Last night’s episode of The X-Files was beautiful and heart breaking as Dana Scully sat with her dying mother while Fox Mulder was on the case of a creature killing those who attempt to displace the homeless for monetary gain. But all roads lead back to baby William and Scully never really forgiving herself for giving him up.
Spoilers for “Home Again”
The city of Brotherly Love is moving its homeless population it an abandoned hospital so the city can gentrify the trashier areas of downtown. (Will they call it SoWeDoPhil?) But an employee working for the Philadelphia Housing and Urban Development is attacked by a foul smelling creature that oozes slime and maggots that can literally rip its victim into pieces. After it is done tearing the victim apart, it takes his arms with him to the garbage truck that seems to follow him around.
While at the crime scene, Mulder notices a Banksy like street art on a billboard overlooking the office of the victim. Surveillance video shows the graffiti was not there before the murder was committed and thinks the artist could have some information as to who killed the federal employee. After the creature kills three more people who have found ways to exploit or toss aside the homeless in the same fashion, Mulder and Scully track down a street artist known as The Trashman. His art is an expression of his rage as to how the rest of the population ignores the trash they throw out and figure if they ignore the homeless, they will just go away. So he created a creature out of clay, willed it into being, and unintentionally gave him the purpose of tearing apart those who hurt the homeless. Scully, after having witnessed her mother’s passing (more on that in a sec), accuses The Trashman of doing exactly the same thing those he despises does. He tried to pretend he was not the reason this golem was out there and killing people. The creature tears apart the last person on the relocation project for the homeless before Mulder and Scully can stop it. The Trashman, seeing what his creature did, tries to undo its anger by turning the face of his golem into a happy face.
At the initial crime scene, Scully gets a phone call from her brother William (I thought for a moment it was her son calling her until she answered the phone “Bill” and then I remembered her awesomely snarky brother), the paramedics called him because their mother had a heart attack and is in the ICU. As Scully arrives at the hospital in D.C., it feels like the beginning of the end for Maggie who has been Scully’s rock. Bill is in Germany trying his best to get home and Scully’s other brother, Charlie, hasn’t spoken to anyone in the family for some time. Before Maggie had fully slipped into her coma, she asked for Charlie much to Scully’s confusion. Since there is no one else for the time being, Scully stays with her mother and tries to call her back to them telling her that she has “been where you are” and lets her know there is a way back if she would just find the will to stay. I kinda lost it a bit when she begged her mother “not to go home just yet” and the way she stumbled over saying William’s name while listing the people who needed Maggie to hold on.
But Maggie didn’t want to have to hold on and changed her living will to include a DNR much to Scully’s surprise since her and Maggie had discussed in the past that she wanted to be kept on life support after witnessing Scully’s awakening after the doctors gave up. (That flashback from “One Breath” of Mulder talking to Scully while she was in her comma, holy lordy did Chris Carter buy stock in Kleenex or something?) The doctors have to respect the wishes of Maggie and remove the ventilator that is helping her breathe. Thankfully Mulder comes to Scully’s aid and holds her up while the doctors essentially remove life support from her mother.
The two partners sit by Maggie’s bed side and Scully shares that she is trying to will her mother back to her. “I invented it” quips Mulder. (If you significant other is a big X-Files fan, then a Superstars of the Super Bowl VHS tape would be a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for them by the way.) Charlie calls and his voice is able to get Maggie to open her eyes for a moment. She turns to Mulder and takes his hand to tell him “my son is named William too” before she dies.
I’m going to go call my mom right quick and tell her I love her… hold on a for a minute.
Distraught over her mother’s last words being about the son they gave up and the hospital crew having to take the body to the morgue, Scully demands that she and Mulder go to Philly and find the killer. She needs the distraction of work to not fall apart over the loss of her mother. The distraction doesn’t work as The Trashman explains how he willed his creature into being. Scully’s thoughts turn to her son William and how she felt like she willed him into being, but then gave him up. Her reasons were noble, but the guilt still eats at her as she feels like she is responsible for her son and doesn’t want to feel like she threw him away (it was a stretch, but they managed to tie to two storylines together).
What did you think of last night’s episode? Will you be paranoid of a trash monster coming after you every time you hear “Downtown”? Are you tearing up over the loss of the show best recurring character? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.