Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
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Episode #2.3 

Cooper and Truman discover an unexpected twist in the trail of Laura Palmer's murderer.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)
Bobby Briggs (credit only)
Norma Jennings (credit only)
Pete Martell (credit only)
Jocelyn Packard (credit only)


Cooper and Agent Rosenfeld are alerted when an attempt is made on Ronnette Pulaski's life at the hospital. Meanwhile, Donna meets with the reclusive Harold Smith, a orchid cultivator, whom she asks about Laura. At the One-Eyed Jacks, Audrey is held prisoner by Blackie and Emory whom are under the employment of Jean Renault who plans to extract a ransom from Benjamin Horne, as well as kill Cooper whom he blames for the deaths of his brothers Bernard and Jacques. Leland comes to the police station after seeing the police sketch of Killer Bob claiming to have known the mysterious man from his childhood. Elsewhere, Lucy meets with the suave and vain Dick Tremayne where she confides that she's pregnant from a brief fling they had and the baby may be his. The mysterious Asian man staying at the Great Northern Hotel continues to follow Cooper around. Philip Michael Gerard, the one-armed man, has a seizure after seeing the sketch of Killer Bob, and emerges as his alter ego, 'Mike'. At the ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

13 October 1990 (USA)  »

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Advances the plot and introduces several major characters.
21 March 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

While this episode is not particularly remarkable, it is very important. Harold Smith, Dick Tremayne, and Jean Renault all appear for the first time, and several important advancements to the plot occur.

As the series progresses, Dick becomes bland and overused. However, there is the spark of something interesting at this early stage. He's just quirky enough to work in this episode, even if he doesn't always later.

Harold, meanwhile, has all the makings of a serial killer. But even as creepy as Lenny Von Dohlen plays him, he's nowhere near as intimidating as the also newly introduced Jean Renault. Jean is by the far the scariest (and only) Québécois villain I have ever seen.

Albert, Leland, Nadine, and Jacoby also all have great and/or important scenes in the episode. Albert in particular, as his character reaches a turning point. All in all, the episode comes off as solidly average, but it is in fact crucial to the development of the series.

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