6:8 – Ike ‘The Spike’ Stadtler

At a motel, a diminutive bald hit-man named Ike 'The Spike' Stadtler (Christophe Zajac-Denek) sits before a mirror rolling dice. On the desk in front of him is a bottle of Bulleit bourbon, a measure poured in a glass, a salt seller, a notebook and pencil, and the lethally sharp spiked instrument that evidently gives … Continue reading 6:8 – Ike ‘The Spike’ Stadtler

6:7 – Red square

A couple of short scenes worth dealing with in quick succession now. Firstly, back to Vegas, Mr Todd (Patrick Fleischer) receives a coded message on his laptop in the form of a red square. By now we've readily come to assume that this must be from Mr. C, who seems to have an array of … Continue reading 6:7 – Red square

6:6 – 324810-6

The next few scenes link together as one sequence. At the Double R diner, a woman named Miriam Sullivan (Sarah Jean Long) sits in a booth talking to Heidi (Andrea Hays) about cupcakes. The two women giggle together about deserts. Shelly (Mädchen Amick) chimes in that Miriam is one of their best pie customers (a … Continue reading 6:6 – 324810-6

6:5 – Carl Rodd

An establishing shot reveals a new location for the show; the 'NEW' Fat Trout Trailer Park. The 'old' Fat Trout Trailer Park was situated in Deer Meadow where Teresa Banks was murdered in 1988. Indeed, Teresa Banks lived at the Far Trout Trailer Park and it was the last place that Agent Chester Desmond was … Continue reading 6:5 – Carl Rodd

6:4 – The magician longs to see

Out at a sawmill (the lumber trade remains a prolific source of employment in the Pacific Northwest), Richard Horne (Eamon Farren) meets with Red (Balthazar Getty) - previously seen at the Roadhouse at the end of Part 2. They meet in a shed riddled with bullet holes, the locale evoking a mix of the grim … Continue reading 6:4 – The magician longs to see

6:3 – No Gene Kelly

Cut to FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield (Miguel Ferrer) driving through pouring rain at night. He is in an inner city area. He thanks Gordon Cole (David Lynch) sarcastically, given that he has to endure evident discomfort while the deputy director is at home or in bed somewhere. Cole, it transpires, is on the phone and … Continue reading 6:3 – No Gene Kelly

5:19 – Windswept

Part 5 closes out with a return to the passive Dougie Jones (Kyle MacLachlan), still standing in the plaza outside Lucky 7 Insurance as dusk creeps in. He remains as we left him, clutching the stack of case files, seemingly hypnotised by the statue of a lawman that stands in the middle of that public space. … Continue reading 5:19 – Windswept

5:17 – One phone call

Lynch and Frost have a number of ways of making their villains seem sinister or threatening. The way Lynch implements certain drones and tones in the score, for instance. In the writing, one such device has been to give these antagonists the upper hand in some way that baffles or bewilders the so-called 'white hats'. … Continue reading 5:17 – One phone call

5:15 – Trouble

Our visit to the Roadhouse this time isn't at the very end of the episode, but here - the first time The Return has broken formula since it established the closing songs at the end of Part 2. The band Trouble play a jazzy stomp called 'Snake Eyes' that was written especially for the scene. … Continue reading 5:15 – Trouble

5:14 – Colonel Davis

Now, continuing Part 5's short, sharp tour of contrasting characters scattered across the 'world' of The Return, we meet two new ones. In Arlington, Virginia (our first stop in that state), we take a brief trip to the Pentagon. Inside, Colonel Davis (Ernie Hudson) sits behind his desk. Two quite unusual lamps are present (of … Continue reading 5:14 – Colonel Davis