Phillip Jeffries

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Phillip Jeffries
Twin Peaks character
First appearance "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me"
Last appearance Part 17
Portrayed by

David Bowie

Nathan Frizzell (voice)
Information
Occupation

FBI Special Agent

Director of the Blue Rose Task Force
Nationality American
Duration 1992, 2017

FBI Special Agent Phillip Jeffries is a fictional character in the Twin Peaks franchise. He was created by series creator David Lynch and portrayed by David Bowie and voiced and dubbed by Nathan Frizzell in Twin Peaks: The Return. He first appeared in the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces, which extended his role from the film, and returns in the 2017 revival series.

Jeffries was an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who disappeared while on assignment in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1987.[1]

His role was expanded in the 2017 revival series, but with the death of Bowie Jeffries is instead depicted as a white glowing orb right by a giant steaming kettle in a motel room above a convenience store. Before his passing Bowie gave Lynch permission to reuse footage of his character from the movie on the condition that he be dubbed by a Louisianan actor.[2]

Appearances[edit]

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces[edit]

Phillip Jeffries is shown checking into a hotel in Buenos Aires. Jeffries is then seen vanishing when entering an elevator. He emerges from a different elevator several years later at the Philadelphia FBI office. He was believed to have disappeared two years ago while on assignment in Argentina. He hurries to the office of his former superior, Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole and starts raving in a loud and disturbed manner rambling about Judy while also insisting that she not be discussed, and referring at one stage to Special Agent Dale Cooper and yelling “Who do you think this/that is, there?" Jeffries went on to narrate in an abstract fashion where he had been since his disappearance, discussing a discovery in Seattle of a meeting he witnessed above a convenience store and an important ring. Cole had Albert try to figure out how Jeffries got into the building, while Cooper, noticing the lights flickering, ran back out into the hallway. As Jeffries continued his rant, Cole tried to call for back-up. He then vanishes after realizing it's February 1989. Jeffries reemerged in Buenos Aires, scaring a maid and the same bellhop from 1987, who had seen him vanish and now reappear. Very soon after this, Jeffries disappeared, this time seemingly permanently.[3][4]

Twin Peaks: The Return[edit]

After Dale Cooper's entrapment in The Black Lodge, Phillip Jeffries had an unspecified arrangement with Cooper's doppelganger, who himself later claimed to have been working undercover with Jeffries for over twenty years. At one point, Jeffries requested information from Albert Rosenfield concerning a man in Colombia, claiming that it was pertinent to the safety of Cooper. A week later, the agent in Colombia was killed.[5]

Jeffries somehow lost his human form, and by September 2014 he appeared to have become a white glowing orb emitted from the end of a large kettle-shaped device. His chamber was located behind room #8 at a motel only accessible from the upper floor of a certain convenience store.[6]

In addition, another individual began assuming Jeffries' identity, hiring Ray Monroe and Darya to kill the doppelganger. While in South Dakota, "Cooper" attempted to contact Jeffries via radio, only to find this stranger on the other end. The person who answered mentioned that he knew the doppelganger had met with Major Garland Briggs, and was calling to tell him goodbye. "Jeffries" told him that the doppelganger would be "going back in" the next day and that he would be with BOB again, then disconnected.[7]

After shooting Cooper, Ray contacted "Phillip" on his phone and said that he believed Cooper was dead, or else Ray would finish the job when Cooper found him at "the farm." At gunpoint, Monroe later confessed to Cooper that somebody named Phillip Jeffires had orchestrated the prison break and ordered him to place a ring on Cooper's body after he died. Jeffries was in hiding somewhere called "the Dutchman's."[8]

In one of his Monica Bellucci dreams, Gordon Cole relived the strange incident in 1989 where Jeffries had appeared in Philadelphia and cast doubt on Dale Cooper's identity, which Cole had since forgotten. Albert also admitted that he was starting to remember the day Cole referred to.[9]

Cooper's doppelganger drove to the convenience store and received an audience with the real Jeffries at the Dutchman's, determining that he had no involvement with Ray. Cooper then asked him about Judy, whom Jeffries had previously mentioned at the FBI office back in 1989, and whether Judy wanted something from Cooper. Jeffries responded that he could ask Judy himself, and a series of numbers floated out of his orb, which Cooper wrote down.[6]

After the doppelganger was killed, the real Dale Cooper accompanied MIKE to see Jeffries in person. Cooper said he was interested in a particular date: February 23, 1989, and Jeffries agreed to find it for him. Commenting that it was "slippery in here" Jeffries eventually manifested the symbol found in Owl Cave, which turned into an "8" symbol with a bead modulating around its lower half. Jeffries said that this was where he could find Judy. He also added: "There may be... someone. Did you ask me this?" Jeffries said to give Gordon Cole his regards, and that Cole would remember "the unofficial version." In a loud crackle of electricity, Cooper appeared in the woods near Twin Peaks in 1989.[10]

Behind the scenes[edit]

The original editing of Fire Walk With Me puts Jeffries reappearance in 1988 since it is before the "one year later" hard title. But the shooting script, The Missing Pieces, The Secret History of Twin Peaks, and Part 15 of The Return put it in 1989.

Jeffries was played by English musician and actor David Bowie and, for Twin Peaks: The Return, voiced by Nathan Frizzell. Bowie was approached to reprise his role as Jeffries in the 2017 limited series, but declined due to his cancer diagnosis, which was not public knowledge until his death on January 10, 2016. Bowie gave Lynch permission to reuse footage of the character from the film on the condition that he be re-dubbed by a Louisianan actor.[11]

Reference[edit]

  1. ^ Reiher, Andrea. "Twin Peaks: Who are Phillip Jeffries and Blue Rose?". POPSUGAR Entertainment. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  2. ^ Robinson, Joanna. "How David Lynch and Twin Peaks Honored One Final David Bowie Request". HWD. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  3. ^ Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  4. ^ Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces
  5. ^ Twin Peaks – "Part 4"
  6. ^ a b Twin Peaks – "Part 15"
  7. ^ Twin Peaks – "Part 2"
  8. ^ Twin Peaks – "Part 13"
  9. ^ Twin Peaks – "Part 14"
  10. ^ Twin Peaks – "Part 17"
  11. ^ Wray, Daniel Dylan. "David Lynch on Bowie and the Music that Inspired the New “Twin Peaks”." Pitchfork. 19 September 2017.