Twin Peaks Recap The Return Episode 4

Twin Peaks Recap: The Bloom Is Off the Blue Rose, Plus: Bobby's a What Now?

Need to catch up? Check out the previous Twin Peaks recap.

Do you think, way back when Kyle McLachlan signed on to play Twin Peaks‘ buttoned-up Agent Dale Cooper, he could’ve imagined a time when the most interesting thing he’d do in an entire episode would be a spit take?

Yeah, yeah, I know. Because it’s a David Lynchian spittake, it’s elevated to high art. The spittake has meaning that I just don’t understand. It’s a callback to Season 1, when Coop & Co. all were standing outside by the chalkboard outside. All will be revealed. The owls are not what they seem. Cool. Cool.

Anyway, in addition to Good-but-Addled Cooper’s “Dougie” making contact (and having breakfast) with his concerned family in “The Return: Part 4,” we get an update on the FBI side of things (including an appearance by one Denise Bryson) and we meet Andy and Lucy’s kid, who’s a hoot.

Read on for the highlights of the episode.

FAMILY BLAND | After a colleague recognizes “Dougie” at the casino and happens to mention where Coop’s doppelganger lives, Good Cooper takes a limo home. Dougie’s angry wife meets him in the front yard: Her husband has been gone for three days, and he missed their son’s birthday. (Side note: The kid is named Sonny Jim.) (Another side note: For the love of God, how much of a dolt was Dougie that no one notices that now he’s just parroting the last couple of words said to him?)

Dougie’s wife’s anger is ameliorated when she realizes he’s clutching a laundry bag-sized stash of cash — his casino winnings. “There’s enough to pay them back,” she says, relieved, though we don’t get any more clues about to whom she refers.

Twin Peaks Recap Episode 4 The ReturnThe next morning, Coop sees a vision of the One-Armed Man in the Black Lodge. “You see me, don’t you?” the man asks, adding, “You were tricked.” He brandishes the gold marble that once was Dougie. “Now, one of you must die,” he warns before fading away.

I hope that will shake Cooper out of his fog, but it doesn’t. There’s some silliness involving him peeing a lot and not knowing how to dress himself, then he comes down to breakfast with Dougie’s highly amused son. The only thing that seems to generate a strong reaction is when Mrs. Dougie serves him some hot coffee, which Coop gulps and then, as mentioned above, spits all over the floor in glee.

BLUE ROSE IN BLOOM | Gordon visits Denise (neé Dennis) Bryson, who’s been promoted to chief of staff of the FBI. Get it, mama! She warns him about bringing Tammy — the younger, female agent we met earlier in the revival — along when he goes to South Dakota to investigate Cooper’s reappearance, insinuating that he has a predilection for fine, young things. But Cole reasserts that Tammy “has the stuff,” and Denise wishes him luck. I’m pretty sure the only point of this scene was for us to see David Duchovny in drag again, but I’m not complaining.

When Gordon, Tammy and Albert arrive in South Dakota, the “Cooper” they see is Mr. C, aka Evil Coop. He’s pretending to be good Cooper, and he spins a story about how he’s been working undercover in league with Phillip Jeffries all this time, and how he was juuuuuuust about to come tell them everything when he got into his car accident. His delivery is so odd, even for this show, and Gordon and Albert are troubled when they discuss the matter later.

“Do you understand this situation, Albert?” Cole asks, and the other agent replies that he does: “Blue Rose,” he replies, which is also what Maj. Briggs’ head said to Cooper in the starry void at the beginning of the previous episode. Also of note: Albert authorized Phillip to give Cooper some information years ago, and that move led to the death of a key FBI player in Colombia. Long story short, Gordon and Albert agree that they need “one certain person” to take a look at the captive Coop. Albert doesn’t know where she lives, he says, “but I know where she drinks.”

A MONOLOGUE YOU CAN’T REFUSE | Guys, did Lucy have a stroke in the years between the original series and now? Because apparently, she cannot understand how mobile phones work. And when the Sheriff Truman who was fishing — and who is not Harry — shows up at the precinct, even though she thought he was in the mountains, she literally falls out of her chair.

Hawk is still re-investigating Cooper’s disappearance; as he does so, we learn that Bobby Briggs is now a sheriff’s deputy (!) whose beat is drug routes from Canada (!!). He seems to be pretty grown up and responsible, but when he sees the beauty queen photo of Laura among the evidence, he breaks down and cries right there in the conference room. We also learn that Cooper was the last person to talk to Bobby’s dad, the major, before he died in a fire, but Bobby doesn’t know what they talked about.

And then, the best part of the episode happens when Andy and Lucy’s son, Wally Brando (played by Arrested Development‘s Michael Cera, decked out in full Marlon Brando-in-The-Wild-One gear) shows up to “pay his respects” to Sheriff Truman. He never breaks out of his Brando impression during his long, rambling monologue, and the whole thing is bizarre in that Season 1-Twin Peaks way: strange for no reason, but fun and brief. (Side note: The way Cera has Wally pronounce “Caucasians” made me laugh out loud.)

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16 Comments
  1. Jim says:

    You guys are just embarrassing yourselves now with the OTT Twin Peaks bashing. You state that the most interesting thing Kyle does is a spit take in the same episode where he has the riveting and chilling Mr. C interrogation scene? Look, I get that your boss has directed you to be hard on the show since he is embarrassed he was the only critic who didn’t like it, but at least don’t make it so blatant.

    • Iris says:

      Why does it bother you so much that people have another opinion? I’d understand being so bitter and aggressive if you were in the minority but since every other critic agrees with you, what does it change if one doesn’t?

    • Tom says:

      My thoughts exactly! It’s kind of sad how TV Line is losing its credibility as fast as this. All the recapper had to say about the scene you mentioned was that his delivery was “odd”? They’d really better stop reviewing/recapping or whatever these snide little articles are supposed to be before embarrassing themselves completely and irreparably.
      (By the way, meanwhile Lynch got standing ovations in Cannes.)

  2. ScottJ says:

    Doesn’t think the episode was interesting but likes practically everything that was in it. OOoookayyy,

  3. Owl in the background of the photo!

  4. Philip says:

    Can I ask a question? Is this revival good? I have seen a few scenes like the Michael Cera one on the net, but would like to watch the new series as I was a fan of the original one. However, with the large guest list, are all the new cast there for glorified cameos, like Cera, Judd or Watts or have they integrated the new with the old in a good way.

    Also, do they mention the characters that they didn’t get to come back to the show, like Donna Hayward.? I would like this get to see it soon, but don’t want to be disappointed.

    • Nick E. says:

      Philip, to me the new series is “Original Twin Peaks plus Mulholland Drive / Lost Highway / Inland Empire,” which I think is a good thing. It goes beyond the weird/frightening soap opera and symbolism of the original, and adds nightmare logic and trademark Lynchian soundscapes to the mix. And that music..! I strongly suggest that you try the first episode, then decide. There are scenes that are unforgettable, even if you’re not sure you understand them (yet).

    • ScottJ says:

      At this point we don’t know how the show will do it. Some of the original cast have yet to appear and others have only been in a single scene with almost no lines.

    • Iris says:

      I’d say:
      If you’re first and foremost a David Lynch fan, you’re probably going to love it.
      If you’re first and foremost a Twin Peaks fan, especially of S1, you’re probably going to be disappointed.
      For now (I repeat, “for now”) most of the original characters are MIA, the others had a few scenes here and there. Mostly in episode 4.

      • Carin J says:

        I disagree…I’m a huge Twin Peaks fan but I’ve never been much of a David Lynch fan…not by choice I just don’t really do movies. I grew up on TP and while it’s been bizarre I am simply delighted by the show. I cannot wait to see what is next.

    • Blurry Demogorgon says:

      I think it’s excellent. In context the Wally scene is awkwardly hilarious, like many scenes in the original. It seems to be deliberately taking its time to returning to the feel of the old show, but it absolutely seems to be.

      I disagree with Nick E. — you need to give it more than one episode before deciding. If the darkness of Lynch’s work is a spectrum, with Twin Peaks on the left and Inland Empire and Eraserhead on the right, the season so far is right of Fire Walk With Me. But it’s sliding left.

  5. Carl says:

    ” I’m pretty sure the only point of this scene was for us to see David Duchovny in drag again, but I’m not complaining.”

    A lot of fans loved Denise. And the FBI was always an integral part of the show, unlike some sideplots that haven’t come back. I doubt they brought her back just as some fun joke with David Duchovny. This isn’t 1954 and Milton Berle, is it? Or are we really going that far backwards?

  6. FatherOctavian says:

    The point of the Michael Cera scene was pretty obviously to show that Dick Tremayne is actually Wally’s biological father, no? He was channeling Ian Buchanan’s performance from the original series more or less exactly.

  7. Paul Penna says:

    Blue Rose is a reference to Fire Walk With Me, when Chester Desmond is assigned to investigate the Teresa Banks murder he’s told (in code) that it’s a Blue Rose case.

    He refuses to tell Sam what ‘Blue Rose’ means, but it’s probably a safe assumption that Blue Rose cases are to do with the supernatural or unexplained.

    Also, it’s worth noting that Major Garland Briggs worked for Project Blue Book which investigated UFO’s and the White Lodge.

  8. That top photo. You guys made a mistake & inserted Martin Short as some poor-man’s SCTV character making an appearance on NBC’s The Robinsons (returns this Summer). :-/ I won’t hold it against you.