Act 1: Morning - Leland is hitting plastic golf balls in his cleaned-up living room. Donna and James come to say goodbye to Maddy and Leland tells them he dropped her of at the bus station less than 20 minutes ago. He suggests they write to her. After they leave Sarah calls down to him to remind him to sign them up for Glenn Miller Night at the club. He puts his golf club into a case in which a hand is visible, then carries the case to his car, puts it into the trunk, gets in the car, puts down the roof and, while singing “Surrey with the Fringe on Top”, drives off.
Ben cleans his jail cell with a handkerchief and is brushing his teeth when Jerry enters. Jerry tells Ben he will serve as his lawyer and asks if he killed her. Ben tells him he was with Catherine the night Laura died. They reminisce about their first room, with bunk beds, in which Louise Dombrowski danced on the hook rug with a flashlight.
Lucy enters the Sheriff’s station accompanied by a woman with a baby. Lucy introduces her to Hawk as her sister, Gwen.
10:03AM - Cooper, in a corridor of the Great Northern, dictates to Diane about his visit with Harry to the One Armed Man. Cooper and Truman enter the lobby to find Leland dancing. Truman tells Leland they arrested Ben for the murder of Laura. Leland asks about Jacques Renault and Cooper tells him Renault didn’t do it. Leland walks off to a side corridor where his apparent sobs turn to laughter. Cooper follows him and asks him to let them know if he remembers anything about the night Laura died. After Cooper leaves Leland’s sobs again change to laughs. When he’s sure Cooper and Truman are gone, he resumes dancing.
Act 2: In Ben’s cell with Cooper, Jerry, and Truman, Dr. Hayward takes a blood sample from Ben and tells Cooper he’ll have the results in a couple of hours. Jerry demands that Ben be released or charged. Cooper recites, “Jeremy Horne, Gonzaga University, 1974, graduated last in his class of 142, passed the bar on the third attempt, license to practice lawrevoked in Illinois, florida, Alaska, and Massachusetts.” Cooper shows Ben Laura’s diary and reads the entry about Laura telling the world all about Ben Horne. Jerry asks for a moment alone with Ben and tells Ben not to blurt out a confession and advises him to get a better lawyer.
Bobby plays back a copy of the cassette: Ben Horne tells Leo to burn the mill and make it look like arson. Bobby writes a note to Ben to suggest a talk and encloses it with the cassette copy. He tells Shelly the envelope is their ship.
At the Double RR Cafe at lunchtime, Norma’s is surprised at the appearance of her Mother, Vivian. She asks if the potatoes on a customer’s plate are real and not flakes and then tastes them. She introduces her new husband, Ernie, as a financial analyst. Norma explains her nervousness as due to an expected visit from a food critic. After they leave, Norma picks up a paper left behind by Ernie and reads,“$1000—Houston by 3 points!”
In his room at the Great Northern the One-Armed Man mutters, “He’s close.” He sends the nurse for water, knocks out the guard, and escapes through a window.
Act 3: Afternoon - Hank enters the Double RR and apologizes to Norma for his absence. Her mother is in the kitchen and over hears. Norma tells Hank to ask for help next time he has trouble. Hank greets Norma’s mother. Vivian invites Hank and Norma to dine with her and her husband at the Great Northern at 8:30.
At the sheriff’s station Pete enters Truman’s office and joins Harry in observing a pileated woodpecker through the window. Pete tells Harry that Josie’s gone. Harry tells Pete she sold the mill to Ben Horne. Pete says he loved her. Harry says he did too and that he watched her leave with her assistant. Pete identifies him as her cousin, Jonathan. Truman says she told him he was her assistant, Mr. Lee. Pete repeats “Lee” and says he has a bad feeling. Cooper enters and reports that Gerrard is missing. Truman and Cooper leave. Andy enters the station and sees Lucy with a baby. Andy faints. Pete goes back to the cells and laugh at Ben. He plays a recording: Catherine greets Ben and recalls the night they spent together, the night Laura Palmer died. She says she’ll trade her testimony for the Mill and Ghostwood Estates. A representative will visit Ben with documents within 24 hours. Pete laughs and leaves. Ben destroys a pillow and turns over the bunk beds.
Leland sings “Surrey with the Fringe on Top” while driving all over the road. Truman and Cooper (who is whistling the same song) are almost forced off the road by Leland. They pull him over. Leland is contrite and says he was on his way to the club to try out a new set of irons when he starting thinking about Ben. He tells Cooper he remembered working late at the office with Ben the night of the murder and that Ben got a phone call about 10 o’clock, that Ben seemed agitated and said something about a “dairy.” Cooper suggests, “diary.” and Leland agrees. Lucy calls an urgent message for Truman. Leland wants to show Cooper his new clubs and goes to open the trunk. Truman calls to Cooper that they found Gerrard near the waterfall and Cooper fails to see the hand and the plastic-wrapped parcel when Leland opens the trunk to remove a club. Cooper and Truman drive off. Leland puts the club in the trunk, re-enters the car, and looks at Bob’s reflection in the rearview mirror.
Act 4: Hawk brings Gerrard into the Sheriff’s station passed Andy, still on the floor, with Lucy holding an ice pack to his head while her sister prattles on and interrupts Andy’s attempts to tell Lucy about his sperm count. They tell Gwen to shut up and she leaves. When Andy explains that his sperm count was normal and that he is the father, Lucy appears dismayed. In Ben’s cell Gerrard looks at Ben and says Bob is not there now. Jerry asks who Bob is and demands they charge Ben or let him go. Truman charges Ben with the murder of Laura Palmer. He tells Hawk to take Gerrard back to the Great Northern. Ben threatens Truman. Cooper asks Truman outside and tells him he doesn’t think Ben killed Laura. Truman says he’s had enough of dreams, visions, dwarf, giants, Tibet; he has hard evidence against Ben. Cooper leaves.
Night, after 8:30 - In the Great Northern dining room Vivian says the salmon was fresh and firm and just a little bit overdone. Norma and Vivian go the the rest room. Hank knows Ernie Niles, Ernie “The Professor” Niles, from prison and asks what his angle is. Ernie insists he’s gone straight and says that Vivian doesn’t know about him. Hank says the family is important and one must be prepared to pay any price to protect it. Norma and Vivian return and Hank proposes a toast to the newlyweds.
11:05PM - Cooper starts to tell Diane about the trail narrowing when a knock on the door interrupts. He admits Audrey into his room. She asks about Ben’s arrest, then crawls onto the bed and starts to tell Cooper that she didn’t allow anyone at One-Eyed Jacks. Cooper has one knee on the bed when the phone rings. He answers it and then tells Audrey to go to her room and lock the door.
Near the waterfall Cooper arrives as they open up the plastic. Truman identifies the body as Maddy Ferguson.
Timeline: Friday, March 10th
Original Air Date: November 17, 1990
Official Episode Number: #2008
Nielson Rating: 8.2/?
Directed By: Caleb Deschanel
Written By: Scott Frost
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
James Marshall ... James Hurley
Everett McGill ... Big Ed Hurley
Jack Nance ... Pete Martell
Kimmy Robertson ... Lucy Moran
Ray Wise ... Leland Palmer
Piper Laurie ... Catherine Martell (voice)
Harry Goaz ... Deputy Andy Brennan
Michael Horse ... Deputy Tommy 'Hawk' Hill
Sheryl Lee ... Madeleine 'Maddy' Ferguson
Grace Zabriskie ... Sarah Palmer
Chris Mulkey ... Hank Jennings
David Patrick Kelly ... Jerry Horne
James Booth ... Ernie Niles
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Gwen Morton
Jane Greer ... Vivian Smythe Niles
Al Strobel ... Phillip Michael Gerard
Emily Fincher ... Louise Dombrowski
Dave Bean ... Sheriff's Deputy
Frank Silva ... BOB