Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
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Episode #2.3 

Cooper and Truman discover an unexpected twist in the trail of Laura Palmer's murderer.


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

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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 (credit only)
Richard Beymer ... Benjamin Horne
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Donna Hayward
Sherilyn Fenn ... Audrey Horne
Warren Frost ... Dr. Will Hayward
Peggy Lipton ... Norma Jennings (credit only)
James Marshall ... James Hurley
Everett McGill ... Big Ed Hurley
Jack Nance ... Pete Martell (credit only)
Kimmy Robertson ... Lucy Moran
Ray Wise ... Leland Palmer
Joan Chen ... Jocelyn Packard (credit only)


Cooper and Agent Rosenfield are alerted when an attempt is made on Ronnette Pulaski's life at the hospital. Meanwhile, Donna meets with the reclusive Harold Smith, an orchid cultivator, whom she asks about Laura. At the One-Eyed Jacks, Audrey is held prisoner by Blackie and Emory who are under the employment of Jean Renault who plans to extract a ransom from Benjamin Horne, as well as kill Cooper whom he blames for the deaths of his brothers Bernard and Jacques. Leland comes to the police station after seeing the police sketch of Killer Bob claiming to have known the mysterious man from his childhood. Elsewhere, Lucy meets with the suave and vain Dick Tremayne where she confides that she's pregnant from a brief fling they had and the baby may be his. The mysterious Asian man staying at the Great Northern Hotel continues to follow Cooper around. Philip Michael Gerard, the one-armed man, has a seizure after seeing the sketch of Killer Bob, and emerges as his alter ego, 'Mike'. At the ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

13 October 1990 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As she's about to inject Audrey with heroin, Blackie says "she's ready for her closeup," a paraphrase of the last line of Sunset Boulevard, one of David Lynch's favorite movies and the source of the name Gordon Cole. See more »


When Donna drops by Harold's house for the second time, the first thing he does is wrap a quilt around her. Yet on her previous visit, they had both discussed how warm the house is, and that this is to protect Harold's orchids. See more »


Harold Smith: Laura liked to think of me as... a mystery in her life.
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »


Twin Peaks Theme (Instrumental)
Written by Angelo Badalamenti
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a consistently comical episode full of classic moments
8 October 2017 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

Serving as both a hilarious reminder of Twin Peaks' knack for absurdist humor as well as a genuinely important entry in the series, this episode works on many levels. While there are a few moments that are overlong and underwhelming, the vast majority of this episode is fast paced, exciting, and often extremely funny. Plenty of quirky, classic Peaks moments are mixed in with more mysterious and thrilling material, as well as the introductions to some major characters and subplots. The sweet and strange Harold Smith is given a fittingly tender yet mildly unnerving introduction, while Jean Renault is involved with some very criminal goings on down at One-Eyed Jacks. All in all, this is a great episode that functions with near brilliance, jam packed with moments of surrealism (the setting of a public restroom somehow becomes a majestic and unsettling surrealist landscape), quirky humor (Nadine wakes up and kickstarts an amusing subplot that unfortunately proceeds to get really old after a while, while Dr. Jacoby and his wife are introduced in a fittingly eccentric fashion), and heavy doses of noirish mystery (some of the dialogue in this episode in particular feels handpicked straight from the classic crime thrillers of the 40's!).

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