Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
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Episode #1.6 

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Cooper and Truman discover evidence in the woods related to the death of Laura Palmer.


Mark Frost (created by), David Lynch (created by) | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle MacLachlan ... Special Agent Dale Cooper
Michael Ontkean ... Sheriff Harry S. Truman
Mädchen Amick ... Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)
Dana Ashbrook ... Bobby Briggs
Richard Beymer ... Benjamin Horne
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Donna Hayward
Sherilyn Fenn ... Audrey Horne
Warren Frost ... Dr. Will Hayward
Peggy Lipton ... Norma Jennings
James Marshall ... James Hurley
Everett McGill ... Big Ed Hurley
Jack Nance ... Pete Martell
Ray Wise ... Leland Palmer
Joan Chen ... Jocelyn Packard
Piper Laurie ... Catherine Martell


Cooper, Truman, Hawk, and Dr. Hayward venture into the woods and have tea with the Log Lady and discover a crime scene in the woods. Audrey Horne takes a job at her father's department store to look further into her own investigation where Laura also worked. Hank Jennings returns from prison to a job at the Double R Diner, while Norma is unaware about the two-faced Hank's intentions. James and Donna show Maddy Ferguson there findings and enlist her help in Laura's murder. Meanwhile, Jerry Horne invites some randy Icelandic businessmen to the Great Northern Hotel to get them to buy a piece of real estate called Ghostwood Estates. Hank secretly confronts and beats up Leo for taking over his drug dealing business and letting it get out of control. Leo again takes out his angry by hitting Shelley, who finally loses it and shoots him. A shocking turn is revealed where Catherine becomes suspicious about Benjamin's intentions as they plan to burn down the Packward Sawmill to collect the ... Written by sebbles

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Release Date:

10 May 1990 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scenes in the woods outside the cabin were filmed in Angeles National Forest, which is located in the San Gabriel Mountains overlooking the Los Angeles basin. See more »


When James is telling Donna about his Mother, the trees in the background display autumn colors, however Laura was murdered in Februray meaning the actual season would be late winter. See more »


[first lines]
Dale Cooper: [into his mini tape recorder] Diane, it is 4:28 AM. I have just been woken up by the most God-awful racket which you can probably hear over the sound of my voice.
[Cooper holds up the tape recorder to a record a loud Icelandic drinking song coming from the next room]
Dale Cooper: Can you hear that? Up until this moment I have experienced nothing at the Great Northern Hotel but the most pleasant and courteous service imaginable. However, it just goes to prove a point that once a traveler leaves ...
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Into The Night
Lyrics by David Lynch
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Performed by Julee Cruise
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A dark, atmospheric episode

Out of all the episodes that were not directed by Lynch, this one perhaps does the best job of emulating him. I really appreciate the dark, mysterious, engrossing atmosphere generated by this episode. It does a great job developing the characters and the plot at the same time, all while building and maintaining the sense of mystery.

Most of the episode follows Cooper, Truman, Hawk, and Dr. Hayward through the woods as they search for Jacques Renault's cabin. On the way, they stop off at the Log Lady's cabin. She's always been a fascinating character despite her relatively small amount of screen time (Log Lady intros notwithstanding), and this is perhaps her most substantial scene in the whole series.

Another fantastic scene in this episode is the one between Bobby and Dr. Jacoby. It is dark, powerful, and crucial to the development of Bobby as a character. The party at the end provides one of the best Leland crying scenes (believe me, there are a LOT of those). I really only have one problem with the episode, and that's the last scene. After watching through the series multiple times, I still don't know what to make of it. It just seems so painfully out of character for Audrey.

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