Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: Summary for TP virgins
From: (Robert Steven Glickstein)
Date: 1990-05-22, 18:13

Here is a draft of a summary I've been writing of Twin Peaks.  It is
intended for those who have not been following the story but who wish
to view the season finale tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 10 (and wish
to know what the *hell* is going on).  There is one major section left
for me to write in this summary (the section on clues that have been
accumulated so far), but there should be plenty of useful information
in here without it.  I'm sending this incomplete draft because a
complete version might not be available in time for some of you.


This is a summary of Twin Peaks (the story so far), intended to allow
Twin Peaks virgins to enjoy this week's season finale (Wednesday, 10


    Laura Palmer, Twin Peaks' local high school homecoming queen, has
    been murdered under bizarre circumstances.  Some aspects of the
    murder resemble the (unsolved) murder of another girl, Teresa
    Banks, a year earlier in a different corner of the state
    (Washington).  Another girl, Ronette Pulaski, attacked in the same
    incident as Laura, survived and escaped, crossing state lines in
    the process.  She is now in a coma from her injuries and
    psychological trauma, but by crossing state lines she has enabled
    the FBI, in the person of Dale Cooper, to investigate the case.


FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper

    Agent Cooper is a wide-eyed, gee-whiz, little-boy-at-heart,
    by-the-book investigator with strong intuitions and strong faith
    in them.  He is never too busy to stop for a good cup of coffee or
    a donut.  He loves pie.  He has been enamored of the town of Twin
    Peaks since his arrival, despite the macabre circumstances under
    which he came.  The birds, the Douglas firs, the hospitality all
    appeal to him.  He has often astounded Sheriff Truman, with whom
    he has been working closely on the Palmer case, by his unorthodox
    but successful approach to detective work.  He places trust in his
    dreams and in Tibetan mysticism, as well as in more conventional
    clues.  When we last left Cooper, he and some of the ``Bookhouse
    Boys'' have left their legal jurisdiction to check out One-Eyed
    Jack's, the brothel/casino across the Canadian border where
    Jacques Renault deals blackjack (and where Laura and Ronette
    probably worked as ``hospitality girls'').


    Presumably Cooper's secretary, whom we never see, but to whom
    Cooper constantly tape-records observations, comments, and
    requests on his hand-held, voice-activated tape recorder.

Sheriff Harry S. Truman

    Twin Peaks' local sheriff has been glad of Dale Cooper's help, and
    admires Cooper's quirkiness and intuitive approach to detection.
    Shortly after they first met, Cooper, citing ``body language,''
    was able to deduce Harry's love affair with Josie Packard.  Truman
    is a good-humored, no-nonsense cop who doesn't mind being
    frequently upstaged by Cooper's superior powers of observation.

Deputy Andy Brennan

    Andy, the ``crying deputy,'' is a sensitive man who was deeply
    disturbed by the news of Laura's death.  While adept at routine
    police procedure, Andy becomes nervous and clumsy when called upon
    to draw a weapon or perform other hazardous duties.  Like most
    others, he admires Agent Cooper.  He has recently been getting the
    cold shoulder from Lucy, his girlfriend (another relationship
    which Cooper deduced from body language), and doesn't know why.

Deputy Tommy (``Hawk'') Hill

    An efficient but sometimes enigmatic cop with strong American
    Indian roots.  He is an expert tracker and marksman, and his
    professionalism belies his occasional forays into poetry and
    sentimentality.  He recited a particularly touching love poem to
    Cooper and Truman once; written, he said, for his girlfriend Diane
    Shapiro, Ph.D., Brandeis.

Lucy Moran

    The secretary and switchboard operator for the Twin Peaks
    Sheriff's office.  She is a little bit ditsy in a very likeable
    way.  She has recently been giving Deputy Brennan the cold
    shoulder; this may have something to do with a recent call from
    her doctor, who (we don't know for sure) may have told her that
    she's pregnant.

Albert Rosenfield

    A forensics specialist from Washington, D.C.  A crude and
    obnoxious man who is nevertheless very good at his job, he hated
    the few days he spent in Twin Peaks (a backwater town whose
    forensics facilities give new meaning to the word ``primitive'')
    and managed to alienate everyone around him, even the good-natured
    Cooper.  Truman, a normally unprepossessing person, was moved at
    one point to strike Albert, a minor incident for which Albert is
    determined to have Truman's badge.  (Cooper has promised to stand
    up for Truman should Albert follow through on his threat to file

Jocelyn (Josie) Packard

    Josie, a young Oriental woman with imperfect English, inherited
    the Packard Sawmill when her husband, Andrew, died more than a
    year before.  Catherine Martell (her sister-in-law) runs the
    business for her, but grudgingly; there is strong hatred between
    Josie and Catherine.  Catherine has been falsifying the mill's
    financial records to make it appear as though it's losing money,
    and is scheming with Ben Horne (who wants the land) to burn down
    the mill and make it appear as though Josie did it in an insurance
    fraud.  However, Josie is also scheming with Ben, unbeknownst to
    Catherine, and Josie is aware of Catherine's plans.  Josie seems
    to be keeping her secrets well-hidden from her lover, Sheriff
    Truman.  Before Laura's death, Laura was Josie's English tutor.
    Josie has the distinction of being the very first character we see
    in the Twin Peaks pilot; she is applying makeup and looking very
    sad, before news of Laura's murder is announced.

Catherine Packard Martell

    Sister of the late Andrew Packard, wife of Pete Martell, and
    mistress of Benjamin Horne.  Catherine is a shrewd and hateful
    woman who has designs against Josie Packard, who owns the mill
    that Catherine runs.  With Ben, who wants the land that the mill
    sits on, she has been planning to burn the mill, and through her
    careful falsifying of the mill's financial records, plans to pin
    the blame on Josie, making it look like an insurance fraud.
    Catherine has recently become aware of Ben and Josie scheming
    behind her back, however.  She discovered that a new life
    insurance policy has been taken out on her, with the one million
    dollar benefit going to Josie.  Catherine has now allied herself
    with the Mr. Neff, the ambitious insurance agent whose
    penchant for double-checking everything brought the new policy to
    Catherine's attention.

Pete Martell

    Catherine Martell's husband.  Pete is a pleasant, easy-going
    fisherman who works for Josie at the mill.  He is aware of
    Catherine's affair with Ben Horne, and sadly accepts his wife's
    hatred.  He is fond of Josie (in an innocent way), and may or may
    not be aware of her shadier dealings.

Benjamin Horne

    Twin Peaks' local real-estate baron and owner of Horne's
    department store is a man of voracious appetites -- for food, for
    sex, and for power.  Ben has many connections to the Twin Peaks
    underworld.  He has hired Leo Johnson to burn the mill according
    to his and Catherine's plan and is aware of Leo's murder of
    Bernard Renault.  He frequents One-Eyed Jack's, a brothel just
    over the Canadian border.  Laura and Ronette are rumored to have
    worked as ``hospitality girls'' there; in fact, we've recently
    discovered that the perfume counter at Horne's is a recruiting
    station for new One-Eyed Jack's talent.  Ben and his brother Jerry
    are currently entertaining a visiting group of Icelanders in the
    hope that they will sign on with Ben's ``Ghostwood Estates''
    development project -- a project for which he needs the land on
    which the mill sits.  When Josie steadfastly refused to sell the
    mill, he and his mistress Catherine schemed to burn it down and
    get rid of Josie; however, Ben has also been scheming with Josie
    behind Catherine's back, possibly to murder Catherine.

Sylvia Horne

    Ben's estranged wife.

Jerry Horne

    Ben's brother and partner in various shady real-estate deals.
    Jerry has been in charge of entertaining the current Icelandic
    junket, and has fallen in love with one of its constituents,
    ``Heppa.''  He and Ben have recently decided that, to clinch the
    deal, they should take the Icelanders to One-Eyed Jack's.

Johnny Horne

    Ben and Sylvia's retarded son.

Audrey Horne

    A smoldering sexpot and rich brat.  Audrey is the daughter of Ben
    and Sylvia.  She has been enamored of Agent Cooper since his
    arrival in Twin Peaks, and hopes that she can help solve the
    murder, so that he'll fall in love with her and take her away to a
    life of international intrigue.  To this end, Audrey has tried to
    enlist the help of Donna Hayward, Laura's best friend, in learning
    more about Laura; but Donna made Audrey promise not to give any
    facts they discover to the police.  An inveterate snoop, Audrey
    has eavesdropped on Ben and Catherine's plan to burn the mill and
    implicate Josie.  Recently, Cooper returned to his hotel room at
    the Great Northern to discover Audrey, naked, in his bed.  He
    gently declined her implied invitation, opting instead to stay up
    and talk about her problems, for which Audrey was grateful.
    Audrey suspected the connection between her father's department
    store, One-Eyed Jack's, and Laura's murder.  She pleaded with her
    father for a job at the store; she blackmailed Emory Battis, the
    store's general manager, to place her behind the perfume counter;
    and she eavesdropped as Emory offered another perfume-counter girl
    a job at One-Eyed Jack's.  Audrey got the phone number of Blackie
    (the madame at One-Eyed Jack's) and persuaded Blackie to give her
    a job as a ``hospitality girl,'' proving her suitability for the
    job by tying a knot in a cherry stem with her tongue.  The last we
    heard of Audrey, she was desperate to get an important message to
    Cooper; we don't know what the message is.

Leland Palmer

    Laura's father, and a lawyer for Ben Horne in his real-estate
    deals.  Initially, following Laura's death, Leland had his hands
    full keeping his wife from falling apart; now, the situation has
    reversed.  Leland exhibits grief on a grotesquely comic scale.  At
    Laura's funeral, he leaped atop Laura's coffin, sobbing loudly.
    At home, and twice in public, he has danced with an imaginary
    Laura in his arms while sobbing and causing discomfort and
    embarrassment to those around him.

Sarah Palmer

    Laura's mother now seems to be mostly over her grief.  She is
    given to psychic visions; she had one, on the night after Laura's
    death, of a gloved hand digging a buried necklace from the ground,
    and another one of ``Killer Bob'' crouched at the foot of Laura's

Laura Palmer

    The murder victim, and the beautiful ``good girl'' of the town,
    turns out to have had a very dark side.  According to her
    psychiatrist, Dr.  Jacoby (with whom she seems to have had more
    than just a doctor-patient relationship), Laura saw herself as
    essentially bad, and was driven by the desire to corrupt those
    around her.  Cooper et. al have discovered a personal ad that she
    placed in the pornographic ``Flesh World'' magazine.  Forensics
    has determined that on the night she died, she had had sex with
    three men.  She also had a cocaine habit and may have been
    involved in dealing drugs.  She had been working at the perfume
    counter at Horne's department store, and was almost certainly a
    ``hopitality girl'' at One-Eyed Jack's.  She was dating Bobby
    Briggs, and also James Hurley (whom Bobby didn't know about until
    after she died).

Madeleine Ferguson

    Laura's look-alike cousin, with dark hair instead of blond,
    arrived in Twin Peaks just in time for Laura's funeral.  She used
    to play with Laura in their youth, pretending they were sisters,
    though they haven't seen each other in many years.  Maddie is
    sweet, shy, and timid.  She is staying with Leland and Sarah
    Palmer.  She ran into James Hurley at the RR Diner and immediately
    struck up a friendship with him, expressing what may be a morbid
    fascination with Laura's murder.  James introduced Maddie to
    Donna, and the three of them made a pact to find out what happened
    to Laura.  Step one: Donna was certain that Laura kept something
    hidden in her room.  Maddie, who's staying in Laura's room, is
    able to find several cassette tapes in the bedpost.  When the
    three of them get together to listen to them, they discover that
    the tapes were made by Laura in privacy, but were addressed to Dr.
    Jacoby.  The tapes spoke of secrets, and of sex.  James, Donna and
    Maddie discovered that one tape was missing from the set (they
    were all dated), and they presume that Jacoby must have it.  Using
    a wig, and discarding her glasses, Maddie makes herself up to look
    exactly like Laura.  The threesome sends a videotape of the new
    Laura to Jacoby with a message to meet Laura, in the hope that
    they will be able to find his tape when he leaves his apartment.
    When we last saw Maddie, she had been left alone standing by a
    gazebo while James and Donna went to break into Jacoby's
    apartment; Jacoby was on his way to the gazebo; and Maddie (in her
    Laura disguise) was being watched by an unknown person.

Janek Pulaski

    Ronette's father.

Maria Pulaski

    Ronette's mother.

Ronette Pulaski

    Co-worker and friend of Laura Palmer, was attacked along with
    Laura, but survived and escaped.  She is now comatose, having
    suffered severe physical and psychological trauma.  Ronette worked
    with Laura at the perfume counter at Horne's -- and, presumably,
    as a hospitality girl at One-Eyed Jack's.  A personal ad was run
    by Ronette in ``Flesh World'' on the same page as Laura's ad.

``Big Ed'' Hurley

    Owner of ``Big Ed's Gas Farm'' and a faithful Bookhouse Boy.  Ed
    is married to the bizarre and disturbed Nadine, but has been
    having an affair with Norma Jennings.  (With the news of Hank's
    release from prison, and Ed's growing concern about Nadine's
    mental health, he and Norma recently decided to break it off, at
    least for a while.)  We last saw Ed as he was undercover at
    One-Eyed Jack's with Cooper.

Nadine Hurley

    Ed's wife is mentally disturbed in a way you can't quite put your
    finger on.  She wears an eyepatch.  Her greatest joy, aside from
    the fact that she has a husband, is that she managed to invent
    silent drape-runners by accident a short while ago.  She had been
    out of town consulting a patent attorney, and returned in a black
    depression when her patent application was rejected.

James Hurley

    Twin Peaks' ``good boy'' rides a motorcycle and dated Laura before
    her death; in fact, she abruptly jumped off his bike on the night
    of her death to keep a mysterious appointment.  Laura complained
    to Jacoby that James was ``too sweet.''  James, Donna and Laura
    formed a tight clique.  Laura gave James half of a broken-heart
    sweethearts' necklace which, after her death, he and Donna buried
    beneath a rock in the woods.  When Donna learned of Sarah Palmer's
    vision (of a gloved hand removing a necklace from the ground), she
    and James returned to find the necklace missing indeed.  James was
    deeply hurt by Laura's death and the subsequent revelations of her
    darker side.  He and Donna made a vow to learn the truth about
    what happened to Laura.  To this end, they've allied themselves
    with Madeleine.  Their current scheme is to lure Dr. Jacoby away
    from his apartment so that they can get Jacoby's Laura-tape.  When
    we last saw James, he and Donna had just entered Jacoby's
    apartment, and Bobby Briggs, who had followed James, placed a bag
    of white powder (coke? sugar?)  in James' motorcycle's gas tank.

Norma Jennings

    Owner of the RR Diner.  Norma's husband, Hank, was recently
    paroled from prison, where he was serving a 3-5 year sentence for
    manslaughter (his car struck a vagrant).  Norma helped Hank get
    his parole by promising the parole board that she'd employ Hank at
    the diner.  Nevertheless, she seems uneasy about Hank's return,
    and not only because it prompted her to suspend her affair with Ed

Henry (Hank) Jennings

    Hank Jennings, Norma's husband, was recently paroled from prison
    (3-5, manslaughter).  Now working at Norma's diner, Hank has
    resumed what we must assume were his old ways.  As soon as he was
    released, he tracked down Leo Johnson and beat him up, threatening
    him thus: ``I told you to mind the store, not open your own
    franchise... Clean up your act or you'll watch me take apart your
    chippy [Shelly] before I kill you.''  Hank is now involved in some
    way with Josie Packard.  Sheriff Truman, who doesn't believe that
    people can change, is keeping a wary eye on Hank.

Dr. William Hayward

    Donna's father and the local GP.  Dr. Hayward has been helping
    Cooper and Truman with various minor forensics aspects of the
    case, and also helped to nurse Waldo the mynah bird back to
    health.  Dr. Hayward delivered Laura at birth, and was too upset
    to perform an autopsy at her death, objecting to Albert's cold
    professionalism in the matter.

Eileen Hayward

    Donna's mother, wheelchair-bound.

Donna Hayward 

    Possibly Laura's best friend, and also close to James Hurley.  She
    and James, with the help of Madeleine, are now intently searching
    for clues regarding Laura's murder.  A while ago, Donna was
    approached by Audrey Horne, who wanted more information about
    Laura in *her* own search for clues.  Donna reluctantly agreed to
    help, but she and Audrey have not communicated since then.  Donna
    was surprised when Sarah Palmer revealed her vision of a gloved
    hand digging a necklace out of the ground; Donna and James
    returned to the site where they secretly buried Laura's necklace
    and, sure enough, found it missing.  When we last saw Donna, she
    and James had just entered Jacoby's apartment searching for his
    Laura-tape, after luring him out of the apartment by tricking him
    into believing that Laura was still alive (Madeleine, Laura's
    lookalike cousin, dressed as Laura and sent Jacoby a videotape).

Harriet Hayward 

    Donna's sister (?).

Mike Nelson 

    A friend of Bobby Briggs.  Mike and Bobby have had drug dealings
    with Leo Johnson.  They owe Leo $20,000; $10,000 of which
    Bobby had given to Laura before she died, and which is now
    unaccounted for.  Leo threatened the two of them for the money,
    and Mike was terrified.  He said, "I'm outta here," and we haven't
    heard from him since.

Maj. Garland Briggs

    Bobby's father, a retired (?) Air Force officer.  Major Briggs is
    aware that his son has gone bad, and repeatedly tries to instill
    wisdom in Bobby (in vain).  Most recently, he took Betty and Bobby
    to Dr.  Jacoby for family counselling, which (so far) has been

Betty Briggs

    Bobby's mother, a plastic apple-pie Donna-Reedite who sees her a
    family through rose-colored glasses, preferring to ignore the
    chaos that really exists.

Bobby Briggs 

    Twin Peaks' ``bad boy.''  Bobby is a football player, a small-time
    drug dealer in an uneasy alliance with Leo Johnson, a former lover
    of Laura's, and currently in an affair with Shelly, Leo's wife.
    Bobby and his friend Mike Nelson worked together with Leo, and
    owed him $20,000.  Half of that money Bobby gave to Laura before
    she died, and is now unaccounted for.  When Leo demanded his
    money, Mike, terrified, disappeared.  Bobby has been having an
    affair with Shelly (Leo's wife), possibly since before Laura's
    death.  Bobby and Shelly are frightened of what would happen if
    the violent Leo should discover their affair.  Thus, when Shelly
    mentioned Leo's bloody shirt to Bobby, Bobby thought that it could
    be used to implicate Leo in the death of Laura, and with Leo in
    prison he and Shelly would have nothing to fear.  Bobby planted
    the bloody shirt in Jacques Renault's apartment, where it was
    discovered by Cooper et. al.  (They discovered Leo's initials in
    the shirt, and the blood -- type AB negative -- didn't match
    Laura's, but *did* match Jacques'.)  At Laura's funeral, Bobby
    began ranting about how everyone knew Laura was in trouble, and no
    one did anything to help her.  He seems to have been deeply
    affected by her death.  Also at the funeral, Bobby confronted
    James Hurley, who he had recently discovered was another lover of
    Laura's.  He threatened to kill James and had to be restrained
    from fighting with him.  When Major Briggs took the family to Dr.
    Jacoby for counselling, Jacoby asked to be alone with Bobby.  Once
    alone, he vigorously interrogated Bobby about Laura, using
    information about him that Laura had told Jacoby in confidence.
    (``Bobby, what happened the first time you and Laura made love?
    Bobby, did you cry?  And did she laugh at you?'')  Jacoby said
    that he understood Laura's desire to corrupt people, and Bobby
    explained that Laura had told him that she views herself as
    essentially bad, and that while she tries to do good things, she
    always feels like she's pulled back down to hell.  Bobby also told
    Jacoby that it was Laura that got him involved in coke-dealing.
    Recently, Bobby spoke to Shelly about standing up to Leo (who
    routinely abuses her), and Shelly pointed out that she keeps a gun
    in case things get out of hand.  Shortly after this, Shelly
    actually did shoot Leo, wounding him in his left arm.  Leo fled
    and staked out his house, then saw Bobby arrive the next day and
    deduced his affair with Shelly.  He was prepared to shoot Bobby
    but had to leave when he discovered that Waldo, the mynah bird,
    was about to give the police some sort of evidence.  Shelly told
    Bobby that she had shot Leo and that she now fears for her life,
    and Bobby promised that ``Leo Johnson is history... Bobby's gonna
    take care of everything.''  Meanwhile, Bobby followed James, first
    to his meeting with Donna and Madeleine (where they made the
    videotape with Madeleine looking like Laura), then to Jacoby's
    apartment.  When James and Donna went into Jacoby's apartment,
    Bobby placed a bag of white powder (coke? sugar?)  into the gas
    tank of Bobby's motorcycle.

Leo Johnson

    A despicable man involved in all manner of illegal activities.
    Leo is a murderer, a drug-runner, an arsonist, and a wife-beater
    (to name a few).  Leo lives with his wife, Shelly, and has only
    recently learned of her affair with Bobby Briggs.  Leo drives a
    tractor-trailer named ``Big Pussycat,'' which appeared in a
    photograph on the same page of ``Flesh World'' as Laura's and
    Ronette's ads.  Leo and Jacques Renault are known to have been
    with Laura on the night she died.  After Laura's death, Leo
    returned home with a pile of laundry that he commanded Shelly to
    wash.  Among the laundry was a blood-soaked shirt, which Shelly
    hid.  (When Leo discovered the shirt missing, he beat Shelly with
    a makeshift blackjack -- a bar of soap in the end of a sock.)
    Leo's house is littered with the same sort of plastic sheets that
    Laura's body was wrapped in when she was found.  Leo has some sort
    of shady business alliance with Jacques Renault.  Jacques, Leo,
    Ronette and Laura were all at Jacques' cabin on the night Laura
    died; so was Jacques' pet mynah bird, Waldo.  Leo murdered
    Jacques' brother Bernard out of fear that Bernard would talk about
    their dealings.  In addition to his truck, Leo also drives a
    pickup and a red Corvette.  (When Dr. Jacoby was interrogated by
    Cooper, Jacoby mentioned that on the night following Laura's
    death, he followed a red Corvette to the Old Mill Road, then lost
    it.)  On the night of Laura's death, Leo called his wife, claiming
    to be in Butte, Montana.  Leo has been hired by Ben Horne to burn
    down the Packard Mill; when they met to discuss the arrangements,
    Leo revealed to Ben that he had murdered Bernard.  When Leo
    returned from his most recent trip (he seems to take several,
    possibly running drugs with his truck), he was first met by Hank,
    just paroled from prison, who beat him up and threatened him (vide
    supra); then he went indoors and angrily demanded a beer from
    Shelly, who, after being hurled to the ground, shot Leo, wounding
    him in his left arm.  Leo retreated to the woods behind the house
    and watched Bobby Briggs arrive the next morning.  Deducing the
    affair between Bobby and Shelly, Leo prepared to shoot Bobby when
    he re-emerged.  However, he then heard Lucy's voice on the police
    scanner talking about the capture of Waldo, the mynah bird.
    Afraid that the police might learn something damaging from Waldo
    (mynah birds mimic human voices), Leo went to the sheriff's
    station and shot Waldo through a window (but not before Cooper's
    voice-activated tape recorder picked up some of Waldo's

Shelly Johnson

    Leo's beaten wife, currently having an affair with Bobby Briggs.
    Shelly works as a waitress at the RR Diner.  Shelly dropped out of
    the eleventh grade to marry Leo, at which time she claims he was
    sweet and loving.  Now, however, she has nothing but hatred for,
    and fear of him.  After a ``pep talk'' from Bobby, Shelly stood up
    to Leo when he shoved her, and as he angrily advanced on her, she
    shot him in the arm.  She is now hiding in her house, certain that
    Leo is waiting outside to kill her.  She hysterically explained
    the situation to Bobby, who promised to protect her from Leo.

Jacques Renault

    A bartender at the Roadhouse bar, and a blackjack dealer at
    One-Eyed Jack's.  Jacques Renault is a business confederate of Leo
    Johnson's.  It was Jacques' log cabin where he, Leo, Laura and
    Ronette were involved in unknown activities the night Laura died.
    Jacques is a Canadian national who works as a logger on the
    American side of the border.  He fled Twin Peaks when he
    discovered that the Bookhouse Boys were interrogating his brother,
    Bernard, about Laura.  Most recently, Jacques was seen dealing
    cards to Cooper, who, along with some other Bookhouse Boys, are
    undercover at One-Eyed Jack's.

Bernard Renault

    Jacques' brother.  Bernard was also involved in some way with Leo.
    Bernard was captured by the Bookhouse Boys and was interrogated
    about his connection with Laura Palmer and whether he'd ever dealt
    coke to her.  Bernard was murdered by Leo when Leo feared that
    Bernard would ``talk.''

Dr. Lawrence Jacoby

    Laura's psychiatrist (and possibly lover) is a bizarre man.  He
    wears glasses with colored lenses: One red lens, one blue lens.
    He did not attend Laura's funeral and, afterwards, encountered
    Cooper, saying that he felt like a terrible person (presumably not
    just for missing Laura's funeral).  In a private moment, we saw
    Jacoby alone at home, wearing headphones, listening to a tape made
    by Laura on the night she died (``I feel like I'm gonna get lost
    in the woods again tonight...''), and extracting half of a
    broken-heart sweetheart's necklace from a coconut shell.  Jacoby
    was interrogated by Cooper, but was reticent to discuss Laura
    because of doctor-patient confidentiality ethics.  He did claim,
    however, two things: He was not one of the three men with whom
    she'd had sex on the night she died; and on the night following
    her death, he followed a red Corvette to the Old Mill Road, where
    he lost it.  He told Cooper that ``Laura had seeeecrets,'' and
    that in his six months counselling her he had been utterly unable
    to penetrate the wall she had built around herself, for which he
    considers himself an abject failure.  He stated that his own
    personal investigation will be ongoing for the rest of his life.
    On another occasion, Jacoby was visited by the Briggs family for
    family counselling.  He spoke to Bobby alone and caused him to
    break down (vide supra).  Most recently, Jacoby received a phone
    call and a videotape from Madeleine, made up to look like Laura
    and using phrases that Madeleine heard Laura use in the tapes they
    found.  Jacoby is skeptical but decides to meet ``Laura.''

Margaret (``Log Lady'')

    Margaret is a lady who goes nowhere without cradling a log in her
    arms.  (Cooper: ``Who's the lady with the log?''  Truman: ``We
    call her The Log Lady.'')  She often speaks to the log, and the
    log often ``speaks'' for her.  Some time ago, she approached
    Cooper, urging him to ask her log about Laura's death.  Cooper,
    feeling silly, declined.  However, during their search for
    Jacques' log cabin, Cooper, Truman, Hawk and Doc Hayward
    encountered the Log Lady again.  She invited them in, and then the
    log gave its testimony (speaking through Margaret).  The log's
    testimony was typically cryptic (vide infra).

Emory Battis

    Emory Battis is the general manager of Horne's department store.
    When Ben secures a job there for Audrey, she is sent to speak to
    Emory.  Emory says that, in accordance with her father's wishes,
    she is to start small and work her way up.  He has a position for
    her in gift-wrapping.  Audrey, intent on working behind the
    perfume counter, makes her wishes known to Emory, threatening that
    if he doesn't let her work the perfume counter, she'll tear her
    dress and scream.  Emory assents.  Later, after Audrey has been
    working the perfume counter for a while (and offending customers),
    Emory asks to speak to her coworker in private.  Audrey eavesdrops
    and hears Emory telling the other girl that the people at One-Eyed
    Jack's were pleased with her, and that she should call Black Rose,
    the One-Eyed Jack's madam, about the possibility of a job as a
    ``hospitality girl.''  It is from this conversation that Audrey is
    able to get Blackie's phone number.

Mr. Neff

    Mr. Neff is the insurance agent who, either because he's very
    cautious or because he detected a possible fraud, brought the new
    life insurance policy to Catherine for her to verify.  In so
    doing, he alerted Catherine to the fact that Ben and Josie were
    scheming against her.  Catherine, sensing a possible ally in Neff,
    asked him if he was an ambitious man, to which he knowingly
    replied in the affirmative.

Mr. Gerard (``the One-Armed Man'')

    Because a one-armed man figured prominently in Cooper's dream,
    Cooper and Truman assign Hawk to track down a real one-armed man
    who had been seen hanging around the hospital.  When he is finally
    found, he turns out to be a timid, frightened shoe salesman.  In
    Cooper's dream, the one-armed man is named Mike, and his friend,
    the killer, is named Bob.  Cooper asks Gerard whether he has a
    friend named Bob, and Gerard names Bob Lydecker, a local
    veterinary doctor, as his best friend in the world.

Waldo the Mynah Bird

    Waldo is Jacques' pet mynah bird.  Cooper et. al learn of Waldo's
    existence by confiscating and scrutinizing the files of Dr.
    Lydecker.  (Several animal bites on Laura's body were determined
    to have been inflicted by a bird, either a mynah or a parrot.)
    They find Waldo in Jacques' cabin, where they also find many other
    items of corroborating evidence.  They bring the starved,
    dehydrated bird back to the sheriff's station, where they hope
    that, with its return to health, it will mimic the voices of the
    visitors to Jacques' cabin.  Cooper leaves his voice-activated
    tape recorder near Waldo while they wait for the bird to
    recuperate.  Waldo begins to speak, but is shot by Leo before he
    can say very much.

Dr. Bob Lydecker

    A local veterinarian.  Dr. Lydecker has been in poor health
    lately, which explains Mr. Gerard's frequent visits to the
    hospital.  Dr.  Lydecker's files were impounded by Cooper after
    several indications that there was a connection between Dr.
    Lydecker, and ``Killer Bob'' from Cooper's dream.  (``Harry, as
    sure as the signs on the highway, the bird that attacked Laura
    Palmer is a client of this office.'')  Cooper gives Lucy the job
    of finding a pet in the files that is either a parrot or a mynah
    (Laura's body exhibited bird bites inflicted by one of those two
    kinds of birds), and Lucy finds a mynah bird in the files named
    Waldo, owned by Jacques Renault.  This double coincidence prompts
    Cooper and Truman to investigate Jacques' apartment.

``Killer Bob''

    A bizarre man, long-haired and appearing to wear a crown of thorns
    or somesuch, who has appeared in two separate psychic incidents.
    First, Cooper dreamed of Killer Bob, who promised to kill again.
    Later, Sarah Palmer saw Killer Bob for an instant at the foot of
    Laura's bed.  When Andy rendered a police sketch of Killer Bob
    from Sarah's description, Cooper confirmed that it was the same
    man from his dream.  (``I had an intuition that Sarah Palmer's
    vision was linked to my dream.'')  The drawing does not resemble
    anyone in Twin Peaks, including Dr. Bob Lydecker.

``Man From Another Place''

    The ``Man from Another Place'' is the dwarf from Cooper's dream.
    He first appears with his back to Cooper, vigorously rubbing his
    hands together.  He then issues a series of confounding statements
    in badly garbled English (vide infra).

Black (``Blackie'') Rose

    Blackie is the madam at One-Eyed Jack's.  Most recently, she was
    hesitant to hire Audrey, but relented after Audrey demonstrated
    her ability to tie a knot in a cherry stem with her tongue.



    Birds seem to play a major role in the more metaphysical aspects
    of this story.  In Cooper's dream, there is the shadow of
    something resembling a bird moving across the red curtains.  When
    James and Donna discover that the necklace is missing from the
    woods, an owl that has been watching them hoots ominously.  The
    Log Lady's speech is littered with frightened references to owls
    (``The owls won't see us in here''; before Laura's death ``the
    owls were flying,'' afterwards ``the owls were silent.'')
    Finally, there is the crucial testimony given by Waldo, the mynah
    bird, prior to its death.

``Invitation to Love''

    All of the residents of Twin Peaks watch TV, and no one watches
    anything but the cheesy soap-opera, ``Invitation to Love.''  The
    events in ``Invitation to Love'' often seem to closely parallel
    the events in Twin Peaks itself.  While Leland is watching the
    opening credits (``starring [so-and-so] as Emerald and Jade [the
    identical twin sisters]''), Madeleine (Laura's ``twin'') makes her
    first appearance.  While on ``Invitation to Love,'' Emerald plots
    to steal the Towers from her sister Jade, Catherine plots to get
    the Mill away from her sister-in-law, Josie.  When ``Montana''
    beats up ``Chet,'' Hank beats up Leo.  When ``Chet'' shoots
    ``Montana,'' Shelly shoots Leo.  When ``Jade'' is asked to toast
    old friends, Jacoby gets a call from the long-dead Laura (actually
    Madeleine).  And on and on...


    There is a strong sense of twins, doubles, etc., in Twin Peaks;
    and usually, we only see one of the pair while the other is simply
    implied.  There is, first of all, the town's name (and in the
    opening credits, we only see one peak).  There's Nadine's eyes,
    one hidden by a patch; Laura's lookalike cousin; the one-armed
    man's one arm; the twin sisters Emerald and Jade on ``Invitation
    to Love''; the double-three domino carried around by Hank; the
    other murder of a girl, a year earlier; and many other suggestions
    on this theme.

The Bookhouse Boys

    The Bookhouse Boys is an underground organization consisting of
    the members of the sheriff's department and some other local
    citizens such as Ed Hurley.  Truman explains to Cooper that the
    Bookhouse Boys have existed for a very long time in Twin Peaks, to
    combat ``the evil presence in the woods.''  The Bookhouse Boys are
    not above going slightly outside of the law.  Thus, when Cooper
    decides that a trip to One-Eyed Jack's is in order, he suggests
    that it is a job for the Bookhouse Boys (since One-Eyed Jack's is
    in Canada, and out of their legal jurisdiction).

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