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 »


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


Ellen Adderly: Do you have a... a significant other?
Mulder: Um, not in the widely understood definition of that term.
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Predation and Passion in Peyton Place
26 October 2006 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Squeaky-clean stay-at-home moms aren't the only ones in danger when feelings of repression and revenge prompt a ravening wraith to go on a rampage. While Scully tracks a shifter of a different shape in the seamy part of town, Mulder gets the real Rob Petrie treatment in suburbia. Mulder finds that the monster isn't the only one who can't look into a mirror as Scully supplies the key clue to the killer's identity.

This isn't a bad thriller though it's a tad predictable with a stereotypical theme. It's not really much more than a darker reworking of the season 6 episode "Arcadia" - which is a pity since the lighter tone of the previous episode suited the subject matter perfectly, IMHO! I wonder if that slotted closet door is the same one Scully was hiding behind in the earlier episode... Anyway, the red herrings in THIS episode are better distributed, making the plot crisper (IMHO). If only the theme had been more imaginative this would have been one of the greats! Hell hath no fury... yeah yeah yeah...

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