Eugene Tooms, a supernatural killer whom Mulder helped incarcerate, is released on parole.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Aaron Monte (as Paul Ben Victor)
Detective Talbot
Judge Kann
Doctor Plith
Doctor Collins
Gillian Carfra ...
Christine Ranford
Pat Bermel ...
Frank Ranford
Mikal Dughi ...
Dr. Pamela Karetzky
Defense Counsel Nelson
Prosecution Counsel Myers


Mulder seems to be the only person concerned at the prospect that Eugene Tooms is about to be released from the psychiatric institution he's been in for several months. His pleadings fall on deaf ears as Tooms has never been convicted of a crime and the review board find Mulder's claims preposterous. Mulder is convinced Tooms will strike again and begins to follow him while Scully contacts the retired police detective, Frank Briggs, who had helped them in their earlier investigation. An old corpse from a long ago killing helps them out. Written by garykmcd

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22 April 1994 (USA)  »

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Dana Scully: It's liverwurst.
Dana Scully: Mulder, you know that proper surveillance requires two pairs of agents, one pair relieving the other after 12 hours.
Fox Mulder: Article 30, paragraph 8.7?
Dana Scully: This isn't about doing it by the book. This is about you not having slept for three days. Mulder, you're gonna get sloppy and you're gonna get hurt. It's inevitable at this point.
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Season 1 Gem
13 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

X-files undoubtedly captured the hearts of many early into the first season, but truly gained recognition as the "creepiest show on television" with just the second episode (third if you count the pilot) entitled "Squeeze". While a fine episode, it left an open ending.

Fast forward almost 20 episodes. "Tooms" is the first of several X-files sequel episodes, and arguably the best. Doug Hutchinson, best known for his role in the "Green Mile" returns as Eugene Victor Tooms, A monster whom has the ability to shift, or "squeeze" through the smallest of entrances to gain access to his victims whom he murders and feasts on their livers in order to sustain himself and "hibernate". Mulder proceeds to hunt down Tooms after he is released from a psychiatric ward to make sure he does not kill again, and of course Scully comes along for the ride.

Aforementioned, this episode contains many firsts; the appearance of Skinner, the first words spoken by the CSM. It is the first sequel episode, and contains one of the best moments shared between Mulder and Scully in the first season. While it lacks a bit of the creepiness it's predecessor does, it still remains one of my personal favorite monster of the week episodes.


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