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
Polly Turner
Old Man
Carolyn Tweedle ...
Jane Froelich
Rich Turner
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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Unfortunately boring and annoying.
11 January 2016 | by (Cyberspace) – See all my reviews

Of the entirety of The X-Files, I hate this episode the most, and it's mostly down to how annoying the main child character is. It's not a badly written episode per se, but it just misses the spark and intrigue that we all love The X-Files' cases for.

The opening in the store looks pretty cool, but we very soon learn that there's simply no meat on the bones of this lackluster story. The plot consists of the cheapest recycled elements and no twists are to be found.

The story revolves around a little girl and her mother, around whom other people seem to get hurt an awful lot for no apparent reason. I've seen all 9 seasons of the X-Files for at least five times, and the child character in this episode still infuriates me beyond belief, as does her mother's absolute ineptitude to put her brat in check. I guess some people find little children scary, but I only ever found myself extremely annoyed.

The only saving grace here is some funny and heartfelt dialogue between Scully and Mulder, no doubt written by Chris Carter.

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