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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Twin Peaks: There's Fire Where You Are Going Twin Peaks
There's Fire Where You Are Going"
Season Three, Part 11
Written by Mark Frost & David Lynch
Directed by David Lynch
Original air date: July 16, 2017


The FBI team and Detective Macklay have a disturbing and deadly encounter with a Woodsman; Hawk explains an ancient map to Truman; the Mitchum brothers finally get their hands on Dougie.


Read the episode summary at the Twin Peaks wiki


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


oldest boy playing catch

middle boy playing catch

youngest boy playing catch

Miriam Sullivan

Becky Burnett

Shelly Briggs

Steven Burnett

Norma Jennings

Carl Rodd


Bobby Briggs


Gersten's neighbor (unnamed)

Gersten Hayward

Detective Dave Macklay

Bill Hastings

Gordon Cole

Albert Rosenfield

Tammy Preston

Diane Evans

Major Briggs (mentioned only, deceased)


Ruth Davenport (corpse only)



Carrie, Russ, Ralph (the gun discharge family; mom, dad, son)

honking woman

Deputy Holcomb

Big Ed (mentioned only)

sick girl

Sheriff Frank Truman

Deputy Hawk

Bushnell Mullins

Agent Cooper

Phil Bisby

Anthony Sinclair

Rodney Mitchum

Bradley Mitchum


Al (limo driver)

piano player

old lady slot addict

Denver (son of the old lady)





Didja Notice?


The oldest boy playing catch at the beginning of the episode is Travis Frost, the son of Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost.


At 3:08 on the Blu-ray, an empty Corona Extra bottle is seen on a dresser in Becky's trailer. What may be a Miller High Life beer bottle is also seen on another dresser behind Becky.


Someone called Becky to let her know that Steven was cheating on her with Gersten Hayward. Who made the call?


At 4:02 on the Blu-ray, a mobile home trailer at Fat Trout Trailer Park has a Cenex fuel tank outside it.


At 4:08 on the Blu-ray, Shelly's car is seen to be a 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme with WA license plate LK902NL.


At 5:08 on the Blu-ray, a mobile home at Fat Trout Trailer Park is seen to have WA license plate AEH8817.


At 5:25 on the Blu-ray, Carl Rodd's van is seen to be a 1965 Volkswagen De Luxe Station Wagon with WA license plate ZN38YX. On her website Idyllopus Press, Juli Kearns points out that the VW logo, when turned upside-down, looks rather familiar to us as Twin Peaks viewers; and Carl was abducted in the woods as a child and returned with a tattoo of three triangles when he was a boy (much like the Log Lady and Major Briggs) as revealed in The Secret History of Twin Peaks. Has Carl become a sort of emissary on Earth of the White Lodge?
Carl's van VW logo flipped
Carl's VW van VW logo flipped


At 6:15 on the Blu-ray, Redbird matches are seen on a small desk in Carl's van. This is a real world brand of matches.


Gersten Hayward's apartment building is located at 1601 Timber Lake Drive in Twin Peaks. Gersten is the youngest daughter of Will and Eileen Hayward, seen in one episode of the original series (Episode 8B: "Answers in Dreams"). She is portrayed by the same actress here.


The car in which Gordon, Albert, Tammy, and Diane arrive in Buckhorn at 2240 Sycamore is a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria with government license plate VB2FK.


The Sycamore address of the Buckhorn lot is another allusion to the sycamore trees of Glastonbury Grove near Twin Peaks.


At 13:24 on the Blu-ray, at the Buckhorn location, Albert seems to see that Gordon is caught in a time loop and pulls him out of it.


At 14:44 on the Blu-ray, Albert uses a Samsung smart phone to photograph the corpse of Ruth Davenport they find at the abandoned lot in Buckhorn.


At 16:26 on the Blu-ray, we can see that one of the buildings on the street where the RR Diner is located is Unity Lodge No. 198, the Freemasonic lodge of North Bend, WA. Valley Center Stage playhouse is also located in that building.


This episode confirms that Bobby and Shelly were previously married and Becky is their daughter. It also confirms a current romantic relationship between Shelly and Red, previously hinted at in Part 2: "The Stars Turn and a Time Presents Itself". Bobby doesn't look happy about it, almost as if he still had hope of getting back together with her.


At 20:08 on the Blu-ray, one of the songs on the RR jukebox can be seen to be "Detective Agency" (2015) by Daggers. It is interesting to note that this song could be said to be reflective of Red, whom we see kissing Shelly in this shot:


Though you covered all your tracks
it's a mystery no more
though they never know
we're crashing rumours to the shore.

Walking in the shadows
creeping through the door
people whispering
they don't like you anymore.

Oh my dear, it's too late I fear
won't shed a tear
knives and daggars bleed
but love I'll never fear.

Oh, you're such a nice guy
who everyone adores
people twisting you,
but they shouldn't anymore.
Whitty, funny, big smile.
Nothing that you lack
people twisting you, you share a dagger in the back.

Be careful happy people,

who you do adore
no ones likes a lover
who is rotten to the core.


Is anyone able to identify the other songs seen in the jukebox by their images?



At 20:28 on the Blu-ray, Shelly and Red are seen standing in front of Lucia's Professional Alterations, an actual tailor shop in North Bend.


A gunshot comes through the RR window from outside, (mis-?)fired by a young boy in a passing car, just minutes after Bobby and Shelly are talking with their daughter about her shooting up Gersten Hayward's door. Is this a coincidence? Could Bobby's empathic abilities (as speculated at in the original series and Fire Walk With Me) be coming into play? Was his shock/concern/disappointment in Becky's behavior transmitted outside himself to the young boy? Becky is unremorseful for her actions and the boy only stares blankly at Bobby when he confronts the situation of the discharged firearm. Are Bobby's emotions affecting others around him? Or is he altering the dream in which he and they live (assuming "we live inside a dream")?


At 21:25 on the Blu-ray, we see a sign in the RR window for the three touchstone foods of Twin Peaks (well, besides garmonbozia).

Coffee, pie, donuts


The van in which the family with the discharged gun was in is a 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan SE.


At 22:12 on the Blu-ray, we can see the sheriff cruiser waiting in the RR parking lot (with lights off) even though the car doesn't show up officially until 8 seconds later!


The lady incessantly honking her horn after the gun discharge is driving a 1997 Buick Park Avenue.


Why is the sick girl in the car sick? She appears to be vomiting up a green fluid (bile?). I am reminded of the 1973 film The Exorcist, which has a scene in which a 12-year old girl vomits green fluid after becoming possessed by the Devil. Is the Black Lodge making its presence felt in Twin Peaks, including this affect on the young girl?


At 24:56 on the Blu-ray, Sheriff Frank Truman is using a MacBook Air notebook computer. 


From the satellite images Truman displays on his notebook for Hawk, the coordinates of Jack Rabbit Palace appear to be in the forest near the towns of Northport and Marble, WA (based on a comparison of the images and a scan of Washington on Google Maps).
Truman's satellite image (1) Truman's satellite image (2)
Truman's satellite image (1) Truman's satellite image (2)
Truman's satellite image (3) Jack Rabbit Palace location on Google Maps
Truman's satellite image (3) Location of Jack Rabbit Palace on Google Maps


Sheriff Truman says there is no road leading to the location of Jack Rabbit Palace, "...road's gone." This implies that there was a road in the area at one time.


Hawk makes a number of interesting statements about the ancient animal skin map he possesses:


  • The map is very old, but it is always current; it is a living thing. (Does the map change to resemble the world of a living dream?)
  • Major Briggs' listening post was located on Blue Pine Mountain at a very sacred site. We knew from The Secret History of Twin Peaks that Listening Post Alpha was on Blue Pine Mountain, but not that the particular location was also considered sacred.
  • The fire symbol on the map represents a type of fire, something more like modern day electricity; it can be used for good or bad. In Psychic Self-Defence, author and occultist Dion Fortune states "We have very little exact knowledge concerning these subtle forces which are the basis of both occult attack and spiritual healing, but we have good reason to believe that in their nature they are closely analogous to electricity."
  • If you read the stars depicted on the map, they reveal the same date that Major Briggs' message told them to go to Jack Rabbit Palace (October 1, 2016).
  • Corn is a fertility symbol; but the corn depicted on the map is black, meaning it is diseased or unnatural, representing death.
  • If you combine the sacred fire/electricity with the black corn, you get "black fire".
  • The round, dog-eared symbol on the map (and on Mr. C's playing card) is something "you don't want to know about."


Below are some screen captures of Hawk's map:


Hawk's map (1) Hawk's map (2)
Hawk's map (3) Hawk's map (4)
Hawk's map (5)


What may be a turkey entering the field of black corn is seen on part of Hawk's map (see image 4 above). In Fire Walk With Me, Laura Palmer told James she was "...gone. Long gone, like a turkey in the corn." Is there a relation to Hawk's map?


The number seen on the bottom button of the phone in the sheriff's station conference room is 781-2165. The area code is missing, but the number does not appear to be a legitimate Washington state number; it does exist in many other state area codes.


Gordon's right hand begins shaking, much like some denizens of Twin Peaks found their right hands shaking at intermittent times in the original series.


At 38:28 on the Blu-ray, Bradley Mitchum pours himself a bowl of Kellogg's Raisin Bran cereal for breakfast.


At 39:20 on the Blu-ray, Rodney looks at a Bruno retro-digital alarm clock on a shelf in the Mitchum home. This is a real world brand of clocks.


At 42:17 on the Blu-ray, Planet Hollywood, the MGM Grand, and advertisements for Jersey Boys and Cirque du Soleil are seen on the Vegas strip as Dougie-Cooper is driven in a limousine to meet the Mitchum brothers. A few seconds later, Excalibur, Luxor, Palazzo, and Best Western Plus Casino Royal are seen.


The song that plays as Cooper is driven through Las Vegas is "Viva Las Vegas", performed by Shawn Colvin.


The Mitchum brothers await Cooper's arrival in the desert in a 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S 600.


Rodney wields a Smith & Wesson Model 627 revolver at the desert meeting with Cooper.


Why did Szymon's give Cooper such a large box for his cherry pie?


During dinner with Cooper, Rodney reveals that he and Bradley spent time in an orphanage.


    At first, the piano player in the restaurant during Cooper's dinner with the Mitchum brothers is playing an upbeat tune. Then he changes to a tune that sounds similar, but not exact, to Laura Palmer's theme from the original Twin Peaks soundtrack and Cooper looks towards the player, seeming to hear something familiar in it! The piece is actually called "Heartbreaking" by Angelo Badalamenti. 


The old lady who thanks Cooper at the restaurant and calls him Mr. Jackpots is the woman who benefitted from his advice on what slot machines to play at the Silver Mustang in Part 4: "...Brings Back Some Memories".


When Dougie-Cooper mimics the words "damn good" said by Rodney, he seems to recognize the phrase from his own past. 


Memorable Dialog


a living thing.mp3

a very revered sacred site.mp3

a type of fire.mp3

if you read these stars.mp3


black fire.mp3

you don't ever want to know about that.mp3

there's fire where you are going.mp3

fuck you, Albert.mp3

cherry pie.mp3

damn good.mp3 


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