The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 14

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

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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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)
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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Did You Know?


The big picture in the discotheque is a copy of a painting of H.R. Giger, the Swiss artist who designed Alien (1979). See more »


A brief scene of Mulder and Sculley driving to Massachusetts shows mountains in the background that clearly are nowhere near New England, but are the mountains of British Columbia. See more »


Scully: So what IS our profile of the killer? Indeterminate height, weight, sex; unarmed but extremely attractive?
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References The Addams Family (1964) See more »


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Not particularly good, but not terrible either
19 August 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

"Gender Bender", the only X-Files script ever written by Paul and Larry Barber, is a mildly interesting mediocrity. There's some cheesy scenes and a silly plot, but it never becomes aggravatingly annoying as several season one episodes do. That doesn't mean it's particularly good either. The script is bland and flat, but I simply do not see what so many people hate about this episode, outside of the overused 'dangerous succubus' angle. The ending doesn't work as we learned more about extraterrestrial life later on in the series, but it worked at the time as a sort of Twilight Zone twist on things.

This episode is notable for two reasons: Nicholas Lea makes his debut, not as Krycek, but it's still the first episode he was in, and frequent X-Files director Rob Bowman makes his debut. One of the reasons this episode gets a 5/10 from me instead of a 4/10 is Bowman's work. It's always good, and it was the start of a working relationship hugely beneficial to Bowman's career and to The X-Files' visual aesthetic.


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