Apr. 08, 1990
60 min.
Showtime TV Network

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The series follows the investigation, headed by Special Agent Dale Cooper, of the brutal murder of a popular teenager and homecoming queen, Laura Palmer. Its set in a small fictional Washington town. Twin Peaks became one of 1990s' top-rated shows, a critical success both nationally and internationally. Reflecting its devoted cult fan base, the series became a part of popular culture.

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Wendy Robie (born October 6, 1953) is an American actress known for playing eccentric, mentally disturbed ...

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Nadine Hurley is married to Big Ed and is well known in the town for her ferocity and eccentricity. Nadine wears a patch over her left eye, having lost it in a hunting accident on their honeymoon. Ed's guilt over the accident (and other things) is perhaps all that holds together their mostly unhappy marriage, as he would rather have married Norma Jennings, his high-school sweetheart.

Nadine spends the first few episodes of the series attempting to create the world's first completely silent drape-runners. She is successful when her husband, Ed, accidentally spills mechanical grease on the cotton balls she is fixing to the runners. Nadine initially thinks this will make them both very rich but alas it does not, because not many people care about silent drape-runners.

After trying to commit suicide at the end of the first season (by overdosing on a mixture of pills), Nadine awakes from the resulting coma believing herself to be a teenager in high school and, incidentally, just dating her husband. Her superhuman strength (already present in season one) allows her to enter the school's wrestling team—the first female to do so. Though the cause of her strength and her memory loss is left largely to the viewer's imagination, adrenaline is circuitously mentioned at one point by Dr. Hayward, as well as is Dr. Jacoby's comment that "that tissue's packed in there pretty hard".

As season two progresses, Nadine and Ed decide to "break up", and she begins pursuit of teenage Mike Nelson (captain of the Twin Peaks wrestling team). This in turn leaves Ed free to pursue Norma.

In the final episode, Nadine suffers a blow to the head that results in the simultaneous loss of her strength[citation needed] and her delusions of teenhood. Apparently, she has no memory of anything that has occurred since her suicide attempt. The full repercussions of her recovery, including the potential scuppering of Big Ed's and Norma's newly-announced marriage plans, were left to be addressed in a third season that was never to be.

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01x08 - The Last Evening
Season 1, Episode 08
01x07 - Realization Time
Season 1, Episode 07
02x01 - May the Giant Be with You
Season 2, Episode 01
03x16 - The Return, Part 16
Season 3, Episode 16
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