"Slaves and Masters"
Written by Harley Peyton & Robert Engels
Directed by Diane Keaton
Original air date: February 9, 1991
James is framed for murder; Albert
fills Cooper in on Windom Earle’s recent activities while Leo
becomes Earle’s slave; Eckhardt confronts Josie while Cooper
uncovers damning evidence against her; General Lee leads the
South to victory.
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
Bartender at Wallies
Gordon Cole (mentioned only)
Caroline Earle (mentioned only)
Nadine Hurley (née Butler)
Catherine Martell (mentioned only)
Jeanie Pombelek (employee of Clean and Save, mentioned only)
Erik Powell (mentioned only)
Caroline Earle (mentioned only)
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.
"A death mask. Is there a reason for a death mask? It is
physical resemblance--in death, the muscles so relaxed, the
without the animating spark. A death mask is almost an
on a beautiful memory. And yet, who could throw away the
of a loved one? Who would not want to study it longingly, as
distant freight train blows its mournful tone?"
This episode opens on Sunday, March 19, 1989.
For some reason, Wallies has a tacky, large painting hanging
behind the bar and another on a wall, depicting a couple
hooking up at what appears to be Wallies itself. These
paintings were not there in previous episodes. Also, the
wood posts along the bar with people's names carved into
them, seen in previous episodes, are gone.
An owl clock is seen behind the bar at Wallies at 4:09 on
When Donna calls Ed to ask for help for her and James at
Wallies, a local deputy enters and walks past her, leading
her to start a fake conversation on the phone with
"Annette". Did Donna just come up with the name on the fly
or does she know someone named Annette? Possibly it's a
reference to the actress who plays Evelyn Marsh in this and
recent episodes, Annette McCarthy. There may be some support
to this theory, as the original script as her using the name
At 7:22 on the Blu-ray, notice that Bobby is wearing the
same PLS cap that Toad was wearing in
"Laura's Secret Diary"!
At 8:27 on the Blu-ray, notice that the markings on the map
of the cities to which Windom Earle has sent articles of
Caroline's bridal clothing form a "C", probably standing for
"Caroline" since he is sending her clothing items, but could
also be "Cooper". Albert tells Cooper and Truman that the map was
found taped to the bottom of a table at the power station in
Twin Peaks sabotaged by Earle.
Albert explains to Truman that rigor mortis in a
dead body goes from head to toe, but after two days leaves
the body from toe to head. Rigor mortis does set in
after about two hours, roughly from head to toe. And it does
leave the body after about two days, but I've been unable to
confirm that it leaves "toe to head".
Albert states that Earle placed the body in Truman's office
and then "played Zeus" at the power station.
Zeus was the mythological father of
the Greek Olympian gods and the god of lightning
The tune being played by Windom Earle on his flute at 10:23
on the Blu-ray is "Questions in a World of Blue" by Julee
Cruise, first published as a song in her 1992 album The
Voice of Love. The music queues at 26:55 (when Truman
reveals the name of the dead transient) are also from that
song. The song is also
prominent in Fire Walk With Me and appears on the
soundtrack album of that film.
At 10:46 on the Blu-ray, notice that there are several very
large rocks inside Windom Earle's commandeered cabin in the
woods. Why?? Did he drag them in there himself? For what
Earle tells Leo how he cleaned his wounds, "removed the
proverbial thorn from your paw", and calling him "Leo the
lion". Earle is referring to 1) the folktale of the ancient
Greek Androcles' "The Shepherd and the Lion", in which a
runaway Roman slave removes a painful thorn for the paw of a
lion, thus earning the lion's undying friendship, and 2) the
constellation Leo (Latin for "lion").
Earle tells Leo, that 13th Century samurai in Japan,
stripped of their weapons, found that the aged and treated
bamboo of their shakuhachi flutes made an excellent cudgel.
The samurai were a noble warrior class in Japan from the
7th-19th Centuries. A shakuhachi is a Japanese end-blown
flute, traditionally made from bamboo, but sometimes made
from other woods or plastic in modern times.
Regretting the time they've lost together the past 20 years
since high school graduation, Norma tells Ed that she
"...tried not to think about it. I just spent more and more
time in the diner trying to make the place work because I
had nothing else. We were open every day so I wouldn't have
another life. No birthdays, no Fourth of July, no
Christmas." But Twin Peaks: An
Access Guide to the Town states that Norma bakes fruit
pies for Eagle Scout Troop #294's annual July 4th pie-eating
contest. So, she has to experience certain holidays through
the necessity of running her restaurant.
Normal tells Ed that she bought him a present last Christmas
that she wasn't able to give him, a turquoise and onyx bolo
tie. Ed is known for wearing bolo ties in several episodes.
At 15:58 on the Blu-ray, notice that a number of stuffed
animals are seen in Ed's bedroom, undoubtedly Nadine's. In
fact, the entire house seems to be dominated by Nadine's
personality, with little-to-no masculine touches from Ed.
Nadine tells Ed that she got all the way to the district
finals for wrestling in Knife River, only to find the
airplane slam is illegal. Knife River likely refers to
either Knife River, Montana or Knife River, Minnesota. An
"airplane slam" is a move performed in professional (fake)
wrestling, which is why it's illegal in amateur (real)
wrestling; Nadine also performed some questionable moves in
her wrestling tryouts in previous episodes, suggesting she
is something of a fan of pro wrestling and assumes she can
perform the same maneuvers in her renewed high school life.
At 18:00 on the Blu-ray, notice that a live beetle is
crawling on the desk at Blue Pine Lodge as Truman and Cooper
At 18:44 on the Blu-ray, notice that multiple containers of
the same foodstuffs line the shelves of the Blue Pine Lodge
in the background as Cooper looks for a pot of fresh coffee.
Notice also in this scene that Cooper opens the coffee pot
lid and takes a deep sniff of it before poring a cup; he
probably wants to ensure there's not another fish in it like
last time (Episode
1: "Traces to Nowhere")!
Also notice that Cooper takes his handkerchief from his back
pocket to use as a pot handler for poring from the hot coffee
At 19:11 on the Blu-ray, a tree painting similar (but not
exactly the same) to the one in the lobby of the sheriff's
station is seen in the kitchen storage room at Blue Pine
Pete tells Cooper he's just picked up the dry cleaning from
the local Clean and Save, where he dealt with an employee
there, Jeanie Pombelek, from Budapest. Clean and Save
appears to be a fictitious business.
Budapest is the capital city of Hungary.
Pete remarks that the only words he knows in Hungarian are
paprika and goulash. These are both
Hungarian words, paprika being a spice (though it originated
in the New World), and goulash being a type of soup or stew.
At 20:35 on the Blu-ray, notice that a painting of an owl is
seen hanging on the wall of the Blue Pine Lodge as Catherine
listens in on Josie's phone call.
At 20:53 on the Blu-ray, notice that a painting of what
appears to be a Playboy bunny is hanging on the wall at the
Great Northern as Thomas Eckhardt speaks with Jones.
According to the script, the foreign language spoken
between Eckhardt and Jones is Afrikaans, the official
South Africa. The script prints their lines in English,
however. Eckhardt is
saying "She's become predictable," and Jones says, "I warned
you not to trust her." When Jones is arrested in
"On the Wings of Love", she
asks to speak to the South African consulate. Is this an
indication that she, and maybe Eckhardt as well, are
originally from that nation?
At 21:04 on the Blu-ray, General Lee (Ben) relates having
spoken to Stonewall Jackson about someone fleeing up to
Canada and joking about wanting to be "the Duke of Montreal."
Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863) was a general for the
Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War.
Montreal is a city in Quebec, Canada.
As Ben laughs at the retelling of Stonewall's joke, he
nearly falls off his beast of burden, which appears to be a
stuffed mule. Grabbing hold to stay on, he says, "Whoa!
Whoa, Traveller!" General Lee's horse during most of the
Civil War was named Traveller.
At 21:54 on the Blu-ray, notice that Dr. Jacoby's tie is
printed as a large fish! He wore the same tie in
Episode 1: "Traces
Audrey politely threatens her Uncle Jerry that if he doesn't
help bring her father back to sanity, he'll be selling
baseboard heaters at the local Cash & Carry. The series was
fond of promoting
Cash & Carry for some reason! The store chain is
mentioned in several episodes.
Dr. Jacoby tells Audrey he thinks it's time to implement the
Appomattox scenario. This refers to the Battle of Appomattox
Court House, where General Lee was outfought by the Union
army of General Grant and he surrendered, effectively ending
the Confederacy's war to be a separate nation from the U.S.
Bobby refers to Leo as "Leostein", an obvious reference to
the Frankenstein monster of the classic horror novel and
When Bobby shows up at the Great Northern for Ben's
"therapy" session with the rest of the Great Northern gang, he apologizes for being
late, claiming a couple of bikers tried to take his
Confederate Army jacket. This seems unlikely! Maybe he's
just late because he was at the sheriff's station with
Shelly to report on Leo's reawakening and assault against
Ben tells his assembled listeners that Stonewall is gone
now, cut down in a hail of Yankee (Northern) lead. In
reality, Jackson was shot accidentally by his own forces.
As he did in
Ben again sings "Dixie", to Bobby's accompaniment on bugle.
At 23:45 on the Blu-ray, notice that there is an owl
statuette sitting on the bar at Wallies.
At 25:37 on the Blu-ray, notice that the slides of two
thread samples from Josie's vicuna coat are literally the
exactly the same image, just slightly rotated from one
During his evidence presentation to Cooper, Albert reveals
that Jonathan's last name is Kumagai.
At 26:37 on the Blu-ray, Truman is using the dart board seen
in his office in earlier episodes.
This episode reveals that the transient killed by Windom
Earle and left in Truman's office was named Erik Powell.
Cooper says that "Powell" was Caroline's maiden name.
At 27:20 on the Blu-ray, one of the portraits of President
Truman in Sheriff Truman's office is sitting atop the file
cabinets, propped up against the wall instead of hanging on
it as usual.
This episode reveals that Pete is a chess master. He claims
he owes his skill to José Raúl Capablanca. Capablanca
(1888-1942) was a Cuban world chess champion. Presumably,
Pete learned from Capablanca through books, because Pete
would have only been 8 years old when Capablanca died,
according to Pete's birth date of June 28, 1934 as stated in
the Twin Peaks collectible card set.
Audrey uses the alias of Scarlett McLean during the
"Appomattox scenario". Possibly, she picked the name
"Scarlett", as well as her attire, for its association with the character of
Scarlett O'Hara in the classic 1936 novel and 1939 film
Gone with the Wind. She also used a literary alias,
that of Hester Prynne from Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 novel
The Scarlet Letter, in
Episode 6: "Realization
Jerry plays Scarlett McLean's father, Wilmer McLean, in the
scenario. Wilmer McLean was an actual historical figure, in
that he was a Virginia grocer on whose property one of the
first battles of the Civil War took place (the First Battle
of Bull Run in 1861) and where General Lee's surrender (in
1865) took place. It has been said that the Civil War
"started in his front yard and ended in his front parlor".
As far as I can find, he did not have a daughter named
Dr. Jacoby plays General Ulysses S. Grant in the "Appomattox
scenario", in which General Lee accepts his surrender.
General Grant (1822-1885) was the head general of the Union
Army, who, in the real world, accepted General Lee's
surrender at Appomattox.
Ben (as General Lee) asks Jacoby (as General Grant) if he
remembers that they met during the Mexican War. It is true
that the two soldiers did meet and fight together on the
American side (with lower ranks at the time) during the
Mexican–American War of 1846–48.
"General Lee" tells "General Grant" that he has no of love war,
and even less for politicians. Of course, Grant became the
ultimate politician, the President of the United States, in
During the surrender ceremony, Jerry plays the harmonica for
a couple brief moments, and plays it fairly well, unlike
Bobby's playing of the bugle. Does he play the harmonica as
When Ben recovers from his delusion about the Civil War, he
looks at his assembled family and associates and says, "I
had the strangest dream. You were there, and you, and
you..." This is similar to Dorothy's statement after
awakening back home from her Oz adventure at the end of the
Gone with the Wind.
At 32:49 on the Blu-ray, Evelyn sets her drink down on top
of a record album cover, but I haven't been able to identify
it. As she draws her fingers across the surface of the
cover, the camera pans over a portion of another cover with
a sexy woman's face on it; at 43:00, we see that this is Kiss of Fire,
a 1957 album by Waldo de los Ríos (1934-1977), an Argentine
conductor and composer, on the floor next to James' unconscious body.
Several other record albums are seen on the floor as well,
but this is the only one
that has a readable title onscreen.
The poem lines that Earle is having Leo write out are from "Love’s
Philosophy" by Percy Bysshe Shelley from 1820. They only
write a couple of lines here, but the entire second stanza
is received by Audrey, Donna, and Shelly in a later episode. Cooper reveals in
"Variations on Relations"
that he once sent this poem to Caroline Earle:
The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the Ocean,
The winds of Heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
in one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine?
See the mountains kiss high Heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?
At 41:31 on the Blu-ray, after Earle kisses Leo on the
cheek, notice that his carefully-applied false mustache is
starting to peel away!
At 42:34 on the Blu-ray, notice there is a painting in the
Marsh mansion that appears to be a portrait of Evelyn.
After Evelyn shoots Malcolm, the scene goes into slow-motion
and a distorted grunting/laughing sound is heard, similar to
that of BOB when he killed Laura in the flashback of
"Answers in Dreams" and when he killed
Was BOB present for this altercation at the Marsh mansion?
Was he feeding on the pain and sorrow there?
At 44:20 on the Blu-ray, we see that Cooper keeps a photo of
Caroline in his wallet.
When Cooper enters his hotel room, he hangs up his jacket. And then adjusts his black suit which is hanging there next
to it. He is probably anticipating the time he can wear it
again as a restored agent of the FBI.
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I am partial to that.wav
I turned all my Christmas's into a week full of Mondays.wav
all that time.wav
some advantages to leaving him insane.wav
he was good at two things.wav
pointless and stupid.wav
our sheriff's got a serious problem with his girlfriend.wav
I never beat him.wav
a chess expert.wav
I'd be proud to serve.wav
a cat or a dog.wav
how can I place a value on something so precious?.wav
did you expect an apology?.wav
you're good and you're honest.wav
Leo, for Heaven's sake!.wav
pretty words for pretty girls.wav
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