- "Andy" redirects here. For the character of the same name from The Autobiography of Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes, see Andy (My Life, My Tapes).
Andy Brennan is a sheriff's deputy and a Bookhouse Boy in Twin Peaks. Andy is a bit slow on the uptake, even "dimwitted," very sensitive, and tends to cry at murder scenes. However, he is very loyal and trustworthy, and is compared to a dog by Albert Rosenfield.
He has an on-and-off-again relationship with the station's receptionist, Lucy Moran.
Andy was born to a large family with at least one younger sibling and graduated from Twin Peaks High School a few years after his fellow lawmen Sheriff Harry S. Truman and Deputy Tommy "Hawk" Hill.
In mid-February 1989, upon hearing Harry's suggestion that they set a trap for Bernard Renault, who was coming in from Canada, Andy made a stray comment that he would be coming in on foot. After a long silence, Harry asked if he meant they would have a lot of trails to cover. Andy denied this, explaining he thought it would be a very long hike.
Later, he and Harry were enjoying the doughnuts and coffee Lucy Moran -- Andy's on-and-off girlfriend -- set out when she called them over the intercom to let Harry know Josie Packard heard a prowler outside her house. Harry left, telling Andy to monitor the radio for a call from Hawk. Andy heard Lucy screaming a few moments later (she was surprised by Sheriff Truman appearing in front of her), and ran out into the hallway, colliding with her as she was going back to make sure he was still there.
When Pete Martell discovered a body wrapped in plastic on the morning of February 24, 1989, Andy was called to the scene to take pictures. He cried, but this was not the first time, as Sheriff Truman noted that the same thing happened "last year in Mr. Blodgett's barn." He handed the camera to Doctor Will Hayward and was sent to get a stretcher as Hayward finished his job and they identified the body as homecoming queen Laura Palmer.
Later, Andy sat with Deputy Hawk at the high school as they asked Laura's boyfriend, Bobby Briggs about his whereabouts until Sheriff Truman arrived and informed him of Laura's death. Truman then had Andy assist Bobby to make a phone call to his parents to contact their lawyer.
Later, Andy went with the sheriff to the Palmer home, where Truman questioned Mrs. Palmer about Laura and Hawk searched for possible evidence. While there, they received a call from Lucy that a mill worker named Janek Pulaski reported his daughter, Ronette missing.
Andy, along with other deputies, found a train car where the murder took place. He called Lucy in tears, requesting her to tell Harry that he did not cry.
The following morning, Andy helped Agent Cooper set up a demonstration he had prepared for the investigation, which he called the "Tibetan method" and used it to determine which individuals bearing the initial 'J' could be involved with the Laura Palmer case. Cooper had Andy stand near a bottle as he threw rocks at it. The rock for Doctor Lawrence Jacoby knocked the bottle down, but did not break it. Andy put it back into place. He was then hit in the head when the rock for Shelly Johnson was thrown. The bottle then broke when the rock for Leo Johnson was thrown.
Andy contacted Sheriff Truman the next day, informing him that a fight had broken out between Doctor Hayward and FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield at the morgue concerning whether Laura's body would be released for the funeral or kept for more tests. When it became physical, he was helped by the present Benjamin Horne to restrain them. The argument became physical once more before Sheriff Truman arrived with Agent Cooper. Truman punched Albert and Cooper ordered the body be released, taking Hayward's side.
Andy later came to inform Sheriff Truman and Cooper when it was time for Laura's funeral.
The following morning, Andy sketched a gray-haired man that Sarah Palmer saw in a vision and he returned to the sheriff's station with Harry, who went to the conference to meet Cooper and Doctor Jacoby. Andy then asked Lucy why he could not spend the previous night with her, but she ignored the question, instead asking him if he would be having coffee.
After Jacoby left, Andy went to the conference room and showed the finished sketch to Cooper and Truman. Cooper said that he had seen this man in a dream he had. A call was then received from Hawk, who had seen a one-armed man that was wanted for questioning.
Andy went with Cooper and Truman to the Timber Falls Motel, where the one-armed man, Gerard was staying. When they approached the room, Andy drew his gun but dropped it, making it go off. Truman sent him away as he and Cooper kicked in the door.
He looked around Gerard's hotel room and found his sample case of right shoes.
They brought back files from the clinic and he apologized for what happened with his gun. He was told by Harry to meet in the pistol range, and on the way he saw Lucy, who brushed him off. Cooper asked him about his situation with Lucy, and he said he did not know why she would not talk to him. He then practiced shooting, but was told that he needed practice.
As he looked through the files with Harry and Cooper, Cooper's supervisor, Gordon Cole called, saying that the bird they were looking for was either a parrot or myna bird. Andy then found a file on a myna bird named Waldo owned by Jacques Renault.
The next morning, Andy assisted Sheriff Truman's investigation in Jacques's apartment and was ordered to get donuts for Agent Cooper, which he brought with a cup of coffee.
He then went to the Johnson home and spoke to Shelly, asking about Leo's whereabouts. She told him that she overheard an argument about Laura between Leo and Jacques. He told her to call the sheriff's department whenever Leo got in touch with her then left.
Andy entered the sheriff's station and went to Lucy, who still did not want to talk to him.
When a gunshot rang out in the conference room, he went in with the other lawmen to find that Waldo had been shot.
Andy sits with Sheriff Truman on a stakeout later that night, awaiting Jacques to cross the border. Harry asked him about his situation with Lucy, which had not improved. Jacques soon arrived and they arrest him, but he put up a fight. He disarmed an officer and nearly shot Sheriff Truman, but Andy managed to calmly shoot him in the arm.
Later at the sheriff's station, he stood with Hawk, Ed Hurley, and some other lawmen as they discussed his heroic actions earlier in the evening. Lucy listened in and went to the kitchen area. The other men encouraged him to follow her and he did, closing the divider behind him. He and Lucy kissed until she announced she was pregnant and Andy left.
Later in the evening, Andy tried to call Agent Cooper.
When Albert Rosenfield returned to Twin Peaks and came to Leo Johnson's home, Andy called out to Sheriff Truman, calling Albert "Agent Rosenflower." As he ran inside to warn Truman, he stepped on a loose board, which smacked him in the face. Harry found that this had revealed a hidden pair of boots and cocaine and praised Andy.
Back at the station, Andy went to Agent Cooper and informed him that Leo had been imprisoned in Hungry Horse, Montana on February 9, 1988, which Albert noted to be the night Teresa Banks was murdered. This lessened Leo's status as a suspect in Laura's murder.
He sat in the conference room later as Agent Cooper went over the events that occurred the night Laura died. He cried while looking at a photo of Laura. Albert mocked him, which upset him further. Then calling him "Albert Rozerfeld," he stood up to defend the Sheriff against the FBI Agent's verbal attacks, then left.
Later, he paced outside of the sheriff's station before mustering up the courage to go in and talk to Lucy. After a small struggle for her to listen to him, he revealed to her that he was sterile and wished to know how she was having a baby. Lucy leaned closer to him, which he assumed to be for a kiss, but she instead pulled a piece of tape off of his head and closed the window on him.
A couple of days later, Andy confided in Doctor Hayward that he needed to have a sperm test done. Doc gave him a vial to use for his sample and went out to his car. On his way to the bathroom with an issue of Flesh World, Andy bumped into Lucy, who saw the magazine and their proximity to the bathroom and was disgusted with him.
He ran into another deputy and dropped his sample, which rolled under a chair. He chased after it and Cooper told him not to move. He asked Andy where he got his boots, which he said were from Philip Gerard. He picked up his sample and left.
He later attempted to speak with Lucy, who was upset with catching him with the magazine. Cooper then arrived and dismisses him, and he watched through the window as the FBI man talked to Lucy.
Andy later escorted Leland Palmer -- arrested for the murder of Jacques Renault -- past a room where Lucy cried and to the conference room, where Truman and Cooper were with Judge Clinton Sternwood. After the proceedings were delayed due to the absence of prosecutor Daryl Lodwick, Andy led Leland back to his cell.
He attended Leland's hearing the next day, making sketches of the proceedings.
With Lucy out of town to see her sister, Andy sat at the receptionist's desk and called for his sperm test results. He was informed that he had oligospermia at the time of his previous test, but no longer had it. Realizing what this meant, he declared "I'm a whole damn town!"
While going through sticky notes on the desk, he found a number written under "Gwen and Larry," Lucy's sister and brother-in-law. He called the number but was shocked to find that it was for Adam's Abortion Clinic.
Two days later, Andy had coffee with Hawk, Cole, Cooper, and Philip Gerard - now displaying a different personality: a spirit known as MIKE - outside the receptionist's desk. Harry came to tell them that everything was ready for their trip up to the Great Northern.
He went with Cooper and Truman to the hotel, where he brought guests one-by-one to MIKE to determine if they were the host of BOB, who was also a spirit. MIKE had a seizure when Ben Horne entered the room.
Later, he went to assist with the arrest of Ben Horne, who had been named a prime suspect in the murder of Laura Palmer.
Andy entered the sheriff's station the next day, where he saw Lucy holding a baby, causing him to faint. Lucy held ice on his head as Gwen told him about how she used to pass out when she was pregnant. He attempted to tell Lucy about the results of his tests, but Gwen interrupted until they told her to shut up and she went away. He then revealed the results of his sperm test.
While eating a crepe at the diner the next morning, he recited "J'ai une âme solitaire," the suicide note of Harold Smith. Donna Hayward came over with James, the former asking what he meant by this and if he knew a Mrs. Tremond, but he said no and explained the suicide note. Following this, he went with Donna and Agent Cooper to Mrs. Tremond's house. He took Donna home after she read a once-missing page from Laura's diary.
He went to Lucy at the station, wishing to talk about their child. However, Lucy informed him that he may not be the father and that Dick Tremayne may be. Andy called Horne's Department Store and asked for Dick.
Lucy later sat him down in a room with Dick and she told them that she wanted full cooperation from both of them throughout her pregnancy.
Andy overheard a conversation between Dick and Lucy concerning the baby a few days later. He intervened, stating that there should not be any fighting between them.
As Agent Cooper prepared to leave Twin Peaks, he expressed his admiration for Andy's bravery and his large heart. However, Cooper was stopped at the door by Special Agent Roger Hardy, who informed Cooper that he had been suspended from the FBI.
Later, as Dick arrived at the station, Andy left potted flowers at Lucy's desk. Dick introduced him to a young boy named Nicky, who he had temporarily adopted from Happy Helping Hand. Tremayne wished to go have a malted with Nicky ad Lucy, but Andy told him that Lucy was helping set up for the Milford wedding at the Great Northern and offered to go with them instead.
They went to the diner, where Andy and Dick got pie while Nicky got the malted he was promised. Nicky blew whipped cream into Dick's face, which amused Andy. However, when he stood to get Dick a napkin, Nicky spun his stool, causing him to fall when he sat back down.
The next day, Andy introduced Dick to Nicky's case manager, Judy Swain, who explained to them that Nicky may have been traumatized by events such as his parents' deaths under mysterious circumstances. Sheriff Truman came in to get Andy, as there was an emergency at the Great Northern.
At the hotel, Dougie Milford had died of an apparent heart attack. After Mayor Milford came and wept over his brother, Andy escorted him out.
Dick came to the station and told Andy that he believed Nicky was the devil and killed his parents. He saw Lana Milford and was taken by her charms, just like the rest of the men present.
Andy went to the station the following day, late for a meeting with Dick, as he was saving a cat from a tree. Dick told him that Nicky's records were sealed, but he came up with a plan to retrieve them, so they could find out what happened to the boy's parents.
They broke into the Happy Helping Hand's files and found the one belonging to Nicky. A couple identifying themselves as the Brunstons entered, eager to see a little boy named Donnie.
After a body is found later at night in Sheriff Truman's office, Cooper had Andy look for fingerprints on a chess pawn found in the dead man's mouth.
Andy told Lucy the next day that Little Nicky murdered his parents when he was 6 years old. Lucy said she did not believe him and did not find he or to be Dick suitable fathers.
He retrieved Truman and Cooper and took them to the conference room, where Doctor Jacoby waited with Lana Milford. After Jacoby told them that Lana is not cursed, but possessed a high sexual drive, they left to go bowling, but were confronted by Mayor Milford with a rifle. Cooper had the mayor and Lana settle their differences alone as the rest of the men waited outside. The agent soon gave the order to enter the room, where Lana was kissing Dwayne, who announced their plan to adopt a child.
Later in the evening, Doctor Hayward ordered Andy, Lucy, and Dick together for a meeting concerning Nicky. Hayward dismissed the accusations about Nicky being a murderer. He explained that Nicky was conceived by a rape and that his mother died in childbirth and that his adoptive parents died in a car accident.
The next day, Andy played a game of chess against Lucy, who was frustrated when he moved one of his knights without doing the "little hook thing," as he believed it was optional. However, Pete corrected him.
Later, he kept watch on Harry, who was drunkenly tearing up the Bookhouse, following the death of his beloved Josie Packard.
In the evening, Andy appeared as a model for the Stop Ghostwood campaign's fashion show. After the endangered weasel was presented, it bit Dick's nose and became loose, causing a panic among the attendees.
Andy dropped through the ceiling at the station the next day in front of Lucy's desk, practicing his spelunking skills for the department's excursion to Owl Cave. He gave her his word that he would be careful.
At the cave, the men found the symbol Cooper came to find, but then owls swooped over them. Andy swung his pickaxe and it became stuck in the cave wall, which then caused part of the wall to be pushed out, revealing a petroglyph.
He later attended Dick's wine-tasting event with Lucy and displayed his knowledge on fine wines. However, he swallowed the wine instead of spitting it out.
Later in the evening, he was called to a crime scene where a large wooden box had been found. He brought his metal detector in case it was a bomb, but it was revealed to contain a large pawn with a dead youth inside.
Andy cried as a friend of the victim tells the lawmen about him.
When he went back to the station, Lucy asked for his help on her speech for the Miss Twin Peaks Contest and also revealed that in 24 hours, she would reveal who would act as the father of her baby, regardless of its biological parentage.
Later, he, Cooper, and Truman tried to decipher the petroglyph. Briggs had yet to arrive, so Harry had Andy call his home.
Andy studied the petroglyph the next day, soon discovering that it was a map and his attempts to tell Agent Cooper were ignored. He accidentally knocked over a bonsai plant in the room, revealing that it had a microphone planted in it by Earle.
He followed Cooper and Truman to the Miss Twin Peaks Contest, still trying to get the former's attention, but he arrived as Lana Milford began her talent - an exotic dance - and was mesmerized.
After the speeches, Lucy pulled Andy and Dick aside to announce to them that she had chosen Andy to be the father of her child. Dick congratulated him and Andy expressed his excitement of being a father, but then excused himself to find Agent Cooper.
Back at the station, Andy asked Lucy if she was scared, and she stated her worry that they may become stuck in an elevator at the hospital when she was in labor with their child. Andy declared that if this happened, he would help her deliver the baby in the elevator. They shared a kiss and, for the first time, said "I love you."
Andy went to Glastonbury Grove to Sheriff Truman, who was waiting for Cooper to return from the Black Lodge. There they waited for ten hours until Andy went to get coffee and breakfast for the sheriff.
Despite Lucy's boredom with Andy and the fact that she dated Dick, Andy is devoted to Lucy. Although he was initially shocked at Lucy's pregnancy announcement, he quickly accepts the responsibility to be the baby's father, regardless of who is biologically responsible.
Andy and Dick's relationship starts as a rivalry, due to the love triangle with Lucy. The two men later formed a mutual respect through the process of proving their fatherhood capabilities to Lucy.
Andy immediately finds a respect for Agent Cooper, who expresses his admiration for Andy's bravery and his large heart.
Sheriff Harry S. TrumanEdit
Harry acts as a sort of "older brother" type to Andy, always gently expressing his annoyance with Andy's sensitive nature, but also knowing his value to the local law enforcement.
Andy works closely with Hawk, and as a result, his fellow deputy becomes a sort of wingman to him in his relationship with Lucy, encouraging him to talk to her when she is alone and attempting to advise him with the Dick Tremayne situation.
- This section covers only the alternate ending in the International Pilot.
At Lucy's house, Andy plays trumpet while Lucy plays with a paddle-ball. Lucy gets a call from Leland Palmer, whose wife possibly saw Laura's killer.
Andy goes to the hospital with Sheriff Truman, where Cooper comes to meet with a man who called him, Claiming to know who killed Teresa Banks a year ago.
Saturday Night Live sketchEdit
Andy (played by an uncredited Conan O'Brien) brings a handcuffed Leo Johnson to Agent Cooper's room at the Great Northern after Leo confesses to murdering Laura.
Even after much evidence is shown to Cooper, he is unconvinced that Leo did it. Andy leaves with Leo and Sheriff Truman.
Behind the scenes Edit
- His favorite book is The World According to Garp by John Irving
- In the International Pilot, he was revealed as a trumpeter, albeit not a very good one.