The X-Files (1993–2018)
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Never Again 

Mulder takes a vacation to visit Graceland while sending disaffected Scully to Philadelphia to look into Russians with ties to UFOs. She becomes attracted to a secretly unstable young divorcee whose tattoo is telling him to kill women.


Rob Bowman


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Rodney Rowland ... Edward Jerse
Jodie Foster ... 'Betty' (voice)
Bill Croft ... Comrade Svo
Jay Donahue Jay Donahue ... Detective Gouveia (as Jay Donohue)
BJ Harrison ... Hannah (as B.J. Harrison)
Jillian Fargey ... Kaye Schilling
Jan Bailey Mattia Jan Bailey Mattia ... Ms. Hadden
Igor Morozov Igor Morozov ... Pudovkin
Ian Robison Ian Robison ... Detective Smith


With Mulder off on a week's mandatory leave, Scully is on her own and feeling put upon. While in Philadelphia she meets Edward Jerse who asks her out to dinner. Ed had recently gone through a nasty divorce. Despondent and more than a little drunk, he got a tattoo. Soon after, he began hearing voices and lashing out at work. He lost his job and disposed of a neighbor who he thought was tormenting him. After drinks, Scully gets a tattoo of her own, but the next day two Philadelphia police detectives show up at Jerse's apartment investigating his neighbor's disappearance. Scully may have found a medical reason for Ed's hallucinations. Written by garykmcd

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English | Russian

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2 February 1997 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The voice of "Betty" the tattoo is spoken by Jodie Foster. During the first scene in which "Betty" convinces the man who has the tattoo to assault his neighbor, the music playing in the background is "Doesn't Somebody Want to be Wanted" by the Partridge Family. One of Foster's earlier roles was in The Partridge Family: The Eleven-Year Itch (1973) in which she punches Danny. See more »


When Ed Jerse broke into the apartment below him to attack Kaye Schilling, he damaged the door upon entering. Later, when the two people of faith came calling, they knocked on the door but left assuming no one was home. It's unlikely the door to the apartment would have been repaired with no one inspecting the apartment or looking for Miss Schilling to find out how it got damaged. See more »


Dana Scully: Your contact, while interesting in the context of science fiction, was, at least in my memory, recounting a poorly veiled synopsis of an episode of "Rocky and Bullwinkle".
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Referenced in The X Files: Resist or Serve (2004) See more »


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Best episode yet
7 February 2020 | by sollyharvSee all my reviews

The first episode of the show that I feel comfortable calling perfect. Everything is absolutely top notch; the themes, the direction, the acting, the dialogue... I have no idea why this isn't one of the highest rated episodes of the show.

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