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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.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Fox Mulder
... Dana Scully
... Jeffrey Spender
... Wayne Weinsider
... Laura Weinsider
... Dep. Arky Stevens
Grace Phillips ... Betsy Monroe
... Dr. Couvillion
Matthew Butcher ... EMT
... Ms. Britton
James Staszkiel ... Mr. Ginsberg (as Jimmy Staszkiel)
... 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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3 January 1999 (USA)  »

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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 »


At around 38 minutes, Mulder and Scully driving at night come across Betsy driving the red Camaro. Betsy gets out of the car, blood all over her, yet neither Scully or Mulder calls quickly for an ambulance. See more »


Dana Scully: Mulder, you're not suggesting that he is himself... a devil, are you?
Fox Mulder: I'm not suggesting anything. I think the facts speak for themselves.
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References Make Room for Daddy (1953) See more »


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Bit over-the-top,but good viewing
18 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

I admit,that its difficult(if not impossible) to make an episode about Demons that is not 'over-the-top'. The episode starts with a married couple expecting a child & taking a medical report on it.Their doctor finds some abnormalities,but says that its too early to jump to conclusions. After the first 5 mins.,you feel that its going the 'Rosemary's Baby' way,but a reference to the same,from Scully,puts this thought to rest.What unfolds is a decent story,with a small twist towards the end. I liked the way Mulder plays along with Laura's brother...making him believe that he is a cover-up(while Mulder has been ousted from the X- Files!) These are character-defining moments,& the writers have handled it well.Scully,on the other hand,is being quiet sincere with the awarded duties(meant to humiliate her) I can understand why X-Files fans,feel a bit cheated in this series...but then,its only a TV show! Chris Carter would have wanted to experiment with a new line of thought,& as a creative person,that is something you would expect out of him.So,I have no complaints.The episodes are still entertaining & good on humour quotient.Characters have been maintained,with some juggling of positions(which has been brilliantly shown) 'Terms of Endearment' happens to be a take on Rosemary's Baby,with added touches from the X-Files team.The production values are a bit on the lower side.However,the acting is very good.Supporting cast is good.I felt that they could have made the atmosphere a bit more the 'chills' when some women is expecting a baby,or something of that sort.But the emphasis is on making a sympathetic antagonist,so it works well. Direction: 7/10.Acting: 8.5/10.Story: 7.5/10.Overall: its an 8/10.

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