Sunday, December 20, 2009

Season 9, Episode 11: Audrey Pauley


Reyes and Doggett come back from a friendly outing and completely blow the chemistry between them. Soon after, Reyes is involved in a bad car accident and awakens in a sort of limbo, seeing herself in a deserted hospital floating in the sky. She comes across two other patients in this netherworld, one who was admitted with chest pains and one who fell at a construction site. In the tangible world, Scully tells Doggett that Reyes has been rendered brain-dead. A doctor tells them that Reyes has a living will about such a circumstance and is an organ donor, but Doggett is reluctant to consider letting anyone pull the plug.

Reyes sees a woman in the netherworld hospital, who we later see in the tangible world's counterpart. The construction worker disappears in a sort of electrical meltdown as he dies in the tangible world. Doggett is perplexed about why Reyes suddenly went comatose when she shouldn't have been too badly injured. The woman, a patient aide named Audrey Pauley who has a model of the hospital stashed away, visits Reyes and the other patient again; Reyes gives her a message to deliver to Doggett based on their last conversation. A nurse lets the doctor know that he forgot to log an injection he gave Reyes, and the doctor ends up killing her.

Doggett is even more suspicious about Reyes condition following the nurse's death, and Reyes companion also dies, leaving her alone. Pauley gives Doggett the message and lets her know about the people she's started to see through interaction with her model, and he suspects that the doctor is poisoning his patients (altering their readouts so he can pull the plug on them) after finding that he attended to the other two patients Pauley saw. Doggett begs Pauley to help save Reyes, and she pays another visit to let her know that Reyes has to give a sign that she's still alive. Reyes realizes that the netherworld hospital exists in Pauley's mind, and so Pauley can help her escape. Instead, Pauley leaves her behind and is faced by the homicidal doctor and his syringe. Pauley returns and urges Reyes to step off the edge of the floating hospital. She does, and comes out of her coma. Doggett stops the doctor, but is too late to save Pauley.

Vernee Watson-Johnson, who plays Nurse Whitney Edwards, also played Viola Smith on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Lucille Banks on the 1970s show Carter Country.

Episode Body Count

Val Barreiro: dies of his injuries after he falls at a construction site.

Nurse Whitney Edwards: dies after Dr. Jack Preijers injects her with something.

Stephen Murdoch: dies after he is admitted to the hospital with chest pains.

Audrey Pauley: dies after being injected by Dr. Preijers.

Humans: 4
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (193/202 episodes, 1/2 movies)

Humans: 2,180
Creatures: 130
Aliens: 64

Grand Total: 2,374

Down to single digits in terms of episodes now...I'll probably have this wrapped up in a few weeks.

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