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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Twin Peaks: Demons Twin Peaks
Episode 13: "Demons"
TV episode
Written by Harley Peyton and Robert Engels
Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter
Original air date: November 3, 1990


Truman recognizes Jean Renault; Bobby and Shelly receive the insurance check; Cooper’s supervisor, Gordon Cole, pays a visit; Hawk catches up to Gerard; Mr. Li threatens Josie while she reaches a stalemate with Ben.


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


Harold Smith

Donna Hayward

Maddy Ferguson

James Hurley

Dale Cooper

Audrey Horne

Deputy Hawk

Jean Renault

Sheriff Truman

Ben Horne

Bobby Briggs

Leo Johnson

Shelly Johnson

Tom Brockman

Gordon Cole

Albert Rosenfield (mentioned only)

Philip Gerard

Ed Hurley

Nadine Hurley

Josie Packard

Jonathan Kumagai (last name revealed in Episode 22: "Slaves and Masters")

Thomas Eckhardt (mentioned only)

Pete Martell

Andrew Packard (mentioned only)

Mr. Tojamura (Catherine Packard)


BOB (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 sugar dish has moved closer to the Log Lady from its position previously in Episode 12: "The Orchid's Curse".


"Sometimes we want to hide from ourselves...we do not want to
be is too difficult to be us. It is at these times that
we turn to drugs or alcohol or behavior to help us forget that
we are ourselves.

"This, of course, is only a temporary solution to a problem which
is going to keep returning and sometimes these temporary
solutions are worse for us than the original problem.

"Yes, it is a dilemma. Is there an answer? Of course there is.
As a wise person said with a smile, 'The answer is within the


Didja Notice?


This episode opens immediately after the end of Episode 12: "The Orchid's Curse", on the night of Tuesday, March 7, 1989, with James rescuing Donna and Maddy from an irate and distraught Harold Smith. The daytime portions of the episode take place the following day, Wednesday, March 8.


At 1:50 on the Blu-ray, a gigantic Webster's Dictionary is seen on the bookshelf in Harold's cabin.


At 2:29 on the Blu-ray, it looks like there are a bunch of dust bunnies on the floor in the cranny between the bookshelf and the desk. A realistic touch! Maybe Harold's cabin was shot at a real world location and not on a sound stage.


After Donna has fled with James and Maddy from Harold's cabin, Harold frantically tends to his orchids to distract himself from the pain of the betrayal but then breaks down and starts screaming/howling in anguish. His howling is a bit reminiscent of BOB after he has murdered Laura at the end of Episode 8B: "Answers in Dreams".


Notice that Bookhouse Boy Joey Paulson is one of the blurred figures in the background as Cooper tends to Audrey in a room of the Bookhouse.


At 5:54 on the Blu-ray, Maddy is seen driving away from Harold's cabin in a 1959 Chrysler DeSoto Fireflite.


As Truman pages through a book of mug shots, it's fairly obvious that Jean Renault's photos have been pasted in, while the others are on a genuine mug sheet.


Truman remarks that Jean Renault runs most of the crime in the Northwest Territories of Canada.


The photo portrait hanging above the file cabinet in Truman's office is that of his namesake, U.S. President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972).


At 11:36 on the Blu-ray, a portable potty stool for Leo is seen in the background as Shelly and Bobby bring the brain-damaged and barely responsive Leo into the house.


The script reveals that the insurance representative for Leo's case is named Tom Brockman.


Despondent at the small size of the insurance check for Leo's care, Shelly complains to Bobby that she had to quit her job at the RR to care for Leo, so how are they going to pay all the bills? But it's not until Episode 14: "Lonely Souls" that we see her quit her job! The quitting scene was shot earlier and meant to be seen in an earlier episode, but was cut for time and wound up in the later episode.


At 18:07 on the Blu-ray, it looks like Audrey is saying something under her breath just before she tells her father she would like Agent Cooper to take her home instead.


At 18:39 on the Blu-ray, notice that the bags Nadine brings home from her shopping trip are from Horne's Department Store.


Nadine's comments suggest that Ed has told her her parents are on vacation in Europe at the moment since she now thinks she is a teenager again.


As James approaches Maddy on the dock at the lake, a wisp of smoke blows past the screen from the right at 21:54 on the Blu-ray. Was it the cigarette smoke of a crewmember standing just off camera?


During their conversation in Ben's office, Ben remarks to Josie about her "...husband's little boat that went boom." This is an indication of how Andrew Packard's arranged death occurred (we learn in a later episode that Andrew learned of the plot and faked his death).


During the coming home party for Leo thrown by Shelly and Bobby, notice that Bobby is wearing two paper party hats over his ears! Notice also that Shelly is now wearing the tie Bobby was wearing earlier, as they received the insurance check, loosely around her neck.


The booze bottle Bobby is holding at 28:36 on the Blu-ray appears to be the same Jack Daniel's bottle seen at the Roadhouse in Episode 12: "The Orchid's Curse"! (Later, in Episode 24: "Wounds and Scars", Truman is seen drinking from the same bottle at the Bookhouse!)


  Bobby's bottle Roadhouse bottle Truman's bottle  
  Bobby's bottle Roadhouse bottle Truman's bottle  


At 31:04 on the Blu-ray, a box of Cap'n Crunch cereal is seen on top of the stove during Leo's coming home party. 


After Leo's face falls into his coming home cake, notice that Bobby pulls his head up from it by his ponytail!


The large hearing aid device worn by Gordon Cole is an Acousticon model A-120 from around 1948! (See the Welcome to Twin Peaks website.)


Gordon's remark upon meeting up with Cooper at the sheriff's station, "You remind me today of a small, Mexican chihuahua," may be one of Gordon's code phrases (Gordon's use of various types of code is mentioned in Fire Walk With Me, used due to his loud, easily overheard voice). However, it seems in this case that Cooper doesn't understand the code either, but Gordon goes on to say, in the "privacy" of Sheriff Truman's office, that he and Albert are worried that Coop may be getting in over his head; this is probably what he meant by saying Cooper reminded him of a chihuahua, the way those noisy little dogs think they can stand up to everything around them, despite a huge size difference.


Gordon reminds Cooper, "You went into the shoot in Pittsburgh, Coop." According to The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper, Pittsburgh is where Cooper was stabbed by Windom Earle.


The chess move sent to Cooper by Windom Earle, P to K-4 (Pawn to King's 4), is a classic opening move in a game of chess. Cooper's matching response of P to K-4 is considered a solid response. (See "Patterns and Conflicts: An Analysis of the Windom Earle/Dale Cooper Chess Game", Wrapped in Plastic #4, April 1993, which includes input from chess expert John Jacobs, former chess columnist of the Dallas Times Herald.)
P to K4 (Earle) Pawn to K4 (Cooper)
Earle's (white) P to K-4 move
(diagram from Wrapped in Plastic #4)
Cooper's (black) P to K-4 move
(diagram from Wrapped in Plastic #4)


The stuffed white fox that was previously in the corner behind Ben's desk in Episode 12: "The Orchid's Curse" is now behind the sofa. Leland strokes it and gets a hunk of fur off it, which he plants as evidence against Ben in the murder of Maddy later, as seen in Episode 16: "Arbitrary Law".


Josie refers to Jonathan as her assistant, Mr. Li, to Truman as she is about to leave. Was that just an alias she picked at random? We learn in Episode 22: "Slaves and Masters" that his actual last name is Kumagai.


Mr. Tojamura invokes a little American guilt in Ben by telling him his family was at Nagasaki. Nagasaki was the second Japanese city hit with an atomic bomb by the U.S. in the closing days of WWII.


The song Leland sings in the Timber Room is "Getting to Know You", from the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I. Pete identifies the source of the song as he sits at the bar sipping a glass of milk.


During his song routine in the Timber Room, Leland asks a local couple, "How about those Steeplejacks, huh?" "Steeplejacks" is the name used for the sports teams of Twin Peaks High School, as heard in Nadine's cheerleading chant in Episode 10: "The Man Behind Glass".


At 39:46 on the Blu-ray, bottles of Cutty Sark, Beefeater, and Jack Daniel's can be identified behind the bar in the Timber Room.


Pete seems to be a fan of musicals. Besides knowing that Leland's song is from The King and I, he tells Tojamura that Fiddler on the Roof made him weep like a little baby. Fiddler on the Roof was a musical play originally performed on Broadway in 1964.


The musical piece Trudy plays on the piano after Leland's rendition of "Getting to Know You" is "Josie and Truman" from the Twin Peaks Season Two Music and More soundtrack.


Pete appears to be wearing a fly-fishing lure in his hat while at the bar in the Timber Room.


Gordon Cole remarks that the drug taken by the One-Armed Man is haloperidol and Cooper implies it is used in the treatment of schizophrenia. Haloperidol is, in fact, a real world antipsychotic drug used in the treatment of schizophrenia, delirium, mania, and severe anxiety. Schizophrenia, despite popular perception, is not related to multiple personality disorder as implied here, but relates to a person with confused beliefs about reality, hallucinations, and abnormal social behavior.


Notice that Gerard's voice obtains a deeper, echoey, almost vibratory quality when he speaks as the possessing Mike.


Mike tells Cooper that BOB was formerly his familiar. A familiar is a supernatural entity, often seen in the form of an animal, who assists a sorcerer or witch with the practicing of magic.


Mike seems to relate another chant, like the "Fire Walk With Me" chant from Episode 2: "Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer":

He is BOB,

eager for fun.

He wears a smile,

everybody run.


When Cooper asks Mike if BOB is near them now, Mike replies, "For nearly 40 years." This may be a reference to the amount of time that BOB has been intermittently inhabiting Leland Palmer.


Memorable Dialog


I thought you were different.wav

I prayed that you would come.wav

the best lawman I've ever seen.wav

I already ate.wav

Leo Johnson, wife beater.wav

he moved.wav

I didn't just get here.wav

a small Mexican chihuahua.wav

can I speak to you a moment in private?.wav

whyn't you invite the sheriff on in.wav

looks like a chess deal.wav

Josie, I love you.wav

Great Northern audiences.wav

where does BOB come from?.wav

he wears a smile.wav

do you understand the parasite?.wav

one single purpose.wav

the gifted and the damned.wav

a large house made of wood.wav


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