Recap / The X-Files S05 E19 "Folie Deux"

After intervening in a hostage situation at a telemarketing firm, Mulder begins to believe the gunman was telling the truth.


  • Affably Evil: Pincus' human form is a very likeable, down-to-earth guy. Don't let that fool you.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Pincus is some sort of insectoid monster that can create a glamour to disguise itself and convert others to zombie slaves with its bite.
  • Continuity Nod: Mulder still has his left pinkie taped from when it was broken in 'The Pine Bluff Variant.'
  • Humanoid Abomination: We don't exactly know what Greg Pincus is, but human definitely isn't on the list of options.
  • Karma Houdini: Pincus and his group of monsters get away in the end and set up shop in another call centre. But there is another guy like Lambert over there who seems to know they exist.
  • Monster of the Week: A very effective and smart one.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: You only see the monster in brief, out-of-focus shots. This was the result of the special effects team desperately trying to cover up a disappointing costume, but it works very well.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Pincus' bite converts victims into undead slaves that appear unchanged to the unaware but are quite visibly dead to those not affected by his glamour.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Mulder denies having "Helsinki syndrome" or "Folie A Deux" with the now-dead hostage taker, both terms roughly equivalent to this. Of course both Lambert and Mulder and in her own time, Scully turn out to be completely right.