Twin Peaks: Season 2, Episode 8

Episode #2.8 (17 Nov. 1990)

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With Ben Horne in jail for Laura Palmer's murder, Jerry tries to arrange a defense for him. Cooper doubts Ben's guilt, but Truman thinks otherwise. Pete later visits Ben with a taunting ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)
Big Ed Hurley (credit only)
Jocelyn Packard (credit only)


With Ben Horne in jail for Laura Palmer's murder, Jerry tries to arrange a defense for him. Cooper doubts Ben's guilt, but Truman thinks otherwise. Pete later visits Ben with a taunting audio message from Catherine saying that she only will back up his alibi if he surrenders all his property over to her. Elsewhere, the real killer, Leland (under the direction of Bob) stuffs the dead Maddie Ferguson in his golf bag and goes for a joyride, and leaving evidence to implicate Ben. Meanwhile, Norma's estranged mother Vivian Symthe, arrives for a visit with her new husband Ernie Niles, while Hank reappears after being gone for several days and reveals to have known Ernie from time in prison. Lucy arrives back in Twin Peaks with her visiting, equally simpleton older sister, Gwen Morton, where Andy tells Lucy he wants to get back together with her. Also, the one-armed man attempts to escape from police custody with a warning that Bob is nearby. Written by Anonymous

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When Harry and Coop turn around to pull over Leland on the highway, a palm tree can be seen behind them, although the show is supposed to take place in northeast Washington state. See more »


Jerry Horne: [to Ben Horne] As your lawyer, your brother, and your friend, I highly recommend that you get a better lawyer.
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The Surrey with the Fringe on Top
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Vocal by Ray Wise
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Leland remains free... Ben doesn't
20 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After Maddy's murder at the end of the last episode it looked as though Leland would soon be behind bars however as this episode opens he is still free and explains to Donna and James that she headed home earlier in the day. This leaves Ben Horne as the prime suspect in Laura's murder and with his brother acting as his lawyer his chances of proving his innocence seems slim... after all as far as he knows his alibi is dead. He later learns that Catherine Martell isn't dead when her husband comes in with an offer to help... for a very large price. Away from the case Norma's mother turns up with her new husband; a man who would rather she didn't know he'd been to prison; no doubt Hank's silence will have a price.

While not as exciting as the previous episode this was still quality entertainment; Ray Wise does a great job as the increasingly mad Leland Palmer; his dancing in the Great Northern is just surreal. It was a pleasant surprise that his character remains free to keep that storyline going a bit longer. As always there was plenty of humour; the highlights being when Cooper listed all the reasons why Jerry Horne wasn't the sort of lawyer you'd want representing you and the arrival in town of Lucy's sister Gwen who acts just like her.

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