The Orchid's Curse



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Episode Info

Episode 12 of Twin Peaks, "The Orchid's Curse," originally aired on October 27, 1990, and was directed by Graeme Clifford. This episode features guest star David L. Lander (Squiggy from Laverne & Shirley) as Mr. Pinkel, a salesman who demonstrates equipment to Bobby and Shelly to care for the invalid Leo, who is deemed unable to stand trial. The pregnant Lucy leaves town for a few days, while Deputy Andy Brennan learns that he has a healthy sperm count. Leland Palmer has his trial and is released on bail after Sheriff Truman testifies in his favor. Judge Sternwood (Royal Dano) tells Cooper: "Keep your eye on the woods." At the Great Northern Hotel, the mysterious investor Mr. Tojamura wants in on the Ghostwood Estates deal, with an offer of a large sum of money to Ben Horne. That evening, Jean Renault calls Ben and Cooper with instructions on the ransom exchange for Audrey. Cooper and Truman raid One-Eyed Jacks and are followed by Hank Jennings. They save Audrey with the unexpected help of Deputy Hawk, Blackie is killed, and Jean captures Hank. Meanwhile, Donna and Maddy attempt to steal Laura's secret diary from the increasingly unstable Harold Smith.


Richard Beymer
as Benjamin Horne
Michael Horse
as Dep. Tommy `The Hawk' Hill

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Critic Reviews for The Orchid's Curse

In terms of how it's structured, Twin Peaks' character motivations more resembles the timeline of Primer than anything else. (But, with, you know, plot substituted for time loops.)

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…
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Oh, god. The M.T. Wentz stuff. I hate it for a number of reasons, but mostly because it brings out nice guy Hank, and nice guy Hank is way worse than fake tough guy Hank. At least he gets his ass handed to him.

Jun 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Creepy getting creepier.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

It's light on traditional Lynchian mood, but heavy on action, and it's pulled off extremely well.

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

Donna's "good girl with wicked desires" character arc isn't as flashy as that of some of this show's other women, but in some ways it is the most relatable because she is so "normal."

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

The biggest problem is the absence of atmosphere. This is the first episode of Twin Peaks that doesn't feel like Twin Peaks. It looks too flat, plays too predictably, and moves too clunkily. It feels too much like television.

May 14, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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