7:56pm PT by Chris E. Hayner
'Twin Peaks' Original Series Callback Punctuates Heartbreaking Episode
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Part 13 of Showtime's Twin Peaks: The Return.]
While Twin Peaks: The Return moved forward the plots of Dougie Jones and the evil Dale Cooper doppelganger, both played by Kyle MacLachlan, one of the most notable stories of "Part 13" was one of heartbreak as the lives of some fan favorites in Twin Peaks proper got a bit darker.
First, the second appearance of Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn) came and continued the scenes from "Part 12" with the man she calls her husband. However, this time her entire personality is completely different. She's scared and confused about seemingly everything, telling Charlie (Clark Middleton), "I'm not sure who I am but I'm not me." He tells her she's supposed to go to the Roadhouse and that he can "end her story" if she doesn't, but it's not really clear beyond that.
This scene of Audrey hints at some sort of an altered mental state. It could be a number of different things happening, including possible dual personalities — one of the strong angry woman viewers saw last week, the other a very timid and terrified woman who doesn't know her own life very well. It is a sad sight for longtime fans of Twin Peaks, who remember the spark that used to be in Audrey's eyes. She was something of a beacon of hope in the world of bizarre sadness that was the original series.
There are still so many unanswered questions about Audrey and what role she's playing in this new season. While it's assumed she's the mother of Richard Horne (Eamon Farren), there's not much beyond that to be sure of — including her location. Even though she's talking about the Roadhouse, it's entirely possible the location is something in her mind, rather than something she's trying to visit. As the story of Audrey slowly unfolds, it looks as if it's just going to get more distressing. That's going to be hard to watch.
Then there's Big Ed Hurley (Everett McGill) and Norma (Peggy Lipton). While the end of the original Twin Peaks left the fate of their relationship uncertain, this was the first time it's been touched upon in The Return. At first it looked like they were still an item, sitting together at the Double R for dinner.
That was all called into question though, when Norma's business associate Walter (Grant Goodeve) arrived. The men unleashed some very important expositional dialogue: Norma has franchised out the Double R and now has five locations, three of which are performing well. However, the Twin Peaks branch is losing money because of the quality of Norma's pie ingredients.
The two seem very close and even share a quick kiss — which could have been personal or professional — and Ed seems almost immediately uncomfortable, excusing himself so they can talk business. Walter then asks her to dinner to celebrate the success of the Double R franchises. However, the episode instead ended with Ed sitting in Big Ed's Gas Farm alone, eating a cup of soup in complete silence.
The Stillness of David Lynch
It was a striking change from the norm when it comes to The Return, which has been punctuated almost weekly by a musical performance at the Roadhouse as the credits rolled. Instead, it was just a very alone and vulnerable Ed.
A performance did happen at the Roadhouse in the episode though and it was perhaps the most important of the entire season. James Hurley (James Marshall) — the nephew of Ed — took the stage with his guitar and began crooning a similar tune. To those who don't recall, that was "Just You and I," the song James performed in the original series, accompanied by Maddy (Sheryl Lee) and Donna (Lara Flynn Boyle).
This callback to the original series is one of the absolute best Twin Peaks: The Return has done yet and was a very special moment for the show. And in an episode filled with sad and confusing moments, seeing James take the stage and harken back to his roots on the show was just what the doctor ordered.
Twin Peaks: The Return airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Showtime.