8:05pm PT by Chris E. Hayner
'Twin Peaks' Reveals Becky's Father
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Sunday night's episode of Showtime's Twin Peaks.]
While Twin Peaks: The Return revealed several episodes ago that Becky (Amanda Seyfried) was the daughter of Shelly Johnson (Madchen Amick), the show kept her father a secret. With Part 11 though, came some pretty major reveals about Shelly and who she ended up with after the original series.
It turns out Shelly Johnson is no longer her name, even though the character has been credited as such since The Return premiered. Instead, her name is Shelly Briggs. That's right, Shelly married Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook) at some point. They're no longer together though, as Shelly has another man in her life — and it's drug-supplied Red (Balthazar Getty), who is an associate of the disturbed Richard Horne (Eamon Farren). Still, the look on Bobby's face when he sees the two of them kiss certainly hints that he'd like to get back together.
As for Becky, Shelly says that she and Bobby are her parents and will always care about her, making the young woman the offspring of the former couple. For longtime fans of Twin Peaks, this is good news. Many speculated that Shelly and Bobby would end up together — and for a time they were.
What's less clear is how they were torn apart. The couple could have parted ways for any number of reasons, but chances are co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost wouldn't write the relationship into the series unless it was going to play a significant role in the story going forward.
Regardless, whatever broke their relationship must not have been bad enough to leave any bad feelings, given how quickly they're able to work together when it comes to the well-being of their daughter, who has some serious rage issues and the worst husband of all time.
Becky found out her husband, Steve (Caleb Landry Jones), was cheating on her and immediately flew out on control, grabbing a gun and demanding her mom's car, injuring Shelly along the way, as she went to confront him. Upon arriving at the apartment of the woman he was with, after both had already left, Becky shot up the door.
Yet still, when asked whether she was prepared to divorce Steve, Becky wavered. She admitted that he spent all the money she borrowed from Shelly, yet was unwilling to actually leave him. Love is making her do some crazy things, and she just can't remove herself from that situation. Her husband may be in for some serious trouble, though, as Bobby says he will no longer turn a blind eye to Steve's illegal activities. That will likely include the cocaine buying and use he's been doing, which could implicate Becky as well.
It's a decidedly dramatic story that isn't something you'd expect to see on Twin Peaks, given how it's grounded in reality rather than the extraordinary. Still, in a season where Twin Peaks: The Return is all over the map in terms of storytelling, there's something refreshing about a normal story of two parents concerned for their child.
Most importantly, though, the revelation that Bobby and Shelly were married goes a long way in showing how life went on after Twin Peaks ended. These are characters that were living and breathing, even when fans were not watching. Given that the series went away for 25 years, adding these developments to deepen the relationships and characters makes the world of Twin Peaks that much more engrossing.
While the primary story of this season continues to be the tale of Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and the search for the Black Lodge, these developments are certainly some of the most interesting yet.
Twin Peaks: The Return airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Showtime.