Bobby Briggs was the official boyfriend of Homecoming Queen Laura Palmer. As he showed up late for football practice the morning Laura Palmer’s dead body was found, he was the lead murder suspect.
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Bobby Briggs’ Story
Laura Palmer’s boyfriend
Laura didn’t really love Bobby Briggs. She manipulated Bobby into dealing cocaine so she could get it for free. When Bobby and Laura first made love, she laughed.
After Laura’s death, Bobby Briggs learned that she was secretly dating James Hurley. Jealousy drove Bobby to bar fights and thinking out ways to get even with James.
Bobby and his best friend Mike
Mike Nelson is Bobby Briggs’ best friend. They’re both into drug dealing and buy their goods from Leo Johnson, truck driver and Jacques Renault, bar tender at the Road House.
Mike’s girlfriend is Donna Hayward, who falls in love with James Hurley after Laura’s death. That’s why Bobby Briggs and Mike Nelson both hold a grudge against James.
An uneasy relationship with his father Major Briggs
Bobby’s father is Major Garland Briggs, a member of the U.S. military. Major Briggs respects Bobby’s rebellious nature. However, being his father, he feels obligated to contain that fire of contrariness within the bounds established by society as well as those within their own family structure.
Their relationship improves when Major Briggs shares with his son a vision he had. In that vision his son is happy and carefree, clearly living a life of deep harmony and joy. Bobby is touched by his father’s confidence in him and his future.
Bobby Briggs at the Laura Palmer’s funeral
At Laura Palmer’s heavily attended funeral Bobby surprisingly shouts out: “You damn hypocrites. You make me sick! Everybody knew she was in trouble but we didn’t do anything. All you good people… You wanna know who killed Laura Palmer? You did! We all did.”
Bobby Briggs and Shelly Johnson
Bobby was secretly seeing Shelly Johnson, even before Laura Palmer’s death. Shelly is married to Leo Johnson, truck driver and known criminal. They take enormous risks meeting at the Johnson’s house.
After Leo got shot, Bobby Briggs and Shelly Johnson moved in together, taking care of the comatose Leo Johnson. They hoped to collect and live of insurance money but the amount they got from the insurance company turned out to be a real disappointment.