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Phillip Jeffries was an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who disappeared while on assignment in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1987.

BiographyEdit

Early careerEdit

Jeffries went through FBI training with Gordon Cole at Quantico, where the two graduated as the top agents in 1968.[1] Following the official closure of Project Blue Book, Jeffries was assigned to head the Blue Rose task force, per Cole's suggestion.[2] The task force got its name following a 1975 case in Olympia, Washington, which Cole and Jeffries investigated. The suspect, Lois Duffy, appeared to have killed another, identical Lois Duffy, who said "I'm like the blue rose," before dying and disappearing.[3]

DisappearanceEdit

In 1987,[1] Jeffries visited the Palm Deluxe hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he asked the desk clerk if "Ms. Judy" was staying there. The clerk gave him a letter, which he said "the young lady" had left for him. Jeffries proceeded to the lobby elevator.[4]

On February 16, 1989,[4][1] Jeffries suddenly appeared out of an elevator in the Philadelphia office of the FBI after being missing for two years, wearing the same clothes he had worn at the hotel. 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 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.[4][5]

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Jeffries reemerged in Buenos Aires, scaring a maid and the same bellhop from 1987, who had seen him vanish and now reappear.[4]

Later yearsEdit

In the following years, Jeffries 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 a man in Colombia, claiming that it was pertinent to the safety of Cooper. A week later, the agent in Colombia was killed.[6]

Jeffries somehow lost his human form, and by the 2010s he appeared to have become a white glowing orb emitted from the end of a large kettle-shaped device. His chamber was located behind room #8 at the Dutchman's, a motel only accessible from the upper floor of a certain convenience store.[7]

In addition, another individual began assuming Jeffries' identity, hiring Ray Monroe and Darya to kill the doppelganger.[7] While in South Dakota, "Cooper" attempted to contact Jeffries via radio, only to find this 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.[8]

After shooting Cooper, Ray contacted the Jeffries impostor on his phone and said that he believed Cooper was dead, and saying that if he wasn't, Ray would finish the job when Cooper found him at "the farm."[9] At gunpoint, Monroe later confessed to Cooper that the Jeffries impostor had orchestrated the prison break and ordered him to place a ring on Cooper's body after he died. Jeffries was in hiding somewhere called "the Dutchman's."[10]

In one of his Monica Bellucci dreams, Gordon Cole relived the strange incident in 1989 where Jeffries had appeared in Philadelphia and cast doubt on Dale Cooper's identity, which Cole had since forgotten. Albert also admitted that he was starting to remember the day Cole referred to.[3]

Cooper's doppelganger drove to the convenience store and received an audience with the real Jeffries at the Dutchman's, determining that he had no involvement with Ray. Cooper then asked him about Judy, whom Jeffries had previously mentioned at the FBI, and whether Judy wanted something from Cooper. Jeffries responded that he had already met her, and a series of numbers floated out of his orb, which Cooper wrote down.[7]

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.[11] Bowie appeared in reused footage from the film in "Part 14" and "Part 15" and was voiced by Nathan Frizzell.

Showtime's closed-captioning for Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me erroneously states that the monkey that says Judy's name was speaking with Jeffries' voice.[12]

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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