Season 2

2x03 Blood

Air date: 09-30-94
Writers: Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan and James Wong
Editor: Heather McDougall
Director: David Nutter
Director of Photography: John S. Bartley, C.S.C.
Documented Phenomenon: Electronic Hypnosis

Episode summary / Points to consider / Production analysis

We open on a conveyor belt in the postal center of Franklin, Pennsylvania. A postal worker named Ed Funsch is doing his job, typing numbers on a sorting machine with a digital readout. His work is interrupted when a letter jams the machine. When he pulls it free, he gets a paper cut on one of his fingers. He is looking at the blood when a supervisor asks him if he's okay. Funsch shows the cut to his boss who shrugs it off--he needs to have a talk with Funsch now.

In his office, the supervisor hands the employee a cup of water and unhappily tells him that even though Funsch is a good employee and people like him, cutbacks and seniority have forced him to let Funsch go. When Ed asks if he can work part-time, the supervisor shakes his head, gives Funsch "a collection" the guys took up (a hundred dollars), and tells Ed he can stay on until the end of the week. Numbly, Ed goes back to his station and resumes his work--until the digital readout says "KILL". He blinks and goes back to work until the readout says "KILL" again. He turns his head and looks at his colleagues and when he looks at the readout again it now says "KILL 'EM" and "KILL 'EM ALL".

It’s 10:20 AM in the Franklin Civic Center and a group of people are crowded together in a descending elevator. A middle-aged man with a receding hairline seems particularly nervous and he gets more nervous when the electronic readout on the elevator says "NO AIR" and "CAN’T BREATHE" in rapid succession. His eyes narrow when the readout says "KILL 'EM ALL".

Cut to an outside area with crime scene tape around it. County Sheriff Spencer lifts the tape up, and walks onto the crime scene, talking to Mulder. He says that while the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI normally profiles subjects who are still at large, they are asking for help profiling their suspects--all of whom are dead. Spencer admits he is grateful the FBI sent him, because what is happening is way over their heads. He tells Mulder that the suspect’s body is outside, they are holding the security guard that shot him, that the witnesses in the elevator are down at the hospital, and that he can talk to them whenever he’s ready. Mulder looks on the ground, then heads towards the elevator. Spencer tells Mulder he asked the businesses in the center to close for the day to preserve the crime scene, and they’ve thoroughly photographed the elevator. The area had been sketched, but they hadn’t yet dusted for fingerprints. Mulder finally speaks when he asks Spencer if the digital readout was smashed during the incident. Spencer enters the elevator and tells Mulder he’ll find out. Mulder asks to see the suspect.

As they leave the elevator, Spencer comments that things like this aren’t supposed to happen here. Mulder points out that a 42-year old male murdering four strangers with his bare hands isn’t supposed to happen anywhere. Spencer tells Mulder that since colonial times there have only been three murders in Franklin; in the past six months seven people have killed twenty-two others, which is higher per capita then Detroit, DC and Los Angeles--none of which are like Franklin. As they walk outside, Mulder asks if in each case the suspect was killed; Spencer says they all committed 'suicide by cop’. All the murders took place in public places, the suspects refused to surrender when ordered, and were subsequently killed in order to save lives. Mulder asks if autopsies were done on the suspects to look for evidence of substance abuse. Spencer tells him the town is made up mostly of apple and cherry growers who don’t drink or do drugs--the coroner’s tests were negative. As Mulder bends over the suspect’s body, Spencer tells Mulder that he played softball with the killer and that he was a nice guy who was always the first to shake your hand or buy you a drink no matter what the result of the game. Mulder in the meantime is examining the suspect’s fingernails which seem to have some kind of dirt under them. He tells Spencer to send the scrapings to the Bureau’s lab. The sheriff asks what could bring anyone to do this?

Ed Funsch is entering his PIN Number at an ATM machine when he hears a mother admonishing her daughter for giving herself a bloody nose. He turns around to see the mother wiping at it with a facial tissue. Reluctantly, Funsch turns his focus from the bloody tissue to the ATM--which now flashes the message "SECURITY GUARD." Unnerved, he looks at the guard and turns back towards the screen, which now flashes "TAKE HIS GUN." He looks at the guard again, then back at the screen, which now reads "KILL 'EM ALL." He blinks several times, clearly unnerved. The words continue to flash. Finally Funsch punches the screen, attracting the attention of the guard. The guard angrily approaches, and Funsch walks away. The guard looks at the ATM, which now only asks, "WOULD YOU LIKE ANOTHER TRANSACTION?"

The camera cuts to a series of black-and-white photographs of a crime scene at the Venango County Sheriff’s Office, while we hear Mulder’s voiceover of his report as he studies the photographs. He states that perpetrators of mass murders fall into two classifications: The spree killer and the serial killer. The sudden violent outburst in a public locale and the suspect’s lack of desire for anonymity define these cases as spree killings. The confounding element of these crimes is that statistically, the originators of these crimes would be more likely to be victims than their perpetrators.

We now cut to Quantico, where Scully is reading Mulder’s report over the computer. We cut between Mulder and Scully’s examination of the photos as the report goes on to state that the killers were all middle-income, respectable people--none with violent backgrounds. Friends and relatives report only mild incidents of dysfunctional behavior--sleep disorders, headaches, eating problems…although the latest victim did report displays of claustrophobic reaction. Mulder is convinced that an outside factor is responsible, but concedes frustration as to a determination of the cause. A residue on the fingers of the last victim was reported to be an unidentified, but nontoxic substance usually found on plants, perhaps from a nearby garden. He also adds that there have been reports of paranoia from UFO mass abduction cases—a comment that makes Scully murmur to herself, wondering when Mulder would get to that idea. Mulder’s report then indicates that he found no evidence of alien abduction to be the case. The single connecting element of each case is the destruction of an electronic device at the crime scene. Mulder picks up some photographs of the devices as he reads them out loud, listing a pager, a cell phone, a fax machine, and a display at a gas pump. Mulder confesses to Scully that he’s never had a more difficult time developing a profile, not knowing who will be a killer or who will be killed.

In an auto repair shop, a nervous-looking woman named Mrs. McRoberts approaches a mechanic working on a car with its hood up. The mechanic responds to her greeting by saying she’s late. After telling him something came up at work, Mrs. McRoberts says if her car is ready she’ll just pay for it and be on her way. The mechanic makes friendly overtures and Mrs. McRoberts gets increasingly nervous. The mechanic says while he was fixing "that," he found some other problems. As he speaks, he approaches, wiping a tool. This unsettles McRoberts more, making her say she has to get home to her husband. The mechanic blandly says she really needs to get this problem fixed and thus, should join him at the hood of the car, so he can explain it. As she approaches, the mechanic whistles casually, but the shadow around him appears to grow. He presses a button, which starts the car’s engine, provoking the biggest reaction yet from the woman. The mechanic says that this is a diagnostic test of her engine. He asks her to stand next to him, and leans over the engine. As he begins to list her car’s problems, Mrs. McRoberts looks at the screen, which flashes "LIAR". The woman straightens up as it flashes "HE’S A LIAR", "HE’LL RAPE YOU", "HE’LL KILL YOU", and finally, "KILL HIM FIRST." The mechanic chooses this moment to take the woman’s shoulder, and she responds by grabbing a wrench and hitting him on the head. This knocks him to the garage floor, where he fumbles for a weapon. Mrs. McRoberts seizes an oil can spout and stabs the mechanic in the chest, killing him. Calming, Mrs. McRoberts slowly walks away. The camera pans over to the engine and back to the LED, which now reads "ANALYSIS COMPLETE."

Later, Mulder is standing over the crime scene, examining the wrench, when he notices the computer screen, which still reads "ANALYSIS COMPLETE" and is now flashing "NEXT." He thinks, walks over to the wall, and takes the invoice. A note for an oil filter is scrawled on it. As he looks at it, Sheriff Spencer walks over with a man in a suit, who introduces himself as Larry Winter, the county supervisor, and asks Mulder if this murder is more of the same. When the sheriff tells him they don’t seem to be connected, Winter then asks if this could be the start of a copycat. As Spencer tries to reassure Winter, pointing out the differences--it wasn’t in a crowded area, the killer fled covering his tracks--Mulder continues to look through the invoices, stopping when he finds one that reads "SMASHED READOUT ON THE DASH." Mulder announces that they are connected.

Later, the two law enforcement officials come to Mrs. McRoberts’ house, and knock on the door. After introducing themselves, Mulder asks if they can come in. Mrs. McRoberts tells them she’s late for work. Mulder assures her that she can blame him as he enters the house. As he asks her about her car trouble, Mrs. McRoberts is elusive, saying that her husband took the car to Pittsburgh, and asks if she can have breakfast while they talk. As she puts something in the microwave, she looks at the digital readout, which flashes "HE KNOWS". As Mulder asks about the invoice with Mrs. McRoberts name on it, the readout flashes "KILL 'EM BOTH". Mrs. McRoberts says "Yes" and walks away. Mulder sees her look at the digital readout, and looks for himself--all he sees is "7:35 A.M." Mulder then asks her how exactly the digital readout was damaged, and a nervous Mrs. McRoberts admits simply that she broke it. Noticing her tension, Mulder gently presses her about what she saw. Mrs. McRoberts opens a drawer and reaches for a knife. When Mulder puts his hand on her shoulder, Mrs. McRoberts screams, takes out a knife and slashes at Mulder. Mulder falls to the ground, and Sheriff Spencer shoots her, despite Mulder’s yell not to.

Back in D.C., Scully performs an autopsy on Mrs. McRoberts and in her report (done in a voiceover) she notes several anomalies in her findings. While adrenaline levels are usually found to be high in victims of violent deaths, Mrs. McRoberts were 200 times the normal amount. The adrenal glands show several signs of hemorrhage not from disease, but from wear. Analysis of the vitreous humor showed signs of an intense phobia and the presence of high amounts of a chemical compound, similar to the one found on the earlier perpetrators’ fingers. (Back in Pennsylvania, Mulder is now reading Scully’s report.) It is Scully’s hypothesis that this compound, when combined with adrenalin and other substances released with the phobia, creates a chemical substance similar to LSD.

Now dressed in a suit, Ed Funsch approaches a customer service desk in a department store and asks to apply for a job. The receptionist says they’re not accepting applications at this time and puts up a sign (on paper) that reads that they will be back in one hour. Funsch sighs and walks away to a wall of TV screens, passing under a large sign that announces "FRANKLIN COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE." A woman asks him if he’d like to sign up for the blood drive. Funsch looks at the big sign saying "BLOOD," and nervously walks towards the TV screens. The TVs suddenly lose reception all at once. Then a quick series of violent images of recent historical news events flash on the screens.. They finally stop, flashing the words "BEHIND YOU." Funsch very nervously turns to see a counter labeled "GUNS." He turns back to the screens, which now read "DO IT!" Funsch turns and mechanically walks to the gun rack, as the TV screens go back to normal.

Mulder is out jogging the next morning when he sees a man in a service truck scattering something on the ground before driving away. When Mulder approaches, he spots small insects and picks one up.

Later, in their offices, the Lone Gunmen examine the insect under a magnifying glass. Byers tells Mulder that in the April issue of their paper they ran an article on the CIA’s new CCTHI102138 fiber optics lens micro video camera--a device small enough to be placed on the back of a fly, Langley adds. "Imagine being one of those flies on the wall of the Oval Office," Mulder ponders. "Been there, done that," smirks Frohike. Growing more serious, Byers says it is nothing more than a Eurasian cluster fly that infests vegetation such as apple and cherries and can cause a great deal of damage. This one, Langley points out, has been irradiated to control population--unless, Byers adds, South Americans disguised as Franklin city employees have been disguising themselves in order to inflict massive damage on the crops in the city. Unfortunately, despite their efforts, Frohike reports that the bug’s been nuked. Bemused, Mulder asks the Gunmen if they’ve ever seen the chemical LSDM. "Obviously, you haven’t read our August issue of TLG," Langley says haughtily. "Sorry boys," Mulder jests. "It arrived the same day as my subscription to Celebrity Skin".

Without rolling his eyes Byers tells Mulder to come with him. Frohike roguishly asks Mulder where his lovely partner is. With a straight face, Mulder tells him that she’s afraid of her love for him. When Frohike says tasty, Mulder turns and says, that it’s men like him who give perversion a bad name. Innuendos finished, Byers takes out a tape and tells Mulder that the compound is an unreleased experimental synthetic insecticide that attempts to act as a natural pheromone. Langley says this chemical acts by triggering a fear response in the insect, telling it to leave the plant. When Mulder asks if the reason the government hasn’t released the insecticide is if it possibly effects people like it does insects. Byers and Langley share a look, then play the videotape. It is film from the fifties showing trucks spraying DDT on plants and people--a chemical the government did determine was safe and was released on the public, even though it was later proved to cause increased breast cancer in women. Byers points out that it took a decade of heel-dragging for the government to stop spraying. Langley further states that nothing has changed--different chemicals, same stunts and that they just learned how not to be so obvious. Mulder turns to Frohike and asks if he can borrow a pair of night-vision goggles that he’s been playing with. Frohike retorts with an agreement of exchange for Scully’s phone number.

That night, Mulder is watching the horizon with the glasses when he hears something. He goes to his car and starts driving. Later, in the midst of a grove of trees, he hears an updraft of wind. He looks around and sees a helicopter spraying something headed his way. He tries to run, but he still gets hit with a heavy spray as the chopper flies past. He falls to the ground, coughing.

Later, Mulder’s blood is being tested by Scully while Supervisor Winter scoffs at his claim that a dangerous substance is being sprayed on Franklin, despite Mulder’s protests to the contrary and the fact that the insecticide is "still on me". When Winter brings up Mulder’s penchant for "spooky" evidence, Mulder snaps at him and tells Winter if he’s the one who ordered the spraying, it’s time for him to take responsibility. He points out that all of the killers lived near heavily sprayed areas. Winter counters that he and his family live in town--he wouldn’t put poison on them. Mulder asks why it was being done in secret if it was safe. When Winter demurs, Sheriff Spencer demands an answer from Winter. Winter tells them that Franklin lives on the health of its crops, insisting the irradiated flies were not a factor and the delays to get the approval would have cost millions in crop damage. When Winter says peoples lives were being ruined, Spencer counters that twenty three people are dead. Winter says it was proven to him that the spraying did not lead to violence, but refuses to tell Mulder who proved it to him and leaves. Scully then says Winter is right.

Despite that she’d love to tell him that she flew three hundred miles in the middle of the night to prove that he was about to become the next Charles Manson, there was little evidence that even the massive dose of LSDM Mulder received caused physiological symptoms of this psychosis. When Spencer asks to see the chart, Mulder looks away in disgust at a television, which suddenly flashes, "DO IT, DO IT, DO IT NOW." Turns out its just a commercial, but it inspires Mulder to ask Scully if she’s heard of subliminal advertising. While Scully is inclined to shrug it off, Mulder points out some malls use it in their music to discourage shoplifting as an example of electro-encephalitic messages. When Scully asks the relevance, Mulder points out again that electronic display devices were smashed at every crime scene. When Scully asks what Mulder is talking about, he says that LSDM provoked extreme response to fear and all of the victims where phobic--Taber was claustrophobic, Mrs. McRoberts had an extreme paranoia of being raped, and so on.

The insecticide heightened their fear response and the subliminal messages were relayed intentionally. When Scully asks by who, Mulder can’t answer and Sheriff Spencer leaves the room in disgust. Scully retorts by saying she was wrong--exposure to the toxin apparently does result in paranoia, referring to Mulder’s reaction. Mulder shrugs this off, and says that Franklin is the subject of a controlled experiment. When Scully asks why, Mulder points out that Fear is the oldest tool of power. If you’re distracted by fear of those around you, it keeps you from seeing the actions of those above. At that moment Spencer returns, having had a short discussion with Winter who has agreed to a compromise--the spraying will be stopped and there will be extensive blood testing for all exposed. However, the true cause of the testing must not be linked to any side effects incurred by LSDM.

An ad for cholesterol testing plays on the television in the house of Ed Funsch. The ex-postal worker looks absolutely unraveled by the last few days and when the testing woman comes to his house and rings the doorbell, he close the curtains and tries to hide. The television suddenly begins to flash "BLOOD," and Funsch smashes the set. As the tester continues to ring, Funsch holds his head and finds his eyes drawn to a rifle in a case. He closes the case, knocking a calculator to the floor. When he picks it up, it flashes "BLOOD," He smashes it to the floor and looks at his watch, which now flashes "KILL."

At the police station, Spencer comes up to Mulder and Scully. Pointing to a map of Franklin, he points at the sectors where the testing has been negative, and he presents them with a list of about twenty-five people who for some reason, have not yet checked out. Mulder and Scully go to Funsch’s house and see that the doorbell has been ripped off its setting. Mulder jests before finding out the door is unlocked. The two agents enter the house to find it empty, with the television and various other pieces of machinery shattered and ripped apart. Worst of all, Mulder finds the case that held Funsch’s rifle is now empty.

Later, as the police catalog the house, Scully presents Mulder with the file on Funsch. He is 52 with no diploma, an ex-navy radio worker, whose wife died ten years ago and has no family. When Mulder learns the tester showed up around 10:30 am, he locates the remains of Funsch’s watch to find that is when the ex-postal worker shattered it. Looking at it, Mulder tells them he knows what Funsch is afraid of, and where he’s going.

A bus heading toward the Franklin Community Medical Center is pulling out when a frantic Funsch yells at the driver to stop. The driver does, and he boards carrying a very large cloth bag. Funsch sits and focuses his attention on the bus monitor which flashes "THEY’RE WAITING" and "GET OFF." Frantic now, Funsch gets up and screams at the driver to let him off.

At the hospital, the Sheriff checks with the other officers by radio and tells Mulder that there is no sign of Funsch, and he wasn’t on any of the other buses. The last bus--the one Funsch got on--is seen pulling into the station. The sheriff, Mulder, and Scully take up their positions, but Funsch doesn’t exit the bus. Mulder walks up to the driver, and asks him if he’s seen this man, showing him a photograph. The driver says he drove him about four feet, and then let him out. When Scully says they’ll have to wait him out, Mulder doubts Funsch is waiting. He looks at a sign that shows the Franklin Blood Drive is being sponsored by the Community College.

At the college, the Blood Drive is being set up, when Funsch arrives. He looks at an electronic readout advertising the event--which then simply flashes "UP." Funsch’s eyes fix on the clock tower. The police approach the college, sirens blaring, as Funsch climbs the tower steps. Upon reaching the top, he sits down, exhales, and unzips his bag. The gun and a lot of bullets fall to the floor.

Mulder and Spenser arrive at the college, along with the other police. They begin to search the campus, when a bullet shatters the windshield of an ambulance, and another shatters a pitcher of orange juice. The people on the ground panic and run for cover. Mulder looks around, and sees the rifle firing from the top of the tower. At the top, Funsch is perspiring and is rambling with little coherence--it looks like he’s not sure what he’s doing. As Sheriff Spenser gets on the radio for emergency assistance, Mulder runs towards the tower, and starts up he stairs, tripping and striking the bandaged wound on his arm, causing it to bleed again. Funsch fires. Finally, Mulder reaches the top with his gun drawn and orders Funsch to stop. Funsch explains that he can’t--that They won’t let him. "I know they won’t," Mulder replies as he approaches. Funsch argues to make Mulder put it down, then, gripping the rifle with both hands. "If you don’t put it down," Mulder tells Funsch, "I’m going to have to shoot you or you’re going to have to shoot me. There’s going to be blood everywhere." Funsch considers this--then he sees the blood on Mulder’s bandage. He freaks and tries to attack Mulder, but Mulder knocks the rifle out of his hands and down the stairwell before putting Funsch in a hold.

Funsch is being put into the ambulance as the Sheriff tells Mulder that Scully will do the testing at the hospital. When Mulder says he wants unrestricted access to him in the hospital, the Sheriff points out, "You know more about what happened to him than he does." As Mulder dials Scully, he hears strange static on his cell phone. He takes it from his ear, and sees on the screen: "ALL DONE. BYE BYE." Mulder looks stunned. Whatever has been happening in Franklin, it seems to be over.

Episode Summary / Points to consider / Production analysis

  • This episode marks the second appearance of the Lone Gunmen in The X-Files. It’s still not clear whether or not Morgan and Wong had yet figured out where to go with these characters, and it wasn’t until 'One Breath’ that they begin to have more depth or are taken seriously. One wonders why Mulder really needed their help at all, or why he diverted all the way from Pennsylvania to go call on them.
  • The clock tower shootings at the climax of the episode are based on the Texas Tower massacre. On August 4, 1966, Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the tower at the University of Texas, and began spraying the crowd with a high-powered rifle, killing thirteen and wounding thirty-four others before Austin police managed to kill him. An autopsy later revealed a huge tumor was pressing into the part of the brain that controls aggression. (Mangels)
  • In this episode, the health worker buzzing the doorbell just before Funsch leaves his house is actually buzzing the word "KILL" in Morse Code. Probably it was just a coincidence… right?
  • While there’s no evidence to support who is responsible for the electronic hypnosis, the chemical LSDM that is mentioned has scientific basis. As pointed out by Anne Simon PhD, it is believed that environmental estrogens, like DDT, can have a great many negative effects. The Gunmen then determine that the botanical insecticide discovered acts as synthetic alarm pheromone. Per Scully’s autopsy on one of the deaths, she notes that the amount of adrenaline found in the person’s system was one hundred times higher then normal, this rush of panic, triggered by the hypnosis, caused the attacks. Matt Allair
  • The sequence: "ALL DONE, BYE BYE" was used on several of the end of the season crew gag reels for a couple of years.

Episode Summary / Points to consider / Production analysis

Writers Glen Morgan and James Wong supposedly began this episode with a single note: "Postal Workers" (which may have been suggested by Morgan’s brother, Darin.) They subsequently combined the idea with the hubbub in Southern California over the spaying of the pesticide, malathion, which authorities released in order to eradicate fruit flies. This alarmed some local residents, who weren’t completely convinced that the substance was harmless to humans, yet could damage the paint on their cars. Morgan also recalled seeing a feature on 20/20 about studies on DDT in the 1950s. This was also built out of a desire to have regular things be scary, according to Morgan. Morgan also admitted that he doesn’t have a clue about who or what was transmitting the subliminal message, saying that this is something the viewers need to decide for themselves. (Official guide to the X-Files Volume 1, Brian Lowry) The story was also inspired by Glen Morgan’s Hematophobia, an exaggerated or irrational fear at the sight of blood.

According to one source, Darin Morgan supposedly got story credit for this episode by suggesting the idea of the character Ed Funsch, and helping him storyboard the episode. Because of this, Darin was invited to join the writing staff, a job he held until the end of season 3. We’ll come to Darin’s episodes in good time--they’re sorta special ;) (Beyond Mulder and Scully: The Mysterious characters of the X-Files, Andy Mangels)

Because normal appliances don’t have a bright enough or large enough display screen to be picked up by the camera, the appliances were designed by Ken Hawryliw and his crew.

A range of locations were used for the episode. For the department store and office tower sequences, the location used was the Army & Navy Boutique in New Westminster on Columbia Street. Aisle upon aisle of goods had to be moved and redressed within a two hour window prior to shooting and early access for set dressing was denied. Permission was finally granted, and a group of five set decoration crew members descended, transforming the area with gun racks and other items. For the office tower incident at the climax of the episode, the location used was the First Capital Building in New Westminster Quay. Blood slabs, portable, translucent pieces of rubber shaped like pools of real blood had to be used for the grim sequence. For the second college clock tower, the location used was the University of British Columbia (UBC); however guns were not allowed in public view at the campus, and gunfire was out of the question. To effectively portray the scene, part of the clock tower was built on stage, and while on location, a view of the gun was secretly captured. For the sequence involving the auto repair shop, the location used was the Main Service Automobile Centre. This Garage is one of Vancouver’s favorite film locations. The Evelyn Saller Centre was used for the hospital sequence on Alexandra Street, Vancouver, and for Locker sequence, the old YCMA on 6th and Queens Ave in New Westminster was used. This same location was used numerous times for the episode Aubrey.

William Sanderson, who played the beleaguered Ed Funsch, has an impressive resume. Movies he appeared in were Coal Miner’s Daughter, The Onion Field, Blade Runner, The Rocketeer, and The Client, as well as appearances in the first two Lonesome Dove miniseries. Some viewers probably remember him for his portrayal of Larry on Newhart (the one with two brothers named Daryl). Viewers of this generation (including the reviewer) remember him as the oily mayor, E.B. Farnum, in HBO’S critically acclaimed series Deadwood. Sanderson was cast in The X-Files at the request of director David Nutter. Sanderson has commented: "I really like David Nutter. I suspect that it was Blade Runner that caused him to hire me. I didn’t have to audition for him. He showed the producer some tapes. Funsch was kind of a normal guy, originally, and he was just an innocent worker who got fired from his job. I loved what they did with the ending. I liked that he didn’t have long hair and earrings and he just sort of became obsessive."

Kimberly Ashlyn Gere, (Mrs. McRoberts) has a (ahem) checkered career. Under the name Ashlyn Gere, she appeared in dozens of hardcore porn movies (maybe that’s what Mulder wanted to talk to her about). As Kim McKamy, she has appeared in many horror and exploitation films as Lunch Mea, Angel III: The Final Chapter, Fatal Instinct, AND Creepazoids. Under the name Kimberly Patton, she had a recurring role of Felicity OH on Morgan and Wong’s later series Space: Above and Beyond. As she said in a later interview, the fact that "her character was [afraid] of being raped was their (Morgan and Wong’s) way of being catty." She also appeared in Millennium as Crystal Knight in the second season episode’s "Roosters", and "Owls", and appeared in the feature Willard. She graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a double major: Theatre Arts and Communications. Presently, she lives in Texas, and works as a Real Estate agent.

John Cygan, who plays Sherriff Spencer, is mostly known for doing a lot of voice-over work, especially a great deal of animation and gaming media for Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, X-Wing Alliance, Galactic Battlegrounds, and Knights of the Old Republic. His feature film voice-over work includes Ice Age: The Meltdown, The Pixar films Cars, Wall-E, and Up, and Horton Hears a Who. His television appearances include being a series regular on The Commish, Frasier, Becker, NYPD Blue, Judging Amy, and The Shield.

Synopsis and review: David B. Morris
Additional production notes: Matt Allair
Page Editor: XScribe

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