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?
The newspaper that Mulder reads in his apartment is called the DC Muse, which could be an allusion to the band MUSE, who released two EPs prior to this episode's air date, their name displayed on the cover art with a a graphic that matches the header of this newspaper. Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy is a noted believer in aliens and conspiracy theories. 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