The X-Files Review Ep 4 ‘Home Again’

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We are coming close to the end of the revival of The X-Files. This makes me sad, but on another note, this episode, Home Again,  gave me the ‘feels’ and made me cry! This is what I like to call a ‘Scully’ episode.

Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate the gruesome murder of a Government (HUD), employee. Joseph Cutler was installed to help rid the area of homeless people, going as far as to have the fire department, spray them with high pressure fire hoses. This episode was a little more than political in nature. He blames the homeless for their own plight and doesn’t really seem to care what happens to them. But when alone in his office, he is visited by a tall, creepy man, to the tune of “Downtown” by Petula Clark. This man, whom the locals refer to as Band-Aid Nose Man, creeps in, with gooey gore and smell included, to dispatch this wrecker of the homeless, tearing him apart and putting his head in the wastebasket. Home Again, was  written and directed by Glen Morgan, who co-wrote the original episode, “Home” , which in itself, was one of the creepiest X-Files ever!.

Scully gets a call from a home, and is told her mother is in a bad way, and promptly leaves to go be with her. When Scully arrives at the hospital, she is told that her mother had only asked for the youngest of the Scully clan. This upsets Dana, as she feels deeply for her mother and wonders why she only wants young brother, Charlie, who has been estranged for a long time. Clearly, Dana is full of stress and anxiety, and wonders about some of the treatment her mother is getting, and is shocked to find out about the DNR living will, that her Mother has, (this was strangely witnessed by 2 retired Navy men?)

Mulder is on the case alone, and is curious about the large Banksy type mural on the wall outside the murder scene. A creepy black colored image of a creepy large man. Funny enough, he finds through security footage, that the mural wasn’t there when the murder ocurred! A politically charges woman, Nancy Huff, is fighting the rehoming of the homeless, not for the cause of the homeless, but because she doesn’t want them near the school that is located by their new home. Mulder chastises her for only caring about her own agenda and not the homeless and says, “What I don’t hear is who speaks for them?”

Scully is alone in her despair, but not for long as her phone rings, and it’s Mulder. he shows up at the hospital, like her ‘knight in shining armor’.

THE X-FILES: David Duchovny in the "Home Again" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

THE X-FILES: David Duchovny in the “Home Again” episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

She tells him all her fears and confused feelings, especially noting the quarter on the chain, that was in her mother’s personal effects. They get a call from Charlie. Dana asks him to speak to their dying mother and puts him on speaker. As he talks to his mother, her eyes open and as she looks up at Mulder says, “My son is named William, too.” And then, falling back into coma, she dies.This episode is touching at going full circle. Mulder and Scully, and thoughts of their son. It really did make me cry just then. Scully, not being able to handle the emotional overload, tells Mulder, “I need to work,” she told Mulder. “Right now.”

THE X-FILES: L-R: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the "Home Again" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

THE X-FILES: L-R: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the “Home Again” episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

While in Philly at the hospital, the Band-Aid Nose Man, strikes three more times, taking out two art thieves who were stealing the mural and good old, fight for the homeless, not, Nancy Huff. Mulder and Scully track the creepy Trashman to a run- down basement in a bad part of town. They find raging and totally crazed bald man, who creates artwork(?). This guy is all about society’s lack of responsibility and greed and personal responsibility. He thinks the golem he created, will take care of all this. He is a hypocrite, as he takes no responsibility for his own actions. The crazy guy creates wax and trash figures, who he now believes are a danger.He doesn’t look them in the eyes. “If you don’t see a problem, there isn’t a problem,” he said. And, “We treat people like trash.” Little flashes in Scully’s head go to her son. Did they throw him away like trash?

THE X-FILES: L-R: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the "Home Again" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

THE X-FILES: L-R: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the “Home Again” episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

Our duo realizes that the Band-Aid Man, has one victim left, Big suit Landry. He managed to get the homeless to their new home, in spite of people trying to legally block the plan. First the fly buzzing noises, then the smell, than all the homeless run into their rooms. Landry gets to meet the golem responsible for the killings. Mulder and Scully arrive in time to stop the murder, but is it the end?

The crazy bald man decides to readjust the Band-Aid Nose Man, by putting a smiley face on him.

After scattering her mother’s ashes, Scully and Mulder talk a bit about what her mom said. “That’s why she said what she said to us. She wanted to make sure we would be responsible and know that William’s okay, even though we can’t see him. My mysteries, I’ll never have answered. I won’t know if he thinks of me, too, or if he’s afraid and wishes I was there. Does he doubt himself because we left him? What questions does he have of me? The same I have of this quarter?” And then she relates, “And I want to believe — I need to believe — that we didn’t treat him like trash.” She leans into Mulder and they hold each other.

THE X-FILES: L-R: Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in the "Home Again" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

THE X-FILES: L-R: Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in the “Home Again” episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

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