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"The Black Widow"
Twin Peaks episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 12
Written by David Lynch
Mark Frost
Directed by David Lynch
Original airdate January 12, 1991
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Bobby enters Ben's office to find the furniture stacked in a bizarre pile. Ben is sitting 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, a realtor, about cottages on the lake. 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's been in several homes, and that his parents died under mysterious circumstances. Harry takes Andy to the Great Northern.

Dougie is dead. Dr. Hayward says it looks like a heart attack. He is surrounded by books on sexual performance and a box of toys. Dwayne enters and weeps. He scolds Lana on his way out. Lana tells Hawk about her history with men having tragic accidents when she was intimate with them.

The football coach delivers a rallying speech to his wrestling team about accepting different players and introduces Nadine. She and Mike Nelson fight as she begs him to go out with her.

Mike complains to Donna about Nadine and her crush on him.

Evelyn's brother, Malcom, introduces himself to James. He works for his sister and brother in law. He says that Jeffrey beats Evelyn once every week or two, and no one can stop him.

Cooper and Irene visit the lake house. 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's been a meeting there in the past few hours. There is a white powder in the sink and on a chair. Cooper says they will notify the sheriff.

Dick sits on the road reading directions for changing a flat tire. Nicky plays with the controls. The car falls off the jack, and Nicky runs to hug Dick and ask 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. 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. Reilly says that Briggs' disappearance has major implications for national security.

James starts the Jaguar's engine. 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. She suggests they do business together, and enters her secret hallway. Ben is setting up a model of Gettysburg. Ben is pleased with Bobby's compromising pictures of Hank.

Pete and Catherine pop a bottle of champagne. Pete quotes a poem. Catherine instructs Josie on her duties.

Cooper had his chess response to Windom 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. 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.

At the RR Cafe, Big Ed tells Norma he feels like life happened in spite of his plans, and he doesn't like the way it turned out. Hank sees them holding hands.

Dick returns to the stationhouse and tells Andy that he thinks Nicky is the devil.

Harry is meeting with Dwayne. Dr. Hayward tells Dwayne that Dougie died of natural causes: no foul play. Dwayne says he wants to press charges, that Lana killed Dougie with sex. Dwayne insists that she won't get any of Dougie's money. Hawk is trying to comfort Lana, and the men gather around to admire her and recite a sonnet. Lucy answers the phone for Andy, but he does not respond. Lana is telling stories to the men.

Ernie eats wings in the diner. Denise joins him and shows him the photos and 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've been living like that for four years, and that one day he'll kill Jeffrey.

Betty Briggs sits alone in the dark waiting for Bobby. When he gets back, he re-assures her that the Major will return. Bobby tells Betty about the Major's dream. Briggs returns after being missing for two days.

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