FIRST DRAFT: July 2, 1989
7700 Balboa Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
"TRACES TO NOWHERE"
1. EXT. GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL - DAY
Dawn breaks over the Great Northern.
2. INT. GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL ROOM - DAY
We hear him before we see him, but DALE COOPER is perched six inches
above the floor in a one-handed yoga "frog" position, wearing boxer shorts
and a pair of socks, talking into the tape recorder which is sitting on the
carpet near his head.
Diane... 6:18 a.m., room 315, Great
Northern Hotel up here in Twin Peaks.
Slept pretty well. Non-smoking room.
No tobacco smell. ThatÕs a nice
consideration for the business traveler.
A hint of douglas fir needles in the
air. As Sheriff Truman indicated they
would, everything this hotel promised,
theyÕve delivered: clean, reasonably
priced accomodations ... telephone works
... bathroom in really tip-top shape ...
no drips, plenty of hot water with good,
steady pressure ... could be a side-
benefit of the waterfall just outside
my window ... firm matress, but not too
firm ... and no lumps like that time I
told you about down in El Paso... Diane,
what a nightmare that was, but of course
youÕve heard me tell that story once or
twice before. HavenÕt tried the television.
Looks like cable, probably no reception
problems. But the true test of any
hotel, as you know, is that morning
cup of coffee, which I'll be getting
back to you about within the half
hour... Diane, it struck me again
earlier this morning; there are two
things that continue to trouble me,
and I'm not just speaking as an agent
of the Bureau, but also as a human
being: what really went on between
Marilyn Monroe and the Kennedys? And
who really pulled the trigger on JFK?
3. EXT. SHERIFF TRUMAN'S HOUSE - MORNING
A rustic log house, with the Sheriff's cruiser parked in front. A rooster crows.
SHERIFF TRUMAN exits the house, carrying a soiled paper bag. He walks
around the side yard to a chicken coop and scatters the feed he has in the
bag into the coop. They start clucking and pecking.
How you girls doing this morning?
Sounds like you got plenty to talk
about today. Hope it's good news.
He empties the bag and starts towards the cruiser.
4. EXT. DOUGHNUT SHOP - DAY
A sign reads: WAGON-WHEEL DO-NUTS
5. INT. DOUGHNUT SHOP - MORNING
A banner reads: GO AHEAD, MAKE MY DONUT. Another banner reads:
SQUARE DEALS ON ROUND DONUTS.
DEPUTY ANDY BRENNAN and LUCY MORAN are at the counter, in the
middle of ordering.
... two boxes of chocolate creams with
jimmies, a box of maple bearclaws,
one raspberry swizzle twist, two boxes
of jelly donuts...
I'm ordering extra jelly donuts becuase
they're Agent Cooper's favorite, you
know my aunt I told you about with
the raccoons? She liked jelly donuts,
they were her favorite, but she
doesn't remind me at all of Agent
(a new thought)
Her son, though, does --
And one plum frappe turnover.
6. INT. SHERIFF'S CRUISER - MORNING
Truman drives past the Wagon-Wheel Do-Nuts just in time to see Lucy
and Andy leaving the shop, with Andy carrying a stack of donut boxes
up to his neck.
Truman pulls into the parking lot next to them and leans out the window.
Can I give you three a lift?
But Sheriff, there's only two of us.
Truman and Andy look at each other.
7. INT. GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL DINING ROOM - DAY
Dale Cooper sits at a choice corner table, holding a fresh, hot cup of
coffee, as a WAITRESS comes by, holding the coffee pot.
(holding up a hand to
Wait right there, wait right there...
(he sniffs the coffee; hmm
... he sips)
You know, this is, excuse me, a damn
good cup of coffee. I've had I can't
tell you many cups of coffee I've had
in my life and this...
... this is one of the best.
I'd like two eggs, over hard, don't
tell me, I know it's hard on the
arteries, but old habits die hard,
just about as hard as I want those
eggs ... bacon, super-crispy, almost
burned: cremate it --
8. AUDREY HORNE
Across the room, watching Cooper order. She slips into her beguiling,
rip-your-heart-out routine and sashays across the dining room to
(just finishing up)
... that's great, I'll have the
grapefruit juice, as long as ...
(sees Audrey approaching)
... those grapefruits are freshly
The Waitress departs. Audrey smiles.
My name is Audrey Horne.
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Special
Agent Dale Cooper.
Can I sit here?
Miss Horne, unless I miss my guess,
your father is Benjamin Horne, the
owner of this fine establishment, so
I guess you can sit anywhere you like.
And I'd also like to add that it
would be my pleasure.
Audrey sits, a little confused, runs a hand over her forehead.
You know, sometimes I get so flushed
... it's interesting.
Were you a friend of Laura Palmer's?
Her father works for your father. Did
you know each other growing up?
Oh, we knew each other...
But there was something about her
you didn't like.
Everybody liked Laura. She was just
Little Miss Perfect. Laura tutored
my older brother Johnny three times
a week. Johnny's twenty-seven and
he's in the third grade. He's got
emotional problems; it runs in the
family. Do you like my ring?
(hold out her hand to show
a big rock)
My father bought it for me. My father
was crazy about Laura. He bought
her a pony when she was nine, but he
let her father say it was from him.
Its name was Troy.
(absent-mindedly rubs her left palm)
Do your palms ever itch?
Cooper studies her benignly.
9. BENJAMIN HORNE
Crossing the hallway outside the dining room, he glances in and sees
his daughter sitting with Dale Cooper. He stops, takes this in, then
10. EXT. LEO JOHNSON'S HOUSE - MORNING
The trucker, LEO JOHNSON, is obsessively cleaning the cab of
his semi rig with a dustbuster. A bucket of hot water, some
sponges, and a hose are at the ready nearby. We see that
Leo's name is stenciled on the rig's door, along with the name,
"BIG PUSSYCAT." SHELLY JOHNSON, in her waitress uniform,
comes up to the truck.
Leo, honey? I gotta go to work now,
Norma'll be here any sec ... Leo?
Leo turns off the dustbuster and turns to her.
Did you finish cleaning my boots?
They're all done, and I did the
All of it?
No you didn't.
He grabs a used grocery bag full of dirty clothes from the cab
and flings it at her.
Sure, Leo, when I get home I'll --
Shelly starts back towards the house.
11. INT. JOHNSON'S KITCHEN - MORNING
Shelly dumps the clothes out of the grocery bag onto a laundry
basket in front of the washer. She shakes out the clothes before
putting them in. She stops short when she sees a large, dark
red bloodstain on a faded blue cowboy work shirt.
She starts to tremble. She hears a car horn beep outside. She
looks out the window, sees Norma's car pull in near the truck
but she doesn't see Leo.
She hears the screen door open and bang shut in the other room.
Shelly? Norma's here.
Shelly makes a brave decision: quickly folds the bloodstained shirt
and stashes it behind the washer, dumps the rest of the clothes in
the washer, closes the door and starts it just as Leo comes in the room.
Shelly, did you hear me say Norma's
I heard you, Leo.
She starts out. He catches her by the arm.
I'm gonna come by the diner sometime
today. Be a good girl and save me
a piece 'a pie.
He pinches her cheek softly and holds it.
(manages a smile)
He works her cheek for a moment, squeezing a bit harder. Shelly
hides her fear.
12. EXT. JOHNSON HOUSE/INT. NORMA'S CAR
NORMA sits behind the wheel of a maroon '64 Falcon station wagon. Shelly gets in beside her and they drive off.
Leo sure does keep that truck up,
He sure does.
(glances at her, sees her
We're sure a couple 'a characters,
aren't we, Shelly?
Norma, you said a mouthful and then
(shakes her head)
(shakes her head)
You hear what happened at the Roadhouse
Big fight. Bobby Briggs hit Ed Hurley
with some brass knuckles --
Bobby hit Ed? Weird.
They look at each other, each knowing the other's secret, but not saying so.
Ed's got a concussion. Then Bobby and
Mike got into it with the Bookhouse
Boys, took two patrol cars to break
it up. Bobby and Mike're probably
still in jail.
(shakes her head)
13. EXT. SHERIFF'S STATION ENTRANCE - MORNING
14. INT. SHERIFF'S STATION RECEPTION AREA - MORNING
Deputy Andy takes a big bite of his plum frappe turnover, just as Dale Cooper breezes through the front door and waves brightly as he passes.
(his mouth completely full)
Good morning, Agent Cooper.
Lucy, at the coffee station holding a pot and a cup, turns to face Cooper, with a doughnut stuck in her mouth.
Hey there, Lucy.
Agent Cooper, I got jelly for you
special, the Sheriff's down the hall
I'll just look for him down in
He moves down the hall.
15. INT. INTERROGATION ROOM A - MORNING
Cooper whisks in just as Truman, coffee mug in hand, takes an enormous bite of a humongous bearclaw.
Hey, Sheriff: three for three.
Truman tries to chew, but holds up his hand to be patient. Cooper sits.
Number one, James Hurley: as soon as
his lawyer gets here, we bring him
up from Cell Four and talk to him
straight. He was in love with Laura
Palmer, my bet is she told him whatever
dirt she knew about Bobby and Mike
and who knows what else ... if James
plays ball, we send him off with our
blessings and a firm reminder to
watch his back when Mike and Bobby
hit the streets...
(Truman nods, trying to chew fast)
Then we'll have a chat with those two
perpetrators, let's run a top to
bottom on Bobby's vehicle and in the
meantime, let's find out what the
autopsy report on Laura Palmer gives
I've got the rest of the day mapped
out. I'll meet you back here in
Interrogation ... I really have to
urinate. By the way, the coffee at
the Great Northern? Incredible.
He exits, just as Truman finally swallows his mouthful of bearclaw.
16. INT. INTERROGATION ROOM A - DAY
JAMES HURLEY is seated, next to his LAWYER, across from Truman, as Cooper enters and sits down beside the Sheriff.
James has been advised of his rights.
James, you were placed under arrest
for suspicion of murder, the murder
of Laura Palmer. You have no
previous criminal record, is that
None. No, sir.
Cooper turns on the VCR and we see the same videotape of Laura and Donna at the picnic that we saw earlier. James watches the video.
James, did you shoot this videotape?
Cooper fast forwards to the freeze frame of the motorcycle reflected in Laura's eye.
Isn't that your cycle, James?
Yes, sir, it is. The three of us went
up there three Sundays ago.
James, you were in love with Laura.
(James is silent)
The two of you were seeing each other
secretly. No one else at the school,
or any of her friends knew about it;
she was the homecoming queen, her
boyfriend was the captain of the
football team. How much longer did
you think you could keep this
It was secret because that's the way
she wanted it.
Why do you suppose that was, James?
Do think it had something to do
It had everything to do with Bobby.
Why? Was she afraid of Bobby?
I think so.
Did you know that Laura was using
Did you ever take cocaine with her?
No, I tried to get her to stop.
When was the last time you saw her?
Two nights ago. The night she died.
For about three hours. She snuck out
of the house about 9:30. About 12:30
I stopped the bike at the light at
Sparkwood and 21. She jumped off and
ran away. I didn't see her again.
You're sure it was 12:30?
Yes, sir, Steve's Liqour Locker was
closing up as we drove by and he
closes right at 12:30.
You and Laura have a fight?
Not exactly. But she said she couldn't
see me anymore.
She didn't say.
Was she high that night?
Where did she get her drugs?
I don't know. Most of the time we
were together she was clean.
Did she get her drugs from Bobby?
I really don't know where she got 'em,
she never talked about it. She didn't
like that part of herself.
Why did she start using again?
I don't know. Something happened, a
couple of days ago --
I don't know exactly. I think
something scared her. She wouldn't
talk to me, she wouldn't see me for
a couple days --
Until the last night.
Did she call you that night?
Cooper looks at Laura's diary, opened in front of him, at the page for February 5th; the page marked "DAY ONE." He takes the half-hearted necklace from his pocket.
Did you recognize this necklace, James?
James, what happened on February 5th?
Tears form in his eyes. He fights them back.
WHITE OUT TO:
17. EXT. PARK - DAY
LAURA PALMER, lying on a picnic blanket, playfully turns to face James.
What day is it today?
No, I mean the date.
The fifth of February.
Okay. It's an important day for me,
James. You've got three guesses
why I'm so happy today.
Because you're the most beautiful
girl in the world?
Because you have the cutest nose in
Because your skin is soft and you
smell so good?
Because I really believe that you
She takes the necklace from her pocket, "breaks" the heart in two, gives half to James and puts the other half around her neck.
WHITE OUT TO:
Sitting in interrogation. Looks up at Cooper.
I don't remember.
Cooper looks at him.
19. EXT. JOHNSON HOUSE - DAY
Leo is putting the last touches on polishing his truck, when he's struck by a troubling thought. He throws open the door of the cab and frantically searches behind and under the driver's seat. He can't find what he's looking for.
He jumps down from the cab and runs towards the house.
20. INT. JOHNSON LAUNDRY ROOM - DAY
Leo hurries in, throws open the top of the washer, pulls out the full load of soggy laundry and searches through them, looking for the bloody shirt that he does not find.
Leo kicks the washer hard. The washer goes "tilt" and makes a loud, rhythmic honking sound.
END ACT ONE
21. INT. DONNA HAYWARD'S BEDROOM - DAY
DONNA HAYWARD lies asleep in bed. The sound of an operatic aria drifts through the room, originating downstairs. Donna shifts, starting to waken, stretches and smiles like an untroubled angel. Then her eyes open and she remembers Laura's death.
22. INT. HAYWARD LIVING ROOM - DAY
Donna enters the room, where her mother, EILEEN, sits in her wheelchair doing elaborate needlepoint, listening to the opera on the hi-fi.
(Eileen doesn't hear her)
Oh, good morning, dear, I didn't hear
you come down.
She uses a remote control to turn down the volume of the hi-fi and takes her daughter's hand.
Mom, it's ten-thirty, why didn't you
wake me? I was supposed to go down
to the sherrif's --
They called this morning and said
they could wait until tomorrow to see
you. Your father and I thought you
should rest. You woke us crying
in your sleep last night, do you
We feel so badly for you, we're so
(sits beside her)
Mom, it's so strange. I know I should
be sad, and I am, part of me is, but
I ... it's like I'm having the most
beautiful dream and the most terrible
nightmare all at once.
Your father told me you went out last
night to meet a boy named James Hurley.
Does this have anything to do with
(nods, decides to confide)
Can this be between you and me?
(takes her hand)
Of course it can.
James and Laura were seeing each other
the last two months. They fell in
love. I was the only one who knew
about it. James was so good for her,
you don't know how troubled Laura
was, the kind of trouble she was in
and how much she wanted to get away
from Bobby --
I've been waiting for something like
this about Bobby. And what about Mike?
Mom, Laura and I made a pact. We
wanted to get away from them, from
both of them --
Are you saying you think Bobby had
something to do with Laura's death?
I don't know. I think Bobby's
dangerous, I think he's capable of
What did you tell the police?
Nothing, I don't have any proof of
anything and what's terrible is James
was with Laura the night she died,
but Mom, I know he didn't do it.
Last night, I had to see him, we
were the two closest people to her
in the world. But I feel so bad...
Because we realized that all this
time ... we were the ones who were
falling in love. I feel like I've
betrayed my best friend ...
... but if that's true, then why
do I feel so happy?
Donna falls into her mother's arms.
23. INT. GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL OFFICE - DAY
LELAND PALMER sits behind his desk, talking on the telephone. His SECRETARY sits across from him.
... Palmer, P-A-L-M-E-R ... yes,
that's correct, my daughter ... her
name was Laura... I'm calling to
make the arrangements, the funeral,
everything, I want everything taken
care of, I don't care how much it
costs, and if you don't mind, I'd
prefer that we not discuss money...
During above, Benjamin Horne enters, stops and listens.
... I don't understand the question ...
what's the difference? What do you
mean "leak" ... seepage? I think I --
(loses it; almost a moan)
-- no, don't --
DON'T TELL ME!!! DON'T TELL ME!!!
He pushes the phone and everything else on his desk away from him. He gets up, crosses to a cabinet stereo, turns on the sound on a modern jazz quartet record, 9/4 time, about as loud as it can go.
Benjamin goes to the Secretary.
Take him to the lounge and call Dr.
She nods, goes to Leland, takes him gently by the arm and leads him out of the room.
Benjamin Horne turns down the sound on the stereo, goes to the desk and picks up the phone.
This is Benjamin Horne, who am I
speaking to? ... fine ... mahogany
and teak? Well, you can forget that,
Mr. Formaldehyde, I'm picking up the
tab here and you vampires are not
taking a bite out of my checkbook in
order to exploit my colleague's
tradgedy ... start thinking lead.
He slams down the phone, just as we hear, from outside...
JERRY HORNE'S VOICE
No, no, no, don't put 'em in my room,
in here, through that door right there!
JERRY HORNE, Benjamin's younger, wiry brother enters, followed by four BELLHOPS, carrying a mess of mismatched samsonite.
Good to have you back, Jerry, how was
(shakes his head)
In a minute...
(turns back to the Bellhops,
Right THERE, no, no, right THERE!
The Bellhops carefully set the bags down as directed.
What's the matter with Leland? Looks
like somebody shot his dog.
The Bellhops all stop and look at Benjamin.
What is WITH you guys? I've got a
sandwich in there and I want all those
bags opened -- we're looking till we
The Bellhops hop to it; all the bags are opened. Jerry tosses clothes around the room until he finds a baguette with brie wrapped in white paper.
Brother Ben, this is the best damn
sandwich I ever ate, it's a baguette,
with brie and butter, had four of
these damn things every day I was
(he reaches in and finds
Got a couple left -- here, try one.
(takes the sandwich)
Jerry, Leland's daughter was murdered.
And the Norweigans left.
Did they sign?
No. The deal's off.
We had those Vikings by the horns, what
One of 'em left a note.
What's it say?
We're not a hundred percent sure, they
took the translator with 'em.
Did you say Leland's daughter was
24. INT. SHERIFF'S STATION INTERROGATION - DAY
DR. HAYWARD opens the folder containing Laura's autopsy report, ready to share the results to Truman and Cooper. Dr. Hayward absentmindedly tugs on a thread sticking out of his sleeve.
Harry, as you know, I delivered Laura.
I knew her her entire life; she was
my daughter's best friend. I couldn't
bring myself to do the postmortem, so
last night I called in Joe Fielding
from Fairvale. He did the work, I
assisted, this is what he found...
(puts on glasses, consults sheet)
Time of death estimated to be between
midnight and four a.m. What killed
her was loss of blood. Numerous shallow
wounds, no single one serious enough
to have been the cause of death. Bite
marks. On her tongue, probably self-
inflicted. Lesions on wrists, ankles,
and upper arms, where she was bound.
We're waiting on toxological tests for
drug use. Within the last twelve hours
of her life, she had sexual relations
with at least three men.
He tugs again on the loose thread of his sleeve; a button pops off his shirt, hits the table and spins. He takes off his glasses, wipes his eyes.
And you've examined Ronette Pulaski
Yes. Wound patterns are consistent.
In my mind, there's no question the
same perpetrator attacked them both.
Doc, when, if ever, will Ronette be
able to talk to us?
She suffered a severe head wound, it's
still too early to tell, add to that
the psychological impact of the fear,
probably witnessing what happened to
Laura before her...
The answer's in there somewhere.
Doc Hayward looks at a close-up picture of Laura taken where she was found on the beach.
So beautiful. Who would do a thing
25. INT. HOLDING CELL - DAY
Mike and Bobby sit on their steel cots. Mike moves to Bobby, who's hanging his head upside down off the back of the cot, kneels down beside him and speaks to him quietly.
Hey Bopper ... since when does Leo
Johnson call me at my parent's house?
Leo called you?
Yesterday. He was looking for you.
He wanted to know where the other half
of the money was.
What'd you tell him, Snake?
Hey, as far as I knew, he didn't have
any of it yet. I thought the deal
was we were supposed to give it to
I gave him half already.
(surprised and a little angry)
When did you see him?
Hey, I saw him the other night, okay?
What night? You mean Thursday night?
Wait a minute, the night we followed
Laura back to her place after she
left your house --
Check. We had a couple brewskis and I
dropped you off.
(lowering his voice further)
And then I went to see Leo, cause I
had this money burning a ten thousand
dollar hole in my pocket.
What about the other half?
It's in Laura's safe deposit box.
You didn't get it back from her?
She was supposed to hand it over today.
Then she went and checked out on us.
So how we gonna get that ten grand
I don't know, Snake. Maybe we could
sell light bulbs door-to-door.
That's great, that's just great. This
isn't funny, man.
You see me laughing?
We're lucky we're in jail, you know
what's gonna go down when we get out?
Maybe we ought'a figure a way to stay
in here --
(grabs his shirt)
Don't even think like that -- and don't
mention one word about Leo Johnson,
you do not know Leo Johnson.
But what about --
The holding area door opens. Hawk leads James back in and takes him back to his cell. Bobby jumps up from his cot and moves to the bars.
Oh, look at that. Here comes that
accident waiting to happen.
That could constitute a threat, Briggs.
Gee, I'm sorry.
James enters his cell.
26. INT. SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT RECEPTION AREA - DAY
Truman and Cooper make their way towards the front, as ED HURLEY, a bandage on his head, rises from his seat.
Hey Ed, how's that coconut?
Kind'a tender. My pride's hurt worse.
Yeah, since when can some 18 year-old
punk take Big Ed Hurley out, even if
he was wearing knuckle dusters. Ed,
this is Agent Dale Cooper.
Any relation to James?
I'm his uncle. His mother's out of
town, called this morning, asked me
to come on over. You fellas plan
on holding him a while?
No, we can release him into your
Truman looks at him.
Let me understand; is James being
I had one small doubt which James has
satisfactorily cleared up for me. He
didn't kill anybody. But you tell
him to be careful; we're going to
have to release Mike and Bobby today
Lucy calls from the switchboard.
Agent Cooper, I've got a call for you
from a Mr. Albert Rosenfield, sounds
like long distance, it has that open-
air sound where it sounds like the
wind blowing, you know, like wind
through the trees --
Cooper moves towards her to take the call. Ed takes Truman by the arm and lowers his voice.
Harry, I've been thinking about last
night at the Roadhouse: something's
Yeah, when I first saw the bandage I
thought Nadine might've gotten wind
of you and Norma.
Harry, if Nadine'd gotten wind of me
and Norma, I'd be playing harp for
the Heavenly All-Stars. No, the
thing is I can remember Mike and
Bobby grabbing Donna, I stood up to
walk over and I got all lightheaded,
I was out on my feet before I got
there, I don't even remember getting
What are you saying?
I'm pretty sure my beer was drugged.
And you know who was tending bar
Truman thinks a moment, then nods.
On the phone at the switchboard.
Alright, Albert, bring the boys, you
guys can have the body all day
tomorrow ... no, can't do it, they're
gonna bury her on Monday ... and
Albert, if you come through Lewis
Fork, I can recommend a place for
lunch, the Lamplighter Inn.
They've got a cherry pie that could
28. EXT. HARDWARE STORE - DAY
Carrying a small tray of sandwiches, Norma is going into the hardware store down the block from the Double R Diner. She holds the door open for a woman who's exiting, obscured behind a big bag of hardware. It's NADINE HURLEY. Norma sees her first.
What are you doing here, Norma?
I might ask you the same question.
(a hint of aggressiveness)
And I will tell you: I've gotten all
new drapes for my house. Ed bought
them for me yesterday at Gentle Jim's
and we installed them together.
They're a beige sheer. I was up all
night, do you know what I was doing?
(a little worried)
No, I don't.
I was inventing a noiseless, completely
silent drape runner. And do you know
how it works, do you know what makes
it work? The thing I thought of at
four this morning while I was waiting
for my husband to be released from
Nadine takes a package out of the bag, wrenches it open and grabs a handfull of...
Cotton balls. By God, those things'll
be quiet now.
Nadine moves off. Norma enters the store.
29. INT. SHERIFF'S STATION WAITING AREA - DAY
Ed Hurley rises, as James is escorted out and unhandcuffed by Hawk. James moves to Ed.
Did you have to post bail?
Had a talk with Harry. No charge.
(a source of pain)
Mom still out of town?
Yeah. She's still out of town. Let's
get out of here.
Gonna need a hand from the Bookhouse
Boys. Somebody's gotta watch my back.
Already got it covered.
30. INT. INTERROGATION ROOM A - DAY
Mike sits at the table, as Dale Cooper enters.
So tell me, Mike, what are you doing
hanging around with a guy like Bobby
He's my friend.
You don't seem like such a bad kid to
me, but Bobby Briggs could drag you
straight into hell. How long has
Donna Hayward been your girlfriend?
Around two years.
Why were you screaming at her and
roughing her up last night at the
That's between her and me.
Between you and her, or you, her, and
What's that supposed to mean?
You guys were out looking for James
last night --
That's right, he was fooling around with
Laura, next thing we know she's dead
and he's out fooling around with Donna --
You couldn't find James so you picked
a fight with his gang instead.
They started it.
After Bobby decked Ed Hurley with a
pair of brass knuckles?
He was defending himself -- look, I
already spent a night in jail, are
you charging me with something?
Settle down there, punk. I could make
one phone call and you'd go so far
away God couldn't find you.
Cooper smiles. Mike gets the picture.
31. INT. INTERROGATION ROOM B - DAY
Truman sits across from Bobby, filling out a report, when Cooper breezily enters.
Hi, Bobby, I was just talking to Mike.
Now before we get started, have you
got your stories straight?
If you tell the truth, you don't have
to get your stories straight. Besides,
the sheriff tells me we're just in
here for fighting and it was self-
Right. Well, I guess you can go then.
Cooper sits, takes the whistle he whittled out of his pocket and begins to sand it with a small piece of folded sandpaper. Truman looks at him.
Bobby stands and makes his way to the door.
(Bobby stops at the door)
Pray for the health and safety of
James Hurley, because if anything
happens to him, we're coming for you.
They look at each other. Bobby exits. Cooper stands and takes out his electronic notebook.
What are you sitting around for, Harry?
We got places to go and people to see.
I'm gonna start studying medicine.
Cause I'm starting to feel like Dr. Watson.
END ACT TWO
33. INT. BLUE PINE LODGE KITCHEN - DAY
CLOSE on a trout as it's slit open and held under running water. PETE MARTELL proceeds to clean the fish in the sink, whisting a happy tune. In a dressing gown, over a negligee, JOSIE PACKARD enters the kitchen, a happy look on her face.
On top of the morning to you, Pete.
No, Josie, the expression is "top of
the morning" ...
(looks up at the clock)
... and it's just barely morning.
So perhaps I should say, "Bottom of
That'd be more like it.
Out of sight, below the counter, we hear a little dog bark. Josie bends down to pet it.
Hello, Koro, good fellow ... is
Catherine at the mill?
She wanted to run a half-shift on
account of us closing down yesterday.
I told her she was on her own, I
was goin' fishin'.
(holds up his string)
Pete, I want to thank you for yesterday,
for standing up to me with Catherine.
No, Josie, it's not you I was --
(thinks better of it)
Forget it. Catherine was wrong
The doorbell rings. Pete goes to answer it. He returns a few moments later.
Josie, the Sheriff and the gent from
the FBI are here to see you.
Josie follows Pete into the living room.
34. INT. BLUE PINE LODGE LIVING ROOM - DAY
Josie enters with Pete. Cooper and Truman rise.
Mrs. Packard, this is Dale Cooper, FBI.
Pleased to meet you, ma'am.
Thank you. Can I offer you gentlemen
a cup of joe?
Mrs. Packard, you said the magic word.
I'd love a cup, thanks.
I'll get that for you. Mr. Cooper,
how do you take it?
Black as midnight on a moonless night.
Please, grab yourself a chair.
They all sit. Out of sight, the little dog barks again.
Look at him, what a cute little fellow,
what's his name?
(filing this away)
Koro. Koro. That means something.
Chinese. I am not sure exactly. My
late husband Andrew named him. "Big,
steaming engine" perhaps?
Cooper starts to bend down to pet Koro, Truman tries to signal him not to. A growl, a yip and Cooper withdraws his hand.
Mrs. Packard, I'll come right to the
point. Mrs. Packard, I understand that
you'd hired Laura to come see you twice
a week to help you with your English,
is that correct?
Yes, you see my late husband, Andrew...
I first learned English from him, when
we met in Hong Kong, but I have learned
after his death that he spoke only in
what you would call "western cliches" --
That's very interesting, Mrs. Packard,
so you hired Laura to help you --
That is the ticket, because I was
apparently not even saying the cliches
When was the last time you saw Laura?
Thursday afternoon, about the time the
mill blew five.
That would be five o'clock?
When did she leave?
After one hour, when the lesson was
finished. I did not see her again.
How did she seem to you on Thursday
Something was bothering her but we
did not have a heart-to-heart on it.
She said one thing, though, which
stuck to my mind. She said, "I think
now I know how you feel ... about
your husband's death."
Did she say what that was in reference to?
No, but I think of it now like an old
song with a haunting melody that I
can't stop hearing in my head.
Uh-huh. Did you ask her then what she
meant by this?
It was just as she was leaving. There
was no time.
She stares at the floor. Cooper and Truman look at each other. The phone rings.
Excuse me, please...
She rises and exits. Cooper smiles strangely at Truman.
How long have you been seeing her?
(about three different reactions
How did you know?
Geez ... uh, not long. About six weeks.
Andrew died a year and a half ago.
Pete sticks his head back in.
You'd never guess; had to make a new
pot: there was a fish in the percolator.
Was there an inquest into her husband's
Yeah. He took his 36-footer out on
Black Lake. He'd just put in a
customized, high performance engine,
there was an explosion on board.
We found pieces of the boat but
nothing of Andrew. It was ruled
(lowers his voice)
You never found the body?
Don't look to me like that. He was
like a father to me.
Take it easy, Harry, you're so far
above suspicion I can't even see you
through the clouds.
35. INT. BLUE PINE LODGE KITCHEN - DAY
Josie is on the phone.
... yes, Catherine, I'm listening...
36. INT. SMALL PLEASANT MOTEL ROOM - DAY
CATHERINE PACKARD MARTELL is on the phone, sipping a drink, unbuttoning her shirt.
... I just thought you ought to know
what your sentimental good-will shenanigans
cost us yesterday, you do know what
shenanigans are, don't you?...
Josie mouths the word, not at all sure.
Shutting down the mill for eight hours,
plus the night-shift, cost us eighty-
seven thousand dollars and change. Do
you really think that would have made
She hangs up. Turns and raises her glass and touches glasses with Benjamin Horne, who smiles and swoops down for a kiss.
37. INT. BLUE PINE LODGE KITCHEN - DAY
Josie exits. Pete scrubs the coffee pot, whistling happily. We move off him to reveal a small dead fish on the counter, coated with coffee grounds, in a small, thin pool of steaming percolator water.
38. INT. BLUE PINE LODGE LIVING ROOM - DAY
Josie re-enters the room. Truman and Cooper rise. Preoccupied, Josie sits down, mouthing a word to herself. Truman and Cooper slowly sit.
Mrs. Packard? ... Josie?
What is "shenanigans"?
Nonsense; mischief; often a treacherous
or deceitful trick.
Josie looks sad. Koro barks. Truman and Cooper look at each other.
40. EXT. SMALL PLEASANT MOTEL - DAY
Cottages, a little vacation spot tucked away at the base of White Tail Mountain.
41. INT. MOTEL ROOM - DAY
Catherine Martell is lounging in bed. Benjamin Horne is in front of a mirror, trying his tie.
Why do you always have to rush off?
(looks at his watch)
We've been here over an hour.
There was a time when we'd take all
In the sweetness of passing time, this
hour will soon seem like a day.
Sing it to somebody else. I'm not one
of your teenage peabrain chambermaids.
Oh, I'm sorry, did I offend your
My mistake. I'd gotten used to us
conducting business and pleasure.
Sweetheart, it's all the same to me.
Well I'm no schoolgirl either. What's
the next step?
(sits down beside her on the bed)
We may not have to do anything: a few
more local tragedies and Josie may
run that mill into the ground herself.
You should have seen her, so proud and
weepy over that little cheerleader's
death, as if she was the only one in
the world with feelings.
But the fact is those losses are going
to look beautiful in the books.
With the pace we've set, it'll still be
months before that mill's bankrupt. I
don't know if I can wait that long.
Besides, there's always a chance my
knothead husband may decide to take a
peek at those dusty old books.
Maybe it's time for a fire.
Are you talking about business or pleasure?
I'm talking about the Packard sawmill.
(she gets the idea)
All that dry wood lying around...
A stray spark one night...
... when Pete's off on a toot with
Smokey the Bear.
(lust in his eyes)
Now I remember how those hours turned
He starts removing his tie. She smiles and reaches up for him.
42. EXT. GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL AND WATERFALL - DAY
43. INT. GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL PRIVATE QUARTERS - DAY
Looking in on JOHNNY HORNE, in his Indian headress, standing in the middle of the room, staring at the ceiling.
Truman and Cooper looking in at Johnny, with DR. LAWRENCE JACOBY beside them. Dr. Jacoby stifles a small giggle and quietly closes the door.
44. INT. GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL CORRIDOR - DAY
Truman, Cooper, and Jacoby move down the corridor.
I can't get over it. He just stands
there day after day, I've never seen
anything like it.
Dr. Jacoby, how old is Johnny Horne?
Twenty-seven, going on six.
Just kidding. Sorry.
And you've been treating him for how
Treating him? Well, with Johnny, it's
not so much a question of treating him --
I understand Laura Palmer was his tutor.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, after
school. Those were the same days I'd
come to see Johnny and his mother.
Laura was Johnny's favorite. He knew
which day it was, too, he'd stand just
like that, waiting for her.
Does Johnny get out much?
Sure, after his schoolwork... Laura
would take him out on the grounds
hunting for rubber buffalo with his
little sunction-cupped bow and arrow
set. Some afternoons, he'd bag the
Was she here on Wednesday afternoon?
Yes, she was. I sat in with them. She
read him a story.
What story was that?
(thinks of it)
Isn't that interesting? It was
You said Laura was a patient of yours
Yes. But of course all that information
dwells in the land of client confidentiality.
(he beams at them, then reaches
behind Cooper's ear and pulls
out a silver dollar)
Johnny loves that trick. He thinks
we've found over four hundred dollars
Cooper slow burns.
45. INT. PALMER HOUSE BEDROOM - DAY
A dark room, the blinds are pulled. A subdued SARAH PALMER sits in a chair, wearing a robe. A NURSE enters, moves to her and says quietly...
Mrs. Palmer, I'm sorry to disturb you,
but Donna Hayward is here...
(Sarah reacts; off the reaction)
... are you sure you're up to seeing her?
I have to see her. She was my daughter's
Take this right now...
(Sarah sticks out her tongue,
the Nurse puts the pill on her
tongue and hands her a glass of
I'll send her in.
The Nurse exits. Sarah swallows the pill.
46. INT. PALMER HOUSE UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - DAY
Donna is waiting in the hall, looking at a photo on the wall of a young Laura playing, when the Nurse comes out of the bedroom and moves to her.
She's sedated. Try not to upset her.
Donna nods and enters the bedroom.
47. INT. PALMER HOUSE BEDROOM - DAY
Donna and Sarah see each other and Donna moves into her arms. They embrace, cry, then Donna sits beside her.
What am I going to do? I miss her,
do you miss her?
Yes, yes, I miss her so much.
I miss her so much... I miss her
Sarah wipes away a tear, looks away, then looks back at Donna, tilting her head, looking at her sadly.
Donna's hand slowly slides up and touches Sarah, comforting her. Sarah looks down at the hand.
48. SARAH'S POV
Looking at Donna's hand. She looks up from the hand and sees... Laura sitting beside her. Sarah's arms reach forward, clutch her and pull her into an embrace.
As Sarah holds her.
My baby ... my baby...
Donna tries to gently pull away. Sarah won't release her.
Her eyes open wide, unfocused, looking up, seeing a vision...
51. SARAH'S VISION - INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - NIGHT
Looking down a long corridor, a frightening-looking man we haven't seen before comes racing toward us at full speed. We hear some monstrous sound. Just as he's about to reach us we...
She opens her mouth and screams and won't stop. Terrified, Donna struggles and pulls away from her, trying in vain to find some way to calm her, as the Nurse rushes into the room.
FADE TO BLACK:
END ACT THREE
52. EXT. GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL - EVENING
As dusk is falling...
53. INT. GREAT NORTHERN CORRIDOR - EVENING
Benjamin Horne enters and crosses the lobby. He stops when he hears some deafening rock MUSIC start coming through the ceiling above him. He heads for the stairs.
54. INT. AUDREY HORNE'S ROOM - EVENING
Audrey is dancing by herself in the middle of the room, swaying slowly and sensually to the music. Benjamin opens the door and looks in, Audrey doesn't see him at first. Ben walks over to the stereo and turns off the music. Audrey sees him, looks at him with some attitude.
How many times have I asked you not to
disturb the guests with this racket?
About four thousand times.
(getting right to the point)
Audrey, Julie tells me you were in with
the Norweigans just before they all
suddenly decided en masse to go back
to the Old Country without signing
the contract. Is that true?
You wouldn't have done or said
anything that might have precipitated
their evacuation, would you? I'm
assuming it was just a coincidence.
Daddy, I did go in to check out that
ridiculous smorgasboard, and while I
was in there I happened to mention
I was sad --
About my dear, close friend Laura
being brutally murdered.
Wipe that smile off your face, young
lady. Do you realize the kind of
money your little performance cost
this family? If you ever pull a stunt
like that again, you'll be scrubbing
bidgets in a Bulgarian convent.
Oh, Daddy, I'm so afraid.
(pauses, very cold)
Laura died two days ago. I lost you
56. EXT. BOBBY BRIGGS HOUSE - DAY
57. INT. BRIGGS DINING ROOM - DAY
BETTY BRIGGS is just setting dinner down on the table in front of her husband, MAJOR BRIGGS, and son, Bobby.
Bobby, it's your favorite: meatloaf with
pimentos and potato chips and there's
plenty more chips in the kitchen.
She sits down at the table with them. Major Briggs and his wife bow their heads but Bobby doesn't.
For what we are about to recieve, may
the Lord make us truly thankful.
Bobby indifferently moves his meatloaf around the plate and mashes up the chips with a spoon.
Robert, I was hoping we'd have a chance
to discuss the events of the past few
days. Not the physical events
themselves necessarily, but the thoughts
and feelings surrounding them.
Bobby rolls his eyes. Major Briggs is undeterred.
Rebellion in a young man of your age
is a necessary fact of life, and,
candidly, a sign of strength. In
other words, I respect your rebellious
nature, Bobby. However, being your
father, I am obligated to contain that
fire of contrariness within the bounds
established by society as well as those
within our family structure.
Bobby impatiently taps his water glass with his knife.
Bobby, I note your reluctance to engage
in a dialogue with me, your father.
There are times when silence is golden.
Silence can be taken many ways; as a
sign of intelligence ... truth being
invisible ... and the quieter we
become, the more we can hear...
Bobby shakes out a cigarette, puts it in his mouth. The Major calmly and firmly backhands Bobby across the face. The cigarette flies across the table and spears into the meatloaf on Betty's plate.
Bobby's stunned more than hurt.
I am a tolerant man, but my patience has
its limits. "To have his path made
clear for him is the aspiration of
every human being in our beclouded and
tempestuous existence." Robert, you
and I are going to work on making yours
... real clear.
Betty removes the cigarette from her meatloaf.
We're here for you, Bobby.
Bobby's hands clench into white-knuckled fists.
58. EXT. DOUBLE R DINER - NIGHT
59. INT. DOUBLE R DINER - NIGHT
The diner's bustling with dinner traffic. Truman and Cooper are seated at the counter. Shelly pours them some coffee.
Can I get you anything to go with that,
Agent Cooper here might want to try a
slice of pie.
Best in the tri-counties.
And could you ask Norma to stop by for
a second, Shelly?
(a twinkle in his eye)
Nothing's a sure thing, Shelly.
(Shelly moves off)
Shelly Johnson with a "j?"
Husband's a trucker, Leo. Minor rap
Cooper nods, makes a note as he sips his coffee. As he puts the notebook away, he looks around and sees the LOG LADY seated a couple of chairs away, cradling her log and drinking coffee. Cooper looks back at Truman.
She makes a sour face. Cooper turns back to Truman.
Can I ask her about the log?
Cooper ponders his choices. Norma Jennings comes out of the kitchen with a piece of cherry pie, moves to Cooper and Truman and sets down the pie.
Norma, like to have you meet Special
Agent Dale Cooper.
Federal Bureau of Investigation.
I understand your husband, O. Henry
Jennings, is serving twenty-seven months
in state prison for manslaughter.
Yes, he is. I also have a cousin named
Sue who runs a beauty shop in downtown
Cooper takes a bite of pie, closes his eyes and slips into an ecstatic state.
Maybe I should come back with the
No need for me, I'll have the special.
(comes out of it with a smile)
Where's my paper and pen, I've got to
write a poem about this pie.
Better get your notebook; wait'll you
taste the special.
Mrs. Jennings, is it true that Laura
Palmer used to help you with the
Meals on Wheels program, delivering
hot dinners to elderly shut-ins?
Yes. Laura helped organize the program.
When was the last time you saw her?
She came in around dinner time the
night before she died to pick up her
meals for delivery.
Do you have the names of the people
on her route?
I could get them for you.
Would you please? And two more pieces
of that incredible pie.
She moves off. Truman looks at him.
Man, you must have the metabolism of
The Log Lady is getting up to leave and leans in to them as she passes...
For your information, I heard you
speaking about Laura Palmer?
One day my log will have something to
say about this. My Log saw something
She turns to leave.
Wait a minute -- what did it see?
She holds the log out.
A moment of silence. They all look at the log.
I thought so.
The Log Lady exits.
60. EXT. CALHOUN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL - NIGHT
61. INT. CALHOUN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL - NIGHT
Tommy "The Hawk" Hill is completing an interview with the parents of Ronette Pulaski, JANEK and SUBURBIS PULASKI. Ronette is visible in b.g., lying on a bed in intensive care. A STATE TROOPER stands guard in front of the entrance to the room. (note: do not show Ronette's face)
So neither one of you saw Ronette
after school that day...
And as far as you know, she went to
her after school job...
Yes. At Horne's Department Store
What did she do at the department
She was a salesperson at the perfume
She used to joke it was the best-smelling
job she ever had.
Mrs. Pulaski thinks of her daughter and gets a little teary-eyed. Hawk looks up and sees...
... the ONE-ARMED MAN looking around the corner in his direction. As soon as the One-Armed Man sees Hawk and the Trooper, he slowly recedes back around the corner.
Hawk rises and quietly follows the One-Armed Man around the corner.
62. THE ONE-ARMED MAN
As he ducks into a stairwell and waits. Hawk's footsteps pass by... The One-Armed Man quietly moves away, down the stairs.
Stops in the corridor. Listens. Comes back. He opens the door to the stairway ... empty.
64. EXT. LEO JOHNSON'S HOUSE - NIGHT
In a long shot, Norma drives up, Shelly hops out and starts for the house, carrying a bag of groceries.
Thanks, Norma. See you tomorrow.
65. INT. LEO JOHNSON'S HOUSE - NIGHT
Shelly enters the house, sets down the keys. Silence.
Leo?... Leo, honey, you here?
She moves towards the kitchen.
66. INT. JOHNSON'S HOUSE KITCHEN - NIGHT
CLOSE on a new bar of soap being dropped inot a dark sock. Leo ties the sock off, swings it around, slaps it into his palm a couple of times.
I'll be right out, Shelly.
66. INT. JOHNSON HOUSE LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
Leo comes out of the kitchen, swinging the sock around. Shelly turns as he enters...
She sees the sock in his hand, turns pale and goes weak in the knees.
Where's my shirt?
(advancing on her)
My favorite blue shirt. That's the
second one you've lost this year...
I'm going to teach you a lesson now,
Shelly, about taking care of my
property; that means not only keeping
things clean but making sure things
aren't damaged or lost -- this is
gonna hurt you --
She pushes the bag of groceries at him and throws herself onto the couch, protecting her face, terrified. The groceries fall to the floor, something breaks and spills.
Leo walks over to the stereo and turns it on; loud, heavy metal.
Leo starts to spin over his sock, gaining momentum ... and as it flies out of frame, we...
67. INT. GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL CORRIDOR - NIGHT
Audrey Horne is walking down a corridor when a gust of wind slams a heavy door shut behind her. She jumps, then regains her composure.
68. INT. GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL CORRIDOR - NIGHT
Audrey moves down the corridor. SOUND of the wind continues to howl. When she hears a voice she slows, sneaks around the next corner and peeks through partially open door into...
70. AUDREY'S POV - BENJAMIN HORNE'S OFFICE
Benjamin Horne is pouring a couple of stiff Scotches on the rocks. He hands one to his brother Jerry, who's walking back and forth, rubbing his hands gleefully together.
Ben-jamin, Ben-jamin, Ben-jamin --
What the hell are you so happy about?
I'll give you a One-Eyed guess where
I'm going tonight.
Can you get your mind out of the gutter
for one second? We've got a tottering
empire on our hands --
Come on, Brother Ben, I hear they
dropped a new bombshell up at "Jack's"
-- straight from the perfume counter,
am I right? Am I right?
Now that you've jogged my memory ...
(sips his drink)
... and set it on fire... I'll drive.
That's the spirit: all work and no
play makes Ben and Jerry dull boys.
They clink glasses and drain their drinks. Audrey moves away, as they start towards the door. She turns a corner as they exit and walk away.
After dinner, Jer. Gotta spend some
quality time with the squaw.
They move out of sight. Audrey watches them go, thinking.
71. EXT. HAYWARD HOUSE - NIGHT
Re-establish. James Hurley's Harley is parked outside.
72. INT. HAYWARD HOUSE LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
Donna escorts James into the living room, where Eileen and Dr. Hayward are waiting.
Mom, Dad ... this is James... James
How do you do, James?
Pleased to meet you, sir -- Mrs. Hayward.
James, very nice to meet you.
An awkward silence.
Hope you're hungry, James. Eileen's
been cooking up a storm.
James, can I offer you something to
drink? We have soft drinks, fruit
punch, or sparkling cider.
Fruit punch. That'd be good, thank you.
I'll get it, mom.
Donna exits to the kitchen.
Have a seat, James.
You fellas go aheaed and sit at the
table. I'll go check on the roast.
Eileen drives her chair towards the kitchen. James and Dr. Hayward move to the dining room table and take their seats. Donna returns from the kitchen and sets down a glass in front of James.
Here's your fruit punch, James.
I don't believe I know your parents,
No, sir. My dad died when I was ten.
My mom ... travels a lot.
Ed Hurley down at the Gas Farm is
His wife is the lady with the patch?
That's my Aunt Nadine. She's a real
(from the kitchen)
Will? Can you give me a hand?
Excuse me, James.
He exits into the kitchen. Donna whispers across the table to James.
We can talk after dinner.
It's good to see you.
It's good to see you, too.
73. EXT. HAYWARD HOUSE - NIGHT
Mike and Bobby pull up outside in Bobby's car. They see James' bike parked in front.
First your girlfriend, then mine.
Too bad we can only kill him once.
He lights a cigarette. They drive slowly off. The rear brakelights disappear into the darkness. The wind howls.
74. INT. DR. JACOBY'S OFFICE - NIGHT
We hear a soft, cool be-bop tune. Lights are low. A pair of strange, green orthopedic shoes dance expertly into view and execute a few boss moves. We widen out to see Dr. Jacoby in his fifties-style, Hawaiian-themed rec room.
He picks up his mail and sifts through it, continuing to dance. He stops suddenly when he comes across a slightly bulky plain manilla envelope. He opens the envelope and finds a single audio casette tape, without a case. Written on the cartridge are the words...
"TO DR. JACOBY, WITH LOVE, LAURA"
Overcome with amazement, he instantly turns off his stereo, punches eject, removes the tape that was playing, inserts Laura's tape and hits play/
Hey, what's up, doc? Ha-ha ... it's
Thursday afternoon about four o'clock
and I'm so bored I'm making you this
tape on the pretty little tape recorder
you gave me...
We hear background noises on the tape; ambient sound from a department store.
Dr. Jacoby nervously starts eating malted milkballs from a bowl on his desk, cruching them in a single bite.
... and as you probably already noticed,
I'm gonna mail it to you in the ugly
little plain envelope you gave me ...
for, what was the word you used?
"confidentiality's sake." ... this is
kind of fun... First, you're always
bugging me to tell you what my
dreams are -- let me tell you about
this one I had last night: it was a
He reaches into his desk and takes out a pair of headphones, which he puts on.
... I was in this strange room and
there was this little man and this
older man I'd never seen before either,
but they both seemed to know me ...
there was music ... and I was telling
all my secrets to the older man...
He plugs the headphones in and we no longer hear her voice. As he listens and chomps on the milkballs, his face registers a whole gamut of emotions.