Rumors of witchcraft and sorcery surrounding a bizarre murder lead Scully to a little girl and a cursed doll that may be hiding a murderous presence.

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Susannah Hoffmann ...
Melissa Turner
Larry Musser ...
Jack Bonsaint
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Deputy Buddy Riggs
Jenny-Lynn Hutcheson ...
Polly Turner
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Old Man
Carolyn Tweedle ...
Jane Froelich
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Rich Turner
Gordon Tipple ...
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Dave the Butcher (as Harrison R. Coe)
Ian Robison ...
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Shopper (as Elizabeth McCarthy)
Tracy Lively ...
Clerk
Sean Benbow ...
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While on a weekend off in the small New England town of Ammab Beach, Scully comes across a grocery store full of people who tried to gouge out their own eyes. The people have no idea why they did this to themselves. On the telephone, Mulder tells her it all sounds like witchcraft but she isn't so sure. One woman in the store, Melissa Turner, seemed unaffected by it all but her reputation of being a witch works against her. She was widowed the year before and her boyfriend Dave stabbed himself in the eye and died in the grocery store incident. Scully focuses on Melissa's daughter and in particular, the young girl's doll. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

The title of the book lying next to the phone in Scully's motel room reads "Affirmation for Women Who Do Too Much." See more »

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At 23:46 into the episode after Scully has finished taking her bath, she walks past a mirror and a crew person wearing a blue shirt is briefly but clearly visible. See more »

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[repeated line]
The Doll: I want to play!
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References Child's Play (1988) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Tired plot stolen from an awful movie.
19 March 2013 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

This is one of the worst episodes of the show, right in the middle of one of the best stretches in its history. Unoriginal and predictable, you're better off watching the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" episode where they riffed "Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders," a movie made two years earlier with the exact same plot. At least the MST3K episode is will make you laugh.

Creepy kids + dolls + olde-timey songs do not necessarily equal quality suspense. This episode has a tired plot ripped off from a horrible Ernest Borgnine movie. The only redeeming aspect is that Gillian Anderson is looking super fly.

Skip it.


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