Twin Peaks: The Return Part 12 Review

“That Boy Has Never Been Right”

in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Courtesy of SHOWTIME

Part 12 is another example of where I have to remind myself that this is only a small part of a much larger piece. Two-thirds of the way through Lynch’s magnum opus and is should not be too disconcerting that we have a lot of name drops and seemingly unrelated character points. I know where we are at and what I am looking at but I still find it frustrating. What this tells me is that I will have to rewatch, if not 18 hours all the way through, then at least six-hour chunks to get a better sense of the deliberate narrative flow.

At least Audrey is back. There’s that. Otherwise very little of consequence or importance happened in this episode. Sheriff Frank Truman informs Ben Horne that Richard killed the boy and beat up the teacher, so the whole line of questioning about the letter is irrelevant now, but if Miriam dies it might come up again.

That Audrey is unhappily married in some kind of contractual agreement, and cheating with the guy who owned the truck that Richard killed the boy with is interesting, I guess, but smacks of more unnecessary detail that is not all that relevant. But it is all wait and see at this point. Like Brother Jerry emerging from the woods disheveled and confused, I supposed I’ll come to my senses soon enough.

Twin Peaks: The Return Part 12
The Bottom Line
Exposition and introduction of a familiar character and some new ones move the story without much in the way of revelation. Wait and see. Wait and see!
Hawk delivers the humanity and focus that The Return needs.
Impatience and fatigue are unavoidable at this point.