Twin Peaks: Season 2, Episode 18

Episode #2.18 (4 Apr. 1991)

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Cooper and the officers look into Windom Earle's past, and Donna observes a suspicious encounter between her mother and Ben Horne.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)
Bobby Briggs (credit only)
Norma Jennings (credit only)
James Hurley (voice)
Big Ed Hurley (credit only)
Pete Martell (credit only)
Catherine Martell (credit only)


Truman survives the attempt on his life by Ms. Jones, and returns to his job. Gordon Cole returns to Twin Peaks to reinstate Cooper into the FBI and to bring the classified file on Windom Earle, who is now eavesdropping on the police station with a hidden microphone in a bonsai plant. When Cole flirts with Shelly at the Double R Diner, her seductive appearance somehow makes him hear her voice. Enlightened that he can hear (at least her voice) Cole asks Shelly out on a date. Shelly is somewhat embarrassed, but flattered at the attention, accepts. Audrey continues pursuing Wheeler, but is thwarted by her father who sends her to Seattle on business. Donna enlists Audrey's help in investigating Donna's mother who may have a past connection with Ben Horne. Windom Earle continues stalking Cooper as well as making contact (in disguise) with Audrey, Shelly, and Donna. When Annie sees the symbols that Cooper drew from descriptions from Major Briggs and the Log Lady, and tells them they look ... Written by Anonymous

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The playing cards Leo picks from Windom Earle's hand display the faces of [from camera-view right to left] Donna en of clubs], Audrey en of diamonds] and Shelly en of spades] . When Windom Earle has Leo picking the king [Agent Cooper], the 2 outside queens, Donna and Shelly, have swapped places with Donna on the left and Shelly on the right. Already in the next shot of the cards they have resumed their original order. See more »


Benjamin Horne: I am filled to the brim with the feeling of goodness. Like a Christmas tree, all lit up inside. But at the end of the day, when I look in the mirror, I have to face the fact that I really don't know how to be good.
John Justice Wheeler: You're off to a pretty fair start.
Benjamin Horne: How do you do it, John? What's the secret? You really think that I could learn to be good?
John Justice Wheeler: I don't see why not. Just keep your eye on your heart, and always tell the truth.
Benjamin Horne: Always tell the truth.
John Justice Wheeler: Tell the hardest truth first, though.
Benjamin Horne: Oh, always tell...
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After a violent opening where Sheriff Truman must fight off an attack from Thomas Eckhardt's assistant Miss Jones the episode turns out to be surprisingly light in tone. Recovering from his hangover the sheriff is given a couple of suggestions on how to cure it; one from Cooper and one from the recently returned Bureau Chief Gordon Cole... both of their suggestions leave him rushing to be sick! Cole also provides some laughs as he almost deafens Windom Earle when he unknowingly shouts into a bug Earle has hidden in the Sheriff's office and later when he discovers that there is one person who he can hear even when she doesn't shout. Romance is in the air for Agent Cooper who is clearly falling for Norma's sister Annie and Audrey is getting closer to her father's friend John Justice Wheeler. A doodle drawn by Cooper later leads the Sheriff's department to go potholing in the local Owl Cave; here Andy makes a startling discovery but it looks as if Windom Earle might be the one to discover its significance.

While lighter in tone this was still an enjoyable episode; it was good to see David Lynch return as Gordon Cole; his constant shouting could so easily be annoying yet somehow it remains amusing and mildly endearing. Heather Graham's performance as Annie continues to impress; it is just a pity that she didn't arrive in Twin Peaks until the series was nearly over. As Windom Earle continues to ponder who his next victim will be that story remains interesting even if it only progressed slightly in this episode. It does look as if the mystery of what happened to Major Briggs and the Log Lady in the woods might be getting closer to being solved with the discovery in the cave; although it is too soon to be sure as the end credits rolled just as Earle discovered something; a something that wasn't shown us yet.

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