Great Job, Internet!: 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 …

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