While visiting family for Christmas at her brother's San Diego home, Scully receives a mysterious phone call that leads to the investigation of a woman's suicide and a young girl who may be the daughter of Scully's deceased sister Melissa.



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Sheila Larken ...
Lauren Diewold ...
Patricia Dahlquist ...
Marshall Sim
Rebecca Codling ...


At Christmas-time, Scully and her Mom arrive in San Diego to visit her brother Bill and his wife Tara, who is expecting any day. She's no sooner arrived than Scully receives a phone from a stranger saying she needs help. She traces the call but arrives to find that the occupant has committed suicide. The caller sounded like her dead sister Melissa. When she sees the dead woman's little girl, Emily, she is convinced that she's Melissa's child. Birth records confirm that the young girl had been adopted and Scully's examination of the dead woman leads her to believe she was killed. Scully orders DNA tests that prove to be quite informative. Written by garykmcd

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7 December 1997 (USA)  »

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Young Dana Scully is played by Gillian Anderson's younger sister. See more »


Before the opening credit sequence, when Scully approaches the bathtub where the naked dead woman is sitting, you can clearly see that the actress playing the dead woman is wearing a flesh-colored tube top. See more »


Det. John Kresge: This is Roberta Sim. Age 40, suicide. She's been dead at least 3 hours. You got a call from her, she must have dialed 1-800-THE-GREAT-BEYOND.
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A Surprise Gift For Scully
20 October 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

Christmas Carol takes us back to the storyline of Scully's cancer, but takes it a step more personal. Scully carries the episode as Mulder barely makes a cameo. So gone is Mulder's wry humor, but it is replaced by some excellent dramatic acting by Gillian Anderson. When Scully receives the first mysterious phone call, she immediately dials a number that connects her to the San Diego FBI field office. I am impressed that Scully has their phone number memorized. Although this episode takes place around Christmas time, it is still odd to hear Christmas music in the soundtrack, being the x-files. I like the contrast it makes between a dark murder investigation and light holiday music. Even though Scully knows that her ova were taken, it's interesting that during the episode she only suspects Melissa of being Emily's mother and not herself. I really liked the dream sequences in this episode, especially how the shots transitioned to the dream from reality. They added a depth to the episode. I also like the guest character of Detective Kresge. He did a credible job. Christmas Carol is a good mystery that Gillian Anderson pulls off well without David Duchovny. Her pain at being barren feels so real, you'll be sympathizing with Scully.

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