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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Twin Peaks: Double Play Twin Peaks
Episode 21: "Double Play"
TV episode
Written by Scott Frost
Directed by Uli Edel
Original air date: Febr
uary 2, 1991


Leo stalks again; Hank recovers from the beating he took from Nadine; Cooper relates the story of Windom Earle; Mayor Milford sets out to avenge his brother’s death; Dr. Hayward reveals the truth about little Nicky.


Read the episode script at


Didja Know?


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 studies. 


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Dale Cooper

Dr. Hayward

Deputy Andy

Sheriff Truman

Deputy Hawk

Windom Earle

Hank Jennings (mentioned only)

Audrey Horne

Bobby Briggs

Ben Horne

Shelly Johnson

Leo Johnson

Lucy Moran

Dick Tremayne

Jeffrey Marsh

Ed Hurley

Nadine Hurley (née Butler)

Norma Jennings


Dr. Jacoby

Jerry Horne

Major Briggs

Lana Milford

Mayor Milford

Pete Martell

Catherine Martell

Andrew Packard

Josie Packard (mentioned only)

Thomas Eckhardt


Randy (Meyer/St. Croix)

Malcolm Sloan (mentioned only)




Notes from the Log Lady intros


When cable channel Bravo 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 heart. It is a physical organ, we all know. But how much more
an emotional organ. This we also know. Love, like blood, flows from
the heart. Are blood and love related? Does a heart pump blood as
it pumps love? Is love the blood of the universe?"


Didja Notice?


This episode opens on the night of Friday, March 17, then continues through the day of Saturday, March 18, 1989.


At about 2:06 on the Blu-ray, the corpse in Truman's office blinks just before his left eye leaves the shot in the camera pan.


Notice that Deputy Andy has his eyes closed in the presence of the corpse, presumably so he won't start crying as he has in the past when encountering dead bodies.


At the crime scene, Cooper and Truman find needles from a lodgepole pine on the floor. Lodgepole pines are common in the Pacific northwest.


At 4:27 on the Blu-ray, besides the obvious duck decoy, notice there is also a small owl statue on the bar in the Timber Room.


Bobby plays with the candle fire throughout the Timber Room scene. He has played with the fire of his cigarette lighter in the past. In general, he has been seen to fidget with objects continuously.


When Audrey explains her father's current fragile condition to Bobby and tells him she's the one he needs to suck up to, it seems he might be misinterpreting her demands to be romantic/sexual when he says, "What about Shelly?"


At 5:28 on the Blu-ray, notice there is a used paper shooting target hanging on the freezer door of the refrigerator in the Johnson house.


At 5:53 on the Blu-ray, notice that a deflated red balloon is still hanging from the ceiling light in the Johnson kitchen, left over from Leo's welcome home party in Episode 13: "Demons".


As Leo attacks Shelly, notice that he is no longer wearing the party hat and does not have food smeared all over his face as was seen at the end of the previous episode Episode 20: "Checkmate". As speculated in that study, it was probably a shot of Leo borrowed from Episode 13: "Demons", when Shelly and Bobby had Leo's welcome home party.


At 7:14 on the Blu-ray, Leo is holding the famous soap in a sock as he threatens Shelly! He throws it at her seconds later.


As Andy stretches and pulls the rubber glove off his hand, we can see that it falls to the floor next to him, but the next shot shows that it flew across the lobby and stuck to the sliding window at Lucy's reception desk.


Lucy's sweater has diamond patterns on it.


The toy car on Jeffrey Marsh's shelf at 13:18 on the Blu-ray is of a Rolls-Royce automobile. As the camera pans across the shelf, we also see a couple of toy Mercedes-Benz's, a Jaguar, and another Rolls. A photograph on the shelf is of a Duesenberg. As the shot fades out and into the garage, the first car seen is a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II. The second car in the garage is a 1950 Chevy Corvette.


The athletic jacket Jeffrey wears when he meets James at 13:38 on the Blu-ray is an Air Jordan jacket made by Nike.


As Jeffrey drives off in the repaired Jaguar Drophead Coupe, Evelyn watches him go and the sound of a car skidding and crashing is heard. It seems this was a symbolic sound in her head to indicate the sabotage she and Malcolm had made to the vehicle in order to bring about the accident that will shortly cause her husband's death. The actual accident seems to occur later that night.


Doc Hayward's sweater at 15:03 on the Blu-ray, has small diamond shapes all over it.


Hank is said to be in the hospital with multiple injuries. We know he got his ass whupped by Nadine in Episode 20: "Checkmate", but he is apparently making different excuses for his injuries, not wanting to admit he got beat up by a woman. He told Hawk he was hit by a bus and he told Norma a tree fell on him.


At 19:08 on the Blu-ray, the couch that had gone missing from Truman's office in Episode 20: "Checkmate" is back in place. But it is gone again when Major Briggs visits the office at 28:48! It is back in later scenes.


The model railroad train seen in Ben's office at 24:40 on the Blu-ray is of an old Union Pacific steam engine. It is seen pulling a Santa Fe flatbed car loaded with logs (the Santa Fe Railway is now known as BNSF Railway).


Notice that Ben is wearing his tie backward! Dr. Jacoby's tie in this scene has a hula girl on it, but it's not the same hula girl tie he wore in Episode 0A: "Wrapped in Plastic".


The song that Dr. Jacoby leads Ben in singing is "Dixie", a blackface minstrel song of the 1850s which became one of the candidate songs for the anthem of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.


Dr. Hayward tells Dick, "Dick, I didn't drop you on your head when I brought you into this world, don't give me cause to regret that." This implies that Dick was born in Twin Peaks. Why then does he have a British accent? Is it merely an affectation? Did he have British parents from whom he picked it up?


Major Briggs staggers into the sheriff's station at 27:52 on the Blu-ray as if he's drugged. His condition is not explained. Possibly he was given truth drugs or something similar by his Air Force interrogators in an attempt to get him to recall what happened to him during his recent disappearance from the woods. Oddly, Lucy seems only mildly concerned when he approaches her desk and asks to see the sheriff and then collapses to the floor; notice she stands and looks down at his fallen form and then resumes gazing into her compact mirror, as she had been applying lipstick before he entered!


Notice that Deputy Andy still refers to Cooper as "Agent Cooper" even though Cooper is currently on suspension from the FBI.


When Lana expresses her gratitude to Dr. Jacoby, notice that Cooper looks at him a bit jelously!


Catherine's sweater at 34:25 on the Blu-ray has rows of large diamond shapes on it.


At 36:48 on the Blu-ray, Eckhardt's assistant, a woman known only as Jones, picks up a small hand bell and rings it at the reception desk of the Great Northern Hotel to summon a desk clerk. But in Episode 24:_"Wounds and Scars", we see Nadine ring a common tap type desk bell at reception when she checks in with Mike Nelson.


The desk clerk at the Great Northern is said to be named Randy St. Croix in the end credits. But his badge appears to read "Randy Meyer" here. Yet, in Episode 24:_"Wounds and Scars", he has the correct name on his badge. Maybe here he misplaced his badge and borrowed one from another Randy that works there!



At 37:17 on the Blu-ray, Eckhardt's sunglasses are reflecting the fire of the Great Northern lobby's fireplace right where his eyes would be, giving him a devilish aspect.


At 37:56 on the Blu-ray, Cooper is seen reading a book about Tibet in the background. He is later seen reading this same book at the RR Diner when he first meets Annie in Episode 24:_"Wounds and Scars". I haven't been able to identify exactly which book this is. Can anyone identify it from the cover? Cooper's Tibet book Cooper's Tibet book


At 39:20 on the Blu-ray, Truman shows Cooper a newspaper article that came over the fax line, "Asian Man Killed!!", regarding the murder of Jonathan. The article seen on the screen is somewhat amusing when read on a freeze-frame, as it has nothing to do with the murder and is, instead, an extremely vague account of an investigation of something-or-other being conducted by a committee. It also seems as if the article may be from a sensation-style tabloid newspaper, as average daily newspapers do not typically use double (or even single) exclamation points in news headlines. It is also odd that the headline should specify the man as "Asian" instead of just a man.

Asian Man Killed!!


    Doc Hayward reveals that Little Nicky was conceived to an immigrant chambermaid at the Great Northern during a rape by a man who fled to Canada.

    The woman died in childbirth and was buried in Potter's Field. A potter's field is a cemetery for unidentified or unclaimed people. This is the first mention of one in Twin Peaks.

    Nicky's foster parents were killed in a car crash during a family outing. He pulled their bodies from the burning wreck, but it was too late to save them. 


Evelyn tells James she loves him, claiming she never said that to anyone before.


At 44:02 on the Blu-ray, four hand-carved wood flutes are seen on the table in Windom Earle's commandeered cabin. He was playing one of them as Leo approached the cabin, which was the music we heard over the soundtrack. He is seen playing these flutes at different times in the episodes that follow.

four flutes


The chess board glimpsed in Earle's cabin at the end of the episode bears no relation to the state of the game currently being played by him and Cooper. Maybe he just likes to play against himself as a way of formulating new chess strategies.


Memorable Dialog


I can still feel his presence.wav

a very sick game.wav

we think he murdered his parents.wav

sexually active.wav

cold and hard and brilliant.wav

you don't know what he's capable of.wav

the Almighty is a Southerner.wav

not ideologically pure.wav

I was taken to the White Lodge.wav

trouble ahead.wav

I will be in the shadows.wav

is it hot in here.wav

and the hippy, too.wav

you say drink coffee, I'll drink coffee.wav

you can call me Windom.wav


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