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Duane Barry 

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A former FBI agent who claims he was abducted by aliens takes several people hostage. Mulder agree to be the negotiator.

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Chris Carter

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Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Steve Railsback ... Duane Barry
Nicholas Lea ... Alex Krycek
CCH Pounder ... Agent Lucy Kazdin
Stephen E. Miller ... Tactical Commander
Frank C. Turner ... Dr. Del Hakkie
Fred Henderson ... Agent Rich
Barbara Pollard Barbara Pollard ... Gwen
Sarah Strange ... Kimberly
Robert Lewis ... Officer
Michael Dobson ... Marksman #2
Tosca Baggoo ... Clerk
Tim Dixon ... Bob
Prince Maryland Prince Maryland ... Agent Janus
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Mulder is called in to act as a hostage negotiator when a mentally unbalanced convict, Duane Barry, takes four people prisoner. Dwayne believes he's a alien abductee and he believes aliens are coming back to get him. He's also a former FBI agent. Mulder contacts Scully and she does a bit of research for him. What she finds calls into question everything Duane has said. By this time however, Mulder has become a hostage in exchange for one who has been been seriously wounded. When it's all over and Duane is back in the hospital, they discover strange pieces of metal in his body. Written by garykmcd

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1994 (USA) See more »

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4:3
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Trivia

In the supermarket scene, Agent Scully buys pickles and ice cream. This is an in-joke: Gillian Anderson was pregnant at the time. See more »

Goofs

Scully bases the notion of Barry's mental illness on reports of Phineas Gage, who supposedly underwent a personality change after a blasting accident drove an iron rod through his head and out the other side. However, the idea that Gage became violent, immoral, or a pathological liar, like Scully describes him, is an urban legend. Gage lived a productive life for 12 years following his accident. See more »

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Scully: Mulder, it's me. I just had something incredibly strange happen. This piece of metal that they took out of Duane Barry, it has some kind of a code on it. I ran it through a scanner, and some kind of a serial number came up. What the hell is this thing, Mulder? It's almost as if... it's almost as if somebody was using it to catalog him... Mulder! I need your help! Mulder!
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Scully: Mulder!
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Referenced in The X-Files: My Struggle (2015) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Duane Barry's No Liar
20 April 2006 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

Due to Gillian Anderson's real-life pregnancy, she needed to be written out of the show for a little while to deliver her baby. Duane Barry begins the storyline that was written to get around this situation. I think the Scully abduction storyline was very well done throughout the course of the series. It's funny that this real-life event brought about this fantastic storyline. Continuing with its tradition of great guest stars, Steve Railsback gives an incredible performance as the abductee, Duane Barry. This episode is low on action but high on drama as Mulder negotiates with Duane Barry in a hostage situation. My only hang-up with this episode is the about face of Agent Lucy Kazdin. At first she tells Mulder that what Duane Barry needs is a "friend, someone who appears to understand him and can appeal to his sense of reason." She also say, "So whatever crap you got to make up about space men or UFOs, just keep him on the phone." Then later, she abruptly changes her mind and tells Mulder not to feed into Duane's psychosis when Mulder says he believes him. I don't see those two strategies as compatible. Either you go along with Duane's "aliens" or you don't. It just doesn't make any sense. However, it's a minor issue, and the every other aspect of the episode is great. The ending scene in Scully's apartment is chilling and memorable.


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