Saturday, May 6, 2017

Recap of Episode 26

Season 2 Episode 26

Written by: Mark Frost & Harley Peyton

Directed by: Jonathan Sanger

Original Air date: April 11th, 1991

"Where's the beer?"

Hawk, Andy, Harry and Dale return to Owl Cave and discover the inverted owl symbol. Hawk notices foot prints, which Dale deduces belong to Windom Earle. Then Dale tells Andy he needs a large scale rendering of the wall petroglyph. He also tells Harry to get Major Briggs on the horn. Meanwhile in Windom's cabin, Windom regales Leo and a Heavy Metal Youth, aka Ted Raimi, with stories of the White and Black lodges. He claims that he's going to find the entrance to the Black Lodge. The youth says the story is cool, but Windom promised him beer. Windom promises in the beer will come in time. Then we see Windom has the Owl Cave petroglyph image on his computer.

"This could take years."

Pete practices his chess game at The Packard's and recites a poem about Josie. He starts to get choked up, but Catherine comes in and tells him to stop whining. She demands that he help her open the box that Jones' left for her. Pete studies it and determines it's a puzzle box, which he saw before with the "Do Little Twins." Catherine asks how long it will take to open the box. Pete answers seriously, "This could take years."

"I wanna win the Miss Twin Peaks contest."

At the Double R, Bobby tells Shelly that he realized from watching TV that beautiful people get everything they want. He tells Shelly that she's beautiful and he wants her to enter the Miss Twin Peaks contest. Shelly laughs and tells him to dream on. Bobby snaps at her and says, "Bobby's in charge, understand?" Nearby Lana sits with Mayor Milford and tells him she wants to win the Miss Twin Peaks contest. She wants him to use his influence as a judge in the contest. At first he says it would be wrong, but Lana insists to him it would be love.

"Would you accompany me on a nature study?"

Dale comes into the diner and asks Annie to get him coffee and donuts for the hungry lawman waiting out in his police cruiser. Then he asks her to accompany him on a nature study later that afternoon. Annie agrees and Dale notes that she gives him a tingling sensation in his toes and stomach. Bobby walks by and reminds Shelly that she should use her beauty to her advantage. Shelly looks dismayed and recites the poem she received. Dale hears her and asks to see the poem immediately. Shelly shows him and tells him how her, Audrey and Donna all received a piece of it. Dale looks troubled and says he needs to keep it. Annie returns with his coffee and donuts. Dale nearly leaves without saying anything to her. Annie asks him about their nature study. Dale smiles and says he'll meet her at 4 o'clock sharp. 

At the station, Dale shows Harry Shelly's third of a poem and tells him it's from Windom Earle. Dale also tells Harry that the poem is something he once sent to Carolyn. Harry thinks they better talk to Donna, Audrey and Shelly as soon as they can. Then Hawk walks in with Donna's third of the poem and says Audrey is out of town. He also tells him that Major Briggs is in the conference room. Dale takes a look at Donna's piece and says he wants to see Leo Johnson's arrest report. 

"I've seen it before or dreamed it."

In the conference room, Andy works on drawing the Owl Cave petroglyph on the blackboard while Major Briggs watches. The Major tells him to adjust his lines, which makes Andy curious how he knew that. Then Dale walks in and asks for Major Briggs help. Dale says he thinks Leo, Windom Earle and Owl Cave are somehow connected. He asks if Major Briggs can access Windom Earle's files pertaining to Windom's work in Project Blue Book. Briggs answers that there is a moral concern, but wonders if it will help save future loss of life. Dale thinks it will. Briggs looks over the blackboard again and says he's seen the petroglyph before, or dreamed it. Then we see a flash of the petroglyph, which is whited out as a cloaked figure appears behind it. Within the cloaked figure is an image of the stars, which leads into a flying owl, followed by a flash of fire. Briggs seems to have seen this in his mind, and then tells Dale he will help him. Hawk walks in with Leo's arrest report. Dale takes a look at Leo's signature and determines that Leo transcribed the poem Windom sent. 

"Yes, capital!"

At The Great Northern, Dick touches the bandages on his nose from the Little Pine Weasel incident. He watches for Ben and asks him where Audrey is for the upcoming wine tasting event. Ben tells him Audrey is in Seattle and the concierge can help him. Dick responds, "yes, capital." Then Ben asks about his nose and offers to pay for his medical bills. Dick hints that worker's compensation should be included. Ben begrudgingly agrees. Dick smiles and says, "I'll alert my attorney." After Ben says out loud to himself that the urge to do bad is nearly overpowering.

"Odium and Obscurity."

In Windom's cabin, Heavy Metal Youth is encased in a giant paper mache chess piece. Leo gives him beer to drink while Windom tells him that he's lived his life in odium and obscurity, and now he will step upon the larger stage. The youth says he's pumped and asks how he gets out of the chess piece. Windom tells him that he doesn't. Then he orders Leo to fetch him an arrow. Leo says no so Windom zaps him a few times. Leo decides to get the arrow afterall. The youth asks what he's doing while Windom loads the arrow in his crossbow. Windom gives him a speech and says he'll now get to find out what happens in the next life. He then shoots the youth dead. Later, Windom thinks of Owl Cave.

"The celebration of the totality of a woman's qualities."

At the Roadhouse, Ben addresses Dwayne Milford, Pete and Doc Hayward as the judges of the Miss Twin Peaks contest. Ben pitches them and says the, "giggle fests," of the past should now celebrate the totality of a woman. He thinks the theme for the contest should be to save the forest. Pete notes that might have something to do with his Stop Ghost Wood campaign. Doc Hayward tells him they will take it under advisement. Then Ben approaches Bobby, Shelly and Donna sitting at a nearby table. He tells Bobby to pick up his dry cleaning, and then shoots Donna an odd look. 


After Shelly notes how nervous the idea of making a speech makes her. Mike and Nadine walk in and Nadine says she's entering the contest as well. Bobby takes Mike aside and says his relationship with Nadine seems, "very scary." Mike says it's not what Bobby thinks. Bobby asks him to explain. Mike asks him if Bobby has any idea what a combination of sexual maturity and super human strength can result in. Then he whispers something into Bobby's ear, which makes Bobby yell out, "WHOA!" Mike and Nadine look at each other, smile, and exchange knowing winks. 


Harry goes to see Catherine and asks her to help him understand Josie's true nature. Catherine thinks Josie changed herself to make individuals happy in the moment, and her lies might not have even seemed like lies to her. Catherine says she's surprised that she doesn't hate Josie, despite everything she did. Harry notes that Josie was, "so very beautiful!" Then Catherine shows Harry the box Eckhardt left for her. Pete strolls in talking about the all the "beauties" at the Miss Twin Peaks contest. He sees them looking at the box and grabs for it. The box slips and drops to the floor. Catherine snaps, "butterfingers!" However when Pete looks down, he sees the box opened and revealed a smaller box inside with the phases of the moon on the front of it. Catherine snatches the box back up and hands it to Harry. 

Annie and Dale chat while sitting in a boat on the lake. She tells him a bit about swimming in the lake every summer during her childhood. Annie shares that she was a loner. Dale asks if she ever had any boyfriends. Annie answers just one in her senior year. Dale wonders if that had anything to do with why she went into the convent. Annie says she doesn't want to talk about it, but then tells him she needed to face her fear by coming back to Twin Peaks. Dale tells her he can understand, because something similar happened to him. Then he kisses her. Annie tells him her instincts are telling her to trust him. Unbeknownst to them, Windom Earle watches them with binoculars from a distance wearing a fisherman's disguise.

"There are also white wines and sparkling wines."

Dick hosts a wine tasting event at The Great Northern to benefit The Stop Ghost Wood project. Lana and Lucy help pour the wine for all the guests. Dick starts them off with red and jokes that some people only think red wines count. Andy raises his hand and announces, "there are also white wines and sparkling wines." Dick looks at him off put. Andy goes to take a sip, but Dick scolds him not to and orders him to spit it out. Then Dick shows everyone how to sniff the wine's bouquet after Lana answers his question of how to accomplish that. She says, "by smelling it." After everyone takes a sip. Dick has them roll the wine on their tongues and upon Dick's orders, they spit the wine back out. Dick asks what flavors they tasted. Lucy said it tasted woody, but Dick disagrees. Lana says she tasted banana. Dick smiles and agrees. Lucy gets annoyed and rolls her eyes. After Lucy spits her wine out on Dick and reminds him she can't drink while pregnant. 

"You take one more step and I will ventilate you."

Gordon tells Shelly a story about how he once said to a culprit, "you take one more step and I will ventilate you." Shelly asks what happened after that. Gordon answers it was short funeral. Then Dale and Annie walk in. Gordon notes that Twin Peaks is filled with beautiful women, but then looks to Shelly and says only one he can hear. He asks Dale to join them for pie, which they do. The waitress brings over three pieces of pie each. Gordon then tells Shelly she's a goddess and meeting her has touched his heart. Gordon says if he doesn't kiss her he'll regret it the rest of his life. He goes in for a kiss and then Bobby walks in. Bobby demands to know what's going on. Gordon tells him to take a good look, because it's gonna happen again. Then Gordon kisses Shelly.

"Love is hell."

Dale sits by the fireplace at the hotel drinking milk. John Justice Wheeler sits down next to him and randomly states, "love is hell," while sipping a shot. Dale tells him that Hindu's believe love is a ladder to heaven. John says they also take walks on hot coals. Dale responds, "discipline." John thinks discipline and love don't mix together well. Dale thinks when your in love it's the best feeling in the world. They commiserate about feeling in love and Dale says he's ready, because his heart has been locked away long enough. They share a toast, and after John gets a message that calls him away.

Donna has dinner with her parents, and asks her mother why she went to see Ben Horne yesterday. Her mother claims it was for one of her charities. Donna doesn't seem to believe her and says that must be who sent her roses. She snarks that roses are really romantic. Then Donna tells them she entered the Miss Twin Peaks contest to win the chance to study overseas.

"Next time it will be someone you know."

The police are called to the park to investigate a giant box inside the Gazebo. Dale tells Harry he doesn't know what Earle is up to. He orders everyone to stay back and then from a distance shoots the box open. Inside is Windom's latest victim, who is dead, and trapped within Earle's finished chess piece. Attached is a note that says, "next time it will be someone you know."

End of show!

I know Audrey Horne is lovely and intoxicating, but doesn't John Justice Wheeler seem just a little too certain he's in love after only knowing Audrey for a couple of days? His dramatic, "love is hell," sigh comes off to me as a bit over the top. Aside from John Justice, I'd say this episode is overall very enjoyable. Bobby returns after a short absence in the previous episodes. Despite his controlling attitude toward Shelly, I always get a laugh from his reaction to what Mike whispers in his ear about Nadine. What do you think Mike said to him?

Major Briggs vision of the cloaked figure intrigues me. He definitely seems key to the mystery of Owl Cave, and I'd guess there might be a Briggs recast in the new season, RIP to Don Davis. I can't wait to see how his character is handled in The Return! 

Random thought, what happened to Harriet and Gersten Hayward? They're mysteriously absent during the Hayward's dinner scene. Otherwise, Windom's dialogue in this episode was terrific. I'm especially fond of the speech he gives to Heavy Metal Youth before killing him.

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