TV Club: A stage-setting Twin Peaks tells a story about telling a story

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Twin Peaks’ “The Return, Part 10” is a story about telling a story: what to include, what to leave out, and what gets covered over and over, by intent or accident. It’s also about how easy it is to get sidetracked by an attractive distraction.

Naomi Watts (Screenshot: Twin Peaks)

Finally getting the man she thinks is her husband to the doctor’s office, Janey-E Jones begins to tell Dr. Ben (John Billingsley) about Dougie’s peculiar behavior over the past week. But as the patient disrobes, she’s so beguiled by his surprisingly muscular form that even Janey’s seemingly endless patter of complaints peters out.

Janey’s not alone. Dr. Ben should notice that his patient barely speaks, seems befuddled by the most familiar medical instruments, and cannot follow simple commands, but he, too, is distracted by what he believes to be a remarkable improvement in Dougie …