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Twin Peaks: Season 2: Episode 21 -- Windom Earle sets his sites on the Miss Twin Peaks contest. Lucy chooses a father for her baby. Leo is punished when he frees Major Briggs. Cooper unlocks the key to entering the Black Lodge. Annie and Dale make a commitment to each other.
Twin Peaks: Season 2: Episode 22 -- Agent Cooper follows Windom Earle and Annie into the depths of the Black Lodge. Big Ed and Norma get a shock when Nadine suffers head trauma. Andrew and Pete unlock Eckhardt's final box while Audrey stages her act of civil disobedience.
Twin Peaks: Season 2: Episode 22 -- Agent Cooper follows Windom Earle and Annie into the depths of the Black Lodge. Big Ed and Norma get a shock when Nadine suffers head trauma. Andrew and Pete unlock Eckhardt's final box while Audrey stages her act of civil disobedience.
Twin Peaks: Season 2: Episode 20 -- Bobby and Shelly reaffirm their love. Cooper calls Shelly, Donna and Audrey together to warn them about Earle. Briggs shows Cooper a tape of Windom Earle making a report on his quest for the Black Lodge.


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A town where everyone knows everyone and nothing is what it seems.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 26 of 96)

Kyle MacLachlan ... Special Agent Dale Cooper (30 episodes, 1989-1991)

Michael Ontkean ... Sheriff Harry S. Truman (30 episodes, 1989-1991)

Mädchen Amick ... Shelly Johnson (30 episodes, 1989-1991)

Dana Ashbrook ... Bobby Briggs (30 episodes, 1989-1991)

Richard Beymer ... Benjamin Horne (30 episodes, 1989-1991)

Lara Flynn Boyle ... Donna Hayward (30 episodes, 1989-1991)

Sherilyn Fenn ... Audrey Horne (30 episodes, 1989-1991)

Warren Frost ... Dr. Will Hayward (30 episodes, 1989-1991)

Peggy Lipton ... Norma Jennings (30 episodes, 1989-1991)

James Marshall ... James Hurley (30 episodes, 1989-1991)

Everett McGill ... Big Ed Hurley (30 episodes, 1989-1991)

Jack Nance ... Pete Martell (30 episodes, 1989-1991)

Joan Chen ... Jocelyn Packard (30 episodes, 1989-1991)

Kimmy Robertson ... Lucy Moran (29 episodes, 1989-1991)

Michael Horse ... Deputy Tommy 'Hawk' Hill (28 episodes, 1989-1991)

Piper Laurie ... Catherine Martell / ... (27 episodes, 1989-1991)

Harry Goaz ... Deputy Andy Brennan (26 episodes, 1989-1991)

Eric DaRe ... Leo Johnson (24 episodes, 1989-1991)

Wendy Robie ... Nadine Hurley (22 episodes, 1989-1991)

Ray Wise ... Leland Palmer (18 episodes, 1989-1991)

Sheryl Lee ... Maddy Ferguson / ... (18 episodes, 1989-1991)

Russ Tamblyn ... Dr. Lawrence Jacoby (16 episodes, 1989-1991)

Don S. Davis ... Maj. Garland Briggs (16 episodes, 1989-1991)

Chris Mulkey ... Hank Jennings (13 episodes, 1990-1991)

Gary Hershberger ... Mike Nelson (13 episodes, 1989-1991)

Grace Zabriskie ... Sarah Palmer (13 episodes, 1989-1991)

Series Directed by
David Lynch (6 episodes, 1989-1991)
Lesli Linka Glatter (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Caleb Deschanel (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Duwayne Dunham (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tim Hunter (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Todd Holland (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tina Rathborne (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Writing credits
Mark Frost (30 episodes, 1989-1991)
David Lynch (30 episodes, 1989-1991)
Harley Peyton (14 episodes, 1990-1991)
Robert Engels (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
Barry Pullman (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tricia Brock (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Scott Frost (2 episodes, 1990-1991)

Series Produced by
Mark Frost .... executive producer (30 episodes, 1989-1991)
David Lynch .... executive producer (30 episodes, 1989-1991)
Gregg Fienberg .... supervising producer / producer (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Philip Carr Neel .... associate producer / co-producer (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tim Harbert .... coordinating producer (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Harley Peyton .... producer (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Robert D. Simon .... co-producer (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Robert Engels .... co-producer (16 episodes, 1990-1991)
John Wentworth .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1991)
Series Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti (30 episodes, 1989-1991)
Series Cinematography by
Frank Byers (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Film Editing by
Jonathan P. Shaw (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
Paul Trejo (9 episodes, 1990-1991)
Toni Morgan (8 episodes, 1990-1991)
Duwayne Dunham (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Casting by
Johanna Ray (30 episodes, 1989-1991)
Series Production Design by
Richard Hoover (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Art Direction by
Okowita (18 episodes, 1990)
Daniel Proett (9 episodes, 1991)
Series Set Decoration by
Kerry Oaksmith (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Brian Kasch (7 episodes, 1990)
Series Costume Design by
Sara Markowitz (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Makeup Department
Annette E. Fabrizi .... hair stylist (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Carla Rosetto Fabrizi .... makeup artist (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Linda Vallejo .... hair assistant / makeup assistant / ... (25 episodes, 1989-1991)

Andy Schoneberg .... age makeup artist: Kyle Maclachlan (unknown episodes)
Heba Thorisdottir .... assistant makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Gregg Fienberg .... production manager (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Robert D. Simon .... unit production manager (25 episodes, 1990-1991)
John Wentworth .... post-production supervisor (16 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tim Harbert .... production supervisor (7 episodes, 1990)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Deepak Nayar .... second assistant director / first assistant director (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Randy N. Barbee .... second second assistant director / second assistant director (21 episodes, 1990-1991)
Scott Cameron .... first assistant director (15 episodes, 1990-1991)
Christopher T. Gerrity .... second assistant director / first assistant director (12 episodes, 1990-1991)
Martha L. Mericka .... second second assistant director (10 episodes, 1991)
Carl Beyer .... third assistant director (7 episodes, 1990)
Robert D. Simon .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1990)
Series Art Department
Keith Cox .... construction coordinator (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Mike Malone .... on-set dresser (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
David E. Robinson .... lead painter / property master (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jula Bell .... art department coordinator (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Dort Clark .... carpenter (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jeffrey Moore .... property master (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Richard Robinson .... property assistant (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Stephen Gibson .... props (21 episodes, 1990-1991)
Michael Thurman .... set dresser (7 episodes, 1990)
Allan Johnson .... gang boss (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
Audrey Stanzler .... set dresser (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
C.P. 'Cass' Quitan .... property master (3 episodes, 1990)
Marc Fisichella .... set designer (2 episodes, 1990)

Jon Danniells .... lead man (unknown episodes)
Thomas C. James .... construction foreman (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (30 episodes, 1989-1991)
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer (30 episodes, 1989-1991)
Richard Taylor .... supervising sound editor (23 episodes, 1989-1991)
Don Summer .... sound mixer (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Pat McCormick .... sound editor (20 episodes, 1990-1991)
Richard F.W. Davis .... sound editor / sound effects editor (18 episodes, 1989-1991)
Thomas DeGorter .... sound editor (11 episodes, 1991)
Walter Gorey .... boom operator (7 episodes, 1990)
Walter Hoylman .... sound mixer (7 episodes, 1990)
Steve Sollars .... boom operator (7 episodes, 1990)
John A. Larsen .... supervising sound editor (6 episodes, 1990)
John Haeny .... sound editor / sound effects editor (4 episodes, 1990)
Michael L. DePatie .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1990)
Jim Fitzpatrick .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1990)

Tom Caton .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Christopher Harvengt .... sound designer / sound editor (unknown episodes)
Clive Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Robert E. McCarthy .... special effects coordinator / special effects foreman (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Visual Effects by
Mark F. Hill .... technical director (1 episode, 1990)
Raul Fernandez .... animation (1 episode, 1991)

Helena Packer .... digital compositor: Encore (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
A. Michael Lerner .... stunt player / stunt double / ... (4 episodes, 1990)
Jon H. Epstein .... utility stunts (3 episodes, 1991)
Birgit K. Schier .... stunts / utility stunts (2 episodes, 1990)
Hannah Kozak .... utility stunts (1 episode, 1991)

Roydon Clark .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Alessi .... grip (30 episodes, 1989-1991)
Chris Byers .... best boy (30 episodes, 1989-1991)
Michael K. Davis .... best boy electrician / lighting technician (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Robert Ferrara .... gaffer (28 episodes, 1990-1991)
Irv Katz .... key grip / gaffer (23 episodes, 1990-1991)
Bill Brao .... first assistant camera (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Rick Drapkin .... second assistant camera (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Lex DuPont .... camera operator (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jeffrey De La Rosa .... lighting technician (9 episodes, 1990)
Joe Kelly .... key grip (8 episodes, 1989-1990)
Beth Cotter .... second assistant camera (7 episodes, 1990)
Joseph Dunn .... electrician (7 episodes, 1990)
Rudy M. Fenenga Jr. .... first assistant camera (7 episodes, 1990)
Jerry L. Mandley .... lighting technician (5 episodes, 1991)
Cynthia Pusheck .... assistant camera (3 episodes, 1990)

Ron Bahara .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Elaine J. Huzzar .... casting associate / casting assistant (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Johanna Ray .... original casting (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurie Hudson .... costume supervisor (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Zoe Hale .... costumer (5 episodes, 1991)
Series Editorial Department
Deborah Gavlak .... assistant editor / assistant film editor (30 episodes, 1989-1991)
Chris Brown .... post-production associate / post-production assistant (27 episodes, 1990-1991)
Drew Marsh .... telecine colorist (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Bob Allen .... apprentice film editor (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Elizabeth Fox .... post-production coordinator (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Bambi Sickafoose .... apprentice film editor (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Ken Blackwell .... assistant film editor / assistant editor / ... (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
Alexis Seymour .... assistant film editor / first assistant editor (9 episodes, 1990-1991)
Terilyn A. Shropshire .... assistant film editor (7 episodes, 1990-1991)
Alison M. Howard .... apprentice editor (5 episodes, 1990)
Brian Berdan .... assistant editor / associate editor (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Robert Fong .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jenny Hicks .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1990)
John Refoua .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1990)
Pamela Reisenleiter .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1990)
John Wentworth .... post-production coordinator (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Music Department
Angelo Badalamenti .... conductor / orchestrations (30 episodes, 1989-1991)
Lori L. Eschler .... music editor (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Kinny Landrum .... synthesizer (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Rickio Woods .... assistant music editor (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Haydn Bendall .... music recording engineer (7 episodes, 1990)
Alexis Seymour .... assistant music editor (3 episodes, 1990)
Series Transportation Department
Steve Boyd .... transportation coordinator (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Greg Van Dyke .... transportation captain (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Other crew
Nowell Grossman .... production controller / production accountant (30 episodes, 1989-1991)
Joe Montrone .... supervising coordinator / production coordinator / ... (30 episodes, 1989-1991)
Debby Trutnik .... assistant: David Lynch (30 episodes, 1989-1991)
Lori Tulli-Mitchell .... assistant to writers / production secretary (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Paula K. Shimatsu-u .... unit publicist / assistant: Mark Frost (27 episodes, 1989-1991)
Sabrina S. Sutherland .... production coordinator (23 episodes, 1989-1991)
Desdemona Bandini .... production assistant (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Emily Fincher .... assistant: Gregg Fienberg (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Barry Gremillion .... location liaison (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Lauren McAuliffe .... production secretary (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
John Sclimenti .... production assistant (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Kim L. Wilson .... assistant: Mark Frost (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Connie Dolph .... production accountant (15 episodes, 1990-1991)
Cori Glazer .... script supervisor (11 episodes, 1990-1991)
Elizabeth Porter .... script supervisor (9 episodes, 1991)
Jennifer Goldsmith .... assistant accountant (8 episodes, 1989-1990)
Cara Mia Harris .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1989-1990)
Suzanne Hargrove .... assistant: Gregg Fienberg (7 episodes, 1990)
Steve Share .... location manager (7 episodes, 1990)
Robb Hastigan .... production accountant (7 episodes, 1991)
Robert Engels .... executive story editor (6 episodes, 1990)
Jane Goldsmith .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1990)
Craig MacLachlan .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1990)
Judi Townsend .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1990)
Gaye Pope .... publicist (3 episodes, 1991)
Mary Sweeney .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1990)

Jay Shapiro .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
D. Gunther Tarampi .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
Kevin Young Jr. .... dedicated to the memory of (1 episode, 1990)

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47 min (29 episodes)
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Miguel Ferrer's father, José Ferrer, worked with David Lynch in Dune (1984).See more »
FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole:Cooper, you remind me today of a small Mexican chi-wow-wow.See more »
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Referenced in Permanent Midnight (1998)See more »


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30 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Network television at its absolute best, 13 June 2007
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy

Nowadays it is commonly accepted that American television is becoming better than movies, with edgier stories and more complex characters, both in mainstream (CSI, 24, Lost) and cable shows (The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Deadwood). Twenty years ago, on the other hand, such a thing was unthinkable, at least until Twin Peaks aired.

Created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, the series takes its name from a small American town where a grisly murder has been committed. The victim is local beauty Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), a girl who seemed to have a perfectly normal life, only it turns out that's not the case: she had a lot of secrets, and in one of them lies the key to finding her killer. That assignment is given to Special FBI Agent Dale Cooper (Lynch regular Kyle MacLachlan), who quickly earns the trust and friendship of Sheriff Truman (Michael Ontkean) and the rest of Twin Peaks'inhabitants thanks to his extraordinary deductive methods and fascination for the calm and peace around him. And he is going to need all the help he can get, as Laura's murder is just one of the many odd things causing trouble in the heavenly surroundings: there's Benjamin Horne (Richard Beymer) and his dangerous connection with a casino/brothel known as One-Eyed Jack's; there's his daughter Audrey (Sherilyn Fenn), whose interest in Agent Cooper might put her in a worse situation than she thinks; there's the dispute over the Packard sawmill between Catherine Martell (Piper Laurie) and Josie Packard (Joan Chen); and there are the bizarre creatures who populate Cooper's dreams, people like The Man From Another Place (a backwards-talking dwarf, played by Michael J. Anderson) or the terrifying Bob (Frank Silva), suggesting that most of the events in Twin Peaks may not have a rational explanation.

Back in 1990, a series like this had never been done before, so its success was a little unexpected (sadly, ratings dropped during the second season, leading to the show's premature cancellation). Now it can be seen as an anticipation of that great TV creation that is HBO: the dead interacting with the living (Six Feet Under), ambiguous characters and even more ambiguous relationships between them (Deadwood), a consistent balance between moving and funny, beautiful and shocking (The Sopranos), the seeds of all those elements can be found in Twin Peaks, a show that didn't hesitate when it came to playing with the format or crossing the line in terms of mature content (death, drug abuse, rape) or on-screen violence (the ending of Episode 8, where one of the villains is shown at the peak of his abilities, is still one of the most audacious scenes ever shown on mainstream television). More than any other series, it represents the seamless merger of big and small screen, a fact that is underlined by Lynch's decision to further explore the story in a feature film after the last episode had aired. Fans of the visionary filmmaker will find plenty of his recurring themes, some a direct reference to his previous works (the ugliness lying underneath the apparent perfection, as seen in Blue Velvet), others a hint of things to come (the duality of Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive, here embodied by Lee, who plays both the deceased Laura and her cousin).

As always with the Eraserhead director, the acting is exceptional: MacLachlan and Lee are the standouts, the former playing his best role to date, a cunning combination of palpable vulnerability and impeccable wit, the latter shining with a double performance that should have been the beginning of a great career (alas, apart from a minor role in John Carpenter's Vampires, she hasn't done much since). The supporting cast (Ontkean, Laurie, Lara Flynn Boyle and Ray Wise in particular) adds depth and emotion, making some episodes the most affecting ever seen on a TV screen. As for the guest stars, not all of them are well known, but every single one brings something special to the series: the most notable cameos include a then unknown Heather Graham, a pre-X-Files David Duchovny (a quite funny and ironic contrast to Fox Mulder) and Lynch himself as a half-deaf FBI Regional Chief (one of the show's best characters).

Those interested in American TV simply have to give Twin Peaks a look: it might be too weird or unsettling for some (but then again, that's always the case with Lynch's work), but it remains a landmark in contemporary television, and played a vital role in making the US small screen what it is today.

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