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"Episode 19", or, "The Black Widow" is the twelfth episode of the second season of Twin Peaks and the twentieth episode overall.


"Is a dog man’s best friend? I had a dog. The dog was large. It ate my garden, all the plants, and much earth. The dog ate so much earth it died. Its body went back to the earth. I have a memory of this dog. The memory is all that I have left of my dog. He was black and white."

Margaret Lanterman[src]

Bobby enters Ben's office to find the furniture stacked in a bizarre pile as Ben sits 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 Littlehorse, a realtor, about cottages on the lake and 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 has been in several homes, and that his parents died under mysterious circumstances. Harry takes Andy to the Great Northern.

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

The wrestling 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.

Malcolm introduces himself to James as Evelyn's brother, saying that he works for her and her husband. He says that Jeffrey beats Evelyn once every week or two, and no one can stop him.

Cooper and Irene visit the lake house and 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 has been a meeting there in the past few hours. There is baby laxative in the sink, and cocaine on a chair. Cooper says they will notify the sheriff.

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

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

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

Cooper has his chess response to Earle 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 and 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 Double R Diner, Big Ed tells Norma he feels like life happened in spite of his plans, and he does not 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 meets with Dwayne and Hayward tells Dwayne that Dougie died of natural causes: no foul play. However, Dwayne says he wants to press charges, that Lana killed Dougie with sex. Dwayne insists that she will not get any of Dougie's money. Hawk tries to comfort Lana, and the men gather around to admire her and recite a line from Romeo and Juliet. Lucy answers the phone for Harry, but he does not respond, because he, like the other men present at the station, are transfixed by Lana, who tells them titillating stories and drinks milk.

Ernie eats wings in the diner and Denise joins him and shows him the photos along with 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 have been living like that for four years, and that one day he will kill Jeffrey.

Betty Briggs sits alone in the dark waiting for Bobby. The room is lit by a large white ceramic owl lamp and intermittent lightning strikes. Bobby reassures her that the Major will return. Bobby tells Betty about the Major's dream and Briggs returns after being missing for two days, wearing an aviator cap, and asks for a strong cocktail.

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  • Created by Mark Frost & David Lynch
  • Music Composed & Conducted by Angelo Badalamenti
  • Producer: Harley Peyton
  • Supervising Producer: Gregg Fienberg
  • Written by Harley Peyton & Robert Engels
  • Directed by Caleb Deschanel
  • Executive Producers
    • Mark Frost
    • David Lynch
  • Co-Producer: Robert Engels
  • Co-Producer: Robert D. Simon
  • Associate Producer: Philip Neel
  • Director of Photography: Frank Byers
  • Production Designer: Richard Hoover
  • Editor: Paul Trejo
  • Coordinating Producer: Tim Harbert
  • Post Production Supervisor: John Wentworth
  • Original & Series Casting by Johanna Ray, C. S. A.
  • Production Manager: Gregg Fienberg
  • Unit Production Manager: Robert D. Simon
  • First Assistant Director: Christopher T. Gerrity
  • 2nd Assistant Director: Deepak Nayar
  • 2nd 2nd Assistant Director: Randy Barbee
  • Production Controller: Nowell B. Grossman
  • Production Accountant: Connie Dolph
  • Supervising Coordinator: Joseph Montrone
  • Production Coordinator: Sabrina S. Nathanson
  • Production Secretary: Lauren McAuliffe
  • Script Supervisor: Cori Glazer
  • Camera Operator: Lex Du Pont
  • 1st Assistant Camera: Billy Brao
  • 2nd Assistant Camera: Rick Drapkin
  • Set Decorator: Kerry Oaksmith
  • Construction Coordinator: Keith Cox
  • Property Master: Jeffery Moore
  • Property Assistant: Richard Robinson
  • Lead Painter: Dave Robinson
  • Costume Designer: Sara Markowitz
  • Costume Supervisor: Laurie L. Hudson
  • Make-up: Carla Roseto Fabrizi
  • Hair: Annette E. Fabrizi
  • Make-up/Hair Assistant: Linda A. Vallejo
  • Gaffer: Robert Ferrara
  • Key Grip: Irv Katz
  • Sound Mixer: Don Summer, C.A.S.
  • Art Department Coordinator: Jula Bell
  • Transportation Coordinator: Steve Boyd
  • Transportation Captain: Greg Van Dyke
  • Location Liaison: Barry Gremillion
  • Casting Associate: Elaine J. Huzzar
  • Unit Publicist: Paula K. Shimatsu-U.
  • Assistant to David Lynch: Debby Trutnik
  • Assistant to Mark Frost: Kim L. Wilson
  • Assistant to Gregg Fienberg: Emily Fincher
  • Writers Assistant: Lori Tulli-Mitchell
  • Music Editor: Lori L. Eschler
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Richard Taylor
  • Sound Editors
    • Patrick McCormick
    • Richard F. Davis
    • Tom de Gorter
  • Re-recording Mixers
    • Gary Alexander
    • Adam Jenkins
  • Orchestrations: Angelo Badalamenti
  • Synthesizer: Kinny Landrum
  • Assistant Film Editor: Terilyn Shropshire
  • Assistant Music Editor: Rick Woods
  • Post Production Coordinator: Elizabeth Fox
  • Post Production Associate: Chris Brown
  • Apprentice Film Editors
    • Bambi Sickafoose
    • Bob Allen
  • Logging Vehicles provided by WHITEGMC Trucks & Whit-Log Trailers
  • Extras Casting: Superior Casting, Inc.
  • Titles & Opticals by Pacific Title
  • Color by de luxe (R)
  • Telecine and Electronic Post Production: Encore Video
  • Telecine Colorist: Drew Marsh
  • Post Production Sound & Sound Effects by TODD-AO/Glen Glenn Studios 
  • Lenses and Panaflex (R) Camera by Panavision (R)
  • Dolby Surround (TM)


Production errors[]

  • Dougie Milford's corpse is seen blinking its eyes.
  • When Dick reads the car manual for his BMW, the Volvo "V" logo can be seen on the hubcap on the leftmost image.