16 March 2007

Season 2: Duane Barry (2X05)

Writer: Chris Carter
Director: Chris Carter

Mulder finds himself partnered with agent Krycek once more, when their assistance is requested in a hostage situation in Richmond, Virginia. An escapee for a psychiatric hospital is holding his doctor and three employees hostage in a travel agents' office. The man, Duane Barry an ex-FBI agent claims to be a multiple abductee who is taking his doctor to the next abduction site to prove his story. Only he can not remember where the site is.

The agent in charge wants Mulder to head up the negotiation because of his expertise with UFO abductions. But as the negotiations begin the office suffers a power cut and Duane Barry fearing it is an abduction attempt accidentally wounds one of the hostages. Mulder goes in disguised as a medic to try to talk to Duane Barry. Despite warnings from the hostage team, it is not long before Mulder is buying into Duane Barry's fantasies. And Duane Barry has never found anyone who believes his claims and begins to open up to Mulder.

Meanwhile Scully carrying out some background checks is concerned for Mulder's safety when she discovers that Duane Barry was shot in the head in 1982 and suffered an injury that left him a pathological liar. Mulder safely negotiates the release of the other hostages apart from the doctor who Duane Barry wants to take to the abduction site to be taken instead of him. However Duane Barry is shot by a police marksman and rushed to hospital, but he later escapes and kidnaps Scully.

Scully's abduction and her disappearence between "Duane Barry" and "One Breath" were written as a way for Gillian Anderson to have some time off from the show to give birth to her baby. Her daughter, Piper Maru Anderson, was born on 25th September 1994.

In the supermarket scene, Scully buys pickles and ice cream. This is a reference to Gillian Anderson's pregnancy.

A sign at the mental hospital reads "Please Line Up Quietly", which was specially requested by Chris Carter as a tribute to ''One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest''.

Scully: Where's Mulder?
Krycek: He traded himself for one of the hostages.
Scully: What?
Krycek: He's in with Duane Barry.
Scully: You've got to get him out of there.
Krycek: Well, they're working on it.
Scully: No, you've got to get him out of there now or he's going to be killed!Krycek: How can you be sure?
Scully: Because Duane Barry is not what Mulder thinks he is.

Duane Barry: They're not taking me again. You got it? They can take somebody else!

Factual Errors:
The barcode of the metal fragment is only ten microns across. It is doubtful that supermarket barcode readers could detect this.

Episode Number: 29
Season Number: 2
First Aired: Friday October 14, 1994
Production Code: 2X05

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