Scully and Mulder investigate a series of accidents at a VA hospital in Virginia. Lt. Col. Victor Stans has tried several times to kill himself, but has always survived claiming, "He won't let me die." He says that he sees the shadow-like outline of a soldier who is mentally and physically torturing him. As they look into the case they learn that Stans' family died in a house fire some 6 months before. More revealing is the fact that other soldiers' families have also died in similar fires. Mulder initially suspects a cover up on the part of General Thomas Callahan, but comes to realize that something far more sinister is at work. He believes that one of the patients is using astral projection to seek revenge on those around him. Written by
Did You Know?
Writer John Shiban was inspired by the film The Men, in which the main character, who had been injured in war and lost his legs, wanted to walk more than anything. See more
Towards the very end of the show, whilst sitting on the side of the bed of "Quinton 'Roach' Freely", the edge of the fake-burn cowl worn by Don Thompson (portraying "Lt. Col. Victor Stans") is showing between his hospital gown and dressing gown. Several inches of the actor's unburnt skin is also visible in this shot. See more
Sometimes the only sane response to an insane world is insanity.
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