Act 1: Morning - Albert, Cooper, Truman and Hawk are walking outdoors along a path in the woods. Albert says that Maddy was murdered by the same man who killed Laura, there was an “O” under Maddy’s ring fingernail, and she had strands from the fur of a stuffed white fox in her right hand. Cooper tells Truman not to make phone calls reporting Maddy’s murder - he wants 24 hours to finish the case. Albert advises Cooper to follow his vision quest before there’s another killing. Hawk tells Cooper he’s on the path and to follow it.
At the Double RR Donna and James chat over coffee. James gives Donna a ring. Norma and Vivian quarrel over Norma’s omelets. Andy tries to say “J’ai une âme solitaire” and Donna overhears him; when she asks him about it, Andy tells her about Harold Smith’s suicide note. Donna leaves to find Cooper.
As Donna, Cooper, and Andy approach Mrs. Tremond’s apartment Donna tells Cooper about Mrs. Tremond’s telling her about Harold and her grandson’s saying the same words as in Harold’s note. When they knock on the door a middle-aged woman answers. She identifies herself as Mrs.Tremond and tells Donna she could not have seen her mother because she’d been dead for three years. She also has no children. When the woman learns Donna’s name she gives her an envelope that she found in her mail the day after Harold’s death; it’s addressed to Donna in Harold’s handwriting. The envelope contains a page torn from Laura’ diary. An entry for February 22 describes a dream Laura had that seems identical to Cooper’s dream about the dwarf. She writes that she has to stop Bob, Bob’s afraid of only one man, Mike, and Laura wonders if the old man in her dream was Mike. On February 23 Laura wrote, “Tonight is the night that I die - it’s the only way to keep Bob away from me.” Cooper remarks that Laura and he had the same dream. He tells Andy to take Donna home, while Cooper goes to see Gerrard.
Act 2: Cooper talks to Mike while Dr. Hayward urges that Gerrard be given his drug. Cooper urges Mike to tell him how to unlock the dream. Mike tells him that when he and Bob were killing together there was a perfect relationship, appetite, satisfaction, a golden circle. Cooper says he gave his ring to the Giant. Mike says the Giant can help find Bob, but Cooper must ask him first. As Cooper leaves he encounters the old waiter, who carries a glass of milk and says, “I know about you. That milk will cool down on you, but it’s getting warmer now.” He gives the thumbs-up sign to Cooper.
In Ben’s office Truman tells Cooper about finding a record of the telephone call Leland reported, a call to Laura Palmer’s number. He notes the stuffed white fox and concludes that Maddy was here. Albert reports that Maddy died the night before last between 10PM and midnight and Truman says that fits, “we didn’t take Ben until after midnight,” an apparent error by Truman. Albert gives Cooper the results of Ben Horne’s blood test.
In the Sheriff’s station a workman adjusts the sensitivity of the sprinkler system while Andy tells Lucy he wants to talk about their baby. Lucy tells him she’s not certain if the baby is his or Dick’s. Andy calls Tremayne and tells him they need to talk. Tojamura visits Ben’s cell with papers for him to sign. Ben says he cannot deliver on the Ghostwood contract and Tojamura asks for the return of the $5 million. As Ben explains about Jerry’s looking for a better lawyer, Tojamura extends a bare, pedicured foot through the bars and Ben recognizes her as Catherine. Catherine calls him slimy rat bastard and says she intends to make his life hell. Ben asks her to tell Truman about his being with her the night of Laura’s murder. He signs Ghostwood and the mill over to her and she starts to leave. She tells him she’ll consider telling the sheriff, that “we’ve spent our entire adult lives lying to each other. Why spoil it with the truth now?”
Leland greets Donna, who has come to deliver a tape of the song she, Maddy, and James recorded, so that Leland may mail it to Maddy. He recognizes Laura’s sunglasses and be comes agitated. She tells him about the discovery of Laura’s secret diary. Leland gets a phone call from Beth, who reports that Maddy never came home. When Donna becomes upset, Leland suggests lemonade.
Act 3: Donna is startled when Leland returns with the lemonade. He puts on a phonograph record of “J’attendrai” and asks Donna to dance with him. We see flashes of BOB as thunder is heard. Leland grabs Donna but the doorbell rings. Leland admits Truman who tells him he needs Leland’s help because there’s been another murder. Crying, Donna walks through the woods. James drives upon his motorcycle. Donna tells him that Maddy’s been killed. James says they could have helped her. He says this is no good. Maddy asks him not to leave. He says nothing they do matters. He leaves. Donna cries.
A thunderstorm is in progress. Ben is in a booth at the Roadhouse. Cooper and Albert are at the bar. Truman brings Leland in. Ed Hurley joins them. Cooper tells them to clear a space in the center of the room. Cooper summarizes the investigation and his techniques. He says he needs magic. There’s an awkward moment. Cooper says someone is missing. The clock strikes 3pm and Major Brigs enters with the old waiter, who had flagged him down. The waiter gives Cooper a stick of gum. Leland recognizes the gum from his childhood. The waiter says, “that gum you like is going to come back in style.” Cooper recalls his dream. Laura whispers, “My father killed me.” to Cooper. The Giant appears and drops Cooper’s ring to the floor. Cooper puts a stick of gum in his mouth , picks up the ring, and tells Ben Horne to accompany him to the sheriff’s office, with Leland as Ben’s attorney. As they leave, Cooper flashes the thumbs-up sign to the waiter.
Act 4: They arrive at the sheriff’s station at 3:56 pm. Cooper tells them to take Ben Horne into an interrogation room. Leland says he wants to begin bail proceedings, but Cooper puts him off, then whispers something to Truman. When they open the door of the interrogation room, they push Leland inside and lock the door. Leland starts to hoot and slams himself against the walls. Cooper tells Hawk to take Ben upstairs and release him. Ben says, “Leland?” Hawk says that’s not Leland. When Cooper explains to Truman what Laura told him in her dream, Truman remarks that he needs hard evidence. Cooper suggests a confession. They cuff Leland in a chair. Hawk keeps a gun aimed at him. Truman reads him his rights. Leland laughs and says, “I suppose you want to ask him some questions.” When Cooper asks if he killed Laura Palmer, Leland hoots and says, “that’s a yes.” He admits killing Maddy because he has a “thing for knives, just like what happened to you in Pittsburgh. ”He describes Leland as a good vehicle, but says it’s time to shuffle off. When Cooper asks if Leland knows what “you’ve” done, he tells Cooper to watch Leland remember, but not for long, when he goes. Truman says that’s enough for him and they leave Leland alone. Dick Tremayne arrives and Lucy takes him into the Sheriff’s conference room, where Andy is. She tells them she’s going to keep her baby and will depend on a post-natal blood test to determine who the father is. Dick’s cigarette smoke rises toward the smoke detector. Outside the interrogation room Cooper says Ben Horne’s blood type was wrong. He points out that the action of the dwarf in his dream, dancing, pointed to Leland’s compulsive dancing. The man next door was Robertson - Mike said the people Bob in habited where his children - son of Robert, the name being spelled under the fingernails. Leland killed Laura because she was on to him, as he learned from her diary. Leland placed the call to Laura from Ben’s office. Cooper suggests Leland killed Maddy because she reminded him of Laura. Leland recites the poem and screams the last line, “fire walk with me.” The sprinkler system goes off. Leland/Bob goes ballistic. He hoots and beats his head against the door. They open it and find Leland on the floor. Before he dies Leland remembers that he killed Laura. He says they wanted Laura but she fought them. She wouldn’t let them in so they killed her...Cooper comforts Leland and tells him the time has come to seek the path...to enter the light. Leland says he sees Laura in the light. He dies.
The next morning Cooper, Truman, and Albert encounter Major Briggs on the path in the woods. Truman remarks that Leland was completely insane. Albert says people saw Bob in visions. When Truman says he has trouble believing, Cooper asks if it’s easier to believe a man would rape and murder his own daughter. “Is that any more comforting ”Briggs asks if it matters what the cause is and Cooper replies, “yes. It’s our job to stop it.” Truman says that if Bob were real, he’s gotten away, “where is he now?”
The camera tracks passed a wrecked car into and along a ravine until an owl flies directly at the camera.
Notes: Despite being listed in the credits, Mädchen Amick, Jack Nance, Sherilyn Fenn and Joan Chen do not appear. This is the only episode of Twin Peaks that contains no night scenes.
Timeline: Saturday, March 11th
Original Air Date: December 1, 1990
Official Episode Number: #2009
Nielson Rating: 72nd 7.9/15
Directed By: Tim Hunter
Written By: Mark Frost, Harley Peyton and Robert Engels
Kyle MacLachlan ... Special Agent Dale Cooper
Michael Ontkean ... Sheriff Harry S. Truman
Mädchen Amick ... Shelly Johnson
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
James Marshall ... James Hurley
Everett McGill ... Big Ed Hurley
Jack Nance ... Pete Martell
Kimmy Robertson ... Lucy Moran
Ray Wise ... Leland Palmer
Piper Laurie ... Mr. Tojamura / Catherine Martell
Joan Chen ... Jocelyn Packard
Eric DaRe ... Leo Johnson
Harry Goaz ... Deputy Andy Brennan
Michael Horse ... Deputy Tommy 'Hawk' Hill
Sheryl Lee ... Madeleine Ferguson / Laura Palmer
Miguel Ferrer ... FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield
Ian Buchanan ... Dick Tremayne
Jane Greer ... Vivian Smythe Niles
Don S. Davis ... Major Garland Briggs (as Don Davis)
Al Strobel ... Phillip Michael Gerard
Michael J. Anderson ... Man from Another Place
Clive Rosengren ... Mr. Zipper
Frank Silva ... BOB
Carel Struycken ... The Giant
Mae Williams ... Mrs. Tremond #2
Hank Worden ... The Elderly and Senile Room Service Waiter
Our Rating: B+
Thoughts: Episode 16 concludes the first half of the series in fine fashion as Cooper (with a little help from a few Lodge Spirits) concludes and remembers from his dream that Leland is the killer. Tim Hunter delivers a polished story full of thoughtful camera angels and beautiful lighting (the early scene of Donna and James at the Double RR is very striking.) The scene with Leland almost making Donna his next victim (if only it were so) is quite effective, especially as it takes place in the middle of the day. In fact, this is the only episode of Twin Peaks with no night scenes. The writers push the forced quirkiness a bit in the Roadhouse scene, and indeed the help Cooper receives seems a little bit too pat at times. Why is this help given to Cooper all of the sudden? Is it because of Maddy's death? Or, has Cooper at last adequately looked inside himself using his mind/body techniques to recognize the clues that have been around him all along? Cooper treats Leland with extraordinary kindness during his death scene for someone who raped and murdered his own child.