"Laura's Secret Diary"
Written by Jerry Stahl and Mark Frost & Harley Peyton &
Directed by Todd Holland
Original air date: October 20, 1990
Leland is interrogated; Andy goes in
for a sperm count; Jean Renault delivers a ransom message to
Ben; Harold reads passages from Laura’s secret diary to Donna.
Read the episode transcription 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
Starting with this episode, Fumio Yamaguchi is listed as a guest
star for the next several episodes. This was a stage name used to
cover for Piper Laurie's appearances as Catherine Martell in
disguise as Mr. Tojamura.
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 burlap sack has moved a bit away from the Log Lady
again, but the teapot is now visible again, not seen fully
since the first season intros.
"Miscommunication sometimes leads to arguments, and
arguments sometimes lead to fights.
Anger is usually present in arguments and fights. Anger
is an emotion, usually classified as a negative emotion.
Negative emotions can cause severe problems in our
environment and to the health of our body.
"Happiness, usually classified as a positive emotion, can
bring good health to our body, and spread positive
vibrations into our environment.
Sometimes when we are ill, we are not on our best
By ill, I mean any of the following: physically ill,
emotionally ill, mentally ill, and/or spiritually ill."
This episode takes place on Monday, March 6, 1989.
As the episode opens, the camera tunnels out of a hole in
the sound-proofing tile in an interrogation room of the
sheriff's station. What sounds like a slightly distorted
girl's voice repeats "Daddy" and "Leland" before the camera
pulls onto Sheriff Truman interrogating Leland. The girl's
voice seems like a major clue before the reveal several
episodes later that Leland Palmer is the killer of his own
daughter, while possessed by BOB.
At 5:02 on the Blu-ray, notice that coffee mugs are hanging
from the ram's horns on the wall of the coffee nook in the
At 6:27 on the Blu-ray, a partially-visible poster hanging
on a bulletin board in the sheriff's office reads "think of
your best friend dead". This is a drunk driving awareness
public service message. The full message reads, "Think of
your best friend. Now, think of your best friend dead.
Friends don't let friends drive drunk."
The box that Lucy spills when Andy bumps into her is filled
with packets of coffee.
At 7:18 on the Blu-ray, notice that a stack of donuts is
sitting on the chair next to Cooper in the lobby. But, why
Truman tells Cooper that judge Clinton Sternwood will arrive
that afternoon, travelling the circuit in a
At 7:28 on the Blu-ray, as Truman and Cooper talk in the
lobby, notice in the background that Lucy tosses a pencil
over her shoulder at the reception desk. Then she does it
again in close-up at 9:08!
Truman reports that Hawk has learned that no one named
Robertson ever lived at the house next to the Palmer cabin
at Pearl Lakes. The last known occupants moved to Kalispell.
This presumably refers to
Kalispell, Montana, a city roughly 250 miles from Twin
The deputy that Andy bumps into as he leaves the restroom
with his sample is Deputy Bob.
When Cooper sees that Andy is wearing Circle brand boots, he
notes that they are the same kind they found hidden with the
cocaine in Leo's yard (in
"May the Giant Be With You").
A clerk at the Great Northern, a woman named Louie, tells
Ben that she received a tip from a friend at the Seattle
Post-Dispatch that the travel writer M.T. Wentz will be
passing through the area. The Seattle Post-Dispatch
appears to be a fictitious newspaper; there is a paper in
Seattle called the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
A banner hanging above the Great Northern check-in desk
welcomes the participants in the Tri-County Lumber Queen
semifinals at 9:46 on the Blu-ray. A sign for the same event
is seen later at 41:05 in the Great Northern.
|At 11:02 on the Blu-ray, notice that a photo of Audrey
on Ben's desk looks to be a shot from
Passage", when Audrey was giggling
over her success in scaring the Norwegians away from the
The video monitor set up by Jean Renault on Ben's desk has a
Video8 playback unit built in. Video8 was a popular
camcorder recording format (along with VHS) from 1985 into
the early 2000's.
After Jean Renault leaves the office, Ben picks up his phone
and tells someone named Janet to find Agent Cooper for him.
This is the only mention of Janet. In a couple of later
episodes, Ben seems to have a secretary named Samantha.
At 13:24 on the Blu-ray, the "stock pot soup" of the day at
the RR Diner is rabbit chili. Later in the day, at 28:04,
the sign now reads, "Ask about our specials," presumably in
anticipation of the arrival of M.T. Wentz.
During their indoor picnic, Harold pours himself and Donna
each a glass of white wine. This could be seen as
contributing to the delinquency of a minor considering
Donna's still a high school student and Harold is certainly
over 21! (The bottle Harold pours from is not specifically
identified as wine in the televised episode, so it could,
perhaps, be interpreted as cider or something, but the
original script does identify the beverage as wine.)
Harold reads an entry in Laura's secret diary aloud to
Donna. It is a passage that does not appear in the published
book The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer by Jennifer
Lynch. Perhaps it was on one of the pages that was later torn out
by Harold himself, as found in
During their meeting about the kidnapping of Audrey, Ben
tells Cooper that the kidnappers contacted him that morning
and they will exchange her for $125,000 cash. But, as seen
in Ben's earlier meeting with Jean Renault, Renault never
specified a cash amount! He only says that Ben would be
contacted at noon the next day as he exits the office. And
there is no indication the meeting with Cooper is taking
place "the next day".
During Pete and Josie's reunion at the Blue Pine Lodge,
notice Pete's tackle and fishing pole sitting on the cabinet
in the background. His tackle has the
Fenwick brand name on it.
At 20:46 on the Blu-ray, a few of Blackie's tarot cards are
laying on the desk in front of Jean. A few seconds later,
Jean raises his left hand and we see that he is holding a
few other cards from the tarot deck in it. Possibly he was
doing a reading of either himself or Audrey.
At 27:06 on the Blu-ray, Toad is seen wearing a PLS cap at
the RR. PLS is
Pacific Lumber and Shipping, a lumber company in the
Pacific northwest and Canada.
At 27:18 on the Blu-ray, the clock on the wall of the RR
Diner is seen to be a Gruen. Gruen was a U.S. watch
manufacturer, with some promotional clocks, from 1894-1958.
When state prosecutor Daryl Lodwick (mistakenly assumed to
be M.T. Wentz by Norma and Hank) asks for the restroom, Hank
leads him to it, commenting that they just finished painting
it. Earlier, after hearing that Wentz was coming to the
area, Hank had run out to pick up some flowers, candles, and
tablecloths to spruce up the diner; presumably he also
bought some paint to freshen up the restrooms.
When Hank swipes Lodwick's wallet and looks at the Office of
the District Attorney identification card inside, notice
that the name of the state is blanked out, as if with
white-out! Also, where a photo of the man's face should be,
there is a fingerprint instead (presumably so that Hank can
be mistaken for the D.A. when Jean Renault finds the I.D. on
his person outside of One-Eyed Jacks in
"The Orchid's Curse")!
When Truman questions Josie whether she was really in
Seattle the past several days, she points out the boxes of
the purchases she made there, saying, "You think I got them
at Cash & Carry?" As pointed out in the study of
"Rest in Pain",
Cash & Carry is a warehouse grocery chain in the
northwest United States.
Harry remarks on the potholes out on Highway 9. Highway 9 is
later mentioned again in
"The Orchid's Curse".
There is a real world Highway 9 in the western end of
Washington, but not near the eastern side where Twin Peaks
After introducing Cooper and Judge Sternwood to each other,
Truman states that the two of them should have a lot in
common. Indeed, just seconds before, Sternwood instinctually
read Truman as a man who was having recent trouble with a
woman in his life, just as Cooper has been able to read
relationships in past episodes with little information.
At 34:31 on the Blu-ray, Sternwood suddenly has a cup of
coffee in his hand. I guess Lucy brought it to him in a shot
cut from the episode.
Has anyone been able to make out what it is that Lucy says
after her fight with Dick, when she has locked herself in
Sheriff Truman's office? Her voice is muffled by the closed
door and her half-sobbing voice. It sounds like she says
something about "trigger" and "ascot".
Judge Sternwood tells Leland that whatever the outcome of
their respective roles in the upcoming drama, when they have
finally passed from the stage of life, they will raise a
glass together in Valhalla. In Norse mythology, Valhalla is
one of the two destinations in the afterlife for dead
||42:30 on the Blu-ray is the best glimpse we get of the
RR Diner business card.
At 42:53 on the Blu-ray, Pete is holding what appears to be
a taxidermy mongoose fighting a cobra!
At 43:56 on the Blu-ray, notice that a figure moves behind
the blinds as Jonathan spars with Josie about her
relationship with the sheriff. Presumably, it is Pete
returning with the promised cup of coffee for Jonathan, but
the scene cuts away immediately.
At 44:00 on the Blu-ray, a neon sign in the background at
the Roadhouse says "Beer Genuine Draft". It's a generic
version of the logo for
In the same shot above, notice that Cooper has arranged his
peanuts and shells in the shape of an inverted triangle on
the bar. Is there any meaning to this?
Apparently, Hank is spending his nights sleeping in the back
of the RR Diner, as he comes out in his pajamas when
Jonathan pounds on the diner door in the middle of the
When Hank goes to the door and finds no one there, he begins
to walk back through the diner, grumbling, "Oh, fart."
After tossing Hank around and bloodying him, Jonathan wipes
some of Hank's blood onto his thumb and presses their two
thumbs together, calling Hank "blood brother". This is a
reference back to Hank cutting his and Josie's thumbs and
pressing them together to suggest they now have a blood bond
between them. Josie must have told Jonathan about the
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