The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 21

Avatar (26 Apr. 1996)
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With his marriage on the rocks and on the verge of getting a divorce, a depressed Assistant Director Skinner meets an attractive blond, Carina Sayles, in a hotel bar and they decide to get ... See full summary »

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With his marriage on the rocks and on the verge of getting a divorce, a depressed Assistant Director Skinner meets an attractive blond, Carina Sayles, in a hotel bar and they decide to get a room and spend the night together. When he awakens in the morning however, Carina is laying beside him dead from a broken neck. Scully and Mulder investigate on their own as Skinner would prefer they just mind their own business. When they learn that their boss has been having nightmares of sorts, Mulder believes he is being visited by a succubus, an old woman of legend who takes the life force out of a man. Some in the FBI move quickly to have Skinner removed from his post and it becomes obvious that it's all part of a greater conspiracy. Written by garykmcd

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When Skinner talks about his past in Viet Nam, he says he was "no choir boy; (he) inhaled." This is a reference to Bill Clinton's answer, when asked, that he tried marijuana once in college, but he swore he didn't inhale. See more »

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When Mulder and Scully are examining the dead prostitute, you can see her eyes moving beneath her eyelids. See more »

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There's a Succubus Born Every Minute
22 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this Episode originally, cos Samantha Carter gets her head twisted off like a chicken and Skinner's Wife is also Jean-Luc Picard's Girlfriend - And Skinner has about as much hair as Patrick Stewart did at the time, so this episode is highly appropriate..

I love it now, because of the high level of Creepo factor.

Skinner had told Mulder about his "Near" death Experience in Vietnam- But here, he reveals that there was no "Near" about it. He was dead, and brought back to his Body by the White Haired Old Woman.

Who we initially thought was some evil entity, leaving glow-in-the-dark lipstick on Samantha Carter's face. But Skin-Man did NOT know she was a hooker, paid for by one of Cancer-Man's minions, using Skinner's own credit card. Skin-Man thought it was just a chick in a bar, and how wrong he was.

So, what started out as to be about Skinner, ends up being about The X- Files instead. It seems Skinner is Skully and Mulder's Mac Daddy, he's the one who makes sure they can do it with out red tape.

But what is great is how Mulder is able to see that this Skinner-Related X-File is a setup, a way to use the X-Files to close the X-Files. But Mulder finds a more Mundane conspiracy. And Cancerman would have gotten away with it...

...If not for Skinner's Succubus, who was also Protecting Skinner's Ex- Wife Jennifer Hetrick.

This episode marks the very first time Skinner witnesses an X-Files event, something which cannot be categorized or easily referenced.

And he can't talk to Mulder about it - Not even off he record. At least not yet.


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