The X-Files: Season 2, Episode 13

Irresistible (13 Jan. 1995)
"The X Files" Irresistible (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Scully and Mulder hunt down a fetishist who collects pieces of the dead.

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Mulder and Scully are in Minneapolis on the trail of a serial killer who likes to collect trophies from his victims. The killer is Donald Addie Pfaster, who goes by Donnie. He likes young women, especially blonds and he keeps a lock of their hair or their finger nails as trophies. He's also taken to digging up graves to add to his collection. Scully is having a very hard time dealing with the facts of the case and isn't functioning very well. She has a lot more on her plate however when Donnie sees her and decides to make her his next victim. Written by garykmcd

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During the opening scene (post credits), the camera pans past several gravestones. The name on one of the stones is Raymond Soames. Ray Soames is the name of one of the "Class of 1989" that the plot of the Season 1 Pilot revolves around. See more »

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When agent Mulder, agent Scully, and agent Bocks are examining the murdered prostitute at the crime scene, you can see her chest breathing under the blankets. See more »

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Mulder: People videotape police beatings on darkened streets. They manage to spot Elvis in three cities across America every day, but no one saw a pretty woman forced off the road in a rental car.
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Some people collect salt and pepper shakers. The fetishist collects dead things.
24 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As I had mentioned in a review for another episode, the best stand-alone X Files are the ones that integrate the emotional reactions of the main characters and provide the viewers with greater insight into the minds of agents Mulder and Scully. Even when the subject material requires a suspension of judgment (an example would be season 4's "Unruhe"), the unreality of the circumstances becomes irrelevant when the protagonists have a personal stake in the matter. When they manage to pull it off convincingly and in a way that demands empathy from the viewers, they make for engaging storytelling. "Irresistible" is one such episode, and once again it is Gillian Anderson who steals the thunder, portraying Scully's anxieties and terrors in a convincing fashion that fits in logically within the overarching plot of the series (a little more than a month following her abduction). The premise of the story is less concerned with the usual paranormal phenomena than it is the atrocities wreaked by a man driven by horrible primitive urges - in this case, Donnie Pfaster, who has a disturbing affinity for the hair and fingernails of the deceased. Despite the eternal creepiness of the crimes, the episode is driven more by Scully and her struggle to deal with the magnitude of them, which becomes so consuming that she is forced to retreat to DC and seek the assistance of a therapist (who returns for a similar scene in "Elegy") before she herself can confront her demons.

This episode intrigues me because I think at it's core it has to do with facades. Under one we can find the merciless desires of a demon made flesh, under the other is a fragile human grasping at straws for a sense of security. When you factor in the realism of the story and the fact that it could actually happen it makes it even more frightening. While I think "Irresistible" would have worked better had it been aired a few episodes earlier, it is certainly one of the more memorable episodes from this particular season. I originally wanted to give it an 8, but my better judgment is telling me to give it a 9/10.


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