The Horror Honeys: THE X-FILES Recap: Season 10, Ep. 4 ~ “Home Again”

THE X-FILES Recap: Season 10, Ep. 4 ~ “Home Again”

A Horror TV Honey Recap with Jennica

It has been over a week since Mulder and Scully met the were-monster Guy Mann and I still find myself randomly shouting “Daggoo!” throughout each day. And I don’t even own a pet. However, like the rest of the X-Files true believers, my cries of laughter were muffled last week by another serving of heartache and despair in Season 10, Episode 4 titled “Home Again.” Only this time it is not enough to remind us yet again of Scully’s maternal pain and suffering but the team of writers are also determined to remind us that there is a garbage truck full of horrible human beings in the world. Despite its efforts to evoke stronger emotions than “poor Scully,” this episode ultimately appears too scattered and mostly left yours ghouly indifferent.

But I might have lost my soul...
Opening with a close-up of a flyer that reads “YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE,” the shot pans out across a row of homeless men and women inhabiting a stretch of sidewalk being hosed down by Washington D.C. officials as part of a movement to “clean the streets.” The imagery shows officials treating those without homes, without hot showers, and without hot meals as if they are simply disposable waste. While city officials and a local high school teacher fight for false altruism, the only real voice of the voiceless is a being that the homeless drifters call “Band-Aid Nose Man.” Although he seems to have a serious mucus problem, Band-Aid Nose Man can smell the selfish intentions of society from a mile away and he acts as a sort of vigilante for social justice.

When Mulder and Scully are sent to examine the body of a city official—or what is left of him—it is obvious that the man was murdered, literally torn limb for limb, by something inhuman. Just as Scully kneels down to get a closer look at the remains, she receives a call from her brother William who informs her that their mother has been hospitalized due to a heart attack. Once Scully flees the crime scene to tend to her comatose mother after a few seconds of shaky amateur camera angles, Mulder is left to investigate a strange piece of wall art made visible from the city official’s office window.
"Scully, check his pulse."
Getting nowhere in his questioning of city residents and officials, Mulder finally listens to the people that have for so long been ignored: the homeless community. According to one man on the street, the portrait on the wall is of the Band-Aid Nose Man, a hero concocted by a local street artist and squatter who is known only as the “Trash Man.” If Mulder could just find the Trash Man, then he could likely trace the next footprint-less steps of the Band-Aid Nose Man.

Concerned for Scully, who has been left alone at her mother’s side in the intensive care unit, Mulder accompanies her for moral support… and to update her on the case at hand. Perplexed by her mother’s wish to connect with Charlie, Scully’s estranged younger brother, Scully attempts to grant her mother’s dying wish. Finally able to reach Charlie, Scully turns the phone toward her mother. Hearing her youngest son’s voice for the first time in years, Scully’s mother regains consciousness, eyes wide open. But the ray of hope given to Scully and to us viewers is short-lived. Just before Mrs. Scully takes her last breath, she grasps Mulder’s hand and murmurs, “William is my son’s name too.”
R.I.P. Mama Scully.
Desperate to return to work to avoid the phases of loss, Scully rejoins Mulder in the search for the Trash Man as the city’s uppity upper class are ripped to shreds. Upon finding the Trash Man in an abandoned building, the artist explains that the Band-Aid Nose Man is a spiritual manifestation beyond his control. The Band-Aid Nose Man came into being because the Trash Man created him but his continued existence is by his own choosing. Thus, while many of the homeless locals see the Band-Aid Nose Man only as a work of art, they do not seem to be aware that he is real and that he has his own agenda for making the city a better place. City officials are hard at work sweeping the streets clean of the lower class, but come nightfall the Band-Aid Nose Man is taking out the true trash.

Taking with him one final threat to the homeless community—the head of the “clean streets” relocation project—the Band-Aid Nose Man’s duty is complete and the original artistic image of the manifestation becomes distorted with a grin. Assuming his contribution to society has been fulfilled, the Trash Man gathers his art supplies and moves on, perhaps to another city with another case of classism.
Someone call a doctor! Or Sanitation...
Sitting in silence with Mulder and her mother’s ashes, Scully brings us back to the initial message of “Home Again”: “YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE.” Her mother’s request to speak to Charlie and her last words of William now registered and resonated. Just as the Band-Aid Nose Man felt for the homeless, Scully’s mother felt for Charlie. No matter the distance between them, she could not allow Charlie to be discarded like trash and she would not rest peacefully without making peace. And her dying wish from one mother to another was for Scully to seek closure in ensuring the well-being of her own son, to know the difference between throwing away a life and providing a better one.

For the love of Daggoo, will Mulder and Scully ever reunite with their son!? 
And will someone please get Band-Aid Nose Man a tissue?