Twin Peaks

Season 1 Episode 2

Episode One "Traces To Nowhere"

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 12, 1990 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • In the scene where James Hurley is released from jail, watch carefully for the secret sign exchanged between Big Ed Hurley and Deputy Hawk. Its significance will be explained in later episodes.

    • This episode takes place on: Saturday, February 25

    • Jill Rogosheske, who plays Trudy, the waitress at the Great Northern Hotel, is married to writer/producer Robert Engels. Trudy appears in many episodes, and also acted as the on set pianist for when the Icelanders or Leland break into song at the Great Northern.

    • Some of the characters look somewhat different in this episode then they did in the pilot. Audrey and Leo have very different hair styles, even though only a few hours have passed since the end of the last episode. {This is due to the fact that many months seperated the filming of the pilot and the filming of Episode One.}

  • Quotes

    • Log Lady: For your information, I heard you speaking about Laura Palmer?
      Agent Cooper: Yes?
      Log Lady: One day my log will have something to say about this. My log saw something that night
      Agent Cooper: Really? What did it see?
      Log Lady: Ask it.

    • Log Lady intro: I carry a log -- yes. Is it funny to you? It is not to me. Behind all things are reasons. Reasons can even explain the absurd. Do we have the time to learn the reasons behind the human being's varied behavior? I think not. Some take the time. Are they called detectives?

      Watch--and see what life teaches.

    • Pete: How do you take your coffee, Mr. Cooper?
      Cooper: Black as midnight on a moonless night.
      Pete: Pretty black!

    • Cooper: Diane, I'm holding in my hand a box of small chocolate bunnies.

    • Cooper: This is, excuse me, a damn fine cup of coffee! I've had I don't know how many cups of coffee, and this... this is one of the best.

    • Audrey: Do your palms ever itch?

  • Notes

    • David Lynch was not able to direct this episode because he was off shooting his film "Wild At Heart." Once he finished shooting "Wild At Heart," Lynch was able to direct Episode Two.

    • The fish in the percolator bit is apparently based on an incident in director Duwayne Dunham's own personal life. While driving on a family vacation, Dunham noticed that the coffee in his thermos had a particular taste. He later discovered that one of his kids had placed a hot dog in the thermos prior to their departure from home.

    • The actor who plays Janek Pulaski is now Alan Ogle (Taking over for Rick Tutor). The actress playing his wife is now Michele Milantoni (previously Roberta Maguire). Mrs. Pulaski's name was "Maria" in the pilot but it is now "Suburbis."

    • Note the construction going on in the lobby of the Sherrif's Department. They are removing the glass foyer that was seen in the pilot. Director Dunham said that David Lynch didn't want the foyer on the set (A replica of the actuall location from the pilot), so Dunham came up with this visual gag to explain it's absence.

    • A.K.A. "Traces to Nowhere"

      Lynch/Frost Productions assigned no titles to the episodes, only the episode numbers. When the show aired in Germany, the station assigned episode titles, which were re-translated to English and are somewhat accepted by fandom.

    • Rating: 16.2/27; Number 13 for the week.

  • Allusions

    • Truman: I'm begining to feel a little bit like Dr. Watson.

      Harry is reffering, of course, to the famous sidekick of master detective Sherlock Holmes. Episode co-writer Mark Frost has written two novels featuring Sherlock Holmes and his loyal Dr. Watson. This famous duo were the partial inspiration for the Cooper/Truman dynamic.

    • Cooper: What really went on between Marlyin Monroe and the Kennedys? And who really pulled the trigger on JFK?

      Speaking about the events surrounding the assasination of President John F. Kennedy, this is the first of several references Cooper will make to unsolved mysteries in American history.