Written by Mark Frost & Harley Peyton & Robert Engels
Directed by Tim Hunter
Original air date: December 1, 1990
Catherine blackmails Ben; Leland sets
his sights on Donna; Cooper assembles all of the suspects at the
Roadhouse to discover who really killed Laura Palmer.
Read the episode transcript at Glastonberry.net
For the titles of the Twin Peaks TV episodes, I have taken
the unique approach of using both the episode numbers, which were
the only titles given the scripts by series creators David Lynch and
Mark Frost, and the translated German titles of the episodes that
were assigned when the series aired in that country. Frequent
readers of PopApostle know I like the aesthetic of actual episode
titles, but I also wanted to honor the simple numbering used by
Lynch and Frost, hence the expanded titles presented in these
Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode
Beth Ferguson (mentioned only)
Room service waiter
Man from Another Place
Notes from the Log Lady intros
When cable channel
obtained the rights to air reruns of Twin Peaks
in 1993, David Lynch directed all-new introductions to each
episode featuring the Log Lady, portrayed by original
actress Catherine E. Coulson. These intros also appear as
options on the DVD and Blu-ray collections of the series.
The Log Lady's intro here almost seems to me to be a mild
chastisement of the audience by David Lynch (who wrote the
intros). When he and Frost originally conceived of Twin
Peaks, the mystery of who killed Laura Palmer was not
intended to be solved, it was just the framework of the
doorway to lead the viewer into the enigmatic, cryptic,
mystical world of the environs of Twin Peaks. But casual
viewers and even fans proclaimed their frustration with the
drawn-out mystery of the murder and its nearly
incomprehensible clues, until the ABC network on which it
aired demanded that Lynch and Frost provide a resolution to
that particular plotline, which began with Leland's
revelation as the killer in
and ends with his apprehension and death in this episode. Lynch seems to be asking if having
the answer is really better than contemplating the unknowns.
But he goes on to say that having this particular answer
still leaves new questions for us to ponder and for us to be
wary of demanding all the answers, because then there are no
more questions to think about.
"So now the sadness comes. The revelation. There is a
after an answer is given. It was almost fun not knowing.
"Yes, now we know. At least we know what we sought in
But there is still the question: why? And this question will
go on and on until the final answer comes. Then the knowing
so full, there is no room for questions."
it was almost fun not knowing.wav
now we know.wav
This episode opens on Saturday, March 11, 1989 and goes into
the morning of Sunday.
The letter "O" in the plastic evidence bag held by Albert at
the beginning of the episode is on a larger snip of paper
than the one we saw Leland place under Maddy's fingernail in
Albert tells Cooper that Maddy was clutching fur from a
white fox, laced with formaldehyde, indicating a dead,
stuffed specimen. We saw Leland grab a small hunk of this
fur from the stuffed fox in Ben Horne's office in
"Demons"; he must
have then planted the fur in Maddy's hand to implicate Ben.
Donna and James' conversation at the RR Diner implies they
slept together for the first time the previous night.
At the RR, James gives Donna what appears to be a diamond
ring and slides it on her left ring finger. A jeweled ring
worn on the left ring finger of a woman generally connotes
an engagement ring in Western culture. Though he doesn't ask
her to marry him, has James just proclaimed their engagement
to be married?
James remarks that he got the ring at a jewelry store. This
implies there is a jewelry store in town. If he had bought
it in the jewelry section of Horne's Department Store, he
would have said Horne's.
When Donna hears that Harold Smith left a suicide note
reading simply, "Jai une ame solitaire," she leads
Agent Cooper to the Tremond cottage, where the grandson of
the elderly Mrs. Tremond had said those same words to her.
But when they get there, they find an entirely different,
and younger, Mrs. Tremond living in the cottage. She says
that her mother died three years ago and that she has no
children. This is similar to the two different Chalfonts
that are reported to have lived at the Fat Trout Trailer Park in
Deer Meadow in Fire Walk With Me. In fact, the same
actress plays the elderly Mrs. Tremond and Mrs. Chalfont in
that film. The connection between the two and their implied
connection to the Black Lodge is unknown. It may be that the
denizens of the White and Black Lodges do not have names of
their own (witness the dwarf, who is called the Man From
Another Place, and the Giant) and they simply adopt some
form of the name of the people they inhabit. This may be why
"Mike" goes by that name; recall that his host, Philip
Gerard, said in
Episode 4: "The One-Armed
his middle name was Michael.
In the scene above, notice also that not only is Mrs.
Tremond different, the interior of the cottage (what we see
of it through the open door) is completely different as
well. So, how did Donna see that "other" cabin? Was she
"taken" somewhere else psychically?
The page from Laura's diary that Harold leaves for Donna
relates that Laura had the same dream that Cooper had (in
"Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer")
about the red room and the dwarf.
The page from Laura's diary reveals that BOB once told Laura
that he was afraid of only one man, a man named Mike.
When the elderly room service waiter tells Cooper, "That
milk will cool down on you, but it's getting warmer now," it
may be meant as an indication that Cooper is "getting
warmer" in the direction of his thoughts on revealing the
Truman and Cooper find in phone records that the call
received by Laura in her room on the night she was murdered
(as first mentioned by her mother in
Plastic") was placed from Ben Horne's
office. But in
Fire Walk With Me,
the call she receives that night is seen to have been from
James, who was definitely not in Ben Horne's office!
At 13:36 on the Blu-ray, as the sheriff's deputies haul away
much of the contents of Ben's office as evidence in his
arrest for the murder of Laura Palmer, notice that a couple
of deputies are taking away the large stuffed swordfish that
had been mounted above the office fireplace!
At 18:44 on the Blu-ray, Ben begins using his handkerchief
to clean the cell bars he clutches, just as he did earlier
"Drive With a Dead Girl".
Donna wears Laura's sunglasses while visiting Leland at his
house and she lights up a cigarette while there. She only
seems to smoke when she is wearing Laura's glasses.
At 22:21 on Blu-ray, the red tag on BOB's jean jacket
identifies it as
Does anyone know the instrumental piece Leland plays on the
record player when he dances with Donna? I haven't been able
to nail it down.
In addition to previously seen generic versions of the beer
brands, a neon sign for "Fine Kugel on Tap" is seen in the
Roadhouse at 26:55 on the Blu-ray. This may be a generic
At 26:59 on the Blu-ray, notice that Albert is pouring
himself a drink at the Roadhouse from what appears to be his own personal
flask while waiting for Cooper's revelation
According to the clock seen in the Roadhouse, the meeting
among the suspects/investigators of Laura Palmer's murder is
taking place at 3 p.m.
Cooper asks the assembled men to help clear the floor of the
Roadhouse for what's to come. But notice that he himself
does not help to clear the space!
Cooper says he finds himself in need of a new tactic to
determine the identity of the killer, "which for lack of a
better word we shall call...magic."
When the crew arrives back at the sheriff's station with Ben
in custody and Leland along as his attorney, the clock on
the wall shows it is almost 4:00 now. Why did it take them
nearly an hour to get from the Roadhouse to the sheriff's
At 32:09 on the Blu-ray, notice that Lucy's book on Tibet,
not seen since Season 1, is sitting on her desk still!
Isn't it more than slightly odd that Leland is agreeing to
be Ben's attorney in the charge of murdering Leland's own
daughter?! Yes, Ben is Leland's friend and employer and we
all know Leland/BOB is the actual killer, but shouldn't he
at least be pretending that he is not willing to defend the
man charged with murdering Laura?
When Leland runs smack into the wall of the interrogation
room in his rage at 33:10 on the Blu-ray, notice that the
wall vibrates with impact, an indication of the relatively
flimsy set wall as opposed to a real wall.
During the interrogation, Leland begins hooting...possibly
like an owl?
Leland/BOB taunts Cooper with the remark, "I have this thing
for knives. Just like what happened to you in Pittsburgh
that time! Huh, Cooper?" He is referring to Cooper's
stabbing that took place there while he was assigned to
protect Caroline Earle in 1979, as related in
Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper.
It's not clear exactly how BOB knows about this event; it
was the insane Windom Earle who attacked Cooper at the time.
Was Earle also possessed by BOB? Or is BOB just aware of
Earle because of the man's investigations into the existence of
the Black Lodge (we learn about his role in Project Blue
Book and investigations into the Black Lodge in
"The Path to the Black Lodge")?
During the interrogation, BOB remarks that Leland was a good
vehicle, but now he's full of holes and it's almost time to
"shuffle off to Buffalo". This refers to the 1933 song
"Shuffle Off to Buffalo" from the musical film 42nd
Notice that Hawk looks pretty disturbed at Leland's
rantings. It may be an indication of Hawk's spiritual nature
and attunement to his Native American heritage and respect
for their legends.
The plumber who is working on the fire sprinklers in the
sheriff's station is named in the script as Zipper.
I hadn't noticed before, but at 35:34 on the Blu-ray, notice
that Lucy wears a ring on the middle finger of her right
Despite it being posted "No Smoking" in the sheriff's
station, notice that both Dick and Albert light up!
Leland/BOB repeats the words he spoke in Cooper's dream in
"Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer", the
"Fire Walk With Me" chant. But the opening line he speaks is
slightly different from the times it's been heard
previously, using "Through the dark of futures past" instead
of "Through the darkness of future past". He goes on
here to speak BOB's words from th dream "I'll catch you with my death
bag! You may think I've gone insane, but I promise, I will
At 38:39 on the Blu-ray, notice that Leland is immediately
soaked through when the fire sprinklers go off, even though
only a few seconds have passed!
Since BOB seems to be associated with fire, it may be that
the water from the fire sprinklers forced him out of
Leland's body sooner than he intended.
During his heartbroken confession of his crimes to Cooper,
Leland starts off talking about "he" (BOB) coming to him and
coming inside him and that "he" wanted others to use. Then
he switches to "they", saying "they" wanted Laura, but she
was too strong, she rejected "them". Who are "they"?
Note that Cooper seems to act as Leland's spiritual guide as
he comforts Leland in his death throes. The words of comfort
he first speaks to Leland are a paraphrasing of selections
from the Tibetan Book of the Dead:
"Leland, the time has come for you to seek the path.
Your soul has set you face to face
with the clear light and you are now about to experience
it in its reality.
Wherein all things are like the void and cloudless sky
and the naked, spotless intellect
is like a transparent vacuum without circumference or
Leland, in this moment, know yourself and abide in that
Look to the light, Leland. Find the light."
Notice that the sprinklers stop almost immediately after
Leland breathes his last.
You'd think the sheriff's station would be badly damaged by
all the water from the fire suppression sprinklers that went
off near the end of this episode. But no evidence of damage
is seen in future episodes. However, the next morning,
during the men's discussion about BOB in the park, Cooper is
seen carrying a paper cup of coffee, perhaps an indication
that he had to get a coffee to go from the donut shop
because the sheriff's station's coffee maker was not in
While discussing Leland's crimes and whether BOB is real,
Major Briggs comments, "...there’s more in heaven and Earth
than what’s dreamt up in our philosophy." He is paraphrasing
a line from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, "There
are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are
dreamt of in your philosophy."
The very last scene of the episode seems to depict the
point-of-view of an unrevealed figure racing through the
woods away from a car wreck, and then an owl swoops in right
in front of them. If you turn the volume up just before the
owl swoops in there are noises that sound like a person or
persons yelling unintelligibly.
At the end of the episode, as he, Truman, and Albert walk
through the park, what is Cooper carrying in the brown bag
in his left hand along with his coffee in the right? Donuts?
Whose car is it that is seen crashed into a ditch as an owl
flies away in the last scene of the episode? It does not
appear to be Evelyn Marsh's Rolls-Royce which she reports
crashing into a ditch later in
Episode 18:_"Masked Ball".
the only one of us with the coordinates for this
find this beast before he takes another bite.wav
you're on the path.wav
the menus are very presentable.wav
Jai une ame solitaire.wav
tonight is the night that I die.wav
he is known to us here.wav
it's getting warmer now.wav
slimy rat bastard.wav
why spoil it with the truth?.wav
it doesn't matter if we're happy and the rest of the world
goes to Hell.wav
the gang's all here.wav
I find myself in need of something new.wav
would you like us to hum?.wav
right on time.wav
my most favorite gum in the world.wav
that gum you like.wav
my father killed me.wav
that's not Leland.wav
Laura told me in her dream.wav
I have this thing for knives.wav
it's almost nearly time to shuffle off to Buffalo.wav
into the light.wav
people saw BOB.wav
an evil that great in this beautiful world.wav
where's BOB now?.wav
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