Back at Yankton Federal Prison and we’re on the block at night. You’d be forgiven for thinking that Lynch has switched to black and white, the scene is so monochromatic
and this assumption would prefigure a large portion of the material to be witnessed in Part 8.
A guard with a flashlight appears at the end of the hall and Mr. C (Kyle MacLachlan) is released from his cell. He is ready and waiting for it, as per his discussion earlier on with Warden Murphy. He is back dressed in his custom leathers; a kind of uniform for the character from now until the end. Clearly the warden has wasted no time in setting everything up to allow for his exit.
Ray Monroe (George Griffith) walks down the corridor to meet him and together they are allowed to leave. This is the first time we’ve seen Ray since the diner in Part 2.
Mr. C was being held in cell 27. 2 and 7 add up to 9, which is one away from 10. Later on in The Return, another significant number does manage to add up to 10, and Gordon Cole will remark that 10 is, “The number of completion”. If such significance is placed on numbers chosen throughout Twin Peaks, might one go so far as to wonder if 2 and 7 equaling 9 doesn’t say something about Mr. C? For instance, that he doesn’t quite add up; that he is incomplete? Maybe it’s a stretch. Maybe…
Want another stretch? In numerology (which is what we’re dealing with here, really), 27 is synonymous with co-operation, or, if you’ll indulge me… cooperation!?
Ray and Mr. C are guided out to the car park where a rental car is duly waiting for them as per Mr. C’s demands. The guard who escorts them hands Mr. C a phone and tells them that the keys are in the car. Mr. C instructs Ray to drive. From the vantage point of a high balcony, and with a severe expression of worry on his face, Warden Murphy (James Morrison) watches them leave. He knows he is damning his soul but evidently this is, to him, the lesser of evils in this case.
The score, a troubling drone, rises. Bad things are coming.
With Mr. C on lockdown for much of the first act of The Return there was a sense of containment and relative safety for the other characters that have been set up. With Mr. C now on the loose, The Return promises wildly unpredictable things to come and the implicit threat of violence.
Next time: Billy