When a girl dies a mysterious death, Scully and Mulder discover more girls' lives are at stake in a divine battle of good versus evil.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Aaron Starkey
Father Gregory
Dara Kernoff / Paula Koklos / Roberta Dyer
Lauren Diewold ...
Joseph Patrick Finn ...
Lance Kernof
Mrs. Kernoff
Arnie Walters ...
Lorraine Landry ...
Pathologist Vicki Belon
Tracy Elofson ...
Four-Faced Man


In the confessional at her local church, Scully tells a priest that she is responsible for the death of young girl. In flashbacks, Scully and Mulder are called in when a young woman is found dead in the street not far from her home. No one has any idea how she got there as she was severely handicapped and was not mobile. Scully's parish priest asks her to look into the case as the girl's parents are also members of the parish. As the case progresses, Scully will come to face evil and must also come to terms with loss of her own daughter. Written by garykmcd

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26 April 1998 (USA)  »

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It's the second time, after The X-Files: Die Hand Die Verletzt (1995), that Scully and Mulder have to confront what seems to be genuine Hell's spawn. See more »


During the autopsy, right after Scully believes she has seen Emily, the camera goes back to the dead girl who moves on the autopsy table. See more »


Dana Scully: As much as I have my faith, Father, I am a scientist; trained to weigh evidence. But science only teaches us how... not why.
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References Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) See more »

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I'll come clean the only reason I watched this is for a guest star, there is literally nothing else to have me attach to this show
18 November 2015 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

Usually with cultural phenomenons there is usually something in them that makes me say (even if I don't like them) that there is something in them to make me get the reason why it took the entire world by storm. This is probably one of the only ones I have seen that to me doesn't have that distinction. The only reason I watched this is that I am a sucker for Emily Perkins and honestly... If you're a fan, I wouldn't suggest seeing this.

The plot is that Scully who is a skeptic (believe me I'll get back to that!) goes to confession(?) and tells the story of four deformed quadruplet girls that all look the same are being murdered by having them kneel down and have their eyes burnt out. Scully is shaken up about the first one because she doesn't know about the other three and the reason why she's shaken up is because of her own murdered daughter. When Mulder is on the case one thing leads to another which has them believe that what they have on their hands is the 4 children of an angel rising to Heaven, hence the eye thing and a demon trying to stop it.

The acting for this is awful. I said my favourite actress is in this but she does nothing and takes a back seat to 2 people so emotionless I think there should be a defibrillator on standby to make sure their hearts are still beating! I might be much angrier at them then I should be, I admit that but if one of your favourite actors got taken a back seat to do nothing in the story and the people they get into actually be the stars can barely express emotion in comparison. Would you be angry? Thought so.

Then there's the writing. I'm not a fan of this show but how many "Not quite ordinary" threats has Scully come across and just asks what makes Mulder guess what he's guessing. I haven't seen any other X-Files episode aside from this one but how many other weird things happen in their lives? Does Scully REALLY remain the skeptic after 5 years of this?! Either way, why would Scully be the skeptic if she is established in this episode to be religious? Just cal lit me but I do't think she holds up as a character... The same can be said for Mulder as well.

Oh and the plot developments are just terrible. So remember my whole "Scully the skeptic" complaint earlier, well she's now switched around to the believer because towards the end she leaps onto the fact that the four girls are angels' offspring and it throws religious stuff. This sticks out like a sore thumb. It is not subtle in conveying that this may exist and the Demon and Angels fighting over them seems out of place along with all the other things going on in this episode. If they just stuck it to being a religious freak killing the 4 people I'd be fine with it. I think it never really being explained hurt it also.

So, I am not a fan but I think fans would be the only ones that see this... I really don't like this. To me, there are dozens of better things I could have been watching at this time. I am not a fan of this show before watching this and after this I can safely guarantee that I will never be a fan of this show. If you like it, then that's fine.

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