Today’s rather late entry for the #atozchallenge is a celebration of one of my favourite David Lynch creations; himself.
Because the sixth time we delve into my B-Z of Twin Peaks we find FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole, played by, you guessed it, David Lynch.
One of the most endearing things about Twin Peaks is the way moments of innocent and absurd comedy produce a welcome counterpoint to the darker themes, Lynch’s character being one of the prime examples of this comic relief. He apparently took Cole’s name from a minor character in 1950’s Sunset Boulevard, one of his favourite movies.
Gordon Cole is Special Agent Dale Cooper’s immediate superior and initially only appears as a voice on a phone speaker, albeit a very loud one. The reason for this becomes clear when Cole finally arrives in town; he is severely deaf and wears two hearing aids, meaning that he TALKS AT FULL VOLUME ALL THE TIME! and constantly mishears people, leading to some great comic moments.
The reason for Gordon’s deafness is never really addressed, although he does say at one point is that “it’s a long story” . But there is a twist; in one of the scenes from the show that still makes me laugh out loud even now, after all the times I’ve seen it.
Here’s FBI Bureau Chief Gordon Cole meeting “miraculous” waitress Shelley Johnson for the first time, ordering some of that famous cherry pie.