"May the Giant Be With You"
(0:00-42:41 of the Season Two 90-minute premiere)
Story by Mark Frost & David Lynch
Teleplay by Mark Frost
Directed by David Lynch
Original air date: September 30, 1990
Cooper receives a strange visitor
after being shot; Audrey learns her father owns One-Eyed Jacks;
Maddy has a vision; Albert returns.
(This episode begins with the wounded Agent
Cooper on the floor of his hotel room and ends with Donna's
visit with James in jail.)
full 2-hour 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
This study is part one of the 90-minute season two premiere episode.
I have chosen to split the episode into two ~45-minute parts to
maintain the consistency of the 45-minute regular episodes of the
The actor who portrays the decrepit room service waiter at the Great
Northern, Hank Worden, was a well-known character actor in films
since 1935, particularly known for playing sidekicks, ranch hands,
etc. in western films directed by Howard Hawks and John Ford, and
appeared in 17 of John Wayne's films.
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 different clothes here than she was
throughout the intros for the first season episodes (she
also changes them again later this season). Note also that,
while her teacup is still by her side, the rest of the china
that was sitting on the table is gone, replaced by what
looks like a crumpled burlap sack.
The Log Lady comments that she understands many things
because of the woods. She also states that she chews pitch
from the trees. Might part of her understanding from the
woods come from chewing the pitch? Some tribal societies
believe that drinking the blood of an animal or person can
imbue one with some of their knowledge or characteristics;
is the Log Lady doing the same with tree pitch? Recall as
well that it seems that human spirits of the deceased may be
able to reside in wood.
"Hello again. Can you see through a wall? Can you see
skin? X-rays see through solid, or so-called solid objects.
are things in life that exist, and yet our eyes cannot see
Have you ever seen something startling that others cannot
are some things kept from our vision? Is life a puzzle?
"I am filled with questions. Sometimes my questions are
In my heart, I can tell if the answer is correct. I am my
"In a dream, are all the characters really you? Different
you? Do answers come in dreams?
"One more thing: I grew up in the woods. I understand many
because of the woods. Trees standing together, growing
another, providing so much.
"I chew pitch gum. On the outside, let's say of the
sometimes pitch oozes out. Runny pitch is no good to chew.
brittle pitch is no good. But in between these exists a
slightly crusted pitch with such a flavor. This is the pitch
This episode has an extended opening theme/titles than the
regular one-hour episodes, similar to the pilot.
This episode opens
on Friday, March 3, 1989.
In his hotel room, Cooper is lying shot on what may be a
Navajo rug. It has designs on it vaguely reminiscent of the
Owl Cave symbols.
When Agent Cooper found Audrey's note that had been slipped
under the door in
"The Last Evening", it was addressed "My
Special Agent". But in this episode, at 3:39 on the Blu-ray,
it is addressed simply "Agent Cooper". When Cooper finds the
forgotten envelope again under his bed in
"The Orchid's Curse", it again reads "My Special
At 4:39 on the Blu-ray, we can see that the waiter wears a
hearing aid in his left ear (probably in both ears, but we
don't get a close look at his right).
When Cooper signs the room service bill, as he lies wounded
on the floor of his hotel room, he uses his left hand. Is he
"Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer",
he is seen to write on the chalkboard with his right hand and
also throw the rocks at the bottle with his right.
After signing the bill, Cooper takes a second to
unclick the point of the ball point pen, despite his
Is there any particular significance to the old waiter's
repeated actions in Cooper's presence while the agent lies
on the floor bleeding? The waiter twice says, "I've heard
about you," three times winks at Cooper (twice the left eye,
once the right), and three times gives him
a thumbs up. Cooper uses a thumbs up signal several times in
the series; possibly the waiter is emulating Cooper by doing
Soon after this, the Giant appears, wearing a
bowtie as the waiter did, suggesting a connection between
Notice that the faint ticking of a clock can be heard in
Cooper's room throughout the scene until a few seconds
before the Giant appears. After he disappears, the ticking
returns. This may be intended as an indication that Cooper
is no longer in the room during this meeting. Remember,
Cooper asks the Giant where does he come from and the Giant
responds, "The question is, where have you gone?"
The Giant tells Cooper "We want to help you," but does not
answer Cooper's question, "Who's we?"
Blackie calls the room Audrey is in (with Ben) the "little
Ben refers to the hidden Audrey as "Prudence" in the little
flower room. Besides being a feminine name, the word
"prudence" means to exercise good judgment. It may also be a
play on the word "prude" since Audrey is rebuffing his
As Ben uncovers Audrey from under the bedspread, he says, "I
will huff...and puff...and blow your house down!" These are
lines from the European fairly tale "Three Little Pigs",
said by the Big Bad Wolf. Ironically, Ben is a big bad wolf
in more ways than one throughout the series.
As he lies on the floor of his room having been shot, Cooper
speaks aloud to Diane, hoping he inadvertently hit the voice
activation button of his tape recorder. We see that, indeed,
he has, as the tape spools are spinning as he speaks. It
seems rather unlikely he would have inadvertently hit the
button just when he needs to though. Maybe it was more than
dumb luck; maybe his finger was guided to do so
subconsciously or by an outside force.
While babbling on to Diane, Cooper wishes he could have
cracked the Lindbergh kidnapping case. This is a reference
to the kidnapping, and eventual murder, of the 20-month old
son of famed American aviator Charles Lindbergh in 1932.
Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested and convicted of the
crime in 1935 and put to death by electric chair in 1936, so
Cooper could not have been involved in the case in any way,
not having been born yet. Is this just a bit of delusional
whimsy on his part as he lays there bleeding? I have to
wonder if it is an allusion to a past life in which he was
involved or, at least, alive at the time of the case.
Cooper goes on to say to Diane, that he would very much like
to make love to a woman whom he had genuine affection for.
Of whom is he speaking? The most obvious candidate is
Audrey, though he seemed to have ruled out a liaison with
her due to her age, even though she was over 18, in
"Realization Time". Another possibility is
that he is referring to Diane herself. Diane is never seen
or heard throughout the series.
After the bullet is removed from Cooper's abdomen, Lucy
brings him up to date on what has happened the past evening
with a list of numerous events that occurred in
"The Last Evening". And the list doesn't even
include all of the cliffhangers left over from that first
season finale episode! Her list does provide updates to
some of the cliffhangers from that episode: Pete and Shelly are
suffering from smoke inhalation after the Packard Mill fire
and Catherine is missing after same. And, add one happening
not known at the end of that episode...Josie Packard is
The sweater Lucy wears in this episode again has designs on
it vaguely reminiscent of the Owl Cave symbols.
Dr. Hayward remarks that they haven't had this much action
since the Elks Club fire of '59.
At 20:07 on the Blu-ray, the newscaster on the television is
played by Mark Frost.
As the shot of the newscaster on TV switches to Shelly Johnson in
her hospital bed, we can just hear the newscaster remark
"...police officials have told me that they have, as yet,
uncovered no apparent link between these two seemingly
unrelated tragedies." To what two tragedies is he referring?
Obviously, the mill burning is one, but what is the other?
Is he referring to Laura Palmer's murder about a week ago?
Or the murder of Jacques Renault in the hospital the same
night as the fire?
Shelly is plaintively crying Bobby's name in her hospital
bed, probably because she assumes that Leo has killed him,
as he promised to do when he left her tied up in the mill
the night before.
We aren't given an explanation of why Shelly doesn't mention
what happened to Catherine during the mill fire. They were
attempting to escape it together at the end of
"The Last Evening", so how did they
The dialog between Maddy and Sarah in the morning reveals
that Maddy's mother is named Beth.
Leland wakes up this morning with his hair having turned
white. There have been stories in history of a person's hair
turning white or gray overnight due to extreme fright or
stress, but they are unsubstantiated and there is no
scientifically documented case of it in modern times. Why
Leland's hair should turn white over this particular night
is unknown; possibly because he killed Jacques Renault, but
he also killed his own daughter a week ago and Teresa Banks
a year ago, and that didn't do it.
The song Leland sings in front of Sarah and Maddy is "Mairzy
Doats", a 1943 novelty song by Milton Drake, Al Hoffman, and
At 24:20 on the Blu-ray, Maddy sees a vision on the carpeted
floor of the Palmer house. Many fans think the image is of a
large blood stain on the carpet (the original script of this
episode does indicate the image is supposed to be blood
stain), but to me it looks more the
impression of a body laying on it. The location on the floor
looks to be where Sarah's unconscious body will lay just a few days later
after she's been drugged by Leland as he prepares to kill
in Episode 14:
"Lonely Souls". And
alternate version of the carpet image is seen in the
Japanese version of this episode, with a rather cheesy
effect of BOB looking back at us (you can see the scene on
"Twin Peaks Episode 8 Alternate BOB Japanese Animation").
Ben tells Jerry he wants a satisfactory explanation why Leo
is not being measured for a plot in Ghostwood Memorial Park.
This is presumably the same cemetery where Laura Palmer was
"Rest in Pain".
Notice that the stuffed white fox in Ben's office is seen in
the background for the first time in this episode. Leland
gets a small handful of fur from it later in
uses it to try to frame Ben in
Episode 16: "Arbitrary Law".
At 25:49 on the Blu-ray, notice that the framed Mt.
Fuji-like image hanging on the Johnsons' wall is actually a
actually a framed jigsaw puzzle!
At 26:04 on the Blu-ray, the TV in the Johnson house is not
the same one that was there in the first season! Notice also
that the VCR that was sitting on top of it in the previous
episode (Episode 7:
"The Last Evening") is missing as
When Agent Rosenfield and his men arrive at the Johnson
house during the shooting investigation, Deputy Andy refers
to him as Agent Rosenflower.
When Albert arrives at the crime scene of Leo's house, he is
seen to remove his sunglasses three times...twice in the
background and once in close-up!
Notice that Albert still has subtle discoloration around his
left eye, where Sheriff Truman hit him back in
"Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer".
When the new boots are found hidden at the Johnson house,
they are seen to be Circle Brand boots. We learn in a later
episode that this is the brand sold by the One-Armed Man.
At 28:49 on the Blu-ray, a logging truck is seen turning on
North Bend Way. This is a road in North Bend, Washington,
where many Twin Peaks exteriors were shot, including that of
the RR Diner. The logging truck is from Littlejohn Logging,
a real world logging company in the Pacific Northwest.
Why does Maddy twist apart her eyeglasses, saying, "I hate
them. I'm never wearing these again"? She is seen without
glasses for the rest of her appearances on the series.
Wouldn't she be seriously hampered by poor eyesight without
them? Maybe the scene was put in as a red herring that she
is really Laura in disguise (with the real Maddy murdered in
Laura's place) as speculated by many fans during the series'
initial run. I guess Maddy just took to wearing contact
The cigarette brand Donna is seen smoking at the RR appears
to be Metropolitan. This is a fictitious brand. The
packaging is the same as the pack Audrey smokes in the girls
bathroom at the high school in
"The One-Armed Man".
The position of the cigarette pack and lighter keeps
changing as the scene cuts from Donna to Maddy and back
In a booth at the RR, the Log Lady finishes chewing a piece
of pitch gum and sticks it to the wall of the booth. In
Episode 9:_"Coma", Norma voices her
displeasure at this practice and asks that she use an
ashtray next time.
Andy's research shows that Leo was in jail in Hungry Horse,
Montana on February 9, 1988, the night Teresa Banks was
murdered. Hungry Horse is a real world village in Montana.
The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale
gives a January 1988 date for the murder of Teresa Banks. The
February date given in this episode seems the more accurate
one to use, as Cooper stated in
Passage" that Teresa's murder took place
"One year ago almost to the day" before Laura's.
The outside view through the main doors of the sheriff's
station is different this second season, with the trees
behind the short stone wall that were previously seen now suddenly
James tells Sheriff Truman that one time when he and Laura
first started dating, she started repeating a scary poem
about fire over-and-over. He doesn't repeat the poem, maybe
he doesn't remember the words, but it is probably the poem
spoken by Mike in Cooper's dream in
"Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer":
Through the darkness of future past,
the magician longs to see,
one chance out between two worlds...fire, walk
When Donna walks into the sheriff's office at 39:27 on the
Blu-ray, someone gives a wolf-whistle! I guess one of the
deputies likes what he sees.
Laura's sunglasses that Donna wears in this episode seem to
change her personality a bit and give her an air of
sultriness. In Fire Walk With Me, this seems to
happen when Donna wears some of Laura's clothes and Laura
warns her not to do it again, as if Laura herself was aware
of the possible effect. Is Donna remembering this now
and asked Maddy for Laura's sunglasses so she can wear them
and feel close to Laura again?
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