3:11 – Something bad in this vehicle

Perhaps the Drugged-Out Mother in the last scene – crying out “119” – was anticipating the Highway Patrol car that finds Mr. C (Kyle MacLachlan) passed out in his wrecked Lincoln by the side of the road?

We cut back to the site of his accident. The Highway Patrol car rolls up with sirens blazing (presumably someone has called it in). The two patrolmen (Travis Hammer, Stephen Heath) approach Mr. C’s car. One leans in the driver’s side window to check on Mr. C and stumbles to his knees, gagging on the smell of the vomit.

“There’s something bad in this vehicle.”

“What the hell, Billy?” says his partner, who calls dispatch for an ambulance with gas masks.

Quite who Billy is becomes an ongoing concern in the town of Twin Peaks, but there is little to no reason to suspect that this is the Billy that future characters keep referring to.

So we know a little more about the garmonbozia that is both expelled and ingested by the supernatural beings of The Return. It appears to be toxic to humans. This isn’t much of a surprise. As we’ve been informed before by The Man From Another Place (Michael J Anderson) in Fire Walk With Me, garmonbozia equates to human “pain and sorrow” seemingly distilled into a physical substance like creamed corn. In this form, it seems right that we would find it intense to our senses.

This slight development recalls another famed sci-fi series, The X-Files. In that show’s mythology – more explicitly preoccupied with aliens – extra-terrestrials on Earth can be identified by their green blood. Exposure to this has an incredibly similar effect; it is toxic. Just another of several correlations between the two shows.

The net result of this short scene is that we now know the circumstances that lead Mr. C to being arrested and incarcerated in Yankton Federal Prison, though we’ll hear the specifics of what landed him there during a later scene at the FBI.

Next time:  It’s not about the bunny

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