Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
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Cooper and Truman track down the one-armed man and some strange new evidence; Norma goes to a parole board hearing for her husband; Audrey begins her own investigation.


Tim Hunter


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 (credit only)
Jack Nance ... Pete Martell
Ray Wise ... Leland Palmer
Joan Chen ... Jocelyn Packard
Piper Laurie ... Catherine Martell


Cooper and Truman track down the one-armed man and some strange new evidence; Norma goes to a parole board hearing for her husband; Audrey begins her own investigation.

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Release Date:

3 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 One-Armed Man is a reference to the real killer in The Fugitive. His name, Philip Gerard, is in reference to the police officer pursuing the title character. See more »


Deputy Tommy 'Hawk' Hill: [Looking at Cooper's 10-ring target sheet] Only four hits?
Dale Cooper: Well I got four through the eyes and two through each nostril.
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Referenced in Silent Hill: Origins (2007) See more »


Twin Peaks Theme (Instrumental)
Written by Angelo Badalamenti
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funny, tense, romantic, mysterious, dramatic, weird; classic "Peaks"
22 September 2017 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

In the first season, each episode seems to be piling more and more crazy plot twists than the last, and, although this is actually more than halfway through this season, plenty of new characters are continuing to be introduced. There's the first appearance of Hank Jennings whose role has been overshadowed somewhat over time, but he was an essential character in both the latter half of the first season as well as some of the second. Philip Gerard was seen earlier in the Pilot, but only as a mere absurdist visual gag, and his doppelganger was shown in Cooper's cryptic dream in the second episode directed by Lynch, but his character wasn't properly introduced until this episode. All of the scenes with him are great, and I still feel a sense of investment whenever he's on screen, even if I already know, and have known for well over a year now, what eventually is to become of him.

There are also a few other important and iconic scenes scattered throughout the chapter, including light moments like a humorous and profound conversation about love between Cooper, Andy, Hawk, and Sheriff Truman and the classic, if incredibly brief comedic moment between Cooper and a llama, as well as darker moments such as Hank's pleas for a second chance that are soon disproven by a final moment that serves as a massive twist. Conspiracies and unexpected interrelationships plague this episode, making the viewer feel both intrigued and slightly worn out by the end of it. And on top of all this madness is the beginning of a whole new subplot surrounding the beautiful and charming Miss Audrey Horne who desperately attempts to solve the ongoing mystery of Laura Palmer's tragic murder with the hope of winning over Special Agent Dale Cooper. If only her plan had succeeded...

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