Unravel The Mysteries of Twin Peaks

By: Isadora Teich

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"Twin Peaks" is a cult smash from the brilliant and strange mind of David Lynch. Quiz yourself on the show and unravel its many mysteries with this HowStuffWorks quiz.

Which "Twin Peaks" character said "Every day, once a day, give yourself a present."?

Dale Cooper says this to Sheriff Truman. He says it in Episode 6.

Which character does David Lynch play in "Twin Peaks"?

David Lynch plays FBI regional bureau chief Gordon Cole. Cole is named after a character in one of David Lynch's favorite movies, "Sunset Boulevard."

Where was "Twin Peaks" originally supposed to take place?

"Twin Peaks" was initially set in North Dakota. The show's creators moved it to the Pacific Northwest because they felt the area's dense forests offered a more complete sense of mystery.

How many seasons did "Twin Peaks" air before it ended?

There were only two seasons of "Twin Peaks." The original show had only 30 episodes.

Which famous director almost directed a "Twin Peaks" episode?

Steven Spielberg talked to Mark Frost about directing the pilot episode of Season 2. David Lynch said no and directed the episode himself.

Who was initially supposed to solve the murder of Laura Palmer?

The murder of Laura Palmer was never supposed to be solved. David Lynch intended for the unsolved mystery to fade into the background while the characters of the town were focused on.

How did David Lynch try to add to the "Twin Peaks" universe right after the show ended?

David Lynch followed up "Twin Peaks" with the 1992 film "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me." The show's success didn't do much for the film, which bombed at the box office.

Which "Twin Peaks" actor plays two roles in the show?

Cheryl Lee played both Laura Palmer and Laura Palmer's cousin, Maddy Ferguson. Maddy wears glasses and has brown hair, unlike her blonde cousin.

In what popular long-running TV show did Kyle MacLachlan play a side character?

Kyle MacLachlan played The Captain in this show. He was a wacky boating enthusiast who appeared several times throughout the show's later seasons.

When did the original "Twin Peaks" premiere?

The show originally premiered on ABC in 1990. The pilot episode was 94 minutes long.

What happened to the romantic subplot between Special Agent Dale Cooper and Audrey Horne?

On set tensions are what ultimately axed Special Agent Dale Cooper and Audrey Horne's romance. Due to complaints from his girlfriend, fellow "Twin Peaks" cast member Lara Flynn Boyle, Kyle MacLachlan said that the age difference between the characters was too large. That was the end of that.

How was "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" received when it was screened at the Cannes Film Festival?

This film failed at the box office and was torn apart by critics. In 2013 it was even featured as part of "Booed at Cannes," a showing of 15 works that were famously booed when screened at the film festival.

Which famous musician appears in "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"?

David Bowie played the role of FBI agent Phillip Jeffries. The agent disappeared in Argentina in 1987.

Which famous world leader allegedly was the ultimate "Twin Peaks" fan?

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was such a huge fan of the show that he supposedly turned to then-U.S. President George H.W. Bush and asked him to find out who killed Laura Palmer. When asked about it years later, Gorbachev denied knowing anything about "Twin Peaks."

How were the weird vocal patterns in the Red Room achieved?

The strange vocal patterns in this scene were recorded by actors reading their lines in reverse. All the words were pronounced backwards.

In what other David Lynch film can the distinctive zig-zag floor from the Black Lodge be seen?

This distinctive pattern can be seen in both films. In "Eraserhead" it is a carpet.

Who owns the Great Northern Hotel?

Ben Horne, father of Audrey Horne, is one of the richest people in Twin Peaks. He owns the Great Northern Hotel and the town's only department store.

The mother of which famous actress had a role in "Twin Peaks"?

Zooey Deschanel's mother, Mary Jo Deschanel, had a small role in "Twin Peaks." She played the role of Donna Hayward's mother.

Which "Twin Peaks" actor plays the mayor of Portland in "Portlandia"?

Kyle MacLachlan plays Portland's mayor in "Portlandia." He's a wacky character that plays in a reggae band.

In which state does "Twin Peaks" take place?

The town of Twin Peaks was set in Washington. It is a fictional town.

Was "Twin Peaks" popular when it aired?

At the beginning of it's run, "Twin Peaks" was one of the most popular shows on TV. It quickly lost viewers as it went on, which lead to it not being reviewed for a third season.

Did Kyle MacLachlan win any awards for the role of Special Agent Dale Cooper?

Kyle MacLachan was nominated for several awards. He ended up nabbing a Golden Globe for Best Actor.

Who killed Laura Palmer?

It is revealed in the second season that Laura Palmer's father, Leland Palmer, murdered her. He killed her while possessed by an evil being.

Who co-created "Twin Peaks"?

While David Lynch is famous for it, he did not create "Twin Peaks" alone. He collaborated with writer, director and producer Mark Frost.

What was "Twin Peaks" originally going to be called?

"Twin Peaks" was originally going to be set in North Dakota. During that phase, the show was also set to be titled after its setting.

Which actress almost played the role of Josie Packer?

Initially Isabella Rossellini was supposed to play the role of Josie Packer, but she turned it down. Instead the part went to Chinese actress Joan Chen.

Which of these actors had roles in both "Twin Peaks" and "The X-Files"?

David Duchovny, famous for playing Fox Mulder on "The X-Files," had a smaller role in "Twin Peaks." Duchovny played DEA Agent Denise Bryson.

What unusual method does Dale Cooper use to solve crimes?

Dale Cooper makes important leaps while trying to solve the case of Laura Palmer's death in a unique way. He interprets his own dreams.

How old is Audrey Horne during the events of "Twin Peaks?"

Audrey Horne is 16 during the events of "Twin Peaks." She is a high school student.

Which of these "Twin Peaks" locations can you not visit in real life?

Many of the film's shooting locations can be visited in either Washington or California, except for this one. You can even stay at The Great Northern Hotel.

What type of tree does Dale Cooper fall in love with in "Twin Peaks"?

Throughout the series Dale Cooper seems amazed by the trees he finds in Twin Peaks. He marvels at the Douglas fir trees in the town.

Who was Laura Palmer's best friend before her death?

Donna Hayward had been Laura Palmer's best friend before her death. After her death, Donna dates her secret boyfriend, James Hurley.

What drug was Laura Palmer addicted to?

Laura Palmer lived a dangerous double life. She was fired from the casino/brothel she had been secretly working in due to her cocaine habit.

How did Nadine Hurley lose her eye?

Nadine Hurley, the mentally ill wife of "Big" Ed Hurley, lost her eye in a hunting accident during their honeymoon. Ed feels incredibly guilty about it.

Who was Laura Palmer publicly in a relationship with before her death?

Laura Palmer was in a relationship with Bobby Briggs prior to her death. They were both secretly seeing other people, and she was only dating him in order to get cocaine.

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