Thoughts about Episode 7
Some thoughts after this amazing episode:
#1 I want to hug Jerry Horne until he makes it out of the woods.
#2 "Remember 4 3 0. Richard and Linda. Two birds, one stone". 4.30pm was the time for the meeting between Deputy Andy and the guy who owns the truck Richard run over a child with. He doesn't show up to the meeting, maybe because he was at Linda's? Maybe non related, but since it kinda relates to Richard as the guy asking to meet later was scared to death about him, apparently. We'll have to wait -speculate- and see.
#3 The missing pages WERE from Laura's diary. I was kind of disappointed yet hyped when this was revealed, as I was 100% sure the missing pages were found outside the crime scene by Hawk in the show. I was also happy with them being the pages as this will likely lead Hawk and Frank to go to the Great Northern to inquire about Cooper's behavior upon leaving the room, which will trigger the "We just received his room key in the mail". I love where this is going.
#4 Cooper's visit to the ICU in the hospital. I know it's been theorized that Mr. C raped Audrey (hence Richard Horne's last name) and also Diane. I don't think it's the case for Audrey, as he was in the ICU most likely "visiting" Annie, aka looking for the ring. It may be plausible, but I don't think so.
#5 Diane is fucking awesome. I love how she gives everyone the fuck you, love her badass attitude (I mean, come on, nobody expected this of Diane). Such an awesome deliver from Dern (and Lynch/Frost in creating the character this way). RE: Raped by Mr. C. It might have been the case, her rejection to cooperate with the FBI and to talk to Cooper, in addition to her reaction after the talk and also the "Do you remember the last time you saw me?" scene, all gave me the shivers. I was thinking that this might also be the reason Diane wears a wig, although I can't really explain it now.
#6 MAJOR BRIGGS AND THE FUCKING GREEN MAN SPIRIT ARE BACK, BABY! I was so thrilled about this scene. We learn it's likely to be Briggs' body, if that's the case it hasn't aged. This was a peculiar scene not only because of the Biggs plot thickening, but also because I had a revelation. During the show we've listened to some 'sounds' ("Listen to the sounds") which we interpreted as the sounds the Giant ask Cooper to listen in the opening sequence of the new season. Now, I confirmed yesterday there are 2 different type of sounds: The electricity ones (like in the scene in Part 6 where the traffic light is shown) and the opening sequence one (the exact same sound when the green man spirits appears in Part 7). I think this distinction in sounds will be yrev very important.
#7 Mr. C, Mr. Strawberry, Ray and Joe McKusky. Completely lost here, but at the edge of my seat during the whole scenes involving these characters/conversations. Mr. C is the creepiest creep ever, I fear him more than BOB. Bob is a psychopath, Mr. C is a fucking borderline and he loves being that way. Oh, man, can't wait for more development on this.
#8 "Mr. Jones moves like a Cobra". This scene was funny, then intense, then funny again. I love me some Dougie. Seeing him react as Coop was such a thrill. He's creeping up the void in the soul of Dougie's vessel. In this scene we also see the Arm/Tree/MIKE appearing while the fight develops, and tells something to Coopie (my new nickname to Dougie/Cooper, it used to be Dooper haha), if someone can enlighten me about what he said I'd be a very happy man, I don't have subtitles available sadly 🙁 . Coop is getting back, one step at a time. I think the the momentum of the show will be Cooper regaining his identity and fighting Mr. C. Everything is likely to be linked with what's happening again in Twin Peaks, which leads on to...
#9 Jean Michele fucking Renault. This is the most 'it's happening again' moment we had in the whole show. The scene, while I agree was a huge metaphore for the 'pieces coming together' (the guy sweeping the ground literally doing this), was so intense because of that phone call: Two girls sent to someone (aka prostitution). Two blond girls. Two blond high school girls. This IS happening all over again (although Ronnette wasn't blond in the first 'happening'). The Reanaults enabling, the Roadhouse as a linking location, under-age prostitution... Shelly's daughter anyone? I hope not because I will cry like a baby if I see Shelly broken heart-ed again, especially double sad if she actually engages with Red as well. There's only so much my heart can take, please don't...
#9 Where's Bing/Billy? This planted the seed of doubt, and the change in patterns helped a lot to make this seemingly random/careless moment into a what the hell is happening moment.
I want to say that Kyle MacLachlan became my favorite actor of all time. What a range!! Kudos for your performance, Kyle. Twin peaks in 2017 is the best thing about this year and nothing can top that.
PS: Feel free to discuss anything here in other topics/new topics. I know it's a lot of stuff here, but I can't create multiple topics at this stage and I didn't want to lose these thoughts.
I wanted to edit and add #10 but I couldn't. Pieter if you could do that please It'd be great.
#10 The Key returned scene and Ben/Beverly scene. This scene was WILD. I felt there was a tremendous amount of sexual tension in this scene. From Beverly I take it she knows Ben's ways (at least Ben from the past) and probably her partner's condition doesn't help so she kind of can't have a clear picture of what she wants/needs which can lead her to behave in this way towards her known-to-be-a-pervert boss. On the other hand, carrot-eating-John-Justice-Wheeler-listener Ben Horne, seems to have found peace and reformed himself from his old ways. I felt there was an actual fight in Ben's morale in this scene. Absolutely beautifully presented. Also, the key being returned opens up the path I mentioned earlier.
I thought Jerry not being able to find his way and the sweeping bar-back were examples of David Lynch poking fun at all the people who are not able to follow what's going on (Jerry), and the mundanity of even having to make such explanations (depicted by the sweeping). Also, the way that Hawk and Frank went over what the pages meant just after Jerry's opener - done at a very basic, hand-holding level - so unlike the rest of the show up till now...
Great observations all around.
Another interesting thing I noticed in terms of pacing - so far, episodes 1 and 7 have not featured a band performing at the Roadhouse. If this 18 hour epic is working in thirds, as some have already mentioned, this serves as more supporting evidence. Also, Sharon Van Etten's song in episode 6 felt like an epilogue of sorts, while the other 4 songs were more seamlessly sequenced into the episodes.
If my hunch is right, episode 7 was the beginning of the 2nd act, and the next 5 episodes will go back to ending with the Late Show with David Lynch (possible, Louie season 3 reference), and episode 13 will also feature no performing band.
With all of the cohesion I am seeing so far, I still find it baffling that so many people are finding this series too abstract.
I think this was my favorite episode of the season so far, if only because it felt the most like the old Twin Peaks (which is, of course, not to say that I'm not enjoying the rest of this trippy ride, I'm absolutely loving it). I'm also glad to finally have confirmation in-show that Audrey's okay. I remember reading the bit about the explosion in Secret History and feeling such a weight be lifted (if only to be brought down again by Pete's fate).
I was cautiously optimistic about finally meeting Diane, and Laura Dern just blew me out of the water!
I also really dig the above idea about show being somewhat divided into thirds. It'd make sense, as it's supposed to be this 18 hour mega-film, and films to tend to operate on a three-act structure.