The X-Files (1993– )
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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.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Fox Mulder
... Dana Scully
... Phillip Padgett
... Ken Naciamento
... Guard
... Kevin
Jillian Bach ... Maggie
... 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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18 April 1999 (USA)  »

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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 »


Dana Scully: Loneliness is a choice.
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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Eat your heart out!
24 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

Milagro. This is an interesting episode. While Scully is the main focus of the episode we get yet another episode where there is a strange creepy guy that Scully gets woo'ed by. I quite enjoy scenes where they have voice-over of what the author is writing to narrate Scully's emotions and thoughts. Very interesting. I also like the actor that plays Padgett. While this episode is a little slower than I am used to I have to say that overall I still enjoyed the story. It only loses 2 points for slowness. Oh one other thing. Is it just me or does every single Scully-falls-for-a-psycho-killer-man episode end with a furnace? Anyway 8 out of 10.

Addendum: After watching some of the interviews on the X-Files: Revelations compilation which this episode was included on, I have gained a deeper appreciation for this episode. Frank Spotnitz explains a little more about the deep relationship that a writer tends to develop with his character's. He talks about his own experiences with Mulder and Scully and how he viewed them as real people a lot of the time. This episode was an attempt to turn that idea into an X-File episode. In a sense, Padgett's obsession with Scully represents Spotnitz's own feelings.

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