Riverdale got (even more) Twin Peaks-y tonight, as Madchen Amick's Alice Cooper took on a bigger role in the show's second week...
...and her daughter, Betty, turned out to have a little something hiding in plain sight in her room that might just be a wink-and-a-nod reference to the TV classic that made Amick a household name.
Amick, of course, played Shelly Johnson on Twin Peaks, David Lynch's dark mystery about a murdered teen that's been referenced both by showrunners and by critics over and over again in reference to Riverdale.
That's why, during a visit to the set of Riverdale back in November, it stuck in our minds that Betty Cooper had a particular set of bookends on her dresser.
We kept an eye out for them in the pilot, and they didn't appear -- and then did, during tonight's episode, making their first on-camera appearance, fittingly enough, with Madchen Amick herself.
What are they, you ask? Why, they're little white owls.
The phrase "The owls are not what they seem," uttered by The Giant on Twin Peaks to Dale Cooper, is one of the most discussed phrases in the whole of the series. You can see a complete breakdown of the theories behind the phrase and its meaning here.
In any event, because of the prevalence of that phrase in Twin Peaks fandom and because of the influence of Twin Peaks on Riverdale, the idea of owls just...sitting there...in Betty's room stuck out.
You can see we even took the time to snap a quick shot of the top of the dresser when Betty wasn't around...
...there may be other clues there, of course: there's a Toni Morrison book, which is in keeping with Betty's character since she said in the pilot that Morrison was her "literary idol" and that she had a life-changing interaction with the author during a summer internship.
Another Twin Peaks thing is that Betty's diary appears in this episode. Granted, teenage girls writing in their diaries is really nothing new...but in a show so influenced by Twin Peaks, it -- like the owls -- is unlikely to be a coincidence. Laura Palmer's diary was a key plot element that kept a lot of things moving that otherwise might have stalled out. Be on the lookout to see whether something similar could happen with Betty's diary.
And take a look around Betty's room in the attached image gallery, which shows you not just the owls but so much more.
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Riverdale airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.