The X-Files (1993– )
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Die Hand Die Verletzt 

The agents investigate a murder in a small town populated by devil worshippers.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Fox Mulder
... Dana Scully
... Jim Ausbury
... Phyllis Paddock
... Shannon Ausbury
... Pete Calcagni
... Deborah Brown
Travis MacDonald ... Dave Duran (as Travis Mac Donald)
... Barbara Ausbury
... Sheriff John Oaks
... Jerry Thomas
... Andrea
... Paul Vitaris


Scully and Mulder are called in by a local New Hampshire sheriff when there is evidence of a satanic cult operating in his town. One teen has already died and paranoia has now gripped everyone there. There is little doubt that a group of teenagers did go off into the woods to perform some type of ceremony, but Scully in particular scoffs at any suggestion they were anything more than kids acting out. As the investigation progresses, however, it becomes apparent that some of the staff are involved in devil worship, but the danger, it turns out, lies outside the group. Written by garykmcd

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27 January 1995 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Actor Dan Butler was terrified of the snake, being unable to talk while shooting the scene in the basement. The actor's fright meant the make-up team did not need to apply fake sweat to his face. See more »


Mulder points out that the water in the drinking fountain is draining in the wrong direction, due to the Coriolis effect. The Coriolis effect occurs only in ocean currents, not toilets nor sinks. See more »


Fox Mulder: Did you really think you could call up the Devil and ask him to behave?
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In the opening credits James Wong is credited as James "Chargers" Wong See more »


References The Geraldo Rivera Show (1987) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Cool... but huh?
26 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is a really neat episode, but it has an annoying lack of answers atypical of the X-Files. For example, what about all the things Shannon says have happened to her? Is it all completely made up? And if so, why? If it is true, why don't they show an investigation into it or something? Finding THAT evidence would have made for a pretty powerful sequence. And the agents clearly couldn't just ignore it all, they would have to look into it at some point, and the episode ends so early that we don't get to see what they find out. I get the sense that they might have run out of time while making this episode and had to cut things out, since a lot of plot threads are abandoned. And aside from this episode, the X-Files normally seems to cater to the curious type of audience that wants to actually find out what's going on. It is an investigation show after all. I wish this was a "to be continued" episode, because as much as I hate those, this is an interesting story and they could have gone a lot deeper into it.

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