The Best Episodes of Twin Peaks

The body of Laura Palmer is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into the heart of the surrounding woodland and his very own soul.

The Return, Part 16

#1 - The Return, Part 16

Season 3 - Episode 16

"No knock, no doorbell." Dougie's loved ones care for him in the hospital, and Mr. C heads towards the coordinates. Meanwhile, Diane makes a confession to the FBI.

star 8.50
661 votes
Directors: David Lynch
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Arbitrary Law

#2 - Arbitrary Law

Season 2 - Episode 9

Albert returns to examine Maddy. Cooper asks for twenty-four hours to finish his case. James and Donna reaffirm their love. Andy accidentally leads Donna and Cooper back to Mrs. Treamond's house. Cooper is given a missing page from Laura's diary, describing the same dream he had. The One Armed man is ill, tells Cooper he has all the clues he needs. Catherine reveals herself to Ben, and he signs the mill back over to her. Leland and Donna learn of Maddy's death. Cooper calls together everyone for a final confrontation. James leaves town. Cooper tricks the killer into revealing himself after decoding the various clues from his dream. The spirit of BOB flees from the killer's body, who dies in Cooper's arms and is welcomed into the next life by Laura. Truman, Cooper, Albert and Major Briggs ponder the existence of Bob, and where he has gone to…

star 8.39
677 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
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Lonely Souls

#3 - Lonely Souls

Season 2 - Episode 7

Cooper and the One-Armed Man inspect guests at the Great Northern. Hawk finds Harold Smith dead by his own hand…with a mysterious suicide note and the diary torn to shreds. Leo speaks to Bobby about "new shoes." Audrey confronts her father about One Eyed Jacks. Shelly tells Norma she has to quit working at the Double R. Norma sees the changed Nadine for the first time. Bobby finds evidence to blackmail Ben Horne for a sizable sum. Audrey goes to Cooper about her father, leading Truman and Cooper to arrest Ben. Tojamora reveals his true identity to Pete. The Log Lady brings Cooper to the Roadhouse, where the Giant appears. Late in the evening, Laura's killer strikes again...

star 8.38
705 votes
Directors: David Lynch
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The Return, Part 17

#4 - The Return, Part 17

Season 3 - Episode 17

"The past dictates the future." Cooper arrives in Twin Peaks.

star 8.37
616 votes
Directors: David Lynch
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The Last Evening

#5 - The Last Evening

Season 1 - Episode 8

Audrey is hired at One Eyed Jack's, but is caught in a trap when her father arrives. Cooper gets Jacques Renault to reveal the details of Laura's last night in the cabin. Deputy Andy saves Truman's life and apprehends Renault. Lucy has a surprise for Andy. Dr. Jacoby is attacked in the park. James, Donna and Maddy find Laura's last tape and retrieve the necklace. Cooper finds the coke planted in James's bike. Leo traps Shelly in the mill and sets it on fire. Hank lures Catherine to the burning mill, then goes after Leo. Nadine overdoses on sleeping pills. Leland Palmer takes revenge. Cooper, arriving back at the Great Northern Hotel, is shot three times. To Be Continued...

star 8.33
849 votes
Directors: Mark Frost
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Beyond Life and Death

#6 - Beyond Life and Death

Season 2 - Episode 22

Agent Cooper follows Windom Earle and Annie into the depths of the Black Lodge. Big Ed and Norma get a shock when Nadine suffers head trauma. Andrew and Pete unlock Eckheart's final box while Audrey stages her act of civil disobedience. Dr. Hayward and Ben Horne have a final confrontation. Shelly and Bobby plan their future. Dr. Jacoby and Mrs. Palmer have a message for Major Briggs. Cooper faces his destiny in the Black Lodge.

star 8.22
612 votes
Directors: David Lynch
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The Return, Part 14

#7 - The Return, Part 14

Season 3 - Episode 14

"We are like the dreamer." Gordon remembers an important moment from his past. Andy, Bobby, Hawk and Truman go to the forest. James hears a story about a glove on his birthday. An unknown facet of Sarah is revealed.

star 7.96
640 votes
Directors: David Lynch
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Demons

#8 - Demons

Season 2 - Episode 6

James saves the girls from a tormented Harold. Cooper brings Audrey home. Bobby and Shelly learn that their insurance plans have backfired. Donna tries to convince Truman that Harold Smith has Laura's secret diary. Cooper's boss, Gordon Cole, arrives with an upsetting message for Cooper. Hawk finds the One-Armed Man, who reveals himself as the spirit, Mike. Maddy decides to go home. Jonathan says he's taking Josie back to China. Ben calls Leland back into work. The One Armed Man vows to stop BOB, pointing Cooper towards the Great Northern Hotel.

star 7.95
671 votes
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May the Giant Be with You

#9 - May the Giant Be with You

Season 2 - Episode 1

A wounded Agent Cooper has a vision of a giant who gives him several clues about the murder of Laura Palmer. Shelly and Pete recover from the mill fire, but Josie and Catherine are missing. Ben and Jerry Horne are not pleased with how the mill fire plan unfolded. Leland Palmer's attitude changes with his hair color. Albert returns to assist the wounded Cooper. Donna gets a mysterious message about Meals on Wheels. Dr. Jacoby recovers from his heart attack, but cannot remember who killed Jacques. Major Briggs has a vision of good things for Bobby. Nadine is in a coma. Leo is a vegetable. Ronnette awakes from her coma after a horrific dream about Bob.

star 7.95
840 votes
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Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer

#10 - Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer

Season 1 - Episode 3

Ben Horne's brother, Jerry, arrives in Twin Peaks; James and Donna decide to be together; Ben & Jerry travel to One Eyed Jacks and meet with its madam, Blackie O'Rielly; Audrey leaves a clue for Cooper; Deputy Hawk finds a bloody towel near the crime scene; Cooper demonstrates a unique deductive technique; The cynical Special Agent Albert Rosenfield arrives to examine the body of Laura Palmer; Josie discovers Catherine has been keeping two ledgers; Leo takes his anger out on Shelly; Agent Cooper has a mysterious dream about the crime.

star 7.93
1,219 votes
Directors: David Lynch
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The Return, Part 11

#11 - The Return, Part 11

Season 3 - Episode 11

"There's fire where you are going." The set-up involving the Mitchum brothers and Dougie reaches its climax while even stranger things start to happen to both the FBI team and the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department.

star 7.89
680 votes
Directors: David Lynch
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Miss Twin Peaks

#12 - Miss Twin Peaks

Season 2 - Episode 21

Windom Earle sets his sites on the Miss Twin Peaks contest. Lucy chooses a father for her baby. Leo is punished when he frees Major Briggs. Cooper unlocks the key to entering the Black Lodge. Annie and Dale make a commitment to each other. Catherine and Andrew find a mysterious key. Donna confronts Ben Horne. The Miss Twin Peaks contest ends in chaos. Windom Earle kidnaps Annie. Andy deciphers the Owl Cave puzzle.

star 7.87
518 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
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Drive with a Dead Girl

#13 - Drive with a Dead Girl

Season 2 - Episode 8

Donna and James wonder why Maddy left so suddenly. Norma's mother arrives with news…she's married a new man, Ernie Niles. Cooper tells Leland they arrested Ben Horne for Laura's murder. Ben tells Jerry the only person who can prove his innocence is the missing Catherine. The One-Armed Man escapes custody. Pete and Truman worry about Josie. Pete tells Ben that Catherine is still alive, and wants to make a deal. Cooper comes face to face with the killer without realizing it. Lucy tells Andy that Dick may be the father. Hank and Ernie know each other from prison. Truman insists on prosecuting Ben Horne. Maddy is found wrapped in plastic.

star 7.86
645 votes
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The Return, Part 2

#14 - The Return, Part 2

Season 3 - Episode 2

"The stars turn and a time presents itself." Hawk searches for something in the woods while Cooper learns that his fate in the Black Lodge may not be sealed after all.

star 7.85
887 votes
Directors: David Lynch
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The Return, Part 7

#15 - The Return, Part 7

Season 3 - Episode 7

"There's a body all right." Cooper and Janey-E are in for a violent surprise at the Lucky 7 office. Meanwhile, Gordon and Albert try enlisting Diane to figure out the mystery of the man they believe to be Cooper in jail.

star 7.85
788 votes
Directors: David Lynch
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The Return, Part 4

#16 - The Return, Part 4

Season 3 - Episode 4

"...brings back some memories." Coop assumes the life of Dougie Jones, as Gordon and Agents Rosenfield and Preston investigate the situation surrounding Coop's doppelganger.

star 7.84
992 votes
Directors: David Lynch
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Realization Time

#17 - Realization Time

Season 1 - Episode 7

Audrey cons her way into working at the perfume counter where Laura worked. She discovers that it's being used as a recruitment post for One Eyed Jack's. James, Donna and Maddy plan to lure Jacoby away from his office. Cooper and Big Ed go under cover at One Eyed Jack's. Nadine's drape runners are rejected. Truman asks for Cooper's help regarding Josie's fears about the Mill. Leo sets his sights on Bobby Briggs and Waldo the Bird. Bobby sets up James Hurley. Ben and Josie decide to double cross Catherine.

star 7.84
896 votes
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The Orchid's Curse

#18 - The Orchid's Curse

Season 2 - Episode 5

Cooper discovers he had forgotten about the message under his bed. Shelly and Bobby begin Leo's homecare. Sternwood hears pre-trial motions and declares Leo not fit for trail. Nadine comes home, still thinking she's in high school. A mysterious man, Mr. Tojamura, arrives and offers Ben a sizeable fee for Ghostwood. Cooper agrees to drop Audrey's ransom, but deduces that she's being held at Jack's. Andy's test results are an improvement. Cooper and Truman raid One Eyed Jack's and rescue Audrey, witness several murders, and are saved by Hawk in the process. Jean Renault captures Hank. Harold Smith catches Donna and Maddy trying to steal the diary.

star 7.83
685 votes
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Pilot

#19 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

The small northwest town of Twin Peaks, Washington is shaken up when the body of the Homecoming Queen, Laura Palmer, is discovered washed up on a riverbank, wrapped in plastic. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in when Ronnette Pulaski, who attended the same high school as Laura, is found wandering on a bridge before lapsing into a coma. Cooper believes there is a connection between Laura's death and the death of another girl named Theresa Banks that happened a year earlier. Cooper discovers a small piece of paper with the letter "R" on it shoved under Laura's fingernail. He reveals to Sheriff Truman that under the nail of Thersa Banks he found a "T." There's little doubt the same killer has stuck again. Meanwhile, the rebellious Audrey Horne ruins a business deal for her father Benjamin; Twin Peaks sheriff Harry S. Truman arrests Laura's boyfriend Bobby, who is secretly seeing a married woman named Shelly; Laura's best friend Donna and secret boyfriend James discover a mutu

star 7.80
1,910 votes
Directors: David Lynch
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Cooper's Dreams

#20 - Cooper's Dreams

Season 1 - Episode 6

Cooper and company have tea with the Log Lady. The Log Lady tells them there was a third man following after Leo and Jaques the night Laura died. At the cabin of Jaquces Renault, Cooper, Hawk and Truman find Waldo the bird. The bird not only attacked Laura the night she died, but he can also talk. Cooper finds a poker chip from One Eyed Jacks. Hank returns home to Norma. The Briggs family visits Dr. Jacoby. Audrey takes a job at the perfume counter where Laura and Ronette worked. Shelly takes her revenge on Leo. Audrey has a surprise for Agent Cooper.

star 7.80
968 votes
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The Return, Part 1

#21 - The Return, Part 1

Season 3 - Episode 1

"My log has a message for you." A man observes a mysterious glass box, South Dakota police discover a hideous crime and Hawk receives a cryptic message about Special Agent Dale Cooper.

star 7.78
1,499 votes
Directors: David Lynch
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Coma

#22 - Coma

Season 2 - Episode 2

Albert determines that neither Leo nor Jaqcues killed Laura, but he is unable find any leads into who shot Cooper. Cooper says they must find the third man, who he believes to be Bob, the grey haird man. Albert reports that Cooper's ex-partner, Windom Earle, escaped from an insane asylum. Ben Horne can't decide which of the mill ledgers to destroy. The Log Lady tells Major Briggs to deliver a message to Agent Cooper. An Asian man spies on Cooper. Shelly visits Leo in the hospital. Maddy and James discuss a change in Donna's attitude. Leland has a revelation. Bobby tries to convince Shelly to cash in on Leo's insurance money. Audrey is trapped at One Eyed Jack's.

star 7.77
759 votes
Directors: David Lynch
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The Return, Part 18

#23 - The Return, Part 18

Season 3 - Episode 18

"What is your name?" Cooper and Diane drive 430 miles. Cooper attempts to help a troubled woman he believes to be Laura Palmer.

star 7.73
586 votes
Directors: David Lynch
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The Man Behind the Glass

#24 - The Man Behind the Glass

Season 2 - Episode 3

Ronette is attacked in her hospital bed by an unseen person. Jean Reanult, brother of Jaqcues and Bernard, plans to blackmail Ben Horne for the release of Audrey. Donna meets with Harold Smith, a shut-in who had befriended Laura. Albert and Truman have a strange confrontation. Lucy reveals that there's been another man in her life, Dick Treymane (Horne's Department Store, Men's Fashions). Shelly decides not to testify against Leo. Leland offers a clue in the search for Killer Bob. The One-Armed Man leaves Cooper the giant's final clue. Nadine wakes from her coma a changed woman. Jacoby leads Cooper and Truman to Jacques's killer. Donna discovers the secret diary of Laura Palmer.

star 7.71
729 votes
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Traces to Nowhere

#25 - Traces to Nowhere

Season 1 - Episode 2

Agent Cooper enjoys the comforts of the Great Northern Hotel; Bobby Briggs and Mike Nelson are released from jail; Doctor Hayward hands over the autopsy report on Laura Palmer; Cooper and Truman interview Josie Packard; Audrey Horne and Donna Hayward vow to solve Laura's murder; Sarah Palmer has a vision of a grey-haird man; Doctor Jacoby conceals important information.

star 7.69
1,348 votes
Directors: Duwayne Dunham
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