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Twin Peaks - (S02E20)

Thriller . Mystery . Drama . Crime

Bobby and Shelly reaffirm their love. Cooper calls Shelly, Donna and Audrey together to warn them about Earle. Briggs shows Cooper a tape of Windom Earle making a report on his quest for the Black Lodge. Donna discovers pictures of her mom and Ben Horne. Wheeler is called away on an emergency. Leo worries about Shelly. Doc Hayward tells Ben to stay away from Eileen. Townsfolk have strange tremors in their hands. Pete has a vision of Josie. Windom Earle takes Major Briggs captive. Andrew and Catherine open the next box, only to find another one inside. A drugged Briggs tells Earle how to open the lodge doorway. Big Ed is able to break up with Nadine and ask Norma to marry him. Audrey and Pete chase after Wheeler…Audrey and Wheeler make love before he leaves. Cooper takes Annie dancing, and convinces her to run for Miss Twin Peaks. The Giant visits Cooper with a warning. Windom Earle discovers the cave painting is a map. BOB reappears.

Episode Title: The Path to the Black Lodge
Airs: 1991-04-18 at 12:00
  • Marvin Kitman

    It's stunning for a TV mystery. It's actually mysterious. The mood, the characters, the surreal quality of how the story is told, are something different. It has a slow hypnotic movement, a style like a boxer in slo-mo. It hit me with tremendous energy and made me abandon despair at the state of TV mysteries. [5 Apr 1990]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Richard Zoglin

    Twin Peaks ... is like nothing you've seen in prime time -- or on God's earth. It may be the most hauntingly original work ever done for American TV.

    Time Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    How pleasurable it is to really care about a TV series, to the point of (national) obsession.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Goldberg

    What Mr. Lynch does so well is to imbue something as ordinary as small-town America with an inchoate threat, an ax waiting to fall. In short, Twin Peaks is creepy... After two episodes, Twin Peaks is riveting. And it's so cool, it's chilly.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Ed Siegel

    It's a riveting indication of what Lynch can do without words. Simple shots of traffic lights and waterfalls are enough to send chills up the spine.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    A captivating blend of the existential and the pulpy, the surreal and the neo-real, the grim and the farcical, Twin Peaks is new age music for the eyes, a show that careens off the wall and out into left field and yet supplies some of the basic satisfactions we humans have demanded of our storytellers since we first wriggled out of primordial goop.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Eric Mink

    Riveting, distinctive television that is totally entertaining, in the broadest sense of the word. [8 Apr 1990, p.6G]

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Staff [Not Credited]

    Twin Peaks is like the horrific, teasing fever nightmare that takes you to the head of the darkened staircase and throws you off, leaving you frozen in midflight at an exquisite peak of terror and wordless exhilaration. [8 Apr 1990, p.G1]

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    What a strange but stunning achievement Twin Peaks is... For television, Twin Peaks may be the summit of off-the- wall originality. [8 Apr 1990, p.H4]

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • TV has so much middle ground already there's no way not to cheer ABC's nerve in giving us something so ground-breaking, so distinctive, so you- can't-take-your-eyes-off-it or get-your-mind-off-it gripping...They've set a tone with Sunday's two-hour pilot - which succeeds best as a masterpiece of mood - that's gleefully perverse, visually glorious, splendidly acted, with a pulsating music score that heightens an already unbearable tension. [6 Apr 1990, p.1D]

    USA Today Full Review
  • Howard Rosenberg

    Twin Peaks teeters on the very edge of exquisite absurdity. Its genius is that it plays both on the level of subtly ludicrous melodrama and on the level of a baffling whodunit, as most lines of dialogue appear to contain a hidden meaning, most faces a dark secret.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • It takes about 20 minutes for Lynch's TV debut, an eight-episode series, to wrap you in its clutches. After that, it's as easy to watch as a good Murder, She Wrote, but 100 times more interesting. By the end, you'll feel you know a lot less than you did at the beginning.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ron Miller

    This show is so deliciously perverse that washing up afterward just seems the natural thing to do. [6 Apr 1990, p.75]

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • John J. O'Connor

    This is event television given a memorably wicked spin. Nothing like it has ever been seen on network prime time.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Stein

    There's a brooding, stylish feel to Twin Peaks and hints that many horrible secrets will be unearthed during the hunt for Laura Palmer's killer, but there's also the thought that Lynch is going to have some fun with both the soap opera and mystery genres. [6 April 1990, p.C-20]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
  • Rick Cogan

    Television, for all of its frequent blood, guts and skin, is tame territory. It is so cozily familiar in its characters and characterizations, its car crashes and carnal capers, that when something as wild, weird and wicked as Twin Peaks comes along, it rattles the network landscape like a tornado in full fury.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
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