On Sunday night, the finale double-episode of Twin Peaks will air on Showtime—most likely marking the very last time Agent Dale Cooper and co. will grace our TV screens. (Maybe.) Nevertheless, Twin Peaks: The Return was both a reunion and proof that, 25 years later, David Lynch is still ahead of the TV curve. No one makes television quite like this. And to celebrate a truly, wonderfully strange revival season full of old favorites, new weirdos, and more unexplained murders, we went back through the most singular moments from the past 16 episodes. There were a lot; here are 10 of our favorites, in no particular order. Many spoilers ahead.
1. When We Met “The Experiment”
The beginning of the season treated us to the spooky new storyline of a New York City loft space where a guy had a gig looking at a mysterious glass box. Meanwhile, his crush would often turn up with coffee. During the four-episode dump at the beginning of the season, as the pair made out in the room, something finally appeared in the box... and subsequently attacked and ate their faces. (The FBI would eventually receive grisly photos of the mutilated.) In a later episode, when Cooper finally leaves the Black Lodge / Red Room, and its associated regions, he passes through this same portal before ending up in Dougie Jones’s life in Vegas.
2. When We Found Out Bobby and Shelley Had a Kid:
This season was heavy on fan porn, and rewarded those who have obsessed over the series—namely, millennial offspring like Becky Burnett, formerly Briggs, played by Amanda Seyfried. Supernatural occurrences are passed down through the ages around here. In that vein, the children of Twin Peaks inherit their parents’ ghosts. Becky picks the wrong man, her drugged-out husband, Steven, in an echo of both women his father was involved with, Shelley and Laura Palmer. Seyfried gave a solid performance as the new troubled local anti-heroine.
3. When We Got Diane (and her outfits):
Even though we just found out that Diane was not human—she is an imposter created by Bob, called a "Tulpa"—she was one of the season’s best new characters. (Though her existence as Cooper’s assistant has long been integral to the series; we just never saw her before.) Diane, real or not, was the perfect 2017 update to Lynch’s hard-boiled-cop kitsch characters, in the form a fabulously dressed, bob-sporting operative with deadly secret. Thank you, Laura Dern. Please be in all the TV.
4. When Dreams of Cherry Pie Saved Cooper
Clownish Vegas casino owners the Mitchum Brothers drive Cooper (as Dougie Jones) out into the desert to kill him—without knowing he has their newly printed insurance check. Cooper/Dougie, however, has a box for them, and right before the deed, Bradley Mitchum recalls a dream in which Dougie had a box. If it holds the thing he saw in his dream, they can’t kill him. It means he’s not their enemy… if he has a cherry pie. And guess what? It is a cherry pie. They frisk him and find a $30 million check. Murder, millions, camp, and cherry pie—with a side of nostalgia.
5. When Nadine Let Ed Go
Nadine and Ed finally appeared in the same scene again and gave fans the payoff they’d been wanting for more than 25 years. As fans will recall, Nadine and Ed always had a fraught relationship—but Nadine formally acknowledged how she kept Ed and Norma apart, and that she knew Ed only stayed with her out of guilt. Mere moments later, Ed is asking Norma to marry him. There's at least one happy ending.
6. When Audrey Horne Returned
Audrey Horne, original teenage vamp of Twin Peaks, returns as an unhappily, contractually married middle-aged adult, played again by Sherilyn Fenn. Fenn didn’t appear in Fire Walk With Me, so her appearance on the new season was noteworthy. And the Hornes play heavily into the plot of this season, given Richard Horne is her son (and don’t forget Bob/Cooper called him “my son” as well). Like Becky Burnett, Richard was warped by the image of his parent’s generation. But as we learned in the last episode, everything we’ve seen of Audrey so far might just be a dream. So we may have yet to meet the real Audrey.
7. When Sarah Palmer Ate a Face
The season has closely followed what happened to Sarah Palmer, mother of Laura Palmer, who has long had a history of psychic disturbances. But Sarah showed herself to be something else entirely. At a bar, she gets accosted by a man and responds, “I’ll eat you.” She pulls her face off and shows behind her flesh is black-and-white screen with the Experiment lurking across it. (You’ll recall that’s almost exactly what Laura did when Cooper saw her again in the Red Room at the very beginning of the season.) Then Sarah puts her face back on and attacks the man, gauging out his throat—just like the Experiment, and the Woodsmen, have in the past. We still don’t know who or what Sarah Palmer is and when she got this way. The finale may fill in the blanks.
8. When David Bowie Came Back
We’ve been treated to archival footage of the late David Bowie throughout the season. His character, Agent Philip Jeffries, reappeared in Fire Walk With Me after having disappeared for years. More importantly, much of what he said proved prescient for the current series—he spoke of the convenience store, and questioned Cooper's identity. One of the best flashbacks though came when Gordon recalled a dream he had about Cooper that featured Monica Belluci. In the dream, Monica told him: “We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives inside the dream... But who is the dreamer?” She indicated for Gordon to look back behind him. He saw himself from long ago, listening to Cooper telling him about a dream he had. Which was the day Jeffries appeared and asked about Cooper. Though Bowie never filmed scenes for the show before his death, his character reappears in the form of a machinated Jeffries, at the Dutchman's, a realm above the convenience store.
9. When Cooper Woke Up
The moment we all waited for all season finally happened last week. After his long journey out of the Black Lodge and through other dimensions and/or worlds, Cooper arrived in place of Dougie Jones, in Las Vegas, but with his brain completely fried. Which was a shame because it's more fun to watch Cooper be Cooper. It took an electrocution to snap him out of it. For the finale, we'll get to see what became of him. By the looks of episode 16, he's still got it.
10. When David Lynch Exploded Everything
The eighth episode of the revival season will likely go down as the definitive moment of the whole series. David Lynch made what is essentially a short film, mostly shot in black and white, that both stands on its own while also explaining nearly all the mythology behind Twin Peaks’s universe. Too much crazy stuff happens: just watch it again. And again. Nine Inch Nails even performs mid-way through. Opening with the Trinity nuclear testing, the episode is a meditation on destruction; out of the explosion we get Bob, the Woodsmen, otherworldly violence. Destruction births more destruction—and these events are inherited through generations and evolve. That’s Twin Peaks for you.
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