A headless corpse walks out of a hospital morgue, triggering the search for a humanoid life form that possesses unimaginable regenerative powers.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Leonard Morris Betts
Marjorie Lovett ...
Elaine Tanner
Jennifer Clement ...
Michele Wilkes
Local Cop
David Hurtubise ...
Uniformed Cop
Laara Sadiq ...
Female EMT
Douglas Stewart ...
Male EMT (as J. Douglas Stewart)
Security Guard


After an ambulance accident leaves Pittsburgh, PA's EMT of the Year Leonard Betts without a head, and what's left of his body seems to walk right out of the morgue, Mulder and Scully investigate. They find what may be evidence of evolution from man to something... cancerous. Written by EJS

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26 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Bill Dow appears in the X Files 8 times in guest appearances. This is his second as Dr. Burks. See more »


When Leonard Bets is changing to his new body in the garage box, the door is locked on the outside. See more »


Fox Mulder: [having two identical bodies of Leonard Betts in the morgue] Will the real Leonard Betts please stand up?
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Will the real Leonard Betts please stand up?
30 August 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

Leonard Betts is an intriguing episode from season four written by the three-headed monster of John Shiban, Vince Gilligan & Frank Spotnitz, and directed by Kim Manners. It's a well-written story done with excellent camera work. I liked how Kim did reflection shots in the morgue freezer doors and the iodine in the tub. The props and special effects also stand out in this episode. Toby Lindala, the special makeup effects artists deserves props for his work on Leonard Betts head. The special effect of Leonard growing a new body is not too shabby as well. This episode is full of good, witty dialogue between Mulder and Scully. Chuck Burks also makes an appearance, who is always good for a few laughs. Other highlights of this episode include Mulder showing his queasiness toward digging for body parts and Kung Fu Scully. Leonard Betts is well-paced with a couple of gross scenes and it has a big reveal at the end of it. The makeup and special effects along with the good dialogue and story help make Leonard Betts to be an above-average season four addition.

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