Twin Peaks Season 3 Episode 16 Review–What’s Going On?

“Knock, knock. There is no doorbell.”

The end is almost here. This is the last episode before next week’s two-hour finale. As you can imagine, there’s quite a bit that happens in Part 16. It’s unfortunate that the final episode is almost here, but there’s so much to enjoy this week. You can also expect some really tense moments and some surprises.

Here’s a rundown of what happened in Part 16 along with what the developments mean.

There will be spoilers for Twin Peaks Season 3, Episode 16.

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ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF SUZANNE TENNER AND SHOWTIME.

Father And Son Roadtrip

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Evil Coop and Richard Horne arrive in the middle of nowhere. Mr. C says he’s looking for a place, and three people have given him coordinates. Two of them match. As they get out of the truck and head towards a big rock, Jerry Horne comes over the hill and sees them. He tries looking at them through binoculars, backwards. Mr. C. gives Richard an electronic device and says it’ll beep when he’s close. He makes him climb the rock since he’s younger. When Richard gets to the spot, he’s electrocuted into nothing but smoke. Evil Coop simply says, “Goodbye my son.” Then he sends a text to Diane: : – ) ALL. It didn’t send right away. He gets into the truck and drives away.

Keeping Up With The Joneses

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There’s a lot happening in the Jones’ neighborhood. Hutch and Chantal are waiting in a van to kill Dougie Jones. The Vegas FBI show up. When there’s no answer, Agent Wilson is told to stake it as the others go to Dougie’s insurance office.

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The reason no one’s home is because Cooper in the hospital in a coma after he stuck a fork into an electrical outlet. Janey-E and Sonny Jim are there along with Mr. Bushnell, Dougie’s boss. The Mitchum Brothers show up with flowers and food. They plan on delivering more food to their house so they have one less thing to worry about.

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

Wilson shows up later in an SUV and parks down the road from Chantal and Hutch. Mitchums show up with food delivery. Then a guy in a car marked, Zawaski Accounting car pulls up in front of the van. He says they’re parked in his driveway. He starts trying to push the van with car, and Chantal shoots at him. He shoots back as they attempt to drive away. Soon, the husband and wife killing team are dead. Wilson gets out of the SUV and takes the shooter into custody.

“You Are Awake. Finally.”

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At the hostpital, Cooper finally comes out of his coma. Phillip Gerard is seen on chair. “You are awake. Finally.” He tells Cooper, “The other one didn’t go back in. He’s still out.” Then he gives Cooper the ring. Coop asks if he has the seed–the gold ball that Dougie turned into. Cooper pulls out some of hair and tells Gerard he needs him to make another one.

Janey-E and Sonny Jim come into the room. Cooper asks them to get a doctor and says he’s living.  He also asks to borrow Bushnell’s gun he’s wearing in a holster and has him get the Mitchum Brothers on the phone. Cooper needs them to gas up a jet to Washington. Finally, he tells Bushnell if a man named Gordon Cole calls to give him a message. Bushnell asks what to do with the FBI that are headed to the hospital. Cooper tells him, “I AM the FBI.” They drive away just as Vegas FBI show up. Cooper takes Janey-E and Sonny Jim to the Mitchums’ casino.

Diane Talks About That Night With Cooper

Diane is shocked when she gets the text from Mr. C. She texts back the numbers 48551420117163956 and says, “I hope this works.” She has a gun in her purse and goes up to Gordon’s room. She’s ready to talks about the night Cooper came to visit her and unlatches purse.

It was a 3 or 4 years after she last heard from Cooper, when she was still working at the Bureau. One night, someone knocked, there was no doorbell. Cooper walked in (obviously it was really Evil Coop). She was happy to see him and held him. They sat on sofa and started talking. She just wanted to hear everything about where he’d been and what he’d been doing. He wanted to know what had been going on at the Bureau. She felt like he was grilling her but told herself he was just excited to hear about Bureau news.

Then he leaned in to kiss her. It only happened once before. As soon as their lips touched, something went wrong and she felt afraid. He saw the fear in her and smiled. He raped her. Afterwards, he took her somewhere. An old gas station. (Probably the convenience store). She looks at the text again and says something about the coordinates. She also mentions the Sheriff Station. She reaches into purse, but Albert and Tammy shoot her first. She reels back and suddenly disappears.

Laura Dern in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

Diane’s in the Red Room/Black Lodge. Phillip is there and says, “Someone manufactured you.” Diane simply says, “I know. Fuck you.” Her face cracks and black smoke comes out. A gold seed/ball comes out and her body disappears. Just the seed is left on the seat.

Goodbye…For Now?

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Arriving at the casino, Cooper tells Janey-E and Sonny Jim he has to go away for a while. He wants to tell them how much he’s enjoyed spending time with both of them. They made his heart so full. “We’re a family. I will be back.” Janey-E is surprised and asks if he’s not Dougie. Sonny Jim insists he is his dad, and Cooper says he is. He tells them he loves them, and he’ll be back soon. He’ll walk back through the red door and be home.

In the limo with the Mitchums, he lets them know his story. He doesn’t sell insurance, he’s an FBI agent that’s been missing for 25 years, and they have to get him to a Sheriff’s Station in Twin Peaks. The Mitchums don’t think they’d be accepted there. Cooper tells them they have hearts of gold and will be welcomed there.

Audrey’s Dance

Sherilyn Fenn in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

Edward Louis Severson III plays at the Roadhouse. Audrey and Charlie show up looking for Billy and drink martinis. The M.C. announces “Audrey’s Dance.” The floor clears. The music comes on. Audrey is stunned but can’t resist the music. She gets up from the bar and heads out on the floor to dance by herself (like she did in the original series). A bar fight breaks out and snaps her out of her daze. Distraught, she rushes back to Charlie and says, “Get me out of here.” Suddenly she’s looking in a mirror in a white room. Fade to black.

What’s Going On?

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Cooper is finally back. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. It’s interesting that he was fully aware of what was going on during his daze. He wasn’t surprised to find himself with Janey-E and Sonny Jim. Since he was in the Lodge with the Giant/Fireman all these years, perhaps he was aware what was transpiring in the real world. For whatever reason, he was unable to return until now.

It’s also interesting to hear Diane’s story. Evil Coop is truly scum. After he raped her, which we assume he raped Audrey as well in order to father her son, Richard. When he took Diane to the old gas station, it was probably the convenience store we saw last episode. Did he then somehow have the fake Diane “manufactured”?  If so, where is the real one? Is she still alive? It seems she was meant to kill Gordon and anyone else with him.

That leaves us with Audrey. With the way the episode ended, perhaps the Audrey we’ve seen arguing with her husband Charlie is another manufactured being? This doesn’t seem too likely but with her suddenly in a bright room staring into a mirror, it feels like she wasn’t really at the Roadhouse. Or perhaps the real Audrey wasn’t there. If Evil Coop could create Diane, he could’ve also created a fake Audrey for some reason. This could explain why she seemed so off when arguing about the jacket in recent episodes.

Going back to last week’s episode, I forgot to mention one bit about Judy again. I may have mentioned before how during the writing of Fire Walk With Me, Judy was meant to be Josie Packard’s sister. It ended up not happening and so had not become an official part of the Twin Peaks mythos. What if Judy is Josie’s sister and what if Naido (the woman with no eyes) is really Judy? Andy mentioned they needed to protect her. It could be they need to protect her from Evil Coop since he asked Jefferies about Judy.

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Next week is the two-hour finale. Episodes 17 and 18 will be shown. Hold onto your butts.

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