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"The X-Files" Paper Hearts (1996)"The X Files" Paper Hearts (original title)

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Original Air Date:
15 December 1996 (Season 4, Episode 10)
An incarcerated serial killer claims Mulder's sister was one of his many victims. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder

Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully

Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner

Tom Noonan ... John Lee Roche
Byrne Piven ... Robert Sparks

Rebecca Toolan ... Teena Mulder

Jane Perry ... Day Care Operator

Vanessa Morley ... Samantha Mulder
Edward Diaz ... El Camino Owner
Paul Bittante ... Local Cop

Carly McKillip ... Caitlin Ross
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Dadey ... Local Agent (uncredited)

Mark Gibbon ... Guard (uncredited)
Jenny-Lynn Hutcheson ... Addie Sparks (uncredited)
Karen Kruper ... FBI Female Tech (uncredited)
Sonia Norris ... Marleen Ross (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Rob Bowman 
Writing credits
Chris Carter (created by)

Vince Gilligan (written by)

Produced by
Rob Bowman .... producer
Chris Carter .... executive producer
Joseph Patrick Finn .... producer
Vince Gilligan .... co-producer
R.W. Goodwin .... executive producer
Howard Gordon .... executive producer
Ken Horton .... consulting producer
Kim Manners .... producer
Glen Morgan .... consulting producer
Lori Jo Nemhauser .... associate producer
Paul Rabwin .... co-producer
Frank Spotnitz .... co-producer
James Wong .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Mark Snow 
Cinematography by
Jon Joffin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Heather MacDougall 
Casting by
Rick Millikan 
Production Design by
Graeme Murray 
Art Direction by
Greg Loewen 
Set Decoration by
Shirley Inget 
Costume Design by
Jenni Gullett 
Makeup Department
Anji Bemben .... key hair stylist
Laverne Munroe .... key makeup artist (as Laverne Basham)
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker (uncredited)
Pearl Louie .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Geoff Redknap .... prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
George Chapman .... production manager
Brett Dowler .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Braidwood .... first assistant director
Mark D. Currie .... second assistant director
Jason Furukawa .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Kenneth H. Hawryliw .... property master (as Ken Hawryliw)
Rob Maier .... construction coordinator (as Rob 'Stroby' Maier)
Louis Solyom .... head painter
Michael Dundas .... lead hand painter (uncredited)
Benjamin Hayden .... leadman (uncredited)
Peter Lieshout .... lead painter (uncredited)
Kristina Lyne .... art assistant (uncredited)
Paula R. Montgomery .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Thierry J. Couturier .... supervising sound editor
Nello Torri .... re-recording mixer
Doug E. Turner .... re-recording mixer (as Douglas E. Turner)
David John West .... re-recording mixer
Michael T. Williamson .... sound mixer (as Michael Williamson)
Derek Casari .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Martin Lacroix .... boom operator (uncredited)
Maciek Malish .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Gauthier .... special effects
Chris Flemington .... on set effects (uncredited)
W.A. Andrew Sculthorp .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Glenn Campbell .... visual effects supervisor: Area 51
Tim McHugh .... visual effects producer: Area 51
Lisa Atkinson .... visual effects producer: View Studio (uncredited)
John Basset .... visual effects coordinator: remastered version (uncredited)
Jordan Hassay .... digital effects supervisor: remastered version (uncredited)
Matthew Mullarkey .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Paul Patrick Quinn .... visual effects facility producer (uncredited)
Richard Trus .... visual effects facility producer (uncredited)
Michael Van Fleet .... systems administrator: remastered version (uncredited)
Tony Morelli .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Campbell .... key grip
Simon Jori .... focus puller
Marty McInally .... focus puller (as Martin McInally)
Joel Ransom .... second unit director of photography
David Tickell .... chief lighting technician
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dan Henshaw .... first assistant camera: b (uncredited)
Ronald Hersey .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Isabelle MacCrimmon .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Tim Palgut .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Rob Parisien .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Dave Riopel .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Heike Brandstatter .... casting associate: Vancouver
Coreen Mayrs .... casting: Vancouver
Lisa Ratke .... extras casting
Randy Stone .... original casting
Stacy Wise .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Leduc .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Philip Azenzer .... colorist: DaVinci
Jeff Cahn .... assistant editor
Sue Kesler .... assistant editor
Mark Nowicki .... colorist: digitally restored version (uncredited)
Location Management
Louisa Gradnitzer .... location manager
Alan Bartolic .... location scout (uncredited)
Kimberly Lynn .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Robert Murdoch .... location manager: second unit (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Charbonneau .... music editor
Larold Rebhun .... scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Bob Bowe .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Tracy Elofson .... assistant: R.W. Goodwin
Anita Meehan-Truelove .... production coordinator
John Shiban .... story editor
Helga Ungurait .... script supervisor
Kurt Bruun .... production assistant (uncredited)
James Castle .... title designer (uncredited)
Danny Ho .... playback operator (uncredited)
David Kohler .... production assistant (uncredited)
Scott Steyns .... playback coordinator (uncredited)
Tom Teotico .... production assistant (uncredited)
Amber Woodward .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The X Files: Paper Hearts (#4.10)" - Canada (original title)
45 min | Argentina:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Writer Vince Gilligan and Director Rob Bowman assert that David Duchovny's successful basketball shot was filmed in just one take, without special effects.See more »
Continuity: When Roche is shot and falls over, the bullet hole is missing from his head.See more »
Scully:[speaking to Mulder] You said it yourself, once: "A dream is an answer to a question we haven't learned how to ask."See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Magician" (1973)See more »
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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Great episode but..., 14 March 2016
Author: david_hokey_16 from United States

So this was a good episode, but it wasn't without its flaws. Duchovny and Noonan do a great job with their roles, and the premise of the serial killer with the paper hearts - as well as Mulder's dreams about them - is good. Still, we have some issues. First of all, we are to believe that Mulder could possibly believe Samantha was kidnapped and murdered by this guy instead of abducted by aliens? The latter was practically confirmed to him by his informants and his own investigations. Furthermore, he went with one of the social security working aliens to a farm where alien clones of his sister - identical to her at the age she was taken - were being used to work by the alien/government alliance. This was explained to him. I doubt a few dreams could change all that. Second, we as viewers are supposed to be wondering was she or wasn't she. We have seen even more evidence than Mulder that she was abducted by aliens. It's outright stated that she was due to the syndicate. Mulder is known to make mistakes and act rashly due to his beliefs and his spirit but what he did in this episode was beyond stupid. So we have a good story, good performances, and some good suspense but it ultimately fails in writing due to what I described previously. And because of this the ending fails as well since we know that paper heart does not belong to Samantha Mulder.

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