Written by Mark Frost
Directed by David Lynch
Original air date: November 10, 1990
Harold commits suicide; Leo speaks;
Audrey confronts her father; Shelly quits the Double-R; “Mike”
leads the search for BOB while the log sends Cooper to the
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
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 lid is now off the sugar dish and the teapot has moved
back into view from what was seen previously in
For this intro, the Log Lady recites a poem. It appears to
be an original one, though she introduces it as "a poem as
lovely as a tree," which is a slightly altered line from the
1913 poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer. Trees are, of course, a
motif in Twin Peaks. And, in
"Variations on Relations", Pete
waxes poetic, "I think that I
shall never see, a poem as lovely as Josie..." and some
episodes suggest that Josie's
soul may be imprisoned in the wood structure of the Great
Northern Hotel where she died.
The final line of the Log Lady's poem, "Woe to the ones who
behold the pale horse," is an obvious reference to Sarah
Palmer, who sees a pale horse materialize in her bedroom
just before Maddy is murdered by Leland/BOB in this episode.
In the Bible's Book of Revelation, the
Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, Death, is said to ride a
pale horse; her husband, Leland, is death, to her daughter
Laura, and now her niece Maddy. Possibly, the horse is also
representative of Sarah's own role in the deaths of her
daughter and niece, as she seemingly refuses to consciously
acknowledge what has been happening for years with her
"A poem as lovely as a tree:
"As the night wind blows, the boughs move to and fro.
The rustling, the magic rustling that brings on the dark
The dream of suffering and pain.
Pain for the victim, pain for the inflicter of pain.
A circle of pain, a circle of suffering.
Woe to the ones who behold the pale horse."
This episode takes place on Thursday, March 9, 1989.
Gordon tells Cooper he's headed for
Oregon for something that's "real hush-hush".
At the beginning of the episode, Mike repeats his statement
from the end of
the Great Northern Hotel, "A large house, made of wood,
surrounded by trees. The house is filled with many rooms,
each alike, but occupied by different souls, night after
As the employees and clientele of the Great Northern are
paraded in front of Mike for identification as to whether
they are the host of BOB, notice at 3:58 that Mr. Tojamura
is brought before him. Mike reacts a bit awkwardly, but
confirms it is not BOB. It seems he many have been picking
up (at least somewhat) on the fact that Tojamura was not
what he seemed, being Catherine Martell in disguise.
The sheriff's vehicle that approaches the camera at 4:34 on
the Blu-ray has one headlight out! Possibly, this was an
intentional play on the missing body parts of the One-Armed
Man and Nadine Hurley.
At 4:44 on the Blu-ray, notice that Harold Smith has strewn
many of his beloved orchids across the floor of his cabin, a
harbinger of the upcoming sight of his body hanging from the
ceiling, he having committed suicide.
At 5:15 on the Blu-ray, a bag of Uni-Gro is seen in the
background in Harold's cabin. Uni-Gro is a brand of peat
moss and other products used for stimulating the healthy
growth of plants.
The painting of an elk at the Palmer house at 5:24 on the
Blu-ray has "Missoula Montana" painted in the lower left
corner. It presages Maddy's announcement to her aunt and
uncle that it's time for her to go back home to Missoula and
it is also the picture Leland later smashes her face into
when he shouts she's "going back to Missoula, Montana!"
On the mantel at 5:43 on the Blu-ray, a few books are seen,
one being The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant.
This is an actual book profiling a number of Western
philosophers from ancient Greece to the early 20th Century.
I can't quite make out the titles or authors of the other
The mantel at the Palmer home also shows a couple additional
childhood photos of Laura not previously seen.
The song playing at the Palmer home is "What a Wonderful
World", performed by the great Louis Armstrong.
Maddy tells her uncle and aunt that it's time for her to
head home to Missoula and get back to her job. It's never
revealed what her job is.
A suicide note is found on the person of Harold Smith,
reading only, "Je une ame solitaire," Roughly,
French for "I am a lonely soul." This same phrase was used
by Mrs. Tremond's grandson, Pierre, in
Sheriff Truman remarks, "It's a good thing Andy didn't see
this one." Deputy Andy has been shown to be so sensitive as
to break down in tears at the scene of a death.
When Hawk discovers Laura's secret diary among the debris in
Harold's cabin, it looks much thinner than seen before,
presumably an indication that Harold tore a number of pages
out of it in his despair and rage.
At 9:22 on the Blu-ray, a
pick-up drives by the Johnson house.
Bobby indicates that he has been staying the night with
Shelly at her house, but can't keep on, "telling my mom and
dad that I'm spending the night at Mike's."
Due to the lack of finances for supporting Shelly and Leo,
Bobby suggests selling Leo's truck, saying, "He's not gonna
be cannonballing down the highway any time soon." Since Leo
was a trucker, Bobby may be referring to the 1981 film
Cannonball Run, based on the Cannonball Baker
Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, an unsanctioned car
race run four times in the 1970s from the east to west coasts
of the United States.
Ben tells Audrey that he has owned One-Eyed Jacks for five
Ben claims that he loved Laura.
At 16:02 on the Blu-ray, the "RR" portion of the cafe sign
is missing from the RR Diner! (This actually is seen fairly
frequently in assorted establishing shots of the restaurant
shot on location in North Bend, WA.)
During the RR scene with Shelly and Norma, the red
tablecloths and flowers that have been on the tables in an
attempt to impress the visiting critic M.T. Wentz are not in
place. According to the original script, Norma simply had to
During Nadine's visit to the RR, she seems to think she has
been to Europe with her parents for a month and the town has
changed while she was gone. Did Nadine actually travel to
Europe with her folks when she was in high school?
At 20:32 on the Blu-ray, we see that the day's special at
the RR is split pea soup and lamb.
At 22:20 on the Blu-ray, Bobby and Mike arrive at the
Johnson home and Bobby calls out for Shelly, who is
apparently not home. So, she seemingly just left the
semi-comatose Leo in the house by himself!
As Cooper goes through the remains of Laura's diary at the
sheriff's station, he records to Diane, that BOB "...is
referred to, on more than one occasion, as a friend of her
father's." But this is never stated at all in the official
Diary of Laura Palmer. Cooper also quotes
from the diary, "Some day I'm going to tell the world
about Ben Horne. I'm going to tell them who Ben Horne really
is." The actual statement in the diary though is
"I'm going to have to tell the world about Benjamin."
In his office with Mr. Tajamura, Ben tells him that Jerry
has been checking with his people in Osaka and Tokyo Bank.
is a city in Japan. Tokyo Bank appears to be a fictitious
At 27:40 on the Blu-ray, as Truman, Cooper, and the deputies
are entering Ben's office to take him into custody for
questioning on the murder of Laura Palmer, a book on his
desk is seen to be Joseph and His Brothers. This is
a 1943 novel by the Nobel Prize laureate Thomas Mann
(1875-1955). The novel is about the stories of Jacob and
Joseph in the Genesis book of the Bible.
The sweater the Log Lady is wearing in this episode is the
one she wears throughout the Season One Log Lady intros.
The performer singing at the Roadhouse is Julee Cruise, who
performed many of the songs associated with Twin Peaks.
The first song performed by Julee Cruise at the Roadhouse is
"Rockin' Back Inside My Heart", written by David Lynch and
Angelo Badalamenti. I recommend listening to the so-called
Tibetan 12" version with extended lyrics, which seem
particularly relevant to the story of Twin Peaks,
as relayed in the lyrics below:
Do you remember our picnic lunch?
We both went up to the lake
And then we walked among the pines
The birds sang out a song for us
We had a fire when we came back
And your smile was beautiful
You touched my cheek and you kissed me
At night we went for a stroll
The wind blew our hair
The fire made us warm
The wind blew the waves
Out on the lake
We heard the owl in a nearby tree
I thought our love would last forever
As Cooper, Truman, and the Log Lady sit down for brews and
peanuts at the Roadhouse, notice that a couple of the naval
men seen earlier at the Great Northern are also visiting the bar behind them.
The second song performed by Julee Cruise at the Roadhouse
is "The World Spins".
At 37:52 on the Blu-ray, notice that the decrepit room
service waiter from the Great Northern is sitting at the bar
inside the Roadhouse, presaging the appearance of the Giant.
As BOB manifests himself inside Leland to murder Maddy, she
shouts to her aunt and uncle that it smells like something's
burning. This must the be "scorched engine oil" smell that
Dr. Jacoby noticed when Jacques was murdered in the bed next to
him in the hospital, as he stated in
"Answers in Dreams".
As Leland bumps into the doorframe at 39:57 on the Blu-ray,
notice that the pictures on the wall jiggle, indicating a
flimsy set wall, not the solid wall of a real house.
BOB appears to wear
brand jeans, judging from the small red label on the back
"Arbitrary Law", we see that his jean
jacket is also a Levi's brand.
When Leland smashes Maddy's face into the painting at 43:18
on the Blu-ray, notice that there is the sound of breaking a
glass pane, but the painting does not appear to have glass
When the Giant appears on the Roadhouse stage, most of the
people there appear to be frozen, but a few can still be
seen moving. Cooper, of course, can still move as well, as
does the Log Lady (though she seems less cognizant of the
As Cooper observes the Giant on the stage, at 44:08 on the
Blu-ray, he touches the little finger of his right hand,
where he previously wore the ring taken by the Giant in
"May the Giant Be With You".
Immediately after Maddy's death, Donna breaks down in tears
at the Roadhouse, in the booth she's sharing with James, seeming to sense that something horrible
has just happened. Bobby, sitting at the bar, also has a
look on his face of sadness, but like he doesn't know why;
notice he looks at the old room service waiter sitting next to him as well,
almost as if he senses the old man's connection to
things...some fans have speculated that Bobby's mood swings
throughout the series are an indication that he is an empath
of some kind, probably without knowing it, possibly
inheriting some mystic qualities from his father.
Instead of the usual closing credits sequence, this
episode's closing credits feature the image of Cooper's face
superimposed over red drapes, with Julee Cruise's "The World
Spins" playing over them.
Why does Mike go into a sort of fit when Ben Horne walks
into the room? Is it because of Ben's association with
Leland? Or just Ben's general undercover sleaziness?
Why are the naval personnel at the Great Northern bouncing
rubber balls in the lobby?
What connection, if any, is there between Harold Smith and
Pierre Tremond, considering they both used the phrase,
"Je une ame solitaire"?
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