Agent Scully gets paired up with a new partner to investigate a singular case. Alfred Fellig, a freelance crime photographer, has a knack for arriving at crime scenes shortly after the ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Fellig
Agent Peyton Ritter
Nicky Fane ...
Blue Collar Man
Hood (as Matt Gallini)
Young Agent
Lyon Reese ...
Second Young Agent (as Jolyon Reese)
Desk Sergeant
NYPD Detective
Don Fehmel ...
Ambulance EMT
Truck Driver


Agent Scully gets paired up with a new partner to investigate a singular case. Alfred Fellig, a freelance crime photographer, has a knack for arriving at crime scenes shortly after the murder and long before the police arrive. Local authorities suspect Fellig may be killing the victims himself before photographing them. Written by Muldernscully

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24 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Mulder tells Scully that Alfred Fellig is about 150 years old; later when Fellig and Scully are talking, he tells her that he was in the hospital with yellow fever when the nurse looked into the face of death and saved him from dying. The last outbreak of yellow fever in NYC was in 1822. Fellig was in NYC because he tells of seeing them burying the dead in Washington Square (which they actually did in the late 1700's and early 1800's yellow fever epidemics). If he was only a young boy at the time and he was referring to the 1822 epidemic, it would mean that he had to be at least 180 years old. Of course there were several epidemics in the late 1700's and early 1800's (1798, 1805, 1819) in addition to the 1822 epidemic. The only time they used Washington Square for burials was from 1797 to 1825. The great epidemic was in 1798, which was the first time they used Washington Square and was most likely the time that Fellig was referring to; meaning that he was at least 200 years old; assuming that he did not age (or aged very slowly) and was approximately 50-60 in appearance, that would mean that Mulder was off by about 100 years and that Fellig was actually about 250 years old at the time. There are still approximately 20,000 individuals buried under Washington Square in NYC. See more »


The knife pulled by the hood to stab Fellig makes the clear sound of a switchblade. The knife found at the scene, shown in close-up in the evidence bag, is a fold-out. It would not have made the sound of a switchblade, even if the hood had 'flipped' it out. See more »


Dana Scully: Mr Felig... I know that you know more about photography than I do... but this is just a lens flare
Alfred Fellig: You're right... I do know more about photography than you do
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Enjoyable X-Files' "Monster of the Week"
19 October 2006 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

An FBI agent from the New York City field office has an X-File: Alfred Fellig (Geoffrey Lewis), a photographer who gets to the scene - BEFORE the crime! With Mulder in hot water with Deputy Director Kirsh, Scully is sent alone to NYC to investigate the mystery. Meanwhile Mulder discovers that Mr. Fellig has been taking photographs of death for a LONG time!

This is one of the best dark episodes of season 6. It's very well done and enjoyable - I've liked Geoffrey Lewis since "The Wind and the Lion", and he turns in a fine performance.

Much of season 6 is self-parodic or derivative. This episode is a classic, and the equal of the best stuff from the Vancouver period.

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