The X-Files

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Season 2, Ep 6, Aired 10/21/94
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  • Episode Description
  • When Mulder finds out that Scully was kidnapped by Duane Barry, he risks the wrath of his superiors and the annoyance of Agent Krycek in order to do whatever it takes to find her. Meanwhile, Krycek is found to be reporting Mulder's activities to the CSM.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Michael Lange

  • William B. Davis

    Cigarette Smoking Man

  • Steve Railsback

    Duane Barry

  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • "Deny Everything"

    By arabey, Jul 22, 2015

  • Strong mythology

    By mortalexplorer, Jun 13, 2015

  • Ascending to the stars

    By 7dixob, Aug 29, 2012

  • Ascension

    By TrueTvWatcher, May 30, 2012

  • "Duane Barry"/"Ascension" features many defining moments and characterize"The X-Files" more sharply than anything else that has appeared in the series so far

    By MattMTRUSTNO1, Aug 12, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Duane Barry: (yelling at the sky) They can't touch Duane Barry anymore!

    • Cigarette-Smoking Man: We tell you only what you need to know. Krycek: I think I have a right to know. Cigarette-Smoking Man: You have no rights, only orders to be carried out.

    • Mulder: I found this. (He shows a cross) It's something I... I never considered about her. If she was... if she was such a skeptic, why did she wear that? Margaret Scully: I gave it to her on her fifteenth birthday. Mulder: Don't you want to keep it? Margaret Scully: When you find her, you give it to her.

    • Margaret Scully: I had that dream again last night. About Dana being taken away? I can't tell you how it scares me. Mulder: It's probably scarier when you stop having the dream. Don't you think?

    • Mulder: Who are these people who can just murder with impunity and we can't do anything about it? Skinner: Let it go, Agent Mulder. Mulder: Like hell. Skinner: There's nothing you can do. Mulder: What can you do about it? Skinner: There's only one thing I can do, Agent Mulder. As of right now, I'm reopening the X-Files. That's what they fear the most.

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    Notes (3)

    • David Duchovny performed his own stunts in the aerial tram sequence.

    • This episode's tagline changes to 'Deny Everything', spoken by X: "They only have one policy Mister Mulder... Deny everything".

    • The song that Duane Barry is listening to on his way to Skyland Mountain is "Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, featured on The X-Files album "Songs in the Key of X".

    Trivia (6)

    • This episode changes its regular tagline "The truth is out there" for "Deny Everything". This is what X tells Mulder about the politics of the Syndicate. This episode forms part of the mytharc episodes.

    • The Skyland tram is most likely the Grouse Mountain tram near Vancouver in real life. You can see the Vancouver area when Mulder escapes from the tram.

    • Continuity: Margaret Scully tells Mulder that she gave her daughter the cross necklace for her 15th birthday. This is contradicted in season 5's "Christmas Carol."

    • Continuity: When Mulder is in the tram car ascending the Mountain, he pulls all of the things out from under the top left-hand seat. However, when the scene moves to Krycek in the booth, you don't see any of the things that Mulder threw out.

    • Plot Holes: Another example of the way "X-Files" plays fast and loose with time: Duane Barry kidnaps Scully in the evening - presumably he doesn't take her back to his home since that's the first place the FBI would look, so it's logical to assume that he immediately set off for Skyland Mountain with her. He shoots the state trooper sometime early the next day near the Blue Ridge Parkway, but although Mulder and Krycek don't figure out his destination and get on the road until sometime that afternoon, Barry somehow manages to reach the bottom of Skyland Mountain only forty-five minutes before the FBI agents do, even though he appears to have had at least a twelve-hour head start! Did he stop to do a lot of sightseeing along the way?

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    Allusions (3)

    • Krycek: He started whistling "Stairway to Heaven." Stairway to Heaven was an influential song by Led Zeppelin.

    • Krycek: You know, Chernobyl, Exxon Valdez, Three Mile Island...they were all linked to sleep deprivation. Chernobyl is the site of a nuclear power plant that exploded in 1986. Exxon Valdez is the name of an oil tanker which caused a massive oil spill in 1989 after hitting Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef before the coast of Alaska. Three Mile Island is the location of a nuclear power plant which suffered a partial core meltdown in 1979.

    • Skinner: That he's following orders from alien voices in his head. Well, that's an interesting spin on the Nuremberg defense. Skinner is referring to the Nuremberg Trials which were held in the German city of Nuremberg from 1945 to 1949. The trials were conceived to bring the major war criminals/leaders of Nazi Germany to justice. In their defense most of the accused stated that they were just following orders.

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