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



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Episode complete credited cast:
Tony Fiore
Mimi Lieber ...
Anita Fiore
Det. Sharon Lazard
Judy Bishop
Michelle Bishop
P. Lynn Johnson ...
Dr. Sheila Braun
Leslie Carlson ...
Dr. Spitz
Richard Sali ...
Leon Felder
Dwight Koss ...
Peter Lapres ...
Harry Linhart


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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29 April 1994 (USA)  »

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


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 »


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 The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975) See more »


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Just plain bizarre
25 September 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Only on a very rare occasion does an episode of the x-files fail to generate any excitement or does the episode contain anything which is just totally boring to watch.A detective and his former partner both die in unexplained circumstances.The deaths are linked to the presence of a little girl who was there when the deaths took place.Mulder has devised a theory that a policeman murdered by his colleagues has come back reincarnated as the little girl and is exacting revenge.Now for the bizarre bit.The little girl has no connection at all and seems to just a random person chosen as the reincarnation.I think this was slightly lazy writing by the writers and this episode ranks as one of the worst in x-files history!

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