The legendary sequence from the cult television series Twin Peaks
that earned the show its reputation as one of the most bizarre to ever air:
Agent Dale Cooper sits upon an armchair in a small chamber surrounded entirely by red curtains (which would become known as the Black Lodge later in the series). A midget (known to fans as the Little Man From Another Place, or LMFAP) dances onto the screen towards him. He speaks in a bizarre dialect, as if he is reading the words backwards. His speech is translated through subtitles.
: Let's rock! I've got... good news. That gum you like is going to come back in style
Close-up on Laura Palmer, who sits nearby.
: She's my cousin... But doesn't she look almost exactly like Laura Palmer?
(perplexed): But... it is Laura Palmer. Are you Laura Palmer?
(also speaking in the backwards dialect): I feel like I know her, but sometimes my arms bend back.
: She's full of secret
s... Where we come from, the bird
s sing a pretty song, and there's always music
in the air.
There is a pause, and Laura stands, crossing the room and whispering something in his ear. The little man rises as eerie saxophone music becomes audible, and begins to dance. Cooper awakes in his room at the Great Northern, fumbles for the phone and dials Sheriff Harry Truman.
(excited): Harry, it's Cooper. Meet me for breakfast, seven o'clock, here at the hotel. I know who killed Laura Palmer.
Cooper hangs up, and looks away, still snapping his fingers to the music.
The significance of much of this dialogue does not become apparent until much later in the show. The phrase about gum
coming back into style resurfaces in the second season, just before Cooper re-enters this dream world, and remembers what Laura Palmer whispered to him.