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Sheriff Harry S. Truman (Character)
from "Twin Peaks" (1990)

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"Twin Peaks: Pilot (#1.1)" (1989)
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Sheriff, what kind of fantastic trees have you got growing around here? Big, majestic.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Douglas firs.
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: [Marveling] Douglas firs...

FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Who's the babe?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: That is one of the most beautiful women in the state, Mrs. Packard.
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Packard Sawmill?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Yep.
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Where's Mr. Packard?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Died in a boating accident last year. Andrew Packard practically built this town. Brought her over from Hong Kong six years ago. Left her everything, which didn't exactly please his sister. That's her right there. The original deep freeze.
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Who's the glad-handing dandy?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Benjamin Horne, local big wig, he owns half the town. He's not after her, he's after her land.
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Who's the lady with the log?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: We call her the log lady.

FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: You know why I'm whittling?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Okay, I'll, I'll bite again. Why are you whittling?
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Because that's what you do in a town where a yellow light still means slow down, not speed up.

FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Sheriff, that reminds me. Can you recommend to me a good, inexpensive hotel or motel? Now it doesn't have to be fancy and I mean that.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: I can get you a good rate up at the Great Northern.
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Because you know, I think I'm going to be here for some time, and these motels, they'll promise you a good rate and when you get there it's a whole different story. Now all I need is a bed, a bathroom, a telephone, and sometimes a television in the unlikely event that one day I'll get a chance to knock off early.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: I can get you a good rate up at the Great Northern.
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Sold. Well, tomorrow comes early.

FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: [He sees the Log Lady seated nearby, cradling her log and drinking coffee] Log Lady.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Right.
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: [He waves to her] Hi.
[She looks away]
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Can I ask her about her log?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Many have.

Harry Truman: Do you think they spotted us?
Cooper: Give me a donut.

Sheriff Harry S. Truman: This is Special Agent Dale Cooper.
Dr. Lawrence Jacoby: [He removes an earplug] Gary Cooper?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Agent Cooper.

Sheriff Harry S. Truman: I suppose you want me to follow them at a discreet distance.
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Harry, you're all right.

FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: I think I saw a cottontail rabbit!
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: It must have been a snowshoe rabbit.
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Snowshoe?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Right.
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Snowshoe. Snowshoe rabbit.

Pete Martell: Oh dear. Lucy? Lucy, this is Pete Martell. Lucy, put Harry on the horn.
Lucy Morgan: Sheriff, it's Pete Martell up at the mill. Uh, I'm going to transfer it to the phone on the table by the red chair. The red chair against the wall. The little table with lamp on it. The lamp we moved from the corner? The black phone, not the brown phone.
Sheriff Truman: Morning, Pete. Harry.
Pete Martell: She's dead, wrapped in plastic.

Dale Cooper: Who's the lady with the log?
Sheriff Truman: We call her the Log Lady.


"Twin Peaks: Episode #1.4" (1990)
[about a dream he had of Laura Palmer]
Dale Cooper: She whispered to me who killed her
Sheriff Truman: Well, what did she say?
Dale Cooper: You know... I don't remember.

Sheriff Truman: Morning, Leo.
Leo Johnson: [hostile and beligerent tone] Who the hell is he?
Sheriff Truman: This is Special Agent Cooper, FBI. He's investigating the murder of Laura Palmer. He'd like to ask you a couple of questions.
Leo Johnson: So ask!
Dale Cooper: Leo... is that short for Leonard?
Leo Johnson: That's a question?

Dale Cooper: Did you ever sell drugs to Laura Palmer?
Bernard Renault: I don't sell drugs.
Sheriff Truman: How much did Jacques pay you to be the mule?
Bernard Renault: Jacques don't pay me anything. I'm no mule!
Sheriff Truman: Oh, so that ounce of cocaine that we found on you is... let me guess: yours for personal use?
Bernard Renault: Yeah, that's right.
Dale Cooper: Then I guess you don't get much sleep at night, Bernie.

Sheriff Truman: There's a sort of evil out there. Something very, very strange in these old woods. Call it what you want. A darkness, a presence. It takes many forms but... its been out there for as long as anyone can remember and we've always been here to fight it.

Sheriff Truman: I've had just about enough of you and your insults!
Albert Rosenfield: Oh yeah? Well, I've had about enough of this small town filled with morons and half wits, dolts, dunces, dullards and dumbbells... and you... you chowder-head yokel, you blithering hayseed. You've had enough of me?
Sheriff Truman: Yes, I have.
[Truman punches Albert in the face]


"Twin Peaks: Episode #2.1" (1990)
Sheriff Truman: Lucy, you better bring Agent Cooper up to date.
Lucy Moran: Leo Johnson was shot, Jacques Renault was strangled, the mill burned, Shelly and Pete got smoke inhalation, Catherine and Josie are missing, Nadine is in a coma from taking sleeping pills.
Dale Cooper: How long have I been out?

James Hurley: Harry, Laura talks on her tape about a mystery man.
Sheriff Truman: The red Corvette. Leo Johnson.
James Hurley: I think it was somebody else. Not Jacques Renault either.
Sheriff Truman: Why do you say that?
James Hurley: I never put it together until I heard the tape. Where she says, "This guy can really light my fire." Well, I remember this one night when we first started seeing each other. She was still doing drugs then. Well, we were in the woods when she started saying this scary poem, over and over, about fire. And then she said, "Would you like to play with fire, little boy?", "Would you like to play with Bob?", "Would you like to play with Bob?"...

Sheriff Truman: Lucy, you better bring Agent Cooper up to date.
Lucy Moran: Leo Johnson was shot, Jacques Renault was strangled, the mill burned, Shelly and Pete got smoke inhalation, Catherine and Josie are missing, Nadine is in a coma from taking sleeping pills.
Dale Cooper: How long have I been out?
Dr. Will Hayward: It's 7:45 in the morning. We haven't had this much action in one night since the Elks Club fire of '59.


"Twin Peaks: Episode #2.9" (1990)
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: [after Cooper has revealed the killer] How did you know?
Dale Cooper: Laura told me. In her dream.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: We're going to need more a lot stronger evidence than this.
Dale Cooper: How about a confession?

Special Agent Dale Cooper: Did you kill Laura Palmer?
[Leland, as Bob, hoots and yells like a wolf]
Leland Palmer: [in Bob's voice] That's a "yes".
Special Agent Dale Cooper: How about Maddy Ferguson?
Leland Palmer: What do you think?
Special Agent Dale Cooper: I'm asking you.
Leland Palmer: No really, what do you think?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Answer the question.
Leland Palmer: Well, yeah gee wiz, I guess I kinda, sorta did. I have this thing for knifes. Just like what happended to you that time in Pittsburgh, Cooper!

[first lines]
FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield: The short answer is, this is the work of the same ghoul who killed Laura. More fan mail: the letter 'O' under Maddy's ring fingernail. There were strands of fur clutched in her right hand.
Special Agent Dale Cooper: What kind of fur?
FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield: White fox. The strands were laced with formaldehyde. A dead animal, stuffed.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: I'll make phone calls. Leland will know how to get ahold of Maddy's family.
Special Agent Dale Cooper: Harry, don't make any calls. I need 24 hours.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: For what?
Special Agent Dale Cooper: To finish this.


"Twin Peaks: Episode #1.3" (1990)
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: There's a sort of evil out there. Something very, very strange in these old woods. Call it what you want. A darkness, a presence. It takes many forms but... its been out there for as long as anyone can remember and we've always been here to fight it.

Albert Rosenfield: Oh yeah, well I've had about enough of morons and half wits, dolts, dunces, dullards and dumbbells... and you, you chowder-head yokel, you blithering hayseed. You've had enough of me?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Yes I have.
[punches Albert in the face]

Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Albert, I understand you're the best that there is. Agent Cooper told me that you do your job very well.
Albert Rosenfield: That's right.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Good. Because normaly if a stranger walked into my police station talking that kind of insulting crap, he'd be looking for his front teeth two blocks away on Queer Street!


"Twin Peaks: Episode #2.3" (1990)
Special Agent Dale Cooper: [very serious] Fellas, let's stand together for a moment. It's time I mentioned something. Now, I'm not sure, but I believe I was visited by a giant. Twice. In my room. He left me three clues. The first had to do with Jacques Renault in a body bag. It came true almost immediately. The second was, "The owls are not what they seem." The third was about a man who points without chemicals.
Sheriff Harry Truman: [perplexed] You were visited... by a giant?
Special Agent Dale Cooper: [nods yes]
FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield: Any relation to the dwarf?

Special Agent Dale Cooper: R, B, T. Harry, I believe that these letters and the Giant's clues are in some way related to this long-haired man. Mrs. Palmer saw him in a vision. She called this morning to say that Maddy had seen the man twice in the past two days, both times in a vision. I've seen him in my dreams.
Sheriff Harry Truman: And Ronette.
Special Agent Dale Cooper: She saw him physically at the train car.
Sheriff Harry Truman: Right.
Special Agent Dale Cooper: Four of us have seen him in different forms. This path is a psychic link that will lead us straight to him.
Sheriff Harry Truman: So, what did this giant sound like? I mean, did he have a big, blooming voice or what?
Special Agent Dale Cooper: No, no. He spoke softly, distinctly.
FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield: And you gave him the beans you were supposed to use to buy a cow?
Special Agent Dale Cooper: No, Albert, I gave him my ring.


"Twin Peaks: Episode #1.2" (1990)
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: [he enters sanding a handcarved wooden whistle] Hi, Mike, Bobby. Now before we get started, have you two fellas got your stories straight?
Bobby Briggs: If we tell the truth we don't have to get our stories straight.
Mike 'Snake' Nelson: Besides, the sheriff told us we're just in here for fighting and, uh, it was self-defense.
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Right. Well, I guess you can go then.
Bobby Briggs: Now?
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Mm-hm.
[as Mike and Bobby walk to the door, Cooper toots his whistle]
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Oh, fellas, one more thing. Pray for the health and safety of James Hurley, because if anything happens to him, I'm coming for you.
[Mike and Bobby leave]
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: Sheriff, what are you sitting around for? We've got places to go and people to see.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: You know, I think I'd better start studying medicine.
FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: And why is that?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Because I'm beginning to feel a bit like Dr. Watson.

Dale Cooper: [after interviewing Josie Packard] So, Harry, how long you been seeing her?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: How did you know?
Dale Cooper: Body language.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: [pause] Jeez, Louise.


"Twin Peaks: Episode #2.10" (1990)
Catherine Packard Martell: Hello Harry.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Forgive my saying so Catherine, but aren't you dead?

FBI Agent Roger Hardy: Sheriff Truman, would you sit down? We'd like to ask you a few questions.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: I'll stand.
FBI Agent Roger Hardy: Well, let me begin by saying that whatever Agent Cooper is guilty of will not be held against you. And your cooperation will be useful and greatly appreciated.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: If I understand the law correctly, you need extradtion papers in order to get a statement from me, Mountie King. And you need a subpoena from a judge, Agent Hardy. Now, unless you gentlemen have that paperwork, I suggest you take your cooperation and stuff it.
FBI Agent Roger Hardy: [firm tone] That attitude will not serve you, or Agent Cooper.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: That's not an attitude. That's a promise. Agent Cooper is the finest lawman I've ever known. I've had nothing but respect for him since he arrived in Twin Peaks. Now, I don't know what information or evidence you have against Agent Cooper or where you got it from, but it is dead wrong.
FBI Agent Roger Hardy: [cold tone] Thank you for your time.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Help yourself to a coffee on your way out.


"Twin Peaks: Episode #1.5" (1990)
[Lucy is watching "Invitation To Love"]
Sheriff Truman: Morning Lucy, what's going on?
Lucy Moran: Er... thanks to Jade, Jared decided not to kill himself, and he's changed his will leaving the Towers to Jade instead of Emerald, but Emerald found out about it, and now she's trying to seduce Chet to give her the new will so that she can destroy it; Montana's planning to kill Jared at midnight so the Towers will belong to Emerald and Montana, but I think she's going to double-cross him and he doesn't know it yet. Poor Chet.
Sheriff Truman: What's going on *here*?

Dale Cooper: Laura Palmer's murder was vicious and calculated. There's no telling what we'll encounter, bringing a suspect to ground. After Andy's mishap at the motel, I wanna make absolutely certain each of us is comfortable and confident with our firearms.
Deputy Tommy 'Hawk' Hill: Nice piece.
Dale Cooper: Actually, it's standard issue. I made a few modifications. How long has Lucy been upset with Andy?
Sheriff Truman: Body language?
Dale Cooper: In this case, it was yelling through a megaphone.


"Twin Peaks: Episode #2.18" (1991)
Dale Cooper: Anything?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: No, nothing. She wants to speak to the South African Consulate.
Dale Cooper: [surprised] In Twin Peaks?


"Twin Peaks: Episode #1.8" (1990)
[of Jacques Renault]
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Do you believe him?
Special Agent Dale Cooper: He's too stupid to lie.


"Twin Peaks: Episode #1.7" (1990)
Special Agent Dale Cooper: Harry, what's on your mind?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: I'm worried about Josie. She's been really afraid.
Special Agent Dale Cooper: About what?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Ben Horne and Catherine Martell. They've been seeing each other on the sides, it's been going on for years. Josie just found out. She thinks that they are planning to burn down the sawmill, and somehow get rid of her too.
Special Agent Dale Cooper: Do you belive her?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Well... I know that Ben Horne wants that land around the sawmill for Ghostwood Developments, and Josie won't sell. So, yeah. I believe her.
Special Agent Dale Cooper: Well, how much do you know about her? Where she's from? Who she was before she came to Twin Peaks?
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: What are you getting at?
Special Agent Dale Cooper: The truth Harry. Because that's my job.


"Twin Peaks: Episode #2.6" (1990)
Harry Truman: [to Cooper] You know, you are the best lawman I've ever seen. But, Coop, sometimes you think too much.


"Twin Peaks: Episode #2.14" (1991)
Mayor Dwayne Milford: [Mayor Dwayne Milford is threatening to shoot Lana and Dr. Jacoby] Don't anybody move.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Mr. Mayor - put the gun down!
Mayor Dwayne Milford: Anybody moves and I'll blast her into kingdom come!
[Points to Dr. Jacoby]
Mayor Dwayne Milford: And the hippie too!


"Saturday Night Live: Kyle MacLachlan/Sinéad O'Connor (#16.1)" (1990)
Sheriff Truman: Cooper, great news. We found out who killed Laura Palmer. It was Leo. He just confessed.
Dale Cooper: Harry, I'm glad you're here. Tonight we're going to go up to One-Eyed Jacks disguised as Indians. Hawk said we could borrow his buckskins - you know, the one with the eagle feather.
Sheriff Truman: Cooper, listen. Leo confessed. Leo turned himself in.
Dale Cooper: Well, that's good news, Harry. Another piece of the puzzle. It won't be long now.


"Twin Peaks: Episode #2.8" (1990)
[Ben is held in custody]
Jerry Horne: I demand you either release my client or arrest him!
Sheriff Truman: Okay. Ben Horne, I arrest you for the murder of Laura Palmer.
Benjamin Horne: Great going, Jer.