The X-Files (1993– )
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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

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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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22 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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According to an AMA on Reddit in October 2014, Gillian Anderson says this is her favorite X-Files episode. See more »


While doing both autopsies, Scully is weighing organs and incorrectly calls the small intestine the large intestine. See more »


Scully: Why would a real vampire need fake fangs?
Mulder: Fangs are very rarely mentioned in the folklore. Real Vampires aren't actually thought to have them. It's more an invention of Bram Stoker's. I think maybe you were right before when you said that this is just a guy who's watched too many Dracula movies. He just happens to be a real vampire.
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References Rain Man (1988) See more »


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8 October 2008 | by koalablue_1993See all my reviews

This was a fantastic episode. It really is one of the funniest X-Files out there. Mulder and Scully go to Texas to investigate a series of bizarre exanguinations by what Mulder believes to be a vampire. The script is brilliant, and one of the best ever written for the X-Files. Vince Gilligan is as good as Darin Morgan here. Scully's wise-cracking and sarcastic autopsy was truly something hilarious to behold. Luke Wilson was really good as the sheriff Scully falls for. This is definitely in the top ten episodes ever made. Mulder and Scully's different points of view where fun to watch. I laughed allot. Did the sheriff really have buckteeth or not? We will never know.

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