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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Episode complete credited cast:
Susannah Hoffmann ...
Melissa Turner
Larry Musser ...
Jack Bonsaint
Deputy Buddy Riggs
Jenny-Lynn Hutcheson ...
Polly Turner
Old Man
Carolyn Tweedle ...
Jane Froelich
Rich Turner
Gordon Tipple ...
Assistant Manager
Harrison Coe ...
Dave the Butcher (as Harrison R. Coe)
Ian Robison ...
Shopper (as Elizabeth McCarthy)
Tracy Lively ...
Sean Benbow ...


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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8 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Third and final time Larry Musser plays a small town cop on The X Files. See more »


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 »


[repeated line]
Scully: I'm on vacation.
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References Child's Play (1988) See more »


First movement 'Allegro moderato' from Piano Concerto No. 3 in B minor Op. 89
Composed by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Heard during Scully's drive to the gas station
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I'm on vacation.
30 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mulder and Scully decide to take the weekend off and get away for a while and for Scully it means to actually get away, to Maine. I remember really liking this episode when I was younger and thrilled that it was co-written by Stephen King (even though I hadn't read any King yet back then). I watched it now and wasn't as impressed, but it was still a good episode. I read that in earlier drafts, in King's version of the script, Mulder and Scully's characters were way off. I wondered if he even watched the show. I'd love to read the early drafts, but thank goodness for Chris Carter. And while Scully pined for a relaxing vacation throughout the episode, I think she really was on vacation, at least mentally. She took a brief trip into Mulder-land, where the minds are open and the possibility of a doll making people kill themselves could actually be plausible. Mulder called Scully to offer statistics and facts, so very Scully of him. And this episode wasn't even about religion, where this role-reversal kind of phenomena usually takes place. So I guess the real winner of this episode is not so much the doll plot or the fact that it's written by the King of Horror, but our dynamic duo, their vacation from their own self, the beginning of throwing pencils in the ceiling, and their inability to truly be away from each other without some hilarious phone calls.

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