The X-Files: Season 2, Episode 14

Die Hand die verletzt (27 Jan. 1995)
"The X Files" Die Hand die verletzt (original title)

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The agents investigate a murder in a small town populated by devil worshippers.



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Episode cast overview:
Jim Ausbury
Phyllis Paddock
Shannon Ausbury
Pete Calcagni
P. Lynn Johnson ...
Travis MacDonald ...
Dave Duran (as Travis Mac Donald)
Michele Goodger ...
Barbara Ausbury
Larry Musser ...
Sheriff John Oakes
Franky Czinege ...
Jerry Stevens / Jerry Thomas
Doug Abrahams ...
Paul Vitaris


Scully and Mulder are called in by a local New Hampshire Sheriff when there is evidence of a satanic cult operating in his town. One teen has already died and paranoia has now gripped everyone there. There is little doubt that a group of teenagers did go off into the woods to perform some type of ceremony but Scully in particular scoffs at any suggestion they were anything more than kids acting out. As the investigation progresses however it becomes apparent that some of the staff are involved in devil worship but the danger it turns out lies outside the group. Written by garykmcd

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Actor Dan Butler was terrified of the snake, being unable to talk while shooting the scene in the basement. The actor's fright meant the make-up team did not need to apply fake sweat to his face. See more »


Mulder points out that the water in the drinking fountain is draining in the wrong direction, due to the Coriolis effect. The Coriolis effect occurs only in ocean currents, not toilets nor sinks. See more »


Mulder: Did you really think you could call up the Devil and ask him to behave?
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Out with a bang.
8 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

James Wong and Glen Morgan's last episode (before returning two years later), "Die Hand Die Verletzt," stands as one of their best efforts and is easily the scariest episode of the second season. The premise deals with the occult and although later episodes would tackle similar themes, I think this one did a much better job. The scariest parts of the story don't even take place on-screen, but are told through Shannon's expository catharsis, in which issues of child abuse and Satanic rituals are brought into the forefront. At the center of all the commotion is the substitute teacher Mrs. Paddock, played to the hilt by Susan Blommaert, who manages to compact innocent naivety and chilling malevolence into one role. The episode, serving as a farewell for Morgan and Wong, has bits of dark humor (with an especially funny scene involving aerial amphibians), but you'd be remiss for labeling this a comedy. Although the mix of horror and comic relief doesn't always mesh well, and Mulder and Scully never actually solve the case, "Die Hand Die Verletzt" is one of the more memorable monster-of-the-week excursions from the early seasons, serving as a brave foray into darker territories and a fitting farewell for two of the show's greatest writers. I give it a 9 out of 10.

PS - Mulder is blatantly incorrect in his attributing the flow of water to the Coriolis effect. Not a big deal, but a marginal annoyance nonetheless.

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