"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.
Andy is on the phone in the hotel room where Cooper lies bleeding. A waiter comes in with a glass of milk. He asks Cooper how he's doing. Cooper asks the waiter to put the milk on the table and call a doctor. The waiter hangs up on Andy. Cooper thanks him. The waiter has Cooper sign the bill, which includes a gratuity. The waiter warns Cooper that the milk will get cool.
Cooper has a vision of a man. 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 when Cooper finds these things to be true. 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. Jerry asks Blackie what room Ben is in, Blackie asks why Ben is holding out on her. Jerry gives her an eight-ball. Audrey puts on a mask before her father enters her bed. Jerry calls Ben away.
Cooper, lying on the floor bleeding, calls for Diane. Cooper 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." The ring is missing from his finger. He lists his ambitions. The officers arrive, guns drawn.
Cooper comes to in the hospital. The wood tick had been found on one of his bullets. Cooper says the gunman's face had been masked. Lucy updated him on the events of the previous night. Cooper insists on leaving the hospital, against Doctor Hayward.
Ronette stirs in her coma. Madeleine drinks coffee at the Palmers' house. She talks to Sarah about a dream she had about the rug. Leland starts singing. His hair is completely white. Madeleine has a vision of a body-shaped stain on the rug.
Ben and Jerry are discussing the failures of their plans. Leland enters, singing. He says he is back.
The officers are inspecting Leo's home. Cooper analyzes the living room. Hawk finds Leo's duster in the truck. Albert arrives and Andy hits himself on the head with a loose board. Albert taunts him. Cooper finds a pair of boots and a lot of cocaine under the board.
Hank clears a table at the diner. Madeleine and Donna meet. Madeleine hands over a pair of sunglasses. Madeleine breaks her glasses, saying she hates them. Donna says that James spent the night in jail. Donna urges Madeleine to keep quiet. Norma delivers a letter to Donna. The note reads "Look into the meals on wheels." The Log Lady is sitting in the corner.
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. He asks for Sheriff Truman. He says he's there to sell him some shoes.
Harry finishes listening to Laura's tape with James. James says that Mike and Bobby put the cocaine there. James tells 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 Jacoby's office.
Donna enters the station house in a suit and sunglasses. Lucy recognizes her. She says she wants to see James. She visits him in his cell. James rebuffs her kisses.
Cooper asks Lucy and Andy to look through a pile of dirty magazines for ads from Teresa.
Dr. Hayward inspects Jacoby. Cooper and Harry visit Jacoby. Cooper demands that Jacoby tell him where he got the necklace. Jacoby says he followed the red corvette, then followed James and Donna on the motorcycle, then 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. Jacoby believes Laura had decided to end her life, that she allowed herself to be killed. Cooper asks Jacoby about Jacques' death. Jacoby says there was a smell like scorched engine oil.
Bobby visits Shelly and brings her flowers. The officers see Bobby leaving Shelly's room. Big Ed is sitting in the hallway. Cooper talks to Ed privately. Ed tells his history with Norma and Nadine. He shot out Nadine's eye on their honeymoon. James hugs Ed. Cooper sees the body bag hanging, and it is shaped like a smile.
Pete inspects the hospital food and rejects it.
Cooper says he's ready to lay out everything. Norma promises to bring Shelly some food. She sees Ed sitting with Nadine. Bobby enters the diner. His father calls him over. His father tells Bobby of his vision, of being in an old family house, and embracing Bobby. Norma returns to the diner and tells Hank she can't talk. Bobby 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. 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 says they haven't found Catherine, and advises him to prepare for the worst. The phone rings and a strange man asks to talk to Josie. The man calls Hong Kong next.
Ben and Jerry talk about European delicacies. Ben asks if Jerry has seen Audrey: he has not. They enter the office, where Hank is waiting. They asked where Josie is, he says she left. He explains that he could not enter the house because he had to pass patrol cars on the way there. Hank says Leo was chopping wood 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. Audrey asks about the locked door and bodyguard. Blackie warns her that she doesn't want to hear any more complaints.
Donna calls Norma about Meals on Wheels and offers to take over Laura's route.
A girl in a fairy costume addresses a room full of adults, welcoming them to the Hayward supper club. She is the Hayward's youngest daughter and her name is Gersten. 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. Gersten plays a piece by Mendelssohn. The Palmers and Haywards discuss recent events. Leland sings "C'mon, Get Happy," and Sarah cries. Leland falls over. He recovers quickly and says he feels happy.
Cooper makes a voice note 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 flashed a globe of light into Cooper's head.
Fluorescent lights flicker in the hospital. Ronette raises her arms. She thrashes around and has nightmares of Laura's final moments. The man with long grey 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
- and 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".