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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Twin Peaks: We Are Like the Dreamer Twin Peaks
"We Are Like the Dreamer"
Season Three, Part 14
Written by Mark Frost & David Lynch
Directed by David Lynch
Original air date: August 13, 2017


Gordon begins to fill in some blanks; Bobby leads the sheriff and deputies to Jack Rabbit's Palace; Freddie discusses his destiny with James; Sarah goes to a bar for a drink.


Read the episode summary at the Twin Peaks wiki


Didja Know?


In the end credits, this episode is dedicated to David Bowie, who played Agent Phillip Jeffries in Fire Walk With Me.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Gordon Cole

Lucy Brennan

Andy Brennan

Sheriff Frank Truman

Harry Truman (mentioned only)


Laura Palmer (mentioned only)

Agent Cooper (in dreams and visions only)

Mr. C (in Andy's vision only)

Agent Preston

Albert Rosenfield

Lois Duffy (mentioned only, deceased)

Phillip Jeffries (mentioned only)

Diane Evans

window washer (unnamed)

Major Briggs (mentioned only, deceased)


Dougie Jones (mentioned only, deceased)

Agent Randall Headley

Agent Wilson

Monica Bellucci (in Gordon's dream only)

Bobby Briggs

Deputy Chad Broxford


The Fireman

The Experiment

drunk in cell (unnamed)

Freddie Sykes

James Hurley

Jobsworth (slang name)

Sarah Palmer

bartender at Elk's Point (unnamed)

trucker (unnamed, dies in this episode)



Paula (mentioned only)

Billy (mentioned only)

Tina (mentioned only)

Sophie's uncle (mentioned only)

Roadhouse MC (unnamed) 



Didja Notice?


Over the phone from Twin Peaks, Lucy tells Gordon that she and Andy took vacation in Bora Bora one year. Bora Bora is an island in French Polynesia. Ironically, the island itself sports twin peaks, two peaks of an extinct volcano. Gordon seems not to know what to say on his end of the phone when she tells him this; does he know about the twin peaks of Bora Bora and is he contemplating some kind of connection between the two distant locations? Later, we will see him exposed to another symbol of two peaks.


In the FBI's miniature crime lab setup at the hotel in Buckhorn, Albert and Tammy are seen using Apple laptops.


    Albert tells Tammy the origin of the Blue Rose case files, the case of a murder in Olympia, WA in 1975. Albert doesn't go into the details of the murder itself, but explains that young FBI agents Gordon Cole and Phillip Jeffries arrive at a motel to arrest a suspect named Lois Duffy. As they approached the motel room, they hear a gunshot from inside and kick the door in. Inside, they find two identical women, one dying of a gunshot wound on the floor and the other holding a gun. The dying one mutters her last words to them, "I'm like the blue rose," then dies and vanishes before their eyes. The second, identical woman, is screaming and is later put on trial for murder, in which she pleads innocent; she hangs herself during the trial.

    Tammy puts the pieces together that a blue rose does not exist in nature (as PopApostle pointed out in our study of Fire Walk With Me) and immediately comes to the speculation that the Lois Duffy who died in the motel room was not a natural being, she was a tulpa. In The Final Dossier, Tammy's research indicates that a tulpa is a Tibetan mystical term for an entity created or summoned by a dark magician, not necessarily a double (although the Diane double is referred to as a tulpa, as is the Dougie Jones Cooper-double). In modern mysticism, tulpas are not necessarily summoned by only "dark" magicians, and a tulpa can even be a good "imaginary" friend who is somehow "real".

    Albert's story seems to imply then that Blue Rose cases are those that involve, or are believed to involve, tulpas. If that is the case, why was the Teresa Banks murder considered a Blue Rose case (as stated in Fire Walk With Me?). Did Gordon have reason to think that Teresa Banks was a tulpa?

   Are there more tulpas seen in the course of Twin Peaks than we are even directly aware of? Was the Laura Palmer who died 25 years ago merely a tulpa? Was her identical cousin Maddy a tulpa? In Part 12: "Let's Rock", Hawk paid a visit to Sarah Palmer's house and while they conversed at the door, a sound like dishes shifting in the kitchen sink is heard and Hawk asks if someone is there with her, which she denies; could it be that there are two Sarahs living in the Palmer house, the real one and her tulpa?


When Diane sits down in the FBI hotel room at 7:01 on the Blu-ray, notice that a painting in similar style to the other ones hanging on the walls of the room is on the floor, leaning against the wall instead. Was it a painting removed from the wall in order to accommodate the equipment the FBI has brought in?


    Albert tells Diane that Major Briggs died in a fire at his facility 25 years ago. This was related in The Final Dossier, but that same book also states that Briggs' car was found at the bottom of a canyon with a charred, unidentified corpse inside, plus a few of Briggs' teeth. So which location was it?

   Albert then goes on to tell her that Briggs' death in the fire may have been inaccurate, as it now seems he died only a few days ago there in Buckhorn (the body was found in Buckhorn in Part 4: "...Brings Back Some Memories"). Were there then, two bodies? Did Briggs have a tulpa running around either now or 25 years ago?


Albert tells Diane that the coroner found a ring in Briggs' stomach, which was inscribed with "To Dougie with love, Janey-E." When she hears the name Janey-E, she tells them her half-sister Jane goes by the nickname Janey-E and she is married to a man named Dougie Jones in Las Vegas. She says she is estranged from her sister, so is not sure if they still live in Vegas. Apparently, she never met (or even saw a photo of) Dougie, or she would know that he is a double of Cooper!


At 9:22 on the Blu-ray, Agent Headley has an Apple computer on his desk. He also has what appears to be a photo of President Dwight D. Eisenhower on his back wall.


Is there any significance to the window washer whose squeegee squeaks so as to irritate Gordon at the hotel? Is it intended as a queue to the viewer about a person with heightened senses? The audio amplifier Gordon wears to augment his hearing aids has been shown to amplify some sounds more than others; he is shown turning down the amplifier as he grimaces in pain at hearing the window washer's squeegeeing...Albert and Tammy are significantly less bothered by the noise. Gordon's heightened sense in this particular pitch of sound makes him hear something more than the average person; this may be a head's up about the jail cell drunk coming up later in the episode and is he being seen and heard only by Chad (as I speculate several paragraphs below)?


Gordon tells Albert and Tammy that last night he had another Monica Bellucci dream. Monica Bellucci is an Italian model and actress, often considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. Since Gordon said he had another Monica Bellucci dream, the implication is that he has dreamed of her before! Past episodes have shown that he has earned a reputation as a ladies' man, attracted to and enchanting beautiful women.


After Gordon says he had another Monica Bellucci dream, the sound of a man clearing his throat lightly (or something like that) is subtly heard from off-screen. Was it Albert stifling a sarcastic remark?


As Gordon begins relating his Monica Bellucci dream, a repetitive sound is heard in the background. What is it? It brings me to mind of a record playing and hitting a scratch during each rotation, but it is much more industrial sounding than a record player. Also, it is accompanied by a steady electrical hum.


In the flashback of Gordon's dream, he meets Monica Bellucci at Creperie Plougastel in Paris, France. The Hotel Renoir is also seen down the street. The car parked on the curb is a 2009 Volkswagen Golf.


Gordon's sidewalk Paris cafe dream puts me in mind of the sidewalk Paris cafe scene in the 2010 film Inception. In that scene, the character of Ariadne is abruptly shown that she is inside someone else's dream.


In Gordon's dream, Monica Bellucci interlaces the fingers of her hands in such a way that they seem to form twin peaks. Is she trying to inform him to go back to Twin Peaks? Is she hinting that the dreamer she speaks of is in Twin Peaks? Recall that earlier, Gordon had called to the Twin Peaks sheriff's station and Lucy had mentioned to him her vacation in Bora Bora, an island that has a twin peaks of dual volcanos. Way back in the original series in Episode 4: "The One-Armed Man", Cooper had said, "When two events occur simultaneously pertaining to the same object of inquiry, one must always pay strict attention."


    Gordon tells Albert and Tammy that Monica used the ancient phrase "We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives inside the dream." This is a passage from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, one of the oldest Hindu scriptures. The quote is more realized in the Upanishad as "We are like the spider. We weave our life and then move along in it. We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives in the dream. This is true for the entire universe." David Lynch also points to this quote himself when he is asked about how to interpret his 2006 film Inland Empire.

    Monica then whispers, "But who is the dreamer?" Is it Cooper? Cooper was also in Gordon's dream, but his face is obscured.


The portion of Gordon's dream that takes place in the old Philadelphia office are scenes from Fire Walk With Me. The voice of Phillip Jeffries in these scenes is not that of actor David Bowie as originally performed in Fire Walk With Me, but that of actor Nathan Frizzell. Bowie had been approached to make a cameo in season three, but failing health (due to liver cancer) prevented his participation. Bowie allowed his scenes from Fire Walk With Me to be used, but asked that his voice be replaced by a genuine Louisiana actor, as he was unhappy with his accent in the film.


Gordon says he had forgotten about Cooper's concern about a dream and Jeffries' appearance (see the previous paragraph about the scene from Fire Walk With Me) and Albert gets a quizzical look on his face and says, "Yes. I'm beginning to remember that too." This may suggest that the timeline had previously been altered, so they forgot about these events, but are able to vaguely recall them when reminded that they occurred.


The shot of the mountaintop forest near Twin Peaks at 15:52 on the Blu-ray is of the same area seen during the opening credits of this season. The same building can be seen hidden among the trees, possibly Listening Post Alpha (see comments about this in the study of Part 1: "My Log Has a Message for You"). Yet, as Bobby hikes along an old forest road with Truman, Hawk, and Andy, he says his father's listening post was just up the way, but, "Nothing left of it now." If the facility is gone, what is it we saw on the mountaintop just minutes earlier and in the opening credits every week? If the facility does still exist and it is Listening Post Alpha, who is manning it now with Milford and Briggs dead and Cooper MIA for the past 25 years?


    When Bobby and the rest arrive at Jack Rabbit's Palace, he says he and his father used to sit there and make up great tall tales. What were these tall tales about? Was there some truth to them based on his father's knowledge of the White and Black Lodges and what was going on around the area?

    Bobby goes on to say that his father had told him to never wander around there without him.


After hiking beyond Jack Rabbit's Palace, Bobby and the rest discover a spot that seems to be a sort of opposite of Glastonbury Grove (where the entrance to the Black Lodge was located). It has a pool of liquid that is white-gray in color, as opposed to the black oil pool in Glastonbury Grove; there is also a solitary sycamore there, not twelve as seen in the grove. It seems this may be the ingress/egress of the White Lodge.


    During his time in the other place with the Fireman, Andy is shown various scenes of events from past and future episodes of the series, including from the original series and Fire Walk With Me.

    One of the future-scenes depicts Andy positioning Lucy in the proper spot outside Sheriff's Truman's office to shoot Mr. C when he starts to pull his gun on the sheriff. When the shooting scene finally takes place in the timeline in Part 17: "The Past Dictates the Future", Andy doesn't position her, because he was in the holding area at the time dealing with Chad. Did Andy's astral form travel from the past of his meeting with the Fireman to "now" (Part 17: "The Past Dictates the Future") and position Lucy without us seeing it?


    Who is the "drunk" man held in a cell at the sheriff's station? He is referred to only as "Drunk" in the closing credits and he appears in the next few episodes as well. Why are his only words/sounds in mimicry of those around him? Is he like Dougie? Is he actually a drunk (implying inebriated from liquor) or is he a victim of the recreational drugs that have been proliferating in Twin Peaks this season? Why is he so beat up, almost diseased-looking? Why is he constantly bleeding from the mouth? Why does he have a tied-on napkin covering a lesion on his face? Wouldn't the sheriff's department have provided him some basic first aid before incarcerating him...maybe even taken him to the hospital?

    Notice that none of the deputies or prisoners around him seem to pay any attention to him except for Chad in the cell across from him, here and in later episodes. Could it be that no one besides Chad can see and hear him?? If so, why? Does it tie in thematically to the window washer I discussed earlier in this study? Both Gordon and Chad seem to experience more in the same scene than their fellow characters, Gordon due to his hearing device and, possibly, Chad due to use of designer drugs.


Notice that Lucy seems to be impressed by Andy standing up to Chad's insults.


Under protective custody in the jail cell, Naido makes sounds that are similar to that of a monkey. Is there any connection to the monkey seen briefly in connection with the room above the convenience store in Fire Walk With Me?


At 33:49 on the Blu-ray, notice that the Great Northern security patches worn on James' and Freddie's shoulders feature a totem face like the one seen painted on the walls of the hotel lobby and Ben's office.

Great Northern Hotel security patch


Freddie calls James "Jimmy".


James and Freddie wear Motorola walkie-talkies in their jobs as security guards.


James tells Freddie that today is his birthday. It (more-or-less) seems to be October 1, 2016 in this episode. However, the Twin Peaks card set published by Star Pics Inc. in 1991 indicates that James' birth date is January 1 (1973).


When James asks Freddie how he got the green garden glove that is stuck on his right hand, Freddie responds that he's not supposed to tell. According to who? The Fireman? When Freddie agrees to tell James the story, he says the Fireman told him where to get the glove, but he never mentions whether the Fireman told him not to tell anybody the truth behind it.


Freddie tells James he is from London Town (simply another name for London, England).


Freddie paraphrases some lyrics from the Beatles' 1967 song "A Day in the Life". He says "I got up, got out of bed. Dragged a comb across me head. And I went downstairs and had a cup." The actual lyrics are:

Woke up, fell out of bed
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup.

The last line of the stanza is, interestingly, "And everybody spoke and I went into a dream."


Freddie tells James it was about 6 months ago that he obtained the green glove.


Freddie tells James that the Fireman told to him to buy an opened package of garden gloves that would have only the right-hand glove in it at his nearby hardware store. Freddie goes to the store and finds the opened package just as described, but when he brings the package to the clerk to purchase it, the clerk refuses to sell it to him on account that it has been opened. Freddie says that where he comes from, they call a bloke like that a jobsworth, "...a person who delights in acting in an obstructive or otherwise unhelpful manner." Freddie's definition of a jobsworth seems to have been borrowed almost verbatim from internet sources (possibly Wikipedia): "A jobsworth is a person who uses their job description in a deliberately uncooperative way, or who seemingly delights in acting in an obstructive or unhelpful manner."


Freddie uses a number of other British slang terms as he tells James about his acquisition of the green glove:


  • "I put me bees on the counter..." "Bees" (usually with "and honey") means money.
  • "Jobsworth puts a tackle on me worthy of a red card..." A "red card" is shown by the referee in rugby when a player breaks a rule.
  • "I popped Jobsworth one in the loaf with me green glove." "Loaf" means "head".
  • "I fear I've snapped his Gregory." "Gregory" is short for Gregory Peck, which itself is Cockney rhyming slang for "neck". Gregory Peck (1916-2003) was a world-renown American actor.


After his conversation with Freddie, James goes to the Great Northern's basement to check the furnace. He finds a closed door down there. This is the same door that Cooper will later unlock and enter in Part 17: "The Past Dictates the Future". There doesn't seem to be any particular reason that we should see James here now.


    Sarah visits Elk's Point Bar #9. This is a fictitious establishment, shot at the real world Smokey Joe's Tavern, 38600 SE King St, Snoqualmie, WA. At 43:59 on the Blu-ray, a neon sign for Corona Light is seen in the bar's window. Inside the bar, signs for Budweiser, Pabst, and Guinness are seen. Bottles and cans of Corona, Pabst, Coors, Rainier, and Hamm's are also seen in a refrigerator cabinet. Spigot handles for Rolling Rock, Widmer, and Bud Light are seen. A bottle of Malibu rum is seen behind the bar counter.

   Sarah seems to be a stranger at this bar. Why does she come here now? Is this supposed to be the same night she ran out of vodka at home for her Bloody Marys in Part 13: "What Story is That, Charlie?", too late at night in a small town like Twin Peaks to pick up a bottle of vodka at the supermarket, so she goes to a bar?


The trucker who hassles Sarah is wearing a t-shirt that has "TRUCK YOU" printed on it. The lettering on the t-shirt looks like the writing style of David Lynch. The man is drinking a bottle of Rainier beer.


    In her confrontation with the trucker, Sarah removes her face, in much the same manner as Laura did in the Red Room with Cooper in Part 2: "The Stars Turn and a Time Presents Itself", but instead of the bright light seen inside Laura, she reveals a black void, with what may be the face of the Experiment inside.

   Then, a hand floating inside the black-and-white world of Sarah's opened face has an enlarged, darkened ring finger on it. The ring finger was also identified as the "spiritual mound" by Gordon to Tammy in Part 7: "There's a Body All Right". So maybe the dark finger on this hand represents Sarah's "dark spirit".

    The hand seems to remove the Experiment's face, to reveal a sort of dark version of Laura's smile from her homecoming photo. The teeth on the smile inside her head are dotted with small stains.


Does this current revelation of a dark side to Sarah suggest that both of Laura's parents were possessed, not just Leland? But, if the Experiment is Judy (only speculation at this point), wouldn't BOB/Mr. C already know how to find Judy (simply pay a visit to Sarah Palmer's house)?


At the Roadhouse, Sophie tells Megan to stop going to "the nuthouse" and "nut place" for drugs. Is she referring to an actual psychiatric treatment facility in or near town? If so, might it also be the facility that Audrey Horne is currently held at (if she is at such a treatment facility as hinted at the end of Part 16: "No Knock, No Doorbell" and The Final Dossier)?


Sophie is drinking a bottle of American Colonial beer. This is a fictitious prop brand.


Megan tells Sophie that Billy came to her house while she and her mom, Tina, were there. Presumably this is the same Tina who was also mentioned in Audrey and Charlie's discussion in Part 12: "Let's Rock" (both Tinas are said to have been the last person to see Billy). This would seem to suggest that there is some "reality" to the Audrey scenes this season (and not being entirely in her imagination as hinted at the end of Part 16: "No Knock, No Doorbell"). Are the Audrey scenes "real"...or could she, in whatever psychiatric state she's in, be participating in a "shared dream" of the world even when not technically asleep?


Megan says that when he showed up, Billy was bleeding from his nose and mouth. This sound like the so-called drunk held at the sheriff's station. Are they one-and-the-same? If so, that might invalidate the earlier "man seen only by Chad theory." Megan talks about using drugs at home; could it be that only people who are abusing a certain kind of drug (sparkle or other type heard of spreading through Twin Peaks) see this person (we know Chad is involved with drugs as well, from Part 5: "Case Files")?


At the end of the episode, singer/songwriter Lissie performs her song "Wild West".


At 54:31 on the Blu-ray, the band is seen to have an Orange audio amplifier on stage.


Memorable Dialog


is that you, Lucy?.mp3

coffee time.mp3

another Monica Bellucci dream.mp3

who is the dreamer?.mp3

Jack Rabbit's Palace.mp3

not very polite.mp3

do you really want to fuck with this?.mp3

sure is a mystery.mp3


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