Russ Tamblyn in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

Part 5 is the most conventional episode of Twin Peaks: The Return so far. The supernatural elements are still there, but less emphasized. We are given more character development and introduction. We are allowed to see many of the plot elements move forward. All of this successfully grounds the often insane storyline into something easier to connect to.

Good Coop is still suffering the consequences of being stuck in the Black Lodge for twenty-five years, but he recognizes and enjoys coffee, so that’s a good sign. His affliction is starting to get stale though. If it lasts much longer (say maybe two episodes), I think that will be too much.

We get confirmation that BOB still inhabits Bad Coop, and there is some connection to Jeffries in Buenos Aires and Major Briggs, but I have no idea where that is going to end up but that’s fine with me.

The best part of the episode, bordering on fan service, is the check in with many of the beloved characters from the original series. I loved how Russ Tamblyn’s Dr. Jacoby (now Dr. Amp)’s golden shovels connect the more absurd characters and how the more relatable ones like Shelly (Mädchen Amick) and Norma (Peggy Lipton) are still as caring and sympathetic as ever.

The introduction of Becky (Amanda Seyfreid) leads me to think that she may be following in Laura’s footsteps, and is sure to end in tragedy.

Twin Peaks: The Return Part 5
The Bottom Line
The concept of an eighteen-hour movie seems to be panning out. We have character development, rising action and a depth of story that should hold up in the long-term.
Balancing the new with the old, the familiar with the odd, and all aspects of Lynchian oeuvre.
Can crazy awesome be sustained?