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Tamara "Tammy" Preston or TP, was an FBI agent who, under the orders of Deputy Director Gordon Cole was assigned to discover the identity of an archivist who compiled a dossier on the history of the town of Twin Peaks, Washington. Preston also accompanied Cole and Albert Rosenfield to investigate Dale Cooper's reappearance in South Dakota.

BiographyEdit

EducationEdit

Preston made the honors list at George Washington High, the dean's list at MIT, and graduated at the top of her class at the FBI Academy in Quantico.[2]

Re-emergence of Agent CooperEdit

Preston presented crime scene photos of the deaths of Sam Colby and Tracey Barberato to Deputy Director Gordon Cole and Agent Albert Rosenfield. One of the photos included a figure recorded within a glass box in the room just prior to the deaths of Colby and Barberato. They then left hurriedly after receiving a notification about a call concerning missing Special Agent Dale Cooper.[3]

Preston accompanied Cole and Rosenfield to a federal prison in South Dakota, where Cooper was being held. During an interview, Cooper claimed to have been working undercover with missing agent Phillip Jeffries and had been on his way to debrief with Cole when he had his car accident that led to his incarceration. After this interview, Cole and Rosenfield dismissed Preston to speak privately, since she was wearing a wire.[1]

She later examined Cooper's file and compared his fingerprints from before his 1989 disappearance and from his booking at the federal prison. Troubled, she quickly left her desk.[4] On a flight to South Dakota with Albert, Gordon, and Cooper's former secretary Diane, Tammy presented her findings, revealing that though the fingerprints are identical, someone at the prison had to reverse the images to get a match, meaning the man at the prison's fingerprints are the exact opposite of Agent Cooper's. Gordon praised her work and gave her a hint as to what direction he speculated the investigation was going in.[5]

Later, while escorting Diane to meet with Cooper, she expressed the FBI's gratitude at her cooperation, only to get cursed out by Diane.[5]

Preston received a call from Air Force Colonel Davis and put Cole on the line. Cole was informed that the body of Major Garland Briggs was found in Buckhorn, South Dakota, thus re-routing the plane. Preston then transferred another call to Cole, this time from Warden Dwight Murphy, who stated that Cooper had escaped from prison.[6]

They reached Buckhorn, where they were shown to Briggs' body, which Albert noted to be too young. Detective Dave Macklay told them that the body was found in bed with the severed head of Ruth Davenport, who – along with William Hastings, the prime suspect in her murder – had an interest in alternate dimensions.[6]

Preston questioned Hastings, who identified a photo of Briggs as the Major he met in an alternate dimension and gave him coordinates before he floated up, speaking Cooper's name.[6]

She later watched with Gordon as Albert had dinner with coroner Constance Talbot. Following this, she brought a photo to Albert and Gordon of the glass box present at the scene of Sam Colby and Tracey Barberato's deaths. The photo showed Cooper and another man with the box.[7]

Hastings led them to where he had claimed to have entered "the zone." Preston stood guard as Albert and Gordon investigated, confirming Hastings' account just before he suddenly died in the back of Macklay's car.[8]

Tammy was later quietly informed by Cole and Albert about Project Blue Book and the Blue Rose cases that were subsequently established with a task force headed by Agent Phillip Jeffries and included personnel such as Cooper, Albert, and Agent Chester Desmond. She agreed to join the task force.[2]

Albert explained to Tammy the first Blue Rose case, which was assigned to Cole and Jeffries in 1975. The case concerned a woman named Lois Duffy, who had appeared to have killed a person identical to herself. The victim stated, "I'm like the blue rose," which Preston figured to mean that the identical woman was not natural, a reference to actual blue roses, as they do not occur in nature.

Cole entered followed by Diane, who, after being told the significance of Major Briggs in the investigation, stated she recognized the names on a ring found in the Major's stomach – her half-sister and brother-in-law, Janey-E and Dougie Jones, who lived in Las Vegas. Tammy then connected Cole to the FBI in Las Vegas so he could tell them that the Joneses were wanted in connection to a double murder.

After Diane left, Cole informed Tammy and Albert that he had been in contact with the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department, who came across Laura Palmer's diary, which indicated the existence of two Coopers. He then recalled a dream he had the previous night about Monica Bellucci, in which he saw himself on February 16, 1989, amid a brief re-appearance of Phillip Jeffries. He noted that Jeffries had pointed to Cooper and asked who he thought he was.[9]

The dossier Edit

In 2016, Agent Preston was given by Deputy Director Cole a dossier concerning the town of Twin Peaks, with the assignment to discover the identity of the person who compiled it. In addition, she was given access to all of Special Agent Dale Cooper's files from his 1989 investigation of the murder of Laura Palmer, as Cole found that they may help her identify the Archivist.[10]

After going through and annotating the dossier, she discovered that the Archivist was Major Garland Briggs of the United States Air Force, who was continuing the work of his predecessor, Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Milford. The dossier ended with a 'MAY DAY' message from Briggs on March 28, 1989. However, files on what happened to Briggs and Cooper were on a higher clearance level than she was allowed, so she turned over the dossier with her findings to the Director's office and awaited further orders.[10]

Personality Edit

Preston shares many of the same investigative skills and quirks characteristic of other agents who previously worked directly under Cole, such as Chester Desmond and Dale Cooper, including a penchant for identifying the smallest details and a love of coffee. Her notes while annotating the dossier characterize her as highly skeptical, often using her notes to refute some of the more fantastical elements of the dossier and suggesting alternative explanations. As she reads through the dossier, she becomes increasingly intrigued by all the connections the Archivist makes, and grasps at reasonable explanations. She appears to hold Gordon Cole in high regard, and is left conflicted by his apparent connection to several of the mysterious events described in the dossier.

Preston gets carsick, and on the ride to the prison in South Dakota she was seen with her head leaning out the open window, puzzling her boss.

Behind the scenes Edit

The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost01:54

The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost

An uncredited actress's hands can be seen in the book's trailer, intended to be Preston's.

In the audiobook release of The Secret History of Twin Peaks, Preston's notes were read by actress Annie Wersching.

She is played by musician Chrysta Bell in the 2017 series. Her appearance was designed by costume designer Nancy Steiner based on David Lynch's vision of the character, it being a retro look for the undershirts and tops.[11]

Appearances Edit

References Edit

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