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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The song heard multiple times in this episode is 'Don't Look Any Further' by Dennis Edwards. 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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Karen Kosseff: Is it your partner? Is there a problem with trust?
Scully: No. I trust him as much as anyone. I trust him with my life.
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The Devil you Don't
30 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Creep Factor for this 'Sode is beyond all boundaries of disgust. Oh, "Friday the 13th - The Series" had some good disgust, but this is way beyond the boundaries of that series even.

The X-Files could be scary, Truly scary, at times and this is one time they succeeded - Almost Too Well. This episode is exactly on the level with two of season 1's creepo-eps: "Squeeze" and "Toombs." But where Toombs acted out of necessity, this guy here is the personification of what he is revealed to be.

Nick Chinlund ("Toombs" from "Chronicles of Riddick") is Donnie pFaster, who at first seems like a nice clean-cut young man. But he's not, we don't know what he is. His true form is shown, at first to the Mortician then later to Skully. Which leaves the viewer at first questioning what's happening.

But then we see what this guy does: We see it by it not being shown to us. Chris Carter in this ep experiments with pure suggestivity... (suggestiveness?) It is suggested what pFaster is, and our minds and imaginations fill in the blanks.

And my mind filled in quite a few blanks.

This is one of the early Skully-Centric eps, and the story is somehow related to her Faith. Also, pFaster seems to be attracted to Red-Haired Girls, and Skully is the perfect "Girly Girl" - He wants her, Bad.

If only to add to his late-night diner repast.

It is not shown if pFaster eats his victims, it is merely hinted at. Only in the later episode "Orison" does Mulder suggests this guy is doing a Hannibal.

The Devil you Don't Know is the one that's got to be looked out for. Could be anybody - Or AnyThing.


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