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"Episode 4" (or "The One-Armed Man") is the fifth episode of the first season of Twin Peaks. The direction of the episode was inspired by the 1945 film Fallen Angel and this marked the first appearance of Gordon Cole.
Sarah Palmer describes a man to Deputy Andy Brennan as he makes a sketch. Donna sits on the couch with Sarah, and Madeleine carries in some tea. Harry sits on a chair, listening. Sarah says she saw him at the foot of Laura's bed. Leland, in his bathrobe, asks if she told them about the necklace. He says she's had two visions. She tells of a flashlight moving across the ground, and a gloved hand moving a rock and pulling out Laura's broken necklace. Donna looks away.
Invitation to Love is on television. A well-dressed woman strokes an older man. Lucy is entranced. Harry enters and asks for an update. She tells the plot of the soap. Harry leaves, and Lucy and Andy have a small spat.
In the conference room, Dr. Jacoby performs some sleight of hand with golf balls. The lenses of his glasses are two different colors. Cooper watches him from across the table. He tries to get Dr. Jacoby to tell him why Laura came to him. Dr. Jacoby does not confirm whether Laura had problems with cocaine or sexual problems. Dr. Jacoby turns his attention to the map of Tibet, and discusses Hawaii and the medicinal properties of ginger. Cooper asks why Jacoby won't help the police investigation. Jacoby says his personal investigation will continue the rest of his life. Jacoby says Laura had well-guarded secrets that he was not able to access. Harry enters. Jacoby says that the night after Laura died, he followed a man in a red Corvette to Old Sawmill Road, then lost him. On the intercom, Lucy tells Cooper that he has a call from Gordon Cole. Cooper dismisses Jacoby. Cooper asks if Jacoby will be around, and Jacoby says that at the end of the month, he will go on a pilgrimage to Pebble Beach.
Cooper asks Harry if Leo drives a red Corvette: Harry says yes. Harry has men tailing Jacques Renault. On the phone, Gordon says that the twine from Laura's shoulders is a common household item, but the twine from her wrists doesn't match. He says that the marks on her shoulders were bird bites. Albert is reconstructing the plastic fragment from her stomach. Gordon says that Albert wants Harry's badge because of their fight.
Andy brings his sketch from his conversation with Sarah. It is the same man that Cooper dreamed of. Deputy Hawk called to say he'd found the one-armed man at the Timber Falls Motel. The men leave to meet him.
At the Timber Falls Motel, Jocelyn sits in her car with a camera.
Catherine rubs Benjamin's shoulders and brags about her success in switching the books.
Harry pulls up to the Motel, and Hawk says to check room 101, under the name of Gerard.
Catherine and Benjamin joke about their plan to torch the mill.
Harry, Andy, and Cooper knock on the door to the hotel room. Andy drops his gun, and it fires.
Benjamin looks through the curtains and out the window. Catherine says they sound serious.
Harry bursts in to a motel room, to a man in a towel with his hands in a closet. He has one arm.
Benjamin excuses himself for a bath, and a poker chip falls out of his pocket. Catherine examines it: it reads "One Eyed Jack's."
The officers show the drawing of the man from the dream to the one-armed man. He says he has never seen that man, but he looks like somebody. He says Bob Lydecker is his best friend. He says that Bob is in a coma, and that's why he's been at the hospital. Bob is a veterinarian. He lost the arm in a car accident, he was on the road selling pharmaceuticals. Gerard has a suitcase full of right boots. He confesses that the arm he lost had a tattoo: "Mom," and he breaks down crying.
The men return to the car. Hawk tells them that Josie Packard had been staking out the motel.
At Twin Peaks high school, Donna puts on lipstick in the girls' room, and Audrey enters with a cigarette. Audrey shares her ambitions of running away with Cooper, and conscripts Donna into helping solve the murder. Audrey summarizes some facts about Laura. Donna agrees, on promise of secrecy.
Norma meets her husband, Hank Jennings, in jail. Hank pleads with Norma to back him up, and promises that he's changed. In the parole room, Hank blames fate for his accident. Norma says that she will give him a job when he's out of jail, and that they will live together.
The officers park at a gas station. Cooper remarks that in his dream, the two men lived above a convenience store. They walk to Lydecker's Veterinary office. In the waiting room are several women with exotic pets, including a llama. The receptionist looks at the picture and says that is not Dr. Lydecker. Cooper believes that the bird that attacked Laura Palmer is a patient at Lydecker's office, and confiscates the office's files.
At the Johnsons' house, Shelly and Bobby are making out. They talk about the funeral: Bobby is angry that James was seeing Laura behind his back. Shelly tells Bobby that Leo is with Jacques, and Bobby walks away to think. Bobby tells Shelly that Leo and Jacques were running drugs across the border and selling them at the high school. Shelly shows Bobby the bloody shirt. Bobby takes it. Shelly shows Bobby the gun, and asks him to teach her how to use it.
The officers return to the station with the files from the veterinarian. Harry instructs Lucy to go through them and look for bird owners. Andy apologizes for dropping the gun. He tells Lucy about it, and she brushes him off.
Cooper takes Andy to the firing range. Andy says he doesn't know why Lucy is angry. Hawk aces the shooting test, and Cooper instructs Andy to practice a lot. Harry asks if Cooper has every been married, and Cooper and Hawk discuss the vagaries of love. Cooper shoots four bullets through the eyes, and two through the nostrils. Over the intercom, Lucy says that the files are organized alphabetically by the name of the pet.
At the diner, Shelly tells Norma that she has one man too many in her life. She says that all Leo was looking for was a maid he didn't have to pay. Norma sympathizes and says neither of them know what to do with their two men. Norma says her plans are up in the air, that she is no longer sure she'll divorce him. Shelly says she definitely has plans for Leo. James enters and walks to the pay phone. Norma offers Shelly a day at the spa, together.
Donna answers James' phone call. She invites him to the church potluck. She says they need to talk about what Audrey told her. Madeleine walks up to the diner counter. James says he'll come over later, then talks to Madeleine. Madeleine comments on how she looks like Laura but says they did not know each other well.
Norma finishes a phone call. She tells Shelly that Hank got his parole.
Benjamin is on an exercise bike, talking on the phone about the Norwegian investors. Audrey enters and asks if he is ashamed of her, based on their previous conversation. She says that she wants to change her life and help with the family business. She says that Laura's death inspired her to make something of herself. She asks to work at the cosmetics department in the store. She embraces her father and sees a picture of herself with Laura Palmer. The phone rings and Benjamin dismisses Audrey. Benjamin tells the caller to meet him down by the river in half an hour and to be discreet.
The officers sort the veterinary files. Gordon Cole calls to say that Albert is faxing the reconstruction of the plastic object from Laura Palmer's stomach and that the marks were from a parrot or a mina bird. The fax is a poker chip with a J -- possibly for One-Eyed Jack's. Andy finds a file for Waldo, a mina bird owned by Jacques Renault. Cooper says they will make a house call.
Two people play tennis at night on a lighted court. Cooper watches them, and the officers run to the apartment building and up the stairs. They knock at a room and call for Jacques. Bobby hears them and flees through the window and down an alley. The officers enter, and a police car with siren blaring drives toward the alley. Cooper finds the bloody shirt with Leo's initials.
A red corvette sits in the woods. Leo Johnson is smoking nearby. Benjamin taps him on the shoulder. Benjamin criticizes his choice of vehicle but says that Hank believes Leo to be gifted. Leo points to a body and says it's Bernie, and that Jacques is back in Canada. Leo does not believe that Bernie gave him up, as Bernie wasn't too bright. Benjamin tells Leo to make sure that the mill looks clearly like arson, and hands him an envelope of cash.
James and Donna walk through the woods. Donna says that Mrs. Palmer knows, that she had a vision and saw someone take it. James pulls aside a rock: the locket is gone. Donna says that somebody must have seen them and followed them. Donna says that both Laura and her mother had visions. They discuss telling the police. Donna says they are the only two who loved Laura, that they must find her murderer for the sake of their relationship.
Jocelyn answers a call from Harry. He asks if she was at the Timber Falls Motel: she says to call her tomorrow. Pete enters and says the day at the mill is over, and Jocelyn fixes him a sandwich. Pete invites Jocelyn to join him in a fishing contest. Jocelyn opens a letter with a picture of a domino with double three's. She walks away toward a taxidermy bear, then the phone rings. It is Hank, licking an identical domino. Jocelyn holds herself, and the credits roll.
- 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
- Peggy Lipton as Norma Jennings
- James Marshall as James Hurley
- Everett McGill as Big Ed Hurley (credit only)
- Jack Nance as Pete Martell
- Ray Wise as Leland Palmer
- Joan Chen as Jocelyn Packard
- and Piper Laurie as Catherine Martell
- Eric Da Re as Leo Johnson
- Harry Goaz as Deputy Andy Brennan
- Michael Horse as Deputy Tommy "Hawk" Hill
- Sheryl Lee as Maddy Ferguson
- and Russ Tamblyn as Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
Guest Starring Edit
- Grace Zabriskie as Sarah Palmer
- Chris Mulkey as Hank Jennings
- Jed Mills as Wilson Mooney
- Kimmy Robertson as Lucy Moran
- Mary Bond Davis as Female Parole Board Member #1
- Mary Chalon as Female Parole Board Member #2
- James Craven as Male Parole Board Officer
- Adele Gilbert as Midge Loomer
- Al Strobel as One-Armed Man
- Linda Carlson as Colleen Hurley (deleted scene)
- David Lynch as FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole (voice)
- Kevin Young as Toad
Shooting script differences Edit
- Deleted a line about Mrs. Milford.
- The llama snorting in Cooper's face was confirmed by Kyle MacLachlan as a "happy accident."
- Though MacLachlan keeps a straight face (despite being clearly startled by the llama), Michael Ontkean can be seen stifling a smirk, and the receptionist can be seen laughing in the background.
- Deleted the scene between James and his mother Colleen Hurley. It was included in its entirety into Episode 10's script but was yet again not included in the released cut.