Act 1: Early morning - Truman is asleep in the Book House. Jones kisses his ear, touches what appears to be Josie’s perfume to both their lips, and kisses him. Harry dreams of Josie. Jones wraps a piano wire around Harry’s neck and tries to strangle him. Harry overpowers her and knocks her out.
6:05am - In his room at the Great Northern Jack Wheeler’s work is interrupted by Audrey, who brings him breakfast. Jack tells Audrey the next times he comes to his room she’d better be ready to finish what she starts. He invites her for a sunset flight and dinner. She accepts and leaves.
In the Sheriff’s Station Truman tells Cooper that Jones wants to speak with the South African Consulate. Cooper suggests that Eckhardt wanted to kill Truman out of sexual jealousy. Truman has a hangover and says he needs a little food. Cooper suggests a hangover cure that causes Harry to run for the mens room. In Harry’s office Dr. Hayward admires a bonsai tree on Harry’s desk as Cooper holds out a glass of bicarbonate of soda for Harry. Cooper tells Harry the bonsai tree was delivered that morning. Harry finds a card from Josie. Dr. Hayward tells Truman about Windom Earle’s visit to his home. Cooper says they’ll publish their next move today. Gordon Cole enters and gives Cooper the classified portion of the Earle dossier. The bonsai tree is a radio transmitter and Windom Earle listens to the conversation. Earle was on haliperidol —the same chemical used by Mike Gerrard - but Earle used it to fake his illness. Earle had been loaned out to the Air Force in 1965 to work on Project Blue Book; reports on his two-year hitch are blacked out for national security. Cooper comments on the link to Major Briggs and the word “link” prompts Cole to think of sausage. He suggests breakfast. Cole sees the bonsai tree and recalls World War II movies by shouting “Banzai!” As Harry and Dr. Hayward leave the room, Cole holds Cooper back to give him his badge and a new Smith & Wesson 10-mm model 1076 stainless steel gun.
Windom Earle does a card trick with Leo, who selects three cards, all queens with pictures of Donna, Audrey, and Shelley pasted over the faces. Leo selects a 4th card: King Dale. Earle places a 5th card - a queen with a blank face - over the Miss Twin Peaks flyer and says the prizes included eat hand that Cooper gets to watch.
Act 2: Eileen Hayward enters the Great Northern, followed by Donna, who watches as Eileen meets Ben and goes into his office. Donna encounters Nadine and Mike, who are checking out, and asks the desk clerk for Audrey. Donna tells Audrey about Ben’s visit the day before and her mother’s visit today. Audrey doesn’t know any reason why Donna’s mother should be visiting her father.
In his office Ben refuses some letters that Eileen has had for twenty years. Ben says she should have been the best thing to happen to him and that he hasn’t held her since that night. He tries to embrace her, but she pushes him off. Audrey and Donna watch through the peephole from the hidden passage way as Eileen says she hasn’t told and demands Ben promise the same. She tells him not to come over again and to stay away from “her.” She leaves. Audrey and Donna puzzle over what they’ve heard and Donna says she’s going to find out.
Cooper, Harry and Cole enter the Double RR Cafe. The Log Lady is at the counter. Cole tells Harry about a hangover cure and as Harry runs to the men's room Cole and Cooper take a booth by the window. Cole says he wants “a steak so rare you could sell it at Tiffany’s.” Cole sees Shelly and exclaims loudly about her beauty. He compares her to the Venus de Milo and goes to the counter to talk to Shelly. Cole discovers he can hear Shelly’s normal speech. After he explains about his hearing aide she notices that he can’t hear the Log Lady but can hear Shelly as clear as a bell. He orders pie with his coffee. Cooper sees a bird out the window and declares it to be a “chickadee on a Dodge Dart,” but Harry returns and says it’s a “finch on a Dodge Dart.” Annie, stopping at the table with coffee, declares it a “chickadee on a Dodge Dart.” Cooper and Annie chat briefly about social niceties. Truman orders chicken pot pie and Cooper a turkey sandwich. Cooper starts to tell Annie a joke, but she leaves when Shelly calls to her. Truman asks Cooper how long he’s been in love with Annie. Cooper doodles on a napkin a pattern he says is based on combining the two tattoo symbols, but he’s replaced the Major’s triangles with diamonds. Annie observes the doodle and says, “I see you’ve been to Owl Cave.” Truman looks at the design and says it is exactly like the one at Owl Cave. Cooper says that he wants to see Owl Cave.
Act 3: At home Donna gets a postcard from James from San Francisco. When her father enters she asks him how her mother knows Ben Horne. She tells him about the two visits to each other and Dr. Hayward claims they were about a fundraiser. Flowers are delivered and Donna says they’re for mom, no card. Dr. Hayward seems troubled.
In the library Audrey looks through the Political Science collection. Windom Earle, in disguise, bumps into her and introduces himself as Edwin Perkins, a poetry teacher. Audrey explains that she’s researching civil disobedience, then shows him the poem that the three girls received. Earle identifies the poem as by Shelley. Audrey leaves.
At the Double RR Annie examines the Miss Twin Peaks flyer. Shelly asks if she’s thinking of entering and Annie belittles it. When Shelly asks about Annie’s response to being back in “civilization,” Annie tells her it’s weird being around men again. Annie asks Shelly about Dale Cooper but denies being interested in him.
At the Sheriff’s Station Andy practices for the descent into Owl Cave. Lucy thanks him for helping at the weasel riot and tells him to be careful. Cooper enters Harry’s office and Truman tells him that Pete called with their next move: expose a pawn to his bishop and if he takes the pawn he loses his bishop. Cooper gives Harry a helmet and they leave for Owl Cave, without Cole who Cooper says Shelley took to Dr. Hayward about his hearing problem.
From his office window Ben watches Johnny Horne shooting arrows at cutouts of bison. He tells Audrey how Jack Kennedy depended on Bobby for honest opinions and says he wants Audrey to do the same for him. As Jack Wheeler enters Ben tells Audrey she can begin by flying to Seattle within the hour so she can have a breakfast meeting with environmentalists; Ben wants to go national with the pine weasel campaign. Both Audrey and Jack are disappointed. She leaves. Ben and Jack talk about the difficulty Ben has being good. Jack tells him to always tell the truth and to tell the hardest truth first. Jack says he’s falling in love with Audrey. Ben offers him a carrot.
Act 4: Andy falls while entering Owl Cave and is helped to his feet by Hawk, Harry, and Cooper. Hawk leads Cooper to the design, engraved on a rock face and surmounted by an additional flame-like symbol. Cooper says, “the tattoos are the question; this must be the answer.” An owl takes flight and makes repeated passes at them. Andy swings his pick axe at the owl and the pick gets stuck in the flame symbol. There’s a bright flash, then the center diamond moves forward and falls to the floor. A cylinder is revealed extending forward within the diamond-shaped cavity. A symbol that resembles a stylized version of a bird in flight is on the front surface of the cylinder. Cooper remarks, “I have no idea where this will lead but I have the feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.” The owl flies out of the cave.
At 9:05pm Annie enters the lounge at the Great Northern and takes a seat at the bar. At the bartender’s suggestion she orders a rum and tonic. Cooper enters with tape recorder in hand and stops dictating to Diane about Owl cave when he sees Annie. Annie tells him she feels constantly amazed. Cooper says he envies her view of the world. She notices that he sees the scar on her wrist and hides it. She says she failed before and fears she will again. He offers to help and she accepts.
Windom Earle enters Owl Cave and finds the exposed cylinder. He notices that the symbol is inverted on the opposite wall and concludes that the cylinder is meant to be turned. He grasps it and turns it over. There’s a rumble and, as Earle leaves, Andy’s pick falls and sand and rock fall into the cave from above.
Timeline: Thursday, March 24th
Original Air Date: April 4th, 1991
Official Episode Number: #2018
Nielson Rating: 75th 6.3/10
Directed By: Duwayne Dunham
Written By: Harley Peyton and Robert Engles
Kyle MacLachlan ... Special Agent Dale Cooper
Michael Ontkean ... Sheriff Harry S. Truman
Mädchen Amick ... Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)
Dana Ashbrook ... Bobby Briggs (credit only)
Richard Beymer ... Benjamin Horne
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Donna Hayward
Sherilyn Fenn ... Audrey Horne
Warren Frost ... Dr. Will Hayward
James Marshall ... James Hurley (voice)
Kimmy Robertson ... Lucy Moran
Joan Chen ... Jocelyn "Josie" Packard
Eric DaRe ... Leo Johnson
Harry Goaz ... Deputy Andy Brennan
Michael Horse ... Deputy Tommy 'Hawk' Hill
Kenneth Welsh ... Windom Earle
Billy Zane ... John Justice Wheeler
Heather Graham ... Annie Blackburn
David Lynch ... FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole
Wendy Robie ... Nadine Hurley
Gary Hershberger ... Mike Nelson
Mary Jo Deschanel ... Eileen Hayward
Catherine E. Coulson ... Margaret Lanterman, the Log Lady
Brenda Strong ... Ms. Jones
Robert Bauer ... Johnny Horne
Ron Blair ... Randy St. Croix
Jack McGee ... Bartender
Our Rating: A-
Thoughts: This episode begins with Jones attempting to kill Harry at the Book House. Why she should have to strip down to her nightwear and crawl into bed with him to do this is anyone's guess. Even if it was on explicit instructions from Thomas Eckhardt due to his 'sexual jealously' of Harry, it seems like a risky way to get rid of someone, especially for a professional killer as Jones apparently was. Our favorite Windom among-the-people scene takes place in this episode. Welsh plays the scene perfectly as a poetry teacher whose conversation with Audrey goes from jovial to very uncomfortable on a dime. The big scene here of course is at the Double RR, where Gordon first lays eyes on Shelly and Cooper continues to forge a relationship with Annie. Lynch is at the top of his game here as an actor and Shelly charms as usual. A very telling thing happens when Harry asks Cooper how long he's been in love with Annie. This is a reversal of intuitive powers from season one when Cooper asks virtually the same question of Big Ed at the diner. Has Cooper's love for Annie made him more vulnerable?