Thursday, June 18, 2009

Season 2, Episode 5: Duane Barry


In the opening, a man named Duane Barry is abducted by aliens in 1985, evidently a common occurrence for him. In the present day, Barry is institutionalized but manages to escape, taking his shrink and three other people hostage in a Virginia office building. Mulder is brought in to talk to Barry due to his focus on abductions, and finds that Barry is former FBI.

After one of the hostages is shot, Mulder is sent in with another agent, disguised as paramedics. Defying orders, Mulder begins to talk with Barry about his experiences, getting himself exchanged for the wounded hostage. Scully is horrified to hear this after finding that Barry suffers from a state of psychosis characterized by pathological lying and violence. Meanwhile, Barry tells Mulder that the government cooperates with the aliens rather than reveal the truth, and that the aliens keep tabs on him with implanted tracking devices.

Barry agrees to let two other hostages go, keeping only Mulder and the shrink. Barry is subsequently shot and wounded by a marksman to end the standoff. Another agent lets Mulder know that Barry's X-rays seem to confirm his story, including the presence of implants where he said they would be and holes drilled in his teeth with superhuman precision. Soon after, Barry flees the hospital and kidnaps Scully.

Steve Railsback, aka Duane Barry, had the notable role of Charles Manson in the TV movie Helter Skelter. Sarah Strange, who plays the hostage Kimberly, also had recurring roles as Helen on Da Vinci's Inquest and Theresa in Men in Trees. CCH Pounder, who played Agent Lucy Kazdin, also played Dr. Angela Hicks for several episodes of ER and Captain Claudette Wyms on The Shield.

Episode Body Count

Barry clocks a police officer with a fire extinguisher pretty good, but from here it looks like another zero sum game.

Humans: 0
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (29/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)

Humans: 219
Creatures: 11
Aliens: 9

Grand Total: 239

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