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Recap / The X-Files S01 E15 "Lazarus"

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Season 1, Episode 15:

From one man's body...
Written by Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon
Directed by David Nutter

"Two men died in that crash room, Scully. One man came back. The question is... which one?"
Fox Mulder

Scully helps Jack Willis, an old friend in the Bureau, catch a pair of bank robbers. Jack and one of the bank robbers are both shot—and while Scully is able to revive Jack, he starts acting very strangely...


  • Bank Robbery
  • Becoming the Mask: Willis may simply have become so obsessed with Warren that he's gone psychotic and believes he's that man. Scully certainly thinks so, and at one point he appears to be regaining his memories.
  • Came Back Wrong: After the soul-switcharoo in the hospital, Jack Willis isn't quite right...
  • Discovering Your Own Dead Body: After waking up in Willis' body, Warren (assuming it really is him) finds his corpse in the morgue. He cuts off some of the fingers in order to get his wedding ring back.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Time and time again. "Jack" betrays Scully when Lula is apprehended and makes her the prisoner instead. Later, it's revealed that Lula was the one who betrayed Warren to begin with, and she attempts to kill him by disallowing his diabetic new body insulin.
  • Foreshadowing: When discussing the amount of money the Outlaw Couple have stolen, Mulder off-handedly remarks that Lula no longer has to share it with Warren. It turns out she was the one who shopped him to the FBI, precisely so she could keep it all for herself.
  • Go into the Light: A Discussed Trope among Mulder and Scully, and when Warren kills Lula he tells her not to be afraid as the light is beautiful.
  • Grand Theft Me: Albeit an accidental one.
  • Gunman with Three Names: Warren James Dupre.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Inverted. Warren's mad love for Lula leaves him completely broken when he learns of her betrayal. He then becomes more open to "Jack's" memories and tearfully kills Lula, bringing an end to the hostage situation and inadvertently saving Scully.
  • Outlaw Couple: Warren and Lula.
  • Synchronization: While Jack is undergoing CPR, Warren's body is convulsing in response despite being on a separate gurney.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Jack was Scully's instructor at the FBI Academy and they dated before her time on the X-Files.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: After Scully is taken hostage, Mulder demands to speak with her on the phone. This is one of the very few instances in the series where he calls Scully by her first name. another.