"Episode 19", or, "The Black Widow" is the twelfth episode of the second season of Twin Peaks and the twentieth episode overall.
"Is a dog man’s best friend? I had a dog. The dog was large. It ate my garden, all the plants, and much earth. The dog ate so much earth it died. Its body went back to the earth. I have a memory of this dog. The memory is all that I have left of my dog. He was black and white."―Margaret Lanterman[src]
Bobby enters Ben's office to find the furniture stacked in a bizarre pile as Ben sits in a corner. Bobby asks for a job and Ben tells him to follow and photograph Hank Jennings. Lana Milford runs shrieking down the hallway.
At the stationhouse, Cooper meets with Irene Littlehorse, a realtor, about cottages on the lake and he says he wants to visit Dead Dog Farm. Dick visits Lucy and meets with Andy and a case worker about Nicky. The case worker says that Nicky has been surrounded by trouble his whole life, that he has been in several homes, and that his parents died under mysterious circumstances. Harry takes Andy to the Great Northern.
Dougie is dead. Hayward says it looks like a heart attack. Milford is surrounded by books on sexual performance and a box of toys and Dwayne enters and weeps. He scolds Lana on his way out and Lana tells Hawk about her history with men having tragic accidents when she was intimate with them.
Mike complains to Donna about Nadine and her crush on him.
Cooper and Irene visit the lake house and she shares a legend that the best people and the worst people are drawn to a dead dog because they can feel its pain. She says no one has looked at the property in the last year, but Cooper finds tracks from three vehicles. The door is open: Cooper believes there has been a meeting there in the past few hours. There is baby laxative in the sink, and cocaine on a chair. Cooper says they will notify the sheriff.
Dick sits on the road reading directions for changing a flat tire as Nicky plays with the controls. The car falls off the jack, and Nicky runs to hug Dick and asks him not to die.
Harry introduces Cooper to Colonel Reilly, who is heading the investigation into Major Briggs' disappearance. Cooper says that he heard an owl before Briggs disappeared and Reilly explains that the message for Cooper that Briggs delivered originated in nearby woods, not in deep space. He is not sure where the message was sent to and says that Briggs' disappearance has major implications for national security.
James starts the Jaguar's engine and Evelyn gets in the car with him. James asks if she is afraid of her husband, and kisses her. Jeffrey arrives home.
At the hotel, Audrey teases Bobby about his new job and suggests they do business together and enters her secret hallway. Ben sets up a model of Gettysburg and is pleased with Bobby's compromising pictures of Hank.
Cooper has his chess response to Earle printed in the personal column of the paper. Earle responded a day before the paper went out, anticipating Cooper's move. Audrey visits him in his room with Bobby's envelope and Denise enters. Audrey kisses Cooper on her way out. Cooper shows Denise the photographs of Jean, Hank, Ernie, and King. Cooper gives Denise a sample of the cocaine he found in Dead Dog Farm.
Dick returns to the stationhouse and tells Andy that he thinks Nicky is the devil.
Harry meets with Dwayne and Hayward tells Dwayne that Dougie died of natural causes: no foul play. However, Dwayne says he wants to press charges, that Lana killed Dougie with sex. Dwayne insists that she will not get any of Dougie's money. Hawk tries to comfort Lana, and the men gather around to admire her and recite a line from Romeo and Juliet. Lucy answers the phone for Andy, but he does not respond, because he, like the other men present at the station, are transfixed by Lana, who tells them titillating stories and drinks milk.
Ernie eats wings in the diner and Denise joins him and shows him the photos along with her DEA badge. Ernie delivers a confession to Cooper and Denise, pleading his love for his wife.
James lies awake listening to Jeffrey shouting and glass crashing. Malcolm tells him they have been living like that for four years, and that one day he will kill Jeffrey.
Betty Briggs sits alone in the dark waiting for Bobby. The room is lit by a large white ceramic owl lamp and intermittent lightning strikes. Bobby reassures her that the Major will return. Bobby tells Betty about the Major's dream and Briggs returns after being missing for two days, wearing an aviator cap, and asks for a strong cocktail.
- Kyle MacLachlan as Special Agent Dale Cooper
- Michael Ontkean as Sheriff Harry S. Truman
- Madchen Amick as Shelly Johnson (credit only)
- 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
- Peggy Lipton as Norma Jennings
- James Marshall as James Hurley
- Everett McGill as Big Ed Hurley
- Jack Nance as Pete Martell
- Kimmy Robertson as Lucy Moran
- Joan Chen as Jocelyn Packard
- Piper Laurie as Catherine Martell
Guest Starring Edit
- Ian Buchanan as Dick Tremayne
- James Booth as Ernie Niles
- David Duchovny as DEA Agent Dennis / Denise Bryson
- Robyn Lively as Lana Budding Milford
- Tony Burton as Colonel Calvin Reilly
- Wendy Robie as Nadine Hurley
- Don Davis as Maj. Garland Briggs
- Charlotte Stewart as Betty Briggs
- Tony Jay as Dougie Milford
- Gary Hershberger as Mike Nelson
- Annette McCarthy as Evelyn Marsh
- Nicholas Love as Malcolm Sloan
- Ron Taylor as Coach Buck Wingate
- John Apicella as Jeffrey Marsh
- John Boylan as Mayor Milford
- Joshua Harris as Nicky
- Geraldine Keams as Irene Littlehorse
- Molly Shannon as Judy Swain
- John Epstein as Utility Stunt