The X-Files (1993–2018)
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A strange writer infatuated with Scully moves in next door to Mulder and proceeds to slowly bewitch her through his writing. Mulder investigates the man and realizes that he may be behind a series of killings involving psychic surgery.


Kim Manners


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
John Hawkes ... Phillip Padgett
Nestor Serrano ... Ken Naciamento
Michael Bailey Smith ... Guard
Angelo Vacco ... Kevin
Jillian Bach Jillian Bach ... Maggie
Casey O'Neill ... Cemetery Grounds Keeper (as Casey C. O'Neill)


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. Written by NietzscheMarlowe

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Release Date:

18 April 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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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 »


Mulder: You weren't joking about being late. I was about to start slicing and dicing myself.
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References Party of Five (1994) See more »


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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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A Writer Who Writes The X-Files
23 June 2018 | by hrkeplerSee all my reviews

'Milagro' is one fascinating episode, and again one of the great ones that are different from usual X-Files. There is serial killer on the loose who is removing the hearts of his victims without any surgical tools. Police and FBI are left with no clues. Also there is a lonely writer (fantastic performance by John Hawkes) with very vivid imagination. Is the author mad and living double life as a murderer and a writer? Or is his imagination so powerful that it has entered into the real, material world? How much are author responsible for their writings and how closely are writings connected with author's personality and mind?

Well written philosophical and tense episode with magnetic supporting character, and Gillian Anderson again excels.

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