The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 14

Lazarus (4 Feb. 1994)
"The X Files" Lazarus (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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The consciousness of a dangerous criminal possesses an FBI agent who is also Scully's ex-boyfriend.



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Episode cast overview:
Agent Jack Willis
Cec Verrell ...
Lula Phillips
Jackson Davies ...
Agent Bruskin
Warren James Dupre
Prof. Varnes
Lisa Bunting ...
Doctor #1
Mark Saunders ...
Doctor #2
Alexander Boynton ...
Clean Cut Man
Russ Hamilton ...
Officer Daniels (as Russell Hamilton)


Scully and another agent, Jack Willis, are on a stakeout in a bank that they believe has been targeted by a pair of married robbers. In the ensuing gunfire, both the robber and Agent Willis are seriously wounded. At the hospital, Agent Willis is revived and the robber, Dupre, dies. As time goes on, Mulder becomes convinced that it is Dupre's consciousness that survived but in Willis' body. Scully is disbelieving even after Mulder demonstrates that the new Willis is now left-handed and has forgotten Scully's birthday, even though they were born the same day. When Jack takes Scully prisoner, it's up to Mulder to rescue her. Written by garykmcd

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When Willis/Dupre is re-qualifying at the shooting range his Beretta 92 experiences a stovepipe jam. Note the empty casing wedged between the breech and barrel chamber. FBI agents are trained to clear such malfunctions and continue firing. Dupre would not have known this. See more »


During the scene where Jack is practicing to re-qualify with his Beretta 92-F, he fires several rounds into his target. When we see him remove his target and show it to Mulder, the breech (slide) is closed. In the next scene with Jack turning around to put the target and gun down, the breech is open. See more »


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Bank robber looking to get a rise out of the FBI.
27 March 2013 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

This episode begins with Scully paired up, for some reason, with Agent Jack Willis (Christopher Allport). The two of them have been staking out a bank that is due to be targeted by a pair of notorious robbers and when the robbery begins it's not long until the bullets start flying. The robber (Jason Schombing) is killed and Agent Willis looks unlikely to make it either. Thankfully, he is revived at the hospital, but when his behaviour seems very different and even his handwriting has changed it's not long until Mulder is trying to convince Scully that maybe Jack isn't really Jack any more.

Directed by David Nutter and written by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, "Lazarus" is an enjoyable episode that had the potential to be a great episode. Sadly, it just never feels well put together. It's a number of decent individual moments scattered among some horrible plotting.

Anderson gets to show that Scully has a bit of steel, which is something viewers could have easily forgotten by this time, and Duchovny is as good as ever, but Allport is a bit obviously over the top for most of the episode. Cec Verrell is enjoyable as the lover of the robber and Callum Keith Rennie is just fine, though on screen for only a minute or two, as her brother.

Not one of the better episodes in season one, but it's okay. It's just a shame that it falls short of what it could have been.

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