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This is an article about the Black Lodge inhabitant. For the Twin Peaks resident of the same name, see Mike Nelson

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MIKE is a spirit who can inhabit a human host, similar to BOB, who was his partner in serial murder. After committing several rape/murders with BOB, MIKE claims to have had a religious epiphany and repented, cutting off his own arm to rid himself of a "FIRE WALK WITH ME" tattoo, which symbolized being touched by "the devilish one". BOB, however, would not repent. MIKE has spent years trying to find and stop BOB. He currently inhabits shoe salesman Phillip Michael Gerard.


MIKE spent several years with BOB as a serial rapist and murderer, living in a convenience store, until MIKE "saw the face of God" and cut off his left arm. Following this, he claimed to have devoted everything to try and stop BOB, and lived in the vehicle of a shoe salesman known as Phillip Michael Gerard.[1][2]

In February 1989, MIKE harassed Leland Palmer - BOB's host - in a road rage incident, where he accused Leland of "stealing the corn."[3]

He later sat in front of a circle of candles, chanting "fire walk with me," and putting out the candles.[4]

On the night of Laura Palmer's murder, MIKE ran through the woods, attempting to stop BOB, throwing a ring into a train car, which stopped Laura from being possessed. He later confronted BOB in the Black Lodge. MIKE demanded that BOB return his stolen garmonbozia. BOB responded by pulling it out of Leland, in the form of his own blood.[3][5][6][7]

During the following two days, Gerard went to the Calhoun Memorial Hospital, where he was spotted by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, Sheriff Harry S. Truman, and Deputy Hawk.[1][8]

Subsequently, he was seen as MIKE in a dream had by Agent Cooper, in which he explained that he lived with BOB in a convenience store and that he had cut off his arm, which had a tattoo.[5]


Gerard was in room 101 at the Timber Falls Motel when Sheriff Truman and Agent Cooper kicked the door in a few days later. He was shown a sketch of a man with long, gray hair, but he denied knowing who it is. He was then asked if he knows anybody named "Bob" to which he responded that his best friend was named Bob Lydecker, who was in a coma. He was asked how he lost his arm and said it was a result of a car accident and said that he was a shoe salesman. He was asked if his lost arm had a tattoo and he broke down into tears and said that it said "Mom."[9]

Several days later, Gerard went to the sheriff's station with a sample case of shoes for Sheriff Truman, who was busy.[6]

Returning at a later time in the week, he showed Sheriff Truman pairs of shoes. He spotted a sketch of the long-haired man, which seemed to startle him. He excused himself to take his medication.[10]

He went to the bathroom and took his medication, which caused him to thrash about and tell BOB that he knew he was near and was after him.[10]

Philip Gerard

Gerard was brought to the sheriff's station by Deputy Hawk and to Sheriff Truman's office to be questioned a few days later. He was later taken to the conference room with Cooper, Truman, Hawk, and FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole. He complained that he needed his medicine and could "feel the change." Cooper noted that his medicine drug combo contained elements found in haloperidol, a drug treating schizophrenia or multiple personalities. Cooper refused to give him his medicine and he changed into the inhabiting spirit, MIKE. He explained Gerard as being his host and described BOB as his familiar and as a sort of parasitic spirit that fed on fear and pleasures. He then explained the removal of his arm after seeing the face of God and expressed his purpose to stop BOB. He stated that the true face of BOB can be seen only by "the gifted and the damned". He also said that BOB had been near for nearly forty years and that he was in a large house made of wood, with many rooms, which Cooper determined to be the Great Northern Hotel.[2]

In the morning, after a coffee with the sheriff's department, he was taken to the hotel, where one-by-one, he was brought guests to determine if they were BOB. He had a seizure when Benjamin Horne entered the room.[11]

Under watch by the sheriff's department, MIKE slept at the Great Northern until his arm's stump began shifting and he awakened, commenting, "He's close" and requested a glass of water from the nurse at his bedside. When she left, he rose from his bed, hit a deputy that came inside, and escaped out an open window.[12]

He was brought back to the station by Hawk, and to the interrogation room, where Benjamin Horne was present for questioning in the murder of Laura Palmer. MIKE said BOB was not near, but Harry charged Horne with the murder. He was then taken back to the hotel.[12]

The following day, dehydrated and in need of his medicine, Agent Cooper tried to get his attention. He soon did and tells MIKE about a dream he had concerning Laura. MIKE described his relationship with BOB and a golden circle -- Cooper's ring -- that he gave to a Giant. He insisted that the Giant was the only way to find Laura's killer and that he had been given all of the clues he needed. MIKE then fell asleep.[13]

In the Black Lodge, Cooper was confronted by The Man from Another Place who asked, "Do you know who I am?" Cooper shook his head to which The Man From Another Place responded, "I am the arm," referring to MIKE's arm.[3]

MIKE appeared to Cooper in the Lodge 25 years later, asking "is it future or is it past?" and telling him that someone was there. He disappeared when Laura Palmer approached Cooper.[14]

He appeared to him again soon after, repeating the same question before leading him to the arm, which had since evolved. After the arm spoke to Cooper, MIKE led him out of the room and disappeared.[14]

Non-canon appearancesEdit

International PilotEdit

This section covers the alternate ending in the International Pilot. See the Pilot section for the events that occur prior to it.

MIKE calls Agent Cooper, commenting that it is a strange night and that there is something in the air. He also says that he knows who killed Teresa Banks and of the "stitches with the red thread." MIKE tells Cooper that he is at the hospital and hangs up.

He awaits Cooper and Sheriff Truman in the room where they had examined Laura Palmer's body. He recites "Through the darkness of future past, the magician longs to see, one chants out between two worlds, fire walk with me," and tells them that his name is MIKE and that he lived above a convenience store with a man named BOB. He says that he was in the elevator earlier, looking for BOB. He says he had a tattoo on his shoulder but cut the arm off when he saw the face of God. Sheriff Truman shows him a police sketch of a balding man and MIKE says it is not BOB. He is then shown a sketch of a long-haired man, which MIKE identifies as BOB and says that he is in the basement.

After Agent Cooper and Sheriff Truman, MIKE makes his way down to the basement, where BOB calls to him. MIKE hears BOB promise to kill again, and he draws a gun, shooting BOB dead, which then causes him a great pain as he collapses to the ground.

Behind the scenesEdit

MIKE/Gerard was played by American actor Al Strobel, who is to appear in the 2017 series.


  • MIKE was originally only to appear in the pilot as an homage to the television series The Fugitive. When David Lynch decided to use the character in the International Pilot, he was so impressed with Strobel's performance that he gave him a recurring role.
  • The film and series offer conflicting motivations for MIKE's actions. Though MIKE portrays himself as remorseful for being BOB's 'partner' in the series, he is shown to be something of BOB's direct superior in the film, as well as unrepentant and still feeding on garmonbozia. This is contrary to his 'confession' to Cooper after Laura's murder, though whether his appearance in the film served as a retcon or simply to imply his confession was deceitful is unclear.


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