A writer infatuated with Scully moves in next door to Mulder and then becomes the prime suspect in a series of killings in which each victim had their heart removed from their body.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ken Naciamento
Cemetery Grounds Keeper (as Casey C. O'Neill)


An introverted writer, Philip Padgett, develops an obsession with Scully and moves into Mulder's building in order to be closer to her. Inspired by her, Padgett writes his magnum opus: a story of secret love and serial murder, featuring Scully and Padgett as main characters. However, the murders in his story begin occurring exactly as written. As he struggles to finish his novel, Padgett realizes that only Scully's death can produce the perfect ending. Written by NietzscheMarlowe

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18 April 1999 (USA)  »

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During a scene in the graveyard the camera pans past a headstone, which bears the names Diana and Nicholas Salinger with the year of death 1994. This is a reference to the late parents of the Salinger family featured in another Fox show, Party of Five (1994). See more »


In several shots, the milagro charm, given to Scully by Phillip Padgett, is blank on both sides. When shown in a close up, there is clearly a burning heart on one side of the charm. As Scully turns it in her fingers as she explains to Mulder that it was Padgett who gave it to her, you can see that it is flat and unmarked on both sides. See more »


Mulder: Mr. Padgett... you can go. We apologize for our mistake. You're free to finish your book.
Phillip Padgett: Thank you. I made a mistake myself.
Mulder: What's that, Mr. Padgett?
Phillip Padgett: In my book, I'd written that Agent Scully falls in love but that's obviously impossible. Agent Scully is already in love.
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References Party of Five (1994) See more »

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I Imagined It.
12 March 2007 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

Milagro is an enjoyable episode. It's different and unexpected to say the least. I like the cinematography employed by Kim Manners during this episode. I especially like when Padgett is first viewing Scully on the elevator and the camera does close-ups on Scully's lips and eyes, just as Padgett is focusing on those features as well. I find it so interesting that Padgett doesn't mind getting caught staring at Scully. She looks at him and he just continues to stare at her. I also liked the beating heart that you could hear on the soundtrack at various times throughout the episode. I like the original(at least to me) idea of Padgett's creation becoming real because of how perfectly he imagined it. The superfluous language used by Padgett in his writing is just fun to listen to, knowing that most writers don't go to that extreme in their writing. Once again, Milagro is another episode that hinted at Mulder and Scully's love for each other, a recurring theme of season six. My drawback to this episode is the fictional creation of Dr. Ken Nasciemento. Nasciemento can pin people down and extract their hearts from their chests. Scully can resist him with her arms it shows. But bullets have no effect on him? Either he can interact with this world or he can't. It's foolish to have Scully be able to resist him with her hands but her bullets don't phase him. What if she had just pistol-whipped him? Would just her hand make contact with him? Milagro is a great episode that exposes a different aspect of Scully and how she can be viewed by other men, not just as an intelligent, FBI agent, but as a sex symbol. The conflicting qualities of Dr. Nasciemento at the end causes the episode to falter slightly. But Milagro remains a fine episode.

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