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Leonard Betts 

A headless corpse of a paramedic walks out of the hospital morgue triggering a manhunt for a man with unimaginable regenerative powers, that come at a terrible cost. The case makes Scully realize in shock that she may not be well.


Kim Manners


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




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Paul McCrane ... Leonard Morris Betts
Marjorie Lovett ... Elaine Tanner
Jennifer Clement ... Michele Wilkes
Bill Dow ... Charles Burks
Sean Campbell ... Local Cop
David Hurtubise David Hurtubise ... Pathologist
Peter Bryant ... Uniformed Cop
Laara Sadiq ... Female EMT
J. Douglas Stewart ... Male EMT
Brad Loree ... Security Guard


After an ambulance accident leaves Pittsburgh, PA's EMT of the Year Leonard Betts without a head, and what's left of his body seems to walk right out of the morgue, Mulder and Scully investigate. They find what may be evidence of evolution from man to something... cancerous. Written by EJS

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26 January 1997 (USA) See more »

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The first time that Joel Ransom was director of photography on the show. Ransom would go on to photograph all the remaining episodes of Season 4 and the whole of Season 5, returning again in 2016 to shoot the six episodes of Season 10. See more »


At 18m 08s Dr. Burks puts the film into a tray of developer, but no stop-bath after that. See more »


Fox Mulder: Worms. You cut a worm in half, you get two.
Dana Scully: Mulder, they're *worms*.
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References To Tell the Truth (1956) See more »


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Will the real Leonard Betts please stand up?
30 August 2006 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

Leonard Betts is an intriguing episode from season four written by the three-headed monster of John Shiban, Vince Gilligan & Frank Spotnitz, and directed by Kim Manners. It's a well-written story done with excellent camera work. I liked how Kim did reflection shots in the morgue freezer doors and the iodine in the tub. The props and special effects also stand out in this episode. Toby Lindala, the special makeup effects artists deserves props for his work on Leonard Betts head. The special effect of Leonard growing a new body is not too shabby as well. This episode is full of good, witty dialogue between Mulder and Scully. Chuck Burks also makes an appearance, who is always good for a few laughs. Other highlights of this episode include Mulder showing his queasiness toward digging for body parts and Kung Fu Scully. Leonard Betts is well-paced with a couple of gross scenes and it has a big reveal at the end of it. The makeup and special effects along with the good dialogue and story help make Leonard Betts to be an above-average season four addition.

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