Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
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Episode #2.18 

Truman is shaken out of his stupor by a bizarre attempt on his life. Shelly has a miraculous effect on Gordon Cole. Cooper and the officers explore the mystical Owl Cave. Donna learns of her mother and Ben Horne's secret history.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)
Bobby Briggs (credit only)
Donna Hayward
Dr. Will Hayward
Norma Jennings (credit only)
James Hurley (voice)
Big Ed Hurley (credit only)
Pete Martell (credit only)
Lucy Moran
Jocelyn Packard
Catherine Martell (credit only)


Truman survives the attempt on his life by Ms. Jones, and returns to his job. Gordon Cole returns to Twin Peaks to reinstate Cooper into the FBI and to bring the classified file on Windom Earle, who is now eavesdropping on the police station with a hidden microphone in a bonsai plant. When Cole flirts with Shelly at the Double R Diner, her seductive appearance somehow makes him hear her voice. Enlightened that he can hear (at least her voice) Cole asks Shelly out on a date. Shelly is somewhat embarrassed, but flattered at the attention and accepts. Audrey continues pursuing Wheeler, but is thwarted by her father who sends her to Seattle on business. Donna enlists Audrey's help in investigating Donna's mother who may have a past connection with Ben Horne. Windom Earle continues stalking Cooper as well as making contact (in disguise) with Audrey, Shelly, and Donna. When Annie sees the symbols that Cooper drew from descriptions from Major Briggs and the Log Lady, and tells them they look... Written by Anonymous

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4 April 1991 (USA)  »

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Final appearances by James Marshall(James), even if it's just voice-over work, and Joan Chen(Jocelyn Packard). However, Marshall returned in Twin Peaks (2017). See more »


The playing cards Leo picks from Windom Earle's hand display the faces of [from camera-view right to left] Donna en of clubs], Audrey en of diamonds] and Shelly en of spades] . When Windom Earle has Leo picking the king [Agent Cooper], the 2 outside queens, Donna and Shelly, have swapped places with Donna on the left and Shelly on the right. Already in the next shot of the cards they have resumed their original order. See more »


Dale Cooper: Gordon, there's some curious linkages here.
FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole: The word linkage reminds me of sausage. Never cared much for the links, preferred the patties, but breakfast is a real good idea.
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A Sweeter Episode
19 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's pretty amazing to me how a surrealist show that is, essentially, about murder which was created (in part) by David Lynch of all people, includes some of the sweetest moments in television history!

This episode has a much more lighthearted approach than most "Twin Peaks" episodes. While "Twin Peaks" is pretty lighthearted a lot of the time, this is definitely one of the more "sweet" episodes. While it does have some dark moments (it literally opens with a woman attempting to kill Sheriff Truman), this episode is probably the most romantic of the "Twin Peaks" episodes.

Annie and Dale Cooper have a lot of chemistry together, and they're certainly two of the more charming characters of the show (Agent Dale Cooper is definitely my favorite "Twin Peaks" character, he's so fun to watch), and their scenes are very entertaining. Also, the scene dealing with an encounter between David Lynch's character and Shelly Johnson is hilarious.

Overall, this episode is full of heart, humor, and fun.

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