The X-Files: Season 4, Episode 10

Paper Hearts (15 Dec. 1996)
"The X Files" Paper Hearts (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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An incarcerated serial killer claims Mulder's sister was one of his many victims.

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A particularly vivid dream leads Mulder to the burial site of a young girl who had been kidnapped and murdered years before. Mulder knows exactly who the murderer is, John Lee Roche whom Mulder an another FBI agent had arrested based in part on the psychological profile Mulder had prepared on him. Roche was convicted of 13 murders in all and Mulder always wondered if there might be more. The girl found as a result of his dream is number 14 and when they locate Roche's 'trophies' - hearts cuts out of the victims' clothing - they realize there are still two victims unaccounted for. The case takes an unexpected turn when Mulder's dreams suggests that Roche may have been involved in his sister Samantha's disappearance. Written by garykmcd

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The role of John Lee Roche was written specifically for Tom Noonan. See more »

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Scully claims the address of the "Mad Hatter" (Roche) to be 9809 Alice Road, apartment number 6, but when they go to the apartment it is apartment number 5. See more »

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Scully: [speaking to Mulder] You said it yourself, once: "A dream is an answer to a question we haven't learned how to ask."
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The Mad Hatter
9 July 2007 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

Paper Hearts has become one of my favorite episodes since I started watching the series again. I remember watching it earlier on when I was more into the mytharc of the series and wanting to know about the conspiracies and I remember being disappointed that this episode leads you to believe that you would get answers about Mulder's sister and then you don't. But you know after rewatching it and knowing the final outcome and being able to focus on other aspects of this episode it really is great. I love the acting performances both by Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and the guest star performances are just as good. I almost want to like Roche when I first meet him. He acts like he and Mulder are just old friends that haven't seen each other in a while. This works very well for a serial killer because actually the exact opposite is the case. The music was another high point of the episode for me. It doesn't happen often that we get an original score for just one episode but this is done here and it is just eerie enough yet soothing to the point that you actually feel like you are in Mulder's dream with him. All in all this is a great episode and I give it a 10/10.


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