I play my part on my stage. I tell what I can to form the perfect answer. But that answer cannot come before all are ready to hear. So I tell what I can to form the perfect answer. Sometimes my anger at the fire is evident. Sometimes it is not anger, really. It may appear as such, but could it be a clue? The fire I speak of is not a kind fire.”
Cooper is having a terrible time trying to sleep. Some crazy, drunk Incelanders have been singing loudly all night, disturbing him from his much needed rest.
“Diane, it’s 4:29 am. I have just been woken up by the most god-awful racket that you can probably hear over the sound of my voice. Can you hear that? Up until this moment, I’ve experienced nothing at the Great Northern Hotel but the most pleasant, courteous service imaginable. However, it just goes to prove a point that once a traveler leaves his home, he loses almost 100% of his ability to control his environment. Diane, I was wondering if you could overnight express to me two pairs of those Ear Pillow silicone ear plugs, which I used on my last trip to New York. Naturally, I didn’t bring them with me on this trip because I didn’t feel it would be necessary. However….” Cue Icelanders singing more!
Coop heads down early for his coffee, desperately needing it. We’ve all had those days. Audrey saunters over to him, telling him she can help out with the case since she has a job now. But he wards off her advances once again, reminding her that she should probably be in school right about now. Audrey, obviously, will not be deterred. She wants to help Coop, half for Laura because she helped her brother and half to get close to him. Okay, maybe those figures are better broken down as 25/75. Coop is pretty irresistible. I’d be crushin’ too. Heck, I am right now.
She’s so determined to help that she blackmails the guy in charge of her father’s department store after he assigned her to work at the wrapping station.
“Emory, here’s what we’re gonna do. You’re gonna tell my father that I’m busy as a bee wrapping boxes with the drums. Then, you’re gonna put me to work this afternoon behind the perfume counter. Because if you don’t I’m going to rip my dress in half and scream at the top of my lungs and tell my father that you made a pass at me. Does that help to clear things up for you?”
Leland tries to come back to work, but Ben shoos him away. “I feel I need something to occupy my mind.” And then he breaks down again. Ben suggests he take Sarah away somewhere, but Leland says he can’t, he’s afraid. Maybe he doesn’t want to be alone without their daughter for the first time. Ben dismisses him, wanting nothing more than the Leland-shaped thorn in his side to be out of his life for good, but obviously he can’t exactly fire him for dealing with grief. At least not yet.
While investigating Jacques Renault’s apartment, Doc Hayward reports that the blood found on Leo’s jacket (that Bobby planted for the cops to find last episode) wasn’t Laura’s because it was AB-. But oh hey! Jacques’ blood type is AB-. Coop then spots something on the ceiling fan: an issue of Flesh World. This is the same magazine where Ronette’s clipping came from.
They soon discover that two ads were placed in Flesh World (what a terrible, creepy porn magazine name). One belonged to Ronette, the other definitely to Laura. Despite not seeing her face, Coop is convinced it’s her. Not to mention, the red drapes in the background of the photo match the drapes of Jacques’ lodge in the woods. Time for an adventure!
Meanwhile, Shelly and Bobby are enjoying a life with Leo out of the house. Shelly’s making him breakfast, they’re playing with her new pistol, smooching and pretending to confront Leo. But as soon as they hear a car door outside, they freaaaaak. Thankfully, it’s just Deputy Andy. Bobby was expecting this, so he coached Shelly into dropping some vague, seemingly innocent hints that might connect both Leo and Jacques to Laura.
Our other blossoming couple, James and Donna, have a heart-to-heart. James suddenly confesses his entire life story to Donna. (Like, okay, dude, where did this come from?) His dad ran off. His mom’s an alcoholic. Basically, he is extremely tragic and brooding about the whole thing. But then they always try and tie it back to what happened to Laura. “If we don’t do everything we can to figure out what happened to Laura. It will never go away our whole lives. She’s out there wandering like a restless spirit.” How strangely accurate that is. Unless Coop’s dreams are just dreams?
The blossoming couple is turning into a blossoming three-way (bow chicka wow ow) with Maddy joining the secret Laura investigation club. James and Donna ask Maddy if she has any idea where Laura might have a secret hiding place. “The day before she died … I had a feeling that Laura was in trouble. I’ve always felt close to her, that’s why I came here. You know, I didn’t really know Laura that well but I feel like I do.”
Also, they all order sodas and have a plate of fries, but nothing is consumed. WHAT A WASTE, GUYS. Anyway, Hank, Norma’s hubby, is on the other side of the booth and hears everything. Shelly and Norma come in as the trio is leaving. They got crazy updos, got their nails done, and are giggling happily. But the mood is ruined when Hank appears. Norma is SUPER STOKED to see him, obviously. He intends to “earn his way back to her heart.”
Coop, Harry, Hawk, and Doc go to investigate the cabin (I guess they don’t trust Andy after his gun firing mishap last episode), but this cabin happens to belong to the Log Lady.
‘Bout time you got here. They move so slowly when they’re not afraid. Come on then. My log does not judge… My log saw something. Something significant… My husband was a logging man. He met the devil. Fire is the devil hiding like a coward in the smoke… You can ask it now.”
“What did you see that night? The night Laura Palmer was killed.”
“I’ll do the talking. Dark…laughing…the owls were flying…many things were blocked..laughing…two men…two girls…flashlights passed by in the woods over the bridge…the owls were near. The dark was pressing in on her. Quiet then. Later footsteps. One man passed by. Screams…faraway…terrible…terrible. One voice…girl…farther up over the ridge. The owls were silent.”
So, if the Log Lady (or the Log, rather) is to be believed – and why shouldn’t she/it? – they’ve determined that in addition to the two men, who they’ve reasoned to be Leo and Jacques, there seems to have been a third man with Laura and Ronette that night. (This whole exchange from the Log Lady slapping Dale on the hand when he tries to get a cookie to the ominous tale of the night Laura was murdered, is just SO great.) After tea and cookies, the boys return to their investigation through the woods and hear music playing in the distance, which finally leads them to Jacques’ cabin. They find Waldo the Myna bird, a camera, blood, the red curtains, and several One-Eyed Jacks chips fall out of a cookoo clock, including the one with the “J” missing. Remember, the “J” of the chip was found in Laura’s stomach. Dun dun dun!
Ben Horne has a party at the Great Northern to celebrate the Icelanders in town. The Martells show up and even Leland Palmer. Audrey does her usual spying, only to find Catherine and her father having a relationship squabble. I like that Catherine very slowly and deliberately poured wine on Ben’s shoe to get his attention. Audrey laughs when Catherine slaps her dad…three times.
A certain record starts playing at the party and Leland freaks out, dancing just as weirdly as he did a few episodes ago. Ben tells Catherine to dance with him to make it less awkward for his guests. Catherine is the best and even mimics his movements of holding his head and crying. The Icelanders go with it, assuming it’s the dance style of America. Audrey watches Laura’s father breakdown and starts crying in the corner. :(
Cooper returns to his room, sensing a presence inside. He pulls out his gun only to find Audrey naked, crying, and sitting on his bed under the sheet.
“Don’t make me leave. Please.”
- Norma informs Ed that Hank got his parole and asks if he’s going to tell Nadine about their relationship. But he has a lame excuse that Nadine isn’t well. “That’s our trouble, Ed. We never want to hurt anyone. We never just take what we want.”
- Briggs family counseling. Laura wanted to die, Bobby says. She made him sell drugs so she could take them.
“She said … people try to be good but their really sick and rotten. Her most of all … and every time she tried to make the world a better place … something terrible came up inside her and pulled her back down into hell. Took her deeper and deeper into the blackest nightmare. Every time it got harder to go back up to the light.”
- Ominous bird flying through the air at one point. As per usual.
- Maddy calls Donna in the middle of the night and reports that she found a tape in Laura’s hiding place.
- Pete Martell: “Now let me get this straight. Your entire country is above the timber line?”
- Leo returns home, but then Hank is there to beat the shit out of him for taking over his business. When he comes back inside, Shelly tries to help Leo, but he pushes her down. So, she gets her gun out. “You stupid little slut, you haven’t got the guts.” But oh hey, maybe she does. BAM.