This article contains plot spoilers for the 2017 series of Twin Peaks.
On February 24, 1989, Sylvia sat at the dinner table with her daughter as her son banged his head against a dollhouse. Frustrated, she told the maid to explain to Johnny that his tutor, Laura Palmer would not be coming to work with him, for she was murdered the night before.
The next day, she argued with her husband about their son.
A month later, Sylvia went to the Hayward home and became upset that Ben had re-opened the wounds of his affair with Eileen Hayward from years ago. Will Hayward punched Ben, causing him to slam his head into the fireplace.
Sylvia's grandson, Richard, later came to her home, demanding money. When she refused, he began to strangle her until she gave him the combination to her safe, which he emptied in addition to stealing her purse. She later reported the incident to Ben, who refused to reimburse her for the robbery or give her "any more money." Sylvia then threatened to call her lawyer and hung up.