"Episode 12", or, "The Orchid's Curse" is the fifth episode of the second season of Twin Peaks, and is the thirteenth episode overall.
"Sometimes nature plays tricks on us and we imagine we are something other than what we truly are. Is this a key to life in general? Or the case of the two-headed schizophrenic? Both heads thought the other was following itself. Finally, when one head wasn't looking, the other shot the other right between the eyes, and, of course, killed himself."―Margaret Lanterman[src]
Cooper turns off his alarm and tells Diane that he dreamt he was eating a large, tasteless gumdrop, only to discover he was chewing one of his earplugs. He says he is doing 15 extra minutes of yoga in the morning to drive away the pain of his ribs (from being shot). While doing a headstand, he finds Audrey's note under the bed, which says she is going to One Eyed Jack's.
Hawk reports to Harry that two retired schoolteachers live next door to the Palmers' old place, and that they have no memory of a grey-haired man living next door. Lucy tells Harry that she will be visiting her sister and new nephew for two days. Cooper tells Harry he knows where Audrey is.
Tim Pinkle explains to Bobby and Shelly the workings of a harness to move a man from bed to chair. Shelly says that the hearing for Leo today. They walk outside as the harness swings Pinkle back and forth.
Judge Sternwood holds court in the roadhouse. The district attorney urges that Leland be held without bail, with Harry speaking in his defense. The judge releases Leland on his own recognizance and Ben leaves after the ruling is announced.
Harold opens the door for Donna, who offers to share her life, to be part of his living novel, if he lets her read Laura's diary. Harold says that he will read it to her, but he will not let her take it away. Harold takes a notebook and the diary out of a secret shelf. When Donna asks him to tell about himself, Harold says he grew up in Boston, then corrects himself to say he grew up in books. Donna says that dreams might be real, then playfully takes the diary outside. Harold follows her, then collapses.
The judge examines evidence against Leo. Leo's attorney, Jack Racine argues that since Leo is brain dead, trying him would be a mockery. District Attorney Daryl Lodwick argues that they must proceed in order to give the town a sense of justice. The judge pulls Harry and Cooper aside to ask if they think Leo is guilty, and if the town needs an immediate trial. The judge concludes that he will deem Leo not competent to stand trial, and recommend that he be sent home. Sternwood advises Cooper to keep his eyes on the woods.
Big Ed and Nadine return home. James greets them, and Nadine asks who he is, still convinced she is in high school. Big Ed says that Doctor Jacoby is in Hawaii, recovering from his heart attack. Nadine accidentally rips the door off the refrigerator.
Ben enters his office to be met by Mr. Tojamura accompanied by a small man right after being told that he was here by Louie. He makes a bigger offer for the Ghostwood Development Project and says that Tokyo Bank is ready to move immediately. He gives Ben a check for $5,000,000.
Hank walks down the hall of the hotel, Bobby following him, avoiding eyeshot. Cooper follows, playing with a duck call. Hank enters Ben's office, and watches him bow goodbye to the Japanese investors. Hank warns Ben that Cooper is on his way. The receptionist announces a call from Jean Renault, asking if Ben is ready to play. Ben asks to talk to Audrey, and Jean says that can wait and instructs Ben where to leave the money. Ben shows Cooper the briefcase of money, in serialized denominations. Cooper tells Ben to stay near a phone, and leaves. Ben instructs Hank to make sure Cooper and the money are delivered, and to bring back Audrey.
Maddy and Donna examine a floor plan of Harold's home. Donna explains how to get Laura's diary, and says she will signal with a flashlight.
Jean practices with a wrist blade as he and Blackie eat fresh fruit. Blackie asks questions about how to make the deal work. Nancy, Blackie's sister, returns and Blackie leaves. Nancy says she has waited long enough for Blackie.
Andy works the phones at the station, the office and his body covered with post-its. He calls for the results of his semen analysis test, finding that his sperm count is back up to normal. He proudly declares that he is "a whole damn town."
Harry and Cooper examine a floor plan of One Eyed Jack's. Hawk reports that no one has seen the one-armed man at his hotel in two days. He found the same drug, and describes its strange smell. Hawk leaves, and Cooper and Harry continue to plan their approach.
Andy calls the number where Lucy is supposed to be staying. The number is actually for an abortion clinic.
Maddy orders a cup of coffee to go at the diner. James asks why, and Maddy leaves quickly.
Maddy watches Harold's house through the bushes. Donna is inside, giving Harold a memory. She and Laura were 13, wearing tight, short skirts to go to the roadhouse. They met some men, Josh, Rick, and Tim, who were about 20. The girls left with Rick to party. Laura danced and moves her hips. Donna suggested skinny-dipping, and Laura kissed Josh and Rick. Donna swam out, and Tim joined her and kissed her. She never saw Tim again, but she says it was the first time she fell in love. Harold tells her the story was beautiful.
Cooper and Harry creep toward One Eyed Jack's. A guard smokes outside. An owl stares at Cooper and hoots. Harry incapacitates the guard and they walk inside. Tools lie about the hallway and the officers search for the right room. Harry sees the backs of Jean and Blackie while the surveillance tape is paused on a television. Blackie asks Jean why he likes Nancy better.
Maddy continues to watch through the bushes. Harold tells Donna about raising flowers and they kiss gently. He leaves, and Donna signals through the window with a flashlight.
Cooper continues through the hallway. He finds Nancy, and forces her to take him to Audrey. Nancy pulls a knife, but Cooper anticipates this and overpowers her. He carries Audrey away. Jean kisses Blackie and kills her with the wrist blade, then sees Harry watching through the window and fires at him before fleeing. Cooper and Audrey reunite with Harry, but are confronted by a bodyguard with a gun. A knife is suddenly thrown into the bodyguard's back and Hawk reveals himself, commenting that Dale and Harry could not keep a secret, and the four flee. Hank calls Ben to report that the officers are leaving with Audrey, just as Jean puts a knife to his neck. Jean finds the prosecutor's ID in Hank's pocket and believes it to be his.
Donna tries to silently instruct Maddy to access the secret compartment while Harold gives her an orchid. Maddy finds the secret compartment, but the shelf crashes to the floor. Harold sees Maddy and grabs a sharp gardening rake. He corners the girls and tells them that Laura knew the ultimate secret, the secret of who killed her. He cuts his face with the rake in agony, as Donna and Maddy cower in fear.
- Kyle MacLachlan as Special Agent Dale Cooper
- Michael Ontkean as Sheriff Harry S. Truman
- Madchen Amick as Shelly Johnson
- Dana Ashbrook as Bobby Briggs
- Richard Beymer as Benjamin Horne
- Lara Flynn Boyle as Donna Hayward
- Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne
- Warren Frost as Dr. Will Hayward (credit only)
- Peggy Lipton as Norma Jennings (credit only)
- James Marshall as James Hurley
- Everett McGill as Big Ed Hurley
- Jack Nance as Pete Martell (credit only)
- Kimmy Robertson as Lucy Moran
- Ray Wise as Leland Palmer
- Joan Chen as Jocelyn Packard (credit only)
- Harry Goaz as Deputy Andy Brennan
- Michael Horse as Deputy Tommy 'Hawk' Hill
- Sheryl Lee as Maddy Ferguson
Guest Starring Edit
- Grace Zabriskie as Sarah Palmer
- Chris Mulkey as Hank Jennings
- Lenny Von Dohlen as Harold Smith
- Royal Dano as Judge Clinton Sternwood
- David L. Lander as Tim Pinkle
- Wendy Robie as Nadine Hurley
- Victoria Catlin as Blackie O'Reilly
- Van Dyke Parks as Jack Racine
- Ritch Brinkley as D.A. Daryl Lodwick
- Fumio Yamaguchi as Mr. Tojamura
- Michael Parks as Jean Renault
- Galyn Görg as Nancy O'Reilly
- Claire Stansfield as Sid
- Mike Vendrell as Outside Bodyguard
- Bob Apisa as Bodyguard on Stairs