Twin Peaks

Episode Four "The One-Armed Man"

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 5/3/90
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  • Episode Description
  • Cooper questions Dr. Jacoby, who suspects Leo Johnson is the killer. Cooper's supervisor, 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 tells Cooper and Truman about her vision of the killer, the same man Cooper saw in his dream (Bob). Truman and Cooper find that 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.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lara Flynn Boyle

    Donna Marie Hayward

  • Kimmy Robertson

    Lucy Moran

  • Dana Ashbrook

    Bobby Briggs

  • Sherilyn Fenn

    Audrey Horne

  • Peggy Lipton

    Norma Jennings

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • The One Armed Man

    By thefanof, Dec 06, 2014

  • The hunt for Laura's killer continues.

    By marvelfan89, Jan 24, 2007

  • Smoke & Mirrors

    By Anon67683, Apr 04, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • (Standing over Bernard's corpse) Leo: Jacques' back in Canada. We had a long talk, he's staying there. Jacques was the brains in the outfit. Bernie made bail this morning on possession. Ben: Do me know if uh, the late Bernard gave you up? Leo: I told him if he ever did I'd kill him. Ben: Oh... did he? Leo: Nah, he shouldn't have trusted me, but like I said, Bernie wasn't too bright.

    • Shelly: I've got one man too many in my life and I'm married to him. Sound familiar? Norma: Maybe you should have a little talk with Leo. Shelly: Leo doesn't talk, he hits. He was so great at first, you know. This flashy guy in his hot car. Then we get married and I find out all he was looking for was a maid he didn't have to pay. I feel so stupid. Norma: Look at us. Two men apiece and we don't know what to do with any of the four of them.

    • Hawk: One woman can make you fly like an eagle, another can give you the strength of a lion, but only one in the cycle of life can fill your heart with wonder and the wisdom that you have known a singular joy. I wrote that for my girlfriend.

    • Dr. Jacoby: Laura had secrets and around those secrets she built the fortress that, well that in my six months with her, I was not able to penetrate and for which I consider myself an abject failure.

    • Log Lady intro: Even the ones who laugh are sometimes caught without an answer: these creatures who introduce themselves but we swear we have met them somewhere before. Yes, look in the mirror. What do you see? Is it a dream, or a nightmare? Are we being introduced against our will? Are they mirrors? I can see the smoke. I can smell the fire. The battle is drawing nigh.

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    Notes (4)

    • First time that an owl appears spying on James and Donna. This animal is very important in the next episodes.

    • Rating: 11.4/??; Number 44 for the week.

    • Everett McGill does not appear in this episode.

    • A.K.A. "The One-Armed Man"

    Trivia (4)

    • Ben Horne's line about going to clean his "little Elvis" just after he had apparently slept with Catherine would not have made it past the censors so the director has him pull out an actual Elvis figurine from his pocket to deflect some attention away from his sexual innuendo.

    • This episode takes place on: Tuesday, February 28

    • Notice the map of Tibet now hanging on the chalkboard in the conference room.

    • Camera and crew are reflected in the police cruiser and a gas pump when Harry and Cooper visit Dr. Lydecker's office.

    Allusions (3)

    • Gordon Cole:
      The name of Cooper's boss, Gordon Cole, is taken from Sunset Boulevard, which is one of David Lynch's favorite films.

    • Waldo the Bird and Dr. Lydecker:
      Both the names "Waldo" and "Lydecker" are taken from the classic film Laura. The first season is filled with references to the film.

    • Phillip Gerard, The One Armed Man:
      Ths name "Gerard" comes from the classic television serial The Fugitive, which featured a policeman named Lt. Gerard and an One Armed Man as the series villian.

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