Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Final Tally

(Give or take several thousand)

Humans: 2,314
Creatures: 131
Aliens: 64

Ugh. It seemed like there were some inconsistencies, and so I went through the entire count. It turns out a few things were under-counted or miscounted, so the total now includes two more humans than was originally shown.

While the tally takes into account every confirmed death as well as estimates of the occasional pile of corpses that shows up, it's probably a little low. I didn't estimate on vague statements, such as the assertion that Luther Lee Boggs killed every animal in his housing project when he was a child. Or the almost certainly under-counted fatalities aboard the USS Allegiance and USS Ardent (not to mention the disappearance of the crews of nine other ships in the Bermuda Triangle of Aging). And though I counted small tallies in wartime situations, I made a Gimpy Rule excluding mass counts, which nullified Mr. X's claim that over 4,000 people were killed in Vietnam by a sleepless Marine unit. Given Michael Kritschgau's assertion that aliens are a giant hoax, as well as the fact that he turns out to be wrong, it is unclear whether the treasure trove of alien bodies Mulder comes across at the Department of Defense should increase the alien count quite a bit. And thanks to Cancer Man's historical killing spree, I also counted a few mentions of dead celebrities. Except Elvis, of course. And finally, a couple of humans could conceivably be transferred to the alien tally, assuming the super-soldiers are not quite human.

By the Season

Season 1: 181 humans, 10 creatures, 9 aliens
Season 2: 323 humans, 19 creatures, 35 aliens
Season 3: 388 humans, 28 creatures, 3 aliens
Season 4: 316 humans, 23 creatures, 8 aliens
Season 5: 206 humans, 8 creatures, 5 aliens
The X-Files: Fight the Future: 18 humans, 1 alien
Season 6: 122 humans, 16 creatures, 1 alien
Season 7: 173 humans, 10 creatures, 0 aliens
Season 8: 376 humans, 15 creatures, 2 aliens
Season 9: 196 humans, 2 creatures, 0 aliens
The X-Files: I Want to Believe: 15 humans

Top 10 Deadliest

In increasing order:

10. The Red and the Black (50 humans net and 3 aliens)

Over 50 humans are incinerated by alien rebels at the Ruskin Dam. A couple of the rebels are killed by the alien colonists, and at least one more is killed when his spacecraft crashes on an Air Force base. The reason it's a net count is that Cancer Man was confirmed to be alive, after being presumed dead for a run of episodes.

9. Humbug (53 humans and 2 creatures)

Mulder and Scully join the case to investigate the latest in a string of murders that has claimed 48 lives over the course of 28 years. It turns out to be from a circus employee's internal twin, who kills a few more people before finding a new home. This also marks the first time I counted historical deaths, and mention of a dead faux-mermaid created from a monkey and fish sewed together counted as two creature deaths.

8. Patient X (62 humans)

Prior to the Ruskin Dam deaths, alien rebels torched at least 61 people between Kazakhstan and Skyland Mountain, and a doctor in Tunguska ends up dead as well.

7. Per Manum (67 humans and an alien)

A room full of fetuses dead of horrific birth defects takes up most of this tally, along with the human mother of an alien, the alien infant, and a man who died in 1970.

6. Closure (77 humans)

The episode opened with the unpleasant discovery of 24 kids who had been murdered by a child molester. It grew to include a number of ghosts and children taken by "walk-ins," including Samantha Mulder.

5. Release (85 humans)

This might be a conservative estimate. Most of the toll comes from the Wall of Death kept by Stuart Mimms. Though it includes hundreds of photos of victims of violent murders, many seem to be duplicates, with five of Luke Doggett alone. Based on that, I guessed there were at least 77 individuals. The count was further increased by a couple of recent victims, some cadavers at an FBI training facility, and the deaths of Luke's murderer and the person whose identity Mimms takes.

4. Our Town (91 humans)

Life-lengthening ritual sacrifices in a chicken plant community end up claiming the lives of dozens of people within a 200-mile radius of the town over the years. The participants begin to turn on themselves shortly before the agents investigate and put a stop to the practice.

3. Badlaa (125 humans)

A chemical plant disaster in India claims 118 lives, with a beggar's son dying later as a result. The beggar's vengeful killing spree and Doggett's recollection of seeing his first body as a Marine increases the count by six. The ending is quite confusing, as the beggar is seen in India after being shot dead by Scully. I say she got him and he has a twin, or something like that.

2. Tempus Fugit (135 humans and an alien)

A commercial jetliner crashes after the military shoots down a UFO conducting a mid-flight abduction, and all 134 people on board (including Max Fenig) perish. The suicide of a military air traffic controller and an alien Mulder finds in the UFO wreckage bump the count up even more.

1. Piper Maru (139 humans)

Only seven sailors in the 144-strong crew of a World War II submarine survive a black oil infection and subsequent radiation poisoning. Trigger-happy French agents and a Gulf War training death add a couple more to this deadliest single episode.

All told, these 10 episodes (about five percent of the total episodes and movies) account for about 35.5 percent of the total fatalities.

Most Mourned

The Lone Gunmen: this lovable trio of geeks never let Mulder and Scully down, and were popular enough to get their own short-lived spinoff. They were symbolic of the Three Wise Men after William's birth, for crying out loud. At least they went out in style, sacrificing their own lives to stop a viral outbreak that would have killed thousands.

Agent Pendrell: another likable geek, Pendrell was an FBI lab tech who was infatuated with Scully. Pendrell also goes out somewhat heroically, if unintentionally so, when a bullet meant for a witness Scully is protecting ends up in his lung instead. He was popular enough that at least one memorial site dedicated to him survives from the earlier days of the Internet.

Max Fenig: the show liked introducing and killing off geeks that fans liked, apparently. The multiple abductee trailer gypsy with a keen insight into government conspiracies and a liking for Soul Coughing was killed in a plane crash (or rather sucked out of the plane when the Air Force shot down a UFO that was returning him to his seat) while trying to get an alien artifact to Mulder. He only made two appearances, but overall he left a pretty lasting impression on the show, also earning a memorial from the ancient days of the Internet.

Queequeg: Scully's pet dog, given to her by Clyde Bruckman after his owner (and Bruckman's neighbor) passed away. The little Pomeranian was gobbled up by a Georgia crocodile, or perhaps the not-quite-mythical Big Blue monster. He also has at least one old memorial site, and his untimely death was subtly referenced in the British comedy Spaced.

Clyde Bruckman: a curmudgeonly psychic and reluctant helper to Mulder and Scully, he commits suicide after leaving a note bequeathing Queequeg to Scully. Bruckman appears to have made a big impression on the fans; quite a few visitors to the site came looking for something related to him, and his name is dropped in the second movie. Seeing Peter Boyle in the role is also a little more poignant since the actor's death in 2006.

Mulder's entire family: Mulder's work has some pretty dire consequences for his immediate family. His father (sort of) is killed by Alex Krycek, his mother commits suicide, and he finally comes to accept that his sister is dead. Mulder himself spends three months under a tombstone before he is exhumed and treated for an effort to turn him into a super-soldier.

William and Melissa Scully: Scully also lost a few family members. She was most affected by the loss of her sister, who was fatally shot in a botched assassination attempt on Scully herself.

Deep Throat: a kindly old Syndicate informant and friend of Mulder's (sort of) father, he was killed when the Syndicate realized what he was up to. He had his dark history, but was a good help to Mulder, who kept him alive in his memory.

Mr. X: a much more abrasive informant who came into play after Deep Throat's death, X nevertheless proved to be a terrific character...even if he wasn't above murdering people and leading Mulder on. Like Deep Throat, the Syndicate takes him out once they realize he's involved with Mulder, but he goes out like the badass he is, writing a clue in his own blood to lead Mulder to Marita Covarrubias.

Alex Krycek: well, not so much mourned as established as a character deeply imbued with the X-Files identity. A conniving free agent who played the X-Files team, and the Syndicate, and the Russian gulag, and the FBI conspirators all to his own ends. He also used bloodborne nanobots to perpetually blackmail Skinner; the Assistant Director didn't much care for that, and Kycek met his end when Skinner put a bullet between his eyes in the FBI parking garage.

Cancer Man (C.G.B. Spender): OK, so maybe Mulder and Scully weren't too upset to see him go, and Doggett and Reyes never got to drop into the pueblo to say hello, but it was a little sad when he was finally killed. From the cool, collected way he belittled Mulder's efforts to uncover the truth to the sinister way he hung out in the background to the fact that he may have committed the two most notorious assassinations of the 1960s, Cancer Man stands as one of the best villains to grace the small screen. After not one but two brushes with death, he is finally blown up by a pair of black helicopters while hiding out in New Mexico.

Signing Off

What a long, paranormal trip it's been. I hope those of you who have been checking this out have enjoyed it. I'll wander back when the third movie comes around!

Friday, January 1, 2010

The X-Files: I Want to Believe


An FBI agent named Monica Bannan is kidnapped from her home in West Virginia by two men, though she manages to get in a few shots with a rake to one of them. Using the help of a supposed psychic, Father Joseph Crissman, an FBI team discovers the injured kidnapper's severed arm in a field. Scully has returned to the medical field, and a heavily bearded Mulder is romantically involved with her but still hiding out from the bogus charges resulting from the Knowle Rohrer case. Agent Mosley Drummy offers to drop them if Mulder helps in the search for Bannan. Mulder reluctantly takes the offer and he and Scully are introduced to Dakota Whitney, the lead agent on the case.

Crissman, a convicted sex offender, claims to have seen a vision of Bannan's kidnapping in which he heard dogs barking. He is taken to Bannan's home, where he fails to impress the agents with any real intuition of her whereabouts before he starts to bleed from his eyes. Scully, meanwhile, has a crisis of faith because a young patient with Sandhoff disease isn't going to live. Another woman, Cheryl Cunningham, is abducted after a creepy Russian man (one of the people who nabbed Bannan) runs her off the road. Since Crissman mentioned barking dogs in one of his visions, Mulder gives him a little more credence when Scully says animal tranquilizer was found in the severed arm. Scully thinks that Mulder's new obsession with the case has to do with finding his sister, even though Mulder now believes that she's dead.

Crissman leads the FBI to the same field where the arm was found and this time discovers a body, part of a larger stash of corpses that also have traces of animal tranquilizers. While there, he tells Scully not to give up. The Russian, Jane Dacyshyn, takes his latest abductee to a place that looks to operate as both a dog kennel and shady operating room; it includes the injured kidnapper, Franz Tomczeszyn, who is also bleeding from his eyes. Scully riles up the administration at the Catholic hospital by suggesting stem cell treatment for her patient. The FBI looks into Cunningham's disappearance and discover that both she and Bannan have the same rare blood type and swam at the same pool, leading to the conclusion that a black market organ harvesting operation is going on. Scully wants to declare this the end of her criminal investigative career, and breaks up with Mulder when it becomes clear that he'll never be able to leave that line of work.

The boy's parents ask to stop the treatment and let God take over, and Scully recalls how Crissman told her not to give up and urges further treatment. She visits Crissman, demanding to know why he said that; he says he doesn't know and, after quoting a Scripture passage, starts seizing. Dacyshyn is questioned by the District Attorney's office for possible organ trafficking but released; that leads the FBI to find the name of Tomczeszyn, Dacyshyn's employer. Mulder is convinced that Crissman identified Dacyshyn in one of his visions, but Drummy says the only connection there is that Tomczeszyn was one of several choir boys molested by Crissman. The FBI raids their offices, but Dacyshyn manages to escape, killing Whitney and leaving Bannan's head behind.

Mulder and Scully visit Crissman, now hospitalized with terminal lung cancer, and decide that he's probably a fraud since he still thinks Bannan is alive; he also claims to have some sort of connection with Tomczeszyn. At the facility, we see that Tomczeszyn's head has been grafted onto Bannan's body. Mulder vows to find Cunningham, thinking she's still alive. He manages to track down Dacyshyn after seeing him purchasing animal tranquilizer, but Dacyshyn realizes Mulder is following him and pushes his car down a hill with his snowplow. Scully's stem cell research happens upon grafting experiments on dogs that are being done in Russia, and she calls Mulder to say that she thinks the kidnappers are doing the same thing only on humans...meaning Bannan, or at least part of her, might still be alive as Crissman predicted.

Mulder pulls himself from the wrecked car and heads toward the facility, picking up a weapon along the way. Bannan's body apparently isn't turning out to be a good match, as Dacyshyn and the other doctors at the facility prepare to transplant Tomczeszyn's head to Cunningham's body. Scully calls in the big guns to help find Mulder: Skinner! Mulder sneaks into the facility, where he demands a stop to the operation; however, one surgeon manages to inject him with tranquilizer after he is distracted by seeing Tomczeszyn's removed head open its eyes from a bucket of ice. After finding a letter addressed to a doctor in a mailbox with Crissman's Scripture number and hearing the sound of barking dogs, Scully and Skinner arrive at the facility. Scully saves Mulder from decapitation, and Skinner stops the surgical procedure while Cunningham still has her head on.

Mulder and Scully apparently get back together. Crissman dies, and Mulder is miffed that a newspaper article on the crimes neglects to mention his psychic role. He thinks that Crissman was connected to
Tomczeszyn, and suspects that he died as soon as the blood flow to Tomczeszyn's head was cut off. Scully is upset because she's put her patient through rigorous surgery as a result of Crissman's "don't give up" advice when he actually meant that she shouldn't give up on finding Mulder. He thinks it may have had a larger meaning and urges her to continue with the surgery, which she does.

Amanda Peet, who might be best-known for her roles on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Jack and Jill, plays Special Agent Dakota Whitney here. Billy Connolly, who plays Father Joseph Crissman, also played Il Duce in the two Boondock Saints movies. Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner, who plays Agent Mosley Drummy, is a rapper who formerly hosted Pimp My Ride. Donavon Stinson, who plays the "Suited Man," also plays Ted in Reaper. Chris Carter makes a cameo as a man sitting in a hospital hallway. Dedicated to the memory of Randy Stone, who did casting for the movie and several episodes and died in 2007.

Episode Body Count

Corpsicle: a woman's severed head is found in a block of ice in a field in West Virginia.

Ten other bodies: Mulder says 11 discrete human limbs have been found in the field; he tells Whitney that she has a chance to solve a dozen murders, but he's probably just rounding up.

Monica Bannan: her head is found in an organ donor transport bag by Drummy.

Special Agent Dakota Whitney: impaled on a steel bar after Dacyshyn pushes her from high atop a construction site.

Father Joseph Crissman: dies of lung cancer.

Franz Tomczeszyn: it seems that he's being kept alive through various body transplants, but Mulder mentions how Scully removed the tubes supplying him with blood, suggesting that he died at the same time as Crissman.

Scully's discovery of the Russian research includes a photo of a severed dog's head, but considering that it appears to have been successfully transplanted to another body I guess I'll let that one go.

Humans: 15
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (202/202 episodes, 2/2 movies)

Humans: 2,314
Creatures: 131
Aliens: 64

Grand Total: 2,509

And there it is! I'll return for one last post to do a bit of a statistical analysis.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Body Count in the News!

This summer, while searching for websites to link this site to, I came across X-Files News. It seems like the show went off the air before the Internet became the massive powerhouse it is today, so fan sites are few and far between now. This one is quite impressive, keeping tabs on the actors and directors and various references to the show.

When I asked to be linked on their site, I was pleasantly surprised when editor-in-chief Avi Quijada asked if I would do an interview. She's been understandably busy with work and moving between countries and whatnot, so between the interview and now I've advanced from the first introduction of the black oil (and the deadliest episode of the series) to the end of the episodes. But the interview has appeared, and is available here.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe is ready to go, but right now I'm planning to check it out on Friday, since I intend to check out Sherlock Holmes with a friend tonight and ring in 2010 on Thursday. Stick around after that post for a final wrap-up!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Season 9, Episode 20: The Truth, Part 2

Against Mulder's wishes, Praise comes to offer his testimony. After saying he helped hide Mulder and confirming his mind-reading abilities, he accuses one of the judges of being something other than human. Doggett testifies about how he's seen super-soldiers and their stubborn refusal to die by means other than magnetite. Reyes testifies about William's birth and the presence of super-soldiers there, saying she believes they're aliens who have replaced humans. She says Scully was one of numerous women selected for biological experimentation, though the evidence for that was blown up aboard a ship in Baltimore. Reyes also says that she witnessed William's superhuman powers, but since he was given up for adoption there's no evidence.

Doggett manages to get ahold of the body the military is claiming is Rohrer and has it sent to Quantico. Scully examines the body and determines that it doesn't match Rohrer's medical records, but Kersh still denies Skinner's motion to dismiss despite the exonerating evidence. Mulder is found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. Rohrer arrives at the base looking good and not dead, evidently eager to finish off Mulder. Skinner and Doggett and, surprisingly, Kersh help Mulder escape the base. Reyes relays him to Scully, and Kersh advises them to escape from Canada. Instead, Mulder takes them south.

Doggett, Reyes, and Praise return to DC to find that the X-Files office has been scrapped. Praise warns that the non-human judge knows where Mulder and Scully are going. So do the spirits of The Lone Gunmen, who beg Mulder not to go on. He forges on anyway to an Anasazi Indian site in New Mexico, telling Scully that he was sent the keycard to the Virginia military facility from the site. It turns out to be Cancer Man, alive if not very well, hiding in a magnetite-rich region. Doggett and Reyes arrive at the site, shortly before Rohrer shows up as well. Cancer Man confirms Mulder's suspicion about the shadow government and invasion date, and Rohrer is killed after venturing too close to the magnetite.

The agents escape as a pair of black helicopters arrives, obliterating the pueblo (and Cancer Man) in a shower of missiles. In a motel in Roswell, Mulder considers how he's convinced Scully about the his theories but failed in every other respect, including coming up with any way to stop the conspirators and colonization. Scully tells him that he'll only fail if he gives up. She asks him what he wants to believe in, and he says he hopes that the dead can speak to them and give them the power to save themselves. Scully says they believe in the same thing. "Maybe there's hope," Mulder concludes.

Episode Body Count

Not Knowle Rohrer: a crispy corpse that the military claims belongs to Rohrer, but that Scully finds belongs to a man who broke his neck and was burned post-mortem.

Knowle Rohrer: destroyed by magnetite while pursuing Doggett and Reyes.

Indian woman: presumed killed when the black helicopters destroy the pueblo.

UNDEAD'D (sort of)

Cancer Man: it turns out he was alive, hiding out in New Mexico, but that doesn't last too long as he is obliterated by missiles fired from a pair of black helicopters. So he just won't count this time around.

Humans: 3
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Season Body Count
Humans: 196
Creatures: 2
Aliens: 0

Though I suppose the super-soldiers might be considered aliens if Reyes' theory is right...

Cumulative Body Count (202/202 episodes, 1/2 movies)

Humans: 2,299
Creatures: 131
Aliens: 64

Grand Total: 2,494

Woo. OK. I'm pretty sure the library has a copy of the second movie, and I'll try to pick it up to watch this weekend.

Season 9, Episode 19: The Truth, Part 1


Hey, remember that Mulder guy? Turns out he's sneaking into a military base inside a Virginia mountain, the site where he thinks the shadow government is set up. He discovers that the alien colonization is set to begin on December 22, 2012 (presumably when everyone is hung over from celebrating the Mayan prophecy turning out to be false the previous day). After seeing a vision of Kyrcek, Mulder scuffles with Knowle Rohrer and dozens of people witness him tossing Rohrer to his apparent death on an electrical grid. Mulder is arrested by the military, and Skinner and Scully arrive after Kersh is somehow informed.

A Marine general tells Kersh that Mulder's trial can be held before FBI personnel in a Marine court, but also hints that a guilty verdict should be the only outcome and that there are government forces in place that shouldn't be fooled with. Mulder asks Skinner to represent him, and Mulder and Scully have a tearful reunion where he says he's been looking for the truth in Mexico. Kersh leads a judicial panel at Mulder's trial; the prosecution considers it an open-and-shut case and calls no witnesses. Skinner decides to try to prove the government conspiracy as a way of justifying Mulder's action, even though his star witness (Marita) is unavailable.

Skinner calls Scully to the stand, where she says she believes that the alien black oil virus came to Earth via meteor in prehistoric times and lay dormant for thousands of years. She says the government learned of the virus and colonization efforts through the UFO crash in Roswell in 1947, keeping it secret to avoid panic. She also testifies about her own abduction by the government as part of an attempt to make a slave race of alien-human hybrids. The prosecutor simply lets the panel know about Mulder and Scully's romantic relationship and their love-child.

Next witness: Spender. He describes the government conspiracy, saying the human collaborators were forced to give up loved ones as part of their deal with the aliens, including Samantha. He says he grew up with Samantha, but she was subjected to horrible tests before her death; that his father (Cancer Man) had Mulder's father killed when Mulder started to get close to the truth; and that Cancer Man shot him when he confronted him about the conspiracy and performed the same tests when he didn't die. The prosecutor points out how Spender and Mulder didn't exactly get along before he found out about the conspiracy.

Gibson Praise senses that Mulder needs his help, and sends a friend to let Doggett and Reyes know that he wants to testify. Mulder gets another vision, this time from Mr. X, who somehow conveys Marita's address to him. Marita shows up at the trial, saying that the Syndicate was trying to develop a vaccine for the alien virus using innocent test subjects. She says she became a test subject herself as punishment after coming to hate the Syndicate and helping Mulder. The vaccine was simply a way to save themselves, she claims, but the group was wiped out by a group of alien rebels. Skinner suggests that the conspiracy continues and that's why she was reluctant to testify about how Mulder was taking on a super-soldier involved in the new plan. After Vision Krycek tells Mulder that the conspirators will kill Marita if Skinner persists, he asks that she be dismissed, despite Skinner's protest that she's the last best witness they have. To be continued...

William Devane, who plays General Mark Suveg, also played Janeway in Marathon Man, JFK in the TV movie The Missiles of October, and Gregory Sumner on Knot's Landing.

Episode Body Count

Knowle Rohrer can handle a little electrocution.

Humans: 0
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (201/202 episodes, 1/2 movies)

Humans: 2,296
Creatures: 131
Aliens: 64

Grand Total: 2,491

Monday, December 28, 2009

Season 9, Episode 18: Sunshine Days


A pizza deliveryman in California swears to his friend that the house where he made his last delivery is the same place where The Brady Bunch was shot. They enter, though the friend is creeped out to find the interior setup matches the show exactly. After following some Bobby and Cindy lookalikes into a room, the deliveryman is somehow launched onto the roof of his friend's car. The friend wants homeowner Oliver Martin arrested and tells Doggett and Reyes about the Brady setup. Martin is reluctant to let the agents into the house, but when the friend barges in the interior is completely different. However, Doggett sees that the roof has been recently patched, with matching tiles found in the car and the house's Dumpster.

Scully's autopsy seems to support Doggett's theory that the deliveryman was ejected through the roof, and she also notes a residual electricity in the corpse. The friend stakes out the house again and sees the Brady Bunch inside, but they are gone when he enters again. Martin urges him to leave, but the friend ends up getting lifted through the roof to his death as well. A doctor tells the agents that Martin, who had a different name back then, displayed telekinetic abilities for a time as a child, and Reyes discovers that his alias is a reference to the Brady Bunch character "Cousin Oliver." Visiting the house with the doctor, Doggett is tossed through the ceiling, but ends up walking on the underside of the roof rather than being fully tossed out.

With some help from the doctor, Martin is able to control his ability and brings Doggett back to earth. Reyes and Scully also appear in the now Brady-themed house, and he says he has the ability to create settings by thinking about them. Oliver agrees to go to DC with the agents; Scully thinks he can do a lot of good with his power, while Doggett cautions that he could do a lot of harm as well. Shortly after demonstrating his telekinetic power on Skinner, Martin has a seizure and is hospitalized. Scully realizes that his health is declining as a result of the use of his power. Doggett posits that Martin's power goes away when he's happy, which was why he lost it after the enjoyable sessions with the doctor, and that happiness (like that he feels with the Bradys) is the only way he'll survive. The doctor visits Martin, forbidding him from using his power but promising to stay with him as a companion.

Michael Emerson, due to wrap up his role as Benjamin Linus in the final season of Lost, plays Oliver Martin here. David Faustino, who plays Michael Daley, formerly played Bud Bundy on Married with Children. John Aylward, who plays Dr. John Rietz, also played Dr. Donald Anspaugh on ER.

Episode Body Count

Blake McCormick: dies after he is blasted through the roof of Martin's home and lands on the roof of Michael Daley's car.

Michael Daley: somehow lifted through the roof of Martin's house, he falls to his death on the lawn.

Humans: 2
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (200/202 episodes, 1/2 movies)

Humans: 2,296
Creatures: 131
Aliens: 64

Grand Total: 2,491

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Season 9, Episode 17: Release


Doggett finds a young woman plastered behind the wall of an abandoned tenement on an anonymous tip. A cadet in Scully's class named Rudolph Hayes makes a surprisingly astute analysis of her death and says the woman is not the killer's first victim. After Hayes gives Doggett and Reyes a profile of the murderer, they identify a possible suspect named Nicholas Regali. Hayes' apartment has hundreds of photos of the victims of violent crime on his wall, including Doggett's son Luke. Doggett asks Hayes to look into Luke's murder, and Hayes lets him in on his wall of photos, saying they're unsolved murders that sometimes tell him things.

Hayes tells Doggett that while Bob Harvey took Luke, he did not murder him; he suggests that Regali was the killer. Doggett has his ex-wife take a look at Regali on the off-chance that she may have seen him hanging around the neighborhood, but Regali is released after she doesn't recognize him. Noticing that Regali has escaped serious charges despite his suspicion in several cases, Doggett figures he's bribing someone. Reyes confronts Follmer, saying she saw him take a bribe from a mobster in New York. He says he was actually paying a confidential informant, and further reveals that he's discovered Hayes' true identity: a former psychiatric patient named Stuart Mimms who was in New York at the time of Luke's death. A SWAT team storms Mimms' apartment, now devoid of the photos, and arrests him.

It turns out that Follmer actually was taking bribes from Regali, and he meets up with him to ask about Luke. Regali denies any involvement in the murder, and threatens to give a videotape of the bribe exchange to the Washington Post if Follmer tries to break off their relationship prematurely. Mimms admits to lying to get into FBI training and making the anonymous tip to Doggett, but only to help Doggett find Regali. Doggett confronts Regali in a bar, who says he "hypothetically" may have known Harvey in the course of his mob business, Harvey may have kidnapped Luke and sexually abused him, and Regali may have killed Luke after he accidentally walked in on them and Luke saw his face. Doggett seems like he's going to kill Regali, but Follmer does the job for him as Regali exits the bar. With closure finally at hand, Doggett and his ex-wife spread Luke's ashes into the ocean.

Barbara Patrick, who plays Doggett's ex-wife (also Barbara), is Robert Patrick's wife.

Episode Body Count

Ellen Persich: stabbed to death, Doggett finds her body in the wall of an abandoned tenement.

Rita Shaw: also stabbed to death about two weeks before Persich's body is found.

At least four cadavers: laid out in a field at the FBI's forensic training facility.

Approximately 77 bodies: seen in photos on the walls of Mimms' apartment. There are something like 400 photos on the wall, but it seems like there are about five photos for each victim. Some, namely Luke and the two recent murders, have already been counted.

Rudolph Hayes: Follmer mentions how he died in 1978 in a car accident, with Mimms apparently taking his name.

Nicholas Regali: shot by Follmer as he leaves a bar.

Humans: 85
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (199/202 episodes, 1/2 movies)

Humans: 2,294
Creatures: 131
Aliens: 64

Grand Total: 2,489