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Terms of Endearment 

A pregnant woman's baby is snatched away from her belly by a devil. Agent Spender believes the case is a joke, but Mulder decides to look into it on his own anyway. His investigation focuses on the woman's husband.


Rob Bowman


Chris Carter (created by), David Amann

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Chris Owens ... Jeffrey Spender
Bruce Campbell ... Wayne Weinsider
Lisa Jane Persky ... Laura Weinsider
Michael Milhoan ... Dep. Arky Stevens
Grace Phillips Grace Phillips ... Betsy Monroe
Michael Rothhaar ... Dr. Couvillion
Matthew Butcher Matthew Butcher ... EMT
Lenora May ... Ms. Britton
James Staszkiel James Staszkiel ... Mr. Ginsberg (as Jimmy Staszkiel)
Karen Stone ... Nurse


Mulder suspects demon fetal harvesting when a woman claims her unborn child had a horn and tail and was taken by a devil while she slept. While others conclude that the woman killed her own baby, Mulder suspects that her husband is involved and that he may be the devil in disguise. Written by Muldernscully

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Release Date:

3 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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Altadena, California, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the middle of filming, a mother withdrew her baby from the cast during the final run-through of the "cursed-birth" scene. Although a fan of the show, as a devout Catholic she was uncomfortable with her child representing a demon. Director Rob Bowman assured her that the production staff understood her dilemma; the casting staff quickly called down and found a replacement in less than 45 minutes. It was the first time during the filming of the series that a cast member withdrew for religious reasons. See more »


Although this episode was shown in early January, it is clearly autumn due to mums in bloom, burning and or raking leaves and fall foliage wreaths on doors. See more »


Wayne Weinsider: Whatever happens, you know I love you. No matter what.
Betsy Monroe: Do you, Wayne? 'Cause sometimes I wonder what's going on inside your head.
Wayne Weinsider: Nothing but good thoughts. You and this baby are my hopes and dreams.
Betsy Monroe: [smiles] Mine too.
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References Speed Racer (1967) See more »


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Demon v.s. Demon
11 December 2006 | by anzalduaSee all my reviews

While Mulder is working on the X Files undercover behind Spender's back, Scully is doing some background checks. Mulder visits a couple who had their baby abducted.

This is an episode that make us be in the shoes of those who had lost a baby, no matter how. It also shows us the power of a blind love from a wife towards his liar husband, and also how coward men or demons sometimes are.

Incredibly, the costumes are very bad in this episode, very bad at least for a series that stood out for it's special effects. The plot is, on the contrary, very good. Terms of Endearment is an episode that shows how evil can be anywhere and that evil can find some greater evil even in the most beautiful things.

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