A headless corpse of a paramedic walks out of the hospital morgue triggering a manhunt for a man with unimaginable regenerative powers, that come at a terrible cost. The case makes Scully realize in shock that she may not be well.

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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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At the episode's close, Scully wakes up coughing at 2:08am. This was also the time that she was returned from her alien abduction in The X-Files: One Breath (1994). And it also happens to be Leonard Betts' call sign. See more »

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

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Fox Mulder: [on Leonard Bett's brain sections] Let's get a slice to go.
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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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