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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Michelle Joyner played Ellen Adderly. Ellen's baby, Katy Adderly, was played by Ms. Joyner's real-life twin boys. See more »


After Howard says "Small towns talk," a boom mic (or something similar) dips into view above Mulder's head. See more »


Mulder: Mulder.
Scully: Mulder. I am free.
Mulder: You're free?
Scully: Mm-hmm. I'm going to go home, take a shower for, I don't know eight or nine hours, burn the clothes that I'm wearing and then... sleep until late spring.
Mulder: Oh, you solved the X-File.
Scully: Yes, except it's not an X-File, Mulder.
Mulder: What are you saying? You didn't catch our blonde mystery serial killer?
Scully: Oh, no, we caught her, but she isn't a serial killer, nor is she a blonde, and she isn't even a she.
Mulder: What are you talking about?
Scully: What I'm talking about is the six ...
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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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