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BOB (or Killer BOB) is a spirit in Twin Peaks who feeds on human pain and suffering and is considered evil. BOB can appear in numerous manifestations through the hosts he possesses. He seeks to possess a single human host to be able to commit acts of rape and murder in order to feast upon the fear and suffering of his victims. He also holds owls as hosts in Twin Peaks that he can use. The spirit of the Giant warns Special Agent Dale Cooper about this, by saying "the owls are not what they seem" in which Cooper sees a vision of an owl's face superimposed over BOB's face that has also had the significance of giving a clue to Cooper that BOB is in disguise. Major Garland Briggs discovers BOB's spirit in the forests of Twin Peaks upon encountering an owl there, in which he is left with a symbol on his neck.
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BOB is a demonic entity from the Black Lodge, a realm of pure evil which exists on an alternate plane of reality. He spends most of his time on Earth possessing human beings, although he also travels in the form of an owl. While possessing humans, he commits horrible acts to elicit pain, fear, and suffering from those around him; these feelings, which Black Lodge residents refer to collectively as "garmonbozia", act as a form of nourishment.
Dale Cooper first learned of BOB's existence in a vision of his. It is learned that BOB's crime accomplice is MIKE, who later repented and killed his old partner. At the beginning of the second season, one of BOB's intended victims, Ronette Pulaski, awakens from a coma induced by her torture at BOB's hands, at which time she identifies BOB as Laura's killer. Cooper and the Twin Peaks Sheriff department canvass the town with wanted posters of BOB, using Andy's sketch; Leland Palmer, Laura's father, identifies the man in the poster as "Robertson", and says that he lived near his grandfather and used to taunt Leland when he was a child.
It is later revealed that BOB is, in fact, possessing Leland, and has been possessing him ever since Leland first met him as a child at his grandfather's house. Under BOB's influence, Leland molested, raped, and finally murdered his own daughter. Cooper later determines that BOB is possessing Leland, and tricked him into a trap, in which BOB responds with taunting Cooper before forcing Leland to commit suicide. In his dying breaths, Leland makes obscure references to the man at the lake molesting him as a child ("He came inside me") before stating that he never knew when BOB was in control of his body. After Leland dies, Cooper engages 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 cannot agree on a unifying idea, they do come to the conclusion that BOB is a manifestation of "the evil that men do".
Following Leland's death, BOB takes the form of an owl in the woods outside Twin Peaks and isn't seen again for a while. In the final episode, Cooper ventures into the Black Lodge to apprehend his former partner, rogue FBI Agent Windom Earle, who is attempting to harness the power of the Lodge for himself. When Earle tries to strike a bargain with Cooper in which Cooper will sell his soul to Earle in exchange for Earle not murdering Cooper's lover, Annie, BOB appears, causing time in the Lodge to reverse to the moment before Cooper agreed to sell his soul. BOB informs Cooper that the Black Lodge is his domain, and thus Earle has trespassed by coming into it and demanding Cooper's soul for himself. As a punishment, BOB kills Earle, taking Earle's soul for himself. Cooper attempts to flee, but BOB traps Cooper in the Lodge, and exits in the form of a doppelganger of Cooper. The series ends with BOB examining his new face in a mirror.
After committing a crime, he puts letter under a ringfinger nail to form the name "Robertson". The revealed letters are:
- T for Teresa Banks, right ring finger
- R for Laura Palmer, right ring finger
- B for Ronette Pulaski, left ring finger
- O for Maddy Ferguson, left ring finger
Twin Peaks (1990-1991)Edit
When Sarah wakes up screaming, BOB's reflection is seen in the mirror.
BOB is seen in a vision by Sarah Palmer, crouching at Laura's bed.
When Windom Earle tries to take Cooper's soul in the Black Lodge, BOB says that he cannot ask for Cooper's soul. He then takes Earle's soul. After Cooper leaves, his doppelgänger comes and laughs with BOB.
After Cooper's doppelgänger escapes from the Black Lodge, he appears in the mirror to him, laughing and asking, "How's Annie?"
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with MeEdit
He later speaks to Laura through her ceiling fan that he wants to "taste through" her mouth.
BOB later appears behind Laura's dresser, where she hides her diary.
A few nights later, BOB climbs into Laura's window and begins to assault her, then changes his appearance to his host - Leland Palmer.
Taking full control of Leland on the night of February 23, he follows Laura to a cabin, where she engages in sex with Leo, Jacques, and Ronette. When Jacques comes out, he knocks him out.
He takes Laura and Ronette to a train car where he murders Laura, failing to take her as a host. He wraps her body in plastic and sends it along the river. He goes to the Black Lodge, where MIKE demands his garmonbozia. BOB pulls the blood from Leland's shirt and throws it on the floor.
Twin Peaks: The Missing PiecesEdit
In the meeting room, sitting across from the Man from Another Place, BOB says "I have the fury of my own momentum." The little man says "with this ring, I thee wed," and laughs with BOB. The little man then says "fire walk with me," and BOB claps. The little man and BOB then leave through a set of drapes.
He speaks to Laura through the ceiling fan in the Palmer home.
After realizing Truman and Dr. Hayward heard him break the mirror, BOB lies down on the floor, and upon being pulled up by Cooper's concerned friends, explains that he slipped and struck his head in the mirror, and it "struck [him] as funny." When Harry says they should get him to a hospital, BOB merely states "But I haven't finished brushing my teeth."
BOB is seen by Sarah Palmer, crouching behind Laura's bed.
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 the second season opener.
- The name "Bob" was a reference to Bob's Big Boy, a restaurant where David Lynch ordered the same lunch every day for several years.