List of Twin Peaks episodes
Twin Peaks, an American serial drama television series created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, premiered on April 8, 1990, on the ABC Network in the United States and ended on June 10, 1991. The show spans 30 episodes over two seasons. The original pilot and season 2 premiere are 90 minutes long, while all the other episodes are approximately 45 minutes long. ABC canceled the series due to declining ratings in the second season.
Both seasons of Twin Peaks were released on DVD in the U.S. in 2001 and 2007, respectively. A complete series DVD box set, titled "The Definitive Gold Box Edition", with additional features was released on October 30, 2007. The complete series (including the film) was released on Blu-ray with even further material on July 29, 2014.
Twin Peaks follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, who is sent to the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Washington to investigate the murder of popular and respected high school student, Laura Palmer. A feature-length prequel film, titled Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, was released on August 28, 1992, which depicts the events leading up to Laura's death.
The regular cast includes Kyle MacLachlan as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, Michael Ontkean as Sheriff Harry S. Truman, Mädchen Amick as Shelly Johnson, Dana Ashbrook as Bobby Briggs, Richard Beymer as Benjamin Horne, Lara Flynn Boyle as Donna Hayward, Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne, Warren Frost as Dr. Will Hayward, Peggy Lipton as Norma Jennings, James Marshall as James Hurley, Everett McGill as Big Ed Hurley, Jack Nance as Pete Martell, Kimmy Robertson as Lucy Moran, Ray Wise as Leland Palmer, Joan Chen as Josie Packard, and Piper Laurie as Catherine Martell.
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||8||April 8, 1990||May 23, 1990||ABC|
|2||22||September 30, 1990||June 10, 1991|
|Fire Walk with Me||August 28, 1992||N/A|
|The Return||18||May 21, 2017||September 3, 2017||Showtime|
Season 1 (1990)
The first season of Twin Peaks began airing during the 1989–90 United States network television schedule on April 8, 1990. It consists of eight episodes. The pilot opens with the discovery of the plastic-wrapped body of popular high school student Laura Palmer, an event which moves residents of the small town of Twin Peaks, Washington. Sheriff Harry S. Truman investigates Palmer's murder in conjunction with Dale Cooper, an eccentric FBI agent. As Cooper settles into his life in Twin Peaks, he meets the town's residents, who each prove bizarre and quirky in their respective ways. As the series progresses, the seemingly normal appearance of the town begins to fade, revealing various secrets that expose Twin Peaks as the disturbed, unsettling town that it is.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||US viewers|
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||April 8, 1990||34.6|
|In the feature-length pilot episode, the small town of Twin Peaks, Washington, is shaken up when the body of high school student Laura Palmer is discovered near a riverbank, wrapped in plastic. FBI Agent Dale Cooper is called by local sheriff Harry Truman when Ronette Pulaski, a schoolmate of Laura, is found wandering on a bridge and then slips into a coma. Cooper sees a connection between Laura's death and the murder of another girl one year earlier. After finding a piece of paper under Laura's fingernail, similar to one he found in the fingernail of the girl who died earlier, Cooper suspects that the same killer might have struck again. Meanwhile, Sheriff Truman arrests Laura's boyfriend, Bobby Briggs, who is secretly having an affair with a married woman named Shelly Johnson. Afterwards, Laura's mother has a terrifying nightmare.|
"Traces to Nowhere"
|Duwayne Dunham||Mark Frost & David Lynch||April 12, 1990||23.2|
|Cooper's investigation into the murder of Laura Palmer continues, as her secret boyfriend James Hurley is interrogated, and it appears that both trucker Leo Johnson and Laura's psychiatrist Dr. Jacoby may have some connection to the crime. Laura's best friend Donna and Audrey Horne vow to solve the murder.|
"Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer"
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||April 19, 1990||19.2|
|Cooper tells Sheriff Truman and his deputies about a unique method of narrowing down the Laura Palmer murder suspects. Ben welcomes his returning brother Jerry with some bad news, and the two decide that a trip to One Eyed Jacks is needed. Cynical FBI agent Albert Rosenfield arrives in town. Josie discovers that Catherine is double-crossing her. That night, Cooper has a strange dream that elevates the murder investigation to a whole new level.|
"Rest in Pain"
|Tina Rathborne||Harley Peyton||April 26, 1990||16.7|
|Cooper tries to deduce the meaning behind his strange dream the night before. Later, at the funeral of Laura Palmer, emotions explode over her grave. Norma Jennings learns that her husband Hank is up for parole. Sheriff Truman reveals to Cooper the existence of the secret society known as the Bookhouse Boys, and the society's mission against the evil in the woods of Twin Peaks. Laura's cousin Maddy arrives in town.|
"The One-Armed Man"
|Tim Hunter||Robert Engels||May 3, 1990||17.4|
|Amazingly, both Cooper and Sheriff Truman manage to locate the one-armed man from Cooper's dream. Meanwhile, Josie Packard follows Ben and Catherine as the couple's conspiracy to destroy the Packard Saw Mill develops, and Josie then receives a strange message from soon-to-be-paroled Hank Jennings.|
|Lesli Linka Glatter||Mark Frost||May 10, 1990||17.3|
|Cooper, Truman, Deputy Hawk, and Doc Hayward venture into the woods for a revelatory encounter with the Log Lady and find the location of Jacques Renault's cabin. In the meantime, Audrey continues her efforts to assist Cooper by taking a job at her father's department store, while Donna and James Hurley pursue their own line of inquiry into Laura's death by taking Maddy into their confidence. Elsewhere, Leo's battered wife Shelly decides to get revenge.|
|Caleb Deschanel||Harley Peyton||May 17, 1990||15.6|
|Agent Cooper goes undercover at One Eyed Jacks along with 'Big' Ed Hurley to try to find his chief murder suspect, Jacques Renault. Unbeknownst to Cooper however, Audrey Horne too is undercover as a hostess. Meanwhile, Maddy, Donna and James engage in a scheme to fool Dr. Jacoby and steal a tape recorded by Laura prior to her death; and Bobby, still jealous about Laura having an affair, sets out to ruin James.|
"The Last Evening"
|Mark Frost||Mark Frost||May 23, 1990||18.7|
|Under the orders of Ben Horne, Leo embarks on a plan not only to burn the Packard Saw Mill but to eliminate Shelly, Catherine Martell and Bobby Briggs in one fell swoop. Things take a rather violent turn when Agent Cooper successfully lures Jacques Renault across the Canada–US border and his involvement in the death of Laura is revealed. When Laura's father Leland learns that the murder suspect is at the hospital, he goes there himself. Nadine attempts suicide. Cooper gets a nasty surprise on his return to his hotel room at the Great Northern Hotel.|
Season 2 (1990–91)
The second season premiered on September 30, 1990, during the 1990–91 United States network television schedule. It consisted of 22 episodes. Lynch directed the first two, as well as the season's seventh episode ("Lonely Souls"), where Laura Palmer's killer is revealed. He also directed the season finale. In February 1991, Robert A. Iger, president of ABC Entertainment, announced plans to put Twin Peaks on hiatus; By May, Iger said "it's unlikely that Twin Peaks will return".
The season continues Cooper's investigation of Laura Palmer's murder. He receives some clues from a mysterious "giant" that appears to him in a dream. A new murder leads to the discovery of Laura Palmer's killer. Later, Cooper is suspended by the FBI due to his participation in an unauthorized raid on the One Eyed Jacks casino. Cooper's former partner, Windom Earle, escapes from a psychiatric hospital and comes to the town for a confrontation with Cooper. As the town prepares for its "Miss Twin Peaks" contest, Cooper tries to uncover the secret of the Black Lodge with help from Sheriff Truman.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||US viewers|
"May the Giant Be with You"
|David Lynch||Story by : Mark Frost & David Lynch |
Teleplay by : Mark Frost
|September 30, 1990||19.1|
|As Cooper lies bleeding from a serious gunshot wound, he has a vision of a mysterious giant who helps him with the investigation. Albert Rosenfield arrives in Twin Peaks the next morning to assist Cooper and to investigate his attack. Meanwhile, Leland Palmer's hair has suddenly turned white and he continues to act in an unusual way. James remains in jail after being framed by Bobby, who plants Leo's stash of cocaine in James's motorcycle. Big Ed maintains a close watch on Nadine, who, after a suicide attempt, is left in a comatose state. Leo also remains in a coma after being shot by Hank. The sawmill burns down, leaving Catherine and Josie missing and Shelly and Pete in the hospital after barely escaping the fire. Donna, after receiving some advice from the Log Lady, looks into the Meals on Wheels that Laura worked at.|
|David Lynch||Harley Peyton||October 6, 1990||14.4|
|In the midst of the murder investigation and the aftermath of his shooting, Cooper receives the grim news that his insane former partner, Windom Earle, has escaped from a mental asylum. Meanwhile, Donna's first day as a Meals on Wheels volunteer leads to an eerie meeting with an old woman and her grandson. Audrey uncovers more about Laura's double life at One Eyed Jacks, while her investigation becomes increasingly dangerous.|
"The Man Behind the Glass"
|Lesli Linka Glatter||Robert Engels||October 13, 1990||13.7|
|Blackie holds Audrey hostage, and plots with Jean Renault; James and Madeleine become close, to Donna's dismay; Lucy lunches with Dick Tremayne; Dr. Jacoby undergoes hypnosis, leading to an arrest; and Nadine wakes from her coma a changed woman; Donna finds a diary of Laura's at Harold Smith's house.|
"Laura's Secret Diary"
|Todd Holland||Jerry Stahl and Mark Frost & Harley Peyton & Robert Engels||October 20, 1990||12.8|
|Cooper and Truman arrest Leland after he confesses to the crime of murdering Jacques Renault in the hospital. Hank asks Norma to tidy up the Double R Diner when he is informed that a shady food critic named M.T. Wentz may be visiting Twin Peaks. Meanwhile, Jean Renault shows a videotape of Audrey Horne being held captive to Ben, demanding a $125,000 ransom for her return, and Cooper to be the drop-off man. Upon returning to One-Eyed Jacks, Jean murders Emory Battis for mistreating Audrey. With help from Truman, Cooper prepares to investigate Audrey's kidnapping. Josie returns, claiming to have been in Seattle on business, learning from Pete that Catherine died in the sawmill fire. Later, a Japanese businessman, Mr. Tojamura, checks into the Great Northern Hotel.|
"The Orchid's Curse"
|Graeme Clifford||Barry Pullman||October 27, 1990||11.4|
|Cooper and Truman stage a raid on One Eyed Jacks; Leland's court hearing begins; Donna and Madeleine plot to steal Laura's secret diary from Harold Smith; Ben gets a business proposition from the mysterious Mr. Tojamura; and Shelly and Bobby reignite their relationship, even as the catatonic Leo lives under the same roof.|
|Lesli Linka Glatter||Harley Peyton & Robert Engels||November 3, 1990||11.3|
|Shelly and Bobby host a "welcome home" party for Leo; Cooper's boss, Gordon Cole warns Cooper of threats from the Windom Earle; Josie strikes a deal with Ben; the one-armed man reveals some information about BOB; and Leland returns to work.|
|David Lynch||Mark Frost||November 10, 1990||17.2|
|Ben is brought in for questioning after Audrey confronts him about One Eyed Jacks and passes the information to Cooper; Andy ponders the meaning of Harold Smith's suicide note; financial pressures strain Shelly and Bobby's brief happiness; Pete learns Tojamura's plans; Ed's life continues to bewilder, as amnesiac Nadine thinks herself a teenager; the Log Lady leads Cooper to the Roadhouse, and a devastating message; and Laura's killer is finally revealed.|
"Drive with a Dead Girl"
|Caleb Deschanel||Scott Frost||November 17, 1990||13.3|
|Jerry tries to arrange a defense for Ben, who is in jail for Laura's murder. Cooper is skeptical of Ben committing the crime, which Truman contradicts. Later, Pete visits Ben with an audio message from Catherine, who is willing to back up his alibi, on terms that he surrenders all of his property. Meanwhile, the real killer, Leland, under possession by Bob, stuffs the dead Maddie Ferguson in his golf bag, leaving more evidence to implicate Ben. Elsewhere, Norma's estranged mother Vivian Smythe, arrives for a visit with her new husband, while Hank reappears after several days. Lucy arrives back in Twin Peaks with her older sister, Gwen, where Lucy is approached by Andy who wants to get back together with her. Later, the one-armed man escapes from police custody, warning them that Bob is nearby.|
|Tim Hunter||Mark Frost & Harley Peyton & Robert Engels||December 1, 1990||12.4|
|From a piece of Laura's secret diary, Cooper discovers that he and Laura shared the same dream; Catherine tricks Ben into signing away the mill; Andy and Tremayne - the potential fathers of Lucy's baby - confront each other; James leaves town; and Laura's killer is unmasked.|
"Dispute Between Brothers"
|Tina Rathborne||Tricia Brock||December 8, 1990||11.1|
|Friends gather around Sarah, as Leland is laid to rest. Cooper says his goodbyes, but an unexpected turn of events keeps him in Twin Peaks. The publisher of the Twin Peaks Gazette argues with his brother, the Mayor; Renault recruits Hank and Ernie to frame Cooper; Nadine enrolls in high school; and Major Briggs, fishing with Cooper, has a strange encounter in the woods.|
|Duwayne Dunham||Barry Pullman||December 15, 1990||12.1|
|Cooper is investigated by the FBI and the DEA for his role in the raid on One Eyed Jacks; Nadine falls for teen Mike Nelson; James gets room and board for helping a beautiful blond; Hank confronts Ben; Tremayne becomes Big Brother to a terror; Catherine forces Josie to become her maid; Cooper's old friend Dennis Bryson arrives in town with a change of appearance; and Andrew Packard turns up alive.|
"The Black Widow"
|Caleb Deschanel||Harley Peyton & Robert Engels||January 12, 1991||10.3|
|Cooper finds cocaine at a deserted house that Renault uses; a mentally decaying Ben has Bobby tail Hank; Dougie Milford dies under unusual circumstances; super strong Nadine joins the wrestling team; and, even as Major Briggs returns, the investigation into his disappearance reveals a presence in the woods near Twin Peaks.|
|Todd Holland||Harley Peyton||January 19, 1991||9.8|
|Cooper is held hostage by Renault; Andy and Tremayne pry into Nicky's past; Ben slips into a fantasy life as a Civil War general; James succumbs to Evelyn, who has a deadly secret; Ed and Norma succumb to their decades-old passion; Hank confronts Big Ed; and Windom Earle leaves a gruesome scene at the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Station.|
|Uli Edel||Scott Frost||February 2, 1991||8.7|
|Cooper confides to Truman his past experiences with Windom Earle; Leo awakens from his coma and finds a new cause in life; Audrey strikes a business deal with Bobby, as they attempt to save Ben's sanity; when Evelyn's husband is killed, James realizes he has been set up; Thomas Eckhardt, who is Josie's former lover and the man who attempted to kill Andrew Packard, appears; Windom Earle is revealed.|
"Slaves and Masters"
|Diane Keaton||Harley Peyton & Robert Engels||February 9, 1991||8.2|
|Cooper finds some evidence about who shot him, and gets help from Pete, the town's resident chess master in matching wits with Windom Earle in the deadly chess game; Donna makes a desperate plea to save James, who is suspected in the Marsh murder; Shelly returns to work; Nadine breaks up with Ed in favor of Mike; and Catherine uses Josie to lure Eckhardt.|
"The Condemned Woman"
|Lesli Linka Glatter||Tricia Brock||February 16, 1991||7.8|
|Ed proposes marriage to Norma; James and Donna break up; Audrey is reunited with a handsome, wealthy admirer from her past; Windom Earle mails a poem to Audrey, Shelly and Donna; Hank is arrested for Leo's murder, but points a finger at someone else; and Josie is forced to meet with Eckhardt - an encounter that ends in tragedy.|
"Wounds and Scars"
|James Foley||Barry Pullman||March 28, 1991||9.2|
|Norma's sister Annie, a former nun returns to Twin Peaks and Cooper falls in love with her; Truman sinks into depression; Catherine is left a mysterious puzzle box by Eckhardt; plans get underway for the Miss Twin Peaks pageant; and Ben finds an ingenious way to stop Catherine's development - saving an endangered pine weasel.|
"On the Wings of Love"
|Duwayne Dunham||Harley Peyton & Robert Engels||April 4, 1991||9.2|
|Cooper and the Sheriff's Department go spelunking in Owl Cave; Truman awakens in the murderous embrace of a woman; Audrey and John Justice Wheeler start a relationship; Windom Earle insinuates himself into the lives of potential victims; Audrey and Donna see Mrs. Hayward meet with Ben.|
"Variations on Relations"
|Jonathan Sanger||Mark Frost & Harley Peyton||April 11, 1991||7.9|
|Cooper and Truman try to decipher the hieroglyph from Owl Cave; Pete and Catherine obsess over the puzzle box; Annie and Cooper bond; Gordon Cole falls for Shelly; Tremayne holds a wine tasting at the Great Northern Hotel; and Windom Earle makes his next move.|
"The Path to the Black Lodge"
|Stephen Gyllenhaal||Harley Peyton & Robert Engels||April 18, 1991||7.4|
|Windom Earle captures Major Briggs to interrogate him to how much he knows about the Owl Cave paintings; Cooper receives a message from the other side; Donna makes a discovery on her birth certificate; and Wheeler leaves town suddenly as Audrey looks for him to say goodbye.|
"Miss Twin Peaks"
|Tim Hunter||Barry Pullman||June 10, 1991||10.4|
|Thanks to Andy, Cooper and Truman decipher part of the secret of the Black Lodge. Cooper helps Annie prepare for the Miss Twin Peaks beauty contest. Major Briggs escapes from Earle with a little of Leo's help. Catherine continues her battle to open the black box. Ed breaks up with Nadine, as he and Norma decide to move ahead with their plans. Lucy chooses Andy to be the father of her baby. The Miss Twin Peaks contest goes from frivolity to terror when Windom Earle crashes the event disguised as the Log Lady.|
"Beyond Life and Death"
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & Harley Peyton & Robert Engels||June 10, 1991||10.4|
|Cooper must overcome his deepest fears as he tracks down Windom Earle, who has kidnapped Annie, and has taken her into the sinister realm of the Black Lodge. Meanwhile, Nadine awakens after being hit on the head during the "Miss Twin Peaks" pageant, and is devastated after seeing Big Ed with Norma. Dr. Hayward engages in a tussle with Ben Horne, knocking him into the fireplace mantle as revenge for interfering with his family's affairs. The next day, as Truman and Andy wait for Cooper to return from the Black Lodge, Audrey stages an act of civil disobedience at the Twin Peaks Savings & Loan. Andrew and Pete obtain the safety deposit box key and try to unlock Thomas Eckhardt's final box in the bank. The box contains a bomb left behind by Eckhart which explodes when opened... apparently killing Andrew and Pete. Major Briggs receives a message from Windom Earle, who conveys it through Sarah Palmer. Cooper embarks on a strange and fateful journey into the Black Lodge, which results in his ultimate downfall. Cooper bargains with Earle for Annie's life. BOB appears and takes Earle's soul. Cooper meets his own evil shadow self and his shadow self emerges from the Lodge with the soul of the doppelgänger inhabited by BOB.|
The Return (2017)
The third season is a limited series set 25 years after the events of the season two finale. All episodes were written by David Lynch and Mark Frost. The series was originally planned to have nine episodes, however, after re-negotiations between Lynch and Showtime, the episode order was doubled, with Lynch confirmed to direct all episodes. The new series premiered on May 21, 2017, and consists of 18 episodes identified only by number. Each episode (except the first, "Part 1" and the last, "Part 18") featured a different musical guest playing live at the Roadhouse as the end credits roll.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||US viewers|
"My Log Has a Message for You"
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||May 21, 2017||0.506|
"The Stars Turn and a Time Presents Itself"
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||May 21, 2017||0.506|
"Call for Help"
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||May 28, 2017[d]||0.195|
"...Brings Back Some Memories"
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||May 28, 2017[d]||0.195|
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||June 4, 2017||0.254|
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||June 11, 2017||0.270|
"There's a Body All Right"
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||June 18, 2017||0.294|
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||June 25, 2017||0.246|
"This Is the Chair"
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||July 9, 2017||0.355|
"Laura Is the One"
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||July 16, 2017||0.267|
"There's Fire Where You Are Going"
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||July 23, 2017||0.219|
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||July 30, 2017||0.240|
"What Story is That, Charlie?"
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||August 6, 2017||0.280|
"We Are Like the Dreamer"
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||August 13, 2017||0.253|
"There's Some Fear in Letting Go"
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||August 20, 2017||0.329|
"No Knock, No Doorbell"
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||August 27, 2017||0.267|
"The Past Dictates the Future"
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||September 3, 2017||0.254|
"What Is Your Name?"
|David Lynch||Mark Frost & David Lynch||September 3, 2017||0.240|
For the original series, creators David Lynch and Mark Frost assigned no episode titles, only episode numbers. When the series aired in Germany, titles were assigned, which were then translated to English. The episodes are untitled on the DVD sets, but the titled episodes appear on the official Twin Peaks CBS website and on Netflix when streaming the episodes. Episode 2, known as "Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer" is also known as "Zen and the Art of Killer-Catching". When episodes 29 and 30 aired in Germany, they were aired as a single broadcast, with only episode 30 being assigned a title. Fans then decided to title episode 29 "Miss Twin Peaks", which is how the episode is titled both on the CBS website and on Netflix. However, when episode 29 was re-run in 1996, it was assigned an alternate title which translated to "The Night of the Decision."
- The pilot was originally shown as a made-for-television film in Europe.
- Double-length episodes (approximately 90 minutes).
- Two episodes aired together as one in original broadcast.
- Parts 3 and 4 were made available immediately after the premiere of parts 1 and 2 through Showtime's digital platform.
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