The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 13

Gender Bender (21 Jan. 1994)
"The X Files" Gender Bender (original title)

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A religious sect member capable of changing gender becomes the prime suspect in a murder spree.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brent Hinkley ...
Brother Andrew
Michele Goodger ...
Sister Abigail
Kate Twa ...
Paul Batten ...
Brother Wilton
Doug Abrahams ...
Agent #2
Aundrea MacDonald ...
Pretty Woman (as Aundrea Macdonald)
John R. Taylor ...
Grai Carrington ...
Tony Morelli ...
Agent #1


Mulder and Scully investigate a series of bizarre deaths, all of which involved healthy young adults who died of massive coronaries after having sexual intercourse. Mulder believes the heart attacks were brought on by massive amounts of pheromones though Scully is somewhat skeptical. The geographic distribution of the murders leads them to Massachusetts and a religious cult known as the Kindred. The sect allows them into the group provided they surrender their weapons. They are also upset to learn that one of them may be committing murders in the outside world. They have a secret however, one that will astound the open-minded Mulder. Written by garykmcd

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Sex change.
11 March 2013 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

A woman picks up a man in a nightclub, goes home with him and the two have some good sexytime. Unfortunately, the man then starts to expire and the woman . . . . . . becomes a man, picks up some clothes to wear and just leaves. Enter Mulder and Scully to try to figure out just what is going on in a particularly perplexing case that looks like it may involve pheromones, a religious cult known as the Kindred and perhaps something a bit more outlandish.

Directed by Rob Bowman, who would go from his work on The X-Files to movies such as Reign Of Fire and Elektra before returning to TV land once more, and written by Paul and Larry Barber, "Gender Bender" could have been a fun episode of the show, but it just quickly starts to get bogged down under the weight of its own ridiculousness. It feels very much like everything and the kitchen sink put into this one, whereas any one of the story elements dealt with separately would have yielded better results.

As ever, Duchovny and Anderson are great. Brent Hinkley tries to walk a thin line between sweet and creepy as Brother Andrew, a member of the Kindred who takes a bit of a liking to Scully. Peter Stebbings and Kate Twa play the male and female version of the killer and fans of the show may enjoy seeing Nicholas Lea in a small role before he was hired to play Agent Krycek.

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