An introverted writer, Philip Padgett, develops an obsession with Scully and moves into Mulder's building in order to be closer to her. Inspired by her, Padgett writes his magnum opus: a story of secret love and serial murder, featuring Scully and Padgett as main characters. However, the murders in his story begin occurring exactly as written. As he struggles to finish his novel, Padgett realizes that only Scully's death can produce the perfect ending.
Did You Know?
had actually auditioned for the part of Pinker Rawls in the previous episode, The X-Files: Trevor
(1999). Although he didn't land the role, he made a suitable impression on the production team that they wrote the part of Philip Padgett specifically for him. Hawkes had always been on the The X-Files
(1993)' radar, having auditioned for Eugene Victor Tooms back in Season 1. See more
In several shots, the milagro charm, given to Scully by Phillip Padgett, is blank on both sides. When shown in a close up, there is clearly a burning heart on one side of the charm. As Scully turns it in her fingers as she explains to Mulder that it was Padgett who gave it to her, you can see that it is flat and unmarked on both sides. See more
You weren't joking about being late. I was about to start slicing and dicing myself.
References Party of Five
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal See more