While Mulder is vacationing, Scully finds herself attracted to a handsome divorcee whose tattoo seems to have a life of its own.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Edward Jerse
Betty (voice)
Comrade Svo
Jay Donahue ...
Detective Gouveia (as Jay Donohue)
Hannah (as B.J. Harrison)
Kaye Schilling
Jan Bailey Mattia ...
Ms. Hadden
Igor Morozov ...
Ian Robison ...
Detective Smith


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 divorce. 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 garykmcd

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2 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Actor Rodney Rowland was Gillian Anderson's date at the Emmy awards. She kissed David Duchovny first upon winning the Emmy then Rodney. 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 »


Scully: I feel like I've lost sight of myself, Mulder. It's hard to see, let alone find, in the darkness of covert locations. I mean, I wish I could say that we were going in circles, but we're not. We're going in an endless line, two steps forward and three steps back. While my own life is standing still.
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References Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) See more »


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Eenie, meenie, chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak?
19 July 2007 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

Another Scully hates her job and wants a change episode. You think she'd learn that every time she does that she gets attacked by a psycho. I'm in love with Jodie Foster from Silence of the Lambs and I think that the character of Scully is very heavily influenced by Clarice. That being said this episode is a great one. I used to find it boring until I became a little more interested in character development than mythology storyline. In this episode Scully is out doing some of Mulder's busywork while he is "forced" to go to Graceland. Spiritual journey ha! Mulder kills me. As for the actual story of the episode it is interesting to learn a little more about Scully. She definitely is the type that is drawn to powerful men and as we see she is quite turned on by being overpowered by Jerse. Some of the banter and crazy statements made by Jerse to "the voice" are very entertaining. He was very welled acted. All in all I can only give this episode a 7/10.

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