The next scene begins with the ol' extreme close-up of an ear with a hearing aid in it (oh, David Lynch so suggested that shot. But here's a little directing hint for you, Linka he was ONLY KIDDING) and cuts to COLE's profile as Cooper walks into the police station. Cooper snaps and points to where COLE is sitting before he even looks over, and COLE announces Cooper's name. Cooper approaches and the two shake hands, Cooper commenting, "I hope you haven't been waiting too long," and COLE responds, "I didn't just get here, I've been waiting the whole afternoon to see you," taking another very dangerous step toward exhausting a very cliché joke that would have been funny only if used very judiciously. Like, once. Fifty years ago on an Abbott and Costello special. COLE: "Cooper, you remind me today of a small, Mexican chihuahua." What? WHAT? I cannot watch that line often enough, yet each viewing brings me no closer to an understanding of WTF he's talking about. COLE says he needs to speak with Cooper in private, and Cooper asks Harry if they can use his office just a moment before COLE loudly (duh) suggests, "You might want to ask the Sheriff if we can use his office." Get it? Because he didn't hear it when Cooper asked? What's that? You say you don't know who's on third? Inside Cooper's office, COLE launches into a speech that begins, "I believe in secrecy, Coop I didn't want to say anything in front of the men." But, y'know, he's screaming. So Hawk and Truman can plainly hear all when COLE passes along this: "It's Albert's opinion you might be getting in over your head again." He fears for Cooper's safety and compares his getting injured to some behemoth-like back-story about "Pittsburgh." Cooper promises that he is "A-okay," and when Cooper tries to bring it all back to the rather befuddling "Lynch has left the building!" comment about the Mexican chihuahua, COLE is quick to change the subject again as Truman enters the room to tell them he can hear everything. Cooper invited him in. COLE suggests that Cooper invite Truman in. Thanks. We get it. COLE plot develops as he hands Cooper a plain white envelope, "an anonymous letter sent to home base with your name on it. Looks kind of familiar, doesn't it?" Cooper opens it. It's a small piece of paper with the typed letters, "P to K-4." Cooper: "It's a chess deal." COLE: "Looks like a chess deal." Me: wail of frustration and a resigned sigh that admits, "Yeesh. A running gag." The note is, as we learn from Cooper, "an opening move from Windom Earl." Let the beginning of the end begin!
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