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** We have no idea [[spoiler: how Beverly Page's marital strife is resolved, or whether Ben Horne chooses to act on his attraction to her]].

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** We have no idea [[spoiler: how Beverly Page's marital strife is resolved, or nor whether Ben Horne chooses to act on his attraction to her]].

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* LookBothWays: The poor little boy crossing paths with Richard Horne's truck.


** [[spoiler:Diane, or at the very least her tulpa.]]
** Very possible for [[spoiler:Audrey and her son]] in season 3.


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* RapeAsBackstory:
** [[spoiler:Diane, or at the very least her tulpa.]]
** Very possible for [[spoiler:Audrey and her son]].


** [[spoiler:Diane, or at the very least her tulpa.]]
** Very possible for [[spoiler:Audrey and her son]] in season 3.



* RedHerring: During the investigation into Laura Palmer's death, the big money for her killer was Leo Johnson. Talk show host Phil Donahue, who devoted an entire hour to ''Twin Peaks'' wasn't buying any. He described Leo Johnson as "the biggest RedHerring since Nikita Kruschev". And of course, turns out he was right.

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* RedHerring: During the investigation into Laura Palmer's death, the big money for her killer was Leo Johnson. Talk show host Phil Donahue, who devoted an entire hour to ''Twin Peaks'' wasn't buying any. He described Leo Johnson as "the biggest RedHerring since Nikita Kruschev".Khrushchev". And of course, turns out he was right.

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* AbortedArc: The plotline about Cooper being investigated for his conduct during the raid on One-Eyed Jack's and being framed by a corrupt Mountie for stealing a bunch of cocaine is rather unceremoniously dropped once Windom Earle shows up. After that point, the only indication he's still technically under investigation and suspended is the interesting plaid shirts that replace his black suit, and he's reinstated in a couple lines of dialogue, without the actual investigating agent ''or'' the Mountie ever appearing again.


* EccentricTownsfolk: Everyone in ''Twin Peaks'' is weird in some way ranging from the fact Nadine is an amateur inventor with super strength to the Log Lady. Oddly, one of the compliments the show frequently got was that by including all these peculiarities, they actually felt more like real people than many more mundane dramas.

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* EasilyForgiven: After learning that her father [[spoiler: not only ran One-Eyed Jack's, but actively funneled his teenage employees into it and slept with Laura (which was ''at best'' taking advantage of a deeply troubled girl young enough to be his daughter)]], Audrey has ''one'' conversation with him about it and that's enough (although she still goes through his desk for Agent Cooper). He spends the back half of season 2 trying to learn to be good and rebuild his relationship with Audrey, which she allows.
* EccentricTownsfolk: Everyone in ''Twin Peaks'' is weird in some way someway ranging from the fact Nadine is an amateur inventor with super strength to the Log Lady. Oddly, one of the compliments the show frequently got was that by including all these peculiarities, they actually felt more like real people than many more mundane dramas.

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* OnlySaneMan: Albert, who always appears very annoyed that he's stuck in a David Lynch show with a bunch of David Lynch characters.


* SoundtrackDissonance: [[spoiler: The sex scene between Dale and Diane in Episode 18 is accompanied by an eerie soundtrack]].

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The scene where psychotic hitman, Ike the Spike, goes on a bloody homicidal rampage in an office building and stabs multiple workers with an ice pick is accompained by a cheerful low-fi beat song.
** [[spoiler:The
sex scene between Dale and Diane in Episode 18 is accompanied by an eerie soundtrack]].

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** It's acknowledged in-universe that Sheriff Harry S Truman shares a name with the 33rd President of the United States. Notably, Sheriff Truman has a mounted stag's head over his desk and a plaque reading "The Buck Stopped Here", a variant on a famous line attributed to his presidential namesake.
** Dale Cooper's middle name is given as Bartholomew, which makes him [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._B._Cooper D.B. Cooper]].


** Laura Palmer is named after to the titular character from the Creator/GeneTierney film ''Film/{{Laura}}'' while her cousin, Madeleine Ferguson, is named after the two main characters from Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''.

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** Laura Palmer is named after to the titular character from the Creator/GeneTierney film ''Film/{{Laura}}'' while her cousin, Madeleine Ferguson, is named after the two main characters from Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''.''Film/{{Vertigo}}'' - a movie that also revolved around doubles.
** Waldo the parrot and his vet, Dr. Lydecker, are collectively named after a major character in ''Laura'', Waldo Lydecker.



** James the moody, misunderstood biker is likely named for Creator/JamesDean, while glamourous rich girl Audrey Horne shares a fair bit with another famous [[CreatorAudreyHepburne Audren H]].
** The Hayward family, and Donna in particular, are likely named for classic actress Creator/SusanHayward.
** Philip Michael Gerard is named for the SympatheticInspectorAntagonist on ''Series/TheFugitive'', which also featured a mysterious One-Armed Man.



* SmugSnake: Ben and Jerry in the first season.

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* SmugSnake: Ben and Jerry Jerry, especially in the first season.



** Subverted in the second season finale, where [[spoiler: the more recently-introduced Windom Earle stands no chance at all against original BigBad BOB.]]
** Possibly played straight in ''The Return'' (it's hard to say) when BOB himself is revealed to have been brought to Earth - and possibly even given birth to - by the entity known as The Experiment, which features in some of that series' most frightening scenes.



* ToHellAndBack: Cooper in the series finale. The Black Lodge may not be Hell itself, but neither is it pleasant. [[spoiler:But did he really come back??? As ''The Return'' reveals, he didn't, but [[HumanoidAbomination something else]] did.]]

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* ToHellAndBack: Cooper in the second series finale. The Black Lodge may not be Hell itself, but neither is it pleasant. [[spoiler:But did he really come back??? As ''The Return'' reveals, he didn't, but [[HumanoidAbomination something else]] did.]]



** [[DirtyCop Chad Broxford]] is a corrupt, thuggish deputy in the Twin Peaks Police Department. He initially distinguishes himself by making fun of the suicide of Sheriff Truman's son, and is later revealed to be involved in a plethora of criminal operations around town, including Red's drug trafficking ring. Near the end of the series, he even tries to ''kill'' his coworkers when he gets found out.

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** [[DirtyCop Chad Broxford]] is a corrupt, thuggish deputy in the Twin Peaks Police Department. He initially distinguishes himself by making fun of the suicide of Sheriff Frank Truman's son, and is later revealed to be involved in a plethora of criminal operations around town, including Red's drug trafficking ring. Near the end of the series, he even tries to ''kill'' his coworkers when he gets found out.



** The [[spoiler: nuclear explosion]] in Part 8, with its abstract visuals and terrifying modern classical soundtrack, appears to be one to Creator/StanleyKubrick, particularly the Star Gate sequence in ''2001: A Space Odyssey''.

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** The [[spoiler: nuclear explosion]] in Part 8, with its abstract visuals and terrifying modern classical soundtrack, appears to be one to Creator/StanleyKubrick, particularly the Star Gate sequence in ''2001: A Space Odyssey''. Kubrick and Lynch were fans of each other.


After years of rumors of a return, a sequel series titled ''Twin Peaks: The Return'' premiered in Showtime in 2017. As referenced in a cryptic line from the first episode, we return to Twin Peaks 25 years later. Lynch and Frost returned as showrunners along with a large section of the original cast. The resulting season majorly ups the surrealism factor of the story and provides a final resolution (such as it is) to the series. Following ''The Return'', both Lynch and Frost have expressed interest in possibly making a fourth season at some point, but Lynch also stated that will be at least a while before he gets around to that decision, although he has hinted the SequelGap won't be as drastic this time around.

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After years of rumors of a return, a sequel series titled ''Twin Peaks: The Return'' premiered in Showtime in 2017. As referenced in a cryptic line from the first episode, season, we return to Twin Peaks 25 years later. Lynch and Frost returned as showrunners along with a large section of the original cast. The resulting season majorly ups the surrealism factor of the story and provides a final resolution (such as it is) to the series. Following ''The Return'', both Lynch and Frost have expressed interest in possibly making a fourth season at some point, but Lynch also stated that will be at least a while before he gets around to that decision, although he has hinted the SequelGap won't be as drastic this time around.


* StylisticSuck: A lot of the special effects look very weird and hokey (finding a clear origin in Lynch's film ''Film/InlandEmpire'', which has similarly bad special effects), but somehow the suckiness makes them even ''more'' batshit terrifying. Special mention has to go to [[spoiler:the black orb containing BOB's soul, which contains a pretty obvious CGI rendering of Frank Silva's face - but it's still absolutely ''terrifying''.]] It's easy to tell which ones are supposed to look good and which aren't when you get to [[BizarroEpisode Episode 8]], where the [[spoiler: atomic explosion]] looks [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome jaw-droppingly good]].

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* StylisticSuck: A lot of the special effects look very weird and hokey (finding a clear origin in Lynch's film ''Film/InlandEmpire'', which has similarly bad special effects), but somehow the suckiness makes them even ''more'' batshit terrifying. Special mention has to go to [[spoiler:the black orb containing BOB's soul, which contains a pretty obvious CGI rendering of Frank Silva's face - but it's still absolutely ''terrifying''.]] It's easy to tell which ones are supposed to look good and which aren't when you get to [[BizarroEpisode Episode 8]], where the [[spoiler: atomic [[spoiler:atomic explosion]] looks [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome jaw-droppingly good]].good.


** Both worlds seem to be mostly unrelated and aside from a particularly traumatic event the "Alien life" side of things is still mundane compared to the rest.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich:
** Maddy joins Donna and James at the RR Diner and requests a Vanilla Coke, which James fetches for her. After engaging in some dialogue, they all depart with Maddy's full soda glass left untouched, the wrapper not even taken off the straw beside it.
** Cooper and the local law enforcement visit the Log Lady, who insists that they all sit down for tea and cookies. She then insists that they wait for the tea to steep before touching the cookies. Once they start asking her questions, the whole tea arrangement is forgotten.



* ToneShift: Although the series constantly vacillated back and forth between police procedural, soap opera parody, slapstick and MagicalRealism, the horror and supernatural elements of the series really start to come to the fore from the start of the second season. As [[Website/TheOnion the AV Club]] put it: "It's as if Frost and Lynch decided to ditch the noir for nightmares."

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* ToneShift: ToneShift:
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Although the series constantly vacillated back and forth between police procedural, soap opera parody, slapstick and MagicalRealism, the horror and supernatural elements of the series really start to come to the fore from the start of the second season. As [[Website/TheOnion the AV Club]] put it: "It's as if Frost and Lynch decided to ditch the noir for nightmares."



* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: In Episode 18, Cooper waves his gun around the diner in dangerous ways which an FBI agent would know to avoid. [[spoiler:May be justified if the theory of this Cooper being a CompositeCharacter of Dougie and the two Coopers holds true.]]

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* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: In Episode 18, Cooper waves his gun around the diner in dangerous ways which that an FBI agent would know to avoid. [[spoiler:May be justified if the theory of this Cooper being a CompositeCharacter of Dougie and the two Coopers holds true.]]



* AssholeVictim: A few of Mr. C's victims, including [[spoiler: Bill Hastings' wife, Richard Horne, Ray, and Renzo]]. There's also the borderline rapist bar patron [[spoiler: who gets his throat ripped out by an apparently possessed Sarah Palmer]].

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* AssholeVictim: AssholeVictim:
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A few of Mr. C's victims, including [[spoiler: Bill Hastings' wife, Richard Horne, Ray, and Renzo]]. There's also the borderline rapist bar patron [[spoiler: who gets his throat ripped out by an apparently possessed Sarah Palmer]].



* BookEnds: The two canon spinoff books for ''The Return'', ''The Secret History of Twin Peaks'' and ''Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier''. Both involve collections of thoughts and annotations by Tammy on the events of both series and wrap up a few plot points while also raising some new questions.

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* BookEnds: BookEnds:
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The two canon spinoff books for ''The Return'', ''The Secret History of Twin Peaks'' and ''Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier''. Both involve collections of thoughts and annotations by Tammy on the events of both series and wrap up a few plot points while also raising some new questions.



* CountryMatters: The drunk trucker in Episode 14 insults Sarah Palmer with the line "It's a free cunt-ry."

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* CountryMatters: CountryMatters:
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The drunk trucker in Episode 14 insults Sarah Palmer with the line "It's a free cunt-ry."


* AdultFear: Walking your son across the street, only to see a reckless drug-addled driver smash into him and kill him while you're helpless to watch.

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* AdultFear: Walking your one's son across the street, only to see a reckless drug-addled driver smash into him and kill him while you're the parent is helpless to watch.


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* StockDesertInterstate: ''The Return'' involves road-tripping through the American West, and as such there are plenty of shots of the empty road in the desert. The last episode especially has much of it taking place in old-fashioned diners and motels or the episode is set in a car traveling through the desert. A frequent visual motif is an old-fashioned gas-station, which is a portal to AnotherDimension that hops around, appearing both in the remote desert and along the roadsides.

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