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Albert Rosenfield portrays himself to others as a cynical city slicker forensics specialist in the FBI who appears to have grown insensitive and indifferent to other people and has contempt for the rural lifestyle of Twin Peaks. However Rosenfield is revealed to be in fact a conflicted man who, although cynical, holds deep moral convictions.
He also rowed with Doc Hayward, and was very disparaging about the capabilities of the local police and medical facilities in Twin Peaks generally, showing respect only to his FBI colleagues, at least at first. He warms up to the townsfolk as the series progresses, but does not lose his sharp and ironic manner.
A later appearance, and another conflict with Sheriff Truman, led to an emotional moment where Rosenfield exposed a sensitive and peace-loving side, seemingly at odds with his acerbic surface persona and to the complete shock of the sheriff and viewers alike. Such complex, contradictory characters were typical of Twin Peaks and the works of David Lynch in general.
Next time he and the sheriff meet in the series they share a friendly hug, implying his message was taken in good faith and a bond had been formed.
In Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Albert had a minor role, and appeared in the F.B.I. offices with Gordon Cole during the reappearance of Phillip Jeffries. He also appears later on when Cooper predicts that Teresa Banks's killer will strike again, and the victim will be a woman, blonde, in high school, sexually active, using drugs, and crying out for help. Says Albert, "Well, damn, Cooper, that really narrows it down. You're talking about half the high school girls in America!"
He is also briefly in The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes, under the entry recorded on the 4th February 1978 - it is implied that this is he and Dale Cooper's first meeting. This makes Albert 22 when the two first meet, according to the My Life, My Tapes canon.
He is set to appear in the 2017 revival.
Twin Peaks (1990-1991)Edit
He arrives in Twin Peaks with his team, telling Lucy to inform Cooper of his arrival. He meets Sheriff Harry S. Truman, with whom he immediately has a tense relationship due to Albert's belief that the small town's sheriff's department is primitive and amateur, unimpressed by the findings of the autopsy. He is threatened by Harry, but brushes it off as he gets to work with his team.
Albert gets into a fight with Doctor William Hayward, who wishes to stop his further testing on Laura's body so it can be buried for the funeral. When the argument becomes physical, he is restrained by Benjamin Horne, who takes Hayward's side. Albert insists the funeral be delayed as he continues his tests. The disagreement becomes physical once again before Sheriff Truman and Agent Cooper arrive. Albert lets out a string of insults to Sheriff Truman, who punches him and he lands on top of Laura's body. Cooper intervenes and sends the Sheriff out, then orders Albert to let the body be released.
He later presents his findings to Cooper and Truman. Laura was a cocaine user, she was bound with two types of twine, and industrial soap particles were found on the back of her neck. He also notes that wounds on her shoulders appear to be claw marks. Lastly, he presents a partially-digested plastic fragment bearing the letter 'J.'
When Truman excuses himself to go to Laura's funeral, Albert keeps Cooper behind, asking him to sign a form regarding the physical attack by the sheriff earlier in the day, but Cooper refuses.
He returns to Twin Peaks, and goes to the home of Leo Johnson, where Deputy Andy Brennan runs inside to warn Sheriff Truman, but steps on a loose board, hitting himself in the head. This reveals a hidden pair of boots and cocaine.
Back at the Sheriff's station, Albert examines Cooper, who has received a gunshot wound, having been assigned to this investigation by Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole. Deputy Andy enters and informs Cooper that Leo was imprisoned in Hungry Horse, Montana on February 9, 1988, confirming an alibi for the Teresa Banks murder, therefore eliminating him as a suspect in Laura's murder, if they were indeed killed by the same person.
He walks through the hospital with Truman and Cooper. When they see Ed Hurley, Truman pours Albert a coffee to leave Cooper alone with Big Ed for a moment. Albert is amused by Ed's story of shooting his wife's eye out on a honeymoon hunting trip. He then goes to book a room at the Great Northern Hotel.
He sits in the conference room, where he and Cooper go over the events that occurred the night Laura died. Andy cries over a picture of Laura, causing Albert to mock him, which upsets him further.
Albert has breakfast with Cooper, who tells him about Tibet and that Ronette Pulaski has woken from her coma and says they will show her sketches of Leo Johnson and "Bob," a man whom Sarah Palmer had a vision of, though Albert is skeptical about the latter even existing. He delivers the autopsy report on Jacques Renault, having found that he was smothered with a pillow. He also suspects the Packard Sawmill fire to be a result of arson, suspected to have been done by Leo. Albert then informs Cooper's renegade former partner Windom Earle has escaped from a mental institution.
He goes to Ronette with Cooper and Truman as the former extracts a small piece of paper with the letter 'B' from underneath her fingernail. Cooper believes it to have been placed by Laura's killer, and Albert notes that the IV was tainted. Cooper then tells Albert and Harry that he was visited by a giant who gave him three clues. Albert scoffs, "any relation to the dwarf?"
Albert delivers the results on the cocaine found in James' gas tank as being from the same source as the drugs in Jacques's and Leo's possession. He also says that the letter 'B' under Ronette's finger was cut from a copy of Flesh World. He states that the sketch of "Bob" has been run through several agencies, with no results and also notes that Cooper was shot with a Walther PPK, "James Bond's gun," and that he found fibers left from the shooter. He insults Truman yet again, causing the sheriff to take him by the collar. Albert explains his methods to be built on the foundation of love and calmly says, "I love you, Sheriff Truman," before leaving.
After the body of Maddy Ferguson is found, Albert presents a letter 'O' found under her ring finger, determining her killer to be the same person that murdered Teresa Banks and Laura Palmer. He also says fur from a taxidermy white fox was in her hand. Albert then encourages Cooper to find the killer before he strikes again.
Harry confirms to Albert and Cooper his suspicion that Benjamin Horne is responsible for the deaths of Laura and Maddy. Albert then presents Horne's blood test.
Albert goes to the roadhouse, where Cooper calls several men, including Ben Horne, Leland Palmer, and Leo Johnson. He believes the killer to be there and uses "magic" to determine the culprit. He asks to have Ben Horne escorted back to the station, with Leland as his attorney.
They take Ben down to interrogation, but the sheriff and Cooper push Leland into the room, the attorney being thrown into a rage, revealed as Bob's host.
They enter the room, where Leland is restrained and read his rights by Sheriff Truman. Through Leland, Bob laughs and howls as he is interrogated, soon confessing to the murders. Satisfied, the lawmen leave the room.
Cooper goes over the evidence against Leland and the events that must have occurred the night of Laura's death. After Bob chants a poem, the sprinkler system goes off, and Bob slams Leland's head into the interrogation room door. They frantically enter to find Leland, bleeding on the floor, Bob apparently gone. Leland expresses his guilt and dies in Cooper's arms.
With Dale and Harry, Albert discusses the nature of Bob. He comes to the conclusion that Bob is the "evil that men do."