Twin Peaks

Season 2 Episode 18

Episode Twenty-Five "On The Wings Of Love"

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 04, 1991 on ABC
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Harry is attacked by Jones in his sleep. Audrey and Wheeler begin a relationship. Gordon Cole returns with a report that Windom Earle worked with Major Briggs on Project Bluebook. Cole reinstates Cooper in the FBI. Earle plans to kill the winner of Miss Twin Peaks. Donna spies Eileen Hayward paying a mysterious visit to Ben Horne. Gordon Cole believes Shelly can cure his hearing loss. Annie recognizes the two tattoos are coming from Owl Cave. Earle visits Audrey. Cooper, Truman, Hawk and Andy visit Owl Cave. Cooper learns Annie has had a difficult life and offers to help her. Earle uncovers a petroglyph in Owl Cave.

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  • "On the Wings of Love" Amidst the usual soap opera drama of blossoming romance and overacted dialogue lies a gripping mystical drama about the meaning of the mysterious markings exhibited by Major Briggs & the Log Lady. Oh, and did I mention romancmoreless

    8.5
    As if a magical pixie fog had descended on the town overnight, romance is a-bloomin' in Twin Peaks, with newbies Heather Graham & Billy Zane moving in like Peregrine Falcons on Coop & Audrey. And who can blame them? As two of the most interesting and distinctive characters on the show, I suspect the two of them find their answering machines overflowing with advances when the weekend comes around. Nonetheless, nothing can keep Audrey (Sherilyn Fenn) from releasing all of her sublimely honed feminine charms on Billy Zane, A.K.A. Jonathan Wheeler. The chemistry created by Zane & Fenn is a true testament to their inventive talents, and it is a delight to listen to the effortless flow of their conversation. Meanwhile, Coop and Gordon Cole find true love of their own, but not with each other, surprisingly. Cole discovers Shelley is the only one he can hear properly, and thank God, otherwise we would have to continue to endure his humorous albeit relentless yelling, played with abandon by David Lynch himself. Coop finds himself beaming at Annie (Graham), Norma's sister who fled her convent to discover, as Arrested Development puts it, the "secular world", takes a clumsy swing at Cooper, flashing her pretty blues and playing coy. Graham occasionally rolls through her lines with the singsong fakeness of a bad high school actor, but she does have a few nice moments chatting with Coop, which may fill the void created by the (temporary?) squelching of Coop & Audrey's verboten romance. Although the romantic elements of the show occasionally grind the momentum to a halt, for the most part it works in this episode.



    Director Duwayne Dunham, or 3D as he'd like to be called, paints a crisp, dark, yet graceful portrait of the mystical scenes surrounding the show. The opening panning shot creeps slowly across a detailed background, allowing the viewer to participate three-dimensionally (so 3D, its official now, right?). The spelunking scenes in the Owl Cave have an appropriate amount of tension, enhanced by the sensual delights of the textured shots within the cave, no small feat considering the lighting difficulties. Dunham fosters a mysterious ambience with a lush and stimulating visual environment. His directorial talents prove an excellent fit for the eccentric artistic stylings of David Lynch & his band of misfits.



    The spelunking trip provides a much needed injection of mysticism & suspense, with what appear to be significant clues to revealing the driving force behind the violence in Twin Peaks, specifically the significance of the markings reported on Major Briggs and the Log Lady. It is refreshing after moments of malaise in the middle of the second season, mostly due to the show getting bogged down in its sillier elements. Most importantly, "On the Wings of Love" rewards the loyal Twin Peaks fan, occasionally battered through the challenge of such an eccentric show, with the elements which attracted the viewers originally: mystical enigmas & cheeky pop drama, all wrapped in a stylish Lynch package.moreless
Lara Flynn Boyle

Lara Flynn Boyle

Donna Marie Hayward

Kimmy Robertson

Kimmy Robertson

Lucy Moran

Sherilyn Fenn

Sherilyn Fenn

Audrey Horne

Warren Frost

Warren Frost

Dr. William Hayward

Kyle MacLachlan

Kyle MacLachlan

Special Agent Dale Cooper

Richard Beymer

Richard Beymer

Benjamin Horne

Brenda Strong

Brenda Strong

Jones

Guest Star

Robert Bauer

Robert Bauer

Johnny Horne

Guest Star

Jack McGee

Jack McGee

Bartender

Guest Star

David Lynch

David Lynch

Gordon Cole

Recurring Role

Billy Zane

Billy Zane

John Justice Wheeler

Recurring Role

Heather Graham

Heather Graham

Annie Blackburn

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Annie: You know what is weird, being around men again.
      Shelly: (laughing) Well, you don't have to spend time in a convent to feel that.

    • Gordon Cole: Now that I come to mention it, Coop, you know what I'm in the mood for?
      Cooper: What's that, Gordon?
      Gordon Cole: A steak so rare you could sell it at Tiffany's

    • Gordon Cole: Harry, the best cure I ever came across for a hangover was raw meat, and plenty of it. You break an egg on it, add in some salted anchovies, tobasco and worsterchire sauce...(Harry runs to the bathroom holding his stomach) If you want, we can order up some for you.

    • Cooper: It's good to have you back, Harry.
      Harry: It'll take me a day or so to get my sea legs back.
      Cooper: (smiling) To be honest, it looks like you went down with the ship.

    • Log Lady intro:

      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?

    • Gordon Cole: WHAT A BEAUTY. REMINDS ME OF THAT STATUE, THE BABE WITHOUT THE ARMS.
      Cooper: The Venus de Milo
      Gordon Cole: THE NAME WAS MILO BUT THAT'S BESIDE THE POINT. THAT'S THE KIND OF GIRL THAT MAKES YOU WISH YOU SPOKE A LITTLE FRENCH.

    • Cooper: Surefire cure for a hangover, Harry. You take a glass of nearly frozen, unstrained tomato juice. You plop a couple of oysters in there and you drink it down. Breathe deeply. Next you take a mound and I mean a mound of sweetbreads sauteed with some Canadian bacon and chestnuts. Finally some biscuits, big biscuits, smothered in gravy. Now here's where it gets tricky, you're gonna need some anchovies. You take--
      Harry: (groaning) Excuse me.
      Cooper: (smiling) That should do it.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When Gordon Cole says "Now that I come to mention it Coop you know what I'm in the mood for? A steak so rare you could sell it at Tiffany's..."
      it is an allusion to Tiffany's being a prestigious jewelry shop known for selling very rare jewelry, not steak.

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