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Tooms 

Eugene Tooms, a supernatural killer whom Mulder helped incarcerate, is released on parole.

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Mulder seems to be the only person concerned at the prospect that Eugene Tooms is about to be released from the psychiatric institution he's been in for several months. His pleadings fall on deaf ears as Tooms has never been convicted of a crime and the review board find Mulder's claims preposterous. Mulder is convinced Tooms will strike again and begins to follow him while Scully contacts the retired police detective, Frank Briggs, who had helped them in their earlier investigation. An old corpse from a long ago killing helps them out. Written by garykmcd

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The first time that the Cigarette Smoking Man actually speaks. He only has three words though: "Course I do". See more »

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A body encapsulated in cement would remain conserved in a relatively good condition. The remains found in the concrete floor however, consist merely of bones. See more »

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[trying to distract Eugene Tooms]
Mulder: Excuse me. Could you help me find my dog? He's a Norwegian Elkhound. His name is Heinrick. I use him to hunt moose!
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Referenced in The X-Files: My Struggle (2015) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Worthy sequel
5 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

If memory serves well, "Tooms" is the first of three X-Files episodes where old 'monster of the week' characters are brought back for another episode, this featuring Eugene Victor Tooms and the other two featuring Pusher and Donnie Pfaster respectively. Although conventional wisdom holds that "Squeeze" is a classic and "Tooms" merely a satisfying sequel, I find "Tooms" just as enjoyable as "Squeeze" and possibly slightly better, perhaps.

Tooms, mostly thanks to Doug Hutchinson's inspired performance, is a fantastic villain, creepy and effective, and he is used well here with the mythology behind the character being developed further in this script by James Wong and Glen Morgan. In addition the script features some hilarious, inspired, and truly witty exchanges between Mulder and Scully, features CSM actually saying something, a rarity at this point in the series (not sure, but this might be the first time he speaks). The episode also introduces AD Skinner played by Mitch Pileggi, almost everyone's third favorite character after Mulder and Scully.

Creepy, witty, lots of fun, and featuring a great climax, "Tooms" is a worthy sequel to "Squeeze".

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