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Part VI of "Twin Peaks: The Return" proves "wholesome and enjoyable"

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Bushnell Mullins (Don Murray) and "Dougie Jones" (Kyle MacLachlan) in Part VI of "Twin Peaks: The Return"
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Diane, it seems my disappointments with the last episode were heard loud and clear.

A mood unlikely to be replicated was set in the premiere. Brooding mystery that felt unearthly. Saying it was unnerving is putting it lightly. It dug into your skin, nestled into your thoughts and didn’t care you were left speechless. It did its job.

Part VI of Twin Peaks: The Return is doing its own thing and it does a damn good job at it.

SPOILERIFIC SPOILERS A PLENTY

Curveballs. So many are being sent out by David Lynch in Part VI that it makes me want to go back and plead mea culpa for trashing Part V.

“He’s got a thing for my badge,” an officer tells Janey-E Jones (Naomi Watts) as he brings Cooper (but really Dougie Jones, still played by Kyle MacLachlan) home. Another passing idiosyncratic moment for Dougie, you think? It’s Cooper trying to come through and the officer’s badge was bringing forth a little bit of him. This really got to me.

Naomi Watts is a powerhouse in this episode. She receives blackmail showing Dougie with his frequent prostitute Jade, but Cooper only remembers her as the nice lady that took him to the casino. “Jade gave me two rides,” Cooper says with an innocent smile. “I’ll bet she did!,” Janey-E claps back. She takes it upon herself to deal with their outstanding gambling debt in a way only Watts could.

She flat out defaces two bums looking for money and entirely owns this with a tickling yet menacing monologue. “Tough dame,” one of them mutters after she leaves.

I said previously that Dougie Jones shtick that has been going on for the better part of three-and-a-half episodes now was running its course. Being a third through the season, I can confidently predict that Cooper will be in his Dougie daze for a majority of the season. Now we are introduced to the person that could help him snap out of it.

FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield (Miguel Ferrer) curses the name of Gene Kelly before stumbling wet from a rainy night into a bar named Max Von’s. Weary of the collective crowd, he stops. “I know where she drinks,” Rosenfield told FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole (Lynch) at the end of Part IV.

“Diane,” he says. A woman with blonde hair turns around. “Hello Albert,” Diane says.

Of course Laura Dern is playing Diane Evans, Cooper’s long-time assistant.

Premonitions are starting to creep their way into the characters. Cooper has some sort of light guide him through his case files to apparently show that Anthony Sinclair (Tom Sizemore) is involved with insurance fraud. The Log Lady (Catherine E. Coulson)’s previous notion that Cooper’s disappearance has to do with Deputy Chief Hawk (Michael Horse)’s heritage leads him to find (again, alleged) diary papers in a bathroom stall door.

(Perhaps placed by MIKE (Al Strobel)? We’ll see.)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me featured a premonition in the form of Annie Blackburn (Heather Graham) lying dead in Laura’s bed. She tells Laura she is with Laura and Cooper in the Black Lodge, and to write it in her diary.

MIKE appears to Cooper and tells him not to die, as there’s a short, bourbon-swilling hitman by the name of Ike the Spike (not kidding) on his way to kill him and the unknown woman setting up a plan to kill Dougie.

Carl Rodd (Harry Dean Stanton), the elderly trailer park denizen from Fire Walk With Me reappears to cross paths with the shocking death of young boy from a hit and run by Richard Horne (Eamon Farren). Horne seems like the new Bobby Briggs of the series.

Carl Rodd (Harry Dean Stanton) looks into a grieving mother's eyes in Part VI of Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime)

Although thought to be sinister and frightening from Part V, he’s just a mess that gets upset from his drug distributor calling him a kid.

Carl Rodd stares into the slain boy mother’s eyes intensely until she reaches her composure and the boy’s spirit (or garmonbozia?) escapes from his body. Unorthodox for Twin Peaks to have a moment of beauty and death overlap.

Non sequiturs presented with intuition fuel the series to bewilder the audience. None of it could make sense or be useful for all we know, but it makes every tick in a character’s behavior worth noting. Every look warrants discussion and every phrase is decoded.

Part VI showed Lynch having fun with this and presenting us with the most wholesome and enjoyable hour of the new Twin Peaks yet.

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