The beautiful thing about treasure is that it exists. It exists to be found. How beautiful it is to find treasure. Where is the treasure, that when found, leaves one eternally happy? I think we all know it exists. Some say it is inside us – inside us one and all. That would be strange. It would be so near. Then, why is it so hard to find and so difficult to attain?”
There’s a dead dude in the Bookhouse near a drunk and passed out Harry Truman. Thomas Eckert’s lady is trying to bone him or something. I have no idea what her game is. But he’s having a vision of Josie since she’s rubbing Josie’s perfume on his lips and her lips??? Everything about this is weird. But then she pulls out some piano wire (maybe? It looked thicker than that) tries to strangle him. This wakes Harry right up. He elbows her a bunch and knocks her out. And he’s obviously very confused by the fact that a strange woman was trying to murder him.
“Why would that woman want me dead?” Harry asks Cooper. He says, “Sexual jealousy.”
Uhhh okay, Coop. If she was in love with Thomas Eckert and jealous of Josie, why would she take it out on Harry? I have no idea. Maybe because the other two are already dead. But honestly, I’m over Josie and so it seems is Harry because there’s a cute scene with Cooper helping Harry get over his hangover by detailing a bunch of gross food (sweetbreads, anchovies, and more – oh my!) as a hangover cure. But after Harry empties his stomach contents, Cooper gives him a heaping glass of seltzer water.
Harry has also received a bonsai tree from Josie supposedly. But we, the viewer, know it’s actually from Windom Earle so he can listen in on Cooper, Harry… and now Gordon! (Windom’s great plan, by the way, is to kill the girl who wins the Miss Twin Peaks contest in front of Cooper. Okay, cool plan, I guess?) Gordon has returned to Twin Peaks (and the SHOW in general) to reinstate Cooper in the FBI so they can catch Windom Earle together.
The three of them go to the Double R Diner. Gordon relates his own hangover cure, and thus Harry runs to the bathroom again. Gordon spots Shelly at the counter and is enamored. Who can blame him? She looks extra cute in this scene, too. He tells Cooper that she reminds him of the Venus de Milo statue. (This is interesting since, in a lot of the Black Lodge imagery we’ve seen, this statue is in there.)
Gordon: HELLO. I’M WONDERING IF I MIGHT TROUBLE YOU FOR A CUP OF STRONG BLACK COFFEE AND IN THE PROCESS ENGAGE YOU WITH AN ANECDOTE OF NO SMALL AMUSEMENT. THE NAME’S GORDON COLE AND I COULDN’T HELP BUT NOTICE YOU FROM THE BOOTH AND WELL, I SUDDENLY FEEL LIKE I HAVE A BELLY FULL OF SPIROKEETS.
Shelly: You don ‘t have to shout, sir, I can hear you perfectly well.
Gordon: I HEARD THAT.
Shelly: Would you like anything else besides coffee?
Gordon: I HEARD YOU PERFECTLY.
Shelly: And I can hear you. Honest, you don’t have to shout.
Gordon: YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND — – you don’t understand, Miss Johnson, do you see these? I’ve spent the last twenty years asking folks to speak up, but for some weird reason I can hear you clear as a bell.
Gordon seems to fall instantly in love with Shelly, which is pretty adorable. And he requests “massive, massive quantities” of pie so he can continue to converse with her.
Soon, Annie comes by Cooper’s to offer even more adorableness. They are very flirty and Harry is enjoying the show. Cooper tells a terribly cheesy joke about penguins, and Annie actually laughs. “How long have you been in love with her?” Harry asks Cooper when she’s gone. Which is like, whoa jumping the gun! But also a cute call back to Cooper asking Harry the same thing about Josie way back in the first episode.
While at the diner, Cooper had been drawing a combination of Major Briggs tattoo and the Log Lady’s on a napkin. Annie and Harry both note that the symbol he’s created is also on the wall in Owl Cave. “Harry, I’ve got to see this Owl Cave.”
Donna is concerned about why Ben Horne visited her mother, Eileen, the other day. She’s so concerned that she follows her to the Great Northern and sees her secretly meeting with Ben again. Donna asks Audrey if she knows anything about it, but she doesn’t so Audrey leads her to her secret eavesdropping room.
They overhear a bunch of drama. It seems like Ben and Eileen had an affair long ago, and she wants him to burn the passionate letters he wrote her. But she doesn’t want him to make whatever amends he feels like he needs to now that he’s seen the light or… overcome a Civil War fever dream to be more accurate. Eileen is very resistant to his advances and tells him to keep something secret. What secret, we don’t know. But now Donna and Audrey are even more determined to figure out what’s going on.
Donna is so determined that she tells her dad what she saw. She’s stirring the pot of drama because that’s what she does. She must be bored without James around. Doc Hayward deflects and deflects her questions with excuses but she keeps pushing and pushing. And then a bouquet of roses shows up for Eileen with no card attached. So, Doc is either suspicious now or annoyed because something from his past has cropped up once again.
Audrey is doing her own digging into the poem Windom sent the girls at the library when she runs into someone — and it’s Windom Earle in one of his disguises. This time as a bow-tie-wearing, pipe-smoking librarian. His closet must be a cosplayer’s paradise! So many different costumes! But also I get some Arrested Development Gene Parmesan vibes. I just want to scream, “WINDOM! Oh, YOU GOT ME AGAIN!” like Lucille Bluth.
John Justice “Jack” Wheeler finally asks Audrey out on a real date. They make a lot of hammer and nail innuendos. Bow chicka wow ow. He’s also wearing a pretty ridiculous striped sweater.
But the date, it seems, is not to be because Ben wants Audrey to really take over the business. He is determined to be a better person and father. “The kind of person you will respect… someday.” He wants Audrey to go to a meeting in Seattle for him about the pine weasel. As Audrey is ushered away, John Justice “Jack” Wheeler confesses to Ben that he’s falling in love with Audrey. Ben laughs and gives him a carrot as a sign of his approval.
Some of my Bookhouse Boys (Cooper/Harry/Hawk/Andy) go spelunking at Owl Cave. Well, Andy does. And fails. Hawk leads Cooper to the symbol. “The tattoos are the question. This must be the answer.”
As they find the symbol, an owl attacks them in a cage. BOB, can’t you take a night off? Andy swings at the owl with his pick and gets it stuck in the wall on the top of the symbol. Part of the wall juts out and falls off to reveal a pipe with another symbol on that. “Fellas, coincidence and fate figure largely in our lives. Harry, I have no idea where this will lead us but I have a feeling it’ll be a place both wonderful and strange.”
Cooper returns from his journey and sees Annie at the bar. He asks her out on a nice little date. What a coincidence that both Audrey and Cooper make date plans with their shoehorned in love interests in the same episode!
The episode ends with Windom Earle meandering around Owl Cave and finding the symbols. He is very excited and turns the weird pipe so the symbol is inverted. And then the cave starts crumbling… Dun dun dun!