With Mulder off on a week's mandatory leave, Scully is on her own and feeling put upon. While in Philadelphia she meets Edward Jerse who asks her out to dinner. Ed has recently gone through a nasty divorced. Despondent and more than a little drunk, he gets a tattoo. Soon after, he begins to hear voices and lashing out at work, loses his job and disposes of a neighbor who he thinks is responsible. After drinks, Scully gets a tattoo of her own but the next day two Philadelphia police detectives show up at Jerse's apartment investigating his neighbor's disappearance. Scully may have found a medical reason for Ed's hallucinations. Written by
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Ed Jerse's neighbor and murder victim Kaye Schilling was inspired by Entertainment Weekly editor Mary Kaye Schilling, whom writers Glen Morgan and James Wong were upset with after the magazine panned a few episodes that they had written. At one point, the character uses a copy of the magazine to line a birdcage, the cover of which features a photo of frequent "X-Files" director R. W. Goodwin. See more
When someone gets a tattoo, the skin at and around the tattoo site is naturally a bit reddened for at least 24 hours, yet Ed Jerse's skin appears normal immediately after getting his tattoo. See more
Your contact, while interesting in the context of science fiction, was, at least in my memory, recounting a poorly veiled synopsis of an episode of Rocky and Bullwinkle.
References The Bullwinkle Show
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