“I carry a log, yes. Is it funny to you? It is not to me. Behind all things are reasons. Reasons can even explain the absurd. Do we have the time to learn the reasons behind human beings’ varied behavior? I think not. Some take the time. Are they called detectives? Watch, and see what life teaches.”
We’re back with Dale Cooper, who spent the night at the Great Northern Hotel. And now he’s getting some exercise done…hanging upside.
“Diane, 6:18 AM, Room 315. Great Northern Hotel here in Twin Peaks. Slept pretty well… A hint of Douglas fir needles in the air…. But the true test of any hotel, as you know, is that morning cup of coffee, which I’ll be getting back to you about within the half-hour.”
He ventures out of his room to enjoy his first Twin Peaks breakfast.
“This is, excuse me, a damn fine cup of coffee.”
(Sorry, there are so many famous/amazing/perfect quotes this episode.) The coffee was clearly a success.
Young Audrey Horne, the daughter of hotel owner Benjamin Horne and who used Laura’s death for a means of attention from some Norwegian businessmen, spots Coop enjoying his coffee and bacon burnt to a crisp (there – I spared you the perfect quote of his breakfast order). She’s got them hearts in her eyes in an instant. Who can blame her? “Sometimes I get so flushed… Do your palms ever itch?”
Coop leaves Audrey hanging and heads to the police station. He first encounters Andy stuffing his face with a donut, then runs into Lucy eating a donut, and finally finds Harry with a mouthful of donut: “Hey, three for three!” Before Harry can even swallow, Coop has unloaded a ton of information on him. That he believes the same perpetrator hurt both Laura and Ronette that night in the train car. So, now they have some sleuthing to do! Ahoy!
Shelly is on her way to work and goes to bid Leo farewell. Husband-of -the-Year Leo’s only response is, “Did you finish cleaning my boots!?” And when he discovers she didn’t finish ALL of his laundry, he makes her do it RIGHT NOW. As she begrudgingly throws his dirty crap in the washing machine, she discovers a bloodied denim shirt. Actually using her brain, as most damsels are stereotyped not to do, she hides the shirt.
Meanwhile, Donna, Laura’s SUPPOSED best friend, is having some new, complex feelings. “It’s like I’m having the most beautiful dream and a terrible nightmare all at once.” She wants to keep mackin’ on James (lord knows why), but feels guilty about betraying her best friend. He’s probably still hung up on Laura, anyway, so I don’t see how this is a good idea.
Back at the station, Coop and Harry are interrogating Forehead McGee about his relationship with Laura. He has a flashback to a happier time, where Laura tells him how happy she is because she believes that James really does love her. But he can’t fess up when prompted about the missing locket since he’s the one who gave it to her.
Some more clues arise as Coop and Harry question Josie. She reveals that Laura came to help her with her English twice a week. When she last saw her, however, she seemed troubled. But not being besties, they didn’t discuss it. But that’s all she knows. Special Agent Coop also easily detects the budding romance between Harry and Josie. He is totally, adorably embarrassed by being so easily found out.
His embarrassment is interrupted of the most well-known moments of the series. Coop takes his coffee “black as midnight on a moonless night.” (Jeez, stop being so dreamy.) As soon as they take a sip, however, Pete Martell has some startling news!
So, who killed Laura Palmer? Here are some more clues throughout the episode:
- Ed thinks his beer was drugged while a man named Jacques Renault was tending bar. And that’s why he got so beat up.
- Laura helped Norma deliver meals to invalids. The Meals on Wheels program was her idea.
- Deputy Hawk follows a mysterious, suspicious acting man towards the hospital morgue. But nothing comes of it as the man seems to disappear.
- Donna goes to see Sarah Palmer. Sarah is having some cray-cray times due to her grief and first sees Laura in Donna’s face, then sees her bestie BOB.
More fun things of note:
- “If Nadine caught wind of me and Norma, I’d be playin’ harp for the heavenly all stars.” – Big Ed. This is the greatest way to tell someone you’d be dead.
- Awkward Norma vs. Nadine scene. ED BOUGHT HER DRAPES, NORMA. THEY INSTALLED THEM TOGETHER, NORMA. THE DRAPE RUNNERS, NORMA.
- New affair revelation: Benjamin Horne & Catherine Martell. They’re both pretty sleazy, so who is surprised?
- “For your information, I heard you speaking about Laura Palmer. One day, my log will have something to say about this. My log saw something that night!” -Log Lady
- Shelly comes home from work with pie for Leo, while he has a bar of soap wrapped in a towel for her. And he’s ready to teach her a lesson about losing her property. HUSBAND OF THE YEAR AWARD.
- “Pray for the health and safety of James Hurley. Anything happens to him, we’re coming after you.” -Coop, bein’ a BAMF.
- Audrey doin’ her swanky sway dance.
- “Laura died two days ago. I lost you years ago.” -Ben Horne with a sick Audrey burn.
- Awkward family dinners with James & Donna. Nice to see him in a sweater and not his shitty biker jacket.
- Bobby and Mike see that James is at Donna’s. “Too bad we can only kill him once.” YOU GUYS ARE SO COOL.
The episode ends as Dr. Jacobi, Laura’s psychologist, starts listening to a tape Laura recorded for him. It seems to reveal a LOT of information… So, why won’t he bring it to the police? Oh, and he stole Laura’s locket that James and Donna buried. Another suspect for the list.
Until next time… Sleep well.