The X-Files: Season 9, Episode 14

Scary Monsters (14 Apr. 2002)
"The X Files" Scary Monsters (original title)

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Reyes and Doggett, with the aid of a young Mulder-worshiping FBI agent, investigate a father who is exhibiting bizarre behavior regarding his son who he has kept hidden from the outside world.


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Reyes and Doggett, with the aid of a young Mulder-worshiping FBI agent, investigate a father who is exhibiting bizarre behavior regarding his son who he has kept hidden from the outside world.

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The character Leyla Harrison, who appeared in episodes #8.19, "Alone" and #9.14, Scary Monsters was named after a writer of The X-Files (1993) Internet fan fiction who died of cancer in February 2001. The fictional Leyla Harrison was a fan of Mulder's and Scully's, having spent her time in the FBI poring over their expense reports (in much the same way that Internet fans of the show examined the minute nuances of every episode), so the tribute was very appropriate. See more »


FBI Agent Leyla Harrison: [after talking to the boy finding out she dregged them out there for no reason] I apologize. I let my imagination run wild and I ruined both your evenings. Thank you in advance for not yelling at me.
John Doggett: Somethings going on here.
FBI Agent Leyla Harrison: Wait, there is?
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In the main title for the ninth season, a piece of paper flashes across the screen listing "FBI Contacts: Witnesses and Contributors." The names on the list are screen names of the series' on-line fans. For episodes #9.01-#9.11, the names were randomly picked from various X-Files message boards. For episodes #9.12-#9.19, the names came from contest entries. See more »

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S'No Such Thing As Monsters
8 October 2009 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

Not really the best episode ever, but in the wake of a less than exciting season 9, this is one of the better episode in my opinion. We are again exposed to the ever annoying and naive Agent Leyla Harrison, who is convinced that she has found an X-File case and tries to convince Scully to take it up. The case starts as being about a woman stabbing herself 16 times, and ends up being about a little boy with the ability to manifest his imagination. Unfortunately, this is a creepy little boy who is afraid of giant bugs living in people's stomachs. He draws pictures of people's eyes bleeding out and such and when asked why he would do such a terrible thing simply says its because he's afraid it will happen. The episode to me has more of the feeling of an episode of The Outer Limits or Twilight Zone than X-Files. I think its the complete lack of any kind of attempt at explaining what is going on. Doggett simply finds out that by being a skeptic, he is able to be unaffected by the manifestations, and stops the kid and saves the day. There are some feeble attempts at humor throughout the episode that I feel somewhat cheapen the effect. Scully's attitude to seeing the crime scene and autopsy photos as she is eating for example. It makes for a "humorous moment" I guess but this is someone who has been working at the FBI for 9 years and is a doctor who has done countless autopsies. I doubt that seeing pictures of a dead person is really going to make her lose her appetite. And another example is the whole boyfriend bringing the dead cat and her doing the autopsy on it while wearing the apron that says "Something Smells Gooo-ood!" That's just kind of funny haha. Not as clever as it could have been. One last thing that bugged was how the story was somewhat inconsistent. I mean they make it seem at first like the kid is just scared of stuff and can't control the manifestations, but then why does he lead Doggett into the room with the giant pit to get eaten and why is he making everyone give birth to aliens and bleed out their eyes. By the end it almost seems more like the kid was doing the stuff on purpose. Anyway, the episode has some moments that are truly just flashes of genius and then other moments that leave you rolling your eyes wondering how stupid the writers think you are. Also it bears mentioning the line the kid says as he shows Reyes the pictures he drew. In a very strange moment of existential confusion, the kid tells her, "I made this," causing the viewer to wonder if somehow they fell asleep or if the episode just abruptly skipped the ending and the credits. Anyway, I give the episode a 7 out of 10.

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