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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Scully awakens in bed by a phone call from Mulder at 11:21pm, just like in season 1 pilot and finale. 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: It's been said that fear of the unknown is an irrational response to the excesses of the imagination. But our fear of the everyday, of the lurking stranger and the sound of footfalls on the stairs, the fear of violent death and the primitive impulse to survive, are as frightening as any X-File, as real as the acceptance that it could happen to you.
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Though I've never quite understood salt and pepper shakers myself.
6 April 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Irresistible is indeed irresistible. You cannot do a casual examination of the X-Files without including this episode in your list.

Donnie Pfaster is as creepy of a villain as you'll ever find on t.v. or anywhere else. The fact that he appears to be just an ordinary guy adds to the creepiness level.

Although the case does not appear to be paranormal at first glance, a paranormal element does develop. At various times throughout the episode, even in the teaser, Donnie appears in the form of a demon.

Not only is this episode about the agents investigation of a death fetishist, it also focuses on Scully's insecurities about herself and her job. It is very odd to see Scully appear squeamish around the desecrated corpses, yet she has done numerous autopsies before this. These two stories flow side-by-side seamlessly. Mulder expresses his concern and support for his partner as she continues to shut him out.

The resolution of this episode powerfully shows Scully's reliance on Mulder as partner and friend. After watching this episode, you will find it "irresistible" not to view it again and again.


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