"On the Wings of Love"
Written by Harley Peyton & Robert Engels
Directed by Duwayne Dunham
Original air date: April 4, 1991
Truman is attacked; Gordon reinstates
Cooper, is strangely affected by Shelly’s voice, and brings
Windom Earle’s dossier—which reveals some astounding
coincidences; Cooper woos Annie with a joke about two penguins
and is directed to Owl Cave.
Read the episode
script at Glastonberry.net
For the titles of the Twin Peaks TV episodes, I have taken
the unique approach of using both the episode numbers, which were
the only titles given the scripts by series creators David Lynch and
Mark Frost, and the translated German titles of the episodes that
were assigned when the series aired in that country. Frequent
readers of PopApostle know I like the aesthetic of actual episode
titles, but I also wanted to honor the simple numbering used by
Lynch and Frost, hence the expanded titles presented in these
Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode
John Justice Wheeler (Jack)
Benjamin Horne, Sr. (deceased, mentioned only)
Randy St. Croix
Nadine Hurley (née Butler)
Edward Perkins (alias used by Windom Earle)
Notes from the Log Lady intros
When cable channel
obtained the rights to air reruns of Twin Peaks
in 1993, David Lynch directed all-new introductions to each
episode featuring the Log Lady, portrayed by original
actress Catherine E. Coulson. These intros also appear as
options on the DVD and Blu-ray collections of the series.
"The beautiful thing about treasure is that it exists.
to be found. How beautiful it is to find treasure. Where is
treasure, that when found, leaves one eternally happy? I
we all know it exists. Some say it is inside us--inside us
and all. That would be strange. It would be so near. Then
is it so hard to find, and so difficult to attain?"
This episode opens immediately after
"Wounds and Scars",
during the evening of Tuesday, March 21, 1989. It then
continues through the day of Wednesday, March 22. (Near the
end of the episode, Cooper dictates into his tape recorder
to Diane, indicating it's Thursday, but this would seem to
Various book titles can be seen on the shelves of the Bookhouse
as the episode opens:
Nothing Can Go Wrong, a 1981 book by John H. Kilpack
and John D. MacDonald about life on a cruise ship; a couple
The Devil's Alternative, a 1979 novel by British
writer Frederick Forsyth; Sociology; Crosswinds
One; Rage of Angels, a 1980 novel by Sidney
Sheldon; The Skaters' Waltz, a 1980 novel by Philip Norman;
Love Story, a 1970 romance novel by Erich Segal;
The Sunset Gang, a 1977 collection of short stories
by Warren Adler; City Kid, a 1981 non-fiction book
by Mary MacCracken; Don't Fall Off the Mountain, a
1985 book by Shirley Maclaine about her metaphysical
experiences; Night Sanctuary, a 1983 novel by
Monique Van Vooren; Gus the Great, the 1947 circus
novel by Thomas William Duncan; The Far State;
Main Street, U.S.S.R., a 1960 book about life in the
Soviet Union by American journalist Irving R. Levine;
The R Document, a 1979 novel of government conspiracy
by Irving Wallace; Family Happiness, a 1982 novel
by Laurie Colwin; and Voice of the Heart, a 1983
novel by Barbara
At 2:51 on the Blu-ray, the right shoulder strap of Jones'
negligee has fallen down her shoulder. But a few
seconds later, it is back up again!
Jones attempts to strangle Truman with a garrote at the
Bookhouse. For the rest of the episode, the scar left behind
by the garrote is seen on his throat.
Jack has an odd contraption running in Ben's office as
Audrey enters. The script describes it as a model for some
kind of irrigation system.
Jack remembers Audrey's grandfather having said, "If you're
gonna bring a hammer, better bring nails." According to Twin Peaks: An Access Guide to the Town, Audrey's
grandfather was Benjamin Horne, Sr.
After her arrest, Jones tells Truman she wants to speak to
the South African consulate. In
"Slaves and Masters",
Jones and Eckhardt speak Afrikaans, the official language of
South Africa, possibly indicating that she (and maybe
Eckhardt) originate from that nation. (This seems to be
The Secret History of Twin Peaks.)
At 9:10 on the Blu-ray, the deer's head is back on the wall
again in Truman's office, but missing the "The Buck Stopped
As Gordon reinstates Cooper into the FBI, he also gives him
the new standard issue gun for agents, a
& Wesson Model 1076. This was an actual FBI variant of
the Smith & Wesson Model 1006 used in the early 1990s.
However, the actual gun Gordon holds and hands to Cooper is
a Smith & Wesson 4506.
Earle mistakenly says that one of the prizes for the woman
who wins Miss Twin Peaks is a scholarship to the college of
your choice. But the flyer for the contest says specifically
it is two years tuition at WSC (Washington State College).
The cards that Leo picks from Earle's deck, laid out from
right-to-left, feature Donna as queen of clubs, Audrey as queen of
diamonds, and Shelly as queen of spades. But when Leo picks
the king from the deck, the queen cards are suddenly
rearranged with Shelly on the right and Donna on the left. A
split-second later, it reverts back to the original
formation. Also, recall that Audrey was the Queen of
Diamonds when she was hired at One-Eyed Jacks in
"The Last Evening"!
The blank-faced card that Earle holds back is the Queen of
Hearts, representing the winner of the Miss Twin Peaks
contest. The Queen of Hearts is representative of love, and,
of course, turns out to be Annie, Cooper's new-found love.
The joker card that Earle lays down on top of the faceless
queen card representing the winner of Miss Twin Peaks, shows
that it is a card made by the
United States Playing Card Company. The fact the joker
is seen riding atop a bee reveals the deck is a Bee brand,
owned by USPCC. (The backing of a red diamond pattern also
tells us the deck is Bee.)
Donna drives yet another car in this episode! Do the
Haywards have a collection of them? This one is a 1960
Rambler Six Super.
At the RR Diner, Gordon remarks he's in the mood for a steak
so rare you could it order it at Tiffany's. He is referring
& Co., a U.S. luxury retailer, specializing in diamond
Gordon compares Shelly to the Venus de Milo statue.
Venus de Milo means "Aphrodite of Milos", a Greek
statue of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty (Venus
to the later Romans) carved in the 2nd Century BC by Alexandros of
Antioch, currently in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. It
is also one of the statues seen in the Black Lodge in
"Beyond Life and Death".
Smitten by Shelly and wishing he spoke some French, Gordon
tells Cooper he's going to try his hand at a little "counter
Esperanto". Esperanto is a constructed
international auxiliary language invented by L.L. Zamenhof
in 1887 as a non-political, easy to learn language for use
internationally. Gordon wisely continues to speak English in
his attempt to woo her.
When Gordon is talking to Shelly at the RR, notice that Toad
is seated at the counter in the background.
Gordon tells Shelly he's been wearing his hearing aid
contraption for the past 20 years. This implies he had
normal hearing before then. What happened to cause his
At 20:50 on the Blu-ray, it appears that the Log Lady has
built a miniature house out of toothpicks as she sat at the
counter of the RR!
The amalgam of the tattoos found on Major Briggs and the Log
Lady that Cooper draws on a napkin (and later seen as a
petroglyph in Owl Cave) has vaguely the look of a symbolic
owl with wings spread. However, Cooper has changed the
triangles of Major Briggs' tattoo into diamonds instead.
While sitting at a booth in the RR, Cooper sees a chickadee
Dodge Dart through the window.
The music heard playing during the RR sequence is revealed
to be coming from the diner's jukebox when one track ends
and the other begins during the time from 21:33-21:53 on the
Blu-ray, nicely segueing from the Gordon/Shelly theme to the
The coffee pot Annie pours from at 22:05 on the Blu-ray is
from Bunn, a
manufacturer of coffee-making equipment for foodservice
I like how the tables are turned on Cooper at the RR. This
time it's Truman who is able to see that Cooper has fallen
in love with Annie instead of Cooper figuring out everyone
As Donna goes through the Hayward mail, at 25:07 on the
Blu-ray one of the pieces of mail is addressed to an
entirely different person and place: Jeff Moore, 12115
Hoffman, Studio City, CA. Jeff Moore was the prop master on
As Donna reads the postcard from James, the guitar music
playing is from the song he recorded with her and Maddy in
"The Man Behind Glass".
James' postcard to Donna is addressed to her at 552 Dale
St., Twin Peaks, WA 59219. But
"Wounds and Scars"
puts the Hayward home on Lakeview Drive and in
Twin Peaks: An Access Guide to the
Town, the Hayward home is instead shown at the corner
of Church Lane and Owl Street. The zip code 59219 is for
Dagmar, Montana. Twin Peaks: An Access Guide to the
Town gives the Twin Peaks zip code as 99153. To top it
all off, the card is postmarked Los Angeles, June 1973!
In his postcard, James says he's in
Francisco, heading for Mexico.
As Audrey looks through the stacks at the local library, the
book In the Days is seen on the shelf.
When Earle, as poetry professor Edward Perkins, "bumps into"
Audrey at the library, she asks for his help in identifying
the poem she (and Donna and Shelly) received. He asks her to
read the verse to him, then remarks, "Gazing at you,
reciting the verse of Shelley...you look very much like a
queen." There is a double reference here to both the author
of the poem ("Love's Philosophy"), Percy Bysshe Shelley, and
the fact that Shelly Johnson is the one who read the assembled
pieces of the verse aloud at the Roadhouse when she, Audrey,
and Donna met there in
"The Condemned Woman".
At 30:40 on the Blu-ray, Lucy still has her Tibet book with
her on the counter, besides reading a book about chess.
|Cooper's/Pete's chess move in this episode
is P to QR3 (Pawn to Queen's Rook 3; chess expert John Jacobs describes
this move as pointless). Cooper sees that it exposes the Pawn
to being taken by Earle's Bishop, but it is protected by
Cooper's Rook and Bishop, so taking the Pawn would not
normally be considered a good move since Earle would
presumably lose the more powerful Bishop in the
process. (See "Patterns and Conflicts: An Analysis of the
Windom Earle/Dale Cooper Chess Game", Wrapped in Plastic
#4, April 1993, which includes input from chess expert John
Jacobs, former chess columnist of the Dallas Times
|Cooper's/Pete's (black) P to QR2 move
(diagram from Wrapped in Plastic #4)
|A better move, N to K2, suggested by John
(diagram from Wrapped in Plastic #4)
As Truman and Cooper leave Truman's office to head out to
Owl Cave, Cooper tells him that Shelly has taken Gordon to
see Dr. Hayward about his hearing problem. Presumably, they
are trying to find out why Gordon can hear Shelly perfectly
but not others. This is never followed-up on in later
episodes. The fact that he can hear Shelly, with whom he's
clearly smitten, may be an indication that his hearing
problem is psychosomatic.
At 33:02 on the Blu-ray, the left-top pane of the French
doors in Ben's office is filled with glass again, unlike the
darkened panel seen in
"The Condemned Woman".
During his conversation with Audrey in his office, Ben
mentions Jack Kennedy and his brother Bobby, as well as the
Bay of Pigs and Russian missiles in Fidel's backyard. This
is a reference to 35th U.S. president John F. Kennedy and
his brother Bobby Kennedy. "Bay of Pigs" refers to a failed
invasion attempt of communist Cuba by a CIA-backed
paramilitary group from Guatemala in April 1961. "Missiles
in Fidel's backyard" refers to the Cuban Missile Crisis of
October 1962, when the Soviet Union attempted to place
nuclear missiles in Cuba, threatening U.S. security. Fidel
Castro was the Prime Minister/President of Cuba from
Ben sends Audrey for a breakfast confab with some
Owl Cave was shot at the Bronson Caves
in the Hollywood Hills, right below the famous Hollywood
sign. Many films and TV shows have shot there. Most
famously, one of the caves there is the mouth of the Batcave
in the 1960's Batman TV show.
The screech of an owl and the screams of someone that sounds
like BOB can be heard when the owl flies into the cave and
startles the assembled men.
When Andy's pick axe strikes the wall of the Owl Cave
petroglyph a burst of light and flicker of flame is
produced. But none of the men there comment on the light.
What caused it?
|When the petroglyph in Owl Cave is first
seen, the flame portion of the petroglyph is empty. But
after Andy strikes it with his pick-axe, the flame suddenly
has the so-called "Owl Cave symbol" inside it!
||Flame and Owl Cave symbol
The symbol on the end of the stone rod that emerges when the
diamond-shaped stone drops out of the wall of Owl Cave is
the same as that seen on the ring that was briefly in the
possession of first, Teresa Banks, then Laura Palmer, in
Fire Walk With Me.
Looking at the exposed stone rod and its hieroglyph, Cooper
says, "Harry, I have no idea where this will lead us. But I
have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful
and strange." This is a sort of paraphrasing of Judge
Sternwood's comment in
Episode 12: "The Orchid's
Curse", "The woods are wondrous here...but
Perrier mineral water and a bottle
Daniel's are seen behind the bartender in the Timber
Room at 41:30 on the Blu-ray.
As Cooper walks into the Timber Room, he is dictating into
his recorder for Diane about this night's visit to Owl Cave.
Note that he incorrectly says that it's Thursday; it's still
Cooper, Truman, and the deputies all climbed down into Owl
Cave with all sorts of spelunking equipment. But Windom
Earle shows up there later at night and climbs down with
nothing but a flashlight and the clothes on his back!
Why does Jones undress down to her negligee and climb into
bed with Truman in order to kill him? Why does she rub
perfume (or whatever it was) on his lips and hers? Truman's
dream/hallucination at that moment sort of implies she was trying to make
him think she was Josie. I guess so he would die thinking
Josie had killed him? It's kind of stupid of her. And her
assassination attempt fails, leaving her in custody. Why
didn't she just bring a gun and shoot him if she was under
orders from the late Thomas Eckhardt to kill Truman?
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it gives me great pleasure to reinstate you into the Federal
Bureau of Investigation.wav
what do you get if you win?.wav
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I heard that!.wav
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an epic poem.wav
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a major opportunity.wav
a certain Dick we both know.wav
coincidence and fate.wav
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it all began with a pair of tattoos.wav
I know the feeling.wav
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