The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 24

Talitha Cumi (17 May 1996)
"The X Files" Talitha Cumi (original title)

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After his mother suffers a stroke, Mulder searches for an alien being who possesses miraculous healing powers.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Donat ...
Galen Muntz
Rebecca Toolan ...
Stephen Dimopoulos ...
Cam Cronin ...


The agents become involved in the case of a shooting in a fast food restaurant. What interest them the most is the story of a patron who tried to talk the shooter into giving himself up. After several patrons are shot, the man heals them by laying his hands on their wounds. He also has the ability to change his appearance at will. In the middle of the investigation, Mulder learns that his mother has suffered a stroke after a visit by the Cigarette Smoking Man who, it turns out, has known her since before Mulder was born. The man from the fast food restaurant isn't the only shape-shifter however and someone is clearly out to kill him. Written by garykmcd

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The title comes from Mark 5:41, in which Jesus heals the daughter of Jairus and quotes the Aramaic phrase meaning "Little girl, get up!". See more »


At the end of the episode (runtime 38:54), during Mulder's fight with Mr. X in the parking garage, you can clearly catch several glimpses of a coat or a jacket in the right edge of the frame as the camera follows their movements rapidly from side to side, obviously belonging to a crew member (likely a sound technician or a second cameraman) just barely failing to stay out of the picture as the two actors wrestle. The garage is at that point supposedly empty apart from the two fighting characters, and there is no other possible explanation. See more »


The Cigarette Smoking Man: Men can never be free, because they're weak, corrupt, worthless... and restless. The people believe in authority. They've grown tired of waiting for miracle or mystery. Science is their religion - no greater explanation exists for them! They must never believe any differently if the project is to go forward.
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Referenced in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #1.1 (1996) See more »


Written by Mark Snow
Performed by Mark Snow
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Season Three Review
28 February 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

*This is a review of the entire season, not the season finale.

Season Three is where The X Files really got going. Don't get me wrong, seasons one and two are certainly worthwhile, but they did have a tendency for too many average monster of the week episodes. Season 3 kicks the mythology arc into high gear with three multi-part mytharc stories, in addition to the season finale, to be concluded at the beginning of season four. The monster of the week episodes have also become more imaginative and better-written, with some excellent contributions by quality X Files writers like Howard Gordon and Vince Gilligan, and no less than three absolute masterpieces by Darin Morgan. Season 3, as usual for The X Files, doesn't really have a 'season arc' like many (most?) TV series do. The mytharc in this season is brilliantly-done, and the monster of the week episodes are very effective.

I thought the best episodes were: "Paper Clip"- all the drama, action, and intrigue you could possibly want from a mytharc episode.

"Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose"- featuring a stunning guest starring turn by Peter Boyle and a script that covers more of the human range of emotions and psychology in 45 minutes than most feature films manage to, all while maintaining a humorous and clever surface level make this episode possibly one of the entire series' finest.

"Nisei/731"- Nisei is the weaker of the two, but "731" is another exciting mytharc episode, as well-done as possible.

"War of the Coprophages"- while not as ambitious as some of Darin Morgan's other scripts, this is a perfect monster of the week episode, with lots of humor, so much you wouldn't notice half of it the first time around. Plus, it's about killer roaches, how rad is that?

Jose Chung's "From Outer Space"- Other X-Philes have covered this one for me. In short, however, it is an extraordinarily complex, detailed, and deep script brought to life brilliantly with extraordinary narrative structure. It's a humorous episode you can take seriously, because it works on so many levels.

"Quagmire"- Ah, finally, an unorthodox choice. This stuff has been done before, but not with quite as much panache. Mulder and Scully's respectful, intellectual romance comes to light here and we say goodbye to poor Queequeg.

"Talitha Cumi"- Lots and lots and lots of CSM. 'I believe that says it all.

This season also holds the dubious honor of including the worst episode of The X Files, bar none, in "Teso dos Bichos", but the vast majority of the rest of the episodes are so good it barely affects the final score of the season.

The cast seem to have finally fully settled into their roles, chemistry is at a peak, certainly. The visual style of the series has also fully matured, often indistinguishable from a feature film, although season 5 would introduce the widescreen format that completed the transformation.

Season 3 is where the series properly hit its stride. It's simply exhilarating television.

Avg. Score based on all episodes: 8.25/10

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