Scully receives bad news about her family while away on a case. Mulder finds a strange paint sample at the crime scene which leads him to the left-handed artist that created the main suspect. This brings back memories to Scully.

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Mulder and Scully are sent to investigate the murder of a city official, which it seems no human could have committed. Meanwhile, Scully deals with a personal tragedy, which brings up many old feelings about the child she gave away for adoption

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This episode is really touching especially because of the splendid performance of Gillian Anderson. There was some moments where Gillian had troubles for trying to find it. According to Glen Morgan, the crew was great and quiet, and when he asked her how could he help her, Gillian said, "Go get Sheila." So, he got Sheila out of her trailer, put her in a chair, and Gillian just looked at her face, and said, "Okay, let's go." There was this mother she's had for 20 years. See more »

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Cutler tells the homeless group that the HUD office is at 1804 South Walnut Street. But only a few minutes later, when he calls the police from his office, he tells them he's at 1809. See more »

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Fox Mulder: What? I wasn't gonna shoot the kid. I don't do stairs anymore.
Dana Scully: Mulder, back in the day, I used to do stairs and in three-inch heels.
Fox Mulder: Back in the day. Scully, back in the day is now.
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More like "One Breath Again" than "Home Again"
8 February 2016 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

First thing we need to clarify is: this isn't a sequel to Home. Even the themes are different - though both touches on maternity issues. The title created lots of expectations in the fanbase - Home is the most controversial episode the show ever made and it's very loved by the fans. But as Glen Morgan said in the interviews, it's unrelated.

It's named "Home Again" because of Glen Morgan's supersticion: "Home" was his comeback to the X-Files after a season off making "Space Above And Beyond"; now "Home Again" is his second comeback as a writer to the series after leaving in the end of season 4 to showrun with his partner James Wong the season 2 of Millennium.

Once you get past this isn't "Home 2", you can directly compare to another episode wrote by Glen Morgan: "One Breath", from season 2. This is in many ways related to that episode (it even has flashbacks from it), but in a new perspective and with a different ending - even that lake is a reference. Gillian Anderson suffering in hospitals is always something incredibly beautiful and tragic to watch in the X-Files (remember Memento Mori? Emily?) and she does another great job here - "Were-Monster" was a Mulder episode, this is hers.

The thing is, this is a dramatic mythology episode like One Breathe, but at the same time it has a creepy monster-of-the-week case, which works well too. The case is violent, dark and very, very scary, something X-Files wasn't since it left Vancouver and now it's scary as hell for the second time in 4 episodes (the other scary one was Founder's Mutation)

The only problem is that in the end they are trying too much at the same time and it feels that both the drama part and the monster part end without reaching its full potential. They still work well, but in other context, in a 24 episode season, they could have been 2 different episodes or even a 2 part one.

Still, in the end they somehow relate both ideas, the whole episode has excellent commentary on both homeless people and motherhood and maybe the best thing in this revival, it's so faithful and delicade in showing the passage of time for Mulder and Scully. This season is heavily influenced by the arcs of the first 4 seasons (when James, Glen and Darin were still at the show) and the William arc in the end of the original run.

"Home Again" is memorable episode with potential of a classic episode; it ends up being a bit less than that - and hopefully it will grow with time, just like "Closure" did - but even if it never reach the classic status of its counterpart "One Breath", it would be for a noble reason: it tried too much at the same time.


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