A woman experiences a psychic connection with a teenager held captive by a deranged man.

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Scully and Mulder investigate the kidnapping of 15 year-old Amy Jacobs who was snatched from her bedroom in the middle of the night. Mulder is intrigued by the fact that at the same time Amy was being abducted, Lucy Householder collapsed in the fast food restaurant where she worked. Both of them had nosebleeds and the police subsequently learn that Lucy was also a kidnap victim having escaped from her kidnapper some 15 years before after having been kept in a dark room for 5 years. Mulder thinks it's all too much for it to be a coincidence but the police begin to think Lucy is an accomplice to the latest crime when they see her long list of petty crimes and history of drug use. Mulder thinks there is a psychic connection between the two though the Special Agent in charge scoff at the idea. Written by garykmcd

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17 November 1995 (USA)  »

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The only writing credit on the series for Charles Grant Craig, a producer on the show. Craig joined at the start of Season 3 but quit after this episode. He would go to executive produce such shows as Eureka (2006), The 100 (2014) and Pretty Little Liars (2010) See more »

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When the tow truck driver is giving the location where he tried to help Eric on the side of the road, Mulder identifies the position using the roads of Interstate 12 and the 903 on that map. However, Interstate 12 is nowhere near the episode's setting of Seattle, Washington. It is located entirely in South Louisiana. See more »

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[in regards to Amy Jacobs being abducted]
Fox Mulder: I know you must be feeling...
Myra Jacobs: I'm sorry... but how can you really know how I feel?
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Written by Mark Snow
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Chilling, empathetic Mulder-driven episode.
14 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Many X Files episodes focus on the supernatural, paranormal, or government conspiracies. This episode focuses on Mulder more than anything, with a supernatural twist on a deadly serious plot: child abduction. It's about a 15 year old girl taken captive by a crazed school photographer who keeps her locked in a basement, or more aptly, an oubliette. Meanwhile a previous abductee, Lucy, who was kidnapped by the same man many years before, is somehow able to experience everything the little girl is as its happening. This makes Lucy the only person who can help find the little girl. Mulder is naturally sympathetic to the case because of what happened to his sister. Scully thinks that his emotions are clouding his judgement, and that only furthers Mulder's determination of finding her. It's hard seeing Mulder dealing with these emotions on his own, especially without support from Scully, and David Duchovny's performance is suitably heartbreaking.

Another thing that sets Oubliette apart is its use of a non-supernatural killer. The creepy photographer is nothing more than a sick, depraved man with no moral compass. He kept Lucy locked up with hardly any light for 5 years before her escape, and though it isn't stated, it's heavily implied that she was molested or raped numerous times. He's one of the most deplorable villains on the show if only because of how real he is - an average guy with an average job and a hellish secret, and there are enough of those to be afraid of in the real world.

This is an overlooked X Files episode with one of Duchovny's greatest performances, great writing, and great acting all around. Though it's not necessarily the most memorable episode of the series, it's among the few that taps into realistic human fears through delicate subject matter, and deserves recognition for so successfully pulling it off.


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