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BOB[2][3] (or Killer Bob) was an entity from the Black Lodge, a realm of pure evil which existed on an alternate plane of reality. He spent most of his time on Earth possessing human beings, committing horrible acts to "harvest" pain and sorrow (known as "garmonbozia") from those around him. While inhabiting a human, BOB's true form, that of a long-haired vagrant, could only be seen by the blessed and the damned.

As a child, Leland Palmer "invited" BOB into himself, becoming his human vessel. From the time Leland's daughter Laura was twelve, BOB tormented and sexually abused her on a regular basis, intending to make her his next host, before he was stymied by MIKE and forced to murder her instead. Later, BOB accompanied the doppelganger of Dale Cooper out of the lodge and traveled with him for the next twenty-five years.

BiographyEdit

Early yearsEdit

Bob in vomit

Following a 1945 nuclear test in White Sands, New Mexico, the image of BOB was seemingly regurgitated from a white figure.[4]

BOB spent several years with MIKE, feeding off of fear and pain until MIKE "saw the face of God" and cut off his own arm. BOB then lurked around the Great Northern Hotel for 40 years.[5]

When Leland Palmer was a boy, Robertson lived in a white house near his grandfather's summer house at Pearl Lakes. He taunted Leland, asking "do you wanna play with fire, little boy?"[1] BOB told Leland that he wanted to play, and then "opened" Leland and went inside him.[6]

Molesting Laura Edit

From when she was 12,[2][7] BOB began molesting and abusing Leland's daughter Laura regularly.[8]

An Owl told BOB of Laura's first orgy at Jacques Renault's cabin.[2] In a later dream, Laura saw BOB at Jacques' cabin killing his bird Waldo and approaching her but was stopped by a gigantic owl.[2]

Laura knew him to be a friend of Leland.[8] BOB told her that the only person he feared was MIKE.[6] BOB's objective with Laura was to be her or else he would kill her.[7]

Meeting above the convenience storeEdit

BOB appeared in the meeting room across from The Man from Another Place, who spoke about Garmonbozia and observed the green Formica table in front of them. BOB said "I have the fury of my own momentum." The little man said "with this ring, I thee wed," and laughed with BOB. The little man then said "fire walk with me," and BOB clapped. The little man and BOB then left through a set of drapes.[7][9]

Murder of Teresa BanksEdit

At the Red Diamond City Motel, Leland changed his mind about a foursome with prostitute Teresa Banks and her friends: Ronette Pulaski and Laura.[7][9]

In 1988, BOB with Leland murdered Teresa after she tried to blackmail him, recognising Jacques' description of Laura's father on the phone.[7][9]

Murder of Laura PalmerEdit

In 1989, following years of molesting Laura, one day, he spoke through her ceiling fan that he wants to "taste through" her mouth.[9]

BOB later appeared behind Laura's dresser, where she had hidden her secret diary.[7]

During a day, MIKE pursued Leland in the traffic and shouted at him that he (Leland/BOB) stole his canned corn from above the convenience store. The odor of something burning could be perceived.[7]

A few nights later, February 22, BOB climbed into Laura's window and began to assault her. To Laura, his appearance changed to Leland, horrifying her and confirming her deepest fear.[7]

On the night of February 23, he followed Laura to a cabin, where she engaged in sex with Leo Johnson, Jacques Renault, and Ronette Pulaski. When Jacques came out, BOB/Leland knocked him out.[7]

He took Laura and Ronette to a train car where he murdered Laura, failing to take her as a host. He wrapped her body in plastic and sent it along a river. With Leland's blood he wrote a "Fire Walk with Me" note and, on the way to Glastonbury Grove,[10] he abandoned pages of Laura's diary and a towel covered with Leland's blood.[11] He went to the Black Lodge, where MIKE, together with The Arm demanded all of his garmonbozia. BOB pulled the blood from Leland's shirt, healing him, and threw it on the floor. It then changed into garmonbozia.[7]

Bobsketch

Composite sketch made during the Laura Palmer investigation

During the investigation into Laura's murder, BOB was seen in visions by Sarah Palmer, Dale Cooper, and Maddy Ferguson.

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Through Leland, he murdered Maddy, slamming her head into a picture in the Palmer home. He placed her body in a golf bag before wrapping her in plastic.[8]

After Leland was taken into custody and revealed to the authorities as BOB's host, BOB forced him to commit suicide. In his dying breaths, Leland made obscure references to the man at the lake molesting him as a child before stating that he never knew when BOB was in control of his body.[6]

After Leland died, Cooper engaged in a philosophical debate with Sheriff Truman and Albert Rosenfield over how real BOB was, and whether or not BOB was, in fact, a physical incarnation of Leland's repressed personal demons. Although the men could not agree on a unifying idea, they did come to the conclusion that BOB was a manifestation of "the evil that men do."[6]

Following Leland's death, BOB's presence was not noticed again until immediately after Josie Packard's sudden death, when Cooper saw a vision of a cackling BOB crawl out from under her bed and mockingly shout, "Coop, what happened to Josie?!"[12] He fed on Josie's fear.[13]

Cooper's visit to the LodgeEdit

When Windom Earle tried to take Cooper's soul in the Black Lodge, BOB said that he could not ask for it and then took Earle's. After Cooper left, his doppelganger came and laughed with BOB.[10]

After Cooper's doppelganger escaped from the Black Lodge, BOB appeared in the mirror to him and broke it, laughing and asking, "How's Annie?"[10]

After realizing Sheriff Harry S. Truman and Dr. Will Hayward heard him break the mirror, the doppelganger lied down on the floor, and upon being pulled up by Cooper's concerned friends, explained that he slipped and struck his head in the mirror, and it "struck [him] as funny." When Harry said they should get him to a hospital, he merely stated "But I haven't brushed my teeth yet."[9]

Bob taken out of Cooper

BOB is removed from Cooper's doppelganger

BOB still remained with Cooper's doppelganger 25 years later.[14]

After Cooper's doppelganger got betrayed and shot dead by Ray Monroe, Woodsman gathered round his body and tore him open, extracting BOB who is encased in a type of bubble. After the doppelganger revived from the dead, BOB is returned.[4].

After Cooper's doppelganger got shot by Lucy Brennan during his infiltration at the Sheriff Station in Twin Peaks, Woodsman once again gathered and BOB emerged from the body in the bubble. He began attacking a present Dale Cooper and then proceeded to attack Freddie Sykes, who then pulverized BOB with a special green glove given to him by the Fireman several months previously. During this battle. Freddie successfully defeated BOB and shattered him into pieces, fulfilling his destiny foretold by the Fireman.[15]

Modus operandiEdit

After committing a crime, he puts a letter under a ring finger nail to form the name "Robert". The letters are cut from issues of Flesh World.[1] The revealed letters are:

  • T for Teresa Banks, left ring finger
  • R for Laura Palmer, left ring finger
  • B for Ronette Pulaski, left ring finger
  • O for Maddy Ferguson, left ring finger

Following this, he wraps the victim in plastic and sends them floating in a body of water.

Non-canon appearanceEdit

International PilotEdit

BOB is seen by Sarah Palmer, crouching behind Laura's bed.

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In the hospital's basement, BOB stands over a circle of candles and welcomes Agent Cooper and Sheriff Truman to the "killer's lair." They approach him and he asks if MIKE is with them. BOB then speaks with MIKE, saying "Heads up, tails up, running to be with scallywag, night falls, morning calls, catch you with my death bag." Sheriff Truman asks him what the letters found under Laura Palmer and Teresa Banks' fingers were going to spell, and BOB answers that they were going to spell his proper name, "Robert." He promises he will kill again, then MIKE appears, shooting him dead.

Behind the scenes Edit

The impetus for the series Twin Peaks was the mystery of who killed Laura Palmer. When production began on the pilot episode, series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost had decided that the murderer would be revealed as Leland Palmer, Laura's father. During the filming of a scene in the pilot taking place in Laura's room, Frank Silva, a set dresser during the shootings but also an actor, accidentally trapped himself in the room prior to filming by inadvertently moving a dresser in front of the door. Lynch had an image of Silva stuck in the room and thought that it could fit into the series somewhere, and told Silva that he would like for him to be in the series. Lynch had Silva crouch at the foot of Laura's bed and look through the bars of the footboard, as if he were "trapped" behind them, and filmed it, then had Silva leave the room and filmed the empty room; after reviewing the footage, Lynch liked the presence that Silva brought to the scene and decided that he would put him somewhere in the series.

Later that day, a scene was being filmed in which Palmer's mother experiences a vision which frightens her; at the time, the script did not indicate what Mrs. Palmer had seen to frighten her. Lynch was pleased with how the scene turned out, but a crew member informed him that it would have to be re-shot because a mirror in the scene had inadvertently picked up someone's reflection. When Lynch asked who it was, the crew member replied that it had been Silva. Lynch considered this a "happy accident," and decided at that point that the unnamed character to be played by Silva would be revealed as Palmer's true killer.

In Episode 1, Sarah Palmer sees a vision of BOB while hugging Donna. The vision consists of BOB crouching at the foot of Laura's bed. In the script, the vision featured a long, empty hospital corridor, with BOB running down it towards the camera at full speed. The scene, as scripted, was indeed filmed, but deemed too "freaky" by Lynch and never used, except for a brief clip of it during Ronette's dream of BOB during Episode 8.

The name "Bob" is a reference to Bob's Big Boy, a restaurant where David Lynch ordered the same lunch every day for several years.[16]

Bob in reflection Twin Peaks 2017

CGI is used to show BOB's reflection in the mirror in the 2017 revival.

As Frank Silva passed away in 1995, he appeared posthumously in the 2017 revival through the use of archive footage and CGI.

TriviaEdit

  • The credits and hard on-screen subtitles always use the name "Bob" or "Killer Bob". The name "BOB" is used in all caps in Laura's secret diary,[2][3][17] his name being an acronym and a warning in itself: "BEWARE OF BOB".[2]

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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