1990 saw the debut of David Lynch's odd mystery series, Twin Peaks, which aired on ABC. It earned a devoted cult following, but didn't get the mainstream audience it would have needed in order to continue running on network TV. It was cancelled after two seasons.
However, after the series was cancelled, Lynch made a Twin Peaks movie, called Fire Walk With Me. The movie, which came out in 1992 is mostly a prequel to the TV series, as it chronicles the last week in the life of Laura Palmer. Just like the series, Fire Walk With Me was not a mainstream success, but has a cult following.
The movie also featured some characters that never appeared on the TV show. For instance, there is one scene with a supposedly long-long FBI agent with a thick southern accent named Jeffries. And that agent was played by the one and only David Bowie.
Besides his music career, Bowie also dabbled in acting. It makes sense, given that so much of his music career consisted of Bowie inhabiting a variety of personas. So it was natural for Bowie act in movies, such as his starring role in 1986's Labyrinth.
Then in 2014, David Lynch had some surprising news. He'd made a deal with Showtime to make a sequel series to Twin Peaks. With the show now on pay cable, there would be less pressure for it to appeal to a mass audience in order to survive. Naturally, fans were excited to see what would happen in Lynch's new installment of the series.
The new show once again centered around Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), and featured the return of many other cast members. And in the first few episodes, there was also mention of another character from the past, David Bowie's Agent Jeffries. But, of course, there was no way Jeffries could return, right?
Since the new Twin Peaks was announced a few years prior to Bowie's death, it was conceivable that some new footage with Bowie could have been shot sometime in the last few years. But that does not appear to be the case, because all of the clips with Bowie were from pre-existing footage.
All this raises one important question: Did David Bowie even know he was going to be used on the new Twin Peaks? Or did the idea to use Jeffries not come up until after his death? That's what redditor BWPhoenix wanted to know as well.
In September 2017, Twin Peaks producer Sabrina Sutherland had an AMA on Reddit. BWPhoenix asked, "Did Bowie know how his character was going to be tackled in his absence?" Sutherland's simple answer? "Bowie did give us permission to use his clips in this season."
However, just because Bowie wasn't around doesn't mean Jeffries had to disappear forever. Later in the series, Jeffries' voice was heard again, but not in human form. Somehow, his spirit was inhabiting this strange giant object that resembles a teapot. For real.
However, the voice coming out of the teapot was no longer Bowie. Instead, the southern accent used by Bowie was recreated by actor Nathan Frizzell. In all of Bowie's wonderfully odd career, turning into a talking teapot might be the strangest part of it.
It all raises the question, if David Bowie were still alive, would he have appeared in the new Twin Peaks? It's a question we will likely never have the answer to. But we do know that David Bowie and David Lynch working together is just about a perfect creative match.