The X-Files: Season 2, Episode 12

Aubrey (6 Jan. 1995)
"The X Files" Aubrey (original title)

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Mulder and Scully are called in by a local field office when the body of a long dead FBI agent is found by a local police detective in Aubrey, Missouri. The dead FBI agent died in 1942 but ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Lt. Brian Tillman
Deborah Strang ...
Inspector B.J. Morrow
Joy Coghill ...
Linda Thibedeaux
Robyn Driscoll ...
Det. Joe Darnell
Peter Flemming ...
Young Mother
Emanuel Hajek ...


Mulder and Scully are called in by a local field office when the body of a long dead FBI agent is found by a local police detective in Aubrey, Missouri. The dead FBI agent died in 1942 but the detective who found the body, Inspector B.J. Morrow, can't quite explain why she was digging in the location where it was found. The local police also have a strange murder in their hands: a young woman who had the 'sister' carved on her chest. When Morrow's boss, Lt. Brian Tilman, first sees the crime photos he thinks the FBI has information on the most recent murder but the photos are nearly 60 years old. There is a connection of some sort between the dead and the living however. Written by garykmcd

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Terry O'Quinn later earned the nickname "Mr. Ten Thirteen," due to his appearance in multiple shows and movies affiliated with Ten Thirteen Productions, the company that produced The X-Files. See more »


Just after the teaser, Mulder and Scully are looking at the dental radiographs. Scully points out that the man is "congenitally" missing a lower left bicuspid. It is impossible to tell if the reason why the tooth is no longer present is congenital from the radiograph. Congenital is a condition existing at birth. See more »


Scully: Mulder, I don't think BJ was in the woods that night because of engine failure.
Mulder: What are you talking about?
Scully: Well, the Motel Black would have been a perfect meeting place. Away from town, away from his wife.
Mulder: What do you mean?
Scully: It's obvious BJ and Tillman are having an affair.
Mulder: How do you know?
Scully: A woman senses these things.
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X-Cellent Character Work from Woodward, Strang, O'Quinn plus Redmond
27 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We saw Deborah Strang the next year as Admiral T'Lara in a great Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Courtroom Episode "Rules of Engagement" as a Vulcan Admiral. She is very good in this X-Files episode, a very strong Character. This episode also totes one of the first appearances of Sarah-Jane Redmond (as a young mother) in a Chris Carter show. But the jewel of this episode is the great Morgan Woodward (who was the tormented Doctor Simon van Gelder in Star Trek Original Series "Dagger of the Mind") as the "Old" Harry Cokely while one-timer Emanuel Hajek was the younger Harry. Also Terry O'Quinn as Debora Strang's boss and Love interest. Add to this mix Canadian Old timer Joy Coghill.

In Aubrey, Missouri a young woman "Inspector B.J. Morrow" (Strang) has a dream where a woman is killed after having the word "Sister" carved in her chest: In this dream, Morrow has the POV of the murderer,

She comes to her field office and tries to get the attention of her Boss Lt. Brian Tillman (O'Quinn) and when he ignores her she shoves a paper at him with two words: "I'm Pregnant"

He sets up a Tryst for later that evening (Tillman is a married man) and when Morrow arrives, she sees visions of a past murder that resembles what she had seen in her dream. She sees a young FBI agent in the '40's being killed and buried in a plot near the Motel Tillman sent her to.

The images flash back and forth from the '40's murder to her digging up the corpse in the current day. And the fact that it is an FBI agent she has dug up plants the case right on Mulder's Desk.

Morrow starts helping Mulder and Skully "dissect" the case, her insights help them uncover a suspect: Harry Cokely (Woodward) who is still alive albeit in his late 70's and can't move without using an Oxygen tank.

So the conundrums start piling up - How is Morrow seeing this stuff? Skully Fringes out almost instantly that Morrow is Pregnant and Tillman is the cigar toting father- But she backs away from Morrow and Tillman's private business.

Is there some genetic reason why Morrow is seeing these visions? Yes there is, but there is more to it than that. And Tillman being protective of Morrow hinders Mulder and Skully's investigation, but even he is interested in the connection between this new murder and the '40's murders.

He is not going to like where the investigations lead. Neither will Morrow, since she is right in the middle of it and there is a very good reason why she was able to find evidence she should not have been able to find.

Not to mention her connection to Woodward and Coghill. This episode is a feast of great character actors well directed and well played.

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