Act 1: Morning - Cooper, Truman, Hawk, and Andy re-enter Owl Cave and find the newly exposed petroglyph. Hawk finds shoe tracks that match the ones he found at the power station. Cooper concludes they were made by Windom Earle. Cooper tells Andy to make a rendering of the petroglyph. He tells Harry to have Major Briggs meet them at the station.
In his cabin Windom Earle describes the white lodge as a place of great goodness and its opposite, the black lodge, as a place of dark forces that, if harnessed, its bearer might render the Earth to his liking. He intends to find the Black Lodge. Earle’s descriptions entertain Leo and a young man who complains that he was told there’d be a party. He asks after the beer. Near the youth is a computer monitor, built into the lid of an aluminium case, that displays a copy of the Owl Cave petroglyph.
At home Pete studies a chess board and recites verses about Josie. Catherine enters and demands that he help with the black box, Pete says it’s a puzzle box that could take years to open.
At the Double RR Bobby Briggs urges Shelly to enter the Miss Twin Peaks contest. Lana tells Mayor Milford that she wants to win the Miss Twin Peaks contest. She has to remind him that he’s one of the judges. Cooper enters and asks Annie for four coffees and a dozen donuts. He invites Annie to go on a “nature study” this afternoon and she accepts. As Bobby leaves he tells Shelly that she’s beautiful; she recites the closing line from the poem and Cooper asks about it. Shelly explains about the three pieces that she, Donna, and Audrey received. Cooper takes the fragment with him after telling Annie he’ll meet her here at 4 o’clock sharp.
Act 2: In his office Truman examines the poem fragment and Cooper explains that Earle sent it to Shelley, Audrey, and Donna. He says it’s a poem he once sent to Caroline. Hawk enters with Donna’s part of the poem and explains that Audrey is in Seattle and won’t be back till tomorrow. He tells them Major Briggs is in the conference room. Cooper asks Hawk for Leo Johnson’s arrest report. In the conference room Andy is drawing the petroglyph on a chalkboard. Major Briggs watches and corrects a line. Cooper enters and asks Briggs for help. He tells him he thinks the disappearance of Leo Johnson, the appearance of Windom Earle, and the appearance of the Owl Cave petroglyph are related. He asks the Major to tell him about Windom Earle’s work with Project Blue Book. Major Briggs says he either dreamed the petroglyph or saw it somewhere. We see a hooded figure appear in silhouette over the petroglyph. Stars are visible through the figure. An owl flies in to view and then the figure explodes in flame. Hawk enters with Leo Johnson’s arrest report. Cooper compares the handwriting in the report with the poem and concludes that Leo transcribed the poem.
In the Great Northern Dick Tremayne, with a bandaged nose, asks Ben where Audrey is and Ben tells him she’s in Seattle for the day, but suggests the concierge can help Dick prepare for the evening’s wine tasting benefit. Ben offers to pay for Dick’s medical expenses and when Dick asks for workman’s compensation, Ben agrees.
In Earle’s cabin Leo offers a drink of beer to the young man, who is now inside a large papier-mâché chess piece from which his head protudes. Earle uses shock to force Leo to get him an arrow and then uses a crossbow to kill the young stranger.
Act 3: 3:15pm - At the Road House Dr. Hayward convenes the Miss Twin Peaks Judging and Rules committee: himself, Mayor Milford, and Pete Martell. Ben Horne addresses the committee and suggests that the topic for this year’s speeches should be “How to Save Our Forests.” As he leaves, Lana moves past a table where Bobby, Donna, and Shelly are seated and goes to the judges. Mike and Nadine enter. Bobby takes Mike aside to ask about Nadine and Mike says, “Do you have any idea what a combination of sexual maturity and superhuman strength can result in?”
Truman visits Catherine to ask if she can help him understand Josie. She shows him the black box and suggest it may have something to do with Josie. Pete enters, takes the box from Harry, and drops it to the floor where it opens and reveals another box with a surface covered by eight circular patterns that resemble the phases of the moon. Next to each moon phase is a planetary sign.
Cooper and Annie are out in a rowboat. Annie talks about growing up and tells Cooper that she had a boyfriend in her senior year of high school, but she doesn’t want to talk about it when Cooper asks if that had anything to do with her entering a convent. She says she needs to get back into the real world and to do that here, where everything went wrong. Cooper takes her hands, traces the scars on her wrists, and tells her he knows how hopeless things can feel. They kiss. After they disembark they kiss again and Windom Earle watches from a distance as they stroll past the gazebo.
Act 4: Evening - Dick Tremayne welcomes the crowd to the wine tasting in the Great Northern dining room. Lana and Lucy help him pour.
At the Double RR Gordon Cole talks to Shelley as Cooper and Annie enter. Cole says he’s about to leave Twin Peaks. He invites Dale and Annie to join them for pie. Cole tells Shelly she’s a goddess sent from heaven. He kisses her as Bobby Briggs enters and shouts. Bobby asks what’s going on and Cole replies, “You are witnessing a front three-quarter view of two adults sharing a tender moment.” To Shelly he says, “he acts like he’s never seen a kiss before.” Then to Bobby he says, “Take another look, Sonny. It’s going to happen again.” Cole and Shelly kiss.
Dick continues to lead the wine tasting, where the attention he shows to Lana upsets Lucy. When he asks Lucy for her reaction, she spits the wine into his face and says, “I’m pregnant. I’m not supposed to drink.”
In the Great Northern Bar Cooper sits near the fire with a drink. Jack Wheeler sits next to him and they talk about the experience of love. A bellman brings a telegram to Wheeler. He tells the bellman to tell the front desk that he’ll be checking out. Wheeler leaves.
Donna, Eileen Hayward, and Dr. Hayward dine at home. Donna asks her mother how she knows Ben Horne and she replies, with Dr. Hayward’s prompting, that she’s working on a benefit with him. her parents are silent when Donna says she saw Ben’s visit and her mother’s visit to Ben, followed by the delivery of roses.
There’s a half moon. The hooded figure and the owl are seen again.
Cooper drives up to the park where a large crate is in the gazebo. Truman tells him there’s no metal or ticking sound. There’s ring pull labeled, “Pull me.” Cooper says that Earle is changing the pattern of the game board. He has everyone retreat behind the police cruiser, ties a rock to the ring with a police ribbon, balances the rock on railing and then retreats. He shoots the rock and the crate opens to reveal the dead man in the chess piece with a sign that reads, “Next time it will be someone you know.”
Timeline: Friday, March 25th
Original Air Date: April 11, 1991
Official Episode Number: #2019
Nielson Rating: 82nd 5.7/9
Directed By: Jonathan Sanger
Written by: Mark Frost and Harley Peyton
Kyle MacLachlan ... Special Agent Dale Cooper
Michael Ontkean ... Sheriff Harry S. Truman
Mädchen Amick ... Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)
Dana Ashbrook ... Bobby Briggs
Richard Beymer ... Benjamin Horne
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Donna Hayward
Sherilyn Fenn ... Audrey Horne
Warren Frost ... Dr. Will Hayward
Jack Nance ... Pete Martell
Kimmy Robertson ... Lucy Moran
Piper Laurie ... Catherine Martell
Eric DaRe ... Leo Johnson
Harry Goaz ... Deputy Andy Brennan
Michael Horse ... Deputy Tommy 'Hawk' Hill
Kenneth Welsh ... Windom Earle
Billy Zane ... John Justice Wheeler
Ian Buchanan ... Dick Tremayne
Heather Graham ... Annie Blackburn
Robyn Lively ... Lana Budding Milford
David Lynch ... FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole
Wendy Robie ... Nadine Hurley
Don S. Davis ... Major Garland Briggs (as Don Davis)
Gary Hershberger ... Mike Nelson
Mary Jo Deschanel ... Eileen Hayward
John Boylan ... Mayor Dwayne Milford
Ted Raimi ... Rusty, Heavy Metal Youth
John Charles Sheeham ... Bellman
Our Rating: A
Thoughts: Episode 26 is engaging, interesting and touching from start to finish. The two centerpieces to this episode are the Cooper/Annie boat scene and the Cole/Shelly Double RR scene. Cooper's relationship with Annie is solidified with tenderness and authenticity. Windom observing them through his binoculars in broad daylight is suitably creepy. Our feeling that a cataclysmic event will happen between Cooper, Annie and Windom is beautifully maintained for the remainder of the series. Gordon Cole's dalliance with Shelly is a joy to watch and yes, we love the wine tasting scene too!