Rest in Pain



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Episode Info

Originally broadcast on April 26, 1990, episode three of Twin Peaks, "Rest in Pain," takes place the day of Laura Palmer's funeral. After having breakfast with Audrey (Sherilyn Fenn), Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) explains his dream to Sheriff Harry Truman (Michael Ontkean), claiming it is a code that reveals the identity of Laura's killer. At the morgue, Albert Rosenfield (Miguel Ferrer) wants to continue the autopsy while Doctor Hayward (Warren Frost) wants to release the body for the funeral. Albert doles out insults and Harry punches him out. The autopsy report reveals that Laura had been tied up and cut on the night of her death, and that she was addicted to cocaine. Laura's cousin, Madeline (also played by Sheryl Lee), arrives for the funeral, where Bobby (Dana Ashbrook) and James (James Marshall) get into a fight and Leland Palmer (Ray Wise) loses control. That evening is a full moon, and Cooper gets introduced to the Bookhouse Boys, a secret society formed to get rid of the evil presence in the woods. They find out somebody is running drugs across the Canadian border into Twin Peaks and they capture Bernard Renault (Clay Wilcox).


Ray Wise
as Leland Palmer
Sheryl Lee
as Laura Palmer/Madeline Ferguson
Dana Ashbrook
as Bobby Briggs
James Marshall
as James Hurley
Don S. Davis
as Maj. Garland Briggs
Gary Hershberger
as Mike Nelson
Peggy Lipton
as Norma Jennings
Russ Tamblyn
as Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
Richard Beymer
as Benjamin Horne
Lara Flynn Boyle
as Donna Hayward
Michael Ontkean
as Sheriff Harry S. Truman
Piper Laurie
as Catherine Martell
Warren Frost
as Dr. William Hayward
Sherilyn Fenn
as Audrey Horne
Joan Chen
as Jocelyn `Josie' Packard
Jack Nance
as Pete Martell
Kyle MacLachlan
as Dale Cooper
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Critic Reviews for Rest in Pain

It's got this insane, hysterical quality to it. It's just so absurd and inappropriate that it jolts you out of moment and makes you think "That's not normal." But when you're burying your own child, what, exactly, is normal supposed to look like?

May 20, 2017 | Full Review…
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After the end of this episode, I still don't feel a strong connection to any particular characters.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The fact that Cooper, despite being witness to the staggering duplicity of Twin Peaks, maintains his faith in the goodness of the town, is one of the reasons he is so uniquely suited to investigate its mysteries.

Jun 20, 2017 | Full Review…

This is the Twin Peaks narrative aesthetic: give them something weird then give them something they recognize, balance the offbeat with the conventional, using the former to subvert the latter.

May 20, 2017 | Full Review…

While never reaching the surreal heights of the previous episode, it's still a damn fine hour of television.

May 18, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Always in this town, everyone seems to be on the brink of dropping any pretense of civility.

May 20, 2017 | Full Review…

After pushing television to the limits of sanity there was nowhere to go but back. But it's only a slight retreat.

May 15, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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