"I believe 'seeing' the creatures is sort of like looking at one of those 'Magic Eye' pictures. Not everyone can see the 3-D image, some see it right away with no problems, some learn to see, and still others learn but forget or refuse to see."
"This being basically, a capable horror tale, makes one realize that the X-Files is one of the few outlets for thought provoking horror out there, and makes one appreciate that aspect of the show."
On Sunday, May 10, 1998 the episode, "Folie a Deux", aired. This episode is the 19th episode of the fifth season.
Did anyone else notice the recurring actor in this episode? The actor is Steve Bacic who played the SWAT Commander Agent Rice in "Folie a Deux." You might have thought he looked familiar because he also appeared in the third season episode "Pusher" where he played Agent Collins. What kind of annoyed me was that the man who played Greg Pincus, John Apicella, looked too much like Ed Lauter, who played Lt. Col. Marcus Belt in the episode "Space" from the first season. I actually thought that they were the same person, until I looked up the names.
Below, are a few quotes from the episode and the ratings submitted by XFEOS members. They are followed with the comments and opinions on "Folie a Deux".
Mulder: "Because the manifesto contains bizarre overtones...claims of a paranormal nature?" Skinner: "It speaks of a monster stalking employees. Your insight into such claims should aid in assessing the threat, if any, posed by this person." Mulder: "Monsters. I'm your boy." (Scully and Mulder leaves Skinner's office) "I must have done something to piss him off."
Scully: "What do you mean?" Mulder: "To get stuck with this jerk-off assignment, or have I finally reached the magic point in my career where every time somebody sees bigfoot or the virgin mary on a tortilla, I get called out of my basement to offer my special insight on the matter?" Scully: "You're saying "I" a lot. I heard "we." Nor do I assume that this case is just a waste of our time." Mulder: "Not your anyway. There's no reason both of us should go to Chicago. I'll take care of it. I'm monster boy, right?"
Mulder: "Scully, at the risk of you telling me "I told you so," I think it's time for you to get down here and help me." Scully: "I told you so."
Mulder: "Seven cities in all, dating back ten years. VinylRight has offices within fifty miles of four of those cities. Greg Pincus has worked for VinylRight for guess how long...10 years." Scully: "What exactly is it you think you have here?"
Mulder: "What if Gary Lambert was right?" Scully: "Mulder, you're not serious." Mulder: "Just bear with me. What if such a creature existed that could camouflage itself by clouding the minds of its victims? There are antecedents for it in nature. Right? In the insect world, mantids are said to be able to hypotize their prey." Scully: "No." Mulder: "What if it could induce a visual hallucination, a sort of temporary conversion disorder?" Scully: "Well, what you're describing would be more like some kind of visual agnosia, an inability to recognize what's before one's eyes." Mulder: "Only, Gary Lambert could see through it somehow, as could the others. Maybe because of some heightened adrenaline level or maybe just because he knew where to look somehow." Scully: "Mulder, he was disturbed." Mulder: "Yeah, but did he see it because he was disturbed, or was he disturbed because he saw it?" Scully: "He was mentally ill. This monster was a sick fantasy...a product of his dementia." Mulder: "I saw it, too. Does that make me disturbed? Demented? Does that make me sick, too?"
Scully: "No. No, I mean, this...this kind of thing is not uncommon. You...you went through a terrible ordeal and sometimes people in close associations under tense conditions, the delusions of one can be passed on to the other." Mulder: "Folie a deux? It's not that, Scully. It's not some Helsinki syndrome either. What I saw was real and there may be a way to prove it."
Mulder to Pincus: "Lambert knew your secret. He knew you were sucking the humanity out of these people. Feeding on them!" Skinner: "That's enough. I don't want to hear another word out of you! If you care about your career, you'll knock this crap off because I guarantee I will not stand another second of you!"
Mulder in the mental hospital: "Five years together, Scully. You MUST have seen this coming."
Scully: "Mulder, the case is over. There's no more evidence to be gathered. There's only hope that you'll be able to see past this delusion." Mulder: "YOU have to be willing to see." Scully: "I wish it were that simple." Mulder: "Scully, you HAVE to believe me. Nobody else on this whole damn planet does or ever will. You're my one in five billion."
Scully: "I personally can vouch for the fact that there was an intruder in Agent Mulder's hospital room." Skinner: "Describe this intruder." Scully: "It was dark." Skinner: "You must have gotten a glimpse. What did you see?"
Mulder: "What did you tell [Skinner]?" Scully: "The truth...as well as I understand it." Mulder: "Which is?" Scully: "Folie a deux. A madness shared by two."