Scully isn't exactly warm to Doggett on their first X-File together in which they investigate a human bat.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Bradford English ...
Detective Abbott
Ernie Stefaniuk
Dan Leegant ...
Myron Stefaniuk
The Bat Thing
Mrs. McKesson
Annie O'Donnell ...
Elderly Woman
Sheriff's Deputy
Tall George


Scully isn't exactly warm to Doggett on their first X-File together in which they investigate a human bat.

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19 November 2000 (USA)  »

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And then he sort of flew at me like a flying squirrel?
15 August 2007 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

Batman finally makes an appearance in the X-Files, albeit not as a superhero and considerably uglier. Patience marks the first x-file investigated by Scully and Doggett. Patience was written and directed by Chris Carter, who was probably eager to establish Robert Patrick in his role of John Doggett and wanted to make sure the right impression was made. I also think that the name of the episode has a double meaning. One: for the patience of the human bat to wait 44 years for revenge. Two: Chris Carter is asking the long-time X-Files fans to have patience with the new character of Agent Doggett replacing Agent Mulder.

As could be expected constant references are made back to Mulder and how he would view the case. In the beginning, Scully is insistent that they are only temporarily occupying the office of Mulder until he returns. Scully tries to see the case as Mulder would, but at the same time tries to maintain a strict scientific attitude. The two perspectives don't mesh well(as they didn't during the first seven seasons), causing her to upset the local detective. Some inside jokes are inserted as well, such as when Doggett asks Scully if she's ever used a flashlight.

Chris Carter attempts to re-establish that the far out ideas of the x-files are not accepted by most people, shown principally by the detective and Agent Doggett. At times he tries too hard, specifically when the deputies at the police station seem ready to form a lynch mob for Scully, blaming her for the detective's death. Police officers wouldn't hold her responsible like that.

At the end, Scully realizes that Doggett is her partner now, and is there to help her out, whether he agrees with her or not. Just like in some season one episodes, the monster gets away and we are left to fear for when it may return. Patience marks a return to the roots of the X-files. Even though Mulder is mentioned frequently throughout the episode, it shows that the X-Files can still be a quality series without Mulder running things. If you show "patience" with Agent Doggett, you will see that the X-Files is a still a great show.

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