Twin Peaks - Season 1, Episode 2 - Rotten Tomatoes

Traces to Nowhere



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Episode Info

Twin Peaks, Vol. 1 is the first of a set of seven one-hour episodes of the ground-breaking postmodern soap opera from co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost. In this installment, written by Lynch and Frost but directed by Duwayne Dunham, FBI Agent Dale Cooper's investigation into the murder of Laura Palmer continues. The autopsy is completed and reveals several unexpected clues, including the fact that Laura had sex with three men on the day of the murder. Meanwhile, the first suspect, Laura's secret boyfriend James Hurley, is released from jail. Several other individuals, including football quarterback Bobby Briggs and local sawmill owner Josie Packard, are questioned regarding Laura. Meanwhile, Laura's missing locket turns up in an unexpected location. As usual, the unsettling aspects of the investigation are balanced by moments of bizarre humor, including a memorable encounter between a fish and a coffee percolator, and the cheerfully enthusiastic observations of Agent Cooper, who expounds upon the joys of doughnuts and cherry pies. The episode also features run-ins with several of the stranger residents of Twin Peaks -- including The One-Armed Man and The Log Lady, who promises that "One day my log will have something to say."


Joan Chen
as Jocelyn `Josie' Packard
Piper Laurie
as Catherine Martell
James Marshall
as James Hurley
Gary Hershberger
as Mike Nelson
Ray Wise
as Leland Palmer
Lara Flynn Boyle
as Donna Hayward
Mädchen Amick
as Shelly Johnson
Sheryl Lee
as Laura Palmer
Warren Frost
as Dr. William Hayward
Dana Ashbrook
as Bobby Briggs
Michael Ontkean
as Sheriff Harry S. Truman
Jack Nance
as Pete Martell
Sherilyn Fenn
as Audrey Horne
Eric Da Re
as Leo Johnson
Peggy Lipton
as Norma Jennings
Richard Beymer
as Benjamin Horne
Kyle MacLachlan
as Dale Cooper
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Critic reviews for Traces to Nowhere

Now that I understand the pure genius of a silent drape runner and the intricacies of cotton balls, I take back everything mean I said about Nadine and recognize that she, not Dale Cooper, is the best.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

After this episode, I'm pretty well convinced that Twin Peaks is a very beautiful series about the worst kinds of people living in a small community.

August 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Here is a scene with no logic, and draws more recognizably from Eraserhead than it does from the lexicon of television...I don't think it's bold to state this not only lent the universe of Twin Peaks another dimension, but that of television as well.

May 31, 2017 | Full Review…

This is how you start a show, with dozens of questions begging for answers.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

While the second episode of the series isn't quite as brilliant as the pilot, it does do an excellent job of setting up the tone for what the rest of the series will be like.

May 17, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Episode 2 is notable for how quickly and strongly it ramps up the absurdist comedy.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

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