There are plenty of mysteries to keep the not-so-quaint town of Twin Peaks (Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network), not to mention its viewers, busy on a weekly basis, especially given the surprising way everyone has been overanalyzing the most recent episodes.
But while there may not be any further meaning to Jacoby’s shovels, there has definitely always been a face behind a well known yet faceless character: Dale Cooper’s secretary, Diane. And now, after the latest episode, we finally know what she looks like.
Not so surprisingly, the character is being played by Laura Dern — the person we long suspected would assume the role in this revival. That’s mostly because Dern has long been the muse for Twin Peaks mastermind David Lynch, and the role is a pretty iconic, fan favourite one. But also, she’s pretty perfect for the part.
Her appearance on Sunday proved as much. She showed up at a bar while FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield was on the hunt for Cooper. Although the character — complete with a blonde bob wig — only showed up for the briefest of intervals, her entrance into this world was entirely memorable.
Before that moment, all we had to go on was a brief description Cooper gave of his loyal secretary — that she was an “interesting cross between a saint and a cabaret singer.” Given the weird and unpredictable nature of Cooper’s dictation to his secretary, we’d say that’s exactly the kind of description you’d assign to a person doing that job.
As to what kind of role Diane will have in this show going forward? Well that’s kind of hard to tell. But to be perfectly honest, we’re happy just sitting back and letting this show take us there on its own time. Because after all, isn’t that the true beauty of Twin Peaks in the first place?
That’s what Lynch would have us believe, anyhow. In the meantime, it’s nice to meet you Diane. We hope you stick around for a while and enjoy some killer cherry pie and some damn fine coffee.