The X-Files (1993– )
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Upon being fired, an office worker murders his employers, believed to be under the influence of pure evil. Agent Reyes believes this evil may be linked to the death of Doggett's son.


Barry K. Thomas


Chris Carter (created by), Greg Walker

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Robert Patrick ... John Doggett
Annabeth Gish ... Monica Reyes
Jay Underwood ... Jeb Dukes
Wendy Gazelle Wendy Gazelle ... Katha Dukes
Denise Crosby ... Dr. Mary Speake
Ron Canada ... Det. Franklin Potter
Bruce Wright ... Gary Garber
Dayna Beilenson ... Roberta Toews
Cheryl Francis Harrington ... E.R. Nurse
Amanda Fein ... Mia Dukes
Caitlin Fein ... Mia Dukes
Jennifer Hammon Jennifer Hammon ... ICU Nurse
Devlin Elliott Devlin Elliott ... Pizza Delivery Man


Upon being fired, an office worker murders his employers, believed to be under the influence of pure evil. Agent Reyes believes this evil may be linked to the death of Doggett's son.

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22 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Annabeth Gish and Jay Underwood featured in this episode previously worked together as teenagers in Desert Bloom (1986) See more »


As the killer tries to shoot himself he uses his right hand. Initially we see the gun being dropped and his right hand burnt. The camera pans up and in the mirror his left hand is held up as being burnt. In fact it was the right hand in preceding scenes. See more »


Scully: What are you doing, Agent Doggett?
John Doggett: I was, um... I just came by to see how you're doing.
Scully: [Scully points at the bed table, Doggett gives her a class of water] Thank you.
John Doggett: They say you're stabilized but we've been worried about you.
Scully: Who's "we"?
John Doggett: You know... me and Agent Mulder...
Scully: What's wrong, Agent Doggett? You don't seem too good yourself.
John Doggett: You worked with Agent Mulder for how long? A long time.
Scully: Mhm.
John Doggett: You never believed in any of this stuff. This paranormal or whatever you call it. So, what changed ...
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References Mad About You (1992) See more »


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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Another Season Eight Disappointment
7 October 2013 | by geofffitchettSee all my reviews

The early seasons of the X-Files would always be hard to follow. But there were some real highlights across the years with several episodes per season demonstrating the writers' imaginations had not entirely abandoned them. Season Eight remained short on ideas though and the pace of programmes slowed to a point where even committed fans might have a hard time maintaining interest. I applaud the guy who found so much to like in his review. I found myself inwardly grumbling that the script writer wasn't even trying while the plot was so thin it barely existed. Characters had to explain themselves not because it was complicated but because it defied belief on the grounds of zero credibility. That's it guys? Evil is contagious? Wow..

Agent Reyes lifts things, and its true, the presence of Mulder, Scully and Dogget together is a bonus but Scully is 17 months pregnant, puffing her cheeks and making eyes at Mulder while the poor sop grins and spouts short lines of insight and Dogget flails about from one angry extreme to the other. Chris Carter must have been a little bit embarrassed to sign his name to this one.

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