Twin Peaks: In Hour 13, Big Ed’s heart breaks

Hour 12 is split right down the middle between the gloom and doom of DoppelDale taking care of business and the sad state of affairs that the town of Twin Peaks has succumbed to over these past 25 years. Over those last 25 years, Twin Peaks has steeped into a level of poverty it has never seen before. Carl Rodd has opened a new trailer park, and insisted on helping the struggling tenants, the drug fueled drama has increased and corporatism has come into town and negatively effected small businesses. There’s a sadness and a despair that sweeps over Twin Peaks now-a-days, the kind that shows you just how much of the mysterious seedy underbelly presented in the original series has taken over. Twin Peaks needs saved.

The episode opens as the Mitchum brothers dance in a conga line with their girls and Dougie. They ecstatically come to shower Bushnell and Dougie with gifts. It’s a quirky moment, reminiscent of the kind of events Audrey ruined at the Great Northern back in the day, that quickly descends into terror for Anthony Sinclair, who was trying to get the Mitchum brothers to kill Dougie. He informs Duncan Todd, who lets him know that the deal was that if the Mitchum brothers didn’t do it, he had to, and he only has one day.

In Montana, DoppelDale finally reaches the farm to get revenge and information from Ray, who unsuccessfully tried to kill DoppelDale in Hour 8. When DoppelDale arrives, the gang looks on through a wall sized security monitor before allowing him up. Gang members inform him of the rules and give him options. He can either leave or arm wrestle Renzo, the current boss who hasn’t lost in 16 years. If he wins, he gets to be the new boss, but he only wants Ray. If he loses, bad stuff happens. During the match, DoppelDale toys with Renzo. He repeatedly allows Renzo to almost win before bringing his arm back to starting position with ease. He brings a terror in the crowds eyes, especially Ray, as they see this much smaller man overpower Renzo with such ease. DoppelDale has enough and quickly wins, then punches Renzo right in the face, which leaves him a dead and bloody pile in the middle of the floor.

He asks the gang for cellphones and to leave him alone with Ray, they oblige and exit the room. One person, who seems oddly out of place, stays behind and asks DoppelDale if he needs money.

It’s interesting to note how often he brings Renzo back to the starting position, which implies a cyclical aspect of the show. Everything keeps repeating or happening. Later in the episode, we also see Sarah Palmer watching a loop of a boxing match on her television. Why on earth would she be doing this? Lynch is trying to tell us something. The same can be said about Big Ed and Norma’s relationship, but we’ll talk about that later.

DoppelDale forces Ray to give him the information he needs. He asks for the coordinates and who set up the hit on him. Ray says it was Phillip Jeffries, who he’s never seen and has only talked on the phone. Ray also pulls out the owl cove ring, which he was supposed to put on him when he killed him. The significance of Phillip Jeffries in this story is odd, who is he working for and what does he want. We know he won’t make an appearance because he was played by the late Davie Bowie in Fire Walk With Me who is not on the cast list. Is it his doppelganger or the actual man, or maybe someone else entirely. He is, however, trying to bring Coop’s doppelganger back to the lodge.

Meanwhile, hope continues to dwindle for the residents of Twin Peaks. But for some, it continues to linger. The first appearance of Ed Hurley, the great father figure of James and namesake of Big Ed’s Gas Farm, brings great sadness.

It seems after a post-high school of longing for Norma, while stuck in a marriage with Nadine (who he guiltily married after accidentally shooting her in the eye), is right where it was the last time. It’s just another cycle of tragedy and heartbreak for the residents of Twin Peaks.

Norma, meanwhile, has franchised the Double R Diner, now branded elsewhere as Norma’s Double R Diner. Her new love interest, Walter, is helping her out with it. He tries to get her to change the flagship restaurant by decreasing the cost of ingredients, which Norma insists on being organic and locally grown.

On the brighter side, Nadine, who we’ve so far only seen swooning over Dr. Amp’s radio and YouTube show, is the owner of her very own store called RunSilent, Run Drapes. When Dr. Jacoby (Dr. Amp) himself drives by her store, he witnesses her golden shovel on display and decides to visit. Sparks fly.

There’s something unique and special about the Roadhouse performance in this episode. In James Hurley’s second appearance, he brings a women named Renee to tears with his second rendition of “Just You.”

The episode ends with Big Ed solemnly watching the matchbook he lit on fire burn at Big Ed’s Gas Farm.

Things to look out for:

• Any information about Phillip Jeffries, who’s been pulling a lot of strings. What is his end game?

• Tom Sizemore confesses to Bushnell about trying to poison Dougie. Who’s next Todd or him?

• Audrey Horne’s scenes continue to take place in the same room about the same subject. There’s something about how she goes on about Billy, and how she claims to not know where the Roadhouse is anymore, or whether she wants to stay or go. What kind of nightmare is she trapped in?

• We still haven’t seen Monica Belluci. Who will she appear as?

Assistant Lifestyle editor and television and film critic Jordan Musheno’s review of “Twin Peaks” will run every Thursday in Showcase.