Twin Peaks

Season 2 Episode 9

Episode Sixteen "Arbitrary Law"

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 01, 1990 on ABC
9.7
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Albert returns to examine Maddy. Cooper asks for twenty-four hours to finish his case. James and Donna reaffirm their love. Andy accidentally leads Donna and Cooper back to Mrs. Tremond's house. Cooper is given a missing page from Laura's diary, describing the same dream he had. The One Armed man is ill, tells Cooper he has all the clues he needs. Catherine reveals herself to Ben, and he signs the mill back over to her. Leland and Donna learn of Maddy's death. Cooper calls together everyone for a final confrontation. James leaves town. Cooper tricks the killer into revealing himself after decoding the various clues from his dream. The spirit of Bob flees from the killer's body, who dies in Cooper's arms and is welcomed into the next life by Laura. Truman, Cooper, Albert and Major Briggs ponder the existence of Bob, and where he has gone to…

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  • Probably the best episode of the entire series.

    9.8
    This episode was nearly perfect from start to finish. The only thing keeping it from a perfect 10 are the filler scenes regarding Lucy, Andy, and Dick Tremaine, but they are few and far between thankfully. Nearly the entire episode revolves around the resolution of the who killed Laura Palmer storyline by agent Cooper. One of the best aspects of this episode is the fact that although Cooper and company finally figure out who killed Laura (after the audience already knew), no one still knows the entire greater mystery of Bob. By the end of the episode, we learn a few more details about Bob from Mike/Phillip Gerard and from Leland, but we still don't know exactly where Bob comes from - that is saved for later on in season 2. The final sequence proves once and for all that Bob does in fact exist, yet leaves us hanging in a suspenseful and creepy way.moreless
Jane Greer

Jane Greer

Vivian Smythe Niles

Guest Star

Clive Rosengren

Clive Rosengren

Mr. Zipper

Guest Star

Mae Williams

Mae Williams

Mrs. Tremond

Guest Star

Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer

Agent Albert Rosenfield

Recurring Role

Ian Buchanan

Ian Buchanan

Dick Tremayne

Recurring Role

Al Strobel

Al Strobel

Phillip Michael Gerard

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Log Lady intro:

      So now the sadness comes--the revelation. There is a depression after an answer is given. It was almost fun not knowing. Yes, now we know. At least we know what we sought in the beginning.

      But there is still the question: why? And this question will go on and on until the final answer comes. Then the knowing is so full, there is no room for questions.

    • Cooper: The time has come for you to seek the Path. Your soul has set you face to face before the clear light ... and now you are about to experience it in its Reality, wherein all things are like the void and cloudless sky, and the naked, spotless intellect is like a transparent vacuum, without circumference or center... At this moment, know yourself and abide in that state.

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    • Cooper: The time has come for you to seek the Path. Your soul has set you face to face before the clear light ... and now you are about to experience it in its Reality, wherein all things are like the void and cloudless sky, and the
      naked, spotless intellect is like a transparent vaccum, without circumference or center ...

      Cooper quotes the Tibetian Book of the Dead while trying to help Leland.

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