Friday, May 29, 2009

Season 1, Episode 12: Fire


British Parliament members are being burned alive, and Phoebe Green, a British investigator and old classmate of Mulder's, requests help from the FBI. Specifically, a fellow named Malcolm Marsden is staying with his family in Cape Cod after escaping a blaze in England.

A man named Cecil L'Iveley is present as a gardener at one combustion, and redubs himself Bob the Caretaker to begin work at the Marsden's Cape Cod house. L'Iveley manages to sicken the Marsdens' chauffer so he can drive the family to a party in Boston. Scully ponders whether diluted rocket fuel could be diluted to be put into hand cream or other such substances, while Mulder and Scully discuss the possibility that the assassin is pyrokinetic.

A fire breaks out at the hotel where the party is taking place, and L'Iveley saves the children from harm. Scully finds that L'Iveley was hired as a gardener by some of the victims and has entered the country at Boston. With a sketch of the suspect from a mysterious bar fire, Scully is able to determine that the new driver is the culprit. In a final showdown in the rocket fuel-laced house, Mulder rescues the children and Phoebe douses L'Iveley with accelerant. L'Iveley is admitted to the hospital with fifth and sixth degree burns over his entire body after bursting into flames, but manages to survive and begin recovery.

Mark Sheppard, who played the pyro caretaker, has appeared in a number of small sci-fi roles, notably Badger in Firefly, Romo Lampkin in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, and Tanaka in Dollhouse.

Episode Body Count

Three ranking members of parliament: Phoebe says a person has been giving the aristocracy a good scare by burning blokes alive...and Windsor Castle.

Dead caretaker: killed and ineptly buried by Pyroman to take over responsibilities at the Marsden residence

The driver: burns to a crisp, apparently thanks to some diluted rocket fuel in his cough syrup

No, I doubt Phoebe was being serious with the story of the British Minister of Parliament blown up by a tape cassette.

Humans: 5
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (12/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)

Humans: 60
Creatures: 7
Aliens: 4

Grand Total: 71

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