Twin Peaks Season 3 Episode 8 Review–What’s Going On?

“Gotta light?”

Twin Peaks is not your typical TV show. This week’s episode fully proves that. This may be the episode that draws the line in the sand for the casual viewers and those invested in the series. David Lynch and Mark Frost are not holding back. Many events in this season have been pretty out there. There’s been some confusion, but with each episode and a bit of reflection on the entire series, it makes more and more sense.

Here’s what happened this week along with the latest questions that have popped up. There will be spoilers for Twin Peaks Season 3, Episode 8.

Mr. Coop and Ray’s Road Trip

Kyle MacLachlan in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME
Photos: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

Evil Coop managed to blackmale the warden at the federal penitentiary to let him and Ray Monroe go free. Ray and Darya were plotting to kill Mr. Cooper per Philip Jeffries’ orders. Ray is unaware that Evil Coop already killed her. Evil Coop plans on getting the information Ray obtain and then kill him, but Ray was ready for him.

Shooting Mr. Cooper, Ray figures his job is done. After some light starts flashing, a group of incorporeal men show up and smear blood all over Coop. Ray freaks out, takes the car, and leaves a message for Jeffries. It’s likely the men were denizens of the Black Lodge, giving their aid to Evil Coop. BOB’s face is even seen. Evil Coop rises and is healed.

“The” Nine Inch Nails Live At The Roadhouse

Trent Reznor in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

The musical interlude happens early this week. Nine Inch Nails performs at the Roadhouse. Listed with “The” in the credits, we can pretend this is some Twin Peaks alternate world version of the band since they’re too big to play at a bar. Playing “She’s Gone Away,” it’s a fantastic performance that is the calm before the storm with what’s to come next in this episode.

White Sands, New Mexico – July 16, 1945

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This is the date of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon by the United States Army as part of the Manhattan Project. After five minutes of explosive special effects (and a shift to black and white), an old convenience store is seen. Eventually several people start flickering around outside. There was a base camp with 425 people present when the test was conducted so these could be some of those people, or they could be from…some place else.

It’s possible the nuclear bomb opened a gateway between the real world and the Black Lodge. BOB’s face is seen again in some ooze spewed out by a floating body.

Across The Purple Sea

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A giant structure is seen atop of a mountain in a purple sea (similar to the body of water with the strange building Cooper visited before being transported back to the real world). Inside is a woman credited as Senorita Dido and the Giant credited as “???????” this time for some reason. An alarm goes off for a bit, and the Giant (as I’ll continue to call him) eventually shuts it off and walks up stairs to a theater. He sees the convenience store and the appearance of BOB. The Giant floats up and Senorita Dido goes in front of the screen. A yellow light comes out of the (black and white) Giant, which in turn, creates an orb. The orb floats down to Senorita Dido, and Laura Palmer’s face is seen inside. Kissing the orb, it floats back up into a weird pipe and enters the screen, which shows Earth.

New Mexico Desert – August 5, 1956

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Eleven years later in the desert, a bizarre cockroach/frog-type creature hatches out of an egg. More of the strange creatures show up, and one, credited as Woodsman, asks “Gotta light?” over and over. He shows up at a radio staton and kills the receptionist and DJ by grabbing and squeezing the top of their heads. As he’s holding the DJ’s head, he turns off the music playing and says the following over and over into the microphone:

”This is the water. And this is the well. Drink full and descend. The horse is the white of the eyes and dark within.”

When people hear this over the radio, they appear to pass out.

Nearby, a boy walks a girl home at night. She finds a penny, heads up, and notes it must be good luck. Arriving at her house, the boy asks for a kiss. Listening to the radio in her bedroom later, she lays down and falls asleep. The roach/frog creature flitters up to her window and crawls onto her bed. Her mouth opens and the creature climbs inside.

A still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

Big Questions This Week

  • Will Ray get in contact with Philip Jefferies, and will we find out more about what happened to Jeffries since his appearance in Fire Walk With Me?
  • Who were the men that revived/healed Mr. C? Are they from the Black Lodge?
  • Is the Woodsman connected to the woodsman seen in Philip Jefferies’ vision in Fire Walk With Me?
  • Why did the Woodsman kill people instead of giving them a chance to actually give him a light?
  • Why are these denizens drawn to convenience stores?
  • Are the Giant and Senorita Dido in the White Lodge or some place else?
  • What’s the significance of Laura’s face in the orb in 1945?
  • Who were the boy and girl?
  • Was the cockroach thing the birth of BOB possessing his first victim when it crawled in the girl’s mouth?
  • How did the Roadhouse manage to book Nine Inch Nails for a performance?

Showtime is letting Lynch and Frost do whatever they want. Were the minutes of explosions, fire, and flutters completely necessary? Some critics and viewers are having a hard time with some of the slower scenes. Lynch has stated before the season started that he considered it one long movie. Some of these moments deliver a sense of awkwardness, but I think that’s the intention.

While it has been painful seeing our beloved Agent Cooper stumbling around for weeks as an incoherent Dougie Jones, seeing these long scenes gives a better idea what Cooper is actually going through. With the dangers and hardships seen throughout the first two seasons and the current one, nothing should come easy.

We’ve waited twenty-five years for answers, and we are finally getting some. We’re actually getting more than just simple answers. The new questions being added further builds the complexity of Twin Peaks and the world beyond.

Unfortunately Twin Peaks will not air next week. Part 9 is set for July 9. That gives more time to watch this episode over or go back to Part 1. That’s probably what I’ll end up doing.

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