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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Tommy Conlon
Jeffrey Conlon
Gabe Rotter
Sheriff Jack Coogan


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 The X-Files: Alone (2001) and The X-Files: Scary Monsters (2002), 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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"I made this" ...sort-of confusing.
2 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The main problem is that the episode is so unclear about whether the kid is evil or not. And it's not just that I didn't know what I was *meant* to feel for the kid, it's the knock-on effect on other characters. Either way this would be a difficult case for Doggett given his son's history. If the kid had been consistent we might have gotten more from the characters and the story would have meant more as a whole.

The Good: - Seeing Harrison again (although it annoyed me when she went around Scully). Makes me feel the x-files' FBI is a fleshed-out world with people conducting their lives off-camera. - Teaser was good. Nice play on what you'd expect from a Dad. - Comedy bits best bits of episode. - Liked Harrison's potential boyfriend (if he'd willing to dig up a dead cat for her, she better watch herself). - Fall into darkness was very cool. Nothing to fight against + don't see very often.

The not so good: - Agree about Scully not eating joke. Maybe they could have done the joke the other way around i.e. Harrison really wanting to show the photos but doesn't want to gross Scully out of eating, and it turns out Scully's immune. - Overall not quite whole-ness of episode (wasn't left with any particular feeling or theme/revelation). Shame because I don't think it would have taken that much to make it an awesome scary episode (with funny moments).

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