"Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer"
Written by Mark Frost and David Lynch
Directed by David Lynch
Cooper employs an unusual deductive
technique; the FBI forensics team arrives; Bobby and Mike meet
Leo in the woods.
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 Blu-ray and Blu-ray collections of the series.
Sometimes ideas, like men, jump up and say "hello". They
themselves, these ideas, with words. Are they words? These
speak so strangely.
All that we see in this world is based on someone's ideas.
are destructive, some are constructive. Some ideas can
arrive in the
form of a dream. I can say it again: some ideas arrive in
the form of
This episode opens on the night of Saturday, February 25 and goes
through the night of Sunday the 26th (1989).
During the Horne family's dinner, if you listen closely, it
sounds as if Johnny's grunting sounds may be him humming the
musical piece from the show called, on the Twin Peaks
soundtrack album, "Love Theme from Twin Peaks".
As the episode opens, Ben Horne's brother, Jerry, has just
returned from Paris. What was he doing there?
Presumably, the two Horne brothers were named by Frost and
Lynch for the ice cream brand Ben & Jerry's.
Through a mouthful of sandwich, Ben tells Jerry it reminds
him of "Jeanne and Jenny down by the river." This must be a
childhood or teenage memory of the brothers meeting up with
two girls in their youth.
Looking forward to a visit to One-Eyed Jacks, Jerry says,
"All work and no play makes Ben and Jerry dull boys." This
is his own personal revision to the well-known proverb "All
work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," which first
appeared in James Howell's 1659 book, Proverbs in
English, Italian, French and Spanish.
||The boat that takes Ben and Jerry across the lake (Black
Lake) to One-Eyed Jacks in British Columbia, Canada has an
unusual variant of the U.S. flag flying at the back. I've
not been able to identify the origin of this flag.
Notice that the boat scene is sped up, as if the film is
running at near 2x speed.
|One-Eyed Jacks is established here as being a casino
and brothel, which are legal and regulated in Canada. The
name is appropriate, as it refers to both gambling (the
one-eyed jacks in a standard playing card deck) and sex
("One-Eyed Jack" is a euphemism for "penis"). The logo of
One-Eyed Jack's to the right is probably the jack of hearts
since the "J" is red (the other one-eyed jack in a deck
being a black spade) and "hearts" is also more in keeping
with the amorous nature of the sexual aspects of the club.
At 8:03 on the Blu-ray, notice that the chandelier above the
pool table at One-Eyed Jacks is made out of deer antlers.
The poem Ben begins to recite as he coddles Blackie is one
of William Shakespeare's sonnets, Sonnet 18. The full sonnet
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
At 12:04 on the Blu-ray, Agent Cooper enters his hotel room
and blows on the whistle he finished in
Episode 1: "Traces
If Audrey wanted to help Cooper anonymously with a potential
clue about the Laura Palmer case, why didn't she just write
"One-Eyed Jacks" on the note she slips under his hotel room
door instead of "Jack with One Eye"?
Episode 0A: "Wrapped in Plastic",
Bobby drove a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda. Here, he drives a
1981 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am; the license plate is
Episode 1: "Traces
to Nowhere", Cooper, while going over the
available evidence with Truman, tells Truman they should
check out Bobby's vehicle top to bottom, so it may be that
the Barracuda was impounded for a while and Bobby had or
borrowed the Firebird as a backup vehicle.
At 14:58 on the Blu-ray, during Mike and Bobby's meeting in
the woods with Leo, a dark figure is seen hiding behind a
tree, observing. It's implied that the figure is with Leo.
Notice that the man appears to be wearing a ski mask over
his face. It's never revealed who this figure was, though
Mark Frost later stated that a scene was written but not
used that revealed it to be Ben Horne, who was Leo's boss in
drug-running. Ben is later seen to meet with Leo by the
Episode 4: "The One-Armed
Leo cryptically tells Mike and Bobby he needs a new pair of
shoes. Leo's shoes become something of a running bit
throughout the series.
Ironically, Leo is complaining about his wife cheating on
him with an unknown somebody to Bobby...and Bobby is the one
she's cheating on him with!
At the end of their meeting in the woods, Leo tells Bobby
and Mike to "go out for a pass" and, as they run from him,
he throws the football out of the woods towards them,
hitting the hood of Bobby's car. But we've seen that there
are many pine trees between Leo in the woods and where the
car is parked; it doesn't seem likely he would be able to
throw the ball any distance at all with all the tall trees
and their branches in the way. This may be an intentional
introduction of a surreal (i.e. dream-like) moment to the
scene. Many such instances appear in the course of the
series. It could be that the "reality" of Twin Peaks
is actually the recurring dream of a larger entity; in
Walk With Me, Agent Phillip Jeffries tells
Gordon Cole, "We live inside a dream." A dream reality could
explain the unrealistic/surreal moments and time alterations
seen throughout stories set in the Twin Peaks
At 18:03 on the Blu-ray, one of Nadine's figurines in her
display nook is a woman with a patch over one eye, just like
Nadine herself. (This same figurine is seen in
"Rest in Pain" as well.)
At 18:22 on the Blu-ray, the blob of grease that Big Ed had
just dripped onto one of Nadine's drape runners seconds
before is suddenly gone.
This episode is our first exposure to Nadine's super
strength, as evidenced by her bending the metal bars of her
rowing exercise machine.
This episode is also our first glimpse of Invitation to
Love, the TV show within the TV show. Invitation to
Love is a soap opera watched by many of the characters
we see in Twin Peaks. Events in the soap opera are
seen to have a similarity to what is happening in Twin Peaks
at the time.
At Cooper's rock throw "Tibetan method" deductive technique
demonstration, Andy is again seen wearing his gun holster
backwards as he did in
Episode 0A: "Wrapped in Plastic".
Cooper's description of the 20th Century history of Tibet,
with China largely in control and the Dalai Lama in exile, is
accurate. The Dalai Lama is the head monk of the Gelug
school of Tibetan Buddhism, and nominally the leader of
Cooper says he had a dream about Tibet "three years ago",
which made him deeply moved about the plight of the Tibetan
people. His dream then, would have been in 1986.
At 24:12 on the Blu-ray, the singular "R" and "T" on the
chalkboard are circled when they weren't just seconds
before. A scene was cut in which Cooper explained that the
"R" and "T" are the letters found under the fingernails of
the dead bodies of Laura Palmer and Teresa Banks, and that's
when he circled them. This is the first we learn (or would
have!) that "T" was the letter found under Teresa Banks'
When Cooper throws the rock at the glass bottle in his
Tibetan method of uncovering who the "J" is in Laura's diary
entry of "nervous about meeting J tonight", the rock hits
the bottle when thrown for the name of Dr. Lawrence Jacoby,
but does not break. Cooper notes that the fact that the
bottle did not break is important. So, what exactly does it
mean? The bottle is later struck and breaks when thrown for
the name of Leo Johnson, presumably indicating that he was
the "J" she meant, and we later learn she did meet with him
that night, the night she was murdered. So, what does Jacoby
have to do with it at all? There is no indication during the
course of the series that he met her that night (though she
did record and send a tape for him that day). Nothing
untoward happens when Cooper throws the rock for James
Hurley, though he was Laura's secret boyfriend and she did
meet him that night.
But why is Leo Johnson on the list at all? At this
point, there is no indication that he has any connection to
Laura at all, so why would Cooper place him on the list?
When Cooper throws the rock at the bottle for the name of
Shelly Johnson, it hits a tree and ricochets off, hitting
Deputy Andy. Is there any significance to this? Neither
Shelly nor Andy met Laura that night or had anything to do
with her murder. Maybe the fact that Shelly is Leo's wife
and has his last name of Johnson was a minor influence on
the deductive technique in this instance?
Donna is again wearing her "Owl Cave" symbol sweater at the
RR Diner, as she did in the previous episode (Episode 1: "Traces
The music that Audrey plays and dances to on the juke box at
the RR Diner is called simply "Audrey's Dance" on the Twin Peaks
At 31:34 on the Blu-ray, a seafood place can be seen across
the street through the window of the RR.
At 32:38 on the Blu-ray, notice that Lucy is reading up on
This episode reveals that Pete and Catherine have separate
bedrooms, despite being married. There is also no indication
in the series that they ever had children.
Catherine asks Pete about Agent Cooper's visit that morning.
But it was actually yesterday morning in the timeline when
that visit occurred! This
scene was probably shot for the previous episode (Episode 1: "Traces
to Nowhere"), when that visit occurred,
was cut, and then used here.
Explaining the bad coffee he unintentionally served to
Cooper and Truman during their visit,
Pete tells Catherine he had a problem with a fish that took
a liking to his percolator (again in
Episode 1: "Traces
to Nowhere"). His tone seems to suggest he
suspects her of having placed it there!
At 38:15 on the Blu-ray, a picture of a young Laura not
usually seen is visible on an end table as Leland is messing
with the record player.
The song Leland plays on the record player is "Pennsylvania
6-5000", a 1940 jazz song by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.
The song is named for the phone number of the Hotel
Pennsylvania in New York City, where Glenn Miller often
played its Cafe Rouge.
The smearing of Leland's own blood on the photo of Laura may
be an indication of his own role in the murder of his
[This part of the study discusses Cooper's dream as it
appears in the actual episode. Following it, you will find
the discussion of the "extended version" of Cooper's dream
from the European Twin Peaks pilot video release, from which
this episode's dream was culled.]
The "poem" spoken by the One-Armed Man goes as follows:
Through the darkness of future past,
the magician longs to see,
one chance out between two worlds...fire, walk
Some versions of the poem replace "chance" with "chants",
but the original script of this episode uses "chance". The
phrase "fire walk with me" was found written in blood on a
scrap of paper in the train car, the scene of Laura's murder
Episode 0B: "Northwest
Passage". The phrase also becomes the title
of the Twin Peaks movie in 1992 (Fire
Walk With Me).
The One-Armed Man, Mike, tells Cooper, "I too have been
touched by the devilish one," referring to BOB. When he says
"I too", he implies one or more others having been touched
by BOB. To whom is he referring? Cooper? After all, we're in
his dream. Was Cooper touched by BOB at some point
in the past? Or is Mike able to see the future, where we
will see at the end of the second season, that BOB has
either possessed or replaced Cooper. Another possibility is
that Mike is referring to Leland, though Cooper does not
know about that yet.
Here, BOB is wearing a denim vest. It appears it is actually
a denim jacket with the arms cut off (his shirt also has the
arms cut off). In later appearances, he wears a full denim
At 42:21 on the Blu-ray, BOB is also seen to have a tattoo
on his left shoulder (like Mike did). We don't get a close
look, but it appears to be the phrase "Fire walk with me".
(This seems to be confirmed in Cooper's description of the
"Rest in Pain"; he also adds that both Mike and
BOB have the same
The portions of the dream where Cooper appears older are
revealed to be "25 years later" by Cooper in
"Rest in Pain" and in the
extended version of the dream.
What are the three lapel pins Cooper wears in the dream "25
years later"? Is anyone able to identify them?
In the dream, Laura touches the right side of her nose with
her finger as she looks at Cooper. What is the significance
of this signal? Some fans have thought it was related to the
secret hand signal of the Bookhouse Boys, introduced in
"Rest in Pain", though that
signal is a touch to the right temple.
In the closing credits, the dwarf is referred to as the Man
From Another Place. It is interesting to note that in
Walk With Me, the dwarf tells Cooper, "I am the
arm," implying he is the arm that Mike removed from Philip
rid himself of the tattoo. And the script of that movie
refers to the dwarf as "the Man From Another Place (Mike)"
during Agent Jeffries' description of the meeting above the
convenience store! So, it would seem that the dwarf is Mike!
At 44:04 on the Blu-ray, a floating shadow moves across the
red drapes behind the seated dwarf and Laura. It may be an
owl, a bird that becomes significant in later episodes. The
original script describes it only as "the shadow of a bird".
The dwarf tells Cooper, "That gum you like is going to come
back in style." This seems to be a reference to season two's
Episode 16:_"Arbitrary Law", in which
Leland remarks that his favorite gum is back (Beeman's).
The dwarf describes the "Laura" sitting next to him as
"...my cousin, but doesn't she look almost exactly like
Laura Palmer?" This has generally been read as a reference to
Laura's cousin Madeleine Ferguson, who shows up in the next
episode (Episode 3:
"Rest in Pain"). It may also
be a reference to the evil doppelgangers from the Black
Lodge that are discussed in season two (and seen in the
final episode). In the original script for this episode,
captions refer to her only as WOMAN. Another theory that was
common at the time the show first aired, was that Maddie was
the one who was actually murdered and Laura was now
masquerading as her own cousin! This does not seem to be
borne out in later episodes, though it's not impossible that
it is the case.
When Cooper asks the woman if she is Laura Palmer, she says,
"I feel like I know her, but sometimes my arms bend back."
Her phrase "my arms bend back" is later interpreted as Laura
having her arms tied behind her the night of her murder.
The dwarf tells Cooper, "Where we're from, the birds sing a
pretty song and there's always music in the air." His phrase
"there's always music in the air" is later interpreted by
Cooper as a reference to the record that is found playing
over-and-over in Jacques Renault's cabin in the woods, where
Laura and Ronette had sex with Jacques and Leo the night of
After Laura whispers who killed her into Cooper's ear in the
dream, he awakens and immediately phones Sheriff Truman,
telling him to meet him for breakfast at the Great Northern
at 7 in the morning, "I know who killed Laura Palmer...no,
it can wait till morning." But, as it turns out, no
it can't, because Cooper has forgotten who it was by then
"Rest in Pain"). It's a
rare slip-up by Cooper, who should have known better,
especially as dream memories are notoriously short-lived; he
should have at least written it down. Later (in
Episode 16:_"Arbitrary Law"), we will
learn that Laura had whispered, "My father killed me."
The music from Cooper's dream is still playing, with a
muffled sound, when Cooper awakens and calls Sheriff Truman.
Is it just meant to be interpreted as Cooper playing the
tune over in his head? He does snap his fingers to the tune
after hanging up the phone. Or is it meant to suggest the
music is actually still playing somewhere? Notice
that additional music, the music setting the actual "live"
scene playing out in Cooper's hotel room, begins to play
over the "muffled" dream music...both scores playing at
once. In addition, the closing credits of this episode
replace the usual Laura Palmer photo and theme with the
Dwarf dancing to the dream music, again possibly suggesting
that the music and dance are still taking place elsewhere.
Memorable Dream Dialog
fire, walk with me.wav
his name is BOB.wav
I promise, I will kill again.wav
that gum you like is going to come back in style.wav
Cooper's Dream (Extended Version)
[This part of the study discusses the "extended version" of
Cooper's dream as it appeared as the ending of the European
Twin Peaks pilot video release, from which this
episode's dream was culled. In the following episode (Episode 3:
"Rest in Pain"),
it's obvious that this extended version is what Cooper
really dreamed, for he mentions aspects of it that were not
seen in the shorter episode version.]
The scene of Sarah's vision of seeing BOB kneeling at the
foot of Laura's bed features shots of an hysterical Sarah
that were used at the end of
Episode 0B: "Northwest
Passage" to indicate her vision of a
gloved hand (Dr. Jacoby's) unburying the locket in the woods
(including the face of Killer BOB seen in the mirror hanging behind her, as
discussed in the study of that episode).
At home at Lucy's, Lucy is playing paddleball and Andy is
attempting to play "Taps" on a trumpet. Also notice that,
for some reason, Andy's right pant-leg is rolled up above
his knee. "Taps" is a musical piece that is often played at
funerals, perhaps here suggesting Andy's sadness over the
murder of Laura.
When Leland calls Lucy at home in an attempt to reach
Sheriff Truman to tell him about his wife's sudden vision of
the man at the foot of the bed, she has to tell Andy to stop
playing trumpet so she can hear. Notice while she does so,
she is also repeatedly tapping her paddleball board loudly
over the transceiver of the phone in her hand, probably
causing Leland to pull his receiver away from his ear!
Lucy tells Leland that Hawk is their police sketch artist, and Cooper mentions this about his dream in
"Rest in Pain", but in
"The One-Armed Man",
it is Andy who is the sketch artist.
Cooper's hotel room looks slightly different here than it
does in episodes of the series, e.g. the rifle above his bed
is not hanging on deer hooves, the bedside lamp does not
have a clock built in, etc. This might be interpreted as the
difference between reality and the dream version of a
When Mike calls Cooper in his hotel room, Mike is on a pay
phone at the hospital. On the wall next to the phone is a
scrawled number that appears to be 206-409-2477. The area
code indicates it is in Seattle, WA; the name above it
possibly says "Tom".
During the phone call, Mike tells Cooper he knows about the
"stiches with the red thread" in the Teresa Banks case. This
is not mentioned again in the series.
Cooper awakens from a dream within a dream when Mike's phone
call comes through. He is actually still in his dream. He
makes a recorder entry to Diane, noting it is 2:24 a.m.
As Cooper, Truman, and Andy meet with Mike at the hospital
morgue, Mike tells them not to turn on the overhead lights
because "...the fluorescents don't work. I think a
transformer's bad." And Cooper responds, "We know that."
Cooper and Truman witnessed the flickering overhead lights
Episode 0A: "Wrapped in Plastic".
Again, as suggested in that study, this may be
indicative of the presence of a spirit from the Black Lodge
(in this case, Mike himself), as they seem to travel via
electricity and cause similar disruptions in the 1992
follow-up film to the series,
Walk With Me.
Heads up, tails up,
Running to you scallywag!
Night falls, morning calls!
Catch you with my death bag!
The term "scallywag" was used by
conservative white Southerners to describe other white Southerners
who supported the Northern policies of racial integration,
etc. that went against what was considered the region's
cultural norm in the decades after the U.S. Civil War. BOB
seems to be referring to Mike with the term, possibly due to
Mike having seen "the face of God" and turning against BOB,
attempting to stop his killings of humans.
After shooting BOB, Mike himself appears to be dying as
well. As he slowly collapses, he asks Cooper and Truman, "Have you got a nickel?"
The reference is left unexplained. It may refer to the
practice in some cultures of placing coins over the eyes of
the dead before burial, or the occasional reported use of a
coin to seal a gunshot or puncture wound to temporarily halt
or slow bleeding.
|In the shortened episode version, the screen
is cropped so as not to show a couple of filming errors.
Here in the extended dream, when the dwarf gets up from his
chair and starts dancing, he moves towards the edge of the
set and we can see on the right-hand side of the
screen where the red curtains end! Then, after Laura
whispers to Cooper and we see the dwarf dancing again, a
piece of masking tape can be seen on the floor, used to
denote the actor's mark or barrier.
Memorable Dream Dialog (Extended Version)
is Mike with you?.wav
catch you with my death bag.wav
work and no play.wav
I didn't come here to lose my shirt.wav
two double scotch on the rocks.wav
Leo needs a new pair of shoes.wav
Laura was a wild girl.wav
you make me sick.wav
Invitation to Love.wav
the country called Tibet.wav
Agent Cooper loves coffee.wav
it too dreamy?.wav
Albert and his team are here.wav
welcome to amateur hour.wav
I know who killed Laura Palmer.wav
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