The X-Files: Season 5, Episode 12

Bad Blood (22 Feb. 1998)
"The X Files" Bad Blood (original title)

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After Mulder drives a stake through the heart of a would be vampire, he and Scully review what happened before they meet Assistant Director Skinner. Their recollection of the case is ... See full summary »



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After Mulder drives a stake through the heart of a would be vampire, he and Scully review what happened before they meet Assistant Director Skinner. Their recollection of the case is significantly divergent. They had gone to Texas to investigate a death by exsanguination and Scully thinks that someone is playing at being a vampire. Her autopsy finds a high level of chlorohydrate in the dead man's system. There's soon a second victim and she finds that both victims had eaten pizza. As she recalls it, she saved an incapacitated Mulder and tried to capture the culprit. Mulder's recollection is somewhat different. It was he, not Scully who developed the key clues in the case including the fact that the victim's shoes were untied and then discovering a second victim in a runaway RV. Before they can speak to Skinner, they have to return to Texas when the vampire Mulder killed seems to have disappeared. Written by garykmcd

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First appearance of Arlene Warren as Skinner's assistant. See more »


When Mulder breaks the chair in the motel room during his version of the story a hand is seen placing a stake onto the remnants of the chair. This is possibly deliberate because it adds to the comedic value of the two-story theme for this particular episode, with Mulder and Scully arguing about minute details. See more »


Scully: [waiting to speak to Skinner about Mulder's "staking" a suspect] Mulder, just keep reminding them that you were drugged.
Mulder: [impatiently] Shhh!
Walter Skinner: [enters room] Agents...
Mulder: [interrupting] I was drugged!
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References Shaft (1971) See more »

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Probable cause of death…gee, that's a tough one…
26 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ah, "Bad Blood." I had been eagerly anticipating re-watching this for the sole purpose of conjuring up a review but words cannot convey just how timelessly funny this episode is. In a season largely full of somber stand-alones and emotional nadirs regarding the loss of Scully's genetically-conceived daughter Emily, it's refreshing to revisit the days of season three when it seemed like every other week offered up a comedy. Much like Darin Morgan's "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'," Vince Gilligan's "Bad Blood" tells its story by means of multiple perspectives, but unlike that episode, it is told through the lens of Mulder and Scully. In a way it goes beyond the confined definition of a "standalone" because it is essentially an episode about our two agents and what they bring to the other's ordeals.

The opening sequence is perhaps the funniest of the entire series. You will have to see it to find out why. Equally hilarious is the bucktoothed (or is he?) deputy played by Luke Wilson. Patrick Renna, who I recognized from The Sandlot, plays the pizza guy Ronnie, whose autopsy is as comical as it is predictable. The pinnacle of this episode for me however involves Mulder and an RV. If you've already seen this you know what scene I'm referring to but I don't want to give it away to the newcomers. It's genius.

Without a doubt this is my favorite of the fifth season. Highbrow humor, a great guest cast, and an episode that at its core focuses on the dynamic relationship of Mulder and Scully makes for a superb X-File. Several years ago this ranked #1 on a fan-chosen marathon on the Sci-Fi network and I'm not at all surprised. Gilligan struck gold.


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