TWIN PEAKS/ABC/1990-91/2017 (Mentally Disabled)
Johnny Horne (Robert Bauer), the mentally disabled son of Benjamin Horne who lives in the rural Northwest town of Twin Peaks, USA. Robert Davenport played the role of Johnny in the series Pilot.
Johnny is the older brother of Audrey Horne (Sherlyn Fenn) who was allegedly the cause of Johnny’s disability when Audrey, as a toddler, pushed her nine-year-old brother down the stairs years earlier on Thanksgiving day.
His head trauma caused Johnny to labeled as “slow.” Audrey described him “as 27 years old but in the third grade?” Dr. Lawrence Jacoby, Johnny’s therapist later stated that Johnny’s condition was self-induced: a retreat to childhood as a result of an unknown emotional trauma.
Johnny likes to wear feathery Native American headdresses and shoot suction-cupped tipped arrows at a buffalo target.
For a time, Laura Palmer, a local teenager and homecoming queen, earned money by tutoring Johnny, who enjoyed hearing Laura read from his favorite story “Peter Pan.”
On February 24, 1989, Johnny repeatedly hit his head against a dollhouse, upset that Laura missed her tutoring appointment. He was unaware that Laura had been murdered the night before.
Later, Johnny attended Laura’s funeral without his Indian headdress. After a prayer, Johnny shouted “Amen!” Johnny carried a copy of his “Peter Pan” book to the service.
NOTE: In the 2017 revival of the series, Johnny (played by Eric Rondell) is 25 years older but still disabled. His mother, Sylvia Horne (Jan D’Arcy) straps a helmet on his head because he is prone to bang into things as he runs around the house. He had previously knocked himself unconscious when he ran into a wall.
Soon after, Richard Horne attacked/strangled and robbed Sylvia (his grandmother) during a home invasion. Johnny was helpless to assist his mother because she had tied her son a chair with ropes to keep him from further harming himself.