While Episode 12 of Twin Peaks Season 3 might have been a disappointment for those who were thirsting for 11's perfect blend of humor and plot development, there's no denying that the story definitely inched forward, and some important things happened. From Sarah Palmer's trip to the supermarket to Audrey's knowingly anticlimactic reappearance (+ Billy + Chuck + Tina + Paul), there was plenty there to scratch our heads over. But amongst the red wine and the Turkey Jerky, there were some interesting Easter Eggs and references to dissect too. Let's rock!
1. An Homage To Stanley Kubrick
There was a lot to take in during the Blue Rose indoctrination scene. We got a clear-cut explanation of what Blue Rose cases are, and we were all keeping a close eye on Diane throughout. However, one small but lovely detail might have passed you by. Eagle-eyed redditor evanthebevan noticed that the carpet in the room has the same pattern as the one in The Shining's Overlook Hotel, paying tribute to one of David Lynch's favorite directors, Stanley Kubrick.
2. Diane Comes Through The Red Curtains
Just after the aforementioned Blue Rose indoctrination of Tammy, Cole receives a message that Diane is coming. They look up as she comes into the room through red curtains, a symbol I'm sure most die-hard Peaks fans didn't miss. As we know, the Black Lodge (and/or the Waiting Room) is lined with red curtains, and throughout Lynch's work they've been used to signal a change into another dimension. While nothing too out of the ordinary occurs during this scene, it is interesting to note that Diane is the one to utter the infamous line "Let's rock," which, along with being the title of the episode, is also usually said inside the Lodge by devious entity the Man From Another Place/the OG Arm.
3. The Ceiling Fan Is On Again
Introducing the creepiest scene of the season so far, the ceiling fan is once again rotating menacingly in the Palmer household. Like the red curtains, the ceiling fan has many symbolic meanings, all of which will never be made fully explicit. In the original series, we see the fan rotating ominously before terrible events happen, and in Fire Walk With Me it is implied that turning on the fan is part of Leland's ritual of drugging Sarah and raping Laura in her room. The sound of the fan not only blocks out some noise but it also connects to electricity — and we know the importance that has in connecting entities of the Black Lodge to the real world.
Now, what the ceiling fan means in the context of this scene is still unclear, but given Sarah's deranged demeanor when she answers the door, it seems like something sinister is once more happening again in the Palmer house. Who knows, maybe she's in the process of murdering the boy who came to deliver her groceries? Maybe she has some Woodsmen over for tea?
4. 'I Don't Have A Crystal Ball'
Now, this might just be Lynch and Frost injecting some of their golden, ironic Peaks humor into the show, but you might not have noticed that Charlie — despite his vehement denial in retaliation to Audrey's taunts about him seeing the future — literally has a crystal ball on his desk. Charlie, you liar!
5. 'She's Here Visiting A Friend Of Her Mother, Whose Daughter Has Gone Missing'
There was something a little odd about that prolonged scene with Cole and the French woman (Berenice Marlohe). Her exaggerated movements and facial expressions certainly caught more than Cole's eye, but could they have been some sort of code? Many on the internet were quick to draw a parallel between her and Lil the Dancer, whom we met at the beginning of Fire Walk With Me. Lil was presented to agents Chet Desmond and Sam Stanley by Cole himself as "my mother's sister's girl," which is similar to the way he describes the French woman to Albert in Season 3: "She's here visiting a friend of her mother, whose daughter has gone missing." In the scene, Lil does a kind of interpretive dance, which is later dissected by Agent Chet Desmond (who coincidentally got his first Season 3 mention in this episode), gleaning meaning from the way she moved, her clothing, her facial expressions, and that curious blue rose on her shirt.
Whether or not this was indeed code is up for debate, and Albert's expression remained almost impassive throughout the scene. Perhaps this is just Cole's penchant for getting involved with younger women making a Lynchian appearance, or perhaps the entire future of the show was just explained to us. What do you think?
Did you notice anything else in Twin Peaks Season 3, Episode 12?