An 8-year-old girl is the prime suspect in a series of bizzare, seemingly unrelated deaths.

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Tony Fiore
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Anita Fiore
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Det. Sharon Lazard
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Judy Bishop
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Michelle Bishop
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Harry Linhart
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Mulder and Scully are called in by the Buffalo Police Department after an experienced detective, Rudy Barbala, jumped to his death through a window from the upper floor of the 14th precinct. He was interviewing a young girl at the time, Michelle Bishop, but there was no one else in the room with them. Mulder immediately begins to suspect that Michelle may have telekinetic powers, something that seems to be proven when Scully finds a large burn mark on Barbala's body much as Mulder as predicted. Michelle says there was a ghost in the room with them and her rendition of him leads then to the case of dead detective Charlie Morris, who was killed in a police raid. In fact,Charlie may be back and seeking revenge against the policemen who got rid of him. Written by garykmcd

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David Duchovny has openly stated that he hates this episode. See more »

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At around 10:00, when Mulder is talking to Dr. Sheila Braun, she references "dissociative disorders," in this case likely referencing Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personality Disorder), going by the DSM-IV. Mulder replies, "as in schizophrenia," to which she nods in agreement. Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia, are often confused with Dissociative Identity Disorder, but have little to do with each other. Schizophrenia is "a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by poor emotional responsiveness." However, the drug Michelle is put on (Thorazine) is commonly used to treat various psychotic disorders. See more »

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Mulder: Why is it still so hard for you to believe, even when all the evidence suggests extraordinary phenomena?
Scully: Because sometimes looking for extreme possibilities makes you blind to the probable explanation right in front of you.
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References Captain Kangaroo (1955) See more »

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The X-Files
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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Reincarnation and evil little girls
6 October 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

Oh my... "Born Again" manages to combine two of my least favorite things in horror and in fiction in general: reincarnation and creepy little girls who stare a lot (only good if done humorously ala "The League of Gentlemen"). Yeah, sure, the girl isn't actually evil, just the unfortunate choice of someone else for reincarnation, but she does stare a lot, and no, the script doesn't make any more sense than that does.

"Born Again" features barely any redeemable values really. I guess Mulder and Scully are always fun to watch, even in a Gordon/Gansa script (which means you can forget about witty banter outside of some attempts which tend to fall flat). This plays like a cheesy, forgettable old horror film, the worst of the sort you could expect to find on the drive-in channel. It's probably my pick for the worst episode of season one, actually, generating more complete disinterest from me than "Ghost in the Machine" or "Space".

2/10


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