“Twin Peaks Calling” Supercut Reminds How The Original Series Took Place In A Pre-Cell Phone Era

Kyle MacLachlan confirmed that cell phones have found their way into Twin Peaks, but in a David Lynch world of FBI offices, prisons and hotel rooms, stylish corded telephones are bound to appear in the new series. Just like they did in the original.

—Dr. Lawrence Jacoby

This supercut, courtesy of Showtime, shows a mix of vintage rotary landline phones, payphones, and even a giant wireless brick owned by one of the lucky few. There’s just one glaring omission: the series’ very first phone call made by Pete Martell (“Lucy, put Harry on the horn!”).


In another iconic phone call scene, David Lynch gave Charlotte Stewart (Betty Briggs) a pair of scissors to cut air while she was on the phone with Grace Zabriskie (Sarah Palmer).

Betty Briggs on the telephone

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Written by Pieter Dom

Founder and curator of Welcome to Twin Peaks since 2011. Bobsessed since March 1991.


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  1. I just saw this on YouTube. What an awesome supercut by Showtime! This gives me high hopes that the new season will embrace the quirky fun of Twin Peaks.

  2. As for Twin Peaks being from the pre-cell phone era, I’d just like to point out that if Laura Palmer had been murdered in the age of genetic testing, the mystery would have lasted only an episode and a half…

  3. There is an earlier HUGE cell phone in one scene from early season 2 actually. Funny cause I just saw it tonight then read the headline, as I am rewatching series. It’s quick one where Ernie , the ex con who married Norma’s mother is in the RR diner.

    • I was wracking my brain trying to remember when I saw an old cell phone in the original series! Thanks for the reminder!

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