"Episode 8", or, "May the Giant Be With You" is the first episode of Season 2 of Twin Peaks, and the ninth episode of the series as a whole. It originally aired September 30th, 1990.
"Hello again. Can you see through a wall? Can you see through human skin? X-rays see through solid, or so-called solid objects. There are things in life that exist, yet our eyes cannot see them. Have you ever seen something startling that others cannot see? Why are some things kept from our vision? Is life a puzzle?―Margaret Lanterman[src]
I am filled with questions. Sometimes my questions are answered. In my heart, I can tell the answer is correct. I am my own judge. In a dream, are all the characters really you? Different aspects of you? Do answers come in dreams?
One more thing. I grew up in the woods. I understand many things because of the woods. Trees standing together, growing alongside one another, providing so much. I chew pitch gum. On the outside – let's say, of the Ponderosa pine – sometimes pitch oozes out. Runny pitch is no good to chew. Hard, brittle pitch is no good. But in between these exists a firm, slightly crusted pitch with such a flavor. This is the pitch I chew."
Andy is on the phone in the hotel room where Cooper lies bleeding. A waiter comes in with a glass of milk and asks Cooper how he's doing. Cooper asks the waiter to put the milk on the table and call a doctor. The senile waiter hangs up on Andy and Cooper thanks him, believing he called the doctor. The waiter has Cooper sign the bill, which includes a gratuity. He warns Cooper that the milk will get cool.
Cooper has a vision of a giant. The man says he will tell Cooper three things, and asks him to believe him if they come true. (1) There is a man in a smiling bag. (2) The owls are not what they seem. (3) Without chemicals, he points. He asks Cooper to give him his ring and says he will return it when Cooper finds these things to be true. The giant also says: Leo locked inside hungry horse: there's a clue locked inside Leo's house.
At One Eyed Jack's, Ben tries to get in Audrey's closed bed, not knowing it is Audrey and believing she is playing hard-to-get. Jerry asks Blackie what room Ben is in, Blackie asks why Ben is holding out on her, and Jerry gives her heroin. Audrey puts on a mask before her father enters her bed and Jerry calls Ben away.
Cooper, lying on the floor bleeding, calls for Diane. He had been wearing his bullet-proof vest but had folded it up to get a wood tick. "Being shot isn't so bad as long as you can keep the fear from your mind," he tells Diane. His ring is missing from his finger and he lists his ambitions. The officers soon arrive, guns drawn.
Cooper comes to in the hospital. The wood tick had been found on one of his bullets and Cooper says the gunman's face had been masked. Lucy updated him on the events of the previous night and he insists on leaving the hospital, against Doctor Hayward's wishes.
Ronette Pulaski stirs in her coma. Maddy drinks coffee at the Palmers' house and talks to Sarah about a dream she had about the rug. Leland enters starts singing, with his hair having turned completely white. Madeleine has a vision of a body-shaped stain on the rug.
Ben and Jerry discuss the failures of their plans. Leland enters, singing, and he says he is back.
The officers inspect Leo's home and Cooper analyzes the living room while Hawk finds Leo's duster in the truck. Albert arrives and Andy hits himself on the head with a loose board, causing Albert to taunt him. Cooper finds a pair of boots and a lot of cocaine under the board.
Hank clears a table at the diner. Maddy and Donna meet, the former handing over a pair of sunglasses that had belonged to Laura. Madeleine breaks her glasses, saying she hates them. Donna says that James spent the night in jail and urges Madeleine to keep quiet. Norma delivers a letter to Donna, reading, "Look into the meals on wheels." The Log Lady sits at a booth in the corner and spits out gum on the wall.
Albert dresses Cooper's wound and says that Gordon Cole ordered him to return. Andy reports that Leo Johnson was locked in a jail in Hungry Horse, Montana, so he has an alibi for the Teresa Banks murder.
The one-armed man enters the stationhouse carrying a large suitcase and asks for Sheriff Truman, saying he is there to sell him some shoes.
Harry finishes listening to Laura's tape with James, who says that Mike and Bobby put the cocaine in his gas tank. He tells Harry about a poem Laura said in the woods about fire: "would you like to play with fire, little boy? Would you like to play with Bob?" Cooper enters and demands the other half of Laura's necklace. James hands it over and says it was inside a coconut in Doctor Jacoby's office.
Donna enters the station house, wearing the sunglasses. Lucy recognizes her and Donna says she wants to see James. She visits him in his cell and James rebuffs her kisses.
Cooper asks Lucy and Andy to look through a pile of Flesh World for ads from Teresa.
Doctor Hayward inspects Jacoby and Cooper and Harry come to visit the psychiatrist. Cooper demands that Jacoby tell him where he got the necklace. Jacoby admits he followed a red corvette, then followed James and Donna through the woods. He says they buried something under a rock, and he took it. Jacoby says that Laura was a divided heart, leading a double life and he believes Laura had decided to end her life, that she allowed herself to be killed. Cooper asks Jacoby about Jacques' death and he says there was a smell like scorched engine oil.
Bobby visits Shelly and brings her flowers and after his visit, the officers see him leaving the room. Big Ed sits in the hallway and Cooper talks to him privately. Ed tells his history with Norma and Nadine, including the detail that he shot out Nadine's eye on their honeymoon. James is released to Ed. Cooper sees the body bag hanging, and notices that it is shaped like a smile.
Pete inspects the hospital food and rejects it.
Cooper says he is ready to lay out everything. Norma promises to bring Shelly some food and on her way out of the hospital, she sees Ed sitting with Nadine.
Bobby enters the diner and his father calls him over. Major Briggs tells his son of a vision he had, of being in an old family house, and embracing Bobby. Norma returns to the diner and tells Hank she cannot talk. Bobby then realizes that Hank shot Leo.
Cooper discusses Laura's diary, and that she made two appointments. They summarize their knowledge of what happened to Laura that night.
Pete and Harry return to Pete's house and Harry asks where Josie is. She left a note stating that she had to leave for emergency business in Seattle. Pete explains that she leaves for Seattle regularly, and comes back with a lot of clothes. Harry then says they have not found Catherine, and advises him to prepare for the worst. The phone rings and a strange man asks to talk to Josie. The man hangs up and calls Hong Kong next.
Ben and Jerry talk about European delicacies and Ben asks if Jerry has seen Audrey, but he has not. They enter the office, where Hank is waiting. They ask him where Josie is and he says she left. He explains that he could not enter Leo's house because he had to pass patrol cars on the way there and says Leo was chopping wood inside and defends the statement with Leo's craziness. Hank says that his phone call made Catherine hide and that she is dead. Hank asks what to do with the ledger.
Audrey enters Blackie's office and asks about the locked door and bodyguard. Blackie warns her that she does not want to hear any more complaints.
Donna calls Norma about Meals on Wheels and offers to take over Laura's route.
The youngest daughter of Will and Eileen Hayward, Gersten, addresses her parents, Leland and Sarah Palmer, Maddy, Harriet and Donna, welcoming them to the Hayward supper club. She says she will be playing music, and brags about her test scores; but first, the Haywards' middle child, Harriet, reads a poem about Laura. Leland and Sarah are moved and Gersten plays a piece by Mendelssohn. The Palmers and Haywards discuss recent events. Leland sings "Get Happy," and Sarah cries. Leland falls over, but recovers quickly and says he feels happy.
Cooper makes a voice note to Diane about the necessity of sleep.
Audrey lies in bed praying to "Special Agent."
A shadow passes over Cooper in his sleep. The Giant is back. "Don't search for all the answers at once. A path is formed by laying one stone at a time. One person saw the third man; three have seen him, yes, but not his body. One only known to you, ready now to talk." The giant then flashes a globe of light into Cooper's head.
Fluorescent lights flicker in the hospital. Ronette raises her arms and she thrashes around, having nightmares of Laura's final moments. The man with long gray hair screams at the sky.
- 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
- Jack Nance as Pete Martell
- Kimmy Robertson as Lucy Moran
- Ray Wise as Leland Palmer
- Joan Chen as Jocelyn Packard (credit only)
- Eric Da Re as Leo Johnson
- Harry Goaz as Deputy Andy Brennan
- Michael Horse as Deputy Tommy "Hawk" Hill
- Sheryl Lee as Maddy Ferguson
- Russ Tamblyn as Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
Guest Starring Edit
- Grace Zabriskie as Sarah Palmer
- Chris Mulkey as Hank Jennings
- Miguel Ferrer as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield
- David Patrick Kelly as Jerry Horne
- Wendy Robie as Nadine Hurley
- Don Davis as Maj. Garland Briggs
- Victoria Catlin as Blackie O'Reilly
- Mary Jo Deschanel as Eileen Hayward
- Catherine E. Coulson as The Log Lady
- Gaylyn Görg as Nancy (credit only)
- Al Strobel as Philip Michael Gerard
- Carel Struycken as The Giant
- Phoebe Augustine as Ronette Pulaski
- Stephen C. MacLaughlin as Pie Eater
- Charles Miller as Doctor
- Mak Takano as Asian Man
- Jessica Wallenfels as Harriet Hayward
- Sandra Kaye Wetzel as Nurse
- Alicia Witt as Gersten Hayward
- Hank Worden as Waiter
Shooting script differences Edit
- The script establishes Mak Takano's character, Jonathan Kumagai, as being the Asian Man from Episode 6, although the later was protrayed by Derick Shimatsu. Since Derick Shimatsu later portrayed Mr. Tojamura's valet in episode 12, they are considered as being two different characters in the released cuts of the episodes instead of a recast.
- Director Steven Spielberg was interested in directing this episode before David Lynch decided to direct it himself.
- Last episode, Cooper read that the envelope was addressed to "my special agent". When seen on the table, it is simply for "Agent Cooper".