The BEST Episodes of Twin Peaks

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

The body of a young girl is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. Eccentric 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. Season 3 - also known as Twin Peaks: The Return - is set 25 years after the events of Seasons 1 and 2.

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Part 16

#1 - Part 16

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Aug 27, 2017

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 8.45
1,326 votes
Directors: David Lynch
Writers: David Lynch, Mark Frost
The Last Evening

#2 - The Last Evening

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 23, 1990

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 8.40
1,748 votes
Directors: Mark Frost
Writers: Mark Frost
Part 17

#3 - Part 17

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Sep 3, 2017

Cooper arrives in Twin Peaks.

star 8.35
1,194 votes
Directors: David Lynch
Writers: David Lynch, Mark Frost
Arbitrary Law

#4 - Arbitrary Law

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 1, 1990

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 8.28
1,505 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
Writers: Harley Peyton, Mark Frost, Robert Engels
Lonely Souls

#5 - Lonely Souls

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 10, 1990

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 8.17
1,560 votes
Directors: David Lynch
Writers: Mark Frost
Beyond Life and Death

#6 - Beyond Life and Death

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Jun 10, 1991

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 8.08
1,357 votes
Directors: David Lynch
Writers: Harley Peyton, Mark Frost, Robert Engels
Part 11

#7 - Part 11

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 23, 2017

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 8.02
1,309 votes
Directors: David Lynch
Writers: David Lynch, Mark Frost
Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer

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

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 19, 1990

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 8.02
2,408 votes
Directors: David Lynch
Writers: David Lynch, Mark Frost
Part 14

#9 - Part 14

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Aug 13, 2017

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 8.00
1,301 votes
Directors: David Lynch
Writers: David Lynch, Mark Frost
Realization Time

#10 - Realization Time

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 17, 1990

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 7.97
1,847 votes
Directors: Caleb Deschanel
Writers: Harley Peyton

#11 - Demons

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 3, 1990

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 7.92
1,483 votes
Writers: Harley Peyton, Robert Engels
May the Giant Be with You

#12 - May the Giant Be with You

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 30, 1990

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 7.90
1,799 votes
Directors: David Lynch
Writers: Mark Frost
Part 7

#13 - Part 7

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 18, 2017

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 7.88
1,478 votes
Directors: David Lynch
Writers: David Lynch, Mark Frost
Northwest Passage

#14 - Northwest Passage

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 8, 1990

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. Meanwhile, the rebellious Audrey Horne ruins a business deal for her father Benjamin.

star 7.88
3,636 votes
Directors: David Lynch
Writers: David Lynch, Mark Frost
Drive with a Dead Girl

#15 - Drive with a Dead Girl

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 17, 1990

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 7.84
1,428 votes
Directors: Caleb Deschanel
Writers: Scott Frost
Part 2

#16 - Part 2

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired May 21, 2017

Hawk searches for something in the woods while Cooper learns that his fate in the Black Lodge may not be sealed after all.

star 7.84
1,542 votes
Directors: David Lynch
Writers: David Lynch, Mark Frost
Part 4

#17 - Part 4

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired May 28, 2017

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

star 7.83
1,644 votes
Directors: David Lynch
Writers: David Lynch, Mark Frost
Part 1

#18 - Part 1

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired May 21, 2017

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 7.82
2,232 votes
Directors: David Lynch
Writers: David Lynch, Mark Frost
The One-Armed Man

#19 - The One-Armed Man

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 3, 1990

Cooper questions Dr. Jacoby, who suspects Leo Johnson is the killer. Cooper's supervisior, Gordon Cole, calls in with Albert's report. Josie Packard spies on Ben Horne and Catherine Martell. Hawk tracks down the One Armed Man. Mrs. Palmer shares her vision of the killer, the same man Cooper saw in his dream (BOB). Truman and Cooper find the bird who attacked Laura belonged to Leo's friend, Jacques Renault. Hank Jennings has his parole hearing and makes a threatening phone call to Josie.

star 7.77
2,039 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
Writers: Robert Engels
The Orchid's Curse

#20 - The Orchid's Curse

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 27, 1990

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 7.77
1,499 votes
Directors: Graeme Clifford
Writers: Barry Pullman
Cooper's Dreams

#21 - Cooper's Dreams

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 10, 1990

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 7.77
1,984 votes
Writers: Mark Frost

#22 - Coma

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 6, 1990

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 7.76
1,632 votes
Directors: David Lynch
Writers: Harley Peyton
Rest in Pain

#23 - Rest in Pain

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 26, 1990

The next morning, Cooper meets with Audrey, who confesses to leaving him the note about One Eyed Jack's. Cooper tells Truman he can't remember who the killer was in his dream, but insists the dream is a code to solving the crime. Albert, after offending everyone in town, is forced to end his autopsy early. Albert and Truman come to blows. Bobby, James and Leland all make a scene at Laura's funeral. Laura's identical cousin, Maddy, arrives in town. Norma's husband, Hank Jennings, is up for parole. Cooper has suspicions about Dr. Jacoby. Leland shows signs of cracking.

star 7.71
2,097 votes
Directors: Tina Rathbourne
Writers: Harley Peyton
Traces to Nowhere

#24 - Traces to Nowhere

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 12, 1990

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 7.70
2,667 votes
Directors: Duwayne Dunham
Writers: David Lynch, Mark Frost
The Man Behind the Glass

#25 - The Man Behind the Glass

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 13, 1990

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 7.69
1,448 votes
Writers: Robert Engels