Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
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Episode #2.6 

Cooper's near-deaf FBI supervisor Gordon Cole arrives with an ominous message from Windom Earle. Cooper contacts Mike through the possessed Phillip Gerard. Josie is pressured. Shelly and Bobby host a welcome home party for Leo.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)
Donna Hayward
Dr. Will Hayward (credit only)
Norma Jennings (credit only)
Big Ed Hurley
Pete Martell
Lucy Moran (credit only)
Leland Palmer


James and Donna reaffirm their love after he saves her and Maddy from Harold Smith's angry attack, but are forced to leave Laura's secret diary behind. Cooper informs Ben of his rescue of Audrey from One-Eyed Jacks, and Truman identifies Jean Renault as the mastermind behind the whole thing. Later, Gordon Cole, Cooper's boss, arrives in Twin Peaks to assist Cooper's investigation and to help find the mysterious one-armed man who holds a clue to the identify of Laura Palmer's killer. Cole also delivers a chess moves message from the fugitive Windom Earle. Meanwhile, Bobby and Shelly bring the catatonic Leo home from the hospital to care for him, but they are disappointed of the low amount of insurance money they get. Big Ed continues to deal with the crazy Nadine and her super-human powers, while Jonathan threatens Josie that he will kill Sheriff Truman if she refuses to return to Hong Kong with him. Josie then demands the insurance money for the sawmill from Ben who gives her Mr. ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

3 November 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Leland sings "Getting to Know You" from The King & I. See more »


"Blood" is visible on Harold Smith's hand rake before he drags it down his cheek. See more »


Dale Cooper: What does Bob want?
"Mike" The One-Armed Man: He is Bob, eager for fun. When he wears a smile, everybody run!
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References The King and I (1956) See more »


Twin Peaks Theme (Instrumental)
Written by Angelo Badalamenti
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comedy, surrealism, and horror intertwine in another great episode
14 October 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like any episode of the original "Peaks" series, this one has its overly melodramatic moments that can sometimes be laughable (which is sometimes intentional, sometimes unintentional), but most of the laughs here are genuine. David Lynch himself guest stars as the near deaf Gordon Cole who is definitely one of the best and funniest characters from the show despite his limited amount of screen time in this season (luckily, he became a huge part of season 3). Lynch's performance is as hilarious and strange as one could ever wish for, and he's constantly shouting quotable lines while also moving the plot along.

Other moments delve into more horrific and mysterious territory, particularly the encounter with Philip Gerard who, when unable to use his medication, reveals that he is no more than a host to the spirit of Mike, who was previously seen in Agent Cooper's dream. The sequence is surreal and creepy, and Al Strobel's performance is as frightening and powerful as can be. His booming voice and starkly serious facial expressions add heavy layers to his enigmatic, spiritual, and eerie overall character. More surrealistic moments can be found in a disabled Leo's welcome home "party", mildly absurdist dialogue about musicals delivered hilariously by Jack Nance, etc. Much of the surrealism comes from slight details in behavior or setting that make the entirety of some sequences feel gloriously "off", adding on to the show's knack for comical absurdity and mysterious horror.

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