The Grey Lodge wrote:All thematic and narrative signs point to BadCoop having raped Diane and it was pretty blatant as far as I'm concerned. ...
I am perhaps being naïve, but I did not read this the same and am a bit taken aback by how many folks are quick to draw a conclusion of rape/assault. I am equally taken aback by those concluding that BadCoop raped a comatose Audrey...
My initial reaction re: the last meeting of Diane and (the real) Agent Cooper was that perhaps Diane bared her soul and professed her true feelings of love for Dale and "threw herself at him" and Dale (ever the professional) declined the offer. In that scenario, the current day Diane would look back on it as a humiliating experience and the current day Cooper would be highly unlikely to state coldly that "he remembers it well".
I think it's still possible he was just there after the ring. I mean, the Owl Cave ring was last seen in missing pieces taken by a nurse. Maybe she wasn't there, and he spent the time left in TP hunting down the ring. Maj. Briggs may have gotten to it first, and realizing that this wasn't the real Coop, swallowed it to hide it. The wedding ring could be in his stomach because the only way BadCoop could get that ring back was some weird switching effect.
That said, I'm not ruling out the mess with Audrey. It's a possibility until we get the origin of Richard Horne confirmed. I will say, Richard is not terribly impressive if he's a Black Lodge Doppelganger's or honestly ANY version of Cooper's kid. He's way lower on the food chain that I'd imagine a Cooper to be. (Sonny Jim is like 8, and he seems to have inherited some of Cooper's nature and powers despite being another doppelganger's son.)
I could easily see that being what went on with Diane, too. Again not ruling out the worst, but again I think BadCoop is sufficiently horrifying because she knew Dale without having to actually have interacted with him. I can see her and Coop THINKING they could stay on as friends, but his disappearance coupled with the fact that his last few tapes must've mentioned Annie a few times could have turned that to bitterness on her part. Its interesting that people are reading these scenes either way, though. I think the possibility is supposed to at least be in our minds.
Another consideration, though. Cooper's strongest connections weren't JUST to women. He bonded well with women, but he had some very strong friendships with men as well. If BadCoop went out of his way to sour the relationships with Diane and Audrey, why not Harry? Why not Gordon? Why only ever contact Albert THROUGH Jeffries? The only explanation is that he can't properly impersonate Dale and he learned that from Doc and Harry. So approaching Gordon, Albert or Diane, or spending too much time in Twin Peaks is a SERIOUS risk for him. He took out Major Briggs, who with his White Lodge connection was probably the only big threat, but aside from being at the hospital her avoided contact with anyone who could spot him as a fake. That makes it unlikely he approached Diane in person.
The tape idea, though, works, and long-distance stalking, harassment, obscene phone calls and messages and such can be a form of sexual abuse. It'd be interesting to see that brought up as part of BOB's range of attacks.