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Cult Spy Icon - Albert Rosenfield (Twin Peaks)

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The wonderful world of Twin Peaks contains many quirky characters seemingly destined for Cult Spy Icon status, but one particular recurring face elicited louder than usual squeals of delight louder whenever he strode purposefully into the remote town. Step forward Albert Rosenfield - FBI forensics expert and hater of the small town life and all its inhabitants. Drafted in from the big city to help his colleague Special Agent Dale Cooper solve the mystery of who killed beauty queen Laura Palmer, he certainly made an impact.

With his facial features exuding an air of smug, stubborn superiority, Rosenfield took particular relish in mocking the behaviour and customs of those dwelling in Twin Peaks, with the policing methods being given a serious pasting. “Albert’s lacking in some of the social niceties,” Cooper warned his new colleague Sheriff Harry S. Truman - a true understatement if ever there was one.

Upon entering the Twin Peaks police station, Rosenfield immediately let rip: “What the hell kind of a two-bit operation are they running out of this treehouse, Cooper? I have seen some slipshod, backwater ‘burbs, but this place takes the cake.”

Later calling Truman a “hulking boob” may not appear to be the epitome of wit, but the way actor Miguel Ferrer delivered such lines caused plenty of howling hysterics in living rooms across the globe. After Truman gave him a warning over his insults, Rosenfield issued a stunning riposte: “I’ve had enough of morons and half-wits, dolts, dunces, dullards and dumbbells, and you chowder head yokel, you blithering hayseed, you’ve had enough of me?”

Smack! Rosenfield now understood the language of the fist, courtesy of Truman, with his body hilariously flying onto the corpse of Laura Palmer. Although not a regular in the series, he cropped up seemingly every few episodes with his ‘son of a bitch’, arrogant expression and smooth shades. When Truman threatened to thwack him again, he elicited this stunning riposte from the forensic genius:

“You listen to me. While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I am a naysayer and hatchet man in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and I’ll gladly take another, because I choose to live my life in the company of Gandhi and King. My concerns are global. I reject, absolutely, revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of method is love. I love you, Sheriff Truman.”

Wow. Amazing and surprising dialogue it may be, but Ferrer’s no-nonsense delivery took it to new levels of greatness. As mentioned before, to stand out in Twin Peaks with its superb ensemble cast is an incredible feat, but Albert Rosenfield managed it. A total asshole from the second he emerged in the town, he was a true delight to watch as he took acerbic wit and abrasiveness to new levels - amidst much hilarity.
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