First of all, to anyone who had been checking this on a regular basis who has somehow returned, apologies for the delay in updates. You’d have thought the COVID-19 lockdown would’ve allowed plenty of time for me to forge ahead with this – and you’d be right – but the will to do so has eluded me for much of the last two months. I set no deadline on myself for completing this gigantic act of foolishness, but I do want to press on. Anyway, welcome back and thank you for your patience.
Deputy Chief Hawk (Michael Horse) visits the bathroom at the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department. We join him as he washes his hands, drying them with a paper towel. In doing so he drops a coin which rolls underneath one of the nearby stalls. He follows its path. Picking up the coin he muses on its image. ‘Heads’ is a Native American head. It appears to be a Buffalo nickel – worth five cents – that was minted between 1913 and 1938.
The image is loaded for Hawk, being an indigenous person, bringing with it the myriad conflicts in America’s fraught history and the white man’s relation to both money and slaughter. But the reason for the pause on the coin here – as underpinned by a light dramatic touch on the score – is that it brings back to the viewer’s memory (and to Hawk’s) the words spoken in Part 1 by Margaret Lanterman; that the key to something that was missed in the Cooper case has to do with Hawk’s own heritage. Here, some five hours later, the answer will be obliquely revealed.
Looking around the stall, Hawk spies that the branding on the door hinge also carries a profile of a Native American man, reading “Nez Perce Manufacturing”. The Nez Perce are an indigenous people who have lived in the Pacific Northwest for centuries. Hawk, a man who is sensitive to some of the messages that the universe appears to be imparting to him through coincidences like this one, senses the significance of this moment.
Raising his eyes to the top of the door he notes that the corner rivets have come away and that the frame is bent outward slightly. Following this trail of clues, he starts pulling apart the stall door in search of the answer to the Log Lady’s cryptic riddle. Deputy Chad Broxford (John Pirruccello) interrupts him, but Hawk shows no interest in explaining his actions to Chad. This in itself is indicative of the fractal relationship between the staff as the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department, particularly in relation to Chad; something which will be underscored further before Part 6 is finished.
Inside the stall door, Hawk finds pieces of paper, folded up. They have handwriting on them and, though we won’t receive clarification until Part 7, these prove to be a significant discovery and exactly what Margaret was hinting toward. They are missing pages from the diary of Laura Palmer.
Next time: Doris revisited; Chad