The X-Files: Season 4, Episode 12

Leonard Betts (26 Jan. 1997)
"The X Files" Leonard Betts (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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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 credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Bryant ...
The Uniformed Cop
Sean Campbell ...
The Local Cop
Jennifer Clement ...
Michele Wilkes
Bill Dow ...
David Hurtubise ...
The Pathologist
The Security Guard
Marjorie Lovett ...
Elaine Tanner
Leonard Morris Betts
Laara Sadiq ...
Female EMT
Cameron K. Smith ...
Special Agent Travis
Douglas Stewart ...
Male EMT (as J. Douglas Stewart)


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


In the Kirlian Photography scene, Dr. Burks is seen sliding an undeveloped plate into a chemical tray. When he removes it moments later, you can clearly see he removes another plate from beneath the one he slipped in, both being clearly visible. 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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References Wayne's World (1992) See more »

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Will the real Leonard Betts please stand up?
30 August 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, 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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