5:12 – 5:30

The working day is over at Lucky 7 Insurance. Dougie (Kyle MacLachlan) stands in the elevator as it descends with his pile of case files. He has his back to the elevator door while all the other passengers are facing it. Dougie is set apart from his contemporaries. They are headed in one direction; Dougie … Continue reading 5:12 – 5:30

5:7 – Case files

One thing I hear commonly among my peers (Millennials and a smattering of Gen-Zers) is the term 'Impostor Syndrome'; a condition of not feeling equipped or deserving of some aspect of one's life. It can cover the general feeling of 'faking' being an adult, or it can be used for more urgent and serious feelings … Continue reading 5:7 – Case files

5:6 – Innocence

The red door on Lancelot Court opens and out come Janey-E Jones (Naomi Watts) and Sonny-Jim (Pierce Gagnon), having completed their breakfast meal from Part 4 (as previously noted, the timelines of the different strands of story in The Return do not sync up). Janey-E tells her son to get in the car and she goes … Continue reading 5:6 – Innocence

4:8 – Take five

Breakfast. Janey-E (Naomi Watts) is at the stove in their expansive kitchen; typical of detached American homes that exudes middle class affluence. Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" plays prominently on the soundtrack. The makings of the day's first meal are strewn around. Coffee mugs. Orange juice. A typical domestic scene.Dougie (Kyle MacLachlan) zombie walks into the … Continue reading 4:8 – Take five

4:7 – Mr dream weaver

It's morning at the Jones household in Las Vegas. The timelines across the events that take place in Nevada, Washington and South Dakota do not sync up - or even make chronological sense some of the time - but for Dougie Jones (Kyle MacLachlan), this is day 2 of his experiences. We join him sat … Continue reading 4:7 – Mr dream weaver

4:3 – Red door

While in recent horror cinema red doors have been used to symbolise mysteries or otherworldly menace (Insidious, It Comes At Night), traditionally the red door has been a symbol of sanctuary and also of prosperity. In the Chinese art of Feng Shui, a red door brings positive energy and is seen as 'the mouth of the … Continue reading 4:3 – Red door

4:2 – Burns

Most recently recognisable for appearing in hit 2019 shows Fleabag and Stranger Things, Brett Gelman plays Supervisor Burns at the Silver Mustang Casino. Dougie (Kyle MacLachlan) is brought to his office, where the man appears to be in some distress. His hand is to his throat as though checking to see if his glands are swelling. … Continue reading 4:2 – Burns

4:1 – Mr Jackpots

Las Vegas, and we return to the Silver Mustang Casino. Employees look on with faces that mix anger and worry as Dougie (Kyle MacLachlan) continues to score jackpot after jackpot on the slot machines, each time issuing his signature, "Helloo-oo". We are informed that this number of mega-jackpots has risen to 29 since we left him … Continue reading 4:1 – Mr Jackpots

3:14 – Call for help

Jade (Nafessa Williams) pulls up outside of the Silver Mustang Casino and indicates to Dougie (Kyle MacLachlan) that he should go inside, "someone will help you in there". "In there," parrots Dougie. Jade gives him five dollars and recommends that he call for help. Call for help is the key line of dialogue in Part … Continue reading 3:14 – Call for help

3:9 – Jade gives two rides

Following a time cut, we find Jade (Nafessa Williams) and Dougie (Kyle MacLachlan) leaving the house. One assumes she has helped him to his feet and shown him the way. She locks up. She notices that Dougie has no shoes. He stands there staring into space. When she re-enters the house he follows her in … Continue reading 3:9 – Jade gives two rides