The X-Files (1993–2018)
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Rumors of witchcraft and sorcery surrounding a bizarre murder at a supermarket in a small New England fishing town lead Scully, who's on vacation, to a little girl and a cursed doll that may be hiding a murderous presence.


Kim Manners


Chris Carter (created by), Stephen King | 1 more credit »


Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Susannah Hoffmann Susannah Hoffmann ... Melissa Turner
Larry Musser ... Jack Bonsaint
William MacDonald ... Buddy Riggs
Jenny-Lynn Hutcheson ... Polly Turner
Henry Beckman ... Old Man
Carolyn Tweedle Carolyn Tweedle ... Jane Froelich
Dean Wray ... Rich Turner
Gordon Tipple ... Assistant Manager
Harrison Coe Harrison Coe ... Dave the Butcher (as Harrison R. Coe)
Ian Robison Ian Robison ... Ranger
Elizabeth McCarthy Meek ... Shopper (as Elizabeth McCarthy)
Tracy Lively Tracy Lively ... Clerk
Sean Benbow Sean Benbow ... Customer




While on a weekend off in the small New England town of Ammas Beach, Maine, Scully comes across a grocery store full of people who tried to gouge out their own eyes. The people have no idea why they did this to themselves. On the telephone, Mulder tells her it all sounds like witchcraft but she isn't so sure. One woman in the store, Melissa Turner, seemed unaffected by it all but her reputation for being a witch works against her. She was widowed the year before and her boyfriend Dave stabbed himself in the eye and died in the grocery store incident. Scully focuses on Melissa's daughter and in particular, the young girl's doll. Written by garykmcd

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While Mulder is speaking to Scully on the phone in his kitchen and opens up his fridge, it only contains one expired juice. It gives us a clue about his culinary talent, probably absent. See more »


At approximately 9:30, when Scully first talks to the sheriff after reviewing the security footage, she refers to him as "Captain Bonsaint", but his name badge shows his position is "Chief" and this is how he is later addressed at several other times, including by Scully. See more »


Dana Scully: What about you? Did you, um, get anything done while I was gone?
Fox Mulder: Oh God, I mean, it's amazing what I can accomplish without incessant meddling or questioning into everything I do, it's just...
[two pencils fall on him from above, Scully looks up to see dozens of pencils stuck in the ceiling]
Fox Mulder: [looking up at ceiling] There's... got to be an explanation.
Dana Scully: Oh, I don't know. I think some things are better left unexplained.
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Referenced in The X-Files: Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster (2016) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
[the show's opening theme]
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Unfortunately boring and annoying.
11 January 2016 | by noorutinSee all my reviews

Of the entirety of The X-Files, I hate this episode the most, and it's mostly down to how annoying the main child character is. It's not a badly written episode per se, but it just misses the spark and intrigue that we all love The X-Files' cases for.

The opening in the store looks pretty cool, but we very soon learn that there's simply no meat on the bones of this lackluster story. The plot consists of the cheapest recycled elements and no twists are to be found.

The story revolves around a little girl and her mother, around whom other people seem to get hurt an awful lot for no apparent reason. I've seen all 9 seasons of the X-Files for at least five times, and the child character in this episode still infuriates me beyond belief, as does her mother's absolute ineptitude to put her brat in check. I guess some people find little children scary, but I only ever found myself extremely annoyed.

The only saving grace here is some funny and heartfelt dialogue between Scully and Mulder, no doubt written by Chris Carter.

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