Reyes finds herself inexplicably connected to a case involving ex-cons who are being skinned.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Terry Pruit
James McDonnell ...
Ed Kelso
Dr. Lisa Holland
Bertram Mueller (as George D. Wallace)
Kari Whitman ...
Victor Dale Potts
Robert Beckwith ...
FBI Cadet


Reyes finds herself inexplicably connected to a case involving ex-cons who are being skinned.

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27 January 2002 (USA)  »

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The skinned human bodies in the episode were created by spraying a mannequin with a layer of latex, which was then peeled off. Makeup technicians then took the "peeled skin" and positioned it onto other mannequins that had been designed to resemble the actors. The faux skin was created to look "moist" and was composed of over 200 prosthetic pieces. Fake veins were then overlaid on top of the skin. See more »


(at around 43 mins) The doctor places one of the two defibrillator paddles on top of the wound dressing. The paddles must be placed on the skin. See more »


Terry Pruit: I always said, there's three kinds of people in the world: them who make things happen, them who watch things happen, and them who wonder what happened.
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Crazy Credits

In the main title for the ninth season, a piece of paper flashes across the screen listing "FBI Contacts: Witnesses and Contributors." The names on the list are screen names of the series' on-line fans. For episodes #9.01-#9.11, the names were randomly picked from various X-Files message boards. For episodes #9.12-#9.19, the names came from contest entries. See more »


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Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Richard Grayson
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Agent Reyes is awful for the X-files, this episode is classic example
16 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The worst episodes of the X-files always feature dumb teenagers. This episode does not, but is close to being as bad. Agent Reyes is featured front and center, and she is awful for the X-files. Maybe 10% of why I think she is awful is due to Annabeth Gish... she seems stiff and lacks chemistry with the other actors. I don't know if it was bad casting, or if the directors were coaching her to go down a bad path, or if she just wasn't able to pull off this particular character, but her performances seemed mediocre. Not horrible, but definitely not a good fit. About 30% of why I think Reyes is awful is the way the show's writers/directors made her character's personality, which does not fit with the shows history or mood at all. About 60% of why I think she's awful is that she allows lazy writing for the show. With Mulder, going from point A to B was a journey that was a pleasure to watch progress... the mystery of the plot unraveled thread by thread in a rational manner despite the irrational plot material. With Reyes they can jump from A to B in leaps using Reyes's "magical powers" of paranormal perception. She is an easy out that circumvents the pleasure of seeing the plot unwind. With her in the story the writers seemed more concerned with the destination than the journey.

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