"Beyond Life and Death"
Written by Mark Frost & Harley Peyton & Robert Engels
Directed by David Lynch
Original air date: June 10, 1991
Nadine regains her memory; Ben
confronts the Hayward
family; Audrey practices civil disobedience; Andrew and Pete use
the key; Mrs. Palmer delivers a message to Major Briggs; to
rescue Annie, Cooper follows Windom Earle into the Black Lodge.
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
This episode was the second season finale, and, as it turned out,
the series finale, leaving a number of unanswered questions. There
are some minor follow-ons to this episode in Fire Walk With Me
and the deleted scenes of that film. And, of course, we may well
gain more insight from the new Showtime series currently shooting
and the upcoming 25-year-gap novel written by Mark Frost, The
Secret History of Twin Peaks.
Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode
Man from Another Place
Dwayne Milford, Jr. (mentioned only)
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.
For this final Log Lady intro, the table next to her is
cleared of all items. She is wearing an additional sweater
over the one she was already wearing over the past 11
episodes; it is a different sweater than any we've seen her
wear before. It is the same sweater we see her wearing when
she brings a sample of the oil from Glastonbury Grove to
Cooper in this episode.
At the end of her speech, she looks around in different
directions as the camera slowly zooms in on her left eye.
It's almost as if she sees things moving or forming all
Are they spirits? Are they us, the viewers?
Why does the camera move into her eye? Is it an indication that
the events of the TV series are "only" taking place in her
"And now, an ending. Where there was once one, there are
Or were there always two?
"What is a reflection? A chance to see two? When there are
for reflections, there can always be two--or more. Only when
everywhere will there be just one.
"It has been a pleasure speaking to you."
and now an ending.wav
This episode opens on the night of Saturday, March 25, 1989
and continues through Sunday and into the early morning
hours of Monday, March 27.
After telling Andy she loves him, Lucy suddenly gasps. Then
the scene cuts to another scene. Why did Lucy gasp? Is this
the first time that she's actually said it to him, and she
When Pete walks into the conference room of the sheriff's
office to proclaim that the Log Lady stole his truck, he
says it was a '68 Dodge pick-up. This is accurate, his truck
is seen to be a 1968
After hearing Pete's complaint about the Log Lady, Cooper
states that she did not steal his truck and somehow knows
that she will be there at the sheriff's office in one
minute. In fact, the Log Lady shows up almost exactly one
Pete remarks that he had 12 rainbow trouts in the bed of his
stolen truck and that triggers Truman's memory that the
local site called Glastonbury Grove has 12 sycamore trees
growing in a ring. When Truman speaks it, Hawk says that's
where he found the bloody towel and the pages of the diary
Hearing the name Glastonbury Grove, Cooper remarks that
Glastonbury is the legendary burial place of King Arthur.
Glastonbury is a town in England, which is, as Cooper
states, the legendary burial place of King Arthur, a
mythological king of England who allegedly led a defense
against the Saxon invaders in the late 5th and early 6th
Centuries A.D. It is interesting to note that the town of
Glastonbury is also said in legend to have been visited by
Joseph of Arimathea, the man who is said to have donated his
tomb for the burial of Jesus in the Bible.
Notice that, while Truman says Glastonbury Grove is made up
of a ring of 12 sycamores, only 11 are shown on the Owl Cave
map. It may be that the missing sycamore is where the
entrance to the Black Lodge manifests.
At 4:48 on the Blu-ray, the shadow of the boom mic is
visible on the wall of the conference room in the sheriff's
When Ronette Pulaski is brought into the conference to
identify the oil from Glastonbury Grove, notice she has a
much shorter haircut than her last appearance in
"The Man Behind Glass".
I like how Ronette reacts negatively, almost desperately,
against the odor of the oil from Glastonbury Grove, and how
Hawk grabs her shoulders and comforts her.
As Earle drags Annie away from the truck and towards
Glastonbury Grove, she mumbles a prayer for her safety. The
words she speaks are from Psalm 141 of the Book of
Psalms of the Hebrew Bible. The psalm is a
plea to God for protection from one's enemies.
As he draws Annie into the ring of sycamores, Earle says, "I
tell you they have not died. Their hands clasp yours and
mine." These are lines from the poem "There is no Death" by
Notice that Annie seems to fall into a sudden trance after
being pulled into the ring of sycamores.
At 8:52 on the Blu-ray, both Nadine and Mike have bandages
wrapped around their heads. Nadine was hit in the head by a
sandbag at the Miss Twin Peaks contest in the previous
episode (Episode 28:
"Miss Twin Peaks").
We didn't see anything happen to Mike, but he says a tree
hit him. A tree? Maybe he was also the victim of Earle's log
as Bobby was in that same episode.
Whose house are we seeing in the scene mentioned above?
According to Nadine's dialog, it is her and Ed's house,
because she asks Mike what he is doing in her house. But the
living room doesn't look familiar from the one we've seen in
At 9:35 on the Blu-ray, a framed photo of a boy is seen on
the end table next to the couch in the Hurley house. Who is
Nadine tells Ed she is 35 years old, indicating she no
longer is under the misapprehension that she is a teenager.
After hitting Ben in anger, sending him head first into the
masonry of the fireplace and leaving him bloodied and
unconscious, Dr. Hayward yells and collapses to his knees,
quite upset, possibly in tears. He was angry at Ben for
intruding on his family and life, but it feels as if he's
also angry at himself now for throwing the punch. He is,
after all, a medical doctor, pledged to follow the
the seminal creed on the ethics of the
medical practice, which above all states that a medical
practitioner should do no harm.
The events in Twin Peaks Savings and Loan seem to occur on
the morning of Sunday, March 26. But it's unlikely a savings
and loan establishment would be open on a Sunday! Not to
mention that in 1989, Sunday, March 26 was Easter!
The deskplate sign on the old banker's desk reveals his name
is Dell Mibbler. Dell has some similarities to the old room
service waiter from the Great Northern. Both are elderly,
both walk slowly (as the elderly often do), both wear
hearing aids. Since the unnamed room service waiter is
pretty much confirmed as being the host for the Giant's
appearances on Earth, might Dell also be the host of another
possessing spirit of goodness? If that's the case, could it
be that he has somehow saved the people in the bank from the
explosion that follows?
And what about those hearing aids? True,
elderly people often need hearing aids just due to their
age. But, if both men are hosts to spirits, could hearing
loss be a symptom of possession over time? Does this tie in
at all with Gordon Cole's poor hearing and use of a powerful
hearing aid device, the result, as he says in
"Demons", of "a long story". What is that
story? Was Gordon possessed in the past? Is that why he has
FBI cases coded as "Blue Rose" cases in Fire Walk With
Me, because these cases are ones where he suspects, due
to his own experiences, the
involvement of a supernatural agent?
As she chains herself to the door of the bank vault as an
act of civil disobedience against Twin Peaks Savings and
Loan's support of the Ghostwood development project, she
asks old Dell to call the Twin Peaks Gazette about
her actions and to ask for the editor, Dwayne Milford, Jr.
Presumably, Dwayne Milford, Jr. is the son of Mayor Dwayne
Milford. But it was the mayor's feuding brother, Dougie
Milford, who was the owner of the paper according to
"Dispute Between Brothers".
Was the statement that Dwayne, Jr. was the editor a mistake
on the part of the writers? Wouldn't it make more sense if
it was Dougie, Jr.?
Seeing Audrey's act of civil disobedience, Andrew quotes
Marcus Aurelius as saying, "Waste no time arguing what a
good man should be. Be one." This is an actual quote
attributed to Marcus Aurelius, emperor of the Roman Empire
from 161 to 180 AD.
At 28:12 on the Blu-ray, the number of the safe deposit box
Andrew opens is seen to be 14761.
As the explosion goes off in the Twin Peaks Savings and
Loan, we see old Dell's glasses flying through air, to land
in the branches of a Douglas fir tree amid a cloud of paper
Notice that all of the bills we see falling from the bank
explosion are one dollar bills!
At 29:35 on the Blu-ray, Heidi is seen to be wearing a
brooch with the portrait of what appears to be a woman on
Bobby, Shelly, and Heidi exchange nearly identical dialog
with each other to that which they used in the pilot episode
0A: "Wrapped in Plastic").
When Sarah and Dr. Jacoby walk into the RR Diner, notice
that Jacoby is wearing a cape, a tie with pictures of keys
on it, and blue shoes.
Sarah delivers a message to Major Briggs at the RR, in a
distorted, bass-sounding voice, "I'm in the Black Lodge with
Dale Cooper. I'm waiting for you." The second sentence
sounds more-or-less like the Man From Another Place, as the
camera switches from the RR to a moving shot through one of
the curtained hallways of the Red Room. Or was it intended as a trap for the major by
Windom Earle, now also in the Lodge? There is no follow-up with the major
after this scene.
The armless statue seen in the red-curtained hallway of the
Black Lodge is the Venus de Milo,
a Greek statue carved in the 2nd Century BC by Alexandros of
Antioch, currently in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
The Man from Another Place refers to the red room as the
Waiting Room. Waiting for what? Is it the place where a
person trapped in the Lodge waits to be released to Earth?
Laura enters the Waiting Room and sits
down next to the Dwarf. She says hello to Cooper and winks
at him, telling him she'll see him again in 25 years,
seemingly a reference to Cooper's presence in the Waiting
Room "25 years later" in his dream in
"Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer". A
wink often indicates shared secret knowledge between two
individuals. Her wink to him may indicate that they share
certain knowledge of things to come due to shared dreams
they had (and possible past/future interactions she is aware
of from her dreams and from events in Fire Walk With Me).
After telling Cooper she'll see him again in 25
years, she says, "Meanwhile," and makes a hand gesture that
is similar to the symbol for "tree" in American Sign
Language. Since trees or wood seem to house spirits in the
world of Twin Peaks (e.g. the Log Lady's log, Josie
in the wood of the Great Northern Hotel, the name of the
forest around Twin Peaks is Ghostwood), her "meanwhile" might
suggest that she or Cooper or both will live out those 25
years as a tree!
Laura also snaps her fingers once. I'm not sure what
this might symbolize. A snap of the fingers is one of the
possible symbols in American Sign Language for "dog", but
I'm not sure how "dog" would play into the Twin Peaks
I wonder if all these non-verbal cues by Laura are
her way of attempting another layer of communication with
Cooper, which the Dwarf or other presences in the Lodge might
not understand, because she doesn't want them to know what
she's telling Cooper. Recall that the elderly room
service waiter at the Great Northern used some non-verbal
cues with Cooper as well (a thumbs up and wink of an eye) in
"May the Giant Be With You".
When the elderly room service waiter
suddenly appears in the Waiting Room, he and the Man From
Another Place exchange greetings of "Hallelujah". The word
"Hallelujah" is taken from the combination of two Hebrew
words which together mean "Praise God".
In the Waiting Room, Cooper is offered a cup of coffee by
the Man From Another Place and it is brought to him by the
old room service waiter. Since coffee is such a touchstone
to Cooper throughout the series, it seems the coffee seen
here must be symbolic of Cooper himself. If so, what is the significance of the
various states of coagulation the coffee goes through? The
coagulation states must relate to something about Cooper
himself. The normal coffee he first receives may be the
"normal" Cooper...strong, bold, confident, and fluid.
Perhaps the "congealed" and "molasses-like" states represent
what could happen to him in the Lodge if he
fails...congealed may represent Cooper if he gives in to his
fear (recall that Hawk warned Cooper about his people's
legends of the Black Lodge, "if you confront the Black Lodge
with imperfect courage, it will utterly annihilate your
soul"), molasses-like (the oil?) possession by BOB or
another spirit. When the coffee turns into the molasses/oil,
the Dwarf says, "Wow, Bob, Wow," into the air, then looks at
Cooper and says, "Fire walk with me." Both the oil and fire
may indicate possession by BOB, so the Dwarf may be
congratulating BOB on getting so close to Cooper when he
says "Wow, Bob, Wow". In addition, the phrase "fire walk
with me" may be symbolic of inviting BOB inside oneself (if
BOB or another spirit is represented by fire)..."Fire, walk
with me=BOB, walk with me."
When the waiter is suddenly replaced by the Giant, the Giant
sits down and says, "One and the same." Is this referring to
himself and the waiter? This seem to be fairly obvious
throughout the course of the second season. But the Giant is
sitting next to the Dwarf (Man From Another Place) when he
says it and the Dwarf had earlier said, "When you see me
again, it won't be me." So, are the Giant and the Dwarf
somehow one-and-the-same? Is that why the Dwarf and the
waiter exchange the same word, "Hallelujah", with each
At 36:13 on the Blu-ray, Cooper, after passing through the
hallway, enters a second, identical Waiting Room, from
behind the three chairs. He turns around and goes back down
the hallway to the first Waiting Room, is told by the Dwarf
he is going the wrong way, and goes back up the hallway, to
the second Waiting Room...only now he emerges from the
diagonally opposite corner, in front of the three chairs.
|When the screaming Laura Palmer doppelganger runs up to
Cooper, notice at 39:09 on the Blu-ray that a negative image
of Windom Earle's face flickers on the screen for just a
second! It's easy to miss. It's easier to make out that it
is him by reverse-negativizing a screen grab of the moment in an image
application as seen below on the right.
||At 41:33 on the Blu-ray, the small sea-shell table on the
other side of Cooper and Annie/Caroline is the same one
later seen Fire Walk With Me.
Cooper agrees to give up his soul to Windom Earle in
exchange for Annie's life and Earle seemingly "kills" Cooper
in the Lodge by stabbing him. But then, BOB seems to wind
the scene back, preventing Cooper's death, and taking
Earle's soul himself instead. Why did BOB save Cooper? Was
it really Earle's soul he wanted all along and trapping
Cooper is a bonus? What does BOB do with Earle's soul? Does
he eat it?
At 45:16 on the Blu-ray, notice that the evil Cooper
doppelganger seems to look at us (the viewers) briefly
before he proceeds in his pursuit of Cooper.
When Annie emerges from the Black Lodge, why does she have
blood on her face?
The ending credits of this episode show the cup of coffee in
the Waiting Room instead of the usual Laura Palmer prom
picture. But as the credits continue, Laura's face appears
as a reflection in the surface of the coffee. Notice also,
that the camera is not entirely still during this shot and
also that the reflection of Laura blinks her eyes. She is
also smiling...is it a foreshadowing of the seemingly happy
laughter we see from her in the Red Room at the end of Fire Walk With Me?
Is the pool of liquid in the center of Glastonbury Grove the
source of the oil that the Log Lady's husband brought back in a jar?
It seems clear that the evil Cooper doppelganger is the one
who emerged from the Black Lodge, while the good Cooper is
trapped inside. Is this actually the case? And what about
the Annie who emerged? It seems from Fire Walk
With Me, that she is the real Annie...but is she?
Will Nadine's return to her actual age mean the end of her
relationship with Mike Nelson? And will it also end the renewed
relationship between her husband, Ed, and Norma?
How will Ben fare after his head injury here? Will he revert
back to "bad" Ben? Will Donna pursue any kind of
relationship with him since it seems he is her biological
Who survived the explosion of the Twin Peaks Savings and
Loan? Inside at the time were an unnamed security guard, an
unnamed loan officer, Dell Mibbler, Audrey Horne, Pete
Martell, and Andrew Packard.
Will Leo escape the trap Earle left him in in the cabin?
Will James ever return to Twin Peaks?
Will Andy and Lucy get married and raise Lucy's unborn child
together? Will Lucy have the child tested to see who is
truly the father, Andy or Dick?
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King Arthur is buried in England.wav
this oil is an opening to a gateway.wav
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this is the waiting room.wav
would you like some coffee?.wav
I'll see you again in 25 years.wav
Wow, Bob, wow.wav
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