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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The end of the previous episode, "Kill Switch", ended with the words "Bite Me". See more »

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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 »

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Scully: Begin autopsy on white male, age sixty, who is arguably having a worse time in Texas than I am, though not by much. I'll begin with the Y-incision.
[She picks up the scalpel provided to her and the blade falls off]
Scully: Yee-ha.
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"Near Dark" with laughs
27 March 2006 | by (Lindenhurst, IL) – See all my reviews

Just checked in on this ep. again after several years. I was reminded of it after recently catching another early Luke Wilson vehicle, "Bottle Rocket".

I always liked the dark humor episodes way better than the "conspiracy" ones on the X-Files, and this one is obviously one of the former. Wise-cracking autopsies, sarcastic morticians, and Luke wearing nasty fake choppers are sure to delight. And when was the last time you saw one of those 1970's "Magic Fingers" beds in a motel anyway?

Throw in some trailer trash vampires (not quite as vicious as Lance Henriksen and his NEAR DARK crew), and you've got another winner from the pen of Vince Gilligan.


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