Act 1: During breakfast Cooper explains Buddhist Tibetan traditions and history to an uninterested Albert. Albert tells him the results of Jacques Renault’s autopsy. Albert says that Jacques was snuffed with a pillow. The killer wore gloves and the tape used to bind his wrists was stolen from a hospital supply cabinet. Albert says the mill fire was arson, Leo the prime suspect. Albert reports that Windom Earle, Cooper’s former partner, who retired to the local funny farm, has vanished into thin air. The Asian man is reading the paper and watching Cooper intently.
Donna carries a tray of food to bed ridden Mrs. Tremond. There’s a little boy wearing a jacket and bow tie seated near the door. Creamed corn disappears from the food tray and appears in the boy’s hands. Mrs. Tremond says “my grandson is studying magic. ”Mrs. Tremond denies knowing Laura well. She suggests that she ask Mr. Smith, next door. “He was Laura’s friend. Mr. Smith never leaves the house.” The boy adds (in french), “I am a lonely soul.” Donna goes next door, knocks, then leaves a note.
In Ronette’s room, Harry and Cooper read the instructions before adjusting the stools, then sit next to Ronette’s bed. Ronette denies that Leo was the man that hurt her. When he shows her the sketch of Bob, Ronette reacts violently.
Jerry and Ben debate the merits of burning the real or the faked ledger and decide to toast marshmallows instead.
Act 2: At the Double RR Andy is having trouble taping the sketch of Bob captioned “Have you seen this man?” to the front door. The Log lady enters and sits at the counter next to Major Briggs. Norma asks the Log Lady to spit her gum in an ashtray rather than on the counter. The Log Lady tells the Major that her log has something to tell him: “Deliver the message.” The Major says he understands.
At the sheriff’s office Andy tells Lucy that when he had applied as a donor to the Tacoma Sperm Bank and they told him he was sterile and could never have babies so now he wants to know why Lucy is having one and how. In the sheriff’s office Truman has Hank sign-in and tells him to keep his nose clean for another week. After Hank leaves Truman tells Cooper he and Hank grew up together and that Hank used to be a Book House boy - one of the best. Ben Horne phones and reports that Audrey has been missing for two days.
Act 3: Jerry brings the unsigned insurance policy to Ben and explains that Catherine wouldn’t sign it because of concerns about the beneficiary being Josie. They decide to call the Icelanders. Leland enters. Einar tells Ben that Leland had called to tell him about the fire. Ben and Jerry calm Einar down. Ben suggests that Leland confine his activities to preparing his tax return. Leland sees a copy of the sketch of Bob and says that he knows the man as the man who lived next door to his grandfather’s summer house at Pearl Lakes when he was a little boy. He leaves to tell the sheriff. Leland asks Jerry
to please, kill Leland.
At the hospital Dr. Hayward shows Leo to Shelly and tells her there’s possible brain damage. Shelly asks if he’s a vegetable and he does not deny it. Shelly cries.
Lucy receives a call for the sheriff from someone who won’t give his name. She tells the caller she cannot connect him unless he tells her his name and then hangs up.
At One-Eyed Jack’s Audrey intercepts a girl carrying ice to a man lying inverted on a chaise-lounge with ankles and wrists bound while another girl pushes a vacuum cleaner. Audrey signals the girl to leave and the nun plugs the vacuum and wraps the cord around the neck of the man, Emory Battis. She threatens to reveal all about Emory and Laura and Ronette to her father. Emory admits working for the owner of One-Eyed Jacks, her father, and recruiting Laura and Ronette. He says Laura came here one weekend, but was using drugs and they threw her out. He says her father saw Laura there, that Mr. Horne makes it his business to entertain all the girls. He says Laura knew Ben Horne owned One-Eyed Jacks, that Laura always got her way, just like Audrey.
Act 4: Evening - Bobby and Shelly are parked in his dad’s car. Bobby tells Shelly that Leo gets his disability as long as he is out of prison. He gets over $5 thousand a month, but only if he’s home. They talk about being together.
At night - Cooper in his pajamas tells Diane about being troubled because of Windom Earle’s disappearance and also because Audrey’s absence touches him. Major Briggs visits and tells him that he has a message for him. He explains that his work includes maintenance of deep space monitors aimed at distant galaxies. They routinely receive communications that are gibberish and noise, “space garbage.” Among these was one clear message that came in late Thursday night or early Friday--
about the time Cooper was shot, Cooper notes. The message was: The owls are not what they seem. When Cooper asks how he knew it was for him, the Major shows him another message that came in
later: Cooper, repeated twice.
At the Haywards’ James Maddy and Donna are recording a song, “Just you and I.” Donna notices James and Maddy looking at each other and runs out of the room, upset. A phone call comes for Donna from Harold Smith. Maddy has a vision of Bob coming at her over the couch. She screams. James and Donna go to her. There’s nothing there.
There are several flashbacks: The giant telling Cooper, “the owls are not what they seem,” Ronette dreaming of Bob, the image of an owl superimposed over Sarah’s vision of Bob, Sarah going downstairs, Bob smiling. Cooper answers the phone. Audrey asks him, “why aren’t you here?” She tells him he looked handsome in his tuxedo. She says she’s in trouble. Blackie and Emory hang up her phone. Blackie tells Audrey, “Miss Horne, you don’t know what trouble is, not by a long shot.”
Timeline: Monday, March 6th
Original Air Date: October 6th, 1990
Official Episode Number: #2002
Nielson Rating: 9.2/18
Directed By: David Lynch
Written By: Harley Peyton
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
Eric DaRe ... Leo Johnson (as Eric Da Re)
Harry Goaz ... Deputy Andy Brennan
Sheryl Lee ... Madeleine 'Maddy' Ferguson
Chris Mulkey ... Hank Jennings
Miguel Ferrer ... FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield
David Patrick Kelly ... Jerry Horne
Don S. Davis ... Major Garland Briggs (as Don Davis)
Victoria Catlin ... Blackie O'Reilly
Don Amendolia ... Emory Battis
Frances Bay ... Mrs. Tremond
Grace Zabriskie ... Sarah Palmer
Catherine E. Coulson ... The Log Lady
Phoebe Augustine ... Ronette Pulaski
Austin Jack Lynch ... Little Boy
Jill Pierce ... Ice-Bucket Girl
Mak Takano ... Asian Man
Jula Bell ... Girl at One Eyed Jacks with Vacuum Cleaner
Frank Silva ... BOB