The X-Files: Season 7, Episode 16

Chimera (2 Apr. 2000)
"The X Files" Chimera (original title)

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Mulder and Scully are on a stakeout of a female serial-killer of prostitutes. Mulder gets called away from the stakeout by Skinner to investigate the disappearance of federal judge's ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Jenny Uphouse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Crittendon
Howard Crittendon
Cassius Joyner ...
Baby Katy Adderly
Duke Joyner ...
Baby Katy Adderly
Prostitute (as Andrea Nittoli)
Sheriff Phil Adderly
Dr. Blankenship
Martha Crittendon


Mulder and Scully are on a stakeout of a female serial-killer of prostitutes. Mulder gets called away from the stakeout by Skinner to investigate the disappearance of federal judge's daughter. The strange appearance of a raven shortly before she went missing leads Mulder to believe this case may have paranormal significance. Written by Muldernscully

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Gina Mastrogiacomo's final role before her death one year later. See more »


Ellen Adderly's scar switches from being on the left shoulder, to the right, and back to the left. See more »


Scully: Mulder when you find me dead, my dessicated corpse propped up staring lifelessly through the telescope at drunken frat boys peeing and vomiting into the gutter, just know that my last thoughts were of you... and how I'd like to kill you.
Mulder: I'm sorry. Who is this?
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7 July 2007 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Chimera kind of reminds me of 'War of the Coprophages' in that Mulder works out a case by himself while Scully is somewhere else, though still in the episode. Though Chimera is nowhere near as good as 'War of the Coprophages'. Mulder gets called away from a stakeout to check out the disappearance of a housewife in an upscale neighborhood. The story doesn't give off an original feel as Mulder once again throws out crazy-sounding theories about folklore that earns him curious looks from the locals. The only thing that's different is that Scully isn't around to reign Mulder in and make them seem a bit more respectable. As always, Mulder makes his leaps and catches on to what's really happening. I guess it's the uninteresting guest characters that also don't help to make this episode more interesting. There is a cute line when Ellen Adderly asks Mulder if he has a significant other. He tells her, "Um, not in the widely understood definition of that term.", referring to his abnormal relationship with Scully. It is interesting that this may be the first time that two x-files are solved in one episode. While Mulder is solving the mystery of the ravens and broken mirrors, Scully stays on the original stakeout and solves that mystery, concluding that it wasn't an x-file at all. However, Chimera's unoriginality and uninteresting guest characters leaves it to wallow in mediocrity and leaving the viewer to wonder if he'll see it "nevermore".

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