Cappy wrote:Same. I imagine the idea for the tensions between Ben and his assistant only came up after LFB declined to appear, and Beverly was created to fill Donna's role and give Ben somebody to interact with in that office of his. Or I hope so, anyway.
I have a somewhat different thought on this -- the role of Beverly the assistant was beefed up to a romance with Ben to make up for Audrey's changed storyline.
My thinking is there was always a beautiful assistant named Beverly, but she was a minor character. Basically she was there for Jerry Horne to ogle and establish that he's still a scoundrel but that Ben has changed his ways and is respectful towards his assistant. But that's about all we'd have seen of Beverly.
I suspect after Audrey gets attacked by Richard (in the original script), she visits her father at the hotel to seek his help and advice. While she's there in his office, he mentions the humming noise and Audrey hears it too. Then Audrey notices the key, Ben says it's strange how it showed up in the mail, and it's Audrey
who realizes, "Daddy, that was Agent Cooper's room." Doesn't seem all that reasonable Ben would actually remember that room number, but we know Audrey would never forget. (I also bet maybe Audrey says something here like, "I still sometimes have bad dreams about Agent Cooper" or something... perhaps the only reference there would have been by Audrey to her recollection of the rape).
After changing Audrey's scenes to Charlie-world, she's not going to be able to be there for the Great Northern scenes so I imagine that's when Lynch had this new idea for Beverly to be a larger character, and a romance, and then he wrote new stuff with Ashley Judd in mind.
I kind of suspect that Lynch and Frost always knew, deep down, that Lara Flynn Boyle would decline the return. I bet they may have even just brainstormed an idea for Donna just to present to LFB to write later incase she agreed to participate, but my gut tells me they wouldn't have even bothered scripting much knowing she'd decline. If they worked too hard on a Donna idea, they might just fall in love with it, and why bother if they basically know LFB is gonna say no? That's my two cents.