The One-Armed Man



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Episode Info

The investigation into Laura Palmer's murder continues in Twin Peaks, Vol. 4, the fourth regular-season episode of David Lynch and Mark Frost's ground-breaking television series, combining elements of soap opera, murder mystery, horror film, and postmodern comedy. In this installment, directed by Tim Hunter (River's Edge), Agent Dale Cooper finds his dream visions paying off: Sarah Palmer, Laura's mother, has also had visions of the evil man named Bob, while Deputy Hawk has located the One-Armed Man of Cooper's dream. Yet these leads, which point towards local veterinarian Bob Lydecker, seem like a fruitless dead-end -- that is, until the call from the FBI forensic lab reveals that mysterious bites on Laura Palmer's body were made by a mynah bird, a fact that points them towards several other clues. Also searching for clues are Laura's classmates Audrey Horne and Donna Hayward; Audrey begins to suspect that her father may be involved with Laura's death, while Donna finds herself falling in love with Laura's former boyfriend James Hurley. Meanwhile, the drug ring collapses in on itself, secret plans are made regarding the saw mill, and Hank Jennings is released from prison, all of which means the town may soon face a whole new series of problems.


Sherilyn Fenn
as Audrey Horne
Eric DaRe
as Leo Johnson
David Patrick Kelly
as Jerry Horne
Chris Mulkey
as Hank Jennings
Harry Goaz
as Dep. Andy Brennan
Lara Flynn Boyle
as Donna Hayward
Richard Beymer
as Benjamin Horne
Eric Da Re
as Leo Johnson
Peggy Lipton
as Norma Jennings
Ray Wise
as Leland Palmer
Dana Ashbrook
as Bobby Briggs
Mädchen Amick
as Shelly Johnson
Sheryl Lee
as Laura Palmer
Joan Chen
as Jocelyn `Josie' Packard
Jack Nance
as Pete Martell
Michael Ontkean
as Sheriff Harry S. Truman
Piper Laurie
as Catherine Martell
Kyle MacLachlan
as Agent Dale Cooper
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Critic Reviews for The One-Armed Man

I look forward to seeing how this shakes the foundation of [James'] unbreakable love for Donna that started three days ago.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

After the end of this episode, I still don't feel a strong connection to any particular characters.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Most serials tend to flounder a bit as they build toward the finale, as they spend a lot of time getting everyone into place for the big climax(es) but I figured this show wouldn't be a victim of that

Jun 19, 2017 | Full Review…

The story was branching out from the trunk of Laura's murder and sowing the seeds that would outlast the solution to that crime.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Episode five is maybe the weakest of the season, if for no other reason than those episode offers the least amount of story momentum.

May 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[Director Tim] Hunter brings a different kind of style to the show, keeping Lynch's static, portrait-like shots but adding the occasional tilted or split frame.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

With Laura in the ground we're settling down into what passes as a "normal" episode for the series.

May 14, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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