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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The young actress who originally played Emily was terrified of the hospital setting in the second of this two-parter, "Emily," and as a result the producers had to recast the role and re-shoot all footage featuring the little girl. 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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Dana... she needs your help. She needs you, Dana. Go to her.
7 July 2009 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very interesting little two-parter. I always seem to forget about it after I watch and I think its because rarely is Scully's pseudo-daughter Emily ever mentioned again. Christmas Carol starts off with a very eerie phone call for Scully right as she arrives at her brother's house for Christmas. A woman's voice simply says, "She needs your help!" or something like that. Scully traces the call and begins to follow a trail of clues that lead us to believing first the this little girl is Melissa Scully's daughter and then later to find out that the little girl is special and has been receiving very top secret treatment at a clinic. I think the suspense and mystery in this episode is top of the line for X-Files and the cliff-hanger where we find out that Emily is actually Scully's daughter is great. One of the most memorable cliff-hangers in my opinion. Everything leads up to a point where it is looking like Scully is suddenly going to have a child to look after. Great episode to an exciting two parter. I give the episode a 9 out of 10.

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