"The Man Behind Glass"
Written by Robert Engels
Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter
Original air date: October 13, 1990
Another letter is found placed under
Ronette’s fingernail; Albert shares his philosophy; Gerard
reveals his other self; Jacque and Bernard’s brother turns up
for revenge; Dr. Jacoby undergoes hypnosis; Nadine awakens from
her coma with unexpected side-effects.
Read the episode
script 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
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 burlap sack on the table keeps inching closer to the Log
Lady from one intro to the next!
"Letters are symbols. They are building blocks of words
form our languages. Languages help us communicate. Even with
complicated languages used by intelligent people,
is a common occurrence.
"We write things down sometimes--letters, words--hoping they
serve us and those with whom we wish to communicate. Letters
words, calling out for understanding."
This episode opens on the morning of Sunday, March 5, 1989.
As the screaming, twisting Ronette is being placed back on
her hospital bed by an orderly and a deputy at 1:49 on the
Blu-ray, Sheriff Truman can be seen turning around, bending
down, and turning off the intravenous feeding monitor that
is emitting a shrill tone because Ronette has pulled out her
Cooper finds the letter "B" under Ronette's fingernail,
presumably placed by BOB/Leland. But (as commented in the
study of the previous episode,
"Coma") how would Leland have been
able to get into Ronette's hospital room if she was
supposedly under 24-hour guard at the time? Did BOB possess
one of the guards or nurses to do the deed? And why does BOB
place a letter under the fingernail of a girl he hasn't
killed? Is it meant to lure Cooper closer?
At 3:58 on the Blu-ray, Harold Smith extends his left hand
to Donna for a handshake instead of the normal right.
In the same shot above, notice that Harold has a previous
Meals on Wheels serving platter sitting on a stand next to
the door. That night, later in the episode, the platter is
gone even though Donna didn't take it with her after her
Harold tells Donna he can't go outside. In
"The Orchid's Curse",
we see that when he does step outside his home, his right hand
begins to quiver and he collapses to the ground. This may be
related to the quivering hands experienced by several others
in Episode 28:
"Miss Twin Peaks", during the planetary alignment
that opens the gateway to the Black Lodge.
Is it just me or does Harold wear a woman's watch on his
At 7:58 on the Blu-ray, Cooper tells Truman that Mrs. Palmer
called this morning to say that Maddy had seen BOB twice in
visions over the past two days. But we only saw Maddy have a
vision of him once (in
"Coma")! Perhaps the second vision was
the one in the Japanese version of
"May the Giant Be With You"
(you can see the scene on YouTube:
"Twin Peaks Episode 8 Alternate BOB Japanese Animation").
As Cooper tries to explain that the clues he received from
the Giant will lead them to the killer (BOB), Albert
caustically retorts, "And you gave him the beans you were
supposed to use to buy a cow." Albert is, of course,
referring to the English fairy tale Jack and the
Beanstalk, but he distorts the story some by saying
that "Jack" gave his beans that were supposed to go to
buying a cow to the giant; in the story, Jack is to take the
family cow to market and sell it for money, but accepts a
handful of magic beans for it instead.
Albert tells Cooper they sent the portrait of the
long-haired man (BOB) to every agency from NASA to DEA and
came up empty. NASA is the
Aeronautics and Space Administration and the DEA is the
Albert snarks that Leo Johnson is currently appearing at
Calhoun Memorial Hospital as Mr. Potato Head.
Mr. Potato Head is an American toy made by Hasbro since
Albert informs Cooper he was shot by a
Walther PPK, James Bond's gun. This was, in fact, Bond's
gun in many of the 007 novels and films.
Bond, of course, is a fictional
British super-spy created by Ian Fleming (1908-1964).
Albert tells Cooper he Hoovered up some fibers from the
floor outside Cooper's room for analysis, his ticket "out of
Trolleyville." "Hoovered" is a reference to
vacuum cleaners. I'm unsure exactly what he means by
"Trolleyville", other than, presumably, another euphemism for
When Truman gets fed up with Albert's insults for the second
time, he threatens him with another knuckle sandwich. Albert
responds that he rejects all thoughts of violence and
retribution, walking with the likes of Gandhi and King.
Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) and Martin Luther King
(1929-1968) were social leaders who preached and followed a
dogma of nonviolent civil disobedience to affect change.
But, Albert's actions in
"Rest in Pain" seem to border on
violence when he launches himself at Dr. Hayward for
attempting to block his potentially mutilating autopsy on
Laura Palmer. Albert heads back to Seattle in this episode,
not to return until
"Arbitrary Law". When he does
return, he and Truman suddenly act like long-lost buds, even
hugging each other in greeting. I guess something about this
encounter changed them both!
After the above exchange, Cooper remarks to Truman,
"Albert's path is a strange and difficult one." That's
saying something coming from an odd egg like Cooper!
At 11:11 on the Blu-ray, an identical
Macintosh computer to the one in Sheriff Truman's office
is seen behind Lucy at the reception desk.
In the scene mentioned above, notice that Lucy is using a
Scrabble game board and pieces to find words that contain the
letters R, B, and T, those found under the fingernails of
Teresa Banks, Laura Palmer, and Ronette Pulaski. At the
moment, it looks like she is spelling out "rabbit" with the
Lucy is wearing another vaguely Owl Cave-ish sweater in this
Hawk can be seen to wear an earring in his left ear.
Hawk remarks that Lucy's lunch date with Dick Tremayne made
Andy call in sick today. In fact, Andy is not seen at all in
Dick remarks that Lucy is a "woman of letters". This refers
to the English term "man of letters" which originated in the
17th Century to describe someone who was literate (as
opposed to the illiterate masses of the time).
Notice that when Hawk gives Lucy the word "prohibited", he
grabs Dick's cigarette from his hand and breaks it in two,
tossing it aside. There is a "No Smoking" sign hanging in
the foyer (though it wasn't there, and no one objected, when
Donna came in smoking a cigarette in
"May the Giant Be With You")!
At 13:21 on the Blu-ray, a recruiting poster in the
sheriff's office reads, "Is your job a bore? Not any more!
Be an E.A. Deputy Sheriff". I've been unable to determine
what "E.A." stands for.
|As Leland tells Cooper and Truman that he
recognizes the sketch of BOB as a neighbor, Robertson, at
his grandfather's cabin at Pearl Lakes, he says the
neighbors on the other side were the Chalberts. Pearl Lakes
appears to be a fictitious geographical location. The site
appears on the overview map of Twin Peaks on the back cover
of Twin Peaks: An Access Guide to
the Town. Possibly the lakes are so-named due to
their resemblance on the river (possibly the Pend Oreille
River) to a string of pearls. The map drawn by David Lynch
for a Twin Peaks 20th Anniversary art exhibit
depicts the lakes a bit differently; it also
identifies the twin peaks for which the town is
named...White Tail Mountain and Blue Pine Mountain.
|Access Guide map
||David Lynch map
Shouldn't Cooper recognize the name "Robert" from his dream
(i.e. his "full" dream from the European pilot, discussed in
our study of
"Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer").
Leland tells Cooper and Truman that the Robertson man used
to flick lit matches at him and ask, "Do you want to play
with fire, little boy?" Recall that in
"May the Giant Be With You",
James tells Truman about a time that Laura asked him,
"Would like to play with fire, little boy? Would like to
play with BOB?". As Leland tells the story, Leland lights a
match from a matchbook in his pocket and flicks it into an
ashtray stand in the hallway of the sheriff's office. Why is
there an ashtray there if smoking is prohibited?
At 16:20 on the Blu-ray, the cigarette pack Dick smokes from
are Valiant brand. Though there is a real world brand by
that name, the package design seen here appears to be
Dick reveals he has a cat when he tells Lucy he's been so
busy he barely has time to feed it, let alone call Lucy in
the past six weeks.
Lucy remarks that Dick took her to family night at the
Pancake Plantation. Although there are a few real world
independent pancake restaurants by this name in the U.S.,
the one she refers to in Washington is probably intended to
At 18:55 on the Blu-ray, the cigarette vending machine in
the RR Diner is seen to be a Seeburg Tobacco Counter.
James tells Maddy that sometimes he feels like he should
just take off on his bike and ride away. He does essentially
this near the end of
"Dispute Between Brothers".
The 52 Pick-Up Girl who videotapes Audrey for Blackie and
Battis at One-Eyed Jacks is the "new girl" seen a few times
in the first season of the series.
After forcibly injecting Audrey with a drug, Blackie
chortles that the girl is riding the "white tiger". "Riding
the white tiger" is a phrase associated with getting high on
At 21:48 on the Blu-ray, the HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN?
of BOB can be seen in slightly blurry close-up. The man's
height and weight are given below the sketch! How do they
know those measurements from a figure that has appeared only
in dreams and visions?
The phone number listed on the one-sheet for the
sheriff's office is 555-9911.
prefix of the phone number is a long-time convention in
Hollywood TV and film.
The map on the wall of Truman's office is presumably of Twin
Peaks County, but we never get a sharp look at it.
In the men's room of the sheriff station, notice that one of
the urinals is blocked off with police tape and a sign
reading "Broken. Do Not Use."
The indicator above the elevator at the Great Northern
indicates the hotel has five floors.
Ben remarks that Audrey has gone missing before on a
semi-regular basis. Where did she go during those times?
What was she doing?
The coffee table book about owls, previously glimpsed in the
lobby of the Great Northern in
"Answers in Dreams", is seen again at
At 30:19 on the Blu-ray, it's clear that the wooden statue
sitting on a table against one wall of Truman's office is of
a pair of owls. At 30:34 on the Blu-ray, there is also a
painting of what appears to be an owl hanging on the
Although she doesn't appear in the actual episode (or at any
time in the series), the script of this episode depicts a
scene where James' mother comes home after a week away. Her
name is Colleen Hurley.
Telling Big Ed to sing to Nadine, Dr. Hayward says, "It
beats a trip to Lourdes." Lourdes is a town in south-west
France that has become known for alleged miraculous healings
since the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to a peasant
girl there in 1858.
Ed sings "On Top of Old Smokey" to Nadine, a folk song.
Ironically, the song's lyrics of losing a lover and being
false to another, could be compared to Ed's true love for
Norma and reluctant marriage with Nadine.
When Nadine awakens from her coma, she begins a cheerleader
chant from her days at Twin Peaks High School (home of the
I'm a jack and you're a jack/Steeple jacks are we...
I'm a jack and you're a jack/Steeple jacks are we
And when we climb up to the top/The cry is "Victory!"
|In this episode, we briefly meet Dr. Jacoby's young,
pretty, Hawaiian wife, Eolani, who lives at their home in
Hanalei. Jacoby explains to Cooper and Truman that she and
he are practicing a kind of Kahuna healing. Hanalei is a
small town in the state of Hawaii. Kahuna is a Hawaiian word
with various meanings; here, it may be meant as someone who
is a magical healer.
The stone that Dr. Jacoby has Sheriff Truman hold up for him
to focus on as he slips into a hypnotic state, is a slice
from a geode.
During Jacoby's hypnosis session, Eolani holds a
pyramid-shaped stone carving in each hand. Might these
represent the twin peaks?
Notice that Truman begins to fall into the hypnotic spell as
well, until Cooper prods him back to reality!
Jacoby describes having a dream of being in Hanauma Bay,
juggling coconuts at a luau for Nigerian guests. Hanauma is
a bay on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
Jacoby's hypnosis session seems to imply he smelled the
scorched engine oil smell in Easter Park just before he was
"The Last Evening"), not in the
hospital room during Jacques Renault's murder as previously
At 42:15 on the Blu-ray,
Uniroyal Tiger Paw tires are seen on a van being driven
by Donna. Presuming this is a Hayward family vehicle, this
makes the third one!
When Donna goes to visit Harold again in the evening to vent
her troubles, he already knows about her relationship with
James. How did he know? She did not tell him during their
first meeting earlier.
When Donna finds Laura's secret diary in Harold's cabin, a
knife is lying next to it. This may have been intended as a
bit of a red herring that Harold was her killer.
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