"The Last Evening"
Written and Directed by Mark Frost
Original air date: May 23, 1990
Looking for Laura, Jacoby is
attacked; Leo seeks revenge; Jacques is arrested; Andy becomes a
hero and then confronts Lucy; Nadine despairs; the Icelanders
sign the Ghostwood contract.
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
This episode is the season one finale.
Writer/Co-creator Mark Frost has admitted in interviews that he
wrote the season finale with as many cliffhangers as he could think
of, both as a satire of typical soap opera cliffhangers and,
hopefully, a means of convincing the network (and fans) to demand
another season to get the resolutions. The cliffhangers in this
- Who assaulted Dr. Jacoby?
- Will Jacoby recover from his heart attack after the
- Will Shelly, Catherine, and Pete survive the fire at
- Will Nadine survive her suicide attempt?
- Will Lucy and Andy reconcile?
- Will Bobby's frame-up of James for drug possession
- Will Leo die from his gunshot wounds?
- Will Leland get away with having murdered Jacques?
- Will Audrey get uncovered by her own father at
- And, of course, we still don't know who killed Laura
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's comment, "This particular song will end with
three sharp notes, like deathly drumbeats," refers to the
three gunshots fired into Agent Cooper in the last scene of
"A drunken man walks in a way that is quite impossible
for a sober
man to imitate, and vice versa. An evil man has a way...no
how clever, to the trained eye, his way will show itself.
"Am I being too secretive? No. One can never answer
the wrong moment. Life, like music, has a rhythm. This
song will end with three sharp notes, like deathly
This episode opens immediately after the end of
"Realization Time", still the night of
Thursday, March 2, 1989. It proceeds through the night, into the
wee hours of Friday, March 3.
After breaking into Dr. Jacoby's office,
James and Donna discover a small box filled with drink
umbrellas, all labeled to commemorate important dates in the
The first one they look at reads, "The
Kahala Hilton. July 8, 1969. Men on the moon." The Kahala
Hilton was an actual hotel in Kahala, Hawaii in 1969, now
known as the
Kahala Hotel & Resort. The date and description here
imply it was when men first walked, or at least landed, on
the Moon, but July 8, 1969 is merely the day Apollo 11
launched from Cape Kennedy, landing on the Moon on July 20,
with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on it on the
21st. Maybe the erroneous date is why James' voice does not
say the specific date while reading it, just the month and
The second umbrella they look at reads, "August 9,
1974. I first lay eyes on Mimsy." The reference to Mimsy is
unknown; perhaps that it is a nickname for his wife, Eolani
(seen briefly in
"The Man Behind Glass")?
Ironically, the date is that of the resignation of U.S.
President Richard Nixon, but I guess that wasn't what was
important to him that day!
The cassette tape found in the coconut appears to be of the
Scotch brand. Scotch is a brand name
used by the 3M
Company for various products manufactured by them; this
once included Scotch audio tape, but the line was
discontinued in the 1990s.
Inside the coconut,
James and Donna also find the half-heart necklace that
disappeared from the spot in which they buried it in the
woods back in
Passage". But it now has a chain on it instead of the leather
strap seen in
that episode. We might argue that Jacoby changed
it for some reason, but when we see the necklace again in
"May the Giant Be With You", the leather strap is back!
A man in a dark ski mask and dark clothing assaults Dr.
Jacoby as he watches Maddy-disguised-as-Laura in Easter
Park. The assault results in Jacoby having a mild heart
attack. It is never officially revealed in the series who it
was that assaulted him, but Mark Frost is reported to have
said that it was Leland as BOB. Why he attacked Jacoby has
never been addressed directly as far as I know. Remember
that Leland saw Maddy sneaking out of the house at night in
"Realization Time" and probably followed
her to see what she was up to; seeing her in Laura's clothes
and the blond wig may have triggered a desire in BOB to kill
her and he decided to take down Jacoby as a witness first,
then James and Donna arrived to pick up Maddy, preventing
BOB's assault on her.
The surveillance van used for the undercover operation at
One-Eyed Jacks appears to be a
|At 7:13 on the Blu-ray, Blackie is observing
Cooper on a casino camera just before seeing Audrey in her
new costume. Blackie at first appears to be playing
solitaire with a deck of cards, but look closer. She is
actually laying out a spread of tarot cards! The
formation of the spread looks to be the Celtic Cross Spread,
a 10-card layout that goes into more detail of a reading
than the typical smaller layout. The top card of the Celtic
Cross appears to be a king, usually representative of a
father figure being prominent in the reading. It may be that
Blackie was doing a reading on the new girl--Audrey--whose
father, unknown to both in different ways, is the owner of
One-Eyed Jacks and will have a "close encounter" with his
daughter in the brothel shortly!
|Blackie's tarot spread
||Celtic Cross Spread (from
As Cooper and Jacques sit down for a drink at the casino,
the waitress serves Jacques two beers for some reason.
Cooper has a clear beverage in a cocktail glass. Did Jacques
order two beers for himself? Regardless, we only see him
drink one of them, guzzling it all down in a few seconds
after accepting Cooper's "job" across the border; but then,
when Jacques leaves the table about 30 seconds later, both
mugs are still about half-full of beer!
Jacques tells Cooper that "some high school kid" distributes
the drugs on the U.S. side of the border. This would seem to
imply that he does not know that the "high school kid" is
Bobby Briggs. But in
Fire Walk With Me, it is clear that Jacques is
aware of Bobby.
Accepting Cooper's job offer, Jacques says, "Can do, cabby."
I'm not sure what "cabby" means in this context. In some
circles, a cabby is a marijuana joint laced with cocaine,
which might be appropriate since they are discussing a drug
The license plate of Harry's sheriff Bronco is 83206.
Jacques' car is a
Chevrolet El Camino, probably around 1982
A Stinger II crane made by Simon Aerials is seen at the
water processing plant at 13:51 on the Blu-ray.
In this episode, Deputy Andy redeems himself for
dropping/misfiring his gun in
"The One-Armed Man"
by calmly shooting Jacques in the shoulder when the latter
grabs another deputy's gun and aims it at Harry.
At the Packard Mill, Leo pulls the same two gas cans out of
his pickup he was seen loading in
Outside the Blue Pine Lodge at 19:24 on the Blu-ray, notice
that Truman's sheriff's truck is parked there, even though
he's not there! Obviously a reused shot from an earlier
episode when he was visiting Josie.
At 19:26 on the Blu-ray, Hank tosses his pay into a
briefcase, in stacks of $20 bills. But notice that they
aren't real $20 bills! It's prop money that looks just
vaguely like the real thing.
At 20:23 on the Blu-ray, Josie blows her cigarette smoke
into Hank's face, trying to show she is not intimated by
him. Notice that he inhales it rather than cough or turn
away, to show his strength.
At 21:09 on the Blu-ray, Hank walks into frame and stops at
such a place in the camera's view that the antlers of a deer
head hanging on the wall behind him appear to be sprouting
from his own noggin! A not-so-subtle symbolism of his evil
Hank's speech to Josie implies that he killed her husband,
Andrew Packard, in collusion with Josie herself.
Notice that after Hank cuts Josie's thumb and she rubs it on
her lips, the red of Josie's lips don't change color, as if
she already has blood on them, possibly symbolic of the
"blood on her hands" for the murder of her husband.
A similar "blood-on-thumbs" scene occurs between
Jonathan and Hank in
Episode 11: "Laura's Secret
The deputy whom Jacques attacked to take his gun was named
Fred, according to Big Ed's telling of the story of Andy's
bravery during the arrest. "Fred" was also the alias of Ed
during his and Cooper's operation in the One-Eyed Jacks
After Andy closes the partition in the coffee nook at the
Sheriff's station to attempt a reconciliation with Lucy,
notice that thunder rolls in the background at 26:37 on the
Blu-ray. A harbinger of the gloomy turn the relationship
takes seconds later, perhaps. Another roll of thunder occurs
as Andy opens the partition and exits.
|At 24:40 on the Blu-ray, the large,
log-framed photo in the office at Packard Mill is a blow-up
of the same photo seen in the conference room of the
|Packard Mill logging photo
||Sheriff's station logging photo
The design on the shoulders of Hawk's sweater at 27:37 on
the Blu-ray is a bit reminiscent of the Owl Cave heiroglyphs
and similar to the triangular design seen on the cover of
Secret History of Twin Peaks book.
At 28:06 on the Blu-ray, Bobby makes a phone call from a
Pacific Bell pay phone. This shows that the scene was
actually shot in California, as Pacific Bell is a California
telephone service company owned by AT&T.
During Bobby's phone call to the sheriff's office, he tells
Lucy that James Hurley is an "easy rider". This is a
reference to the 1969 film Easy Rider, in which
Dennis Hopper's character hides drugs in the gas tanks of
his and his friend's motorcycle gas tanks.
After Jacoby is treated at the hospital, Dr. Hayward says,
"He's out of the woods." Of course, "out of the woods" is an
idiom for "out of danger", but it also makes a nice parallel
to the environs of Twin Peaks and Truman's description (in
"Rest in Pain") of something "very, very
strange in these old woods."
Jacques describes having a drunken fight with Leo at his
cabin the night Laura was killed. In
Fire Walk With Me,
it is revealed to have been Leland who battered him, not
At 30:19 on the Blu-ray, the novel Ocean Front by
Douglass Wallop is visible on the bookshelf behind
Finding his old high school yearbook on the shelf, Pete
seems to pine for an old crush named Midge Jones. The title
of the yearbook appears to be Logroller. According
to the Twin Peaks trading card set, Pete attended
Missoula High School in Missoula, Montana (a fictitious
At 32:11 on the Blu-ray, a Snow Crop orange juice machine is
visible in the background behind Hank. Snow Crop was a
produce company in the 1950s-60s.
Norma's sweater during her conversation with Hank at the RR
has a design vaguely reminiscent of the Owl Cave
Coming home and finding that Nadine has taken a deliberate
overdose of pills, Ed calls for an ambulance, giving his
address as 422 Riverside. But
Twin Peaks: An Access
Guide to the Town shows Big Ed's Gas Farm (neighboring
his house) is located on Tanner Road.
At 34:32 on the Blu-ray, Truman and Cooper run from the
sheriff's Bronco through the rain to the front doors of the
sheriff's station. But then we cut to them inside apparently
having entered from some back or side entrance! Also notice
that the two aren't wet, despite just having run through
The Ghostwood Estates contract between Horne Development
Corp. and the Icelanders is interesting to read in the
close-up at 37:18 on the Blu-ray:
- The Twin Peaks Registrar address in the top left
corner shows the Twin Peak zip code to be 83717 (which
is actually a zip code in Boise, Idaho). But the book
Twin Peaks: An Access
Guide to the Town gives a zip
code of 99153, an actual zip code for the small town of
Metaline Falls, WA, near the area of the fictional Twin
- The contract shows a date of March 1990, though the
series is set in 1989.
- The Icelandic investment group is Fjjord
International Investments in Ólafsvík, Iceland; possibly
"Fjjord" is a mispelling of "fjord", a Norwegian term
for long, narrow body of water. They are
paying Horne Development Corp. $33 million through
International Belgium Bank to develop 1,350 acres in
Twin Peaks County. Ólafsvík is a real world fishing town
of barely 1,000 inhabitants! The companies and bank
mentioned are fictitious.
- The date on the document is March 3, so it is
presumably being signed after midnight since this
episode opens on the night of March 2 and remains night
time throughout. Notice the 2-digit year is missing from
the document date, showing only the pre-printed "19__".
- The document seems to read that it was "made and
executed by Hon. M.J. Kaffee Esq., County of Timber
Lull". Timber Lull is a fictitious county. The same Hon.
M.J. Kaffee Esq., County of Timber Lull is seen on the
deed for the sale the Packard Mill land to Ben Horne by
Catherine Martell on March 23, 1989 in
Secret History of Twin Peaks.
During his phone call with Ben, Hank says it's "time to
Black Flag that little fire bug." The "fire bug" is Leo
(setting fire to the Packard Mill) and "Black Flag" is a
reference to the
Flag insecticide brand.
At 38:20 on the Blu-ray, there is a statue of a rearing
snake on the coffee table in the Johnson house.
When Leo gets shot, the same scene of Chet shooting Montana
on Invitation to Love as seen during Nadine's prep
for suicide in the previous episode,
"Realization Time" plays on the TV set
in the living room. It must be either a reshowing of the
episode or a video tape recording (Bobby does bump into the
TV and VCR on top just before it happens). The gun used the Invitation to Love
episode is a
When the heart monitor flatlines as Jacques dies at Leland's
hands in the hospital, the "Lead off" indicator on the
console also lights up. This indicates that one of the
monitoring electrodes was removed from the body, obviously a
quick way for the production to show a live heartbeat
followed by a flatline to suggest death!
The truck behind Pete at 42:15 on the Blu-ray is a
As Pete and the millworker walk past a
says that it's Catherine's car.
The seamstress putting the finishing touches on Audrey's
Queen of Diamonds costume appears to be a hunchback! In the
audio commentary by production designer Richard Hoover, the
hunchback was inspired by a character in Grimm's Fairy Tales
(I'm not sure what story this would be; the most famous
hunchback in literature is that of The Hunchback of
Notre-Dame, the classic 1831 novel by Victor Hugo).
Approaching his hotel room, Cooper dictates the night's
events into his tape recorder and comments on having ordered
some hot milk to be brought up by room service before bed.
We see a very elderly waiter bring it to him in the next
"May the Giant Be with You".
After Cooper enters his room and shuts the door, he looks up
as the phone rings and, in the background, if you look
closely, you can see the shadows of the feet of the person
who will shortly shoot him (revealed in a later episode to be Josie) on
the other side of the door. But she waits a full 13 seconds
or so before knocking. Why wait? Maybe she heard the phone
ringing in his room and thought it would be better to let
Cooper answer the phone first instead of splitting him
between whether to answer the phone or the door first. Of
course, the real answer is probably that the stand-in for
the shooter on set just moved into position immediately to
be in place for the camera when the knock and door opening comes (even
though we don't see quite that angle in the final edit).
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