Twin Peaks

Season 1 Episode 8

Episode Seven "The Last Evening" (1)

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 23, 1990 on ABC
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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.

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  • As you can hear from the ambient sound around me, and I notice with some relief, that the Icelandic group staying on my floor has either checked or passed out.

    What a season finale! Cooper gets into some serious trouble. And just about anything and everything we've been building up to throughout season one finally happens, with unforeseen consequences for the characters.
  • The Last Evening

    Not a groundbreaking episode by any means, the gunshot cliffhanger at the end is about as cliched as they come, even for the time, but this was still a solid end to the show's initial season.

    They introduced a whole new bag of issues and that's what you want from a season finale.
  • Three Sharp Notes

    The mother of all cliffhanger episodes. Writer Mark Frost seemingly throws in as many separate clifhangers as is humanly possible in 47 minutes, with a body count that must have filled every hospital bed available in Twin Peaks. It's a wild, frenetic ride that gallops from scene to scene with reckless abandon, ending with Cooper taking three slugs to the belly.

    This is an excellent episode with several surprisingly Lynchian moments. The opening shot of a Hawaiian sunset is deliciously incongruous but opens up to reveals that it is merely a decorative wall in Jacoby's office. The transition from the close up of Jacoby's open eye to the roulette table at OEJ's is brilliant and really sets the tone for this episode. The extreme close-up of Jacques' fleshy mouth as he recounts the debauchery of Laura's last night is especially chilling and very, very effective. The follow-up close-up of Cooper's face showing his barely contained disgust and horror at Jacques' tale is another classic moment. Also, check out the horns that seemingly sprout from Hank's head as he blackmails Josie into becoming his unwilling partner.

    I love how Cooper scores a blackjack hand with eight cards. "Mother always said I was born lucky." Funny stuff. And what is with the humpbacked gnome who adjusts Audrey's lingerie before scooting out through a secret back door? Hilarious!

    All in all, a great episode that is marred only by some small technical glitches (some of the more significant shots show some blurring and there are are a few dodgy transitions). I fondly recall feeling completely upended after seeing this for the first time on network television. It's one of the great season closers.moreless
Charles Hoyes

Charles Hoyes


Guest Star

Brian Straub

Brian Straub

Einar Thorson

Guest Star

Rick Giolito

Rick Giolito


Guest Star

Kimmy Robertson

Kimmy Robertson

Lucy Moran

Recurring Role

Eric Da Re

Eric Da Re

Leo Johnson

Recurring Role

Harry Goaz

Harry Goaz

Deputy Andy Brennan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The identity of the person who attacked Jacoby is never explicitly revealed but, according to Mark Frost's DVD commentary, it was the same person that killed Laura Palmer.

    • Goof: The necklace Donna discovers in Dr. Jacoby's office has the wrong cord. In the pilot episode, when James and Donna buried James's half of Laura's necklace in the woods, it clearly had a black leather cord instead of a gold chain. The necklace Donna finds in the coconut has a gold chain. Later, in episode 8, when James gives the necklace to Cooper in the police station, it once again has a leather cord. It's Laura's half of the necklace that had the gold chain.

    • Goof: When they are on the police station the boom man can be seen holding the microphone on the reflection on the doors.

    • This episode takes place on: Thursday, March 2.

    • This is the only episode of "Twin Peaks" that was directed by co-creator Mark Frost. However, Frost also directed all of the segments of "Invitation to Love" - the soap opera that is often seen on the character's televisions.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Laura: (On tape) Hey, what's up, doc? Its Laura, in case you haven't guessed. It's Thursday the twenty-third and I'm so bored. Actually, I'm in kind of a weird mood. God, James is sweet, but he's so dumb, and right now I can only take so much of sweet. Hey, remember that mystery man I told you about? Well, if I tell you his name then you're gonna be in trouble. He wouldn't be such a mystery man anymore but you might be history, man. I think a couple of times he's tried to kill me. But guess what? As you know, I sure got off on it. Hmm, isn't sex weird? This guy can really light my F-I-R-E as in red corvette. Uh-oh, here comes mom with milk and cookies.

    • Log Lady intro:

      "A drunken man walks in a way that is quite impossible for a sober man to imitate, and vice versa. An evil man has a way, no matter how clever--to the trained eye, his way will show itself."

      "Am I being too secretive? No. One can never answer questions at the wrong moment. Life, like music, has a rhythm. This particular song will end with three sharp notes, like deathly drumbeats."

    • Jacques Renault: Bite the bullet, baby. Bite the bullet.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Bobby: You tell him Leo Johnson said to check out James Hurley -- he's an easy rider.

      Refers to the movie Easy Rider, in which "Captain America" (Peter Fonda) stashes drugs in the gas tank of his motorcycle, just as Bobby has hidden drugs in James's gas tank.

    • Ben Horne, as he enters Audrey's room at One Eyed Jack's, quotes Shakespeare's The Tempest.