Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
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Episode #2.22 

Cooper must overcome his deepest fears as he enters the Black Lodge to save Annie from Windom Earle.



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Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)
James Hurley (credit only)
Jocelyn Packard (credit only)


In the cliff-hanging series final, Cooper must face his inter-most fears as he tracks down Windom Earle, who has abducted Annie, and takes her into the hellish realm of the Black Lodge. Meanwhile, Nadine, wounded by a hit on the head during the beauty pageant, wakes up now back to her old self, and becomes very upset when she sees Big Ed with Norma. Donna struggles to control herself from Ben Horne's news, which leads to a fistfight between him and Dr. Hayward who angrily knocks Ben into a fireplace mantle for interfering with his family, and apparently killing him. While Truman and Andy wait and wait for Cooper to return from the Black Lodge, Andrew and Pete steal the safety deposit box key and go to the Twin Peaks Savings & Loan where Audrey is staging a feeble act of civil disobedience. But when Andrew and Pete open Thomas Eckhardt's final box, they instead find a bomb... which explodes. Major Briggs receives a cryptic message from Windom Earle in the Black Lodge through the ... Written by Anonymous

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10 June 1991 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


One of Laura Palmer's last lines: "I'll see you again in 25 years" refers to Cooper's dream in season one (in which Cooper is an old man) when Laura Palmer whispered the name of her killer into Cooper's ear. This understanding of the line is all but confirmed by the International version of the pilot. In this version, Cooper's dream begins with the subtitle: "25 years later". See more »


When Cooper enters the Black Lodge he is wearing his coat, but when the scene changes and is shown inside the Black Lodge he doesn't. See more »


Annie Blackburn: [praying] Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth / As when one cutteth wood upon the earth / But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: / In thee is my trust: leave not me / Keep me from the snares they have laid for me / And the gins of the workers of iniquity / Let the wicked fall into their own nets / Whilst that I withal escape.
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Referenced in Stranger Things: Chapter Eight: The Upside Down (2016) See more »


Sycamore Trees
Lyric by David Lynch
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Performed by Jimmy Scott (as The Legendary Jimmy Scott)
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Surreal, Beautiful, Tragic, and Horrifying
2 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After the rough mid-second season, the last few episodes of "Twin Peaks" seemed almost like a miracle. While I don't think that the mid-second season was necessarily BAD, it was certainly way weaker and flawed than the rest of the series, but the final episodes make up for it completely.

In every possible way, the last episode of "Twin Peaks" makes up for the show's flaws, and on top of that, it is one of the greatest experiences I have had watching any T.V. show or film for that matter.

While it ends on many cliffhanger (the final scene being the ULTIMATE cliffhanger), it actually felt like the perfect closure for a television series. The subplots are left unsolved, but they still feel like they ended perfectly somehow, and the lack of everything being explained makes it all the more powerful. Even the most comedic subplots have surprisingly compelling endings- and it works completely! It's an amazingly tragic episode for a series that has so many comedic elements, but it's hard to imagine it in any other way. Plus, I'm not saying that this episode has NO humor in it! The entire scene in the bank is very absurd and hilarious-but in a dark and strange way, a lot like the humor in "Eraserhead."

The scenes in the Black Lodge are particularly impressive and memorable. This episode has Lynch at his most surreal and terrifying, making it feel like a nightmare caught on camera, reminiscent of films like "Eraserhead" and "Inland Empire".

This is definitely my favorite episode of the series, and really makes up for the weak mid- second season.

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