Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
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Episode #1.3 

Dale demonstrates odd deductive techniques for the sheriff's department; Benjamin and his brother take a trip; and Donna and James plan to solve Laura's murder.


David Lynch


Mark Frost (created by), David Lynch (created by) | 2 more credits »

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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


Dale demonstrates odd deductive techniques for the sheriff's department; Benjamin and his brother take a trip; and Donna and James plan to solve Laura's murder.

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Release Date:

19 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura Hills, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The opening shot of the Horne family silently eating dinner lasts for a full 60 seconds. See more »


In the rock-throwing scene, the letters "R" and "T" go from uncircled to circled between shots. See more »


Albert Rosenfield: What the hell kind of two-bit operation they running out of this treehouse, Cooper?
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Crazy Credits

Instead of the show's usual closing credits still shot of a photograph of Laura Palmer, the closing credits of this episode features footage of the Man from Another Place dancing. See more »


References The Shining (1980) See more »


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by Jerry Gray and Carl Sigman
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The one that hooked me
11 March 2017 | by Guy2026See all my reviews

When I am introducing a newbie to Twin Peaks, I always insist that they commit to watching the first three episodes, because as good as the first two are, they never reach the same surreal heights as this episode. I refer not only to the episode's iconic final scene, but also to the sandwich scene and Tibet scene. Plus, the episode ends on a cliffhanger that's sure to get them to watch more. It certainly had me hooked!

Not only does the episode have three of the show's most famous and surreal scenes, but it also introduces a couple of major characters, including Benjamin Horne's brother Jerry and FBI Agent Albert Rosenfeld. Jerry's loose demeanour helps illuminate another side of Benjamin's character, and Albert's impatience and sarcasm towards local law enforcement is a nice source of conflict.

In case the sandwich scene and the Tibetan rock throwing scene didn't make the viewer aware that the episode was directed by David Lynch, the dream sequence at the end should make it crystal clear. It's the first time that mainstream audiences were exposed to David Lynch firing on all cylinders. It was probably many people's first impression of intensely surreal film-making. This has made it (rightfully) the show's most famous and iconic scene. It's the moment that hooked me. Aside from the final episode of season two and the episode in which the killer is revealed, this one is definitely my all-time favourite.

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