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Gordon Cole is the Deputy Director of the FBI, formerly a Regional Bureau Chief and Agent Cooper's immediate superior.


Twin Peaks (1990-1991)Edit

Season 1Edit

Episode 4Edit

Cole calls Cooper and fills him in on the details of the results of Albert's post-mortem examination on Laura Palmer.

Season 2Edit

Episode 13Edit

Gordon walks past the interview room at the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Station, looking for Sheriff Harry S. Truman. He then enters the room and introduces himself to the sheriff. They speak privately, where he explains his hearing loss and presents findings from Albert Rosenfield's tests on fibers found outside the room Agent Cooper was shot in several days before. He also mentions Albert's test results on a syringe used by a One-Armed Man, having found that he had never seen a drug like it. The One-Armed Man is then brought in by Deputy Hawk and Cole follows them to Truman's office.


He sits at the sheriff's station when Cooper arrives and tells him, "you remind me today of a small Mexican chihuahua. They go to Harry's office to discuss the attempt on his life and to not let it happen again. Cooper then asks about the Mexican chihuahua and Harry comes in to inform them that he can hear every word they say. However, Gordon invites him in to discuss an anonymous letter sent to Cooper from his old, insane partner, Windom Earle.

With Truman, Cooper, and Hawk, he goes to the conference room to question the One-Armed Man, Philip Gerard. He refuses to give him the medicine, which causes him to become the inhabiting spirit, Mike, who explains "Bob" as a parasitic spirit that feeds on fear and pleasures. He says that he must stop Bob, who is currently in a house made of wood with many rooms, which Cooper says to be the Great Northern Hotel.

Episode 14Edit

Gordon has coffee outside the sheriff's station receptionist's desk with Hawk, Cooper, Mike, and Deputy Andy Brennan. He wishes them luck on their investigation and leaves for Bend, Oregon.

Episode 18Edit
Episode 25Edit
Episode 26Edit

While in Twin Peaks, Cooper and Cole go to the Double R Diner where he is smitten by waitress Shelly Johnson, whom to his surprise he can hear perfectly well.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with MeEdit

Cole briefs agents Chester Desmond and Sam Stanley on their assignment to investigate the murder of Teresa Banks. Cole uses a coded language, in the attire and gestures of Lil the Dancer, to inform the agents of what to expect in their investigation. Cole describes the Teresa Banks murder case as one of his “blue rose” cases.

The exact meaning of this is never given, but fans have speculated that a “blue rose” case is one involving the supernatural.

Twin Peaks (2017)Edit

David Lynch is to reprise the role in the upcoming series of Twin Peaks. According to a teaser released for The Secret History of Twin Peaks, he has been promoted to Deputy Director of the FBI since the events of the original series.


He is very hard-of-hearing (wearing large hearing aids) and thus speaks very loud. He often misunderstands what is said to him and replies with comically inappropriate responses. Cole’s coded messages sometimes baffle even his closest colleagues. In the first episode he appears, he says, “Cooper, you remind me today of a small Mexican chihuahua.” The conversation continues as normal, with the issue remaining unsolved, despite Cooper's attempts to find out what a "small Mexican chihuahua" means.

Behind the scenesEdit

David Lynch at the 1990 Emmy Awards

Lynch in 1990

Cole is played by Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch. According to Lynch in the DVD extra "A Slice of Lynch," the loud voice was originally unintentional, but soon became one of the biggest parts of the character.

The name "Gordon Cole" was taken from a minor character in the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard, one of Lynch's personal favorite films.

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