Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
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Episode #2.9 

After the discovery of Maddy's corpse, Cooper attempts to finally identify Laura's real killer using his visions as clues. The Bookhouse Boys and Major Briggs help out. Lucy tries to decide who the father of her baby is.

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Audrey Horne (credit only)
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Dr. Will Hayward
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With the discovery of Maddy Ferguson's dead body, Cooper, Truman, aided by Albert Rosenfeld, push their investigation into full-drive. Catherine, disguised once against as Mr. Tojamura, visits Ben in jail and tells him that she will give him his alibi if he signs the sawmill and the Ghostwood Developments over to her. Ben does, and not surprisingly, Catherine goes back on her word and leaves him without making a statement. Meanwhile, Leland/Bob learns about Laura's secret diary from Donna, who learns about Maddy's murder from Sheriff Truman. James does not take the news of Maddy's fate easily and hits the road on his motorcycle. Andy also learns about Lucy's tryst with the smug Dick Tremayne, and Lucy tells them that she's keeping her baby and will choose one of them to be the father. Norma continues to deal with her difficult mother who constantly criticizes and puts down her attempts to bond. Donna follows a lead from the late Harold Smith leading to a mysterious page from Laura's ... Written by Anonymous

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1 December 1990 (USA)  »

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In a Facebook Live Q&A promoting The Return (2017) Kyle Machlachlan stated that the shot of Leland (Ray Wise) screaming in the sprinkler water that appears like rain, is his favourite shot in the entire run of the show because it was so beautiful. See more »

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In the bait and switch section, why does anyone involved agree to Leland being Ben's attorney when both victims are relatives of Leland? Neither Ben nor any of the police are in on Cooper's plan, and it seems implausible at best that they would agree to this. See more »

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FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield: The short answer is, this is the work of the same ghoul who killed Laura. More fan mail: the letter 'O' under Maddy's ring fingernail. There were strands of fur clutched in her right hand.
Special Agent Dale Cooper: What kind of fur?
FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield: White fox. The strands were laced with formaldehyde. A dead animal, stuffed.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: I'll make phone calls. Leland will know how to get ahold of Maddy's family.
Special Agent Dale Cooper: Harry, don't make any calls. I need 24 hours.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman: For what?
Special Agent Dale Cooper: To finish this.
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Twin Peaks at its most legitimately powerful
24 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

There is some of the semi boring and mostly unfunny Andy, Lucy, and Dick subplot awkwardly incorporated into this episode, but other than that it is near perfect. This is one of the show's most essential and memorable parts, and adds even more fuel to the "Peaks" mythology, and helps clarify a few odd, confusing details from previous entries in a way that does not feel forced or unnecessary, and still legs everything feel very mysterious. There is also a fair share of classic Lynchian surrealism here, particularly during Cooper's initial discovery of who Laura Palmer's killer REALLY is as well as the strange codes and secrets hidden within his famous red room dream from all the way back in the early first season. Ray Wise is also an episode highlight, as he had been in many episodes leading up to this one. Here, the spotlight shines brightly on him as he brilliantly acts his way through one of the show's most emotional and devastating dramatic moments. While it may not be as pitch perfect as many of the Lynch directed episodes are, this complex, philosophical, horrific, and powerful entry is able to join its ranks thanks to its many elements of successful surrealism, compelling drama, and a scene stealing performance from the magnificent Ray Wise.


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