Twin Peaks: Season 1, Episode 4

Episode #1.4 (26 Apr. 1990)

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The people of Twin Peaks gather for Laura Palmers funeral. Agent Cooper interprets his dream about the killer. Truman reveals to Cooper the secret of the Bookhouse Boys.



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Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)


The people of Twin Peaks gather for Laura Palmers funeral. Agent Cooper interprets his dream about the killer. Truman reveals to Cooper the secret of the Bookhouse Boys.

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In the funeral scene, Major Briggs' cap badge is worn only by enlisted US Air Force personnel, as an officer he should have a different cap badge (larger eagle device instead of a smaller one enclosed in a circle). See more »


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.
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A disastrous funeral
2 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The day after his mysterious dream Agent Cooper recounts it to the local police until they are interrupted because a fight has broken out at the morgue; FBI forensic scientist Albert Rosenfield is refusing to release Laura's body for burial until he has completed his examination; he believes the local coroner is incompetent and has no problems saying so. Cooper manages to defuse the situation gaining Rosenfield some more time without delaying the funeral. It might have been better had it been delayed as things got rather emotional when Bobby Briggs steps forward to call everybody hypocrites then threatens to kill James Hurley... that is only the start of it; Leland Palmer, Laura's father, throws himself on top of the coffin which proceeds to go up and down as the mechanism for lowering it into the grave malfunctions. Later on Cooper is told of a second, unofficial law enforcement agency in Twin Peaks; The Bookhouse Boys; they work to combat the evil that resides in the woods around the town.

This episode was not weird in the way the previous one was but it was certainly strange in a more normal way... if that makes sense. Laura's funeral and Leland's behaviour both during and after the service was bizarre; perhaps it was just the grief of a father who had lost his daughter; perhaps it was something else; only time will tell. We didn't really learn anything more about Laura's killer although I'm sure the clues Rosenfield uncovered will be relevant later. We do though learn more about the inhabitants of the town; such as the fact that Norma Jenning's husband is about to be released from prison and that Catherine Martell has been keeping a second account book for the sawmill; whether or not these facts are relevant remains to be seen but it all adds to the feeling that there is a lot wrong in the town of Twin Peaks.

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