Ever since Doc Hayward (Warren Frost) & Mrs. Sarah Palmer (Grace Zabriski) appeared on Seinfeld as George Costanza‘s soon to be parents in law, the Ross‘, I often wondered if there was a connection between Seinfeld and Twin Peaks. There were as many as four Twin Peaks cast members on a single episode of Seinfeld. The aforementioned two, along with Jacque Renault (Walter Olkewicz) playing a “Plaza Cable“ guy who terrorizes Kramer and the mysterious Mrs. Tremond (Frances Bay), who already appeared on Seinfeld getting a marble rye stolen from her, all showed up in a season seven Seinfeld episode called “The Cadillac“. A previous Seinfeld episode also had three of them, plus character Emory Battis (Don Amendolia) who worked at Horne‘s Department store and was tricked into letting Audrey Horne work at One Eyed Jacks played the owner of a horse carriage owner who loans his rig to Kramer. Sue Ellen Mischke from Seinfeld played Ms. Jones, the assistant to David Warner‘s Mr. Thomas Eckhart, turns out to be an assassin who tries to off Sheriff Harry Truman. Even Elaine‘s boss Mr. Pitt (Ian Ambercrombie) appeared in Twin Peaks as Tom Brockman, the insurance man.
Strangely, no one in the casting department for either show is shared, nor can I find any producers/writers shared. These two shows couldn‘t be more different, and yet there are strong ties with the bit actors and day players.
What is the connection? Why were so many of these actors crossing over from the Pacific Northwest to the Big Apple? Who bridged these two productions?
A mystery without an anwer….