8:3 – She's gone away

We cut to the Roadhouse. Not the first surprise of Part 8; by no means the last. Discordant noise fills the soundtrack as the band on stage build-up the intro to their song. The resident MC (J.R. Starr) announces that the venue is "proud to welcome the Nine Inch Nails" (!) Here the MC gets … Continue reading 8:3 – She's gone away

8:1.2 – Intervention

Angelo Badalamenti's music changes to something altogether more bizarre; a hesitant, jumping piece of music that lilts and bobs as events grow increasingly off-kilter for Ray (George Griffith). Ray looks up and sees a number of Dirty Bearded Men coming toward them through the sparse woodland and shrub of the desert. They're only really visible … Continue reading 8:1.2 – Intervention

8:1 – Night drive

Part 8 is a very special installment of The Return. A detour, if you will, into the past, and into Lynch's more personal, artistic and fascinating approach to exposition. Appropriately, the scenes set in the present all take place at night, giving the hour the feel of something illicit and also, of course, dreamlike. The … Continue reading 8:1 – Night drive

7:17 – Freedom

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 … Continue reading 7:17 – Freedom

7:13 – Quick reflexes

Janey-E (Naomi Watts) guides Dougie (Kyle MacLachlan) out into the foyer of the Lucky 7 Insurance building, telling him about her deal with the moneylenders as they exit out into the plaza. As she scolds him for gambling and instructs him not to do it again, Ike 'The Spike' Statdler (Christoph Zajac-Denek) emerges from the … Continue reading 7:13 – Quick reflexes

7:12 – Fuscos

Back in Las Vegas, we return to the offices of Lucky 7 Insurance. Our arrival is signposted by an establishing shot of the statue of a policeman. At the time of writing, the use of our public spaces to lionise individuals with statues has suddenly become quite debatable. Who ought to be memorialised in this … Continue reading 7:12 – Fuscos

7:11 – Warden Murphy

Mr. C's (Kyle MacLachlan) message to the guard was evidently relayed and had its desired effect. He is led into Warden Murphy's (James Morrison) office by two guards and placed in a seat opposite the warden. The office has a similar feel to the offices of the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department. There are mounted fish … Continue reading 7:11 – Warden Murphy

7:9 – I knew it was going to be you

The agents and Diane (Laura Dern) arrive at Yankton Federal Prison. "Ten minutes," Diane demands, "And I speak to him alone." She is nervous. Tense. "Exactly the way it's gonna be, Diane," Gordon Cole (David Lynch) confirms, "You control the curtain and the microphone." Tammy (Chrysta Bell) chimes in that they are very appreciative. Diane … Continue reading 7:9 – I knew it was going to be you

6:9 – “Battling” Bud

[Apologies for the small delay between posts; a lot has been going on and now, suddenly, not much is going on at all. This might give me time to get back into a Between Two Dougies groove...] Where were we...? Ah, yes. Lucky 7 Insurance. With helpful prompts from Phil Bisby (Josh Fadem), Dougie (Kyle … Continue reading 6:9 – “Battling” Bud

6:1 – Home

We find Dougie (Kyle MacLachlan) where we left him, at the foot of the statue in the plaza, piles of case files pressed against him, now struggling with his sleeve in a manner that is wholly childlike. Johnny Jewel's “Windswept” plays on the soundtrack, and its usage seems sadder than ever. Officer Reynaldo (Juan Carlos … Continue reading 6:1 – Home