THE RETURN OF BOBBY BRIGGS (TWIN PEAKS EP. 4 RECAP)
The last time Elizabeth and Kim talked Twin Peaks, they found themselves on two roads diverging. Elizabeth felt bored and was losing interest, while Kim was geeking out over the heavy use of surreal imagery. We’re back to talk about Episode 4, and are both pleased to say we loved this episode as much as Agent Dale Cooper loves his coffee black as midnight on a moonless night.
EG: I am so excited to discuss Episode 4 of Twin Peaks! This episode by far has been my favorite!
KN: I thought it might be! It's definitely the closest to the tone of the original out of all of the new episodes so far.
EG: YES! It's a great balance of humor and weird and unfolding of plot and character development that Lynch and Frost are known for. We open with Mr. Jackpot, a.k.a Dougie Jones but really OG Cooper winning EVEN MORE laundry money.
KN: He runs into an old friend played by Ethan Suplee, who seems concerned by 'Dougie's' state, but not super surprised. It is, after all, Las Vegas, where souls go to die but first see Britney Spears live.
EG: Meanwhile, the casino staff is running around with buckets trying to grab all the coins coming out of the machines, and the manager of the Silver Mustag is like, "SHIZ - We in trouble." The Silver Mustang Casino manager gets Dougie into his office, gives him his winnings, offers him a hooker (as you do in Vegas), and then vaguely let’s Dougie know that the casino is watching his every move. I think they’ll come back to that.
KN: The casino suits are relieved to escort Mr. Jackpot outta there and send him him in a limo. We then meet Mrs. Dougie, a.k.a Janey-E Jones, a.k.a. Naomi Watts, a.k.a top of my Celebrity Best Friend wish list (what I wouldn’t give to sit next to her and Nicole Kidman at awards shows and make petty jokes about Tom Cruise while sipping champagne). Janey is super pissed at OG Cooper, who she believes to be her husband Dougie, until she sees his Scrooge McDuck-sized bag of money.
EG:That was cray! How'd Dougie land a babe like Naomi?! Then she starts freaking out and possibly had an orgasm when she realized how much money was there, which I TOTALLY would have. Money makes my private parts tingle. But, WHY is OG Cooper still screwed up?
KN: OG Cooper has only been outside of the Black Lodge for less than a day, after 25 years of captivity. I've had hangovers last longer than that! But we'll get back to the Jones household a bit later, cuz next we get another cameo. The return of Denise Bryson, as played by David Duchovny!
EG: HELL YEAH! This episode is chock full of cameos and laughter. Fox Mulder as Denise is surprisingly delightful. I feel like he was having so much fun returning to this role that he had to work very hard to keep himself from laughing. Add in David Lynch screaming at the top of his lungs. ARE YOU KIDDING? Comedy gold. I love how Lynch sets up his character as "old school." Which allows him to float a little free in his choice of words and how he deals with Denise.
KN: There's a tender little moment in there when Cole talks about how, back in the day, he told any agents who had an issue with Denise to "fix their hearts or die." I love that line.
EG: LOVED. HERE FOR THAT!
KN: AND I love that Denise became Chief of Staff of the whole FBI!! Get it girl!
EG: As feminists though, we gotta take a moment. Denise is tryna keep her girl down because she's jelly about the attention Agent Tamara Preston may get. We need to sit Denise down for a little talk about sisterhood.
KN: I actually had a different take on that scene. I felt like Denise was being a bit protective over Agent Tamara Preston, and also gently chiding Cole for being a horndog. I WANT TO BELIEVE, Mulder. Shall we agree to disagree and move on? Because I have THOUGHTS about what's coming up shortly.
EG: Girl. Maybe, I need to watch it again and I'm HAPPY TO DO IT! Now, we're coming onto the best part of the episode and I know you're dying to talk about it. We move back to the Sheriff’s Office and there's our sweet Lucy on the phone with Sheriff Truman, who is not the original Sheriff Truman, right?
KN: Correct! This Sheriff Truman, played by Robert Forster, is the brother of the Sheriff Harry S. Truman we remember and love. We go through some comedic motions in which Lucy is all of our parents and does not understand how cell phones work.
EG: She LITERALLY falls down in shock. Andy is a patient man. And then....
EG & KN: BOBBY BRIGGS!!!
EG: That hair! OMG
KN: Those cheekbones!
EG: He's back! And I’m like, "HELL YEAH!" BB!! Until he said that thing about having to pee so bad that his teeth were floating? Then I was like, TYPICAL MAN, always about the toilet.
KN: Hahha I love Bobby, even that line about needing to pee flooded my basement.
KN: Then, we get another great flashback moment when Bobby spots a photo of Laura Palmer on the evidence table--
KN: --and begins to cry while the original score plays in the background.
EG: I started howling. I know that was supposed to be real serious and I imagined you watching it and tried to remind myself to be cool, but it cracked me up! Lynch just let him go!
KN: It was the heightened melodrama of the original series. I loved it. We also learn something really important: Bobby reveals that his father, Garland Briggs, died shortly after a conversation with Dale Cooper. Bobby never learned what they talked about, only that his dad was troubled by Cooper's demeanor, and could tell that something wasn't right. Reminder that it was Briggs' face floating in space in episode 3, uttering the words "Blue Rose."
EG: We also learn that Officer Chad is a terrible joke teller. He should read a book about structuring a joke. He's full of very predictable comebacks from a guy named Chad.
KN: But can we talk about Wally Brando, now, please????
EG: Uh......YES! While Truman is getting updated on all the happenings of the station, another officer comes in and says that Wally Brando has arrived. Who turns out to be Lucy and Andy's kid! I'm not sure if they should be reproducing.
KN: Wally Brando is played by Michael Cera, fully decked out in Marlon Brando's clothes from The Wild One, speaking with the same distinctive vocal tics. I DIED when this happened. So random and hilarious.
EG: LIVING. FOR. IT! Also the lines! "My parents, who I love so dearly..." "I came back to tell them to do what they wish with my childhood bedroom.”
KN: Wally also mentions going on a cross-country roadtrip, exploring America much like Lewis and Clark did. I'm going to return to this point a bit later. But overall, this scene was such a perfect encapsulation of absurd humor, quirkiness, stylistic references, and character.
EG: I completely agree. At this point of episode 4, I am IN IT. Which leads us back to Dougie/OG Dale Cooper. Kyle MacLachlan is Black Orphaning the crap out of his performance. He is hilarious, convincing, and even charming!
KN: Speaking of men and toilets....
EG: Dougie learns to pee!!!
KN: Teach me how too, Dougie! (that's a terrible joke).
EG: Nicely played! I need to pause here. We all know that Lynch's visuals are amazing, but I am in love with the Dougie scenes. I love the use of muted, spring-like colors in all the scenes. The dark oranges against the bright green; the printed curtains. It tells us a lot about this couple.
KN: It's almost like a domestic cartoon world, where everyone has their name on their coffee mug.
KN: OG Cooper struggled to get through a typical family breakfast, while his son Sonny-Jim Jones shows him how to eat his pancakes. For a second there, I thought that a single sip of coffee would be all that it takes to return Cooper to his old self. But I loved the moment of him spitting across the kitchen and blurting out "Hi!"
EG: We are then propelled back to the FBI. We are then propelled back to the FBI with Tamara, Albert, and Gordon Cole. They are about to confront Evil Cooper. BTW - do you know the interwebs is referring to him as Dark Cooper?
KN: 'Dark' is a common term for a character who has 'gone bad.' Dark Phoenix, Dark Willow, etc. Basic Nerd 101.
EG: I thought it was about his tan.
KN: Good one, Dad!
EG: This is where I'm getting back into the Twin Peaks groove. The color correction in the next few scenes, long moments of silence, odd looks, actions that don't make sense.
KN: Cole references Mt. Rushmore as they're driving through South Dakota towards Buckhorn. Combined with Wally's reference to Lewis and Clark, I'm starting to put together some theories about the story of this season. Are we going to see that the evil spirit of BOB has been around since the dawn of America? Did colonialism awake those evil spirits?
EG: MIND BLOWN. I was too busy enjoying Albert's facial expressions. He gives good face.
KN: Albert is fantastic.
EG: R.I.P. Miguel Ferrer. Moment of silence please.
EG & KN: ....
EG: BEST LINE IN THE SHOW? “Cocaine, machine gun, dog leg--What, no cheese and crackers?”
KN: Also, there's a really intriguing moment when Cole first sees Dark Cooper. It took a second viewing for me to pick it up. Dark Cooper tells Cole "It's yrev, very good to see you again." Backwards talking!!
EG: I'm gonna argue with you that the talking isn't always backwards. Let's take the scene in the bedroom when Dougie OG Cooper is about to learn to pee. And he sees the black lodge dude and that guy says stuff but it's slow and warped but not backwards.
KN: In the Black Lodge, speech sounds warped because the words are spoken backwards, then played in reverse, creating that creepy warped effect. Outside of the Black Lodge, it doesn't get reversed, hence coming out backwards. TRUST THE NERD ON THIS.
EG: HOW DID WE NOT TALK ABOUT THE GOLDEN PEA HE HAD IN HIS HAND??? What's that about?
KN: It was all that remains of the fabricated Dougie!
EG: WHAT??? Back to our trusty FBI dudes. They are debriefing after chatting it up with Evil Cooper and again, this scene is Twin Peaks to the X-TREME! That's another thing in the 90s - everything was X-TREME. Albert and Cole start chatting about the meeting they had and Cole turns up his hearing aids to the X-TREME!
KN: Then they both ogle Tamara's butt to the X-TREME. That's another very 90's thing: flagrant, consequence-free sexual harassment!
EG: That silly ol’ male gaze! They start whispering about some information that Albert gave Cooper at a previous time about Phillip jeffries.
KN: Yes!! Jeffries disappeared, much like Cooper.
EG: Remind me who he is.
KN: Rumor has it that Bowie's role was written into the series, but sadly, he passed away before he could film. I wonder if Jeffries also had an evil doppelganger?! Alfred and Cole agree that there's someone they need to speak to about this newfound Cooper. They don't mention her name, but Alfred says "I know where she drinks." OMG GOMEZ IS HE TALKING ABOUT US?
EG: Welp, it’s possible. So, is this what's going to tie into the scene from last week. When that lady is drinking with her lady friends and some dude is staring at her and she's like, "I still think he's cool." And he is kinda cool, but staring too much for my taste - LIKE DUDE ASK ME OUT ALREADY!
KN: I think whoever she is, she will definitely be a character from the original series. We also saw that great shot of Sarah Palmer getting lit at home while watching nature documentaries, a.k.a my typical Friday night.
EG: OH I LOVED THAT!
KN: Speaking of the Roadhouse, what do you think of each episode ending with a band performance? I love it. It shows the influence the original show has had on music over the decades.
EG: I'll be honest, the moment I see the band, I take a pee break. That being said, I completely agree with you. There is no question about the cultural influence that Twin Peaks has had on our generation. My daughter watched it and she's like, "WTF is this?" And honestly, I don't even know where to begin to make her understand so I tell her to leave.
KN: You should tell her "Go catch some Pokemon, loser. This shit's for OLD PEOPLE!"
EG: But she caught ‘em all. Kids are smart.
KN: Their brains are made to learn. Ours are made to die.