Recap / The X-Files S05 E04 "Detour"

On their way to a team building seminar, Mulder and Scully are sidetracked by an investigation into a mysterious death in the woods.


  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: Played with. Mulder and Scully fell into a pit full of dead and injured people that were dragged there by the monsters of the week. They tried to stack them so that they could get out of the pit.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Building a tower out of something unusual. First it's mentioned as a team building exercise by the other FBI agents who are accompanying Mulder and Scully, then Mulder jokes about it with Scully, then they are in the hole in the woods building a tower out of human bodies.
  • The Darkness Gazes Back: At the end.
  • Intimate Healing: Discussed. If only it had rained sleeping bags...
  • Lap Pillow: Scully moves Mulder to her lap for warmth (& sleeping), while she keeps watch.
    Mulder: I don't wanna wrestle.
  • MacGyvering: Scully opens a bullet with her bare hands and tries to use the gunpowder to start a fire. Subverted in that it fizzes out before it can actually set anything on fire.
  • Monster of the Week: Moth men, primitive looking people with tree-like skin.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The moth men's eyes shine red in the dark.
  • Shout-Out: When Animals Attack and Moby-Dick.
  • Trail of Bread Crumbs: Michelle marks their trail with white stones. The moth man takes them and that helps them to get lost in the woods.