"Drive With a Dead Girl"
Written by Scott Frost
Directed by Caleb Deschanel
Original air date: November 17, 1990
Leland disposes of Maddy’s body; Lucy
returns with her sister; Bobby listens to Leo’s tape; Gerard
escapes; Hank returns after 2 days absence; Truman and Cooper
argue; Ben receives a message from Catherine.
Read the episode transcript 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
Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode
Carl (Gwen's baby)
Diane (mentioned only)
Eric Noland (Daily News reporter, mentioned only)
Jonathan Lee (Kumagai)
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 makes her second clothing change (her third
outfit) for the intros in this episode. She is also seen
drinking from her teacup for the first time in this intro.
The burlap sack that was on the table is now gone and the
teapot and sugar dish have changed positions from where they
"Food is interesting. For instance, why do we need to
are we never satisfied with just the right amount of food to
maintain good health and proper energy? We always seem to
more and more.
"When eating too much, the proper balance is disturbed and
health follows. Of course, eating too little food throws the
balance off in the opposite direction and there is the ill
health coming at us again.
"Balance is the key. Balance is the key to many things. Do
understand balance? The word 'balance' has seven letters.
Seven is difficult to balance, but not impossible if we are
able to divide. There are, of course, the pros and cons of
This episode takes place on Friday, March 10, 1989.
The picture that hangs in the living room, next to the
foyer, is a poster for the
Musée de l'Orangerie, an art gallery in Paris, France.
When Donna and James arrive on Friday morning to say goodbye
to Maddy, Leland informs them that he already dropped her
off at the bus station just 20 minutes ago. Of course, we
know he killed her last night in
The sweater Donna is wearing under her coat has a repeating
diamond pattern on it, similar to one of the Owl Cave
At 3:40 on the Blu-ray, notice that there is a lamp sitting
on its side at the opposite end of the Palmer living room,
where Leland has been hitting golf balls.
As Leland adjusts his tie in the mirror at 4:15 on the
Blu-ray, it is interesting to note that BOB's reflection
does the same...but he is wearing no tie to adjust!
After Donna and James leave, Sarah reminds Leland to sign
them up for Glenn Miller night at the club. Presumably, the
club referred to is the country club Leland (allegedly)
heading to for a round of golf that day. Glenn Miller
(1904-1944) was a big band musician in the U.S. Leland was
listening to one of Miller's songs ("Pennsylvania 6-5000")
when he had one of his breakdowns in
"Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer".
Leland's car is seen to be a 1975
Chevrolet Caprice Classic
convertible with license plate 710-YEP. If you flip "710"
upside-down, it seems to spell "OIL", as in "scorched engine
oil", which is the smell that pervades a scene when BOB is
manifesting himself through Leland (as in Dr. Jacoby's
"Answers in Dreams"). The license plate
logo of Mt. Rainier was the actual image on the state's
plates at the time, but the "Timber State" slogan is
fictitious; the actual state slogan is "the Evergreen
The car has a different license plate in Fire
Walk With Me, 759-EAK.
As Leland backs his car out of the driveway at 5:27 on the
Blu-ray, he hums a song. It is "The Surrey With The Fringe
On Top" from the 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical
Oklahoma! He is also singing the song later in the
episode as he drives wildly down the highway.
As Ben Horne resides in a jail cell under suspicion of
murder, notice that he tends to wipe the cell bars, sink
faucet handles, etc. with his handkerchief before touching
As Jerry Horne enters the jail to visit Ben, notice that he
is wearing a Japanese flag on his lapel, an indication that
he has been to that country investigating the Tojamura
offer. Yet the flag is suddenly missing seconds later. At
7:33 on the Blu-ray, it is seen laying on Ben's bunk, but
when the shot cuts away and back again, it is gone!
Sitting down on Ben's cell cot, Jerry opens his briefcase,
pulls out a pipe and lights it up! But the lobby of the
sheriff's station has a sign posted, "No Smoking." Moments
Ben pulls a cirgar and lighter from his coat pockets and lights up
as well. Would the sheriff's department really allow a
prisoner to keep a lighter on their person?
At 6:56 on the Blu-ray, notice that Jerry pulls out a copy
of a textbook called Criminal Law from his
Realizing he does not have a lot of options in his defense
of Ben, Jerry says, "I'm so depressed." He said almost the
same thing upon learning that Laura Palmer had been murdered
"Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer".
In the flashback sequence of young Ben and Jerry watching
Louise Dombrowski dance in their bedroom, notice that little Ben is
holding a cigar, just as he is in the modern day
During the flashback sequence, young Jerry is wearing a
sweater with zigzag patterns and thunderbirds on it.
Notice that Lucy and her sister Gwen have nearly identical
Gwen mistakenly refers to Hawk as "Eagle Eye". She is
probably confusing his nickname with that of Hawkeye, a
white man (Natty Bumppo) who grew up among Delaware Indians
in James Fenimore Cooper's classic American novel The
Last of the Mohicans.
After Leland's mini-dance routine in the Great Northern lobby,
Truman tells him he's looking good and Leland says, "Just
call me Fred." He is referring to Fred
Astaire (1899-1987), a well-known song and dance man in
musical films and on Broadway during his heyday of the
Cooper remarks that Jeremy Horne finished last in his law
school class at
University in 1974, finally passed the bar exam on his
third attempt, and has had his license revoked in in the
states of Illinois, Florida, Alaska, and Massachusetts. This
is the first indication that Jerry's actual first name is
At 15:36 on the Blu-ray, notice that Ben's shirt cuffs
appear to be monogrammed with his initials.
As Cooper flips through the pages of Laura's secret diary,
showing it to Ben, many of the phrases glimpsed on the pages
are actual ones from
The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer
book by Jennifer Lynch, though they do not appear to be in
the correct order. Cooper reads one line from the diary to
Ben, "Someday I'm going to tell the world about Ben
Horne. I'm going to tell them who he really is." This
does not appear in
The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer;
the closest statement to it is "I'm going to have to tell
the world about Benjamin."
At 17:57 on the Blu-ray, Bobby clicks the top of a ballpoint
pen to write a note for Ben Horne. But in the close-up
seconds later, the pen is a felt tip, not ballpoint!
At 18:07 on the Blu-ray, notice that the notepad Bobby
writes his message to Ben on has Leo's name scrawled at the
top. I guess Leo liked personalizing all of his belongings
(recall that Shelly said that he makes her sew his initials
into all his clothes in
Episode 4: "The One-Armed
At 19:38 on the Blu-ray, Toad is wearing a G&B Trucking cap.
There are a number of G&B Trucking establishments in the
U.S. and Canada.
The sweater Norma wears in this episode has a diamond
pattern on it.
Norma's mother, Vivian, tends to refer to Hank as "Henry", probably
his proper name, "Hank" being a pet form of it.
When Vivian, taste-tests the mashed potatoes on Toad's
plate, she remarks, "Hmm, hey those are good. I see they
taught Henry some skill in the stockade." While it's
possible that the part about Hank learning a skill in the
stockade is just a joke at Hank's expense, in retrospect, it
seems to be an early indication that she assumes Hank
actually did make the potatoes because she has already decided that
her daughter can not do anything well herself. In later
episodes, she criticizes Norma's cooking, even turning in a
scathing review of the RR Diner for newspaper publication as
the anonymous food critic M.T. Wentz. The only real
compliment she pays Norma at all is in this episode is when she
says her figure is still lovely. Maybe she had
expected/guided Norma towards a modeling career or something
similar (after all we learn later Norma was once Miss Twin
Peaks), something bigger and better than Twin Peaks, and was
disgusted when her daughter chose to marry a local boy and stay
in the small town for the rest of her life.
Notice that the special at the RR today is Potato and
When Norma seems concerned that she didn't know to expect
her visit for the next couple days, Vivian says, "You know
me, dear, I'm easy." But subsequent episodes suggest that
Vivian is not so easy to please at all.
The newspaper Ernie leaves behind at the RR is called the
Daily News. There are a number of papers by that
name in the U.S., including a couple in Washington state.
One of the reporters for the Daily News is seen to
be Eric Noland.
At 22:43 on the Blu-ray, the newspaper the deputy outside
Gerard's room is reading has an ad on the back page for
Pavilions is a supermarket in the southern California
area, so it's unlikely a newspaper in Washington would have
an ad for it!
Notice that the hotel room Gerard is being held in at the Great
Northern does not appear to have a TV!
At 23:33 on the Blu-ray, a bag of
Gold Medal flour is seen sitting in the kitchen of the
When Hank comes back to the RR after being absent a couple
days, Vivian says, "Well, the prodigal son returns." This
refers to the parable of the prodigal
son told by Jesus in the Bible.
At 25:32 on the Blu-ray, Truman and Pete use binoculars to
look at a bird through the sheriff's office window. They
both agree it is a pileated woodpecker. The stock footage of
a woodpecker pecking at a tree used here does, in fact,
appear to be a pileated woodpecker.
Truman remarks on Josie leaving town after selling the
Packard Mill to Ben Horne and Pete sheepishly responds,
"Well, not exactly," and Truman tells him he doesn't have to
explain. They are referring to the fact that Pete had to sign off
on the deal as well, as Catherine's heir.
At 27:10 on the Blu-ray, notice that there is a dart board
hanging in Truman's office.
Pete seems to have snuck into the jail cell area of the
sheriff's station for his confab with Ben. Wouldn't that
area be more highly guarded and locked down than to allow an
interloper to get in unnoticed?
Leland sings "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" as he drives wildly through town. When the scene
changes to Truman and Cooper driving the opposite direction
on the same road just seconds later, note that Cooper is
whistling the same tune! It must he his own extrasensory
perception keying him into Leland without his conscious
The license plate of Truman's sheriff's truck is 4257SR.
When Leland offers to show Cooper his new golf clubs, he
looks as if he is going to bash Cooper on the head with one
until Truman shouts back to Cooper that they're needed back
at the Great Northern where the One-Armed Man has been found
near the waterfall.
When Mike "examines" Ben at the sheriff's station and says
"He's been close. BOB is not here now," Jerry interrupts
with "Who’s Bob? I don’t know a Bob? Do we know a Bob?" and
Ben shakes his head "no". But we saw in
"Northwest Passage" that there is a
seemingly fairly high-up employee at the Great Northern
called Bob helping to coordinate the signing of the
Ghostwood contract with the Norwegians.
During dinner at the Great Northern, Norma, Vivian, and
Ernie all drinking wine, while Hank drinks beer.
When Hank slaps Ernie on the shoulder with his
pork-rib-grease covered hand, notice that Ernie quickly
brushes off his shoulder with a napkin.
Hank refers to Ernie as "The Professor", apparently his
Ernie claims to Hank that he loves Vivian and has no designs
on her money. He says they met at a Republican fund raiser.
He is referring to the
political party of the United States.
When Hank proposes a toast to Ernie and Vivian's happiness
in the future in the dining room at the Great Northern,
notice that a few fellow clientele join him in raising their
At 42:42 on the Blu-ray, the Indian statue on Cooper's hotel
room nightstand is different than the one seen previously.
As mentioned in a previous study, Cooper's hotel room still
appears not to have a latch on it...and it can be seen that
the door starts to bounce back after Cooper closes it at
45:27 on the Blu-ray.
At 45:52 on the Blu-ray, the sign at the waterfall site of
the discovery of Maddy's body reads, "DANGER, Strong
Currents, Stay Clear of Falls".
the last thing a good defense attorney needs to know is the
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get yourself a better lawyer.wav
48 hours is not late.wav
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all you could think of was spawning.wav
your mean Aunt Lucy.wav
BOB is not here now.wav
good move, Jer.wav
I've had enough of the mumbo-jumbo.wav
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