Scully and Mulder investigate a series of murders that began with the beating and shooting of a young Orthodox Jew named Isaac Luria by a gang of young men. One of those men, 16-year-old Tony Oliver, has since been strangled by someone - or something - with Isaac Luria's fingerprints. With rumors that Luria has risen from the dead to seek revenge, the two remaining killers dig up his grave and find his body in the casket. One of them is killed, however. They suspect that Luria's father-in-law, Jacob Weiss, might somehow be involved in the revenge killings but Mulder thinks the solution lies elsewhere - in the legend of the Golem. Written by
Did You Know?
When writing the script for this episode, Howard Gordon
had the characters who beat and killed Isaac as African-Americans. Gordon found anti-Semitism amongst black people to be an interesting subject, informed by figures such as Louis Farrakhan
as well as the 1991 riots in the Crown Heights area where a Jewish man was killed. However, Fox executives were uncomfortable with this idea because they found that African-Americans had begun watching the show in larger numbers, and asked Gordon if he would turn the villains into white neo-Nazis. Gordon agreed to do so and the network OK'd the script. See more
In opening burial scene, Hasidim are saying Kaddish, the Aramaic prayer for the dead with the Sephardic pronunciation, which no Hasidim ever used. See more
You haven't heard the rumors?
That Luria is back from the dead - that he's risen from his grave?
What kind of Jew trick is this?
A Jew pulled it off two thousand years ago.
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal See more