Twin Peaks

Season 1 Episode 7

Episode Six "Realization Time"

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 17, 1990 on ABC
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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 undercover 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.


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  • What I want and what I need are two different things, Audrey.

    Things heat up in this episode. The Bookhouse Boys cross over to One Eyed Jacks up in Canada. Great acting on the part of MacLachlan and McGill.
  • Episode Six

    I love how people hide things yet characters on TV shows never have any trouble finding them during limited windows of time when breaking in.

    It was a good episode, but we need the finale to really deliver.
  • Dead Birds Don't Talk

    This episode is good but perhaps a bit flat, which is surprising given that it is directed by as notable a filmmaker as Caleb Deschanel. I suspect it is the writing that is at fault, as this was episode was written by the same writer who wrote Episode Three, which was also a bit flat.

    When I say flat, I mean that it has no spark, no energy in the performances and no amazing setups or camerawork. Instead, we have a bit too many static shots of characters moving here and there, speaking their lines but with not a whole lot of pizzazz. Perhaps it's due the fact that this is a transitional episode meant to set up the events of the final Episode 7 of this season.

    I have always had a problem understanding Audrey's motivation for seeking an undercover job as a prostitute at OEJ's. It seems like such an extreme risk to take. Wouldn't it have been safer (and more plausible) to simply inform Cooper of her suspicions? After all, if she was motivated by a desire to impress Cooper, then giving him this important information might be enough. Ah, but then we wouldn't be treated to Sherilyn Fenn in lingerie for Episode 7, so maybe it's best not to question this too much. ;)

    Favorite moments in this episode are: Cooper's "treat yourself" speech to Truman, Audrey's sensual exhibition of her talented tongue and, of course, the iconic scene where the bird gets shot, causing its blood to drip over the donuts stacked neatly below. That scene is a GREAT moment in the series and it's an image that manages to survive the years since this episode was first broadcast on television.moreless
Mark Lowenthal

Mark Lowenthal

Mr. Neff

Guest Star

Eve Brent

Eve Brent

Theodora Ridgely

Guest Star

Lisa Ann Cabasa

Lisa Ann Cabasa


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 (3)

    • Director Caleb Deschanel is married to Mary Jo Deschanel, who plays Mrs. Hayward. They have two daughters, actress Zooey Deschanel (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and actress Emily Deschanel (Bones)

    • This episode takes place on: Wednesday, March 1 - Thursday, March 2

    • GOOF: The episode begins with a shot of a half-moon. However, in the previous episode (ie: the previous evening), the moon was shown as full. The moon could not have cycled so quickly.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Cooper: Do you like to gamble Ed?
      Big Ed: Well, I went to Reno once but I never felt too lucky.
      Cooper: You're gonna be lucky tonight. This is ten thousand dollars of the bureau's money. Whenever I gamble with the company's stake I always like to bring back a ten to fifteen percent return. How much would you like to start with? How about three hundred? And Ed, the suit is perfect.

    • Big Ed: Nadine, there's plenty of patent attorneys. We're just gonna have to keep on looking until we find one that understands drape runners.

    • Cooper: Harry, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don't plan it, don't wait for it, just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men's store, a catnap in your office chair or (gesturing at two cups of coffee) two cups of good hot black coffee. Like this.
      Truman: A present? Like Christmas?
      Cooper: (Taking a sip) Ah, man that hits the spot. Nothing like a great cup of black coffee.

    • Laura: (On tape) What's up doc? Just a few words before I go to sleep. I feel like I'm going to dream tonight. Big bad ones. You know, the kind you like. Its easier talking into the recorder. I guess I feel I can say anything. All my secrets. The naked ones. I know you like those doc. I know you like me too. That'll be my little secret, okay? Just like your coconut. Why is it so easy to make men like me? And I don't even have to try very hard. Maybe, if it was harder...

    • Cooper: Now I'm going to go down and get us two malts and some fries downstairs. Then I want you to tell me all your troubles.
      Audrey: That could take all night.
      Cooper: The night is young. Now I'm going to get the food and you're going to get dressed.
      Audrey: I can't tell you all my secrets.
      Cooper: Secrets are dangerous things Audrey.
      Audrey: Do you have any?
      Cooper: No.
      Audrey: Laura had a lot of secrets.
      Cooper: Finding those out is my job.

    • Log Lady intro:

      "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yet there are those who open many eyes. Eyes are the mirror of the soul, someone has said. So we look closely at the eyes to see the nature of the soul."

      "Sometimes when we see the eyes--those horrible times when we see the eyes, eyes that ... that have no soul--then we know a darkness, then we wonder: where is the beauty? There is none if the eyes are soulless."

    • Waldo the Bird: Laura... Laura... Don't go there... Hurting me... Hurting me... Stop it... Stop it... Leo no... Leo no...

  • NOTES (4)


    • The aliases assumed by Cooper and Big Ed at One Eyed Jack's, Barney and Fred, are a clear reference to The Flintstones, a popular children's cartoon.

    • Audrey's spying on Battis through the slats of the closet is very similar to the scene in Lynch's "Blue Velvet" where MacLachlan spies on Dennis Hopper's character from inside a closet.

    • When Cooper enters the police station near the beginning of the episode with his pennywhistle, he plays part of the flying saucer's "tune" from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

    • Mr. Neff:
      The insurance salesman, Mr. Neff, is named for the character in the classic noir film Double Indeminty.

    • Blackie: "I read the Scarlett Letter in high school just like you, sweetheart."

      Audrey Horne takes "Hester Prynne" as her undercover name at One Eyed Jack's. this is the name of the lead character from the classic novel The Scarlet Letter.