The two scenes are well-known to fans, one from Fire Walk With Me and one from S2 premeire “May the Giant be WIth You” (Episode 8).
I’ll first identify some similarities between these two scenes, then explain why I believe the similarities are intentional, and finally try to speculate as to the significance or “meaning” behind it all.
- An FBI agent returns after some time away.
- There is an unusual sequence of dialogue, similar and delivered similarly. Compare in particular Andy’s “Do you know who it is” (while pointing) to Jeffries’ “Who do you think this is there” (while pointing).
- Jeffries’ figurative “bumps on the old noggin” (damaged mental condition) mirror Andy’s literal one. Andy (a more mundane character) suffers a physical injury while unwittingly stumbling upon an important clue in the real-world investigation, while Jeffries (a more mystical character) has stumbled upon startling cosmic truths to the detriment of his own mental state.
- As viewers have noted, there are continuity errors in the way Albert’s entrance is filmed in Episode 8 (he removes his sunglasses three separate times). I don’t argue that this is intentional but Fire Walk With Me seems to echo this in, yet again, this same scene, when Cooper observes real-life “continuity errors” on the security cameras surrounding Jeffries’ entrance.
- Jeffries' bloody countenance (in Missing Pieces portion of the scene) mirrors Andy’s, and his restless sitting/standing, up-and-down positionings (moreso in the FWWM edit) echo Andy’s gyrations after being hit with the plank
- The secret boots Andy uncovers are “Circle” brand/logo while a “Ring” lurks at the heart of the mystery Jeffries reveals (followed by lines “I found something” and “There they were”).
Why I suspect these similarities are intentional:
While the indirectness of the parallels is frustrating to comtemplate at first - Jeffries in some ways parallels Albert, while in other ways he parallels Andy - there is ample precendent for such narrative constructions to be found in David Lynch’s other work, one which harbors a recognizable if obscure internal logic. For example in Inland Empire when various characters are stabbed with a screwdriver and/or such imagery is repeatedly called to our attention we’re left with an impression that the occurences have been somewhat “pan-personal” or manifold in a sense rather than strictly dual or paralleled.
There is also ample precedent to suggest that David Lynch and Bob Engels revisited Episode 8 and in fact all the Lynch-conceived material when writing Fire Walk WIth Me, and sought to establish connections from various vantage points within this material. That is already evident elsewhere in FWWM as has been noted by many viewers.
What does it all mean:
The idea that diametrically linked or “doppelgänger" scenes exist at all (not that this is the only one) is itself an insight into the mythology of the show, since layers, levels, “tiers” of understanding are central to its meaning and aesthetic. For me the main takeaway is the connection between Andy and Jeffries’ predicaments detailed above (in my bullet point number 3). Because what this really calls to mind - what it really tells us about - is Cooper. The deeper that Cooper delves, the further he investigates, the more that he’ll need to suffer and to sacrafice, and he won’t penetrate the mystery without some “bumps on the old noggin”. That’s what Episode 29 is all about, it’s one of the big themes at the core of Twin Peaks, and I think here we’re seeing it reflected all around Cooper through “doppelganger” character moments at crucial points of discovery.