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Miracle Man 

The agents investigate a ministry led by a man whose son possesses the power to heal, and to kill, with a touch of his hand.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lillian Daniels (as Iris Quinn Bernard)
Beatrice Salinger
Alex Doduk ...
Young Samuel


The FBI is called in to assist Sheriff Maurice Daniels who thinks that a preacher's son, Samuel Hartley, is responsible for several deaths. Since he was a young child Hartley has reputedly been able to cure the sick by the laying on of hands. As a boy he revived someone who had been badly burned and pronounced dead at the scene. He and his adoptive father, Calvin Hartley, now run a revival-like tent ministry but Samuel's attempts at healing has resulted in several deaths. As far as Sheriff Daniels is concerned, Samuel is a murderer and wants to get the proof to arrest him. Mulder isn't so sure and wonders if there might be other forces at work. Written by garykmcd

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18 March 1994 (USA)  »

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Guest stars R.D. Call and Scott Bairstow each appeared in one of the two films that harmed Kevin Costner's career. Call appeared in Waterworld (1995) and Bairstow appeared in The Postman (1997). See more »


(at around 25 mins) Scully palpates the radial pulse by holding the hand of the girl in the wheelchair, Margaret, and immediately pronounces her dead. A medical doctor, such as herself, would know that one can never pronounce a person dead just by the absence of pulse, that too, just by examining the radial pulse for hardly 3 seconds. Conditions such as ventricular fibrillation (heart attack) might present as pulselessness, but a person can still be revived by appropriate medical procedures. A doctor would ideally perform a full medical exam before declaring someone dead. See more »


Mulder: I think I saw some of these same people at Woodstock.
Scully: Mulder, you weren't at Woodstock.
Mulder: I saw the movie.
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References Woodstock (1970) See more »


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Demons Be Gone!
14 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

I don't think Miracle Man gets the respect it deserves. I think anytime you can add a twist to an episode deserves a positive mention. Miracle Man has you thinking that Samuel Hartley is killing these people through his powers, but his puzzling acceptance of it has you to confused as to what is really happening. It's a good guessing game that had me changing my mind till the end. I also like how they included elements about Samantha, Mulder's sister, linking this episode to the myth/arc in a small way. I think you walk a fine line when you produce a religious themed episode. You want it to be authentic without offending people or making it seem hokey. Miracle Man pulls it off well, making it a believable story. Some of the religious-themed episodes fall a bit flat. Miracle Man is one of the better offerings.

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