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Today is the anniversary of Laura Palmer’s death—and Dale Cooper’s arrival in Twin Peaks

So it turns out the timeframe for Laura Palmer’s reunion with FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is a little more elastic than Twin Peaks creators David Lynch and Mark Frost might’ve hoped for. But there’s always one date that can be counted on by fans of the strangest, eeriest, campiest, damn-good-coffee-(and hot!)-est series in television history: February 24. It was on this date in 1989 that the body of (fictional) homecoming queen Laura Palmer washed ashore, wrapped in plastic. But because Twin Peaks is a place of duality—where there’s a Mike for every Killer Bob—this tragic exit was met with a heroic entrance. February 24 is also the date of Dale Cooper’s arrival in Twin Peaks, as committed to microcasette at the 36-minute mark of the show’s feature-length pilot, in the first of many recorded missives to his never-seen assistant, Diane.

Traveling through the darkness of future’s past to February 24, 2016, fans can be found chanting out between two worlds (the real world and the social media world) “#TwinPeaksDay,” marking the occasion by sharing memories, gratuitous pie and donut photography, and fan tributes like this gorgeous video from motion designer Gloria Gemignani.


For those celebrating Twin Peaks Day by not, you know, watching Twin Peaks, The A.V. Club recommends tumbling down a YouTube rabbit hole of artifacts from the all-too-brief period in which the question “Who killed Laura Palmer?” gripped an entire nation. The show’s time in the limelight yielded plenty of material like that below, in which the late Catherine Coulson, in full Log Lady garb, asks her beloved log to predict the winners at the 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards. There could be new episodes of Twin Peaks airing by Twin Peaks Day 2017, but moments like this (or David Lynch launching a save-our-show campaign from the Late Night With David Letterman couch) will not be happening again.

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