The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 14

Grotesque (2 Feb. 1996)
"The X Files" Grotesque (original title)

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After a serial killer, who claims to have killed people under the influence of a demon, is arrested, the murders continue. Meanwhile Mulder, who believes that the demon might have picked someone new, goes neck-deep in the investigation.

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The FBI arrests a serial killer John Mostow, responsible for the killing of at least 7 men. Mostow claims he was possessed by an evil spirit, a fairly common claim among serial killers as Scully points out. With Mostow in custody however, other very similar attacks occur leading Mulder to think Mostow may be telling the truth. The agent in charge of the case, the renowned Bill Patterson, doesn't think much of Mulder or the kind of cases he deals in. As the killings continue however, the evidence not only points to Mulder's theory being correct but points to the killer. Written by garykmcd

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Agent Nemhauser is named after Lori Jo Nemhauser, the post-production supervisor. See more »

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When Mostow's cell shutter is opened, the light from the corridor is extremely bright, yet when Mulder and Scully enter the cell the light is less harsh. At the bottom right of the door as it is opened a crew member's leg can briefly be seen, presumably taking the first, brighter light out of the frame. See more »

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Agent Bill Patterson: My advice to you, Scully: Let Mulder do what he has to do. Don't get in his way. And don't try to hold him back; because, you won't be able to.
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Tries to cover too much..
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Grotesque (#3.14) fails in its attempt to portray Mulder stumbling down the rabbit-hole of obsession and fear mainly because the episode is given only 45 minutes to do so. Mulder's transformation from level-headed (for Mulder anyways) to covering the walls of his apartment with demonic drawings occurs quicker than comprehension allows, creating an unconvincing situation which may detach the causal viewer. Kurtwood Smith (Robocop) gives a wonderfully slimy performance (as usual) as Agent Patterson. Grotesque is refreshing in the sense that it is one of the few episodes in the series to not be concluded by supernatural or extraterrestrial themes.


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