This article contains spoilers from the 2017 series of Twin Peaks. If you are not up-to-date with the aforementioned television program, it is strongly recommended that you do not read this article.
Phillip Jeffries is an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who disappeared while on assignment in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1987.
In 1987, Jeffries was in a hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the bellhop gave him a letter from a young female acquaintance of Jeffries'. He proceeded to the lobby elevator, after which he was not seen in public for over two years.
On February 16, 1989, Jeffries suddenly appeared out of an elevator in the Philadelphia office of the FBI, wearing the same clothes. He hurried to the office of his former superior, Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole and started raving in a loud and disturbed manner, rambling about someone named Judy while also insisting that she not be discussed, and referring at one stage to Special Agent Dale Cooper and yelling “Who do you think this is, there?" Jeffries went on to narrate in an abstract fashion where he had been since his disappearance, discussing a discovery "in Seattle at Judy's," a meeting he witnessed above a convenience store, and an important ring.
Cole had Albert try to figure out how Jeffries got into the building, while Cooper, noticing the lights flickering, ran back out into the hallway. As Jeffries continued his rant, Cole tried to call for back-up. Jeffries looked at a nearby calendar and was shocked to realize it was February 1989. When Cole looked up from his intercom, Jeffries had vanished.
Jeffries reemerged in Buenos Aires, scaring a maid and the same bellhop from 1987, who had seen him vanish and now reappear.
In the following years, Jeffries (or someone assuming his identity) had an unspecified arrangement with Dale Cooper's doppelganger, who himself later claimed to have been working undercover with Jeffries for over twenty years. At one point, Jeffries requested information from Albert Rosenfield concerning an agent in Colombia, claiming that it was pertinent to the safety of Dale Cooper. A week later, the agent in Colombia was killed.
While in South Dakota, "Cooper" attempted to contact Jeffries via radio, only to find a stranger on the other end. The man who answered mentioned that he knew the doppelganger had met with Major Garland Briggs, and was calling to tell him goodbye. "Jeffries" told him that the doppelganger would be "going back in" the next day and that he would be with BOB again, then disconnected.
Behind the scenesEdit
The original editing of the movie put Jeffries reappearance in 1988 since it is before the "one year later" hard title. But the shooting script, The Missing Pieces and The Secret History of Twin Peaks put it in 1989.
Jeffries was played by English musician and actor David Bowie. Harry Goaz revealed in an interview that Bowie was scheduled to make a return appearance as Jeffries in the 2017 revival, but unfortunately passed away from cancer on January 10, 2016, before he could film his scenes.