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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Did You Know?


Maggie Wheeler and David Duchovny were dating when she guest-starred in this episode. See more »


The corpse blinks quite noticeably during an autopsy. 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 Captain Kangaroo (1955) See more »


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A little girl may have an old head on her young shoulders.
12 March 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

While it really wasn't anything special, nor anything surprising, I ended up quite enjoying this episode of The X Files. The first season, in my opinion, did a great job of setting up the mythos that would be developed throughout the show while also providing a number of enjoyable standalone episodes, as this one is.

Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate the death of a detective who appears to have jumped out of a window to his death . . . . . . . . . . . . while interviewing a young girl (Andrea Libman). The girl insists that there was someone else in the room, but Mulder starts to suspect that she may have telekinetic powers. Why she would want to harm a detective, however, is the big mystery.

Written by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, this is pretty straightforward stuff, despite the elements in place to make it an X File. Director Jerrold Freedman does what is required, but no more.

Yet I still like it. Duchovny and Anderson do their usual stuff, Libman is fine as the little girl who may be dangerous, and Brian Markinson, Mimi Lieber and P. Lynn Johnson all do good enough work as the main adults who can help or hinder the investigation.

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