Gary Lambert works as a vinyl siding telemarketer in Oak Brook, Illinois. On the surface,
Gary would seem to be a mild-mannered Everyman. But unbeknownst to his co-workers,
Gary is convinced that his boss is an evil monster who preys on his own staff, turning them
into the undead. One morning, Skinner summons Mulder and Scully to his office. He
explains that the company Gary works for, VinylRight, received an anonymous, audio-taped
manifesto, on which a man threatens to commit a violent act. As a result, the company
wishes to have the threat investigated. Mulder is puzzled as to why Skinner is sending he
and Scully to investigate. Skinner then explains that the maker of the tape spoke of a
monster threatening employees. Somewhat irked, Mulder tells Scully he will handle the case
alone, labeling himself "Monster Boy."
When Mulder arrives at the company, he is greeted by office manager Greg Pincus, who
plays him the taped message. Mulder's interest is piqued by a reference to "hiding in the
light." He telephones Scully and asks her to investigate previous X-Files cases for such a
phrase. Meanwhile, Gary grows concerned when a fellow employee, Nancy Aaronson, is
summoned to Greg's office. When Nancy returns to her cubicle, Gary notices that, from his
point of view, she appears to be dead.
Scully telephones Mulder when she finishes researching the files. It turns out that the
phrase "hiding in the light" was also used by a deacon at a Lakeland, Florida church. The
deacon was convinced that one of his parishioners was an evil presence. One Sunday, he
entered the church for mass and opened fire on his flock. When Mulder returns to VinylRight,
he finds a sea of deserted cubicles. Nancy's head peeks out from behind a wall and warns
Mulder to take cover. Before he has time to react, Gary approaches--armed with an AK-47.
Mulder slowly raises his hands into the air.
Scully flies to Illinois and joins FBI and SWAT team members who have surrounded the
building. Inside, Gary uses his co-workers to form a human barricade. A SWAT team
commander overrules Scully and dials Mulder's cell phone. Gary opens Mulder's jacket...
and notices his gun within. Gary kicks Mulder in the head, knocking him to the ground. A
hostage then charges Gary, but he swivels and opens fire, killing the man. Gary then
speaks with an FBI agent, and demands that a television crew be sent into the building so he
can broadcast his fears to the public. Using a closed-circuit system, the FBI fools Gary into
thinking his image is being broadcast throughout the city. Addressing the camera, Gary
raises his gun and points it at Greg. He instructs everyone to look at Greg... to look at "it."
Mulder glances over his shoulder... and sees a monster where Pincus was standing.
Suddenly, an Armored Personnel Carrier bursts through a wall. A SWAT team member opens
fire, striking Gary.
Mulder cannot dismiss what he saw inside the office complex. After performing additional
research, Mulder determines that five previous X-Files cases involve monster that went
unnoticed by all accept the claimant. Scully reacts with incredulity when Mulder suggests
that Gary was not insane, but actually saw the creature he described. Scully attributes
Mulder's behavior to "folie ö deux," a madness shared by people under tense conditions.
Meanwhile, Mulder follows Greg Pincus to the home of Gretchen Starns, one of his
employees. As Mulder stands outside of the house, and gazes through a window, he sees
the monster advance behind Gretchen, its insect-like mouth aiming for the back of her neck.
The woman suddenly screams, prompting Mulder to shatter the window glass. The monster
defies gravity by crawling over the house.
Gretchen lodges a complaint with the FBI, accusing Mulder of breaking into her home.
During a meeting with Skinner, Mulder sees Pincus, in the form of the monster, advancing.
Mulder draws his gun, but Skinner, believing Mulder has lost his mind, gains the upper hand.
Mulder is then admitted to a mental institution. Later, at Mulder's prompting, Scully examines
the back of the dead hostage's neck. There she discovers tiny puncture marks. At the
hospital, a restrained Mulder listens in horror as the monster approaches the window to his
room. Mulder calls for the nurse... only to realize that she is one of the monster's minions.
Scully visits the hospital... and experiences a vision of the nurse as one of the living dead.
She races to Mulder's room, where she discovers the creature crawling on the ceiling. She
opens fire, but the creature escapes. Later, Scully meets with Skinner. She voices her belief
that Mulder is of sound mind. She notes that an unidentified toxin was found in the dead
hostage, and notes that Pincus has disappeared, along with the nurse and several
VinylRight employees. After recovering from his ordeal, Mulder returns to work. Scully
informs him she told Skinner the truth: the incident can only be explained as a "folie ö
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THE X-FILES "FOLIE A DEUX" #5X19
Original Air Date: 05/10/98
DAVID DUCHOVNY as Special Agent Fox Mulder
GILLIAN ANDERSON as Special Agent Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi as Assitant Director Walter Skinner
Brian Markinson as Gary Lambert
Dmitry Chepovetsky as Supervisor
Cynthia Preston as Nancy Aaronson
Brenda McDonald as Mrs. Loach
John Apicella as Grag Pincus
Roger R. Cross as the Field Agent
Grant Gladish as the SWAT Teamer
Steve Bacic as SWAT Commander
Leslie Jones as Ms. Starns
Nancy Kerr as the nurse
Owen Walstrom as Mark Backus
Norma Jean Wick as the newscaster