Written by Harley Peyton
Directed by Caleb Deschanel
Original air date: May 17, 1990
James, Donna, and Maddy listen to the
tape; Truman confronts Hank; Waldo is endangered; Audrey gets a
new job; Cooper stakes out One-Eyed Jacks; Dr. Jacoby receives a
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
Notes from the Log Lady intros
When cable channel
obtained the rights to air reruns of the 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.
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yet there are
open many eyes. Eyes are the mirror of the soul, someone has
So we look closely at the eyes to see the nature of the
"Sometimes when we see the eyes...those horrible times when
the eyes, eyes that...that have no soul...then we know a
then we wonder: where is the beauty? There is none if the
This episode opens on the night of Wednesday March 1, 1989, almost
immediately after the end of
But most of the episode takes place on
Thursday, March 2.
Lucy refers to her maternity doctor on the phone as Dr.
As Cooper walks in the door of the Sheriff's office, he is
tooting on the whistle he whittled back in
As Cooper walks into the interview room where Waldo the myna
bird is being held, Dr. Hayward is reading from a book, that
appears to be an
Britannica volume, about the species, referring to it
as Gracula religiosa or "the common hill myna". The
information he reads about the myna from the book is
accurate. Notice that Waldo is being held in a square cage,
not the round cage he was in when they found him at Jacques'
"Cooper's Dreams". Maybe the original cage
has been placed in a storage room as evidence from a crime
Cooper passes on the honor of feeding Waldo, saying he does
not like birds. Why is that? Does he have a sense about
them, like the owls connection to the Black Lodge? Some
other birds like ravens and crows have mythological
connections to the dead or the spirit world. Cooper's
September 1, 1968 entry in
The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale
Cooper, may explain why he does not like
birds when he describes an attack by a bird in Simms'
Hardware store, and the 14-year old even says, "I do not
like birds," the exact phrase he uses in regards to Waldo in
this episode. Notice also that Cooper keeps his distance
from Waldo's cage while he's in the room with it.
The Washington license plate of Leo's big rig is 84B96-F.
At 8:12 on the Blu-ray, notice that an odd painting of
someone who may be a mountain man is seen hanging next to
the Johnsons' front door. In
History of Twin Peaks, the historical figure
known as Liver-Eating Johnson, a mountain man who aided the
U.S. Army in the campaign against the Nez Perce tribe in the
1870s, plays a fairly large role. Could it be that
Liver-Eating Johnson is Leo's great-great-grandfather?!
Donna is wearing another sweater slightly suggestive of the
Owl Cave hieroglyphs.
The tape player that Donna, James, and Maddy use to listen
to Laura's tape is a Realistic, a brand of audio and video
products manufactured by
Radio Shack and sold in their
On the most recent audio tape, Laura addresses Dr. Jacoby by
saying, "What's up, doc?" We also heard her use this phrase
on a tape in
Nowhere". The phrase was originally popularized by
Bugs Bunny in cartoons produced by Warner Brothers.
On Audrey's first day at the perfume counter at Horne's
Department Store, notice at 13:41 on the Blu-ray that they
are apparently offering Invitation to Love themed perfume!
The show's logo and a cardboard stand-up of the Emerald
character are seen.
Emory Battis' office is apparently next to the shoe
department, as the shelves outside his door are filled with
shoe and boot boxes. Sage,
brand boxes are the only identifiable ones seen.
At 15:12 on the Blu-ray, a civic award certificate of some
kind is seen hanging on the wall of Battis' office.
Somehow, Audrey manages to hide and go unnoticed in a closet
in Battis' office even though she is smoking a cigarette the
entire time! Anyone who's been around lit cigarettes knows
they stink and the smoke-tobacco odor would be quickly
The perfume counter girl whom Battis invites to work at
One-Eyed Jacks is named Jenny.
Battis gives Jenny a small crystal unicorn, telling her it
is an ancient symbol of purity. This is true.
|Audrey thumbs through Battis' notebook and
finds the first names of girls, with dates and heart symbols
written in. These are presumably girls at One-Eyed Jacks, as
Ronette's name is on page three. However, Laura's name is
not there at all. Notice also that the dates are all late
March and onward 1989-1990, and it's only March 2, 1989 at
this point in the story! I suppose the date of Laura's death
had not yet been nailed down when the episode was shot.
Jenny's is the most recent name, with a date of 2/25/90.
At 20:57 on the Blu-ray, it looks like the number Audrey
writes down for Black Rose (Blackie) is 613-2637. She
doesn't write down an area code, but since Blackie and
One-Eyed Jacks are both in British Columbia, Canada, the
number may be in area code 250, which has the prefix 613 in
the city of Prince George (though it lies about 500 miles
north of the Twin Peaks area).
At 16:23 on the Blu-ray, the RR Diner's Stock Pot Soup of
the day is Very Vegetable.
At 20:30 on the Blu-ray, separate photos of a boy and girl
are seen on the end table next to the couch in the Hurley
house. Since Ed and Nadine don't have children that we know
of, it seems these are likely to be pictures of Ed and Nadine
At 20:32 on the Blu-ray, notice that Nadine begins looking
at her wrists just before Ed walks in. It may an indication
that she is contemplating suicide by slashing her wrists. In
the next episode,
"The Last Evening", she does attempt
suicide (by overdosing on tranquilizers).
Pete remarks that he just got one of his prize fish back
from Tim and Tom's Taxidermy. An ad for Tim and Tom's
Taxidermy appears on pages 58-61 of
Twin Peaks: An
Access Guide to the Town.
Before heading to One-Eyed Jacks, Cooper asks Ed if he likes
to gamble. Ed says he went to Reno once.
Reno is a
city in Nevada, famous for its casinos.
Cooper and Truman have put together a cover package for
Cooper and Big Ed that they are high-rolling oral surgeons
from the Tri-Cities. In past episodes, we have heard of Twin
Peaks existing in the tri-county area (speculated to be
the Stevens, Pend Oreille, and Spokane
counties area often referred to as the tri-counties of
Washington's northeast corner). The Tri-Cities in
Washington, on the other hand, are in the southeast corner
of the state, being Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland.
At 28:21 on the Blu-ray, we can see that the life insurance
policy that has been clandestinely taken out on Catherine is
for $1,000,000, payable to Josie Packard upon the event of
Cooper uses a voice-activated tape recorder to record
anything Waldo might say, in the hopes that the bird will
reveal something about what happened in Jacques' cabin and
who was there. This Waldo does, mentioning "Laura" and
incriminating Leo by saying his name along with the phrase
"hurting me". But myna birds normally only pick up human
words by repetition over a prolonged period of time, not
just because they heard it once or twice on some random day!
As Cooper and Big Ed walk into One-Eyed Jacks, notice in the
background what looks like a fireplace converted into an
aquarium! We get a closer look at in in
"The Last Evening", as Cooper and Jacques
sit down for drinks, but there doesn't appear to be any fish
in it, just burbling water.
Blackie remarks that Big Ed looks like a cop and Cooper
steps in, jokingly saying, "I'm the cop." This
diffuses a potential situation, considering they are both
undercover. Ironically, of course, Cooper is the
Blackie remarks to Cooper that he looks like Cary Grant.
Cary Grant (1904-1986) was a popular
film actor and leading man from the 1930s-1960s. Coop does
look like a young Cary Grant in his tux!
Cooper tells Blackie he and Ed are "Barney and Fred".
Presumably this is a reference to the next-door neighbors
and best friends Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble on the
animated sitcom The Flintstones that ran 1960-1966.
At 37:09 on the Blu-ray, notice that the Icelanders are
singing "99 Bottles of Beer" in Icelandic. "99 Bottles of
Beer" is a popular drinking song in the U.S. and Canada,
based on the British song "Ten Green Bottles". Ben, with
mock enthusiasm, tells them "You simply have got to teach me
some of these incredible songs."
Jerry is wearing a couple of pins on his clothing as he
talks with Ben in his office. A pin on his cap appears to be
a jet plane. The broach at his neck is in the shape of
In a misguided attempt to aid Agent Cooper's investigation
of Laura Palmer's murder, Audrey applies for work as a
prostitute at One-Eyed Jacks under the pseudonym of Hester
Prynne. Hester Prynne is the adulteress protagonist of
Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter.
Blackie soon reveals she recognized the alias immediately,
having read the book in high school just like Audrey did.
The girl who escorts Audrey to her audience with Blackie is
the new girl who appeared in
"Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer".
"Hester's" resume includes work at the
House, Vancouver (a bed-and-breakfast),
in Chicago (a restaurant), and the
Calgary Stampede (a rodeo and event center). She goes on
to mention the Lost Dude Ranch in Calgary; this appears to
be a fictitious brothel.
Blackie has a dog named Big Amos.
This episode includes the famous scene in which Audrey ties
a cherry stem into a knot with her tongue. This has been a
parlor trick performed (usually by women) for the past
century or more. Some say the trick is generally performed
by having a pre-knotted stem already hidden in the mouth,
though you can now find numerous instructional web pages and
diagrams that allegedly show you how to do it for real (I
The dealers in the One-Eyed Jacks casino wear a pair of dice
in their bowties.
Cooper seems to be winning handily at blackjack in the
casino. He tells Ed that if he can count to ten, he can also
win at blackjack. It seems likely that Cooper is using a
form of card counting to increase his odds of winning. In
The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale
Cooper, we learn that he learned card
counting from his uncle, Al Cooper.
Notice that Ed makes the finger-to-temple symbol of the
Bookhouse Boys to Cooper when Jacques steps in as the new
dealer at the blackjack table.
The car driven by Donna for the meeting at Easter Park
appears to be a
Chevrolet Cavalier wagon.
Why does Maddie wait in Easter Park for James and Donna to
pay a visit to Dr. Jacoby's office? Couldn't they all three
have gone there in Donna's car?
As Dr. Jacoby watches Invitation to Love, we see on
his TV screen that Jade is handed a drink by Montana, who
says, "Jade, here’s to old times. Should old acquaintance be
forgot." Dr. Jacoby is holding a drink as he watches, then
receives a phone call from "Laura"...an old acquaintance thought
dead! The quote is also based on a line from the 1788
Scottish song "Auld Lang Syne" by Robert Burns, "Should Old
Acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon."
At 42:31 on the Blu-ray, a stack of
National Geographic magazines can be seen next to
Notice that Jacoby answers his phone, "Aloha." Jacoby seems
to be obsessed with Hawaii throughout the series and the
Twin Peaks trading card set and
Secret History of Twin Peaks states he grew up in the
Dr. Jacoby's office door has lettering on it reading, "Dr.
Lawrence Jacoby, Ph.D., M.D., Individual and Family
Counseling, A.M.A. A.P.A." Ph.D. stands for Doctor of
Philosophy, M.D. stands for Doctor of Medicine, A.M.A. stands
American Medical Association and A.P.A. stands for
American Psychiatric Association.
As Jacoby pushes the video tape into his VCR at 43:44 on the
Blu-ray, a book on the shelf below is visible as being
The Making of the Modern Mind. This is a 1926 book by
American philosopher John Herman Randall, Jr.
The newspaper being held up to the camera by the ersatz
Laura appears to have a title beginning with "Valley"; the
second word is obscured by her hand, but may be "Recorder".
Supposedly, the Twin Peaks local newspaper is the Twin
Peaks Gazette (though
History of Twin Peaks has it as the Twin
Peaks Post at this point in the timeline).
"Laura" tells Jacoby to meet her at Sparkwood and
Twenty-one. This is the same location where James told Donna
that Laura leaped off his bike and ran away in the middle of
the night on the night of her murder (also seen in
Fire Walk With Me).
Jacoby reviews the "Laura" video tape and recognizes a
corner of the gazebo at Easter Park, surmising that she is
not actually going to meet him at Sparkwood and Twenty-one.
According to the town map in Twin Peaks: An
Access Guide to the Town, the gazebo and park are
located at Falls Avenue and Twenty-one.
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