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Christmas Carol 

While visiting family for Christmas at her brother's San Diego home, Scully receives a mysterious phone call that leads to the investigation of a woman's suicide and a young girl who may be the daughter of Scully's deceased sister Melissa.

Director:

Peter Markle

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Vince Gilligan | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Sheila Larken ... Margaret Scully
Melinda McGraw ... Melissa Scully
Pat Skipper ... Bill Scully Jr.
Karri Turner ... Tara Scully
John Pyper-Ferguson ... Det. John Kresge
Gerard Plunkett ... Dr. Calderon
Lauren Diewold Lauren Diewold ... Emily Sim / Young Melissa Scully
Patricia Dahlquist Patricia Dahlquist ... Susan Chambliss
Rob Freeman ... Marshall Sim
Eric Breker ... Dark Suited Man #1
Stephen Mendel ... Dark Suited Man #2
Walter Marsh ... Pathologist
Rebecca Codling Rebecca Codling ... Young Melissa Scully - 1976
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Storyline

At Christmas-time, Scully and her Mom arrive in San Diego to visit her brother Bill and his wife Tara, who is expecting any day. She's no sooner arrived than Scully receives a phone from a stranger saying she needs help. She traces the call but arrives to find that the occupant has committed suicide. The caller sounded like her dead sister Melissa. When she sees the dead woman's little girl, Emily, she is convinced that she's Melissa's child. Birth records confirm that the young girl had been adopted and Scully's examination of the dead woman leads her to believe she was killed. Scully orders DNA tests that prove to be quite informative. Written by garykmcd

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1997 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

One of the influences of this episode was the 1951 British adaptation of A Christmas Carol (1951) which starred Alastair Sim as Scrooge. Emily and her family were given the surname of Sim as a homage to that. See more »

Goofs

Before the opening credit sequence, when Scully approaches the bathtub where the naked dead woman is sitting, you can clearly see that the actress playing the dead woman is wearing a flesh-colored tube top. See more »

Quotes

Det. John Kresge: This is Roberta Sim. Age 40, suicide. She's been dead at least 3 hours. You got a call from her, she must have dialed 1-800-THE-GREAT-BEYOND.
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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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