The X-Files (1993–2018)
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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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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


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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14 October 1994 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


When Duane Barry is seen on the alien's exam table, it is set up to look like Da Vinci's "The Vitruvian Man". See more »


Lasers can not be seen by the naked eye; so special effects fabrications just use a small, red LED bulb, a simple pocket laser and blow fine smoke or powder past the lens to make them visible on film; usually the least expensive effect in film and video. It's the set up *around* the laser effects that can cost the production company. See more »


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!
Scully: Mulder!
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Referenced in The X-Files: Patient X (1998) See more »


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An Episode Well Worth Watching.
29 August 2008 | by BreakingDawnxSee all my reviews

An episode of very high tension as Mulder finds himself in a hostage situation with an alleged abductee. Very little action , but keeps you hooked all the way through , and nicely kicks starts the story of Scully's abduction due to Anderson's real life pregnancy. Although i would advise people with conditions like epilepsy not to watch this as there are many scenes with flashing and strobe lighting. Also contains a lot of good alien scenes , with good special effects. The ending is extremely chilling and will stay with you. A good episode , one which would make anyone want to continue watching th X-Files!


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