Act 1: Three days Later, Morning - Mrs. Palmer refuses an injection from Dr. Hayward because she wants to “be there” for both of them. Cooper explains to her that Leland didn’t do these things and Sarah comments, “no, the man that I saw.” Cooper tells her Leland drugged her to keep his actions secret, and that he saw Laura before he died and that he died in peace. Cooper offers to drive her to the funeral.
There’s a large buffet for the crowded post-funeral wake at Sarah Palmer’s house. Nadine rubs her fingers over her patent leather shoes to see her reflection. Hank takes plates of food past Norma, who’s talking to Ed Hurley, to Mrs. Palmer, who is seated in conversation with Mrs. Hayward and Audrey Horne. Donna tells Ed that James acts as though he thinks the deaths are his fault.Ed tells her James will be back. Major Briggs enters and greets Dr. Jacoby. Jacoby, wearing his sunglasses with two-colored lenses and a painted necktie, converses with Cooper and Truman. Major Briggs invites Cooper for an evening of night fishing. Nadine asks Ed if her shoes reflect her underpants. Sarah talks about Donna and Laura promising to be best friends forever. Mayor Milford and his brother Dougie get into a fight over an old flame. Pete explains to Cooper that Dwayne is jealous of Dougie, who’s engaged to a girl in her teens.
Act 2: Early afternoon - The vice principal at Twin Peaks High School displays doubt over the request from Dr. Jacoby and Ed Hurley to admit a 35-year-old woman to the senior class. Nadine enters and expresses impatience to go to class. She says she wants to try out for cheerleader and Ed tells her to go practice her splits.
Cooper is packing at the Great Northern. Audrey enters his room and notes that he’s leaving. Cooper explains that he’s going fishing, but that he’s also leaving. Audrey suggests that someone must have hurt him badly once, but Cooper says, “no. Someone was hurt by me. ”He tells her he loved a woman who was a material witness in a federal crime, a witness he and Windom Earle were supposed to protect. They failed. She died in his arms, he was badly hurt, and his partner lost his mind. Audrey tells him to watch out for her when she’s older.
12:35pm - Bobby puts on one of Leo’s suits for his visit to Ben Horne. Shelley tells Bobby she wants to go out, but Bobby tells her to be patient and leaves.
Dressed much like a bum Catherine visits Truman in his office and tells him she believes an angel saved her life. She tells Truman about going to the drying shed, finding Shelley, and the bomb that started the fire. After that she found herself in the woods and at dawn found herself at her old summer cabin at Pearl Lakes, where she lived on canned tuna fish. Dick Tremayne tells Lucy he’s quit smoking and wants to discuss “their” child. Andy interrupts to say they should all be friends. Hawk tells Andy he’s crazy. Cooper arrives at Truman’s office to say goodbye. Truman gives him some green-butt-skunk fishing lures and a Bookhouse Boy Patch; he’s one of them now. Cooper says goodbye to Hawk, Andy, and Lucy. A Canadian Mountie enters and introduces his companion to Truman as Special Agent Roger Hardy of the FBI. Hardy suspends Cooper without pay.
Act 3: In Truman’s office, Cooper explains that Roger represents bureau Internal Affairs and suspects that the problem is because he crossed into Canada. When Truman says that was related to a case he was working on, the Mountie says he should have been informed. Cooper explains the charge as malfeasance - improper and unlawful execution of an act that is in itself proper and lawful. Hardy says he’s waiting for some evidence to arrive and that they’ll convene in one hour, alone.
At the Great Northern Bobby waits to see Ben, but when Samantha tells him Ben could see him in a month, Bobby tells her to tell Ben it’s about the tape he got yesterday. Audrey discovers Bobby and they comment that they’re both not in school. Audrey gets Bobby into see Ben. Ben has him thrown out. Audrey rescues Bobby from Ben’s men and invites him for ice cream. When Bobby asks if she wants a cup or a cone, Audrey says, “cone. I like to lick.”
In the sheriff’s conference room Hardy asks Cooper the purpose of the first visit to One Eyed Jacks and Cooper tells him it was to gather information about Laura’s death from Jacques Renault and that the second visit was to rescue Audrey Horne from her kidnappers. Mountie King says he had worked on a sting to nail Jean Renault but that Cooper’s visit lead to Jean’s escape, the deaths of two men, and the loss of some cocaine. Cooper says three people were killed: Blackie killed by Jean, Battis, and a bodyguard killed in self defense. He says he knows nothing about drugs. Hardy says the DEA has been brought in and gives Cooper 24 hours to assemble his defense. Hardy takes Cooper’s gun and badge. Truman is called in. He gives Cooper the Bookhouse Boy signal as Cooper leaves. Hardy asks for Truman’s cooperation. Truman tells King he needs extradition papers to get a statement from him and that Hardy needs a subpoena. He calls Cooper the finest lawman he’s ever seen and tells them to help themselves to coffee on the way out.
At Twin Peaks High School cheerleader tryouts are in progress. Nadine, calling herself Nadine Butler, does tumbling and then throws Mike Nelson high in the air and into a volleyball net.
At 5:20 in the afternoon Shelly is angry and almost ignores the phone when Bobby calls. She tells him they have to put Leo in a home. The she sees that Leo’s wheel chair has moved. “He’s moved,” she tells Bobby.
Act 4: Norma removes tablecloths from the tables at the RR in early evening, while her mother tries to get her to cheer up. Nadine complains about the bad review her restaurant got and when Vivian tells her that she is M. T. Wentz, who wrote the poor review, Norma tells Vivian to get out of her life.
At Night Hank and Ernie enter an office in One Eyed Jacks with two girls. After the girls leave, Jean interrupts Hank and Ernie’s horseplay. Jean tells them he needs one hundred twenty-five thousand immediately. Ernie describes himself as a broker with many financial contacts. Jean signals and Mountie King, dressed in a civilian dinner jacket, enters with an aluminium case. Jean says Ernie’s their new broker. Hank takes Ernie to the casino as Jean discusses the cocaine in the case with King. Jean says four sacks are for “us” and just a little can put the nail in Cooper’s coffin. King says he only needs a little to put a trace into Cooper’s car. Jean says he wants him crucified. King leaves with one sack.
There’s a full moon. Truman is awakened by a rattle at his door. When he opens it Josie collapses against him. She’s crying.
Cooper and Major Briggs toast marshmallows over a campfire. Cooper wonders if Bob was real, that it’s hard to imagine him incarnate and searching for another victim. The Major talks about powerful forces of evil and fear creating vulnerability to darkness. He says Cooper’s been blessed with certain gifts and asks Cooper if he’s heard of the White Lodge. [We see a movement through the trees reminiscent of the movement at the end of the previous episode.] Cooper answers a call of nature. He says there’s nothing like urinating in the open air and that he looks forward to hearing about the White Lodge. Briggs gives him a thumbs-up sign as Cooper leaves. An owl hoots. Cooper relieves himself behind a tree and looks up at the owl. A bright white light shines. The Major yells, “Cooper! Cooper!” A hooded, robed figure stands silhouetted by the light. Cooper runs back to the campfire. The Major has vanished. Cooper follows the bright light for a short distance until it suddenly vanishes.
Notes: For the first and only time in the series, several days pass since the previous episode. Hence the caption 'Three days later' at the start of the episode.
Timeline: Wednesday, March 15th
Original Air Date: December 8th, 1990
Official Episode Number: #2010
Nielson Rating: 75th 7.4/14
Directed By: Tina Rathborne
Written By: Tricia Brock
Kyle MacLachlan ... Special Agent Dale Cooper
Michael Ontkean ... Sheriff Harry S. Truman
Mädchen Amick ... Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)
Dana Ashbrook ... Bobby Briggs
Richard Beymer ... Benjamin Horne
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Donna Hayward
Sherilyn Fenn ... Audrey Horne
Warren Frost ... Dr. Will Hayward
Peggy Lipton ... Norma Jennings
Everett McGill ... Big Ed Hurley
Jack Nance ... Pete Martell
Kimmy Robertson ... Lucy Moran
Joan Chen ... Jocelyn 'Josie' Packard
Piper Laurie ... Catherine Martell
Eric DaRe ... Leo Johnson
Harry Goaz ... Deputy Andy Brennan
Michael Horse ... Deputy Tommy 'Hawk' Hill
Russ Tamblyn ... Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
Grace Zabriskie ... Sarah Palmer
Chris Mulkey ... Hank Jennings
Ian Buchanan ... Dick Tremayne
James Booth ... Ernie Niles
Jane Greer ... Vivian Smythe Niles
Clarence Williams III ... FBI Agent Roger Hardy
Gavan O'Herlihy ... RCMP Officer Preston King
Wendy Robie ... Nadine Hurley
Tony Jay ... Dougie Milford
Don S. Davis ... Major Garland Briggs (as Don Davis)
Mary Jo Deschanel ... Eileen Hayward
Don Calfa ... Vice Principal Greege
Michael Parks ... Jean Renault
John Boylan ... Mayor Dwayne Milford
Lisa Cloud ... P.E. Teacher
Tiffany Muxlow ... Cheerleader
Susan Sundholm ... Samantha
Our Rating: C
Thoughts: If Twin Peaks can be said to be in two parts, then Episode 17 certainly signals the start of the second half of the show. It's a shaky start. Indeed, after Leland dies the writers float around from one uninteresting subplot to another. Will Audrey and Bobby hook up? Will hilarity ensue for Nadine during each school day? Twin Peaks always works best when a dominate story line hovers above the narrative (Laura Palmer's death in the earlier episodes and Windom Earle's Black Lodge quest at the end of the series) However, here and for the next five episodes or so, we are lost in a no man's land of material, picking and choosing several decent scenes along the way.