There’s fire where you are going.
Some boys playing catch find Miriam, who Richard Horne thought he killed, crawling by the side of the road covered in blood. You in trouble now, Richard.
Becky is PISSED. She’s rage screaming about Steven, her husband. Steven, who we all know is an abusive dickbag, is with another woman. She calls her mom Shelly for help because she needs her car. I love the slasher music in this scene. When Shelly arrives, Becky takes her car and tries to peel off. Shelly jumps on the hood trying to stop her. She likely saw the gun in her hand. Becky eventually throws Shelly off the hood, and Carl comes to her aid. He whistles for his VW van to come to her aid to drive her back to the Double R Diner.
Shelly calls Norma, who suggests she call Bobby. Carl calls the station for her: “I got Shelly Briggs in the truck with me. Could you patch us through to Deputy Briggs?” Such immense joy I felt at SHELLY BRIGGS. I mean, I figured, I hoped as much.
Becky goes to an apartment building, pounds on the door, and empties her gun into it. Steven is hiding out in a stairwell with another woman — That woman is Gersten Hayward. Donna’s little sister. She wore the pink ballerina outfit and performed a song for the Palmers way back in early Twin Peaks. Well, she’s all grown up now and making terrible choices.
Bobby, Shelly, and Becky have a family meeting at the diner as Norma looks on worriedly. Becky is making excuses for her shitty husband. Like mother, like daughter, eh?
Becky, we know you’re a grown, married woman. But we’re your parents. And we love you. We don’t wanna lose you.”
Shelly bursts into tears and she and Becky reconcile and hug. But this happy family moment is short lived as Red shows up. My immense joy at Shelly Briggs was also shattered just as quickly as it appeared. Shelly’s mood changes in an instant when she sees him through the window. She runs out to see him while Bobby is left at the table like a sad, wounded puppy. He watches them smooch in eyesight… and then they quickly move out of eyesight. They agree to meet at the “same place” before Shelly returns to her family.
I don’t think Bobby and Shelly are divorced because she seems to be wearing a ring on a necklace. I assume it’s her wedding ring. But, why, Shelly, why!? Bobby is such a good guy now, even though he’s still rocking his leather jacket. He’s grown so much. It’s just so sad to see Shelly comforting her daughter, who’s stuck in her own Leo Johnson situation, only to have her turn around and repeat those same mistakes. My extremely far-fetched theory is that Bobby has her working undercover to find out more about the Chinese designer drugs and bust that guy. But what is more likely is that she and Bobby have marital problems and are separated. Womp womp. A girl can dream that they’ll end up back together.
Suddenly, someone starts shooting into the diner and Bobby runs out to stop it. Apparently, some little kid in a van was just playing with his dad’s gun and shooting out the window. The constant honking in this scene is so grating. I know Lynch did this on purpose because he loves using sound to make people immensely uncomfortable. He sees a similar thing in the son and the dad. Like father, like son. Perhaps Bobby recognizes how the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in his own family but he’s powerless to stop what’s happening.
Bobby also has to deal with a woman who won’t stop screaming at him and some girl who is puking. After all of that, his expression says it all: This town is fucked up. Good grief.
Hawk has a map to show Sheriff Truman. (Fun fact: Michael Horse made the map!) It’s covered in various symbols that we recognize well. “It’s a fire symbol. A type of fire, more like modern day electricity.” We know the Black Lodge is all about that electricity. Truman points out the weird little head symbol we saw on BobCooper’s card and Briggs’s clues: “Frank, you don’t ever wanna know about that.” But, I do, Hawk! Just tell me!!! Margaret calls with another message:
Hawk, can you hear me? Hawk, can you hear me? You found something, didn’t you? What did you find, Hawk? My log is afraid of fire. There’s fire where you are going. Hawk, there’s fire where you are going. Goodnight, Hawk.”