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.
Did You Know?
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
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
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.
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal See more