Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
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Episode #1.8 

Ben Horne's plans are finally realized, with unforeseen consequences.


Mark Frost


Mark Frost (created by), David Lynch (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle MacLachlan ... Special Agent Dale Cooper
Michael Ontkean ... Sheriff Harry S. Truman
Mädchen Amick ... Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)
Dana Ashbrook ... Bobby Briggs
Richard Beymer ... Benjamin Horne
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Donna Hayward
Sherilyn Fenn ... Audrey Horne
Warren Frost ... Dr. Will Hayward
Peggy Lipton ... Norma Jennings
James Marshall ... James Hurley
Everett McGill ... Big Ed Hurley
Jack Nance ... Pete Martell
Ray Wise ... Leland Palmer
Joan Chen ... Jocelyn Packard
Piper Laurie ... Catherine Martell


In the cliff-hanging season finale, James and Donna search Dr. Jacoby's office and find the cassette recording of Laura Palmer and the half-heart necklace. At the same time, Dr. Jacoby is attacked by a masked assailant while watching the disguised Maddy Ferguson. At the One-Eyed Jacks, the undercover that Cooper sets up Jacques Renault for in a meeting where Renault gets arrested and shot by Andy trying to escape. Audrey is set up by Blackie to prepare herself for the owner who likes the "new merchandise" unaware that it's her father who's nearby with Jerry celebrating after the Icelandic businessmen sign the papers for Ghostwood Developments. Back in Twin Peaks, Nadine attempts suicide by swallowing a whole bottle of sleeping pills. Bobby begins his final plan of revenge against James by planting cocaine in James's motorcycle and anonymously tips off the police to arrest James. The violent and misogynistic Leo returns to takes his revenge against Shelly by taking her to the sawmill ...

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Release Date:

23 May 1990 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Stereo


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Did You Know?


The identity of the person who attacked Jacoby is never explicitly revealed but, according to Mark Frost's DVD commentary, it was the same person that killed Laura Palmer. See more »


When Agent Cooper is talking to Jacques at the One Eyed Jacks, Jacques finishes at least one of the two beers he has, yet when he gets up to leave the table both glasses are almost full again. See more »


[of Jacques Renault]
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: Do you believe him?
Special Agent Dale Cooper: He's too stupid to lie.
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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »


Twin Peaks Theme (Instrumental)
Written by Angelo Badalamenti
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Crams as many cliffhangers as humanly possible into 45 minutes.

Mark Frost has said that he stuffed the Twin Peaks first season finale with as many cliffhangers as he could, both as a send-up of the nighttime soaps that Twin Peaks parodies/emulates, and as a ploy to get renewed for a second season. Thanks to all the setup in the episodes prior, he manages to make nearly every single scene in this episode a climax, a cliffhanger, or both. It is the epitome of a finale episode. Incidentally, it's also the only episode that Frost directed himself.

One thing that surprised me upon re-watching this episode, however, is the amount of closure it provides. While the fates of the characters are left in the balance, the episode actually closes out many of their character arcs. Andy finally mans up, Nadine deals with the loss of her drape runners, and much more. In fact, the episode perhaps does too good of a job with some of them, as season 2 doesn't really know exactly what to do about them. Andy and Nadine are both prime examples of this too.

In summary, episode 8 (or 7 as some say) closes out a short, strong season with a jam- packed cliffhanger-riddled punch, and stands the test of time as one of the series' best.

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