The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 8

Oubliette (17 Nov. 1995)
"The X Files" Oubliette (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Fox's standards and practices department was uncomfortable with the screenplay, because it originally featured a 12-year-old-girl being kidnapped. The network requested that she be in her late teens and that the plot not heavily feature Amy's ordeal or suffering. See more »

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Dana Scully: I hate to say this, Mulder, but I think you just ran out of credibility.
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N'oubliez pas "Oubliette."
11 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Oubliette" is a solid, emotionally engaging episode that sometimes gets forgotten amidst all the show-stoppers that aired in Season 3. This is lamentable, as it features a gripping storyline, superb guest cast, and some great tender moments from David Duchovny. On ink and pad the basic premise - a psychophysical connection between two strangers that allows one to feel the others pain - sounds too far-fetched to be taken seriously. Duchovny and Tracey Ellis, as the fragile Lucy Householder, make it work. The incredulity of the plot becomes smothered by the viewer's sympathy for Lucy, who, having been abducted and held captive by a man named Carl Wade many years earlier, is once again a prisoner - trapped by the demons of her past via the young Amy Jacobs (Jewel Staite), who has also been kidnapped by Wade. Michael Chieffo is so convincing in his role as a psychopath he could make the Flukeman seem like Santa Claus. It is nice that the mythology arc is brought in somewhat with the connection to Samantha Mulder, one that is obvious even before it is mentioned.

"Oubliette" is a great Season 3 episode that deserves more recognition. Though it ends on a somber note, it is a beautifully written script whose success rests solely on the strength of its actors. The depth of this caliber would become scarcer and scarcer to find in subsequent years and as such it remains a classic X-File. 9 out of 10.


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