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Top Ten 'Twin Peaks' Moments

My Favourites!

10.) Andy's Mishap

Andy dropping his bottle of 'sperms.' I think that we can all agree the moment when Andy's little bottle rolled under the chair was pure genius. As were the moments leading up to it. When we watch Andy collide with Lucy on his way to the restroom, and she slowly uncovers his pornographic magazines, we feel slightly awkward but also applaud the humour of the scene. When Agent Cooper asks Andy where his shoes came from, after seeing the logo as he bends down to collect his little bottle—exposing the soles of the shoes, we experience the epitome of Twin Peaks humour, as he replies "that's very private." 

9.) Morgue Fight

Sheriff Truman punching Albert in the very beginning of the original season. This scene perfectly mixed comedy with drama, giving viewers an engaging scene during which two much loved characters clashed. Additionally, Cooper's quip, "Well I'm sure he meant to do that," after Albert complained about Harry hitting him, made this a perfect Twin Peaks scene.

8.) Gordon Cole's "He's Dead"

One of the true stand-out moments for me was after the death of William Hastings. This scene in itself is memorable for the surrealism before we even hear this line. There were many individual moments I could have chosen from this section of this episode. A close contender was Diane's "There's no backup for this," but I felt that that moment wasn't big enough to make the top ten. Cole's line here displays the true comedic nature of the show, whilst also being a weighty statement. So much of what makes this moment so memorable is the actual tone in which it is said. None but David Lynch could have achieved this perfect line delivery for this character.

7.) Audrey's Dance

Audrey Horne's dance in series three at the Roadhouse. Audrey's dance not only reminds us of her energy and beauty from the original seasons. This displays a transfixing allure, and on-screen is a display of beauty and nostalgia for many of us.

6.) "What year is this?"

After we see Laura's body disappear from that beach where she washed up dead, we know something is significantly different now. Carrie Page's scream after Cooper's "what year is this?" and hearing Sarah call out Laura's name is truly haunting. Sheryl Lee has always mastered the art of a mesmerising scream. None of us know the answer to Cooper's question, and it will doubtless puzzle us for some time to come. As the final scene we have seen from the Twin Peaks world, whatever happened here would probably have made the list anyway, but we all knew we would be left with something poignant. 

5.) "This is the water and this is the well, drink full and descend, the horse is the white of the eye and dark within."

Whilst the entirety of episode eight could really and indeed perhaps should really be counted in any highlights list of Twin Peaks, I decided to choose just one particular scene to focus on for this list. This creepy poem that appeared to put all the people of the town to sleep was enchanting. The poem was read out by the Woodsman into the radio station, in a way that hypnotised viewers. It is almost impossible to look away during the entirety of his piece—unless of course you are squeamish. I am referring here to the visual I doubt any of us will be able to shake of a 'frogmoth' (thing?!) crawling into the mouth of a little girl, during this poem. The whole scene was so dramatic and mesmerising it was unforgettable. 

4.) Diane's Slow Walk to See Gordon, Accompanied by a Stripped down Version of a Nine Inch Nails Track

For me personally, this could be number one. It was the first scene I re-watched after finishing the entirety of season three. Even before I repeat-watched the final scene. I love the display of strength and power in her face as she strides away from the bar. Even knowing nothing of the subsequent scene and the real motivations behind where she is going, there is a sense of purpose that, coupled with such an incredible soundtrack, creates a perfect scene.

3.) Coffin

Leland jumping upon Laura's lowering coffin during her funeral has to be one of Twin Peaks' most memorable moments. As the coffin is lowered into the ground, Leland collapses in a state of utter distress, falling face-first onto the coffin as it rises and falls—the mechanism apparently malfunctioning. The act of Shelley making fun of Leland to customers in the diner after the funeral emphasizes that even people within the Twin Peaks universe found the event amusing and memorable. To me, this overshadows the fight that broke out and all other aspects of Laura's burial.

2.) Bob Climbs Through Laura's Window

A scene from Fire Walk With Me here, one that shocks us despite us knowing what to expect. Lynch captures the discomfort and the horror of Laura's life as she is consistently molested and assaulted by Bob. Frank Silva perfectly captures the necessary expression as he climbs through that window, showing viewers how terrifying this character really is.

1.) Maddie's Death Scene

We all know that Maddie is doomed. Every single one of us saw this coming. We saw Leland see Bob in the mirror, and we heard the scratching of that record. We could see the scene play out even before it did. But then when it did, the fear and the expressions portrayed by Sheryl Lee made this scene so stunning that it must take the number one spot on this list. For the time as well—early nineties—this level of violence and sadistic horror had rarely been seen before on television. We also now know that this scene was filmed several times with different actors, to keep the secret of Bob's identity until the episode aired. This meant that even the actors themselves were not aware which of them was the real killer. Keeping everyone in such suspense meant that this scene was even more perfect for having been so highly anticipated.

Honorable Mentions

The death of the Log Lady.

This was a deeply upsetting scene for all fans, as we all know that Catherine E. Coulston was really dying at the time of filming this scene. Much as I love this scene, and commend it for its raw emotion, it is too sad for me to consider it a "top moment."

Hawk's skills.

When Cooper and Harry go to save Audrey from her hostage situation over the border, they manage to get themselves in to a tricky situation. Hawk throwing a knife at a One-Eyed Jack's 'security guard' saves Coop and Harry—"Good thing you guys can't keep a secret," he says. This is an impressive display of his skills, and one of the characters highlight moments.

Ike the spike.

Little Ike going on a killing spree with a backdrop of an old hip-hop track cannot be missed from this list. Entering those offices and stabbing at least two women with his ice-pick is not only a dramatic scene, but with the music score behind him, it seems perfect. The combination of the funky tune and his bazaar lust for murder makes this an unforgettable scene. Once he is done being violent and notices the kink in his tool, the desolate expression on his face almost provokes sympathy. This ensures we think back to this scene when recalling stand-out moments from the third season.

Leland's death.

Leland's death scene in the jail cell resonated deeply with many of us. There was an intensity and ethos to this scene as we see Leland truly sorry after realising what he has done whilst possessed by Bob. And of course Cooper, too, shines in this scene.

The final scene of the second season.

Perhaps the most haunting image of all for the 25 years we had to wait between the ending of series two and the beginning of series three, was the image of Dale Cooper's forehead against a mirror with blood dripping down his face as we realise he has been possessed by Bob. This is perhaps one of the most talked about scene in the history of Twin Peaks.