for the show to bring Audrey back.  I really miss the character.  Overall, “Part 3” and “Part 4” are once again two really great episodes that bring Cooper out of the Black Lodge.  He’s not quite himself yet, but it’s only a matter of time I’m sure.  While these episodes are not as strong as the premiere, it’s great to see the FBI back in the show again, and the whole Dougie mystery is one I cannot wait to be solved.

Before I go, I would like to mention that the second woman Cooper encounters during his escape is played by Phoebe Augustine, who played Ronette Pulaski in the the original series.  I have no idea if this is intentional… you know what, I’m sure it is intentional.  This is Twin Peaks after all.  I just wonder what it means.