10×04 Home Again

Mulder and Scully are sent to investigate the murder of a city official, which it seems no human could have committed. At the crime scene, Scully receives a phone call from her older brother Bill, in Germany, telling her that their mother had a heart attack, causing her to leave and visit her. At the hospital, she again receives another call from her older brother asking for his mother’s condition, and also learns that her mother had changed her living will, stating not to attempt resuscitation if she is unconscious or on life support. Mulder then meets Scully, who tells him that her mother had asked for Charlie before falling into coma and had changed her living will without consulting. Shortly afterwards, her mother is extubated and Scully receives a phone call from her younger brother, Charlie, who talks to their mother on speaker. Upon hearing Charlie’s voice, her mother suddenly opens her eyes and then holds Mulder’s hands and says “my son is named William, too”, dying shortly afterwards.

Back at their investigation, Mulder and Scully then track down a mysterious creature known as the Band-Aid Nose Man. He is a force of destruction — ripping bodies apart — but the cause of the rage is complicated. The creature is the inadvertent creation of a street artist named Trashman, who drew the image of a defender of the homeless. Trashman claims the Band-Aid Nose Man is a “thought form”. Meanwhile, Scully has flashbacks about her and Mulder’s child, William, who was given up for adoption for his protection.

After identifying city official Landry as the last victim, Scully, Mulder and the Trashman head to Franklin Hospital to prevent him from being killed by the Band-Aid Nose Man. There, Landry starts smelling a very unpleasant odour and goes to an off-limits corridor, where he is confronted by the creature. He tries to flee, and in doing so, he enters a room where he is attacked by the creature. Seconds later, the agents and the Trashman arrive in the room, only to find Landry’s dismembered body and no signs of the creature, prompting Scully to say that how they could not see whoever did this to him leave the room given there is only one exit door and Landry’s shouts were heard a few seconds ago.

The episode ends with Mulder and Scully sat on a log on a beach talking about the Scully’s interpretation of her mother’s dying words, where she tells Mulder that her mother had asked for her brother, despite him being out of her mother’s life, because her mother was responsible for him, as they, Mulder and Scully, are for their son, William.

“Home Again”
The X-Files episode
Episode no. Season 10
Episode 4
Directed by Glen Morgan
Written by Glen Morgan
Production code 1AYW02
Original air date February 8, 2016
Running time 44 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
Tim Armstrong as Trashman
Sheila Larken as Margaret Scully
Daryl Shuttleworth as Daryl Landry
Peggy Jo Jacobs as Nancy Huff
Alessandro Juliani as Joseph Cutler
Chris Shields as Detective Dross
Gary Sekhon as Forensic Tech
Sachin Sahel as Jack Budd
Veena Sood as Dr. Louise Colquitt
Jannen Karr as Nurse Taillie
Seth Whittaker as Fitzpatrick
Daniel Jacobsen as Proudley
John DeSantis as Band-Aid Nose Man