The X-Files (1993–2018)
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Born Again 

An 8-year-old girl is the prime suspect in a series of bizzare, seemingly unrelated deaths.


Jerrold Freedman


Chris Carter (created by), Howard Gordon | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Brian Markinson ... Tony Fiore
Mimi Lieber ... Anita Fiore
Maggie Wheeler ... Det. Sharon Lazard
Dey Young ... Judy Bishop
Andrea Libman ... Michelle Bishop
P. Lynn Johnson ... Dr. Sheila Braun
Leslie Carlson ... Dr. Spitz
Richard Sali Richard Sali ... Leon Felder
Dwight Koss ... Detective Rudy Barbala
Peter Lapres Peter Lapres ... Harry Linhart


Mulder and Scully are called in by the Buffalo Police Department after an experienced detective, Rudy Barbala, jumped to his death through a window from the upper floor of the 14th precinct. He was interviewing a young girl at the time, Michelle Bishop, but there was no one else in the room with them. Mulder immediately begins to suspect that Michelle may have telekinetic powers, something that seems to be proven when Scully finds a large burn mark on Barbala's body much as Mulder as predicted. Michelle says there was a ghost in the room with them and her rendition of him leads then to the case of dead detective Charlie Morris, who was killed in a police raid. In fact,Charlie may be back and seeking revenge against the policemen who got rid of him. Written by garykmcd

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29 April 1994 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Gillian Anderson was pregnant with her first child in the latter stages of Season 1. This is probably the first episode in which it's fairly obvious that she's expecting, with a pronounced use of trenchcoats to cover up her baby bump. See more »


The corpse blinks quite noticeably during an autopsy. See more »


Mulder: Why is it still so hard for you to believe, even when all the evidence suggests extraordinary phenomena?
Scully: Because sometimes looking for extreme possibilities makes you blind to the probable explanation right in front of you.
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References The X-Files: Squeeze (1993) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Just plain bizarre
25 September 2006 | by thebigeasy555See all my reviews

Only on a very rare occasion does an episode of the x-files fail to generate any excitement or does the episode contain anything which is just totally boring to watch.A detective and his former partner both die in unexplained circumstances.The deaths are linked to the presence of a little girl who was there when the deaths took place.Mulder has devised a theory that a policeman murdered by his colleagues has come back reincarnated as the little girl and is exacting revenge.Now for the bizarre bit.The little girl has no connection at all and seems to just a random person chosen as the reincarnation.I think this was slightly lazy writing by the writers and this episode ranks as one of the worst in x-files history!

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