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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Twin Peaks: There's a Body All Right Twin Peaks
"There's a Body All Right"
Season Three, Part 7
Written by Mark Frost & David Lynch
Directed by David Lynch
Original air date: June 18, 2017


Hawk lets Sheriff Truman in on his findings; Dougie and Janey-E come under attack by Ike the Spike; Diane visits Cooper in jail.


Read the episode summary at the Twin Peaks wiki


Didja Know?


This episode is dedicated to the memory of Warren Frost (1925-2017), the actor who played Doc Hayward. He was also the father of Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Jerry Horne

Ben Horne


Sheriff Frank Truman

Laura Palmer (mentioned only)

Annie Blackburn (mentioned only)

Nancy (possibly Nancy O'Reilly, mentioned only, deceased)

BOB (mentioned only)

Agent Cooper

Log Lady (mentioned only)

Harold Smith (mentioned only, deceased)

Leland Palmer (mentioned only, deceased)

Harry Truman (on the phone only, not seen or heard)

Doc Hayward

Deputy Andy Brennan

Twin Peaks farmer (unnamed)

The Jones' (mentioned only)

Mrs. Mueller (mentioned only)

Audrey Horne (mentioned only)

Lt. Cynthia Knox

Det. Macklay

Constance Talbot

Major Briggs (corpse only)

Colonel Davis


Gordon Cole

Albert Rosenfield

Diane Evans

Diane's paramour (unnamed)

Agent Tammy Preston

Inspector Randy Hollister

Mr. C

Warden Murphy

Mr. Strawberry (mentioned only, presumed deceased as Mr. C refers to him as "the late...")

Joe McCluskey (mentioned only)

Ray Monroe

Janey-E Jones

Anthony Sinclair

Bushnell Mullins


Det. T. Fusco

Det. D. Fusco

Det. "Smiley" Fusco

Ike the Spike

Evolution of the Arm

Beverly Paige

Beverly's housekeeper (unnamed)

Tom Paige

Jean-Michel Renault

Sweeping man at Roadhouse

Shelley Briggs



Norma Jennings

Billy (mentioned only) 



Didja Notice?


At the beginning of the episode, Jerry Horne appears to be using an Apple Iphone.


    At 3:38 on the Blu-ray, three pages of Laura's diary in evidence bags are seen on the table in a conference room at the Sheriff's station.

    The first page reads, "They've never listened to my cries and I never wanted them to anyway. But there is this - This came to me in a dream last night. 'My name is Annie. I've been with Dale and Laura. The good Dale is in the lodge, and he can't leave. Write it in your diary.' That's what she said to me."

   The second page reads, "There I was with a plastic pumpkin full of money and the clothes that Nancy brought. She's bending my ear with all sorts of non-sense. I can't make out what she's trying to say but I take it all in as best I can.
   I sure didn't need a mask today. Some Halloween!"
Is Nancy a reference to Nancy O'Reilly, Blackie's sister at One-Eyed Jack's in the original series?

   The third page reads, "The moon has been high in the sky for hours now I can't sleep! It's 1:30 A.M. I'm crying so hard I can hardly breath. NOW I KNOW IT ISN'T BOB. I KNOW WHO IT IS. "


At 5:02 on the Blu-ray, Hawk flips the third diary page over for the sheriff to read the back side. But what is on it is what we already saw face-up on the table a minute ago!


Reviewing Laura's diary pages and her noting of a dream about Annie Blackburn who told her, "The good Dale is in the lodge, and he can't leave," with the sheriff, Hawk remarks, "...if the good Cooper is in the lodge and can't come out, then the one who came out of the lodge with Annie that night was not the good Cooper." It is significant that it is Hawk who is coming to this realization, as he is the one who told Agent Cooper (way back in Episode 18: "Masked Ball"), regarding his people's legends of the Black Lodge, "There, you will meet your own shadow self. My people call it: The Dweller on the Threshold. But it is said, if you confront the Black Lodge with imperfect courage, it will utterly annihilate your soul."


The unnamed farmer in Twin Peaks who owns the truck Richard Horne was driving when he ran over a young boy (in Part 6: "Don't Die") tells Andy he wasn't driving the truck at the time and he can't talk about it now at his place, so Andy agrees to meet him on a logging road above Sparkwood and 21 in two hours, at 4:30. Presumably, the farmer was scared that Richard would see him talking to the deputy and enact revenge. At 4:30, Andy is waiting and the farmer fails to show. We don't learn anything more about it after this...did Richard find and kill the farmer before the rendezvous? Or did the farmer flee town?


At 9:11 on the Blu-ray, a small owl statue and a carving of what may be corn stalks are seen in Sheriff Truman's office on the shelf behind his desk.


Frank uses Skype to have a video chat with Doc Hayward on his computer.


Doc Hayward remarks that he used Skype just the other day to diagnose Mrs. Mueller's eczema. Eczema (also called dermatitis) is a skin disease that causes itchiness, rash, and red skin.


Doc Hayward's Skype handle is MiddleburyDoc. The Final Dossier reveals that he moved to Middlebury, Vermont shortly after the events of Episode 29:_"Beyond Life and Death".


Doc Hayward is seen wearing a baseball-style cap with "got trout?" emblazoned on the front. There are a number of caps with this slogan available for purchase from retailers, though I've not been able to find the particular design he wears here.


Doc Hayward reveals that Audrey Horne was in a coma in the intensive care unit at the hospital after the explosion at the bank at the time Cooper was taken in after emerging from the Black Lodge. Hayward saw Cooper leaving intensive care just before he disappeared for the next 25 years. This leads to the impression that this evil Cooper (Mr. C) may have raped Audrey while she was in a coma at the hospital, resulting in her pregnancy which resulted in the birth of Richard nine months later (as also hinted at in The Final Dossier).


Doc Hayward makes a joke that he caught two brown trout in his pajamas, "How they got in my pajamas, I'll never know." He is borrowing from an old joke made famous by Groucho Marx (1890-1977), "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I'll never know."


At 12:57 on the Blu-ray, Det. Macklay has a Dell monitor on his desk.


While Lt. Knox is investigating the mysterious corpse of Major Briggs, a Woodsman walks past the morgue.


At 16:52 on the Blu-ray, a framed picture of an ear of corn is seen on the wall of Gordon Cole's office. Is it meant to represent garmonbozia? Just how knowledgeable of otherworldly forces is Gordon?



Gordon seems to be whistling the tune of the 1997 song "Engel" (Angel) by German industrial metal band Rammstein. Lynch also used Rammstein's work in his 1997 film Lost Highway. Is Engel/Angel meant to remind us of the angels seen in Fire Walk With Me? Or possibly of Robert Engels, the co-writer of that film? Mr. Engels has been widely quoted in the fan press as stating that there was an alternate timeline element in the film. Perhaps Lynch is trying to remind us or make us cognizant of that?


Gordon tells Diane that he gave up tobacco. Notice throughout this season that Gordon's teeth are pretty badly stained, possibly from smoking. Of course, the worse part of smoking is that it can lead to lung cancer, which is probably why he quit.


When Diane serves Gordon and Albert some coffee at her apartment, Gordon sips it and says, "Damn good coffee." Agent Cooper was also known to utter this phrase in the original series.  


    The jet plane Gordon, Albert, Tammy, and Diane take to South Dakota is a Gulfstream IV G450.

    The footage of the plane seen in the episode is from an advertising video for the plane, with Mt. Shasta (California) in the background. If the plane is coming from Philadelphia, where Gordon and Albert's FBI office is located, they wouldn't be passing a mountain in California! I suspect we're not supposed to notice this.

    The footage that appears in the episode has apparently been modified to show light reflecting off the windows of the craft in a pattern that many observant fans think may be a yet unbroken. The video links below show the original advertising footage and the modified shot seen in this episode.

Advertising footage Episode footage with "code"


On the plane, Albert hands Diane two mini bottles of liquor, saying to her, for himself, "Judge not lest ye be judged." This is a line from the so-called The Mote and the Beam parable related by Jesus Christ in the Biblical Gospel of Matthew.


On the plane, Tammy is using a Samsung laptop.


Gordon counts out Mr. C's opening words at the prison on Tammy's ten fingers, "I'm very, very happy to see you again, old friend," and pointing out her left ring finger (the first "very", spoken by Mr. C as "yrev" in Part 4: "...Brings Back Some Memories") as the spiritual mound or spiritual finger. I've been unable to confirm the left finger as being considered the "spiritual mound" per se, though it is considered the finger of the true self in palmistry. 


Albert shows Tammy a photo of Mr. C outside his mansion near Rio. He goes on to say by the time they checked it out it belonged to some girl from Ipanema. Ipanema is a neighborhood in south Rio; there is also a popular song called "The Girl from Ipanema" (1964) by Stan Getz and João Gilberto. The website Welcome to Twin Peaks discovered that Mr. C's mansion is actually a Miami, Florida mansion that was once owned by notorious gangster Al Capone; the photo of Mr. C outside the mansion is actually a manipulated version of a photo of Capone's niece there.
Mr. C's mansion Deirdre Marie at mansion
Mr. C at mansion Dierdre Marie Capone at mansion


The site identified as Yankton Federal Prison at 23:48 on the Blu-ray does not appear to be the actual Federal Prison Camp, Yankton.


    At 30:53 on the Blu-ray, Andy's watch is seen to be a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date, an expensive watch! The date on the watch is the 10th. The date of the 10th does not match with any dates we've seen in the season so far...has Andy not bothered to set the correct date on his watch? Possibly, the conflicting dates are meant to make us think of alternate timelines in Twin Peaks.

    And why would Andy have such an expensive watch?


The revolver Warden Murphy holds on Mr. C looks like it might be a Smith & Wesson Model 19.


Starting at 36:59 on the Blu-ray, during the Jones' interaction with the LVPD detectives, Dougie-Cooper seems to stare at one of the detectives (T. Fusco)...possibly at the man's tie. The tie has a diamond pattern on it; is Cooper remembering the diamond of the Owl Cave symbol?

Detective T. Fusco's tie


The pistol wielded by Ike the Spike against Dougie-Cooper is a Beretta model, possibly a Beretta 84FS Cheetah.


At 41:25 on the Blu-ray, Equinox gym is seen in the background, outside the building for Lucky 7 insurance. The actual location is at 207 Goode Ave., Glendale, CA.


Beverly is seen to live at 16832, but the street name is not seen or mentioned.


The music playing at the Roadhouse as a man sweeps the floor and Jean-Michel Renault answers the phone behind the bar is "Green Onions" (1962) by Booker T & the M.G.'s.


The sweeper at the Roadhouse appears to be sweeping up a bunch of cigarette butts...but Richard was told smoking was not allowed there (in Part 5: "Case Files"). And it's not like we saw a bunch of people smoking in the Roadhouse in previous episodes. So, what do the cigarette butts (or the act of smoking) really represent? Death? Recall that Gordon told Diane earlier in the episode that he quit smoking.


Jean-Michel Renault tells the person on the phone that the Roadhouse has been owned by the Renaults for 57 years.


The car Mr. C is given for his release from the prison is a 2003 Buick Century with South Dakota license plate UTD 643.


The music playing in the RR Diner at the end of the episode is "Sleep Walk" (1959) by Santo & Johnny.


It is interesting to note that the scene at the RR Diner seems to be occurring at prime dinner hour, given the large number of patrons, yet the previous scenes take place at 1:00 a.m. (Mr. C's release and closing time at the Bang Bang Bar/Roadhouse). Is the flow of time different in Twin Peaks?


A man (called Bing in the end credits) runs into the RR and asks if anyone's seen Billy. He allows only about one second to pass for an answer before he races out again. 


After Bing leaves, Shelly looks a bit confused for a few seconds, looking around at the patrons of the diner. It would be reasonable, of course, to think that she was merely befuddled by Bing's rapid coming and going. But a close observation of the diner scene reveals that 1) patrons there have seemingly suddenly disappeared entirely or changed seats/positions, 2) new diners appear, 3) Heidi has moved from one part of the diner to another, 4) objects in the diner have vanished/moved (coffee cup, sugar dispenser)...all in the span of seconds. Is the timeline changing around the town and Shelly somehow has a brief inkling of it? We will see in Part 17: "The Past Dictates the Future" that Cooper successfully prevents Laura Palmer's murder in the past, altering the known Twin Peaks timeline, as projected at the end of The Final Dossier. Is this scene in the RR an indication that time is already altering from Cooper's future meddling? (In the book Conversations With Mark Frost by David Bushman, Frost is asked about this scene and whether it suggests a dimensional shift or something and Frost responds only "That's probably overthinking it." Maybe so, but, on the other hand, Frost has admitted not always being aware for the reasons, if any, Lynch shoots scenes or alters a written scene the way he does, so maybe Lynch decided he wanted to make an oblique reference to a dimensional shift since altering the timeline is part of the story of Season Three.)
RR Diner RR Diner
Patrons disappear, others appear, patrons at the left booth switch positions, sugar dispenser is gone
RR Diner RR Diner
Patrons disappear, others appear,
RR Diner RR Diner
Tear line on the top of Norma's receipt is different


Unanswered Questions


    What is the hum Beverly and Ben hear at the Great Northern? It is never revealed, though first James, then Cooper hear a similar hum coming from behind a door in the basement of the hotel.

    Is it the hum that some fans have associated with the spirit of Josie Packard, possibly trapped in the wood of the hotel? If so, why is she/it so active now?


Memorable Dialog


Annie Blackburn.mp3

not the good Cooper.mp3

I can't remember what I had for breakfast.mp3

two brown trout.mp3

there's a body all right.mp3

you heard me.mp3

the pleasantries.mp3

fuck you, Albert.mp3

fuck you, Tammy.mp3

are you upset with me, Diane.mp3

squeeze his hand off.mp3

he moved like a cobra.mp3

straight-A whores.mp3


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