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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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Doggett
Monica Reyes
Jeb Dukes
Wendy Gazelle ...
Katha Dukes
Dr. Mary Speake
Det. Franklin Potter
Bruce Wright ...
Gary Garber
Roberta Toews
E.R. Nurse
Mia Dukes
Mia Dukes
Jennifer Hammon ...
ICU Nurse
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)  »

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A small orb can be seen flying in front of a man 33 seconds into the show - interesting in view of the story line. 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 »


Mulder: You can't help a man who can't help himself.
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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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The pizza man is not above suspicion.
9 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Empedocles is the first, full Doggett episode. Previous episodes hinted at his son's murder, but this is the first one that focuses completely on it.

The teaser is tricky because you see this car accident and the car engulfed in flames. A man then emerges from the burning car, also engulfed in flames. The burning man walks over to Jeb Dukes and into him, disappearing. All the people surrounding Jeb Dukes appear not to notice this occurrence, which is quite puzzling. Later in the episode, it is revealed that it appears that the evil soul of Bob Harvey, or something to that effect, entered him, not a real flaming body that nobody could see.

The special effect of Jeb tearing at his face is hokey because the lines are already on his face that he tears away. There is then some sort of fire underneath, probably symbolic of the evil within him. I think they could have done without it.

I like seeing Mulder's concern for Scully and her unborn child. They have a funny dialogue in her apartment about the pizza man.

Just as Mulder got upset at Doggett in the previous episode and got rough with him, Doggett returns the favor and roughs up Mulder when he discovers Mulder was looking into Doggett's son's case.

Reyes makes her second appearance on the X-Files, the writers hinting at her future regular appearance on the show. She does a fine job in this episode.

In this episode and in the previous episode "Three Words", you can notice that Gillian Anderson is sick with some sort of illness. Her voice is very raspy in both episodes. My wife pointed that out.

Empedocles is a nice, solid episode that explores more in earnest Doggett's back-story. This is the only time that you'll see all four of the agents working on a monster of the week case together, though Scully is in the hospital most of the time. So, enjoy it, because you won't see it again.

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