Act 1: At 7:30am Cooper, Truman, and Albert investigate an attack on Ronette. Albert notes that her IV has been dyed. Cooper finds a letter “B” under Ronette’s fingernail. Cooper tells Albert and Truman about the giant’s visits.
Donna visits Harold Smith’s flower-filled house. Harold tells Donna that he knew Laura ever since she started Meals on Wheels. He doesn’t go outside - he “can’t.” Harold used to be a horticulturist; he raises orchids and wants Donna to place one on Laura’s grave. He gives her a Lady Slipper orchid as his last gift to Laura.
At the sheriff’s office Cooper has written “R-B-T” above the picture of Bob and says the letters are related to the long-haired man who was seen by Mrs. Palmer, Maddy, himself, and Ronette. Albert reports that the cocaine in James Hurley’s gas tank was a match to what was found in Jacques’ car and in Leo’s house: James was framed by Leo. He says the Circle Brand boot found at Leo’s is rare and the “B” was cut from a copy of “fleshworld”. Albert also says that Cooper was shot with a Walther PBK. Truman takes exception to Albert’s humor and threatens him. Albert says he rejects violence. Albert says, “I love you, Sheriff Truman.” After Albert leaves Cooper says, “Albert’s path is a strange and difficult one.” Cooper tells James Hurley he won’t be charged and tells him to go home. Lucy is looking for words containing B-T-R. A man enters and Lucy tells Hawk he’s her lunch date. The man introduces himself as Dick Tremayne, Horne’s Department Store, Designer Men’s Wear. Lucy suggests they leave for lunch. Dick says, “we’ll go dutch.” Truman, Hawk, and Cooper discuss the giant. In the corridor they meet Leland who tells them he knows the long haired man as having lived in a white house next to a vacant lot next door to his grandfather’s summer house at Pearl lakes. He thinks the name was Robertson. Cooper concludes that R-T-B are trying to spell Robert. He sends Hawk to investigate the summer house. Leland says the man used to flick matches at him. He demonstrates and says, “You want to play with fire, little boy?” Cooper exclaims, “That’s our man.”
Act 2: At lunch time at the Double RR, Dick and Lucy are seated at the counter where Dick explains his filing system to Lucy. Lucy complains that they went out to dinner every Thursday for 3 months and that instead of taking her to dinner at the Space Needle in Seattle, he took her to Valley Night at the Pancake Plantation and ended up on a display bed in Horne’s Home Furnishings. When Dick offers to buy her adress with his employee discount, she says, “how about a maternity dress” and tells him she’s pregnant. James and Maddy are side-by-side in a booth. Donna enters and sees them “holding hands.” She tells them about meeting a young man on Meals on Wheels and describes him as bright, charming, intelligent - ”completely unlike anybody I know.” When James asks what she means, Donna says “why don’t you sit here and hold hands and try to figure it out.” She leaves.
At One-Eyed Jacks, Audrey is tied to a chair while Emory takes a video tape of her and Blackie injects a drug into Audrey’s arm. Blackie says that for what Ben Horne will have to pay to get his “funked-up little daughter” back, she’ll buy him out. She says, “look at her ride the white tiger. In a few days she won’t want to come down, just like her daddy did to me.”
Mike Gerrard shows shoes to Truman and sees the drawing of Bob. He acts sick and asks for a bathroom. Truman thanks Shelly for coming in but she refuses to talk about Leo. When she leaves Cooper tells Truman he suspects Shelly’s thinking of the insurance money and wonders who is pulling the strings. In the men’s room, the one-armed man is in a booth giving himself a shot. He drops the syringe and convulses briefly. He leaves saying, “Bob — I know you’re near. I’m after you now.”
Act 3: Late afternoon at the Great Northern: Cooper approaches Ben and asks about Audrey. He tells him about her phone call. Ben warns Cooper off Audrey and Cooper says his intentions are the best. The Asian man has been watching Cooper and follows him as he leaves.
Back at One Eyed Jacks's, Audrey is in bed. Jean Renault wakes her and gives her some sugar and an injection. Blackie shows
Emory a videotape of Cooper at the blackjack table. Emory says he’s FBI. Jean says he wants him. Jean is accompanied by Nancy, Blackie’s sister. Jean tells Emory that he will be the go-between, for a 30% cut. Blackie demands that Nancy leave, but Jean won’t allow it. He says they can’t allow Audrey to live.
Truman tells Cooper that Pete called to say that Josie called and will return tomorrow afternoon. Truman wants to see her alone first, before he brings her in. Hawk describes the white house near the Palmer summer house as being boarded up with no name on the mail box. He’s initiated a search of county and power company records. Truman asks Hawk if he saw the one-armed man. Cooper reminds Truman of his dream and they go to look in the bathroom. Cooper finds the syringe and says, “without chemicals he points... we’ve got to find the one- armed man.”
Nadine’s wrists are chained to the bed rails. Dr. Hayward suggests Ed sing to her. Ed asks him to leave and sings. Nadine sits up, breaks the chains, and starts clapping and chanting. She asks if Ed came to pick her up for cheerleader tryouts.
Act 4: Cooper and Truman enter Jacoby’s room. There’s a Hawaiian woman there. Jacoby introduces her as his wife, Iolani. Jacoby sets up an auto-hypnotic spell. Cooper asks him about the night Jacques was killed. Jacoby remembers smelling engine oil at the park. He remembers dreaming and being awakened by the sound of tape tearing. He describes the pillow over Jacques face and says he knows the man holding the pillow.
At night an owl watches Donna approach Laura’s grave. She puts the orchid on the grave and talks to Laura about Harold and James and her suspicions about Maddy and James.
At the Palmers’ house James tells Maddy that he hates his mother. Maddy and James embrace and kiss. Donna enters, sees them, and runs off.
Maddy tells Leland that she’s not Laura and she’s nothing like Laura. Leland says she just wants things to be like they were before and things just won’t cooperate. Truman and Cooper enter. Truman arrests Leland for the murder of Jacques Renault.
Donna visits Harold Smith and talks about James and being confused. He comforts her and goes to get her something to drink. Donna wanders around and sees a small red book, “this is the diary of Laura Palmer.”
Timeline: Sunday, March 5th.
Original Air Date: October 13th, 1990
Official Episode Number: #2003
Nielson Rating: 8.9/17
Directed By: Lesli Linka Glatter
Written By: Robert Engels
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
Joan Chen ... Jocelyn Packard (credit only)
Michael Horse ... Deputy Tommy 'Hawk' Hill
Sheryl Lee ... Madeleine 'Maddy' Ferguson
Russ Tamblyn ... Dr. Jacoby
Miguel Ferrer ... FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield
Ian Buchanan ... Dick Tremayne
Lenny von Dohlen ... Harold Smith (as Lenny Von Dohlen)
Wendy Robie ... Nadine Hurley
Don Amendolia ... Emory Battis
Victoria Catlin ... Blackie O'Reilly
Michael Parks ... Jean Renault
Galyn Görg ... Nancy
Al Strobel ... Phillip Michael Gerard
Phoebe Augustine ... Ronette Pulaski
Mak Takano ... Asian Man
Jennifer Aquino ... Eolani Jacoby