|Delbert "Dell" Mibbler|
|Twin Peaks character|
|First appearance||"Episode 29: Beyond Life and Death"|
|Last appearance||"Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces"|
|Created by||Mark Frost and David Lynch|
|Portrayed by||Ed Wright|
|Occupation||Assistant bank manager, Twin Peaks Savings & Loan|
|Died||March 28, 1989|
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Delbert "Dell" Mibbler is a fictional character from the ABC television series Twin Peaks, portrayed by Ed Wright. The character was created by Mark Frost and David Lynch. He appeared briefly in the final episode of the original series run as the assistant manager at the Twin Peaks town bank. He also appeared in an additional scene that was included in The Missing Pieces, in a controversy about a transaction with the Packard Sawmill.
Delbert "Dell" Mibbler was a long time assistant manager at Twin Peaks Savings and Loan. He had probably been working there too long—he was thoroughly senile, hard of hearing, and easily confused. He was also amiable, gentle, familiar to long-time customers of the bank, and knew well the layout of the vault's safe deposit boxes. Dell was consistently honest and insisted on integrity in all his dealings, once threatening a lawsuit against the Packard Sawmill over a two-by-four not actually measuring two inches by four inches. He was a symbol of the bank's conservatism, integrity, and loyalty, and also its small-town ineptness.
Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces
In February 1989, Mibbler got into a heated argument with Pete Martell and Josie Packard at the Packard Sawmill regarding the dimensions of two-by-fours. Mibbler was baffled that the two-by-fours that he purchased from the sawmill consistently measured slightly less than two inches by four inches. Initially, he suspected that Pete and Josie were chiselers and had swindled him. Dell hated the very thought, especially considering that he worked at a Savings and Loan and exemplified his bank's commitment of integrity to its customers. He was so angry he threatened a lawsuit. Pete and Josie were trying to explain the unusual but logical reason why two-by-fours do not actually measure two-by-four inches, that it was not a means of cheating customers. Josie was distraught at the thought of a lawsuit. Pete finally proposed a workable economic analogy: a dollar isn't worth as much as it used to be. Dell, having been in banking for nearly six decades, immediately grasped the meaning. Pete convinced him that no dishonesty had taken place. It was a simple misunderstanding, for which Dell sincerely apologized, embarrassed for having made such a fuss. Josie was much relieved to have avoided a legal confrontation, while Pete was glad to have everybody back on friendly terms.
One month later, on March 28th, while Mibbler was working, Audrey Horne strode into Twin Peaks Savings and Loan bank and chained herself to the bank vault, in protest of the Ghostwood Project and its endangerment of the pine weasel. At Audrey's request, Mibbler politely brought a glass of water, yet was baffled by Audrey's actions. Audrey requested that Dell notify Dwayne Milford of the Twin Peaks Gazette, and also Dale Cooper, of her protest. Right then, Andrew Packard and Pete Martell arrived with a mysterious safe deposit box key, intending to open the box left by Thomas Eckhart. Dell was flummoxed by the long-dead Andrew's appearance, remembering having attended Andrew's beautiful funeral many years prior. "And the flowers," Dell reminisced. Andrew asked Dell for help in identifying the box in the bank vault to which the key belonged. Dell obliged, at his usual glacial pace. After identifying the box, Dell ambled away, seemingly exhausted at the impossible and confusing events of the previous few minutes. Andrew opened the box which detonated a bomb inside. The blast blew out the bank windows, sending Dell's glasses and some dollar bills to fall on a nearby pine tree.
Dell Mibbler was killed in the bomb blast of Twin Peaks Savings and Loan, after 58 years of loyal service to the bank. He was less than one week from retirement.
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