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Twin Peaks episode six: Dougie’s story has divided viewers but it’s classic Lync

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Twin Peaks episode six: Dougie’s story has divided viewers but it’s classic Lynch Dougie/Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and Janey-E (Naomi Watts) struggle to communicate in Twin Peaks Dougie/Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and Janey-E (Naomi Watts) struggle to communicate in Twin Peaks (Photo: Sky) Nick Mitchell Nick Mitchell 3 days Wednesday June 14th 2017 The return of Twin Peaks has been an exercise in bewilderment. Of information overload. In just six episodes, viewers have had to contend with multiple plotlines, fragments of seemingly random character studies (Dr Jacoby’s golden shovels), supernatural mysteries, a multitude of characters, old and new – and, of course, a backwards-talking tree. This week’s episode only added more to the mix: • More symbolism in the form of the red square on Duncan Todd’s laptop and the black dot on his envelope (which also seemingly compels an assassin to commit an extremely brutal murder) • Agent Albert Rosenfield (the late Miguel Ferrer) meeting the almost mythic Twin Peaks character of Diane (played by Lynch muse Laura Dern) in a bar • Harry Dean Stanton reprising his Fire Walk With Me role as the wizened old Carl, who witnesses a hit and run involving tearaway Richard Horne • A new bad guy in the form of ‘Red’, who we last saw in the Roadhouse at the end of episode two • Miriam, a school teacher with a taste for the Double R cherry pies – and the constantly giggling German waitress Heidi who serves her All this detail provides plenty of grist for the online rumour mill that surrounds Twin Peaks, but the storyline that is really coming to the fore in this third season of Twin Peaks belongs to Dougie Jones. As we know, Dougie is just the empty vessel for the real Agent Cooper, who has returned to reality from the Black Lodge and is slowly reawakening to his former self, episode by episode. Kyle MacLachlan deserves all the plaudits for the way he strips back all sense of adult psychology to make Dougie believable as an impulse-driven sort-of-man, who mimics phrases he hears like a child (“Hello-o-o”) and has no awareness of social norms. Josh Fadem as Phil Bisby, Dougie's office colleague, in Twin Peaks Josh Fadem as Phil Bisby, Dougie’s coffee-carrying office colleague, in Twin Peaks (Photo: Sky) Yet Cooper is beginning to remember who he once was. He slurps coffee greedily, fixates upon the word “agent” (even if it’s in an insurance context, rather than the FBI), and in part six he obsesses over a security guard’s badge when he’s moved on from the Lucky 7 office at night. And then there are the insurance case files, another echo of Coop’s former career. Guided by some little points of light that appear on the page, he scrawls seemingly random drawings of steps and ladders over the documents. When he hands his ‘homework’ in the next day, his boss initially dismisses the doodles as “childish scribbles”. But on closer inspection, he sees meaning in them: “I want you to keep this information to yourself. This is disturbing, to say the least … You’ve certainly given me a lot to think about.” That quote could be a description of Twin Peaks itself. Don Murray as Bushnell Mullins, Dougie's boss at the insurance firm Lucky7 Don Murray as Bushnell Mullins, Dougie’s boss at the insurance firm Lucky 7 (Photo: Sky) The other emotional resonance of this dual character comes from the absence of the real Dougie, who was discarded like a snake’s skin in episode three. His wife Janey-E (Naomi Watts) is at the end of her tether, but she never questions whether this is still her husband. Despite his weird behaviour, the notion of another man inhabiting her husband’s life after beaming in from another dimension is beyond her ken. You can’t blame her. Instead she shoves him around (as well as the loan shark goons who try to bribe him), and her forcefulness leads Dougie upstairs for a touching scene where he has no idea how to play dad to Sonny Jim at bedtime. Instead he shares his crisps, and Sonny Jim also seems happy to accept that this strange character is his father, for better or worse. With barely a trace of expression, MacLachlan delivers a performance that’s both absurdly comical and deeply poignant. Harking back to Henry Spencer in Eraserhead, Dougie is a classic Lynchian character – and so far he is the humanising core of a TV show that’s challenging to say the least. Twin Peaks continues on Sky Atlantic

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