Mr. C’s Plan for Cooper: The Complete Narrative

Synopsis

Mr. C has plan for everything. He wants to stay out of the Lodge, and he wants to find that Ace of Spades thing. In order to stay out of the Lodge for good, he needs to get rid of Coop. How does he plan to do this? And what else does need to accomplish around Coop? Below are Mr. C’s motivations, plans, and intentions for the fate of his alter, Dale Cooper.

 

The Facts

 

  • In Episode 2, The Arm tells Cooper that, “He must come back in before you can go out,” in reference to Cooper leaving the Waiting Room
  • In Episode 2, Mr. C Says that he’s supposed to return to the Black Lodge the next day. The mysterious voice on the phone also says he’s going to return to the Black Lodge
  • In the season 2 finale, we meet the doppelganger of The Arm. He looks exactly like the Man From Another Place, but with the same opaque eyes as Doppel-Coop. He then says, “doppelganger,” angrily.

 

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  • In Episode 2, The Arm tells Cooper that, “He must come back in before you can go out,” in reference to Cooper leaving the Waiting Room
  • In Episode 2, Mr. C Says that he’s supposed to return to the Black Lodge the next day. The mysterious voice on the phone also says he’s going to return to the Black Lodge
  • In Episode 2, Hawk travels out to Glastonbury Grove. On his way up, Margaret calls him, and he answers her that, “Once again, your log and I are on the same page.” When he gets to the Grove, the red curtains start flashing.
  • In Episode 2, the Arm’s Doppelganger messes up Coop’s exit, and throws him into “nonexistence.”
  • In Episode 2, Coop travels quickly to the Glass Box after plunging into nonexistance
  • The Glass Box then transports him back into the ‘nonexistance’ world, where he ends up in the Mauve Zone at Naido’s Palace
  • In Episode 3, in Naido’s Palace, Coop talks forward. The American Girl talks backward
  • When Naido pulls the level above her Palace, the room below changes to the American Girl’s Room
  • As Coop is leaving, the American Girl describes where he’s going: “When you get there, you will already be there.”
  • In Episode 14, Andy describes Naido; “There are people who want here dead…it’s very important [we keep her safe].”
  • In Episode 15, a Woodsmen in the Convenience Store pulls a lever to open the hallway for Mr. C to visit Jeffries
  • In Episode 16, Diane-Tulpa recounts the night Mr. C raped Diane-Original and created Diane-Tulpa
  • In Episode 17, Mr. C travel through the Jackrabbit’s Palace portal. He is shown appearing in the Fireman’s theater room, coming out of the room with thousands of machines like Naido’s, all connected to the ceiling.

 

Analysis

Summary

Because this post is so long, I’ve included a tl;dr here at the top. Basically, Mike and The Arm try to get Coop out of the Lodge into Glastonbury Grove. Doppel-Arm disrupts the plan, and sends Coop to the Glass Box. The Box (which Mr. C built) then shepherds Coop to Naido’s Palace. Naido is waiting there, and pull the lever switching Coop over to Doppel-Ronette’s room, who then makes sure he replaces Dougie. The 3-machine that transports Coop also wipes his memory and removes his FBI pin, leaving him vulnerable and available for Mr. C to murder, which he attempts to do by taking out multiple hits on Dougie-Coop. Then, with Coop dead, Mr. C would attract the BRTF to him, where they would think they’d found the missing Coop, and close up the case file on the missing FBI agent, leaving Mr. C to roam around suspicion-free.

The Full Story

Before we dive into the full plan, let’s do a quick recap and summary of what Mr. C was trying to do:

 

Leaving the Waiting Room Out the Back Door

Mr. C’s first objective is to get Coop out of the Waiting Room. This would be easy enough normally; it seems like Coop was going to leave anyway around that time. However, Mr. C also needed Coop in a situation that Mr. C could design. Ideally, that would be in Dougie’s place– we know Mr. C is already using Dougie for a couple other reasons, and Mr. C seems to have an iron grip on Vegas as it is.

So how does Mr. C get Cooper to end up in Vegas? Since Mr. C doesn’t seem to have direct access to the Waiting Room himself, he has to employ the help of another doppelganger– the Doppelganger of the Arm.

back in the season 2 finale, we first meet the Arm’s doppelganger. he looks like the Man From Another Place, except he has the same glassy eyes as doppel-Coop. They seem to be created at the same time, and are both used / a part of Bob’s cohort of creatures. It makes sense the two of them would be in cahoots.

 

The Arm's Doppelganger
The Arm’s Doppelganger
courtesy of whatculture.com

 

True to form, anytime the Doppel-Arm interferes, we hear the telltale Scratchy Electricity Sound signaling its involvement.  Likewise, anytime something goes wrong in Coop’s exit, the scene is punctuated by a close up shot of the Venus statue that, as we find out, is actually Doppel-Arm in disguise. The Doppelganger messes with Coop’s exit three times:

  • It blocks the initial exit to Glastonbury Grove. Coop tries the Red Room exit to the Grove, and there’s a jump cut showing it blocked off.

 

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  • It creates a fake extension of the Red Room that Coop mistakenly enters. At this point we get Mike saying, “something’s wrong,” and we’re signaled that this new Red Room is manufactured, because it starts to detach from the rest of the Waiting Room.

 

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Coop enters the “manufactured” Red Room
The Fake Waiting Room Splits Away
The Fake Waiting Room Splits Away

 

 

  • Finally, Coop is still on track (or so it appears) to leave the Waiting Room through Mr. C’s car outlet. Here the Doppel makes it’s appearance: it morphs into place and throws Coop out of the Waiting Room, into “nonexistence.”

 

 

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The Glass Box

Thanks to Doppel-Arm, Coop’s out of the Waiting Room, and into the nether-zone. So what’s next in Mr. C’s plan? Well, somehow, he needs to get Coop into Dougie’s place (Remember, according to Mr. C’s plan to stay out of the Lodge, Dougie should already be gone by the time Coop gets out). This is where the Glass Box that Mr. C built in New York comes in.

 

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After plunging into the nonexistent water, Coop flies through space. At first glance, that seems like the Doppel-Arm’s goal: plunge Coop into nether-zone exile. However, Coop’s only there briefly– he almost immediately arrives at the Glass Box. Considering how quickly Coop travels, and how linear is his path to Glass Box, it looks like Doppel-Arm was sending Coop off, instead of simply banishing him.

Now it’s the box’s turn. Should Coop exit here? We know, from the Final Dossier, that the primary purpose of this box was to summon The Experiment. Mr. C wouldn’t want Coop to find out about the reality of that place, nor would he want Coop’s body to be discovered there and unravel his science project. Likewise, he couldn’t have Coop killed there and then the body hidden; he needed Coop’s body discovered to keep the Blue Rose Task Force off his back. Instead, Mr. C has the Box transport Coop one more time: to Naido’s Palace.

 

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Naido’s Palace: The Junction

 

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How did Mr. C get Coop to Naido’s Palace? How does he have access to the Mauve Zone at all?

We know the Mauve Zone is accessible through the Convenience Store. We also know that Mr. C created Diane-Tulpa, and also was responsible for creating Naido and putting her in Naido’s Palace. It makes sense that he’d also use that space to transport Coop where he needed him to go.

Here’s where things get a little mysterious.

Naido seems to have a very important role in all this, and we have to wonder why. Why leave Diane alive at all after raping her? Why put her in charge of shepherding Coop out of the Mauve zone? Why would she help Mr. C at all?

Mr. C kept Naido alive for two reasons: he needed someone who didn’t look like a threat to Cooper, and he needed someone to pull the lever above the Palace.

 

 

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The Lever

Why would Mr. C need that lever at all? There are multiple scenes with both levers, and those strange machines like the one above Naido’s Palace. There’s fairly strong evidence these machines are how the Fireman and the Lodge Creatures use electricity to travel. The full details are for another post, however let’s look at two particular moments:

  • In Episode 15, a Woodsmen in the Convenience Store pulls a lever to open the hallway for Mr. C to visit Jeffries
  • In Episode 17, Mr. C travel through the Jackrabbit’s Palace portal. He is shown appearing in the Fireman’s theater room, coming out of the room with thousands of machines like Naido’s, all connected to the ceiling.

Like The Woodsman’s lever, this machine was needed to change the room accessible through Naido’s metal box staircase.

Why not just send Coop directly to the 3-machine box in the first place? I couldn’t say for sure, but I imagine the two rooms functioned as an arrival point, and a departure point for Coop. For whatever reason, the physics of the Mauve Zone, or Mr. C’s abilities there, wouldn’t let him have one room serve both purposes. He needed a switch between them, and someone to pull that switch.

 

Diane / Naido’s Motivations

 

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Why would Naido do Mr. C’s bidding here? It’s clear from the scene that she recognizes Coop (she puts her hands on his face) and wants to protect him. It’s unclear how much she knows about the doppelganger business, but based on Diane-Tulpa’s recounting in episode 16, she must know something.

All Mr. C would need to do is convince her the 15-machine in her room would lead to Coop’s death. No only does she seem convinced, but based on the sound effects in this scene, that machine might actually have killed Coop. The threat of Coop accidentally using that as transport would be more than enough to get Naido to move him to the next room.

 

 

 

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The Plan For Naido’s Palace

Here was Mr. C’s plan: Put Diane / Naido in the Palace. When Coop arrived, Diane would be unable to communicate her actual identity or past to Coop. She would take Coop up to the roof, and pull the lever, switching the room in the Palace from Naido’s room to the American Girl’s residence.

At this point, Ronette’s Doppelganger is there to make sure Coop leaves in the tight window after Dougie disappears. We see her check her watch, and at 2;53, she knows both that he needs to move quickly, and that he will be taking Dougie’s place. Likewise, since we’ve already seen that Doppel-arm is helping Mr. C, it makes sense the other doppelgangers would be willing to help him too.

At the crucial moment, Doppel-Ronette would shepherd Coop through the 3-machine.

 

 

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As Dougie is leaving, the 3-machine does two more things:

  • It renders Coop catatonic, leaving him vulnerable for Mr. C’s hired killers (well, except for Ike). If you look closely, you can actually see the exact moment it happens:

 

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In this scene, you can actually hear Coop become Dougie-Coop

 

  • It removes the FBI pin from Coop’s lapel. Mr. C wouldn’t want anybody asking questions about Dougie’s new FBI pin all of a sudden. We know the machine has this capability, because it also removes his shoes.

Getting Rid of Coop Once and For All

Finally, Cooper is out of the Waiting Room. He’s catatonic, docile, and lying in place of Dougie-Tulpa.

 

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Dale Cooper lying on the floor in Dougie's place
notice: no FBI pin

 

Dale Cooper is right where Mr. C wants him. With Coop unable to defend himself, Mr. C takes out a series of hits against Dougie-Coop, murdering him and ending the one person (ostensibly) most capable of stopping the Doppelganger.

We know this fails, though, because Mike gets in the way. He uses his powers, and some luck, to guide a helpless Dougie-Coop through the minefield Mr. C has set up for him.

 

Bonus: Closing the Case on Special Agent Dale Cooper

But what if Mike hadn’t? What if Coop had been left on his own, and summarily executed by Mr. C? Why was it so important he be found as Dougie?

I explain in more detail here, but essentially, Cooper’s corpse would provide false closure for the Blue Rose Task Force. With Mr. C guiding the BRTF to Dougie through Diane-Tulpa, eventually they would find him after he’d been murdered. They would assume Cooper had run off, married Janey-E, and created a new life in Vegas. They would close the case on Special Agent Dale Cooper, leaving Mr. C free to pursue his criminal misdeeds without worrying about the FBI. Finally, Diane-Tulpa would kill the BRTF, ending the existence of anyone who had any knowledge of Mr. C to begin with.

 

 

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