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This is an article about Bobby's friend. For the spirit/entity of the same name, see MIKE


Mike Nelson is close friends with Bobby Briggs and was the boyfriend of Donna Hayward. He was on both the high school football and wrestling teams, and also dealt drugs with Bobby.


Twin Peaks (1990-1991)Edit

Season 1Edit


Mike is first seen in the locker room at Twin Peaks High School when Sarah Palmer calls, trying to find out where her daughter, Laura, is.

He later stands in a hallway as his best friend, Bobby Briggs, arrives.

Pilot 198

Later in the day, he goes to Ed Hurley's gas station, where his girlfriend, Donna Hayward is. He angrily says that he has been looking all over town for her, as he thinks she should be with him to support Bobby. This angers Hurley and Mike tells him to mind his own business. He commands Donna to go to the sheriff's station and he leaves.

He waits at the sheriff's station for Bobby after his questioning, but waits, as Donna has just been taken in. Bobby also says that they're going to beat up a biker with the initial 'J.' He then goes outside with him.

In the evening, he goes with Bobby to see Donna, who is not home despite the curfew. Her father requests him to help find her. Mike immediately suspects she has gone to the Roadhouse, so they head there and wait for her. When she arrives, he angrily grabs her and is intervened by Ed as well as other bar patrons.

Having been arrested, they see James Hurley being taken to a cell and bark at him.

Episode 1Edit

Mike sits in his cell with Bobby, saying Leo Johnson called, asking where half of the money Bobby owes him was. Bobby says it was in Laura's possession and that she was supposed to hand it over that day. They then argue over how they will get the $10,000 they owe. They watch as James is then escorted back to his cell by Deputy Hawk.

Later on, they sit in the interrogation room across from Sheriff Harry S. Truman when FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper comes in. Mike insists that their fight at the Roadhouse was purely self-defense, they are released. The special agent also tells them that if anything happens to James, they will be immediately considered suspects.

Mike drives with Bobby past the Hayward home and sees James' bike outside.

Episode 2Edit

Mike and Bobby go to the woods to pick up the cocaine, left in a football by Leo. However, it is not all there and Leo reveals himself. After a talk about the money, Leo tells them to "go out for a pass" and throws the football, landing on the hood of the car Mike and Bobby brought.

Episode 3Edit

Mike attends Laura's funeral. When James and Bobby charge at each other, he joins but is restrained by Deputy Hawk.

Season 2Edit

Episode 14Edit

Mike goes to the Johnson home with Bobby, where Leo is now a wheelchair-bound invalid. They break the heel off of a boot belonging to him and find a micro-cassette.

Episode 18Edit

Mike walks down the hallway at school, greeting Donna as he passes by. Nadine Hurley also greets him, believing that she is a teenager once again following a suicide attempt.

He later works out in the weight room when Nadine goes to a nearby leg press and begins lifting 600 pounds with total ease. The wrestling coach then enters and offers to her a place on the wrestling team.

Episode 19Edit

Mike is asked to wrestle Nadine and is defeated with ease and she asks him out for a date.

He goes to Donna and asks her to act as though they are still dating, in order to halt Nadine's advances.

Episode 20Edit

He stares at a newspaper at the diner when Nadine shows up, wanting to share a meal with him. He angrily tells her he is not interested in her, though she does not back away and he kisses her.

Episode 24Edit

Mike and Nadine book the honeymoon suite at the Great Northern, under the names, Mr. and Mrs. Hinkman.

Episode 25Edit

He and Nadine check out of the hotel in the morning, commenting that their stay was "unbelievable."

Episode 26Edit

Mike goes with Nadine to the Roadhouse so she can sign up for the Miss Twin Peaks Contest. Bobby sees them together and pulls Mike aside to voice his concerns for their relationship. Mike insists that he reason he is attracted to her is because of her sexual maturity combined with her superhuman strength.

Episode 28Edit

At the Hurley home, Nadine shows some of her wrestling highlights to Mike, Ed, Norma, and Dr. Jacoby. Jacoby tells them he has gathered them, as he believes Ed and Nadine's divorce will be easier when all parties involved discuss their feelings. Ed tells Nadine that he plans on marrying Norma, causing Nadine to say that she and Mike will be doing the same. She crushes Mike's hand.

Episode 29Edit

Following the chaos at the Miss Twin Peaks Contest, Doctor Hayward patches up Mike. He declares his love for Nadine and tries to kiss her, but she tells him to get out, having apparently returned to her adult mental state. Mike apologizes to Ed.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with MeEdit

Mike and Bobby declare that Mike is "the man" as their girlfriends pass by them on their way to school.

Twin Peaks: The Missing PiecesEdit

Mike and Bobby sit in the latter's car, Mike worrying about their short cocaine supply, as they owe $5,000 to Leo. Laura and Donna pass by on their way to school, Mike and Bobby declaring that Mike is "the man."

2017 revivalEdit

He is set to appear in the 2017 revival.

Behind the scenesEdit

Mike was played by American actor Gary Hershberger.

Mike was illustrative of the theme of duality that pervaded Twin Peaks. He was, with Bobby, one of two duos in the series named "Mike" and "Bob," the other being MIKE and BOB.

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