Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
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Episode #2.18 

Truman is shaken out of his stupor by a bizarre attempt on his life. Shelly has a miraculous effect on Gordon Cole. Cooper and the officers explore the mystical Owl Cave. Donna learns of her mother and Ben Horne's secret history.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Special Agent Dale Cooper
... Sheriff Harry S. Truman
... Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)
... Bobby Briggs (credit only)
... Benjamin Horne
... Donna Hayward
... Audrey Horne
... Dr. Will Hayward
... Norma Jennings (credit only)
... James Hurley (voice)
... Big Ed Hurley (credit only)
... Pete Martell (credit only)
... Lucy Moran
... Jocelyn Packard
... 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 and 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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cave | owl | symbol | petroglyph | diner | See All (66) »


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Release Date:

4 April 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final appearances by James Marshall(James), even if it's just voice-over work, and Joan Chen(Jocelyn Packard). However, Marshall returned in Twin Peaks (2017). See more »


When Annie brings coffee to Dale and Harry, Dale's cup is facing down to the plate. The shot goes back to Annie and then back to Dale when she pours the Coffee and the cup is facing up. Dale couldn't have turned it over as his hands are still at the exact same position. See more »


Dale Cooper: Gordon, there's some curious linkages here.
FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole: The word linkage reminds me of sausage. Never cared much for the links, preferred the patties, but breakfast is a real good idea.
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Referenced in Silent Hill: Origins (2007) See more »


Twin Peaks Theme
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Cryptic or Jumbled?
19 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

I enjoy many elements of David Lynch's work from the cinematography to the soundtracks and unique characters. Twin Peaks has all those elements except it's not focused enough to transcend its components. Lynch goes from light hearted humor to investigating dark enchanted caves. This is very enthralling on the first viewing but it doesn't compel the viewer to revisit the episode. Also the acting is incredibly poor at times. A decent viewing experience.

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