Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
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Episode #2.7 

Maddy prepares to leave Twin Peaks, Leo wants shoes, Norma learns of Nadine's regression, Tojamura reveals his identity to Pete, and Cooper arrests Ben Horne for the murder of Laura Palmer only to receive a devastating message.


David Lynch


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
Jack Nance ... Pete Martell
Kimmy Robertson ... Lucy Moran (credit only)
Ray Wise ... Leland Palmer
Joan Chen ... Jocelyn Packard (credit only)


Cooper, Truman, and Cole take the one-armed man to the Great Northern Hotel which is hosting a USO stop-over in their search for Bob where 'Mike' shrieks and panics when Ben Horne approaches. Hawk searches Harold Smith's house for Laura Palmer's secret diary only to find Harold dead from a suicide, and his house and Laura's diary torn apart by him. Meanwhile, Maddy says goodbye to James as she prepares to leave Twin Peaks. Shelley tells Norma that she's quitting working at the Double R Diner to care for Leo, while Bobby and Mike find a mini-cassette recording in Leo's boots that reveals Ben giving Leo instructions to burn down the sawmill. Audrey tells her father that she knows about Laura's employment at One-Eyed Jacks, and she tells Cooper about Ben's involvement for which Cooper and Truman arrest Ben as a suspect in Laura's murder. Also, Mr. Tojamura plans to buy the Ghostwood Estates and when he learns of Ben's arrest, Mr. Tojamura goes to the Blue Pines B&B and surprises Pete ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

10 November 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?


(at around 36 mins) When Cooper is looking around at the Roadhouse while music is playing and sees Bobby Briggs and the old waiter from the night he was shot, a man with a very similar appearance to Harold Smith is taking orders as a bartender. See more »


When Hawk and Andy grab Ben Horne to arrest him, his glasses drop to the floor, but when he is dragged out the door he is wearing them again. See more »


Madeleine Ferguson: [last words] SOMEBODY HELP ME!
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Crazy Credits

The credits play over a still image of Agent Cooper with "The World Spins", instead of the usual still image of Laura Palmer and end credit music. See more »


Featured in The Company (2003) See more »


What a Wonderful World
Written by Bob Thiele (uncredited) and George David Weiss (uncredited)
Performed by Louis Armstrong
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a horrific tearjerker
14 October 2017 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

Initially, the murderer of Laura Palmer was never meant to be revealed, and perhaps it would have been best for the series if things went this way. However, it is extremely fortunate that this reveal was executed with such perfection and blood curdling horror, making it hard for me to really complain about Lynch and Frost's reluctant decision to close this mystery. Luckily, in true Lynchian fashion, this mystery's solution only opened the door for more mysteries and added much more to Twin Peaks' overall world and mythology.

This entire episode is filled to the brim with fun, fascinating, and freaky moments fueled by Lynch's visually unique vision. Lynch's passion for filmmaking helps improve upon Mark Frost's already exuberant script as he punctuates the episode with memorably surreal imagery and an overall stylistic makeover that delves into darkness both humorous and horrific. The final moments contain not only what may be the most brutal sequence in television history, but also a somber sequence at the roadhouse, a landscape now plagued by some unknown tragedy, where everyone's laid back attitudes have withered away into a disturbed state of some inexplicable sadness. Those shots of Bobby looking around, wearing an expression of hopeless weariness move me to tears almost every time I see them, and the odd elderly waiter, previously a purely comic character on the show, approaches a shocked and saddened Dale Cooper with some of the show's most strangely cryptic and memorable words:

"I'm so sorry."

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