The Emmys were on last night and the amazing FX mini-series, Feud: Bette & Joan, pretty much got shut out from winning any awards. It’s too bad, but there was some pretty fierce competition. Anyway, I got to thinking about one of the funniest scenes from early in the series, when Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) have one of their many arguments – and Joan Crawford storms away mocking Bette Davis’ regret at not winning the 1950 Best Actress Oscar for All About Eve:
It’s hard to believe that both Bette Davis for All About Eve AND Gloria Swanson for Sunset Boulevard lost that year. HOW????
Anyway, I’ll get back to posting pics from the many vacations we’ve taken over the last year – think I’ll still have to go in reverse chronological order as I’d like to finish ONE of these trips!
There’s no other way to put it: this was one of the best days of my life.
I’ve posted very little over the last few months due to work and indifference, but the few posts I’ve done have largely involved Twin Peaks. The 3rd Season, aka The Return, wrapped up its season on Sunday, Sept 3, and it’s very likely that is the end of the series too. I can live with that and spend time reading all the many, many articles trying to decipher what the hell just happened with “Laura” screaming out the lights in and outside the Palmer House with a confused Cooper looking on. I’ve been a fan since 1990 and as I got older, I wanted more and more to visit Seattle to go see all these iconic places for myself. Finally, this dream came true as we came up to Seattle and I staked out one of the days as a Twin Peaks day. And oh lordy, this day exceeded any and all of my expectations.
For some of my Twin Peaks bonafides on this here site, I present some of my posts:
You can’t go on a Twin Peaks adventure and not start it off with doughnuts. Larry’s boss had recommended an outstanding place, Top Pot Doughnuts, that we could walk to in the morning before picking up the rental car. It was a very cool space in and of itself (Barack Obama also had visited there) and the doughnuts were delicious!
Top Pot Doughnuts
View from our room
While walking north to Top Pot, seeing the Cinerama
Recommended to us to definitely get doughnuts here at Top Pot
It’s got a great interior
View from our table upstairs
We got a 6-pack – so we’d have snacks throughout the day
Twin Peaks day requires starting with dougnuts
We obviously had not driven from Los Angeles to Seattle for this trip, as that is a vacation all on its own, and while I had pondered if taking an Uber all around would make sense, I ended up realizing that was a terrible idea. So for $48, I rented a car for the day from Enterprise. And while I was expecting something like a Nissan or Chevy mid-size somethin’-or-other, and was disappointed when the initial check-in guy hadn’t offered any potential upgrade, when we got up to the level in parking lot where you pick up your car, the clerk there took a look around and asked if we wanted the silver Cadillac! For a second I was like, I don’t wanna have to deal with driving that big ol’ thing, but then I immediately reconsidered and was like, HELLS YEAH. Gimme that Caddy!
The driving that day was done in style, my friends. And throughout the day, what with the very smooth ride and the many electronic features throughout the interior including CarPlay, I’m not exactly ruling out a similar Cadillac in the future when it comes times to think about getting a new car. It was that good.
You can see that the Snoqualmie / North Bend area isn’t all that far from Seattle – just about 30 miles or so. Off we went on the I-90 to destiny. But as you’ll notice in these pictures, already the air and sky this day was much different than yesterday, as the smoke from the fires was much more present. Wasn’t gonna let that stop me from having my day though, that’s for damn sure.
Driving to Snoqualmie
The Enterprise rental car building
Off to Snoqualmie!
This isn’t a filter – the air was heavy with smoke today
Went along Highway 90 to Snoqualmie Falls
The woods are beautiful though
The smokiness was eery in its own way
The Caddy – yeah, we were riding in comfort today
A very nice car to drive, surprisingly
I think this car helped calm the homeowners at the end of the day
The only first point I ever considered on this adventure was the Great Northern and the accompanying waterfall. No other destination was more iconic, and likely easy to find and get to.
I’ve made lots of previous plans in my head about what things I’d have to see when doing this trip. I’d found a few great online resources that had mapped out quite a few of the locations from the original 2 seasons along with Fire Walk With Me, and those in Washington state are some of the most iconic ones. Not surprisingly, a lot of what posed as Washington was in good ol’ Southern California, including a few places in Monrovia, CA. I’m heartbroken though as just now I was planning to link to this site, http://www.intwinpeaks.com/, as it’s by far the most comprehensive collection of filming locations and I get a ‘no website found’ error!!!! Noooooooooooooooooooo! Well, maybe it’ll come back and it’s a server error? Anyway, going to the Snoqualmie Falls was always the first place I wanted to go…..and so we pointed our Google maps to the Snoqualmie Lower Falls area, as we were ready to do some hiking.
As we approached the destination, we traveled Railroad Ave over the river and you could look to the left and see where the river “ended” as it went over the falls, which made me realize HOLY SHIT the Great Northern Hotel is gotta be coming up on the left, and sure enough, we drove by the Salish Lodge (aka the Great Northern Hotel)…but didn’t stop. Like I said, we were gonna work our way back up to it, so we kept going on down to the turnoff for the Snoqualmie Lower Falls park area.
You’ll see in the pictures, but it’s just gorgeous here. The trees and the river are beautiful nature all over you, even with a sun that was shrouded in smoke and seemed little more than an orange fuzzy ball. We were HERE. At the Lower Falls park area, you can hike along the river on a boardwalk to an area near the bottom of the falls, giving you a beautiful perspective of Snoqualmie Falls from the bottom. You’re not all that close though, and I had seen previous pictures where people were standing on river rocks and were much closer to the Falls. I think that’s frowned upon now.
Snoqualmie Lower Falls
The Snoqualmie Lower Falls trailhead
The Snoqualmie Falls are used for hydro power
Could I BE more excited?
The sun was a hazy orange ball all day today
These water pipes are creepy in their own way
Not slippery today
The Snoqualmie River as it flows away from the falls
This boardwalk takes you to a vista of the falls from below
They don’t want you on the rocks
There are the Snoqualmie Falls!
It was exciting to see them – but this was just the beginning
As you can tell, you can’t really see the Great Northern from here
Again, no “Twin Peaks” filter was used to get this yellowy tint on the photos. That’s courtesy of the fire and haze in the air around us. In Snoqualmie, the main impact was the color of the sky, as the temperature really wasn’t all that bad. Once we went to North Bend though, the temperature skyrocketed and the smell of smoke was awful. But I jump ahead.
After soaking in this view of the falls, we then backtracked and then took the other path available to us, which was to hike up the hill to Snoqualmie Upper Falls. This was a hell of a hike. It’s only about 1/2 mile, but pretty much it’s all uphill. With the smoky air I’m sure that made it more difficult than normal, but also, it was just a steep climb! A beautiful steep climb to be sure, as it was a path through the gorgeous trees. Lots of markers were there to indicate what you were looking at, and it was easy to imagine David Lynch using this area as scenery for establishing shots of the deep, dark woods. After a sweatier-than-hoped for climb up the hill, we started seeing yellow poles, and it was clear our hike up was close to an end.
Sure enough, it was concrete walkways and wooden rails and the sounds of waterfalls….and then we rounded a turn and HOLY SHIT IT IS THE FUCKING TWIN PEAKS CREDITS PERSPECTIVE OF THE GREAT NORTHERN AND THE WATERFALL! I can die now. I couldn’t stop taking pictures, and they’re really not all that different from each other. I. Don’t. Care. It was my moment and I was going to capture it. I even took a damn video mimicking the credits pan to the bottom of the falls. This is Twin Peaks. I was here. I’ve made it.
Hiking Up The Hill
Time for an uphill hike to the Upper Falls view point
Trees can grow in weird ways
Beautiful Douglas Firs
We were down at that lower path just minutes before
Hazy, smoky vista
Nothing was gonna knock that smile off my face today
Here’s when it was clear we had reached the top of the trail, finally
The Snoqualmie Falls & The Great Northern Hotel Next to it
This iconic view is everything
After having gone inside the Salish Lodge, wouldn’t be against coming back one day
Love that my camera takes pretty great pictures
The Salish Lodge aka the Great Northern
I’ve seen people’s pictures from standing on those rocks below – but I don’t think it’s encouraged
Here’s what the overlook itself looks like
Yeah, the image isn’t really different, but I couldn’t stop taking pictures
Got someone to take our picture
I eventually was okay with tearing myself away from this experience. Larry knew better than to try to rush me. I did want to keep seeing stuff though, so we trekked a bit further up the hill to take a look at the Salish Lodge / Great Northern itself.
The exteriors of the Great Northern were obviously from what is now the Salish Lodge, but the heavily-Native American and wood-paneling interiors are from different locations and stages entirely. So going inside, you won’t be seeing things like this:
It’s a bit more contemporary and not nearly as dramatic looking as what was in the series. We didn’t spend all that much time in there, as it is a hotel, but there was a gift shop and oh man it was a treasure trove. First:
This was the motherlode of usefulness for the rest of the day. It basically points out where all the other nearby, relevant sites are, with addresses on the back! That was funny actually as I was showing this to Larry and he’s like, great, but we need addresses for the GPS…and then I turn it to the back cover and voila! I’m not going to scan this as I’m leery of giving away copyrighted material, but the inside can be seen in these pictures below…along with my other treasure – a Room 315 Great Northern Hotel keychain! Yep, I can now apparently enter the Black Lodge / White Lodge / Odessa based on the last episode of the Return! Yay, me!
The friendly clerk in the gift shop was happy to indulge my questions and she told us that we were lucky as these were selling out like crazy and it’s hard to keep them in stock as the manufacturer has difficulty getting the particular plastic needed for these kind of tags. So yeah, totes lucky. Got some other stuff there too, including a Thanks for Visiting the Great Northern magnet, a pad of Great Northern Hotel paper, and much needed water after our hike!
The Salish Lodge / Great Northern & the Goodies Within
Up at the Salish Lodge, there’s a bridge from the other parking lot over the highway
Here’s the driveway of the Salish Lodge / Great Northern
Inside the hotel – with the awesome gift shop Country Store visible too
Larry loved that bridge
The Salish lodge from the bridge
View of the falls from right at the Salish Lodge
The lights that illuminate the falls at night
Larry had been interested in crossing the bridge, but I pointed out it just goes to the parking lot across the highway. But it did provide a nice shot of seeing the interior driveway circle that is the entrance to the hotel.
With the Twin Peaks Driving Map in hand, we could now see a few more things that I hadn’t really even expected to see, and happily, they were all kind of nearby and relatively easy to travel in a line for. But first, we had to hike back to the car!
Back on the trail, at least downhill this time
The orange light on the ground felt like sunset – but it was noon
Back at the Lower Falls trailhead
The Giant Log
The nearest next thing was the Giant Log – you only see it occasionally in the show, usually if the episode would air the ‘long’ credits. I think it would also show up in various scene changer clips too, but hey, it was here, so we drove to the nearby Snoqualmie town center to see it, although it was kind of hard to miss (surprisingly) as it’s all covered with a roof now!
And here’s what it looks like when you go see it for yourself in Snoqualmie:
Off to Snoqualmie town center to see the Big Log
It’s under the roof on the left
This log is visible in the original series’ opening credits
Ronette Pulaski’s Bridge
On the original series, the murder of Laura Palmer is the main driver, but there was an additional victim who didn’t die: Ronette Pulaski. She manages to stumble away from the scene of the crime and eventually falls into a coma for most of the show, notably waking up to pinpoint that BOB was the one who assaulted her and then at the end of Season 2 to verify that the smell of scorched engine oil was present during the assault. Poor Ronette looked like this trying to find some kind of help:
And happily the bridge itself is still present but it’s no longer got train tracks running across it. In fact, the part of the bridge that would have gone over the road you drive to get here is gone and is capped off with a staircase to get up to the bridge. It actually looks like a nice long bike or running trail starts at the bridge. So that’s nice. Although there is still an isolated creepy factor to this bridge. I wouldn’t want to be here at night.
Driving over to Ronette’s bridge
This bridge is where Ronette Pulaski was found walking in a daze
It ends here now and isn’t a rail bridge anymore
Actually looks like a cool place to start a run
Larry as Ronette
This trestle really is creepy
Eery river scene
The Twin Peaks Sheriff Station / DirtFish
Right around the corner from the Ronette Pulaski Bridge is the location for the Twin Peaks Sheriff Station. As you come down the hill, it’s unmistakable that you’re seeing the back of the building as the windows around it are very telling and familiar. The colors of the building, mind you, are quite a bit different from the scheme used by the Sheriff’s Dept, but that’s because it isn’t a sheriff’s station at all. It’s now the home of DirtFish, a rally car racing school. There’s no way to disguise the fact that it is the same building though, even with different colors.
As we pulled in to park, it was impossible to miss the fact that a Twin Peaks Sheriff Ford Bronco was parked there for anyone to look at and take pictures with. It was amazing. We meandered around, taking pictures of the Bronco and the exterior of the building as with this being a business, it’s probably not too keen on visitors. But then, I reread one of the notices in the Bronco’s windshield: they were quite okay if you wanted to go inside and look at the lobby and take pictures. SAY NO MORE. I admit to still being nervous but I entered and made sure the woman up front knew I was totally a nerd and just wanted to see the Twin Peaks stuff…and she ended up being AMAZING. Not only could we take pictures, but she asked if we wanted to sit at Lucy’s desk. UM, YES!? So yeah, we sat at Lucy’s desk. And DirtFish kept a ton of the look of the reception area intact. It still actually looks quite a bit like the interior of the S3 sheriff station, and those windows around the building are distinct and still present. It’s awesome.
We next found our way to the location of the Twin Peaks Sheriff Department
There’s a freakin’ Twin Peaks Bronco there!!!!
Some helpful advisories
Obviously the colors aren’t the same
DirtFish is a rally car racing school
And apparently Subarus are bad ass
Looking at the rally car track – non-customers are NOT allowed out there
Where’s Andy with the picnic basket?
I think this was the Packard Sawmill at one point
The Caddy totally blends
The DirtFish staff were AMAZINGLY NICE and let me sit at Lucy’s desk
They kept it looking like Lucy’s desk – it’s awesome
Even the waiting area still looks familiar
Entering the doors – although there isn’t an airlock anymore
Still looks familiar, but obviously the racing stuff intereferes with the illusion
Those windows are right out of the conference room from the series though
Welcome to Twin Peaks, kinda
One of the images many people have of Twin Peaks in their minds are images from the opening credits, especially the Welcome to Twin Peaks sign that greets you when driving into town. Well, there is no sign. At least, there’s no sign here in reality land. And even if one were to be put up, I’m sure it would be stolen in a heartbeat as the one for the Twin Peaks in California always was. I’ll eventually update this post once I find the picture I took with that particular sign back when I was 14…it’s epic. I’m even wearing my Who Killed Laura Palmer? signed-by-Sheryl-Lee t-shirt.
MEANWHILE, the driving map gives you the exact address to plug in to find the bend in the road where the sign should be. We were tooling around and blew past it as there was some deserted car already there and I was like…um, what? It was a fairly empty road though so I 3-pointed back around and parked in front of the empty car. Happily, it didn’t interrupt the scene! We were where the sign would be! The haze was really bad though so the distinctive mountains in the distance were nowhere to be found. 🙁
And here is where the Welcome to Twin Peaks sign would be
Unfortunately the haze blocks the views of the distant mountains
Hard to know exactly where the sign would be – but these darker spots might be it
The Snoqualmie River running alongside the road
Larry will have to photoshop something up to add the sign back in. Will update this post accordingly when that happens!
At this point, it was time to eat. Hmm….where should one go to eat if they’re in Twin Peaks? DUH!
The RR Diner / Twede’s Diner in North Bend
It’s a short drive to get to North Bend from where the sign location was, and it was a beautiful drive too…but damn, the heat freakin’ jumped up in that short distance. And the smoke from the fires was particularly pungent at this point too. Didn’t matter though – we were here….and after parking, suddenly my hopes and dreams crashed. The entire street that Twede’s Diner is on was completely closed and getting torn up for a re-do. Ruh roh, Shaggy. We persisted though, and saw that the We’re Open sign was present…so off we went, crossing the street, and entering nostalgiaville yet again. It’s the freakin’ RR Diner!!!!
Well, at least the RR Diner seen in the Pilot episode and all throughout S3 / The Return. The one seen in the remaining S1 & S2 episodes was a set in Los Angeles, so that version seemed to have a bit more space than reality. It’s amazing to actually walk in and see the lights on the ceiling, the familiar booths on the left, and the booths on the right. Norma’s office of operations booth was in the back left (unfortunately populated by others already) as was the booth on the right where Bobby & Shelly were having a parental intervention with Becky this season. I headed towards a booth along the wall on the left (the one where the white-haired lady is sitting in the Starring Kyle MacLachlan screenshot above) and promptly sank into bliss. We were sitting in the RR about to have lunch. Seriously. This was happening.
Everyone working there was super nice and obviously used to people coming solely for Twin Peaks stuff. The food was good too, although we were too full from the lunch to think about dessert. Cherry pie isn’t my thing anyway, so even if it had been good, I wouldn’t have cared. 🙂
And yes, it was time to see the RR
The street here is getting totally redone
Twede’s Cafe is in North Bend, a short drive from Snoqualmie
RR2Go! But not in that last scene of the Return!
In North Bend, the heat and smoke were more intense than in Snoqualmie
Twede’s was open and of course we went for lunch
Yep, we were in the RR
Not Kyle M, but a damn fine looking Agent Cooper nonetheless
Those signs are totally visible in the show
The Twin Peaks wall near the bathrooms
David Lynch, many years ago
Some Season 2 finale behind-the-scenes pics
View from the entry
Looking across the street where that nightmarish scene occurred in the Return
One last view as we depart for Everett
We were basically done with the major locations that were filmed in the Snoqualmie or North Bend area. I’m sure The Return had more locations I missed, but come on, these were the biggies. I didn’t really care about the High School and the Roadhouse was in the wrong direction. Next time! But oh yes, there is just one teeny-tiny remaining location from up here in Washington. It isn’t all that close, but it’s significant and can’t be ignored: The Palmer House.
The End / The Palmer House
The Palmers, and the Palmer House too, are central to most of the Twin Peaks mythology. Laura Palmer obviously was the impetus for most of Season 1 and parts of Season 2, and the ramifications of her murder with both her father Leland and mother Sarah are terrifying tales. Watch the show, you’ll know what I mean. In the Return (S3), Sarah Palmer is a hollowed-out wreck of a person. But as we learn, it’s a whole lot more than that. And when we return to the Palmer House at the very end of the last episode of the Return – holy hell, it’s a mind blower.
If you haven’t seen the show, this won’t make much sense at all. Hell, even if you have seen the show, it is hard to make sense of the scene. But this whole scene is relevant to my story. Seriously. So we had to drive from North Bend to Everett, which are not close at all. North Bend is east of Seattle, while Everett is due north about the same distance. We were driving at rush hour too, so the GPS was telling us it was going to take about 1 hr 20 minutes. ugh… While sitting in the parking lot where we’d parked for the RR Diner, I was thisclose to saying it wasn’t worth it. But then I remembered what we were here for that day and it was like, of course it’s worth going there. So we commenced the drive and it did take about that long, with us getting there around 4:30pm.
We pulled up, parking pretty much like Dale and Laura do in the clip above. Immediately Larry sees that there are people sitting out front on their porch, and it’s like, damn. I just wanted to see the house and get a shot of it, then leave. Now, it’s possible I may not even get that, as most people aren’t likely to take kindly to folks taking pictures of their house. BUT, we’re here, so I decide to put on my happy face and be as charming as possible. I get out of the car and immediately introduce myself, from a distance, and say I’m just hoping to take a picture of your house as I am a Twin Peaks fan. The couple is immediately accommodating and they’re like, we’ll just go inside so we’re not in the picture. I reassure them they don’t need to do so, and that I’ll be out of their hair immediately.
It’s clear that this is the woman from the final scene of the series, Alice Tremond. I had known that the woman playing that role was the actual owner of the house, so it was like a holy shit moment of this is really happening. Something the world just saw 2 days prior on TV and i’m fucking living it right now. We take some quick pictures from basically across the street to not impose, and she starts chatting with us, as does her husband. They’re used to getting visitors and we talk about the Finale, and I introduce myself and Larry. They’re Mary and Tim, and I’m having a nerdgasm as I can’t believe this is happening. After a few moments, they ask if I want to take pictures on the porch, or better yet, do I want to see the inside of the house??? You could have knocked me over with a feather at this point as I was about to pass out from euphoria or something.
UM YES I WANT TO GO INSIDE THE INFAMOUS PALMER HOUSE WHICH IS THE END OF TWIN PEAKS AND IS THE SITE OF SO MANY ICONIC MOMENTS FROM THE SHOW/MOVIE!
We go IN. It’s the foyer where Dale and Laura talk to Alice. We then look to the left and there’s the living room, where Sarah Palmer typically spends her days and nights. You can then see the dining area in the back where they have the axe that can be seen in “The Missing Pieces” scene when Leland declares he’s hungry. They have a framed Laura Palmer homecoming picture by the couch. I’m dying all over every few seconds. This really is happening. I hesitate taking too many pictures inside someone’s home, as this isn’t a set. This is literally their living room. The TV that Sarah Palmer is watching in Part 2 is in the other room which is more the TV room nowadays. We can see the kitchen that has been definitely upgraded but it’s the same one where Sarah Palmer learns the news of Laura’s death and issues her heartbreaking scream of sorrow in the Pilot.
THEN. She asks if I want to see Laura’s bedroom and THE ceiling fan. So yeah, we go UP the stairs of the Palmer House – the same ones you can see on that picture above. We walk across the landing to Laura’s room and get the shit scared out of us as they’ve installed a BOB-looking mannequin in the bathroom and he’s staring out at you. See Fire Walk With Me‘s “diary” scene and you’ll kind of get a sense of what I’m talking about. We take pictures on the landing and here I am, in a piece of pop culture history. It’s unreal. Mary and Tim are the most generous folks for allowing us in to their home on a random Tuesday, and even while writing this over a week later, I still can’t believe that happened.
We got back outside and talk some more, and even then at that point, another person drives up to make the pilgrimage. It’s crazy. I imagine you have to get used to it if you decide to buy an infamous TV house…and then when you yourself end up in the LAST SCENE of the Twin Peaks Return. Just….unbelievable. It’s a memory I’ll cherish forever.
In Everett, one can find the Palmer House
And if one is lucky, you can meet the owner
who may let you in if you’re nice enough
Is Sarah awaiting beyond the open door?
I might have been losing my shit at this point?
Yeah, we’re in the house, and this is Leland’s “hungry” axe
Up in Laura’s bedroom…
The window where Bob would crawl through
there’s a Bob mannequin looking out
THE CEILING FAN
Mary/Alice recommended this angle
Sarah Palmer’s stairs!
UNREAL – this is me, on the staircase, with the Fan.
Mary was so generous
Had to get a picture with Alice Tremond
With Mary on the doorstep
The perfect end to our Twin Peaks journey, much like the series
One last thing on Part 18 of the Return: there’s been a very talented artist creating unofficial posters for each part of the show, and he just released the one he created for Part 18:
You’d think I’d have passed out and Larry would have needed to drive us back to Seattle after that. But no, actually, Mary suggested that we take a drive over to see the Funko factory, as they’re based in Everett! Apparently the Hayward house is also in this neck of the woods, but frankly, that’s kind of like being offered a hot dog after having just devoured a Lawry’s Prime Rib. I mean, maybe that would have been good before I just chowed down on prime rib, but not really feeling it now. 🙂 But Funko’s sounded awesome to visit, so we did drive on over through downtown Everett (which is very cute, btw).
Funko HQ time!
It’s basically what you’d imagine it to be – although they’ve done a fantastic job of theming the hell out of this space. Surprisingly? No Twin Peaks Funko figures were present – not that I needed them as HELLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I’ve already got all of them, even the ComicCon Black Lodge Cooper & Laura.
Funko has their base in Everett, so we visited it too
Kind of random they’d be here, but gotta be somewhere, right?
The inside is quite a cool spectacle
na na na na na na na na Larry!
With Olaf and Elsa
The most adorable tauntaun and Han
Also adorable, the Hoth monster and Luke
Godzilla’s not messing around
Poor commuting dogs
And then we drove all the way back to Seattle, happily against the main flow of traffic, returned the car without incident to Enterprise, schlepped back to our hotel, and had a delicious meal at the Brooklyn, a great steak place. What a fucking day.
OH MAN! Yes, Part 16 of Twin Peaks: The Return was enough to finally knock me out of my posting laziness. It was really that fucking good. Agent Cooper is back, and just in time for the last two parts next weekend, and then I can be utterly distraught at the fact that Twin Peaks will yet again be over. It’s not clear if it’s for good, but likely this will be all there is. But to no longer have “How’s Annie?” as the endpoint will be magical. It really is hard to believe that my favorite show is back and not only back, but has been balls to the wall fantastic. It’s yet again in a class by itself in terms of how it tells its stories, and I eagerly anticipate a complete rewatch of this season. But in the meantime….
The Diane scene, including her reveal of what happened with “Coop” many years ago as well as the reveal that she “isn’t me”? Amazing. The resolution helped explain a lot while still providing more to chew on. And I loved her final ‘fuck you’ while chilling the Black Lodge before getting disassembled.
And our dear girl Audrey finally got to the Roadhouse to see a performance by Eddie Vedder, and while it seemed that maybe everyone’s theory that Audrey was still in a coma from the bank vault explosion (and all the associated trauma that we also learned about, including Mr. C confirming Richard was his son….ugh…) was getting disproven because “hey, here she is outside of that living room FINALLY” and then we get the emcee introducing “Audrey’s Dance” and the whole floor clears out for Audrey to yet again dance to her music and everyone is swaying along and it’s like, OKAY NO, none of this is happening for real. Is the Roadhouse real? It has to be, but maybe it isn’t sometimes??? And then that moment after some fight breaks out and Audrey is shocked out of this reverie and we see her…somewhere:
All we can hope is that with the happy turn of events occurring now, maybe Audrey will also be free of whatever prison she’s in?
But the best part of course during this episode? Dale motherfucking Cooper waking up and affirming to Mike (and us) that he’s “100 Percent” and taking charge and knowing exactly what he needs to be doing. I literally was screaming with joy at what was happening and every moment with Dale was so fucking amazing. I definitely appreciated that it took this long and will honestly miss the Dougie stuff, but this Return was so fucking cathartic to have occur.
I loved that he remembered everything that had happened with Janey-E and Sonny Jim and have high hopes that he’s asking Mike to create a “Dougie” off of him, so hopefully one that isn’t a piece of shit like the original model and treats his family with love.
People, next week will be fucking amazing and the anticipation is killing me. At the same time, I hate to think about this feeling ending too. 🙁 These last few months of Sundays have been stellar entertainment, with Twin Peaks, Season 7 of Game of Thrones, and Big Brother 19 occupying my happy place all on the same night.
So…um, yeah….there’s really no way to put it except this episode was insane. The previous episode from last week suddenly was narratively clear, it felt like some momentum was being made on both the past and in the current, and it was almost like, oh, maybe it’s going to keep going in that direction. David Lynch and Mark Frost would like you to kindly take your seat as NO, that is not what is about to happen.
Instead, we were treated to about 10 minutes of super creepy moments with Dark Cooper and Ray, and what seemed like a zig instead of a zag as suddenly, did someone just up and kill Bob? Cue a Nine Inch Nails concert at the Roadhouse, Bob rising back up, and then, yes, then…1945. And a nuclear test as seen above….and then? Lynch did Lynch mixed with Kubrick mixed with who the fuck else knows. For the next 45 minutes or so, we witnessed a wordless cataclysm, some intriguing imagery at a “Convenience Store”, a weird purple haze sea and building, the Giant interacting with some weird bell while accompanied by some dressed-up woman who looks ready for the opera. We then do go into the theater and witness creation of BOB (maybe), and then the Giant creates his own thing, which is gold and beautiful and looks to contain Laura Palmer. Is this the past and is this Laura’s creation? or is this now and somehow a resurrection?
There’s then a very disturbing sequence of a creature emerging from an egg, the “Woodsman” menacing drivers and then a radio station set to The Platters’ “My Prayer”, what might be Sarah Palmer as a young girl (that was my first hunch too, when I saw the young lovers) who falls prey to the mantra that the Woodsman chants over the radio, and then a bug crawls into her unconscious mouth, and yeah, I’m gonna have nightmares about this episode FOR SURE.
So….who the fuck knows? It was stunning television, and I kind of think there is a lot that was shown that will perhaps make more sense later. In the meantime…..WTF. And I love that Twin Peaks is back.