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Major Garland Briggs is a United States Air Force officer. His work is highly classified; he does not tell even his family -- his wife, Betty, and his son, Robert -- the nature of it.


Twin Peaks (1990-1991)Edit

Season 1Edit


Major Briggs sits in his kitchen in uniform, reading the newspaper as he has his shoulders massaged by his wife Betty until they receive a phone call, which his wife answers. On the phone is Sarah Palmer, whose daughter Laura is not home, and is calling to see if she is with the Briggs' son, Bobby, who is her boyfriend.

Later, the major is at the sheriff's station with his wife as they talk to their lawyer, and offers an ear to Bobby, as he will be home later in the evening. However, Bobby turns him down. Confused about the situation, they go home.

Episode 1Edit

He prays with his family around the dinner table. He tells Bobby he wishes to discuss his feelings about Laura's murder and that he respects his rebellious nature, but notes that there are limits. When Bobby ignores him and places a cigarette in his mouth, the major slaps him, his patience being pushed to the limit.

Episode 3Edit
Major Garland Briggs

Major Briggs speaks to his son, reprimanding him for smoking a cigarette and telling him to put it out. He discusses funerals with his son, saying that Laura died too soon and that they have a responsibility to the dead. He again speaks of his willingness to talk more to his son.

Episode 5Edit

With his family, Major Briggs attends a family counseling session with Doctor Lawrence Jacoby. He and his wife state their worries with Bobby's behavior. Jacoby then states he wishes to see Bobby alone. The major protests, but the psychiatrist says he will need to see each family member individually. They leave them alone.

He later attends a party at the Great Northern Hotel with Icelandic businessmen, talking to Einar Thorson about his fascination with Iceland.

Season 2Edit

Episode 8Edit

He sits at the Double R Diner and sees his son come in. He requests for him to join him, which he goes. Bobby asks what he does, but he says that it is classified. He tells Bobby about a vision he had of a grand home. He says his son happily visited the home and the two embraced. As he leaves the diner, Hank Jennings asks him how the pie was, to which Briggs says "exceptional." They share a salute and he leaves.

Episode 9Edit

Briggs has a coffee at the diner and observes Deputy Andy struggling with tape. The Log Lady comes and sits next to him. She asks him if he is proud of his medals, but he says "achievement is its own reward. Pride obscures it." She then says her log has something to tell him, but he cannot hear it, so she translates "Deliver the message" and the Major understands the meaning of this.

He visits Agent Cooper at the Great Northern to deliver a message concerning a communication in deep space, specifically one found from around the time Cooper was shot, saying "THE OWLS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM." This was followed in the morning with another communication saying "COOPER" several times.

Episode 16Edit

Briggs escorts an old waiter to the roadhouse.

He meets with the lawmen the morning after the killer of Laura is determined as Leland Palmer, who has died in custody, having been possessed to commit the crimes by an entity called Bob. Briggs states that there is much more at hand than they can handle.

Episode 17Edit

Following the funeral of Leland Palmer, Briggs attends the reception at the Palmer home. Leland had died in custody after being arrested for the murder of his daughter. He speaks to Doctor Jacoby, who has recovered from a heart attack he sustained earlier. He asks Agent Cooper about his plans now that the murder case is closed, and the FBI man states that he is not sure, but has vacation time he could use. Briggs invites him to go fishing.

Briggs and Cooper toast marshmallows around a campfire, discussing Cooper's suspension from the FBI and the nature of Bob. The Major explains forces of evil and darkness when it comes to face men. He also makes mention of a "White Lodge," but Cooper first goes to relieve himself. A bright light flashes and Briggs calls for Cooper, then disappears.

Episode 19Edit

Major Briggs appears at his home to his wife and son, having been gone for two days. He embraces his wife, telling her that things are "not exactly" alright.

Episode 20Edit

Briggs tells Hayward, Cooper, and Truman of his experiences during his disappearance, including a sight of a giant owl. When the sheriff asks him what his work involves, he responds that it is classified. However, he decides that the information is much too important for these restrictions. He tells them that he is involved in the Air Force's Project Blue Book, despite it being officially disbanded in 1969 and that they are searching for a place called the White Lodge.

Episode 21Edit

The major stumbles to the sheriff's station, saying to Lucy that he needs to speak to the sheriff and he collapses. He is taken to the Harry's office and comes to, and is given water by Lucy. He states his worry about the Air Force's reaction to his disappearance, that their search for the White Lodge is not for pure reasons. He also predicts that there will be "great trouble" and leaves.

Episode 24Edit

As Shelly gives him his bill at the diner, he comments, "Compelling." The Log Lady comes to him and examines the markings behind his ear.

He goes to the sheriff's station with her where they discuss their respective markings with Cooper.

Episode 25Edit
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Twin Peaks: The Missing PiecesEdit

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The Secret History of Twin PeaksEdit

Briggs moved to Twin Peaks with his family in 1982.

Hand-picked to continue the work of Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Milford, Briggs compiled an archive of history concerning the town of Twin Peaks and the mysteries surrounding it, later investigated by FBI Special Agent Tamara Preston.

The abrupt final item in the dossier is a "MAY DAY" transmission from Briggs.

Behind the scenesEdit

The role can be seen as a precursor to Davis’s character Lt. Gen. George Hammond on the series Stargate SG-1, who is also an Air Force officer involved in secret projects.

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