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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.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Fox Mulder
... Dana Scully
... Walter Skinner
... Sheriff Hartwell
... Ronnie Strickland
... Funeral Director
... 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)  »

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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 »


During the autopsy of the first patient, when the camera shows a close-up on the patient's neck where the bite marks are, you can see the actor's pulse right above them. See more »


Walter Skinner: Ronnie Strickland's body's disppeared from the morgue, apparently in conjunction with this, the coroner's been attacked. His throat was bitten.
Mulder: The coroner's dead?
Walter Skinner: [uncomfortably] No, his... throat was bitten. It was sort of... gnawed... on.
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References Rain Man (1988) See more »


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Talking 'bout Shaft...
12 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

Sometimes I imagine Chris Carter and the X Files writers sitting around a table sorting story ideas into three stacks: Conspiracy stories, Monster of the Week stories, and Crap. Because even in the world of X Files monsters, maybe a vampire story is a bit of a stretch. Maybe not, but maybe. I just think this episode would have bombed if they had played it straight. However, X Files is brilliant at making that Crap pile shine by turning into comedy. This is my all time favorite X Files comedy episode and it never fails to make me laugh out loud, particularly when Mulder objects "I...did...NOT!" to Scully's cheeky telling of the whole Shaft thing. I love the device of telling the story from their own unique perspectives. Mulder sees Scully as a whiny stick-in-the-mud and Scully sees Mulder as something like an annoying human chihuahua. On the occasions when I get to introduce X Files to someone, this is one of my go-to episodes. Absolute brilliance!

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