Now that we're 13 out of 18 episodes into Twin Peaks Season 3, you'd think David Lynch and Mark Frost would be ramping up the tension in anticipation of the two-hour finale. But you'd be wrong. While Episode 13, "What Story Is That, Charlie?," has plenty of plot developments that keep us asking more questions, the supreme lack of rushing in the timing and the script is both wonderful and strange.
However, between arm wrestling and James Hurley pulling a bigger crowd than Nine Inch Nails at the Roadhouse, there were some interesting little Easter Eggs and references. Check 'em out:
1. Is It Future Or Is It Past?
When Bobby enters the Double R and finds Big Ed (finally!) and Norma sitting at a booth, he tells them:
"Well, we found some stuff that my Dad left today."
This might seem like an innocuous phrase, but it's actually the first spoken confirmation that what we're seeing in Season 3 is not being played out in chronological order. If we take it that Bobby is referring to the cylindrical file they got from his mother in Episode 9, that means this part of Episode 13 took place on the same day.
I'm already imagining trying to sort out this utter mindfuck when the season ends. Good thing we've got redditor thecowjumpedovertheM to help us out with that timeline (although I confess to still being confused)!
2. Big Ed's Reflection
Poor old Ed. We had such hopes that he would have found happiness with Norma, but it looks like he's resigned himself to being down in the dumps with his sad Garmonbozia-looking soup. Whether or not he's still married to Nadine is unknown, but the two both seem to be wearing wedding bands. Ugh.
Eagle-eyed redditor spartan048 spotted the fact that Big Ed's reflection in the glass actually doesn't correspond to the movements we see from his real-life body — and it seems like Ed might have even spotted it too. You can see him looking at his reflection (hovering just above the barrel outside) as it picks up the soup cup for several seconds before abruptly glitching back to reality. It's a blink and you'll miss it moment, but it's got the whole Twin Peaks community chattering.
3. Audrey's No Exit
In last week's episode, Audrey might have had T.S. Eliot's The Four Quartets (which starts out with the memorable lines, "Time present and time past / Are both perhaps present in time future / And time future contained in time past.") on a shelf behind her, but this week she was channeling some serious Jean-Paul Sartre vibes. Just as Audrey finds herself seemingly unable to leave the room she's in (or the company of Charlie), the cast of No Exit are stuck in Hell and are unable to find their way out of the room they share. The fact that she doesn't remember how to get to the Roadhouse, and seems terrified and tantalized by the prospect of the "end of her story" is evidence enough that something is terribly wrong.
Several theories about Audrey's circumstance have popped up, including that she is still in a coma after the bank explosion, that she's dead and in some sort of Hell/Purgatory, that she sustained some brain damage after the explosion, or that she's in therapy (but I ain't buying that one for one second). I have to admit that the coma theory, which seemed completely ridiculous last week, appears to have more merit now. Although if she were still in a coma, surely Ben would have lamented the fact Richard didn't grow up with a father or mother, right? What do you guys think is going on?
4. Rabbits And Loops
In the disturbing scene in which Sarah Palmer watches an old wrestling match clip on loop (interrupted by crackling electricity sounds in between) while she guzzles her beverages, there are two rabbit statues that you can see frolicking right next to the TV screen. While Lynch and Frost have basically been teasing us all season about whether or not it is about the bunny, it bears noting that Lynch made an existentialist web-series called Rabbits, and they made cameos in another project of his, Inland Empire.
Another interesting thing to ponder in this sequence is about the fight itself: Could this be one of Bushnell Mullins's (Dougie's boss) fights from his prime? It also looks like Sarah's running out of alcohol again. Time for another trip to the grocery store?
5. Blue Rose Tattoo?
Now, I'm willing to bet that this means nothing, but did you all clock that rose tattoo on Renee's wrist? Before we go any further, it's worth noting that this is an actual tattoo actress Jessica Szohr has on her body. However, it could be one of those coincidences that fits so nicely together from real life that it was incorporated into the script as a happy little red herring, or something more significant. Right now it doesn't seem like Renee is involved in any Blue Rose goings on, but you never know in this town — or is it just me? Or just you (and IIIIIIII)?
Did you notice anything else in Twin Peaks Season 3, Episode 13?