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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Jack Nance, best known for his role in David Lynch's TV series Twin Peaks (1990), died of possible homicide, ...

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Pete Martell is a lumberjack who married his boss' sister Catherine. What started as a "summer's indiscretion", developed into a marriage on the rocks, a marriage that from Pete's perspective never should have happened. "Catherine is plain hell to live with", Pete once admits during the course of the show. Catherine is ruthless, stubborn and determined and doesn't make anything easy for her husband (whom she feels is a useless, soft old fool). However, it is also made clear that Catherine was far richer than he, so he has at least a financial consolation. Pete also seems to harbor some genuine, nostalgic affection for his wife, which he expresses to Sheriff Truman when he thinks Catherine has died.

He is a keen angler. While Catherine plots to get back his late brother's business, the Packard mill, from his widow Josie Packard whom she despises, Pete spends his time fishing ("There's a fish in the percolator!") and joking affectionately with Josie. Perhaps too good to be true, Josie is pure balm to Pete after Catherine's constant spite and contempt.

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02x20 - The Path to the Black Lodge
Season 2, Episode 20
02x17 - Wounds and Scars
Season 2, Episode 17
01x02 - Traces to Nowhere
Season 1, Episode 02
03x06 - The Return - Part 6
Season 3, Episode 06
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