Twin Peaks Recap

Twin Peaks Episode 6 Recap: 'Diane, That's a Damn Good Wig'

Carol Lynley (The Poseidon Adventure) was rumored to have the part back in 1991. And theories swirled over the years suggesting Agent Cooper’s trusty Gal Friday might just be a figment of his imagination. But in Sunday’s Twin Peaks, the one and only “Diane” was finally revealed to be none other than Laura Dern. (Nifty that she played his Girl Friday back in Blue Velvet too, huh?) A satisfying moment 27 years in the making (even if most of us guessed and hoped it was coming). Now, Albert (who found her in Max Von’s Bar in Philadelphia – did that neon sign look vaguely Bang Bang Bar-ish to you?) can take Diane Evans (and her Peggy Lee wig) down to the prison in South Dakota to verify that Evil Coop is not her man.

IN VEGAS | Meanwhile, Dougie is still stumbling through life very much like Peter Seller’s in Being There: magically guided by mysterious and benevolent forces. Some tiny green sparkles prompt him to doodle steps and ladders all over his work case files. And guess what? It reveals a shocking insurance scam to his boss! Dougie just can’t lose. Also, his wife Janey-E (Naomi Watts in her strongest episode yet) came into her own this week, showing some big brass balls while shutting down the thugs blackmailing her family. By the way, that book Dougie’s son is reading in bed? That would be the Hardy Boys mystery The Secret of the Old Mill. How many more of these little nods to the town of Twin Peaks does Dougie need to wake up? (And he needs to wake up soon, and not die! Or so says the One Armed Man in another vision).

And remember Lorraine from last week? The lady texting on her Blackberry to the metal box/wad of black gum in Argentina? Well, she got stabbed to death by a little person with an ice pick (in a hilariously awful and gruesome moment). Yes, Ike “the Spike” Stadtler is taking over the Dougie hit job (thanks to a menacing envelope courtesy of Patrick Fischler from Part 1. Note that he is working on an IBM ThinkPad. Again, this may be the year 2003). And now that the police have found Dougie’s license plate on the roof of “119!” Drug Lady’s house, it shouldn’t be too long before all the various forces start to close in.

IN TWIN PEAKS | Curiously, Carl Rodd (Harry Dean Stanton) seems to have moved his Fat Trout trailer park (home of BOB victim Teresa Banks in Fire Walk With Me) from Deer Meadow, Oregon to Twin Peaks, Washington. Continuity be damned! Carl takes a ride into town with a man named Mickey who tells us about his (presumed) wife Linda, a war veteran who now requires a wheelchair. Yes, the real world is ever encroaching upon Twin Peaks (Janey-E identifies herself as a “99 percent-er” and tells us “We are living in a dark, dark age”). And Linda is just the first military casualty we will learn about this week. But is she the Linda of “Richard and Linda” that the Giant warned us about? Most likely yes.

Speaking of Richard, the young Mr. Horne is up to his ears in a drug running operation with Red (Balthazar Getty), the good looking dude making eyes at Shelly back at the Road House in Part 2. (And he is totally Shelly’s type. He’s Leo 2.0, only his corvette is black not red. Maybe that’s why his name is Red?) Red scares Richard with his dime magic trick. And then, flying high in a drug fueled rage, Richard horrifically runs down and kills a small child (note that this takes place in the very same intersection where Laura Palmer and her father Leland once had a scary and memorable run in with the One Armed Man). Carl Rodd (who was relaxing with RR-To-Go coffee near Laura’s gazebo) attends to the shell-shocked mother (is she possibly Donna??) and watches as the child’s soul rises up to the sky. (BTW how did Carl manage to bring his No. 6 electrical pole with him from Oregon?). Richard is witnessed fleeing the accident scene by Miriam, a schoolteacher. She was just leaving the RR Diner after chatting over pie (that she can’t afford) with Shelly and Heidi (Heidi!), still giggling exactly like she did in the pilot and final episode of season 2.

Sadly, the other military casualty we learn about is Sheriff Frank Truman’s son, whose (presumed PTSD) suicide seems have driven his wife Doris over the edge (the ongoing theme of parents losing their children hangs over Twin Peaks like a sad, dark cloud this week). However, on the brighter side, Hawk seems to have indeed found the “something that is missing” (thanks to the Indians on his dime and his toilet stall door). And yes, I’m certain what he has found are the crucial pages torn from Laura Palmer’s secret diary. You will remember that when Annie (PLEASE TELL US HOW AND WHERE SHE IS!) appeared in Laura’s bed in Fire Walk With Me, she told Laura to write the following in her diary “The Good Dale is in the lodge and can’t leave.” That important entry is about to crack this case wide open. But who hid those pages in the stall door? Evil Coop? Briggs? The One Armed Man?

RANDOM THOUGHTS | Perhaps Dougie’s story is taking place back in 2003. And perhaps that key Jade mailed back to the Great Northern will be found by Audrey and her 12 year old son, Richard. That gives him time to grow up, and time for her to build a glass box trap for her one true love. Additionally, all these references to King Arthur: Lancelot Court, Merlin and Guinevere streets… are there perhaps 12 streets named in this same vein, and do they surround the electrical socket/plug that New Cooper got birthed from? Is that plug yet another doorway or portal to the Black Lodge/Red Room? Just like the circle of sycamore trees in Twin Peaks’ own Glastonbury Grove? Glastonbury Grove takes its name from the burial place of, yes, King Arthur. And I’m betting that we’re soon to learn of other portals around the world — all somehow linked to the Knights of the Round Table. But why?!

And hello Twin Peaks traffic light! You were missed! (Written by M.T. Wentz)

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  1. WS says:

    The Dougie storyline is starting to wear on me… cant they give him his mind back soon?

    • Scott says:

      Completely agree. I need the Dougie storyline to pick up the pace.

      • M.T. Wentz says:

        Up until last night, I couldn’t have agreed more. But I’m starting to think that there’s a larger mystery at work here. Or maybe Janey-E’s turn into Hard As Nails territory finally won me over. There must be a reason for all this.

  2. Ken says:

    Dear Meadow was never in Oregon. It was always in Washington State, a close town next to Twin Peaks.

    • M.T. Wentz says:

      Think you need to rewatch Fire Walk With Me, and check the facts, Jack.

    • M.T. Wentz says:

      Let me clarify and correct myself: the actual location of Deer Meadow has changed many times. In the pilot, it is a town in the Southwestern corner of Washington (and Twin Peaks is in the Northeastern corner of the state “Five miles South of the Canadian border, twelve miles West of the state line.”) But in the movie Fire Walk With Me, Cole calls Agent Desmond out to Portland, Oregon (where he and Sam Stanley begin their drive to Deer Meadow – which could be in either state). Indiscrepancies throughout the film and various related materials (books, tapes) place the town in both states. Finally, in Mark Frost’s book THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS, the Fat Trout trailer park has been moved to a location in Washington much closer to Twin Peaks – where Carl Rodd grew up. The “New” Fat Trout trailer park could be even closer. The location has always been a bit in flux. Perhaps.

    • M.T. Wentz says:

      OK OK the more I look into this, the more I learn that I’m wrong. Deer Meadow was always in Washington state. You’re right. But, like Carl Rodd, it has moved around a lot.

  3. Walt says:

    M.T. Wentz! I see what you did there.

  4. Paul says:

    Had to mention: the sign for the trailer park says the ‘New’ Fat Trout Trailer Park, so it seems Carl moved to Twin Peaks (where he grew up per the Secret History book). Such a great episode. I can’t wait to see more from Diane. Naomi Watts was incredible and the scene with the mother in the crosswalk was haunting. I can’t believe we’re 1/3 through the Return.

    • M.T. Wentz says:

      Yes, I think they are retconning Carl Rodd into town. Which is fine. I just don’t understand how he took the electrical pole with him. And I AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT NAOMI WATTS! After a few weeks of thanklessly yelling “Dougie” she finally got some narrative meat – and she tore into it with relish. I love her. And now I love Janey-E too.

  5. The Long Lost Phillip Jeffries says:

    Just a note.

    It’s a Lenovo Thinkpad, not IBM. And by the looks of it a recent model. So this is present day not 2003.

    • M.T. Wentz says:

      Your eye is better than mine. Thanks for the note! Also I was realizing that although Lorraine is using a Blackberry, the first two hit men had recent-looking smart phones. So that’s another dagger in the 2003 theory. But why does Dougie’s car registration tag read “03”? And what’s with all these red balloons?

      • musicmax says:

        I thought the “we’re in 2003” theory had some merit (Mike: “Is it future, or is it past?”) but that seems to be losing credibility:

        The 03 represents the MONTH of registration (March). The Twin Peaks wikia says that based on the graphic on the license plate and the location of the registration sticker (upper right), the tag is from 2013 or 2015.

        The married man who hits on Dougie’s bathroom buddy is looking at an iPad or similar tablet during the Lucky 7 Insurance meeting. The first iPad came out in 2010. Across from him is a man with a modern-looking silver laptop with touchpad.

        Dougie’s car looks like an circa-2000 model Ford Taurus which would support the “2003” theory but then Janey-E tells the loan shark thugs “we drive crappy cars”… to be sure a Taurus isn’t a Mercedes S-Class but a 2- or 3-year old Taurus isn’t exactly “crappy”.

        A lot of houses on the street where Dougie & Jade meet and “119” woman lives are boarded up and in foreclosure; the housing collapse didn’t hit until 2006/7.

        Someone more familiar with the Las Vegas skyline than I might be able to see if the establishing shots are missing any buildings that should be there in present-day Vegas.

        • M.T. Wentz says:

          My hat is off to you Musicmax. Perhaps 2003 is a random theory gone nowhere. So then while we are likely in present day with Dougie, I recently heard (from someone who would know) that there is a twist coming regarding this storyline. The conclusion of Dougie’s world will be mind-bending. What that means exactly, I don’t know. Maybe it has something to do with all those balloons.

  6. Hawk’s “dime” was actually a Buffalo or Indian Head nickel.

  7. Ray moggio says:

    Hawk found an Indian nickel not a dime in the toilet

    • M.T. Wentz says:

      Snazzy Britches beat you to the punch on this one. You are correct. I guess I was confused by the dime that “Red” magically threw into the air.

      • Ray moggio says:

        I did a movie with Henry Dean Stanton is the early 80’s…”Red Dawn”….he is timeless Americana impactful at his first glance and he truly fits with Lynch and Twin Peaks!!!