"Miss Twin Peaks"
Written by Barry Pullman
Directed by Tim Hunter
Original air date: June 10, 1991
Leo sets Major Briggs loose; Andy is
mesmerized by the
Cave map; Andrew opens the
final box; Lucy makes her choice; Miss Twin Peaks is chosen.
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
Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode
Nadine Hurley (née Butler)
Thomas Eckhardt (mentioned only, deceased)
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.
For this Log Lady intro, the china is back on the table (it
was missing in
"The Path to the Black Lodge"),
but the duck or pheasant sculpture is still there as well.
The camera is more active in this intro than in any other.
It pans over to her sealed fireplace and up to the mantel,
where an urn containing some of the ashes of dead husband
then back to the Log Lady again.
"A log is a portion of a tree.
At the end of a crosscut log--many of you know
this--there are rings.
Each ring represents one year in the life of the tree.
How long it takes to a grow a tree!
"I don't mind telling you some things. Many things I, I
Just notice that my fireplace is boarded up. There will
a fire there.
"On the mantelpiece, in that jar, are some of the ashes of
"My log hears things I cannot hear.
But my log tells me about the sounds, about the new
Even though it has stopped growing larger, my log is aware."
This episode opens on Saturday, March 25, 1989.
Despite being chained by one hand and foot in Earle's cabin,
Leo manages to snag a key ring from a desk and, unable to
free himself with the keys, frees Major Briggs instead. He
tells the major, "Save Shelly," this despite the fact the he
himself beat his wife and even tried to kill her in the
arson fire he set at the Packard Mill in
"The Last Evening", going to show that
Leo's injuries and mistreatment at Earle's hands seems to
have inspired some good in him.
|As Earle walks into the cabin at 3:58 on the Blu-ray, notice
that his face is plaster white. Why? Did he cover his face
with something? Is it an indication of his fall ever closer
to the Black Lodge? This latter would seem to be the case,
as his teeth suddenly turn black as he taunts the captive
Leo. His face here might almost be representative of the
pool (of oil) at the entrance of the Black Lodge in
Glastonbury Grove...a black pool surrounded by white.
At 4:43 on the Blu-ray, Shelly sets down a container of
iodized salt after filling a salt shaker, only to be seen
holding it again a split second later in the next shot.
In his quest to be a good man, Ben tells Audrey he's going
to read the Koran, the Bhagavad-Gita, the
Talmud, the Bible (New and Old
Testaments), and the Tao-te-ching. These are holy
scriptures of the Islamic, Hindu, Judaic, Christian, and
Taoist religions, respectively.
Audrey tells her father that, while in Seattle, she learned
that the Packards are using Twin Peaks Saving and Loan to
funnel money into the Ghostwood project, but the bank is
keeping a low profile about it.
|At 9:12 on the Blu-ray, one of the sketches hanging in
the conference room next to the Owl Cave sketch in the
sheriff's station looks rather like a stylized owl face!
However, later, at 28:58, we get a closer look...but I still
don't know what it is! It appears to have some cross or
double dagger symbology incorporated in it. (Update: Astute
PopApostle reader Steve A. recognized this symbol as that of
the demon (or spirit?--webmaster) Belial. Steve writes,
"It is most likely taken from A.E. Waite's "The Book of
Black Magic and of Pacts" (p. 187 of the book, page 223 of
this pdf version:
Underneath in the picture from Twin Peaks it has
some number and then "Belial". Beneath that it has another
number and then "Magic Symbol of ????? from the Lemegeton".
(The Lemegeton is an ancient book of magic attributed to
King Solomon and you can see the original version of the
What I've marked with question marks might be "Belial"
again. Anyway, demons are associated with possession which
might be the connection with the spirits of the Black
Lodge." Thanks for the info, Steve!)
The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts by A. E. Waite
At 9:40 on the Blu-ray, a box of what appears to be
Crunch 'n Munch is seen in the
At 9:42 on the Blu-ray, we can see in the background (it's
subtle) that Leo is already in the tarantula trap seen more
Cooper finally tells Truman that he saw BOB when Josie died
and that he thinks BOB was feeding off of Josie's fear. In
Fire Walk With Me, the denizens of the Black Lodge
are said to feed on "garmonbozia"...pain and
suffering...what might be described as "fear".
At 13:42 on the Blu-ray, Shelly is seen to be wearing a Twin
Peaks High School Physical Education Dept. t-shirt during
the dance rehearsal for the Miss Twin Peaks contest. She is
also holding a cigarette...notice that a few seconds later,
she shares the cigarette with Donna! In fact, you can see
the two of them having fun together throughout the
At 15:38 on the Blu-ray, notice that Dick has scars on his
nose from the bite of the pine weasel in
"Wounds and Scars".
When Major Briggs is picked up and taken to the sheriff's
station, Cooper is able to smell haloperidol on him, the
same drug the One-Armed Man uses to keep Mike at bay.
When Cooper refers to Briggs as "Garland", his first name,
the drugged Briggs says, "Garland? Odd name. Judy Garland?"
Judy Garland (1922-1969) was an American actress and singer,
best known for her portrayal of Dorothy Gale in the 1939
film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. Twin Peaks
co-creator David Lynch is known to be a fan of the film.
There are also references to a "Judy" in Fire Walk With
Me; does Briggs know who this mysterious Judy is?
When the befuddled Briggs tells Cooper he was taken into
the woods, he goes on to say, "The King of Romania was
unable to attend." This may be his attempt to tell Cooper
that he (Cooper) is the "king" in Earle's plot for revenge;
he would have seen the king playing card with Cooper's face
pasted on it pinned to the wall of Earle's cabin. Just like
when he later says, "Protect the queen," he is referring to
the queen playing cards he saw representing the winner of
the Miss Twin Peaks contest.
Staring at the Owl Cave sketch on the blackboard, Andy asks
if the 4-H Club couldn't have anything to do with it. He is
obviously noticing the two symbols that look like a stylized
"4" and "h", suggestive of the
a youth organization administered by
the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United
States Department of Agriculture. The group was originally
focused on teaching American kids about civic values through
agricultural endeavors, but currently has a more broad-based
mandate of developing citizenship, leadership,
responsibility, and life skills. The symbols in the Owl Cave
sketch are revealed later in the episode to be the
astrological symbols for the planets Jupiter and Saturn,
Pete refers to the vice he's using to try to crack open the
small metal box found inside Eckhardt's puzzle box as a Cram
Jack All-Duty Vise. Cram Jack appears to be a fictitious
The metal box's depth of seating in the vice changes from
shot to shot.
At 26:03 on the Blu-ray, an owl statue is seen on a shelf in
the kitchen of Blue Pine Lodge. It looks quite similar to
the one seen sitting on the bar at Wallies Hide-out in
"Slaves and Masters".
The gun used by Andrew to finally blow open the metal box is
a stainless steel
Python. (Andrew is lucky he didn't shoot Pete through the
kitchen cabinet; Pete was standing right behind it!)
Moments before, Catherine, referring to the endless puzzle
boxes found in Eckhardt's "gift" as Andrew and Pete puzzle
over the metal box most recently revealed, had complained,
"I can't take any more of this. Boxes inside boxes!" When
Andrew finally shoots the metal box open, they find a key...Catherine is finally done with boxes! But no, the key is for
yet another box...a safe deposit box!
At 30:51 on the Blu-ray, Briggs mumbles, "How does the
queen?" This is a line from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
The opening chorus line number of the Miss Twin Peaks
pageant seems to have a rain motif, with the ladies all
twirling umbrellas and wearing clear plastic rain slickers.
Appropriate, I suppose for the rainy state of Washington,
but it's also interesting to note that the clear rain
slickers also make it so the ladies are all "wrapped in
Notice that Audrey is not in the chorus line of dancing
contestants at the opening of the Miss Twin Peaks contest.
Though she does make a speech about the environment as do
the rest of the women later, it seems she has not
participated in all of the pageant events, perhaps due to
her insistence to her father about not wanting to be the
town bathing beauty.
At the Miss Twin Peaks contest, notice that Pinkle seems to
be hitting on the Log Lady!
When Bobby sees Windom Earle disguised as the Log Lady
backstage at Miss Twin Peaks, notice Earle is standing in
front of the door marked "Restrooms"; he probably went into
the restroom in one of his male disguises and then changed
into his Log Lady disguise. Notice also that his log is not
round like the real log; his has a wedge cut shape.
During her environment speech, Annie quotes Chief Seattle.
Chief Seattle (c. 1786-1866) was a Duwamish chief in the
Pacific Northwest region of North America, widely known for
his skills as a leader, warrior, and speaker and was, at
times, instrumental in forging peace treaties with white
settlers. The words attributed to him in Annie's speech are
generally said to be part of his speech given at a gathering
of whites and natives in the city of Seattle (named for him)
on March 11, 1854, but since he spoke in the native
Lushootseed language and then translated into Chinook jargon
and then into English, the speech's true words have long
been in debate.
Cooper does not look too happy about his new girlfriend
winning Miss Twin Peaks. This is, of course, because he
knows this paints Earle's target on her.
Besides Lana, if you look closely in the background, Nadine
also looks disappointed she didn't win the contest.
After Earle kills the power in the Roadhouse in order to
plunge the Miss Twin Peaks festivities into darkness, what
causes the strobing light to come on? Is it a battery
operated light that Earle himself set up to give him some
minimal illumination to complete his dastardly deeds and sow
confusion at the same time?
The strobing light makes it somewhat difficult even for us
as viewers to tell everything that is going on. Notice at
44:13 on the Blu-ray, that Nadine is hit on the head by a
falling sandbag, hence her bandaged head in the following
episode, Episode 29:
"Beyond Life and Death".
Will Mayor Milford's engagement to Lana survive her loss of
the Miss Twin Peaks contest after he told her it was in the
a connection between BOB and the Black Lodge.wav
the evil in these woods.wav
I could kiss your pointy little head.wav
embark upon our dark honeymoon.wav
I haven't been this excited since I punctured Caroline's
a petal on my rose.wav
don't sound so disappointed.wav
our new Miss Twin Peaks.wav
this is an outrage.wav
even the most craven of us.wav
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