Twin Peaks - Season 1, Episode 8 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Last Evening



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Episode Info

The final cliffhanger episode of the first season of Twin Peaks, entitled "The Last Evening," originally aired on May 24, 1990, and was written and directed by series co-creator Mark Frost. James (James Marshall) and Donna (Lara Flynn Boyle) search for clues and find the missing tape, while Dr. Jacoby (Russ Tamblyn) gets assaulted and ends up in the hospital. Agent Cooper's (Kyle MacLachlan) undercover operation at One-Eyed Jacks is successful in setting up and arresting Jacques Renault (Walter Olkewicz), who confesses details about the night of Laura's murder. Also at One-Eyed Jacks, Audrey's secret investigation is almost discovered when her father, Ben Horne, unwittingly goes to visit "the new girl." The end is near for the Packard Sawmill, as Leo Johnson (Eric Da Re) prepares to burn it down with Shelley and Catherine inside. Hank Jennings (Chris Mulkey) reveals details of his criminal history, as well as his secret connection to Josie Packard. With several characters meeting their fate in this episode, including the two main suspects (Jacques and Leo), the mystery of Laura Palmer's murder is even more puzzling. The season finale ends with Agent Cooper receiving a gun shot in his room at the Great Northern Hotel.


Kyle MacLachlan
as Agent Dale Cooper
Joan Chen
as Jocelyn `Josie' Packard
Ray Wise
as Leland Palmer
Mädchen Amick
as Shelly Johnson
Chris Mulkey
as Hank Jennings
Kimmy Robertson
as Lucy Moran
Russ Tamblyn
as Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
Sheryl Lee
as Laura Palmer/Madeline Ferguson
Catherine E. Coulson
as Margaret, `The Log Lady'
Sherilyn Fenn
as Audrey Horne
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Critic reviews for The Last Evening

I genuinely enjoyed this Twin Peaks season one finale, filled with some legitimately intense moments, but no moment got an actual fist pump other than Andy's turn as Dirty Harry. You know who agrees? Lucy Moran. Just look at her face.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

I kind of feel like there are too many deaths on the docket for this episode.

August 21, 2018 | Full Review…

There isn't much time for symbolism or quirk in this episode; it's all non-stop action and cliffhangers on top of cliffhangers.

June 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Co-creator Mark Frost directs this finale to the first season, packing it with the sort of operatic cliffhangers characteristic of all such episodes.

May 31, 2017 | Full Review…

In terms of cliffhangers, it's a pretty stellar one.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Twin Peaks ended its first abbreviated eight-episode run on a strong note, with the promise of plenty of plot still left to unfold.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

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