Recap / The X-Files S02 E05 "Duane Barry"

Mulder, along with his new partner Krycek, is called in to help negotiate a hostage situation being pulled by one Duane Barry, a man claiming to be a multiple-time alien abductee. Mulder uses his sister's abduction to build common ground—but is it Duane Barry who is being manipulated, or is he in fact doing the manipulating? And when Scully discovers that Duane Barry is a pathological liar, in addition to a former FBI agent, Mulder turns out to be in as great a danger as the hostages. Or is it possible that Duane Barry was telling the truth all along?


  • The Big Board: The FBI are using a big chalk blackboard for the hostage negotiation.
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  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Duane Barry's descriptions of his own abductions.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: The terrified younger female hostage is heavily affected by her ordeal, displaying unresponsiveness and heavy anxiety throughout. However, she is enraptured by Duane's retelling of his abductions and listens intently. When Duane agrees to let the women go, she stops in front of him and delivers her one line of dialogue: "I just want to say that I believe you."
  • Hostage Situation: Duane Barry takes his shrink hostage, and several random people as well.
  • James Bondage: Mulder gets tied to a chair for his troubles.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: The TV at Duane's place goes out and static fills the screen. The room is flooded with light and Duane starts to levitate. There is a flying saucer above his house and he's abducted.
  • Save the Villain: Played straight and then quickly undone. Mulder calls Duane over to safety when he notices a sniper's laser taking aim. When his next conversation with Duane manages to incite him to rage and hysteria, though, Mulder manipulates him into stepping right back into the sniper's line of fire.
  • Third-Person Person: Duane Barry doesn't like it when aliens run tests on Duane Barry.
  • Tracking Device: One possible answer to what the piece of metal they pull out of Duane Barry might be.
  • To Be Continued: First part of a two-parter.
  • Workout Fanservice: Mulder is doing laps in the swimming pool and is wearing only red speedos.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: Agent Kazdin sends Krycek for cappuccino.