Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
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Episode #2.20 

As romance blooms for Cooper and Annie, strange ominous things start to occur all over town. Earle kidnaps Major Briggs to find the way to the Black Lodge. Donna finds her birth certificate. Audrey's crush, John Justice Wheeler, is leaving town.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)
Bobby Briggs
Donna Hayward
Norma Jennings (credit only)
James Hurley (credit only)
Big Ed Hurley (credit only)
Lucy Moran
Jocelyn Packard (credit only)
Catherine Martell


Cooper and Truman try to figure out Windom Earle's next move following the discovery of the heavy metal youth's body in a large chess pawn. Meanwhile, Wheeler searches for Audrey before he has to leave town for Brazil, while Audrey tries to do the same and asks Pete for help who's still mourning the loss of Josie. Catherine shows Andrew Packard the puzzle box, who manages to get it open to reveal a small silver box. Lucy also decides to enter the Miss Twin Peaks Beauty Pagent tells Andy that she will choose who the father of her unborn baby will be. Cooper also contacts Donna, Shelly, and Audrey where he confides about Windom Earle and warns them to be careful. But incredibly, the lovesick Cooper does not think about warning Annie who also decides to enter the Twin Peaks beauty pageant. Lana continues her plans to fix the beauty pageant in her favor. Also, Major Briggs is abducted by Earle and Leo where they interrogate him for information to what the Owl Cave markings mean, and learn... Written by matt-282

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18 April 1991 (USA)  »

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Agent Cooper, Pete Martel, and an anonymous woman's right hand all develop a slight tremor for a few seconds in at least one scene with no explanation given for the reason. See more »


Special Agent Dale Cooper: Gentlemen, when when Windom Earle arrived in Twin Peaks I assumed he had come for vengeance, for me, but I miscalculated. He has insinuated himself into the lives of people I care for. He has murdered innocents. He has engaged us in subterfuge and red herring, a fish I don't particularly care for. All of these acts are merely camouflage. He's been after something else all along: the Black Lodge.
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Windom Earle finds the location of the Black Lodge
13 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

With the latest killing Cooper realises that Windom Earle is no longer playing by the rules; he also learns that he isn't only in Twin Peaks to get revenge on his former partner. Major Briggs supplies information about Earle's time at Project Blue Book and it is clear that he is obsessed with finding the Black Lodge. As Earle still has the Sheriff's office bugged he learns about the Major's involvement and sets about kidnapping him so he can interrogate him about the meaning of the petroglyphs in Own Cave. Cooper meanwhile warns Donna, Audrey and Shelly about Earle. Later on he sees Annie again; clearly they are now in love; she talks of entering the Miss Twin Peaks competition and suddenly the Giant appears to Cooper; vigorously gesturing to him in a way that suggests 'No!'

The tension continued to rise in this episode as Earle figures out the meaning of the petroglyphs... even if it is a bit of a coincidence that he is listening to the bug every time Cooper and the others discuss vital information in the Sheriff's office; of course this sort of thing happens because the plot demands that it does. There were some darkly comic laughs to be had when Leo gets his hands on the control to his shock collar but doesn't realise that he will be the one shocked when he presses it... several times! The biggest surprise of the episode came from Audrey Horne when she went to say goodbye to John Justice Wheeler... so much for her being the bad girl of the town! As the episode concludes we see a familiar person in the woods; a clear harbinger of dangers to come!

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