‘Twin Peaks’ Season 3, Episode 12: Hornes Aplenty

Still, part of what’s off is that the world is changing. And over and over, this episode sets the old against the new, while marveling at the contrasts.

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Sometimes Lynch and Frost do it for comic effect, as in one brief scene where Sonny Jim drags Dougie out to his Vegas backyard for an good ol’ game of catch, and promptly bounces the baseball off his fake-dad’s head. At other times, the references to the modern world are fraught with irony, like when Chantal and Gary Hutchens assassinate Warden Murphy and then announce their plans to go get some Wendy’s. And sometimes the show uses modernity for simple plot convenience, such as having Diane use her cellphone to enter coordinates that point her to Twin Peaks.

Mostly, the episode strikes a wistful tone. The momentum that’s energized the show in recent weeks continues, as the plot keeps driving the characters to an inevitable reunion. But this hour also pauses to reflect and to call back to old legacies and traditions.

For example, Gordon and Albert finally explain why they use the term “Blue Rose” for their more paranormally inclined cases, initiating Agent Preston into their secret society by telling her that the Blue Roses are connected to the canceled U.F.O. investigation “Project Blue Book.” Then they call in Diane — who emerges from a thick, reddish-hued curtain that looks unnervingly like the décor in the Black Lodge — and deputize her in the Blue Rose-worthy hunt for Agent Cooper, to which she growls, “Let’s rock,” just like the Man From Another Place did back on the original show.

The most substantial return to the past though involves the Horne family. When Sheriff Truman delivers the news about the murderous Richard Horne to his grandfather Ben — prompting a mournful reverie about Ben’s old green Schwinn bicycle, and a lament that Richard grew up without a father — “Twin Peaks” devotees might’ve recalled for the first time in weeks that there’s been one key Horne conspicuously absent this season.

And then — so unceremoniously that it takes a moment to register her presence — the missing Horne appears for the first time. Sherilyn Fenn, playing Audrey Horne, has an elliptical five-minute conversation…

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