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 Cigarette-Smoking Man's line "Anyone who can appease a man's conscience can take his freedom away" is taken from Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, "The Brothers Karamazov". 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: Anyone who can appease a man's conscience can take his freedom away from him.
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Referenced in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #1.1 (1996) See more »


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15 July 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Talitha Cumi continues the great tradition of x-files myth/arc episodes. Myth/arc episodes tend to be filled with more drama, suspense and action than the stand-alone episodes, which is more to my liking. Talitha Cumi introduces the character of Jeremiah Smith, a shape-shifting alien who is against colonization. I really like this character. It's nice to see an alien who doesn't want to obliterate the human race, but has some compassion for them. When he is captured by the Cigarette Smoking Man(CSM), Jeremiah is strapped down very similar to Hannibal Lector from 'Silence of the Lambs'. I thought it to be an interesting comparison. The highlight of the episode is when CSM is interrogating Jeremiah Smith in his jail cell. As they are talking with each other, Jeremiah attempts to intimidate CSM by morphing into Bill Mulder and Deep Throat, two men that CSM was involved in murdering. Great scenes. This episode also gives the first indication as to the actual paternity of Fox Mulder when CSM and Mulder's mother are seen arguing at the Mulder's summer home. Finally, X and Mulder get into an all-out brawl in a parking garage(apparently the best place for such fights), to put an exclamation point on this episode. Talitha Cumi is an excellent end to an excellent season.

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