The X-Files: Season 4, Episode 22

Elegy (4 May 1997)
"The X Files" Elegy (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Mulder and Scully investigate a series of deaths after reports that people are seeing the victims' ghosts just before they die. All of the victims were young women and in the most recent ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Harold Spuller
Angelo Pintero
Chuck Forsch
Nurse Innes
Detective Hudak (as Daniel Kamin)
The Attorney
Martin Alpert (as Mike Puttonen)
Uniformed Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Day Room Patient #1


Mulder and Scully investigate a series of deaths after reports that people are seeing the victims' ghosts just before they die. All of the victims were young women and in the most recent case, a bowling alley owner saw the victims spirit floating above the pin sorting machine at the end of one of the alleys. When they examine the bowling alley, they find the message 'she is me' on the floor. Harold Spuller works at the bowling alley and is slightly autistic. He lives in an institutional setting and to the local police, he is the prime suspect. Mulder begins to believe there is a psychic connection between the current and the next victim. It bodes ill for Scully who is still having nose bleeds and then sees a victim's spirit with the 'she is me' message in a bathroom mirror. Written by garykmcd

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The Thunderbird Bowling Center, where the bowling alley scenes were filmed, insisted that the bowling surfaces be preserved. To comply, the production staff were forced either to wear bowling shoes or to wear makeshift "paper booties" on their feet. See more »


Martin Alpert: I brought visitors today. They're investigating a crime.
[the patients appear alarmed]
Martin Alpert: It's okay. They just want to ask you a few questions.
Fox Mulder: Hi. I wanted to ask if anyone used the pay phone out in the hallway there, on Friday night? Because somebody called the police and reported a murder.
Martin Alpert: [whispers to Mulder] Sloppy Joe night.
Fox Mulder: That was Sloppy Joe night.
Chuck Forsch: Ooh. That was me! I did it. I admit it, I did it! I'm just a human being, after all!
Martin Alpert: [Sternly] Chuck, tell the truth.
Chuck Forsch: Nah, I'm sorry. I didn't ...
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She Is Me
21 September 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Elegy is a decent episode about people seeing apparitions of dead people right as they die. What makes this episode extra special though, is the overt mythology of Scully's cancer woven into the storyline. I like it anytime an episode attempts to explore more into Mulder and Scully's relationship with each other. First of all, I like the smile Scully gives when Mulder bowls the strike. It's like he's trying to impress her, and she almost appears to be turned on by it. It's quite a mysterious grin. In the least, she is impressed. Where the story really takes off is when Scully sees a ghost herself and the written words "She is me". She doesn't tell Mulder immediately, but instead, goes and sees an FBI psychologist. Scully is not ready to admit to Mulder that she may have seen something "paranormal", especially when the vision may be related to her own mortality. Mulder's mini-speech to Scully at the end is touching and speaks the truth about all relationships. Kudos to John Shiban for developing Mulder and Scully's relationship a little bit more and writing a decent murder mystery to boot.

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