"Dispute Between Brothers"
Written by Tricia Brock
Directed by Tina Rathborne
Original air date: December 8, 1990
The town mourns at Leland’s wake;
Nadine goes back to high school; Catherine makes her presence
known; Cooper says goodbye.
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 introduces Dougie Milford, publisher of the town
newspaper the Twin Peaks Post, and brother of Mayor
Milford. He dies only two episodes later, but plays a very important
role, revealed posthumously, in
The Secret History of
The role of Agent Hardy is played by Clarence Williams III, who
co-starred with fellow TP cast member Peggy Lipton (Norma) in the
1968-1973 crime series The Mod Squad.
The role of Canadian
Mountie Preston King is played by Gavan O'Herlihy, the son of Dan
O'Herlihy, who plays Andrew Packard starting in the following
Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode
Laura Palmer (mentioned only)
Leland Palmer (mentioned only)
Nadine Hurley (née Butler)
Assistant Principal Greege
Mountie Preston King
Agent Roger Hardy
Samantha (Ben Horne's secretary)
Vivian Niles (aka M.T. Wentz)
BOB (mentioned only)
Dweller on the Threshold (?)
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 Log Lady is wearing another new outfit in this intro.
"Complications set in. Yes, complications. How many
we heard: 'it's simple'. Nothing is simple. We live in a
where nothing is simple. Each day, just when we think we
a handle on things, suddenly some new element is introduced
everything is complicated once again.
"What is the secret? What is the secret to simplicity, to
pure and simple life? Are our appetites, our desires
us? Is the cart in front of the horse?"
This episode opens three days after the previous one,
ended, making it Tuesday, March 14, 1989.
Cooper, trying to soothe Sarah Palmer, tells her that Leland
was not responsible for the crimes he committed, it was the
work of something dark and heinous that had possessed him
since he was an innocent boy. He then says that the man who
did it is gone forever. But he doesn't know that. In fact,
BOB does return later in the season (though he does seem to
be out of Sarah's life).
Speaking of Leland's crimes, what was the
town told about his death? What official statements did the
Sheriff's Department and FBI make? Do the townsfolk know
Leland raped and killed his own daughter? Killed his niece?
Killed Teresa Banks? Assaulted Ronnette Pulaski? If so, do
they have any idea of BOB's possession of Leland? Would
there be such a large turnout at his wake if they knew?
If the townsfolk were told that Leland
was the killer, Ronette would have to contradict them
wouldn't she? She seemingly saw the killer as BOB, as
revealed in her horrifying flashback in
"Answers in Dreams"
and her recognition of the sketch of BOB in
The wake for Leland Palmer appears to take place at the
When Major Briggs remarks that Dr. Jacoby appears to be
fully restored from his recent setback, Jacoby affirms,
"Nothing beats the restorative powers of Hanalei Bay." In
"The Man Behind Glass", we learned
that Dr. Jacoby and his wife Eolani have a home in Hanalei,
During the wake, notice that Ed and Donna seemingly keep
going back to their same positions behind the buffet table
as the confrontation shot of Dwayne and Dougie Milford is
cut into segments to pace the scene.
Pete refers to the romance between Dougie and his young
fiancé as "one of those January-December sort of deals". He
is referring to a "May-December romance", a romance between
two people of widely different ages. Either Pete is
misstating the term here or is intentionally exaggerating it
for humorous effect, implying that Dougie is extremely
old and his fiancé extremely young (he says she is still in
her teens and Dougie is "a 110").
Dwayne snorts to his brother that Lana is "cursed". Some
Twin Peaks fans later thought she might be some kind of
succubus, due to her seeming ability to seduce (or at least
enchant) any man.
Doc Hayward says that the Milford brothers' feud is rumored
to have started over an old flame and rumble seat over 50
Doc Hayward says Dougie's marriage to Lana will be his
History of Twin Peaks indicates that, though
he was a womanizer, he was never actually married.
At 11:42 on the Blu-ray we can see from the placard on the
office door that Ed and Dr. Jacoby are speaking to the
assistant principal of the high school about admitting
Nadine to school again. (According the script, the assistant
principal's name is
The assistant principal indicates that Nadine is 35 years
Audrey tells Cooper, "Friendship is the foundation of any
lasting relationship," and Cooper responds, "It's nice to be
quoted accurately," indicating that he originally said it to
her. This probably occurred during their conversation after
he found her in his bed at the Great Northern in
When Truman walks into his office to find Catherine sitting
there, notice he is carrying the brown paper sack he will
later give to Cooper.
Catherine indicates that her family had a cabin up by Pearl
Dick Tremayne refers to Lucy's unborn baby as "our bambino".
"Bambino" is the masculine Italian word for "baby".
Dick tells Lucy he has enlisted himself in the
Happy Helping Hand program as a part-time big brother to
some adorable homeless waif. "Happy Helping Hand" appears to
be a fictitious program, but similar to the real world
Big Sisters of America.
Andy reveals he comes from a very large family.
As Cooper prepares to head out on his fishing trip, he tells
Truman that Major Briggs has said there is a frying pan full
of steelhead trout out there with his name on them.
Steelhead trout are, in fact, known to dwell in the Columbia
River, which runs past Twin Peaks on the map found in
Twin Peaks: An Access Guide to the
Town. The steelhead is also the official state
fish of Washington.
As a gift for his fishing trip, Truman gives Cooper a fly
called a green butt skunk. This is actually one of the most
popular lures to use in the American northwest when fishing
for steelhead trout.
As Cooper calls the troops to attention as he's about to say
goodbye at the sheriff's station, notice he blows the
whistle he whittled way back in
When Cooper says goodbye to his friends at the sheriff's
station, notice that when he tells Lucy she better invite
him to her wedding, "whoever the lucky man might be," he
casts a significant look at Andy.
During the interrogation of Cooper by Hardy and King in the
conference room, notice that Hardy's glasses on the table
keep changing position from shot-to-shot.
As Cooper is excused from the conference room and Sheriff
Truman is asked to come in for questioning, notice that
Truman gives Cooper the Bookhouse Boys hand signal to
quietly show he's got Cooper's back.
Truman tells Hardy that Agent Cooper is the finest lawman
he's ever known. He said something similar to Coop himself
the best lawman I've ever seen, Cooper."
As Shelly is on the phone with Bobby at 35:04 on the
Blu-ray, notice that a piece of the kitchen's mushroom
wallpaper has been torn away from the wall behind her,
revealing more wallpaper beneath. It's hard to tell the
pattern of the underlying wallpaper...cartoonish chickens?
And how/why did a piece of the mushroom wallpaper get torn
away? (I guess this is also noticeable in some earlier
episodes, I just never noticed myself until now!)
During cheerleader tryouts, Nadine states her last name to
be Butler. It must be her maiden name.
At 34:37 on the Blu-ray, the picture posted next to the
phone at the Johnson house is no longer of a poodle...but
it's hard to tell what it is.
Why was Bobby so late to call Shelly after his aborted
meeting with Ben Horne? He is seen offering to buy Audrey an
ice cream cone...Audrey indicates she "likes to lick." Did
Bobby and Audrey have a "private" rendezvous afterwards?
As Vivian approaches Norma at the RR, notice in the
background that Cooper and Truman can just barely be seen
exiting in the background for no apparent reason in the
story. The script shows a scene was cut where the two
discuss Cooper's planning his defense in the FBI internal
Vivian indicates she is secretly the travel critic M.T.
Wentz, telling Norma, "C'est moi." This is French
for "it's me."
Ernie indicates that he's wired in with Columbian and
Bolivian "industries". This is, of course, a reference to
In this episode, we get our first glimpse of Truman's cabin,
but just the bedroom.
In camp during their night fishing trip, as Cooper and Major
Briggs converse and roast marshmallows over the campfire, at
43:51 on the Blu-ray, notice that Briggs' marshmallow
catches fire, but in the next shot it appears to be
At 46:03 on the Blu-ray, notice that the tin plates sitting
next to the campfire have the skeletal remains of the fish
Cooper and Briggs caught and ate.
At the campfire, Major Briggs asks Cooper if he's ever heard
of the White Lodge. This is the first mention of the White
Lodge in the series. In the following episode,
"Masked Ball", Hawk tells Cooper a bit
about the White Lodge and its shadow-self, the Black Lodge.
Twin Peaks' co-creator Mark Frost has said that the
occult book Psychic Self-Defense by Dion Fortune
(1890-1946) was the source of the White and Black Lodges and
the dugpas mentioned by Windom Earle later in
"The Path to the Black Lodge",
though the novel The
Devil's Guard by Talbot Mundy is also a source of
those topics used for the show.
Who or what is the hooded figure seen in the light and mist
as Major Briggs is taken away from the campsite at the end
of the episode? Is it the Dweller on the Threshold spoken of
by Hawk in the next episode,
"The Path to the Black Lodge",
Briggs refers to it as a "guardian".
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