Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
Episode 20 of Twin Peaks, "Checkmate," originally aired on January 19, 1991, and was directed by Todd Holland. This episode opens with a sequence of Major Briggs recounting his experiences in the woods. Truman deputizes Cooper and they wire Ernie for a setup at Dead Dog Farm, leading to some dangerous complications. Denise/Dennis and Cooper face off with Jean Renault and the Mountie. At the Double R diner, the love affair between Ed and Norma begins to spark again. When the upset Hank tries to attack Ed, the super-strong Nadine comes home from school and saves him. Meanwhile, Donna wants to help James, who is caught in a trap with the seductive Evelyn Marsh and her lover, Malcolm. At the Great Northern, Catherine visits Ben, whose behavior has prompted Audrey to call Jerry for help. Bobby goes to work for Ben, leaving Shelly in possible danger with Leo. That evening, the power goes out and Cooper makes a discovery that involves his chess game with Windom Earle.