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The doppelganger of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is a being from the Black Lodge.

BiographyEdit

Birth Edit

In March 1989, the doppelganger first emerged as BOB (in his words) took Windom Earle's soul, wrestling free of a curtain and gleefully laughing with BOB before pursuing the real Cooper. The night after Cooper first entered the Lodge, the doppelganger appeared in Glastonbury Grove alongside Annie Blackburn, where Sheriff Harry S. Truman found them.[1]

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"How's Annie?"

"Cooper" was taken back to Cooper's room at the Great Northern Hotel. He laid in bed and woke up, surrounded by Sheriff Harry S. Truman and Doctor Will Hayward. "Cooper" said he was not sleeping and asked about Annie, then excused himself to brush his teeth. He put toothpaste on his toothbrush, squeezed more around the sink, then slammed his head into the mirror, revealing his reflection to be BOB. He grinned and laughed, repeatedly asking, "How's Annie?"[2]

Truman and Hayward broke into the bathroom after hearing the mirror break, where they found "Cooper" lying on the floor with blood on his face and the mirror shattered. "Cooper," smiling strangely, told Harry that he slipped and struck his head on the mirror, and that it struck him as funny.[1]

After Hayward took him to the hospital, he was seen exiting the intensive care unit where Audrey Horne was being kept while in a coma.[3]

The next day, Major Garland Briggs met with "Cooper" at his home, intending to entrust him with the continuation of Project Blue Book. However, Briggs immediately realized something was not right, and left for the station to send a mayday signal. The following day, Briggs was apparently killed in an unexplained fire at the station, and Cooper left Twin Peaks soon after that.[4][5]

South Dakota Edit

After escaping from the Black Lodge, the Cooper doppelganger was apparently destined to return there at 2:53 p.m. on a specific day about twenty-five years later. To prevent this, he somehow "manufactured" another version of Cooper, a Las Vegas insurance salesman named Dougie Jones. At the appointed time, Dougie would be drawn back into the Lodge instead.[6]

Twenty-five years after his escape, Cooper was in Buckhorn, South Dakota, preoccupied with obtaining certain coordinates from William Hastings' secretary. He had an unclear involvement in the murder of Ruth Davenport, the librarian at Hastings' high school, which was pinned on Hastings due to the latter's fingerprints being found at the crime scene. Cooper was colluding with Phyllis Hastings in the matter, and later remarked that Phyllis had "followed human nature perfectly."[7]

Shortly before his time was up, Cooper drove to a house in rural South Dakota, incapacitating a guard on his way inside, where he greeted Otis and Buella. He asked the latter to call out Ray Monroe and Darya, who then left with him.[8]

He later showed up at Hastings' home and executed Phyllis with a gun belonging to George Bautzer, the family's lawyer and Phyllis' lover.[7]

"Cooper" later ate with Jack, Ray, and Darya, discussing his concern about the following day and the information he was after, which Ray promised to get from Hastings' secretary.[7]

Jack later stored "Cooper's" Mercedes and gave him the keys to a Lincoln sedan, only for "Cooper" to kill him after finding out that he wired the car.[7]

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Two hours later, he drove to a motel and went inside where Darya waited for him, having quickly hung up the phone, claiming to have been talking to Jack. He told her that Ray never showed up to a meeting they planned and he "borrowed" Darya's gun before joining her on the bed. Holding her, he revealed to her that he killed Jack. She tried to escape from the doppelganger, but he restrained her and played a recording of the phone call she had just been having with Ray, who noted that Phillip Jeffries had made a call to kill the doppelganger. Darya attempted to escape again, but he still managed to restrain her and confirmed that he was planning to kill her. She tried to escape again, but this time he punched her in the face and asked her to reveal to him who hired her and Ray to kill him. However, Darya claimed to not know but said they were being paid $500,000, which was to be split between them. She tried to tell him that she would not have followed through with killing him, but he brushed this off and said that he was supposed to be pulled back into the Black Lodge the following day, but had a secret plan to prevent this. He then asked her if Ray got the information from Hastings' secretary and asked if she had heard anything about coordinates. She told him that she had not, but that the secretary did tell something to Ray. The doppelganger then pulled out an ace card bearing a strange symbol and showed it to her, telling her it was what he wanted. Darya tried to escape once more, then he shot her in the head, suppressing the sound with a pillow. He then washed his hands and made a call to who he believed was Jeffries. The person on the other end mentioned that he had met with Major Garland Briggs and that he had called to say goodbye. The voice then told the doppelganger that he would be "going back in tomorrow," and that he, himself would be with BOB again, then disconnected. The doppelganger then logged into an FBI database and downloaded files for Yankton Federal Prison, where Ray allegedly was.[7]

Cooper then went to the motel room next door and met with Chantal Hutchens, asking her to clean up Darya's body and requested her to meet him with her husband in a few days.[7]

As he drove, Cooper began to experience discomfort as the cigarette lighter in his car began to exert electric activity, eventually losing control of his car and having a wreck. He began to gag, but held his hands firmly over his mouth, watching the cigarette lighter as red drapes faintly appeared to him in front of his car. When he saw Dougie Jones - a decoy of Cooper - in the red room, he vomited up garmonbozia and oil before passing out, later being retrieved by highway patrolmen.[6]

He was taken to a federal prison in South Dakota in possession of cocaïne, a machinegun and a dog leg. When FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole arrived with Agents Albert Rosenfield and Tamara Preston, he greeted them by saying "yrev" but immediately correcting himself and saying "very pleased to see you again". He then claimed to Cole that he had been working undercover with Phillip Jeffries since his disappearance and that he was on his way to debrief with Cole when he had his car accident.[9]

In prison, after accurately predicting the arrival of his food to his cell, he went to the mirror and noted that BOB was still with him.[10]

Later, he was given his phone call. He dialed a long series of numbers that caused the prison's alarms to sound until he hung up the phone after saying "The cow jumped over the moon."[10]

He later received an expected, but short visit from Cooper's former secretary, Diane Evans. They recalled a night that they both remembered well.[3]

Armed with blackmail on Warden Murphy, "Cooper" convinced the warden to free him and Ray and provide them with transportation.[3]

Trivia Edit

On his fingerprint card filled at South Dakota Federal Penitentiary (which corresponds to a FD-258 one), the following information can be seen:[9]

  • Prison ID number: 75425
  • Last name: Cooper
  • First name: Dale
  • Residence: 6147, Bend Dr. Harrisburg, PA
  • Date the form was filled: 9/22
  • Employer and address: 1000 Appleton St. Philadelphia, PA
  • Reason fingerprinted: Suspect in multiple crimes
  • Alias: N/A
  • Citizenship: United States of America
  • OCA number: 452788924
  • FBI number: 10-7132-91076
  • Armed Forces MNU number: N/A
  • Social security number: 520-722-406
  • Miscellaneous number such as US Military Service or passport number: N/A
  • Origin: USA
  • Sex: M (Male)
  • Race: W (White)
  • Height: 6 feet even
  • Weight: 170 pounds
  • Eyes color: Brown
  • Hair color: Brown and Gray
  • Date of Birth: 08/15/1973
  • Place of Birth: Buckhorn, SD
  • The left ringfinger print or at least the corresponding text is horizontally flipped

It was also not filled according to the official code since the height should actually be written as "600" instead of 6"0 and that the brown abbreviation should be "BRO" instead of BRN or BR.

Interestingly, Cooper's Middle name "Bartholomew" was not put despite the form having a corresponding box field. Surprisingly the eye color is described as brown while they are clearly black. According to this card, Cooper shares his birth date and place with William Hastings, meaning that he would be 16 during Laura's investigation, which is impossible (notably it would make him younger than Audrey and make him 12 when he had an affair with Caroline).

Behind the scenes Edit

MacLachlan did not try to mimic Frank Silva's BOB character beyond doing the movements as him for Episode 29 when he was on the other side of the glass.[11]

Lynch does not give nickname to the character and merely calls him Cooper's doppelganger (written "doppelgänger" by the interviewer)[12]

The black contact lenses were suggested by Kyle MacLachlan. The doppelganger haircut was made to try to mimic Javier Bardem's character from No Country for Old Men. But the clothing was chosen by Lynch himself, discarding jewelry accessories.[13]

The snakeskin jacket might be a reference to Sailor's (Nicolas Cage) one in Lynch's Wild at Heart which the character described as "a symbol of [his] individuality and [his] belief in personal freedom".

ReferencesEdit

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