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Episode Info

Episode nine of Twin Peaks, "Coma," originally aired on October 6, 1990, and was directed by series creator David Lynch. This episode contains the first of many significant references to owls throughout the series. Agent Cooper learns his old partner, Windom Earle, has escaped a mental institution and is missing. Taking over Laura's old job with Meals on Wheels, Donna delivers food to Mrs. Tremond (Frances Bay) and the magical boy (played by the director's son, Austin Jack Lynch), who delivers the message: "J'ai une âme solitaire," meaning "I have a lonely soul." When the deal with the Icelandic investors gets thwarted by a crazed Leland, Ben and Jerry threaten a scheme to get rid of him. Meanwhile, Bobby and Shelly begin a scheme of their own to deal with the still-comatose Leo. After the Log Lady tells Major Briggs to deliver the message, he meets with Agent Cooper and shows him the message: "The owls are not what they seem." After learning details about Laura's connection to One-Eyed Jacks, Audrey is caught by Blackie. She calls Agent Cooper for help, who is having a dream in which the Giant gives him another clue.


Kyle MacLachlan
as Agent Dale Cooper
Sherilyn Fenn
as Audrey Horne
Lara Flynn Boyle
as Donna Hayward
Mädchen Amick
as Shelly Johnson

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Critic Reviews for Coma

So you may be asking yourself, what could be more terrifying than the sight of Laura Palmer pulling a Linda Blair? Did you answer "mysterious creamed corn?" Good, because the answer to that is "mysterious creamed corn."

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU, LOG LADY? Log Lass would've been a great name for her too, as a sidebar. Although that sounds a bit more like her Pokémon trainer title, to be honest.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

This is maybe the least memorable of the six Lynch directed episodes of the series, but still, any Lynch episode towers over most of the others, so that's not really a complaint.

May 17, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Finally, we get to see my favorite bad scene of the entire series, as Maddy, Donna and James "sing" with an invisible band and it's so hilariously, insanely weird and bad that I just LOVE IT.

Jun 19, 2017 | Full Review…

If the season premiere functioned to resolve and clarify the flurry of events that concluded the first season, this episode introduces many of the new characters and subplots that will take root in Season Two.

May 31, 2017 | Full Review…

This episode sows a lot of seeds for future harvest.

May 14, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Another episode under the direction of Lynch lends to the continuing re-establishment of the Twin Peaks' aesthetic, and him at the helm of the season's first two episodes meant the weird-quotient got turned way up.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Twin Peaks produced a number of episodes that '90s TV obsessives still talk about. Coma isn't one of those, which is a shame, because it may be the "purest" hour of "Twin Peaks -- and quite possibly the finest.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…