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Bad Blood 

Scully and Mulder each recount their version of events that led Mulder to drive a stake through the heart of a Texas teenager he claims was a vampire.


Cliff Bole


Chris Carter (created by), Vince Gilligan




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Luke Wilson ... Sheriff Hartwell
Patrick Renna ... Ronnie Strickland
Forbes Angus ... Funeral Director
Brent Butt ... Coroner


After Mulder drives a stake through the heart of a would be vampire, he and Scully review what happened before they meet Assistant Director Skinner. Their recollection of the case is significantly divergent. They had gone to Texas to investigate a death by exsanguination and Scully thinks that someone is playing at being a vampire. Her autopsy finds a high level of chlorohydrate in the dead man's system. There's soon a second victim and she finds that both victims had eaten pizza. As she recalls it, she saved an incapacitated Mulder and tried to capture the culprit. Mulder's recollection is somewhat different. It was he, not Scully who developed the key clues in the case including the fact that the victim's shoes were untied and then discovering a second victim in a runaway RV. Before they can speak to Skinner, they have to return to Texas when the vampire Mulder killed seems to have disappeared. Written by garykmcd

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Inspired by an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) in which Dick and Laura give conflicting accounts of a fight that they had. See more »


At 25m 40s, they talk about 247 matches being dropped in Rain Man. In that film, there were 246 toothpicks dropped. See more »


Mulder: [Investigating a body, in a triumphant voice] Have you noticed that this man's shoes are untied?
Scully: Mulder, what's your point?
Mulder: This means something.
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Crazy Credits

The funeral director is played by Forbes Angus, but the credits read Jerry Springer. See more »


References Rain Man (1988) See more »


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Don't Say I Never Did Nothing' Fer Ya
10 July 2008 | by mattressman_pdlSee all my reviews

A young boy is dead, a victim of an apparent overreaction on the behest of Mulder. His reason...the boy was a vampire. One of the best teasers finds Mulder staking the young man, violently, and then retrieving the fake fangs before disclaiming "oh, sh...." Now in deep trouble, Scully and Mulder must sort out their stories for Skinner. But can their separate idiosyncratic behaviors be cast aside to discover the truth. Not sure, but the voyage is hilarious.

The characters, set up by five years of behaviorisms and attributes, are hilariously lampooned in this episode, helping the viewer to catch a breath after some mythology-heavy episodes. Luke Wilson is present for a talented supporting cast but it's the show's leads that take the proverbial cake.

Mulder: "I was DRUGGED!"

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22 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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