Twin Peaks

Season 1 Episode 6

Episode Five "Cooper's Dreams"

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 10, 1990 on ABC
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Episode Summary


Cooper and company have tea with the Log Lady. The Log Lady tells them there was a third man following after Leo and Jacques the night Laura died. At Jacques Renault's cabin 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 broken 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.


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  • I've got the pictures to prove it.

    Another great quality episode from season one. Stellar dialogue between Audrey and Cooper. There's also more of the Log Lady, so what's not to love?
  • Cooper's Dreams

    When the show gets weird it appears to be at its best, and we got plenty of weird when it comes to the log lady. The ending with Audrey in bed was a jumping the shark moment though.
  • Scene Of The Crime

    A really excellent episode with a slightly different feel than the previous episodes. The characters spend a lot more time outdoors, which gives this episode a more airy, almost elegiac quality.

    There is a lot of beautiful camerawork here, in particular James and Donna's scene at the gazebo on the lake, which is simply gorgeous. I liked the "Mount Rushmore"-style profile shots of Cooper and the policemen. They were clever and nicely composed.

    There is a lot of plot development and the episode really moves. We have a rather elliptical conversation with the Log Lady over tea. Cooper and company locate and inspect what looks to be the scene of Laura Palmer's murder, which is a rather creepy affair, what with the heavy red drapes and the phonograph repeating the same forlorn song over and over again.

    There are some humorous bits, of course. My favorite is when Cooper asks Andy to hold his donut and coffee and then Andy rather absentmindedly starts chomping on Coop's donut. The velvet clown picture in Renault's apartment was pretty hysterical too. You always have to pay attention to the walls because invariably there will be some random treasure hanging in plain sight.

    The best scene is near the end, when Leland crashes the Icelandic party ("we are all Icelanders") and starts dancing like some demented Frankenstein, to the horror of Ben Horne. Ben sends Catherine out to deflect attention away from Leland, resulting in the Icelanders copying their dance moves from Leland's anguished movements. It's funny but also deeply tragic, which is perfectly captured by the cut to Audrey, who is reduced to tears by the pathos she is witnessing from her hiding place.moreless
Brian Straub

Brian Straub

Einar Thorson

Guest Star

Mary Stavin

Mary Stavin


Guest Star

Rick Giolito

Rick Giolito


Guest Star

Eric Da Re

Eric Da Re

Leo Johnson

Recurring Role

Harry Goaz

Harry Goaz

Deputy Andy Brennan

Recurring Role

Michael Horse

Michael Horse

Deputy Tommy "Hawk" Hill

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The scenes in the woods outside the cabin were filmed in Angeles National Forest, which is located in the San Gabriel Mountains overlooking the Los Angeles basin.

    • This episode takes place on: Wednesday, March 1

    • The book on Cooper's nightstand is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

    • GOOF: Dr. Hayward says that Renault's blood is AB negative. Later, Cooper uses this to rule him out as the killer when it doesn't match the blood found at the crime scene. HOWEVER, later in the second season the killer's blood is revealed to be...AB negative! Ooops. (See also Episode Sixteen)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Log Lady: (Presenting her log to Cooper) You can ask it now.
      Cooper: (To log) What did you see that night? The night Laura Palmer was killed.
      Log Lady: Shhh, I'll do the talking. Dark. Laughing. The owls were flying. Many things were blocked. Laughing. Two men, two girls. Flashlights pass by in the woods over the ridge. The owls were near. The dark was pressing in on her. Quiet then. Later, footsteps. One man passed by. Screams far away. Terrible, terrible. One voice.

    • Bobby: Laura wanted to die.
      Dr. Jacoby: How do you know that?
      Bobby: Because she told me.
      Dr. Jacoby: What else did she tell you? Did she tell you that there was no goodness in the world?
      Bobby: She said people try to be good but they're really sick and rotten, her most of all, and every time she tried to make the world a better place, something terrible came up inside her and pulled her back down into hell. Took her deeper and deeper into the blackest nightmare. Every time it got harder to go back up to the light.

    • James: Its true, my mother was out of town this week but she wasn't traveling. What she does is, she goes to another town, shacks up in some cheap hotel with a couple of bottles and picks up guys and...
      Donna: It's alright.
      James: I'm telling you this because I don't want to have any secrets from you. I don't want there to be any lies between us. Its the secrets people keep that destroy any chance they have of happiness and I don't want us to be like that.

    • Cooper: Audrey, you'll have to excuse me this morning, I'm running late. I only have time for coffee.
      Audrey: Well maybe I could go with you.
      Cooper: Wednesdays were traditionally a school day when I was your age.
      Audrey: I can't believe you were ever my age.
      Cooper: I've got the pictures to prove it. How old are you?
      Audrey: Eighteen.
      Cooper: Well, see you later Audrey.

    • Log Lady intro: I play my part on my stage. I tell what I can to form the perfect answer. But that answer cannot come before all are ready to hear. So I tell what I can to form the perfect answer.
      Sometimes my anger at the fire is evident. Sometimes it is not anger, really. It may appear as such, but could it be a clue? The fire I speak of is not a kind fire.

    • Log Lady: I've got tea. I've got cookies. No cake.
      Cooper: That's very kind of you, but I don't know if we have time to...
      Hawk: (interrupting) What kind of cookies?
      Log Lady: Sugar. The owls won't see us in here.

  • NOTES (4)