Scully and Mulder investigate the death of a newborn child found in a shallow grave on the outskirts of a small town. Mulder loves the locale and thinks it's small-town America at its best. It even has a sheriff by the name of Andy Taylor. Sheriff Taylor is highly reluctant to investigate the family nearest where the baby was found however. He tells the agents that the three brothers who live there are all simple, the product of generations of inbreeding in the Peacock family. When the Sheriff is killed, all evidence points to the Peacocks and the FBI agents are shocked at what they find in the house. Written by
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Speaking about parallelisms between Mulder and Scully in this episode and Home Again, Glenn Morgan declared that he feels both this episodes and Never Again as a trilogy about Scully and her more personal longings and her evolution. See more
Scully and Mulder say that Edmund is both "brother and father" to the other two Peacock boys. Edmund is 42, according to the sheriff. That means that his mother/wife, Mrs. Peacock, must be at minimum in her early 50s, making any pregnancy extremely unlikely. It's possible that the Peacocks mutated genes allowed for pregnancy at such an advanced age, but this is ever explained, nor do Scully and Mulder even question it. See more
What about your family?
Well, aside from the need for corrective lenses and a tendency to be abducted by extraterrestrials involved in an international governmental conspiracy, the Mulder family passes genetic muster.
Referenced in Dying Breed
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal See more